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The Best Movies of 1977

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List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1977.

List of the best movies of 1977, with movie trailers when available. Nerds everywhere remember 1977 as the year that Star Wars made its franchise debut, ultimately becoming the highest grossing movie ever at that time. These top movies of 1977 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from The Rescuers to Jesus of Nazareth - but each film was released in 1977. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1977 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1977 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List movies include The Spy Who Loved Me, Annie Hall, and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1977?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1977?"

1977 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1977. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1977 aren't just one persons opinion.

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    Smokey and the Bandit
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    81

    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

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  • 2
    Jesus of Nazareth
    111
    57

    Jesus of Nazareth

    John Duttine, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1977

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    The Man Who Loved Women
    104
    64

    The Man Who Loved Women

    Leslie Caron, Nathalie Baye

    Released1977

    Directed byFrançois Truffaut

    The Man Who Loved Women is a 1977 French comedy/drama film directed by François Truffaut and... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Semi-Tough
    112
    75

    Semi-Tough

    Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Semi-Tough is a 1977 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Burt Reynolds, Kris... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    96
    61

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Roger Moore, Barbara Bach

    Released1977

    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    139
    88

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    MacArthur
    71
    37

    MacArthur

    Gregory Peck, Russell Johnson

    Released1977

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    MacArthur is a 1977 American biographical war film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Rescuers
    72
    47

    The Rescuers

    Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

    The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Oh, God!
    77
    55

    Oh, God!

    John Denver, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    Oh, God! is a 1977 comedy film starring George Burns and John Denver. Based on a novel by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    67
    56

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    The Last Wave
    68
    43

    The Last Wave

    Richard Chamberlain, Vivean Gray

    Released1977

    Directed byPeter Weir

    The Last Wave is an Australian mystery drama from 1977, directed by Peter Weir. It is about a... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    That Obscure Object of Desire
    67
    41

    That Obscure Object of Desire

    Carole Bouquet, Michel Piccoli

    Released1977

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

    That Obscure Object of Desire, released in 1977, was the final film directed by Luis Buñuel.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    The Gauntlet
    60
    35

    The Gauntlet

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1977

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Gauntlet is a 1977 American action film directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Eastwood and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Soldier of Orange
    57
    50

    Soldier of Orange

    Rutger Hauer, Edward Fox

    Released1977

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

    Soldier of Orange is a 1977 Dutch film directed by Paul Verhoeven and produced by Rob Houwer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Airport '77
    57
    27

    Airport '77

    Christopher Lee, James Stewart

    Released1977

    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Slap Shot
    61
    60

    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Slap Shot is a 1977 comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    A Bridge Too Far
    71
    79

    A Bridge Too Far

    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1977

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    A Special Day
    66
    41

    A Special Day

    Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni

    Released1977

    Directed byEttore Scola

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  • 19
    Eraserhead
    49
    48

    Eraserhead

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Eraserhead is a 1977 American experimental body horror film directed by David Lynch. Henry... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Star Wars
    224
    87

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Julia
    46
    46

    Julia

    Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda

    Released1977

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    Julia is a 1977 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann, from a screenplay by Alvin Sargent. It... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Pete's Dragon
    48
    47

    Pete's Dragon

    Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters

    Released1977

    Directed byDon Chaffey

    Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Annie Hall
    98
    120

    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1977

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen. Neurotic New York... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown
    37
    35

    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Gail Davis

    Released1977

    Directed byBill Melendez, Phil Roman

    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is a 1977 animated film produced by United Feature Syndicate... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    The White Buffalo
    36
    30

    The White Buffalo

    Kim Novak, Charles Bronson

    Released1977

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    The White Buffalo is a 1977 western film starring Charles Bronson, Kim Novak, Jack Warden,... more on Wikipedia