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The Godfather. Rocky. Star Wars. There's no denying that the 1970s marked a monumental decade in American moviemaking. These are just a few of the notable films that were Oscar nominees and winners for Best Picture during that span. These 1970s Oscar-winning movies include comedies, dramas, and even musicals. Some great 1970s Oscar winners are period pieces, while others films are set in contemporary times. Many of the Oscar-recognized movies of that time are considered some of the best features ever made.

What films will you find on this list of Oscar-nominated 1970s movies? The 1977 film Star Wars lost the Best Picture trophy to Woody Allen's introspective Annie Hall, but the sci-fi flick has gone down in history as one of the most popular films of all time. George Lucas' epic franchise is also one of the most profitable in the history of film. Taxi Driver is another great Oscar nominated film from the '70s.

Several Jack Nicholson films, including Chinatown and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, were nominated for Best Picture in the '70s. Other great movies featured on this list include A Clockwork Orange, The Sting, and The Godfather Parts I and II.

Do you have a favorite Oscar-nominated movie from the 1970s? It's time for you to decide which of these films is the best of the best by voting your favorites up to the top of the list.
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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall Won Best Picture in 1972. The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider Nominated in 1975. Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall Won Best Picture in 1974. The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd Won Best Picture in 1975. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith Won Best Picture in 1976. Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw Won Best Picture in 1973. The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had ...more

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill Nominated in 1977. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese Nominated in 1976. Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more

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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey Won Best Picture in 1971. The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was ...more

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Barry Lyndon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Hardy Krüger Nominated in 1975. Barry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. It ...more

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MASH is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
M*A*S*H Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould Nominated in 1970. MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The ...more

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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford Nominated in 1976. All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl ...more

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Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning Nominated in 1975. Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, ...more

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Nominated in 1979. Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers Nominated in 1973. American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Annie Hall Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken Won Best Picture in 1977. Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film stars Allen as ...more

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair Nominated in 1973. The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more

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Network is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Network Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden Nominated in 1976. Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. The film stars ...more

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees Won Best Picture in 1970. Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was ...more

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The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Conversation Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman Nominated in 1974. The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen ...more

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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski Nominated in 1974. Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken Won Best Picture in 1978. The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff Nominated in 1971. A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty Nominated in 1972. Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their ...more

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The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Last Picture Show Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman Nominated in 1971. The Last Picture Show is a 1971 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted from a semi-autobiographical 1966 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. Set in a small town in ...more

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Cabaret Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey Nominated in 1972. Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more

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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Heaven Can Wait Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie Nominated in 1978. Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It is the second film adaptation of Harry Segall's stageplay of the same name, preceded by Here Comes ...more

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Cries and Whispers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Cries and Whispers Nominated in 1973.

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Lenny is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Lenny Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Gary Morton Nominated in 1974. Lenny is a 1974 American biographical film about the comedian Lenny Bruce, starring Dustin Hoffman and directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Julian Barry is based on his play of the same

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Midnight Express is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis Nominated in 1978. Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker, produced by David Puttnam and starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. ...more

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Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Coming Home Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern Nominated in 1978. Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern. The screenplay by Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones was from a story by Nancy Dowd. The ...more

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Five Easy Pieces is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Five Easy Pieces Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Sally Struthers Nominated in 1970. Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 American drama film written by Carole Eastman and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. The film stars Jack Nicholson, with Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite, ...more

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Breaking Away is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Breaking Away Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern Nominated in 1979. Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama film that follows a group of four male teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana, who have recently graduated from high school. It stars ...more

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Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams Won Best Picture in 1979. Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its ...more

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Airport is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Airport Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster Nominated in 1970. Airport is a 1970 American drama film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, directed and written by George Seaton, and based on Arthur Hailey's 1968 novel of the same name. It originated the ...more

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The Towering Inferno is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Towering Inferno O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway Nominated in 1974. The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The picture was directed by John ...more

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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Fiddler on the Roof Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon Nominated in 1971. Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison. It is an adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed ...more

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Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Norma Rae Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle Nominated in 1979. Norma Rae is a 1979 American drama film about a factory worker from a small town in North Carolina who becomes involved in the labor union activities at the textile factory where she works. The ...more

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The Emigrants is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Emigrants Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Monica Zetterlund Nominated in 1972. The Emigrants is a 1971 Swedish film directed by Jan Troell. It tells the story of a Swedish group who emigrate from Småland, Sweden to Minnesota, United States in the 19th century. The ...more

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Nicholas and Alexandra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Nicholas and Alexandra Nominated in 1971.

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All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
All That Jazz Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider Nominated in 1979. All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse's life and ...more

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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Love Story Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal Nominated in 1970. Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...more

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The Goodbye Girl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Goodbye Girl Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Powers Boothe Nominated in 1977. The Goodbye Girl is a 1977 American romantic comedy-drama film. Directed by Herbert Ross, the film stars Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, and Paul Benedict. The original ...more

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Bound for Glory is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Bound for Glory Randy Quaid, David Carradine, Melinda Dillon Nominated in 1976. Bound for Glory is a 1976 American film directed by Hal Ashby and loosely adapted by Robert Getchell from Woody Guthrie's 1943 autobiography Bound for Glory. The film stars David Carradine as ...more

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Julia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Julia Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave Nominated in 1977. Julia is a 1977 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann, from a screenplay by Alvin Sargent. It is based on Lillian Hellman's book Pentimento, a chapter of which purports to tell the story of her ...more

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Nashville Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Julie Christie Nominated in 1975. Nashville is a 1975 American musical drama film directed by Robert Altman. A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is ...more

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Sounder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Sounder Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Taj Mahal Nominated in 1972. This is a coming-of-age story of a boy living in the Depression era of the South. "Boy" (Daniel Lee Robertson III) learns the hard way about the realities of being black, poor and ...more

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The Turning Point is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
The Turning Point Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt Nominated in 1977. The Turning Point is a 1977 drama film centered on the world of ballet in New York City, written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Herbert Ross. The film stars Shirley MacLaine and Anne ...more

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An Unmarried Woman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
An Unmarried Woman Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Kelly Bishop Nominated in 1978. An Unmarried Woman is a 1978 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Mazursky, and starring Jill Clayburgh. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and ...more

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A Touch of Class is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
A Touch of Class George Segal, Paul Sorvino, Glenda Jackson Nominated in 1973. A Touch of Class is a 1973 British romantic comedy film which tells the story of a couple having an affair, who find themselves falling in love. It stars George Segal, Glenda Jackson, Hildegarde ...more