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The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s 

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List Rules Vote up the best films from the 1970s that deserved the little golden statue.

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
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Won Best Picture in 1972.

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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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One Flew Over the Cuckoo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

Won Best Picture in 1975.

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider
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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

Won Best Picture in 1978.

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Won Best Picture in 1973.

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All the President's Men ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning
Nominated in 1975. Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American 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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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

Won Best Picture in 1976.

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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

Won Best Picture in 1971.

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The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sigourney Weaver

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski
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MASH is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould
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Network is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden
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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty
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American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers
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The Last Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman
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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Julie Christie
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Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle
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Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern
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