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The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s

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List RulesVote 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
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Won Best Picture in 1972.

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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Won Best Picture in 1976.

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Nominated in 1977.

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    The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Won Best Picture in 1974.

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    American Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Nominated in 1973.
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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Nominated in 1976.
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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Nominated in 1975.

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Won Best Picture in 1975.

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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    M*A*S*H

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Nominated in 1970.
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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Nominated in 1979.

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    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Won Best Picture in 1973.

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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    The Deer Hunter

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Won Best Picture in 1978.

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    Dog Day Afternoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Dog Day Afternoon

    Al Pacino, Carol Kane

    Released1975

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Nominated in 1975.
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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    The French Connection

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider

    Released1971

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    Won Best Picture in 1971.

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    Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Norma Rae

    Sally Field, Beau Bridges

    Released1979

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Nominated in 1979.

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    All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    All the President's Men

    Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1976

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    Nominated in 1976.
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    The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    The Conversation

    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Nominated in 1974.

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    Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Deliverance

    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Nominated in 1972.

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    The Towering Inferno is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    The Towering Inferno

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman

    Released1974

    Directed byIrwin Allen, John Guillermin

    Nominated in 1974.

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    Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Annie Hall

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1977

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    The Goodbye Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    The Goodbye Girl

    Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason

    Released1977

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Nominated in 1977.

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    Network is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Network

    Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway

    Released1976

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Nominated in 1976.
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    Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Chinatown

    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

    Released1974

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Nominated in 1974.
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    Nashville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    Nashville

    Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin

    Released1975

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Nominated in 1975.

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1970s
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Nominated in 1971.
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