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This is a list of the best movies of the 70's. We've included all of the top films from the 1970's, but if your favorite 70s film isn't on the list, please feel free to add it to the list of the best 70s films yourself. The 1970's were a great era for filmmaking, with a dark and dirty New York City for storytellers to play in. Practical special effects were reaching their peak, and artistic styles were unrestrained. Remember, this is the decade that brought us Rocky, Jaws, and even Star Wars. The death throes of the Hays Code were finally over and Hollywood was free to enter a new Golden Age, as you'll see when perusing this list of the best Seventies films.

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Lon Harris added The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider - Released: 1975

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies
KirkSaw added The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies
Mark Holmes added Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

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KirkSaw added One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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KirkSaw added Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff - Released: 1971

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill - Released: 1977

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Lon Harris added Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers - Released: 1977

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies
KirkSaw added Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair - Released: 1973

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KirkSaw added Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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KirkSaw added American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers

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KirkSaw added Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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KirkSaw added The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith - Released: 1976

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WarrenMitchell added Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle - Released: 1975

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but chickens double d added Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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KirkSaw added Serpico Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

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WarrenMitchell added Rocky II Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto DurĂ¡n

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KirkSaw added The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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KirkSaw added Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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but chickens double d added Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies
Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie - Released: 1976

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence - Released: 1978

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BradleyWheat added Monty Python's Life of Brian Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

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KirkSaw added The Sting Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

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WarrenMitchell added The Jerk Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner

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KirkSaw added The Conversation Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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mrblond added Papillon Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback

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but chickens double d added National Lampoon's Animal House Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland

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Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing - Released: 1978

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WarrenMitchell added The Towering Inferno O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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KirkSaw added Marathon Man Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider

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KirkSaw added Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino, Carol Kane, Charles Durning

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KirkSaw added Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

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KirkSaw added Annie Hall Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies
but chickens double d added The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar - Released: 1979

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KirkSaw added Manhattan Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

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but chickens double d added The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

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but chickens double d added Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf - Released: 1975

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KirkSaw added Network Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, William Holden

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KirkSaw added MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

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KirkSaw added Cabaret Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey

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but chickens double d added Shaft Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks, Samuel L. Jackson

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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest 1970s Movies
KirkSaw added All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford