Top 100 Best 70s Movies

List of Great 70s Movies

So Who remember the classic 70s movies? The decade of 70s is considered as the golden decade in the history of film making.However, The first half of the decade faced a major financial break down. This was because many movies released in the first of 70s decade failed at box office. The situation was so critical that even masterpiece war films such as ‘Tora!Tora!Tora!’ flopped at box office. Even the much successful James Bond movies struggled at box office in the 70s putting a halt to the series. Small studios started selling their furniture and land to cover up loses, while big studios auctioned movie collectibles featuring from classic Hollywood movies.

Even though the first half of the 70s decade was financially low, yet it didn’t affected the directors to take big risks and try off-beat movies. This resulted in a series of highly successful movies in the 70s decade setting new records at box office. In fact 70s is considered as the only decade in which there was very tough competition between directors and it was hard for critics to decide a best film or best director of a particular year. Stanley Kubrick continued to make flawless classic films in the 70s. In terms of critical and commercial success, the decade of 70s was led by – George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Milos Forman and Woody Allen.

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Not Just directors but even a new generation of actors led Hollywood in the 1970s. Superstar Marlon Brando was the most bankable star in the 1970s. Though in the 70s he only starred in half a dozen films, yet he over shadowed other actors. He was followed by several other screen legends including – Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Sylvester Stallone, Dustin Hoffman and Woody Allen.

However another thing that make the 70s movies stand out of crowd was that directors were actually risking to give lead roles to heroines. You will find many movies in the 70s where the film centered around lead actress. Most notably being Ridley Scott’s Alien, John Carpenter’s Halloween and Brian De Palma’s Carrie. Among actresses – Jane Fonda, Sissy Spacek, Sally Field, Diane Keaton, Faye Dunaway, Glenda Jackson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Fisher rose to fame.

70s is also noted for giving birth to slasher movies – A Sub genre of Horror movies which is popular til now. Thanks to Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre and John Carpenter’s Halloween. In fact 70s horror movies are popular til today. The two most successful 70s movies that broke record at box office were Jaws and Star Wars.

Here is List of 100 best 70s movies:

100. The Towering Inferno
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99. Assault on the Precinct 13
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98. Slap Shot
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97. Logan’s Run
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96. The Enforcer
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95. Fiddler on the Roof
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94. Frenzy
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93. Don’t Look Now
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92. Cabaret
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91. Smokey and the Bandit
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90. High Plain’s Drifter
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89. The Rescuers
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88. Aguirre: The Wrath of God
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87. The Poseidon Adventure
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86. Everything you Wanted to Know about S*x but were Afraid to Ask
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85. The day of the Jackal
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84. The Man Who Would be King
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83. The Last Picture Show
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82. Last Tango In Paris
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81. THX 1138
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80. Kelly’s Heroes
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79. Murder on the Orient Express
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78. Magnum Force
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77. The Jerk
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76. Soylent Green
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75. Three days of the Condor
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74. Days of Heaven
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73. Badlands
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72. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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71. Suspiria
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70. Marathon Man
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69. The Aristocats
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68. A Bridge too Far
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67. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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66. Love Story
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65. Sleeper
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64. The Wicker Man
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63. The Outlaw Josey Wales
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62. Straw Dogs
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61. Solaris
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60. MASH
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59. Sleuth
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58. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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57. Midnight Express
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56. Harold and Maude
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55. Stalker
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54. Eraserhead
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53. Live and Let Die
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52. The Man With the Golden Gun
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51. Diamonds are Forever
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50. The Spy who loved me
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49. All the President’s Men
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48. The Conversation
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47. Moonraker
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46. Papillon
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45. Deliverance
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44. Blazing Saddles
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43. Patton
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42. The Omen
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41. The Warrior
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40. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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39. Animal House
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38. Mad Max
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37. Grease
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36. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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35. Young Frankenstein
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34. Carrie
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33. Dawn of the Dead
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32. Enter the Dragon
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31. Serpico
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30. American Graffiti
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29. Mean Streets
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28. Escape from Alcatraz
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27. Manhattan
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26. Superman
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25. The French Connection
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24. Kramer Vs Kramer
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23. Barry Lyndon
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22. Network
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21. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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20. Halloween
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19. Dirty Harry
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18. Dog Day Afternoon
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17. The Sting
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16. The Deer Hunter
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15. Chinatown
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14. Annie Hall
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13. Monty Python and Life of Brian
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12. The Exorcist
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11. Monty Python and the holy Grail
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10. Rocky
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9. Jaws
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8. One Flew over Cuckoo’s Nest
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7. Apocalypse Now
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6. Alien
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5. A Clockwork Orange
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4. Taxi Driver
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3. The Godfather II
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2. The Godfather
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1. Star Wars: A New Hope
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An Honorable mention in the list was Sir Bruce Lee who starred in few of the finest martial arts movies of all time. The Legend died in 1973 but his movies had a huge impact on Hollywood and in later decades martial arts and kung fu were a major focus of action movies. Also 70s was the decade which saw the rise of superhero ‘Superman’ on the big screen.

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