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The Best Movies From The 1970s

“What are the best 1970s Movies?” We looked at 278 of the top 1970s films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 43 films, all appearing on 4 or more “Best 1970s” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 225+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 43 Best 1970s Movies Ever Made



43 .) A Woman Under the Influence (1974) directed by John Cassavetes

	A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • The Stacker

Mabel Longhetti, desperate and lonely, is married to a Los Angeles municipal construction worker, Nick. Increasingly unstable, especially in the company of others, she craves happiness, but her extremely volatile behavior convinces Nick that she poses a danger to their family and decides to commit her to an institution for six months. Alone with a trio of kids to raise on his own, he awaits her return, which holds more than a few surprises.



42 .) Barry Lyndon (1975) directed by Stanley Kubrick

	Barry Lyndon (1975)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • The Stacker

Stanley Kubrick bent the conventions of the historical drama to his own will in this dazzling vision of brutal aristocracy, adapted from a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. In picaresque detail, Barry Lyndon chronicles the adventures of an incorrigible trickster (Ryan O’Neal) whose opportunism takes him from an Irish farm to the battlefields of the Seven Years’ War and the parlors of high society.



41 .) Deliverance (1972) directed by John Boorman

	Deliverance (1972)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • MSN
  • Short List

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they’ll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.



40 .) Five Easy Pieces (1970) directed by Bob Rafelson

	Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine

A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn’t spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.



39 .) Harold and Maude (1971) directed by Hal Ashby

	Harold and Maude (1971)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Stacker

The young Harold lives in his own world of suicide-attempts and funeral visits to avoid the misery of his current family and home environment. Harold meets an 80-year-old woman named Maude who also lives in her own world yet one in which she is having the time of her life. When the two opposites meet they realize that their differences don’t matter and they become best friends and love each other.



38 .) Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) directed by Robert Benton

	Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • MSN
  • Short List
  • The Stacker

Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.



37 .) Mad Max (1979) directed by George Miller

	Mad Max (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rolling Stone
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Timothys Johnston

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.



36 .) Manhattan (1979) directed by Woody Allen

	Manhattan (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

Manhattan explores how the life of a middle-aged television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend’s mistress.



35 .) Patton (1970) directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

	Patton (1970)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • MSN
  • The Stacker

“Patton” tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton’s career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton’s numerous faults such his temper and habit towards insubordination.



34 .) Saturday Night Fever (1977) directed by John Badham

	Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Harpers Bazaar
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine

Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who’d give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he’s a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited Tony struts his stuff amidst flashing lights and sweaty, undulating bodies. Tony’s class aspirations are mirrored in his relationship with his dance partner, a secretary eager to move into the glamorous world of Manhattan.



33 .) Silent Running (1972) directed by Douglas Trumbull

	Silent Running (1972)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Red Hair
  • IMDB
  • Rolling Stone
  • Timothys Johnston

In a future Earth barren of all flora and fauna, the planet’s ecosystems exist only in large pods attached to spacecraft. When word comes in that the pods are to be jettisoned into space and destroyed so that the spacecraft can be reused for commercial purposes, most of the crew of the Valley Forge rejoice at the prospect of going home. Not so for botanist Freeman Lowell who loves the forest and its creatures, so decides to take matters into his own hands to protect what he loves. ×



32 .) Superman (1978) directed by Richard Donner

	Superman (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Rolling Stone

Mild-mannered Clark Kent works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane. Clark must summon his superhero alter-ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor launches a plan to take over the world.



31 .) Suspiria (1977) directed by Dario Argento

	Suspiria (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Taste Of Cinema

From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tanz Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.



30 .) The Last Picture Show (1971) directed by Peter Bogdanovich

	The Last Picture Show (1971)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • The Stacker

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny and Duane, live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating local beauty, Jacy, while Sonny is having an affair with the coach’s wife, Ruth. As graduation nears, both boys contemplate their futures. While Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business, each boy struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else.



29 .) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) directed by Mel Stuart

	Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • The Stacker

Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka prompts a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary. But does Wonka have an agenda hidden amid a world of Oompa Loompas and chocolate rivers?



28 .) Badlands (1973) directed by Terrence Malick

	Badlands (1973)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • The Stacker

Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.



27 .) Dirty Harry (1971) directed by Don Siegel

	Dirty Harry (1971)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • The Stacker

When a madman dubbed ‘Scorpio’ terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.



26 .) Mean Streets (1973) directed by Martin Scorsese

	Mean Streets (1973)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Short List

A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.



25 .) American Graffiti (1973) directed by George Lucas

	American Graffiti (1973)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • The Cinemaholic

A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.



24 .) Dog Day Afternoon (1975) directed by Sidney Lumet

	Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flickering Myth
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

Based on the true story of would-be Brooklyn bank robbers John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale. Sonny and Sal attempt a bank heist which quickly turns sour and escalates into a hostage situation and stand-off with the police. As Sonny’s motives for the robbery are slowly revealed and things become more complicated, the heist turns into a media circus.



23 .) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

	Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Taste Of Cinema

King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black Knight who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as “it is a silly place”.



22 .) Serpico (1973) directed by Sidney Lumet

	Serpico (1973)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • The Stacker

The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.



21 .) Halloween (1978) directed by John Carpenter

	Halloween (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Stacker

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween Night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.



20 .) Network (1976) directed by Sidney Lumet

	Network (1976)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

When veteran anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ratings.



19 .) The Conversation (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

	The Conversation (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Short List
  • The Stacker

Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client’s brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco’s Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger.



18 .) The Deer Hunter (1978) directed by Michael Cimino

	The Deer Hunter (1978)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Stacker

A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos – not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend – and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.



17 .) The French Connection (1971) directed by William Friedkin

	The French Connection (1971)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Stacker

Tough narcotics detective ‘Popeye’ Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.



16 .) All the President’s Men (1976) directed by Alan J. Pakula

	All the President's Men (1976)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National Headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. After the editor of the Post runs with the story and assigns Woodward and Carl Bernstein to it, they find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party—and eventually into the White House itself. ×



15 .) The Exorcist (1973) directed by William Friedkin

	The Exorcist (1973)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Stacker

12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.



14 .) The Sting (1973) directed by George Roy Hill

	The Sting (1973)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Stacker

Set in the 1930s this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.



13 .) Annie Hall (1977) directed by Woody Allen

	Annie Hall (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.



12 .) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) directed by Steven Spielberg

	Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Timothys Johnston

After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.



11 .) Jaws (1975) directed by Steven Spielberg

	Jaws (1975)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.



10 .) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) directed by Milos Forman

	One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy, inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.



9 .) Rocky (1976) directed by John G. Avildsen

	Rocky (1976)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Stacker

When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with trainer Mickey Goldmill to make the most of this once in a lifetime break.



8 .) Alien (1979) directed by Ridley Scott

	Alien (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Red Hair
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Short List
  • The Stacker
  • Timothys Johnston

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.



7 .) Apocalypse Now (1979) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

	Apocalypse Now (1979)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, “does not exist, nor will it ever exist.” His goal is to locate – and eliminate – a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.



6 .) Chinatown (1974) directed by Roman Polanski

	Chinatown (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.



5 .) The Godfather: Part II (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

	The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.



4 .) A Clockwork Orange (1971) directed by Stanley Kubrick

	A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Red Hair
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of “droogs”. But he’s a boy who also likes Beethoven’s Ninth and a bit of “the old in-out, in-out”. He later finds himself at the mercy of the state and its brainwashing experiment designed to take violence off the streets.



3 .) Taxi Driver (1976) directed by Martin Scorsese

	Taxi Driver (1976)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.



2 .) The Godfather (1972) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

	The Godfather (1972)

Lists It Appears On:

  • BFI
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • Flickering Myth
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker

Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.



1 .) Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) directed by George Lucas

	Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Big Red Hair
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Flick Chart
  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • MSN
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Short List
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Stacker
  • Timothys Johnston

Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.



 


The 225+ Additional Best 1970s Films



 

# Movies Directors Lists
44 Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)   Flick Chart
List Challenges
Movie Mezzanine
45 Animal House (1978)   List Challenges
Movie Mezzanine
Short List
46 Being There (1979) Hal Ashby IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
The Stacker
47 Blazing Saddles (1974)   List Challenges
Movie Mezzanine
The Stacker
48 Cabaret (1972)   Movie Mezzanine
The Cinemaholic
The Stacker
49 Days of Heaven (1978)   Flick Chart
Movie Mezzanine
The Stacker
50 Don’t Look Now (1973) Nicolas Roeg Flickering Myth
IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
51 Eraserhead (1977)   BFI
Movie Mezzanine
Taste Of Cinema
52 Grease (1978)   Harpers Bazaar
Movie Mezzanine
MSN
53
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  Big Red Hair
Rolling Stone
Timothys Johnston
54 Love and Death (1975)   Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine
The Stacker
55 Marathon Man (1976) John Schlesinger Flickering Myth
IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
56 MASH (1970) Robert Altman IMDB
List Challenges
MSN
57 McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) Robert Altman IMDB
List Challenges
Movie Mezzanine
58 Nashville (1975) Robert Altman IMDB
List Challenges
Movie Mezzanine
59 Paper Moon (1973) Peter Bogdanovich IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
The Stacker
60 Rollerball (1975)   Big Red Hair
Rolling Stone
Timothys Johnston
61 Sleuth (1972) Joseph L. Mankiewicz IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
The Stacker
62 Solaris (1972)   Movie Mezzanine
MSN
Rolling Stone
63 Soylent Green (1973)   Big Red Hair
Rolling Stone
Timothys Johnston
64 Stalker (1979)   Flick Chart
Movie Mezzanine
Rolling Stone
65
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  List Challenges
Movie Mezzanine
Taste Of Cinema
66 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Tobe Hooper IMDB
MSN
Taste Of Cinema
67 Young Frankenstein (1974)   List Challenges
Ranker
The Stacker
68 3 Women (1977)   Movie Mezzanine
The Stacker
69 All That Jazz (1979) Bob Fosse IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
70
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  Rolling Stone
Timothys Johnston
71
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
  Movie Mezzanine
Taste Of Cinema
72 Black Sunday (1977) John Frankenheimer IMDB
The Cinemaholic
73 Blue Collar (1978) Paul Schrader IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
74 Breaking Away (1979) Peter Yates IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
75 Brewster McCloud (1970)   Movie Mezzanine
Taste Of Cinema
76 Carnal Knowledge (1971) Mike Nichols IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
77 Carrie (1976) Brian De Palma IMDB
Short List
78 Coming Home (1978) Hal Ashby IMDB
The Cinemaholic
79
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes’ (1972)
  Big Red Hair
Rolling Stone
80 Dawn of the Dead (1978)   Movie Mezzanine
The Stacker
81 Duel (1971) Steven Spielberg IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
82 Enter the Dragon (1973) Robert Clouse IMDB
Taste Of Cinema
83 Get Carter   Flickering Myth
Movie Mezzanine
84 Killer of Sheep (1978)   BFI
Movie Mezzanine
85 Klute (1971) Alan J. Pakula Harpers Bazaar
IMDB
86 Last Tango in Paris (1972) Bernardo Bertolucci IMDB
List Challenges
87 Logan’s Run’ (1976)   Rolling Stone
Timothys Johnston
88 Love Story (1970)   Harpers Bazaar
MSN
89 Midnight Express (1978) Alan Parker IMDB
Ranker
90 Papillon (1973) Franklin J. Schaffner IMDB
The Stacker
91 Piranha (1978) Joe Dante IMDB
Taste Of Cinema
92 Shampoo (1975) Hal Ashby IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
93
Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ (1979)
  Rolling Stone
Timothys Johnston
94 Straw Dogs (1971) Sam Peckinpah IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
95 The Black Hole (1979)   Rolling Stone
Timothys Johnston
96 The Brood (1979)   Movie Mezzanine
Rolling Stone
97 The Holy Mountain (1973)   Movie Mezzanine
The Stacker
98 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) John Cassavetes IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
99 The Last Detail (1973) Hal Ashby IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
100 The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)   Big Red Hair
Rolling Stone
101 The Omega Man (1971)   Rolling Stone
Timothys Johnston
102 The Omen (1976) Richard Donner IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
103 The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Clint Eastwood IMDB
The Stacker
104 The Passenger (1975) Michelangelo Antonioni IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
105 The Wicker Man (1973) Robin Hardy IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
106 Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971)   Movie Mezzanine
Taste Of Cinema
107 Westworld’ (1973)   Big Red Hair
Rolling Stone
108 Woodstock   Movie Mezzanine
The Cinemaholic
109 21 Up   Movie Mezzanine
110 A Boy and His Dog’ (1975)   Rolling Stone
111 A Touch of Class (1973) Melvin Frank IMDB
112 Airport (1970) George Seaton IMDB
113 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul   Movie Mezzanine
114 Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) Martin Scorsese IMDB
115 Amarcord   Movie Mezzanine
116 An Unmarried Woman (1978) Paul Mazursky IMDB
117 Arabian Nights   Movie Mezzanine
118 Assault On Precinct 13   Movie Mezzanine
119 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)   Taste Of Cinema
120 Battlestar Galactica’ (1978)   Rolling Stone
121 Bound for Glory (1976) Hal Ashby IMDB
122
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’ (1979)
  Rolling Stone
123 California Split   Movie Mezzanine
124 Camera Buff   Movie Mezzanine
125 Cannibal Holocaust (1979)   Taste Of Cinema
126 CAPRICORN ONE (1977)   Timothys Johnston
127 Celine and Julie Go Boating   Movie Mezzanine
128 Charlotte’s Web   Movie Mezzanine
129 Chinese Roulette   Movie Mezzanine
130 Coffy (1973)   Taste Of Cinema
131
Colossus: The Forbin Project’ (1970)
  Rolling Stone
132 Cousin Cousine   Movie Mezzanine
133 Cries and Whispers   Movie Mezzanine
134 Crimes of the Future’ (1970)   Rolling Stone
135 Damnation Alley’ (1977)   Rolling Stone
136 Dark Star’ (1974)   Rolling Stone
137 Day for Night   Movie Mezzanine
138 Death Race 2000’ (1975)   Rolling Stone
139 Death Wish   Flickering Myth
140 Deathsport’ (1978)   Rolling Stone
141 Deep End   Movie Mezzanine
142 Deep Red   Flickering Myth
143 Deep Throat, Debbie Does Dallas   Flickering Myth
144 Demon Seed’ (1977)   Rolling Stone
145 Downpour   Movie Mezzanine
146 Duelle   Movie Mezzanine
147 Earthquake (1974) Mark Robson IMDB
148 Edvard Munch   Movie Mezzanine
149 El Topo (1971)   Taste Of Cinema
150 Emmanuelle (1974)   Taste Of Cinema
151
Escape From the Planet of the Apes’ (1971)
  Rolling Stone
152 Every Which Way but Loose (1978) James Fargo IMDB
153 F for Fake   Movie Mezzanine
154 Fantastic Planet’ (1973)   Rolling Stone
155 Fiddler on the Roof (1971)   The Stacker
156 Four Nights of a Dreamer   Movie Mezzanine
157 Foxy Brown   Flickering Myth
158 French Connection II (1975) John Frankenheimer IMDB
159 Futureworld’ (1976)   Rolling Stone
160 Girlfriends (1978)   BFI
161 God Told Me To’ (1976)   Rolling Stone
162 Goodfellas   Flickering Myth
163 Grey Gardens   Movie Mezzanine
164 Hardware Wars’ (1978)   Rolling Stone
165 Harlan County, USA   Movie Mezzanine
166 Hi, Mom!   Movie Mezzanine
167 Hickey and Boggs   Movie Mezzanine
168 High Plains Drifter (1973) Clint Eastwood IMDB
169 Holy Mountain (1973)   Taste Of Cinema
170 Hospital   Movie Mezzanine
171
How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman
  Movie Mezzanine
172 In the Realm of the Senses   Movie Mezzanine
173 Interiors   Movie Mezzanine
174
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
  Movie Mezzanine
175 Johnny Got His Gun (1971)   The Stacker
176 Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) John ‘Bud’ Cardos IMDB
177 Laserblast’ (1978)   Rolling Stone
178 Last Picture Show   Movie Mezzanine
179 Le Cercle Rouge   Movie Mezzanine
180 Lenny (1974) Bob Fosse IMDB
181 Life of Brian   Movie Mezzanine
182 Little Big Man (1970) Arthur Penn IMDB
183 Mahogany   Harpers Bazaar
184 Manila in the Claw of Light   Movie Mezzanine
185 Message From Space’ (1978)   Rolling Stone
186 Mikey and Nicky   Movie Mezzanine
187 National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) John Landis IMDB
188 New York, New York   Movie Mezzanine
189 Night Moves (1975) Arthur Penn IMDB
190 Night Porter   Movie Mezzanine
191 No Lies   Movie Mezzanine
192 Opening Night (1977)   The Stacker
193 Pakeezah   Movie Mezzanine
194 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) Sam Peckinpah IMDB
195 Peeping Tom   Flickering Myth
196 Perceval le Gallois   Movie Mezzanine
197 Phantasm (1979) Don Coscarelli IMDB
198 Phantom of the Paradise (1974)   Taste Of Cinema
199 Phase IV’ (1974)   Rolling Stone
200 Picnic At Hanging Rock   Movie Mezzanine
201 Pink Flamingos (1972)   Taste Of Cinema
202 Play Misty for Me (1971) Clint Eastwood IMDB
203 Punishment Park (1971)   The Stacker
204 Raging Bull   Flickering Myth
205 Real Life   Movie Mezzanine
206 Richard Pryor: Live In Concert   Movie Mezzanine
207 Roller Boogie   Movie Mezzanine
208 Rumble Fish   Flickering Myth
209 Salem’s Lot (1979 TV Movie) Tobe Hooper IMDB
210 Scarecrow (1973) Jerry Schatzberg IMDB
211 Scenes from a Marriage   Movie Mezzanine
212 Shaft   Flickering Myth
213 Sholay   Movie Mezzanine
214 Silver Streak (1976) Arthur Hiller IMDB
215 Sisters (1972) Brian De Palma IMDB
216 Slap Shot   Movie Mezzanine
217 Slaughterhouse-Five’ (1972)   Rolling Stone
218 Sleeper’ (1973)   Rolling Stone
219 Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Hal Needham IMDB
220 Sounder   Movie Mezzanine
221 Spirit of the Beehive   Movie Mezzanine
222 Starcrash’ (1978)   Rolling Stone
223 Stay Hungry (1976) Bob Rafelson IMDB
224 Still Life   Movie Mezzanine
225 Straight Time (1978) Ulu Grosbard IMDB
226 Tale of Tales   Movie Mezzanine
227 Taxi zum klo   Movie Mezzanine
228 That Obscure Object of Desire   Movie Mezzanine
229 The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)   Taste Of Cinema
230 The Age of Medici   Movie Mezzanine
231 The Andromeda Strain’ (1971)   Rolling Stone
232 The Bad News Bears (1976) Michael Ritchie IMDB
233 The Castle of Cagliostro   Movie Mezzanine
234 The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith   Movie Mezzanine
235 The Conformist   Movie Mezzanine
236
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  Movie Mezzanine
237 The Eyes of Laura Mars   Harpers Bazaar
238 The Getaway   Short List
239 The Great Gatsby   Harpers Bazaar
240 The Incredible Melting Man’ (1977)   Rolling Stone
241 The Jerk   Movie Mezzanine
242 The Long Goodybe   Movie Mezzanine
243 The Main Event (1979) Howard Zieff IMDB
244
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
  The Stacker
245 The Marriage of Maria Braun   Movie Mezzanine
246 The Mirror   Movie Mezzanine
247 The Night of Counting the Years   Movie Mezzanine
248 The Obscure Object of Desire   Movie Mezzanine
249 The Parallax View (1974) Alan J. Pakula IMDB
250 The Phantom of Liberty   Movie Mezzanine
251 The Poseidon Adventure (1972) Ronald Neame IMDB
252 The Spirit of the Beehive   Movie Mezzanine
253 The Stepford Wives   Harpers Bazaar
254 The Taking of Pelham 123   Movie Mezzanine
255 The Terminal Man’ (1974)   Rolling Stone
256 The Towering Inferno (1974) John Guillermin IMDB
257 The Warriors (1979)   Taste Of Cinema
258 The Way We Were (1973) Sydney Pollack IMDB
259 The Wild Child   Movie Mezzanine
260 Three Days of the Condor (1975) Sydney Pollack IMDB
261 THX 1138’ (1971)   Rolling Stone
262 TIME AFTER TIME   Big Red Hair
263 Time After Time’ (1979)   Rolling Stone
264 Trilogy of Life   Movie Mezzanine
265 Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)   Taste Of Cinema
266 v   Movie Mezzanine
267 Vampyros Lesbos (1971)   Taste Of Cinema
268 W.R. Mysteries of the Organism   Movie Mezzanine
269 Wake In Fright   Movie Mezzanine
270 Watership Down   Movie Mezzanine
271 Welcome to Blood City’ (1977)   Rolling Stone
272 Welfare   Movie Mezzanine
273 Wise Blood   Movie Mezzanine
274 Wizards’ (1977)   Rolling Stone
275 Woman Under the Influence   Movie Mezzanine
276 World on a Wire   Movie Mezzanine
277 Zardoz’ (1974)   Rolling Stone
278 Zorns Lemma   Movie Mezzanine

 


 


17 Best 1970s Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
BFI 10 great American films of the 1970s
Big Red Hair The Best Science Fiction Films of the 1970s
Cheat Sheet The 10 Best Movies of the 1970s
Flick Chart The Best Movies of the 1970s
Flickering Myth The 1970s – The Best Era In Cinema History?
Harpers Bazaar The ’70s Films That Every Fashion Girl Should Watch
IMDB The 100 Best Films Of The 1970’s
List Challenges 100 Greatest Movies of the 1970s
Movie Mezzanine History of Film: The Best Movies of the 1970s
MSN 30 movies from the 1970s you have to watch
Ranker Best 70s Movies
Rolling Stone 50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s
Short List The 25 greatest movies of the 70s
Taste Of Cinema The 25 Best Cult Movies of the 1970s
The Cinemaholic 70s Movies | 20 Best Movies of the 1970s
The Stacker 50 best movies from the 1970s
Timothys Johnston TSJ’s List of the Best Science Fiction Movies of the 1970’s

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