Best Movies 1970’s

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The films of the 1970s had a distinctive look and feel to them. New styles in filmmaking and the rise of independent filmmakers resulted in films that were more realistic and edgy.

Below are my picks for the best movies of the 1970’s.

1970:

  1. Patton (1970) Director: Franklin J. Schaffner (George C. Scott, Karl Malden)
  2. M*A*S*H (1970) Director: Robert Altman (Elliot Gould, Donald Sutherland)
  3. Five Easy Pieces (1970) Director: Bob Rafelson (Jack Nicholson, Karen Black)
  4. Airport (1970) Director: George Seaton (Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg)
  5. The Conformist (1970) Director: Bernardo Bertolucci (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Sandra)
  6. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Director: Richard Fleischer, WWII) (Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten)
  7. Love Story (1970) Director: Arthur Hiller (Ryan O’Neal, Ali MacGraw)
  8. Catch-22 (1970)Director: Mike Nichols (Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin)
  9. The Great White Hope (1970) Director: Martin Ritt (James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander)
  10. The Garden of Finzi Continis (1970) Director: Vittorio De Sica (Dominique Sandra, Lino Capolicchio)
  11. The Aristocats (1970) Director: Wolfgang Reitherman (Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway)
1971:
  1. A Clockwork Orange (1971) Director: Stanley Kubrick (Malcolm McDowell, Patrick MaGee)
  2. The French Connection  (1971) Director: William Friedkin (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider)
  3. The Last Picture Show (1971) Director: Peter Bogdanovich (Timothy Buttons, Jeff Bridges)
  4. Harold and Maude (1971) Director: Hal Ashby (Ruth GordonBud Cort)
  5. Klute (1971) Director: Alan J. Pakula (Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland)
  6. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) Director: John Schlesinger (Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch)
  7. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) Director: Robert Altman (Warren Beatty, Julie Christie)
  8. Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) Director: Franklin J. Schaffner (Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman)
  9. A New Leaf (1971) Director: Mike Nichols (Elaine May, Walter Matthau)
  10. Fiddler on the Roof  (1971) Director:  Norman Jewison (Topol, Norma Crane)
  11. Straw Dogs (1971) Director: Sam Peckinpah (Dustin Hoffman, Susan George)
  12. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) Director: Mel Stuart (Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson)
  13. Dirty Harry (1971) Director: Don Siegel (Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino)
  14. The Omega Man (1971) Director: Boris Sagal (Charlton Heston)
  15. Play Misty For Me (1971) Director: Clint Eastwood (Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills)
  16. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) Directed by Robert Stevenson (Angela LansburyRoddy McDowall)
  17. The Andromeda Strain (1971) Director: Robert Wise (James Olson, Kate Reid)
  18. The Hospital (1971) Director: Arthur Hiller (George C. Scott, Diana Rigg)
  19. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Director: Guy Hamilton (Sean Connery, Jill St. John)
  20. Bananas (1971) Director: Woody Allen (Woody Allen, Louise Lasser)
  21. Macbeth (1971) Director: Roman Polanski (Jon Finch, Martin Shaw)

1972:

  1. The Godfather (1972) Director: Francis Ford Coppola (Marlon BrandoAl Pacino)
  2. Cabaret (1972) Director: Bob Fosse (Liza Minnelli, Michael York)
  3. Cries and Whispers (1972) Director: Ingmar Bergman (Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan)
  4. What’s Up, Doc? (1972) Director: Peter Bogdanovich (Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal)
  5. Deliverance (1972) Director: John Boorman (Von Voight, Burt Reynolds)
  6. Last Tango in Paris (1972) Director: Bernardo Bertolucci (Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider)
  7. Sounder (1972) Director: Martin Ritt (Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield)
  8. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Director: Werner Herzog (Klaus Kinski, Cecilia Rivera)
  9. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) Director: Luis Buñuel) (Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig)
  10. Poseidon Adventure (1972) Ronald Neame (Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine)
  11. Lady Sings The Blues (1972) Director: Sidney J. Furie (Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams)
  12. The Candidate (1972) Director: Michael Ritchie (Robert Redford, Peter Boyle)
  13. The Ruling Class (1972) Director: Peter Medak (Peter O’Toole, Alastair Slim)
  14. Butterflies Are Free (1972) Director: Milton Katselas (Goldie HawnEdward Albert)
  15. Frenzy (1972) Director: Alfred Hitchcock (Jon Finch, Alec McCowen)
  16. The Getaway (1972) Director: Sam Peckinpah (Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw)

1973:

  1. The Exorcist (1973) Director: William Friedkin (Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair)
  2. American Graffiti (1973) Director: George Lucas (Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss)
  3. The Sting (1973) Director: George Roy Hill (Robert Redford, Paul Newman)
  4. Day for Night (1973) Director: Francois Truffaut (Jacqueline Bisset, Valentine Cortese)
  5. Paper Moon (1973) Director: Peter Bogdanovich (Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal)
  6. Badlands (1973) Director: Terrence Malick (Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek)
  7. Don’t Look Now (1973) Director: Nicolas Roeg (Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland)
  8. The Way We Were (1973) Director: Sydney Pollack (Robert Redford, Barbara Streisand)
  9. A Touch of Class (1973) Director: Melvin Frank (George Segal, Glenda Jackson)
  10. The Last Detail (1973) Director: Hal Ashby (Jack Nicholson, Otis Young)
  11. The Paper Chase (1973) Director: James Bridges (Timothy BottomsLindsay WagnerJames Naughton)
  12. Save the Tiger (1973) Director: John G. Avildsen (Jack Lemmon, Laurie Heineman)
  13. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) Director: Norman Jewison (Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman)
  14. The Wicker Man (1973) Director: Robin Hardy (Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland)
  15. Amarcord (1973) Director: Federico Fellini (Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio)
  16. Serpico (1973) Director: Sydney Lumet (Al Pacino, Tony Roberts)
  17. Scenes from a Marriage (1973) Director: Ingmar Bergman (Liv Ullman, Bibi Andersson)
  18. The Three Musketeers (1973) Director: Richard Lester (Michael YorkRaquel WelchRichard Chamberlain)
  19. Sleeper (1973) Director: Woody Allen (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton)
  20. Mean Streets (1973) Director: Martin Scorsese (Harvey Keitel, Robert DeNiro)
  21. Charlotte’s Web (1973) Director: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto (Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde) 
  22. Soylent Green (1973) (Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson)
  23. The Last of Sheila (1973) Director: Herbert Ross (Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, Raquel Welch)
  24. Westworld (1973) Director: Michael Crichton ( Yul BrynnerRichard Benjamin)
  25. Enter the Dragon (1973) Director; Robert Clouse (Bruce Lee, John Saxon)
  26. Live and Let Die (1973) Director: Guy Hamilton (Roger Moore, Jane Seymour)
  27. Robin Hood (1973) Director: Wolfgang Reitherman (Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Peter Ustinov)
1974:
  1. Chinatown (1974) Director: Roman Polanski (Jack NicholsonFaye Dunaway)
  2. The Godfather: Part II (1974) Director: Francis Ford Coppola (Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro)
  3. Young Frankenstein (1974) Director: Mel Brooks (Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle)
  4. Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Director: Sydney Lumet (Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall)
  5. The Conversation (1974) Director: Francis Ford Coppola (Gene Hackman, John Cazale)
  6. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) Director: Martin Scorsese (Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson)
  7. Lenny (1974) Director: Bob Fosse (Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine)
  8. Blazing Saddles (1974) Director: Mel Brooks (Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little)
  9. A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Director: John Cassavetes (Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk)
  10. The Parallax View (1974) Director: Alan J. Pakula (Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss)
  11. Harry and Tonto (1974) Director: Paul Mazursky (Art Carney, Ellen Burstyn)
  12. Towering Inferno (1974) Director: John Guillermin (Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway)
  13. Airport 1975 (1974) Director: Jack Smight (Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy)
  14. Earthquake (1974) Director: Mark Robson (Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy)
  15. Black Christmas (1974) Director: Bob Clark (Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder)
  16. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Director: Tobe Hooper (Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger)

1975:

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Director: Milos Forman (Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher)
  2. Nashville (1975) Director: Robert Altman (Keith CarradineKaren Black)
  3. Jaws (1975) Director: Steven Spielberg (Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss)
  4. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Director: Sydney Lumet (Al Pacino, John Cazale)
  5. Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975) Director: Peter Weir (Rachel RobertsAnne-Louise Lambert , Vivean Gray
  6. The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Director: John Huston (Sean Connery, Michael Caine)
  7. Shampoo (1975) Director: Hal Ashby (Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn)
  8. Three Days of the Condor (1975) Director: Sydney Pollack (Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson)
  9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones (Eric Idle)
  10. Barry Lyndon (1975) Director: Stanley Kubrick (Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson)
  11. The Sunshine Boys (1975) Director: Herbert Ross (Walter Matthau, George Burns)
  12. The Stepford Wives (1975) Director: Bryan Forbes (Katharine RossPaula Prentiss)
  13. Tommy (1975) Director: Ken Russell (Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed)
  14. Funny Lady (1975) Director: Herbert Ross (Barbra StreisandJames CaanOmar Sharif)
  15. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Director: Jim Sharmon (Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon)

1976:

  1. Network (1976) Director: Sydney Lumet (Peter Finch, William Holden, Faye Dunaway)
  2. All The President’s Men (1976) Director: Alan J. Pakula (Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford)
  3. Taxi Driver (1976) Director: Martin Scorsese (Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster)
  4. Marathon Man (1976) Director: John Schlesinger (Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider)
  5. Rocky (1976) Director: John G. Avildsen (Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers)
  6. The Omen (1976) Director: Richard Donner (Gregory Peck, Lee Remick)
  7. Carrie (1976) Director: Brian De Palma (Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie)
  8. Seven Beauties (1976) Director: Lina Wertmuller (Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey)
  9. Silver Streak (1976) Director: Arthur Hiller (Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh)
  10. Bound for Glory (1976) Director: Hal Ashby (David Carradine, Ronny Cox)
  11. Obsession (1976) Director: Brian De Palma (Cliff Robertson, Genevieve Bujold)
  12. The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976) Director: Nicolas Roeg (David Bowie, Rip Torn)
  13. Family Plot (1976) Director: Alfred Hitchcock (Bruce Dern, William Devane, Karen Black)
  14. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Director: John Carpenter (Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston)
  15. A Star Is Born (1976) Director: Frank Pierson (Barbra StreisandKris Kristofferson)
  16. Murder By Death (1976) Director: Robert Moore (Eileen Brennan, James Coco, Peter Falk)
  17. Logan’s Run (1976) Director: Michael Anderson (Michael York, Jenny Agutter)
  18. Burnt Offerings (1976) Director: Dan Curtis (Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis)

1977:

  1. Annie Hall (1977) Director: Woody Allen (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton)
  2. Star Wars (1977) Director: George Lucas (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher)
  3. The Turning Point (1977) Director: Herbert Ross (Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine)
  4. Julia (1977) Director: Fred Zinnemann (Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave)
  5. The Goodbye Girl (1977) Director: Herbert Ross (Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason)
  6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Director: Steven Spielberg (Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr)
  7. Equus (1977) Director: Sidney Lumet. With Richard Burton, Peter Firth)
  8. A Special Day (1977) Director: Ettore Scola (Sophia LorenMarcello Mastroianni)
  9. A Bridge Too Far (1977) Director: Richard Attenborough (Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine)
  10. Saturday Night Fever (1977) John Badham (John Travolta, Karen Gorney)
  11. Looking For Mr. Goodbar (1977) Director: Richard Brooks (Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, Richard Gere)
  12. Coma (1977) Director: Michael Crichton (Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas)
  13. The Last Wave (1977) Director: Peter Weir (Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett)
  14. The Rescuers (1977) Director: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman (Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page)
  15. Demon Seed (1977) Director: Donald Cammell (Julie ChristieFritz Weaver)
  16. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) Director: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman (Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews)
1978:
  1. The Deer Hunter (1978) Director: Michael Cimino (Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep)
  2. Coming Home (1978) Director: Hal Ashby (Jon Voight, Jane Fonda)
  3. Days of Heaven (1978) Director: Terrence Malick (Richard Gere, Brooke Adams)
  4. Midnight Express (1978) Director: Alan Parker (Brad Davis, Randy Quaid)
  5. Halloween (1978) Director: John Carpenter (Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis)
  6. Autumn Sonata (1978) Director: Ingmar Bergman (Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann)
  7. Heaven Can Wait (1978) Director: Warren Beatty (Warren Beatty, Julie Christie)
  8. An Unmarried Woman (1978) Director: Paul Mazursky (Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates)
  9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Director: Philip Kaufman (Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams)
  10. Foul Play (1978) Director: Colin Higgins (Goldie HawnChevy Chase )
  11. The Boys From Brazil (1978) Director: Franklin J. Schaffner (Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason)
  12. Superman (1978) Director: Richard Donner (Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman)
  13. Interiors (1978) Director: Woody Allen (Diane Keaton, Mary Beth HurtRichard Jordan)
  14. Watership Down (1978) Director: Martin Rosen (John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson)
  15. The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Director: Steve Rash (Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith)
  16. Comes a Horseman (1978) Director: Alan J. Pakula (James Caan, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards)
  17. Grease  (1978) Director: Randal Kleiser (John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John)
  18. The Fury (1978) Director: Brian De Palma (Kirk DouglasJohn CassavetesCarrie Snodgress
  19. Death on the Nile (1978) Director: John Guillermin (Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Lois Chiles)
  20. California Suite (1978) Director: (Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith)
  21. Same Time, Next Year (1978) Director: Robert Mulligan (Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn)
  22. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) Director: Irvin Kershner (Faye DunawayTommy Lee Jones)
  23. The Warriors (1978) Director: Walter Hill (Michael Beck, James Remar)
  24. National Lampoon’s Animal House  (1978) Director: John Landis (John Belushi, Tim Matheson)

1979:

  1. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Director: Robert Benton (Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep)
  2. Apocalypse Now (1979) Director: Francis Ford Coppola (Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando)
  3. Alien (1979) Director: Ridley Scott (Tom Skerritt, Sigouney Weaver)
  4. Breaking Away (1979) Director: Peter Yates (Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid)
  5. Norma Rae (1979) Director: Martin Ritt (Sally Field, Beau Bridges)
  6. All That Jazz (1979) Director: Bob Fosse (Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange)
  7. My Brilliant Career (1979) Director: Gillian Armstrong (Judy DavisSam Neill)
  8. Being There (1979) Director: Hal Ashby (Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine)
  9. Manhattan (1979) Director: Woody Allen (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton)
  10. The China Syndrome (1979) Director: James Bridges (Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda)
  11. The Rose (1979) Director: Mark Rydell (Bette Midler, Alan Bates and Frederic Forrest)
  12. The Muppet Movie (1979) Director: James Frawley (Jim HensonFrank Oz)
  13. Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979) Director: Terry Jones (John Cleese, Eric Idle)
  14. Time After Time (1979) Director: Nicholas Mayer (Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen)
  15. Mad Max (1979) Director: George Miller (Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel)
  16. Eraserhead Director: David Lynch (1979)

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