Best Picture 1971

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1.
The Beguiled (1971)
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While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him. (105 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
2.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
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In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. (118 mins.)
 
3.
Malpertuis (1971)
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A young sailor finds himself trapped in the labyrinthine mansion of his occultist uncle, along with a number of eccentric and mysterious relatives who all seem to be harboring a dark secret. (125 mins.)
Director: Harry Kümel
 
4.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
5.
Summer of '42 (1971)
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During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII. (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
6.
10 Rillington Place (1971)
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Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbours Tim and Beryl Evans. (111 mins.)
 
7.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
8.
Death in Venice (1971)
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In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based... (130 mins.)
 
9.
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
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Tsar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family. (183 mins.)
 
10.
The Decameron (1971)
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An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron". (112 mins.)
 
11.
The Devils (1971)
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
12.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
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In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village. (181 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
13.
The Boy Friend (1971)
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When the leading lady of a low-budget musical revue sprains her ankle, the assistant stage manager is forced to understudy and perform in her place, becoming a star and finding love in the process. (137 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
14.
Don't Deliver Us from Evil (1971)
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Anne and Lore, neighbors and best friends, barely into their teens, board at a convent school where they have taken a vow to sin and to serve Satan... (102 mins.)
Director: Joël Séria
 
15.
Just Before Nightfall (1971)
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Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend... (106 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
16.
Dirty Harry (1971)
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When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
17.
The Emigrants (1971)
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In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden)... (191 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
18.
Klute (1971)
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. (114 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
19.
A Bay of Blood (1971)
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An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out... (84 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
20.
The Fifth Cord (1971)
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An alcoholic journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer after the police make him a suspect in their investigation. (90 mins.)
Director: Luigi Bazzoni
 
21.
Straw Dogs (1971)
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A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. (113 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
22.
The French Connection (1971)
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A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
 
23.
Death Walks on High Heels (1971)
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A famed jewel thief named Rochard is slashed to death on a train. His daughter Nicole, a famous nightclub performer in Paris... (105 mins.)
Director: Luciano Ercoli
 
24.
Play Misty for Me (1971)
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A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture. (102 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
25.
Taking Off (1971)
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Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her... (93 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
26.
The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
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A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
27.
Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
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Historical drama detailing the political and religious conflict between Scotland's Catholic Queen Mary Stuart and England's Protestant Queen Elizabeth Tudor during the 16th century. (128 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
 
28.
Such Good Friends (1971)
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While awaiting the outcome of her husband's surgery, Julie Messinger discovers he has been having affairs. (101 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
29.
Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
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A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again. (89 mins.)
Director: John Hancock
 
30.
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)
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In Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll attempts to create an elixir of life using female hormones stolen from fresh corpses... (97 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
 
31.
See No Evil (1971)
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A young blind woman is pursued by a maniac while staying with family in their country manor. (89 mins.)
 
32.
The Hospital (1971)
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An over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital. (103 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
33.
Hands of the Ripper (1971)
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As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences. (85 mins.)
Director: Peter Sasdy
 
34.
Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
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A World War I soldier, rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack, finds a unique way of communicating with his doctors. (111 mins.)
Director: Dalton Trumbo
 
35.
Harold and Maude (1971)
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Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. (91 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
36.
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
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Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same... (110 mins.)
 
37.
Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)
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Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife... (89 mins.)
Director: Paolo Cavara
 
38.
Blade of the Ripper (1971)
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An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer. (98 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
 
39.
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end. (90 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
 
40.
An Ideal Place to Kill (1971)
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Two hippies find themselves on the run from the law and soon end up going undercover in a villa owned by a mysterious woman. (90 mins.)
Director: Umberto Lenzi
 
41.
The Night Visitor (1971)
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A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity"... (106 mins.)
Director: Laslo Benedek
 
42.
The Designated Victim (1971)
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A wealthy, decadent count convinces a disillusioned playboy that they shall murder one another's relatives... (105 mins.)
Director: Maurizio Lucidi
 
43.
Glass Ceiling (1971)
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(92 mins.)
 
44.
Evolution (1971 Short Film)
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A humourous illustration of the natural process of evolution. (11 mins.)
Director: Michael Mills
 
45.
Twins of Evil (1971)
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A religious sect led by Gustav Weil hunts all women suspected of witchcraft, killing a number of innocent victims. Young Katy, Gustav's niece, will involve herself in a devilish cult, and become an instrument of Justice in the region. (87 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
46.
Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
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A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be? (104 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
47.
A Safe Place (1971)
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A strange young woman lives in a fantasy world where she can never grow up. (94 mins.)
Director: Henry Jaglom
 
48.
The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)
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Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers. (97 mins.)
Director: Piers Haggard
 
49.
El armario del tiempo (1971)
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Collection of the following 7 short films from the series 'Mortadelo y Filemón, agencia de información': 'El armario del tiempo'... (78 mins.)
Director: Rafael Vara
 
50.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
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An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain. (117 mins.)
 
51.
Shaft (1971)
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Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter. (100 mins.)
Director: Gordon Parks
 
52.
The Night Digger (1971)
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Effective psychological love story with a macabre twist not found in the original Joy Cowley novel.... (97 mins.)
Director: Alastair Reid
 
53.
Countess Dracula (1971)
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In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding... (93 mins.)
Director: Peter Sasdy
 
54.
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
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An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Duffell
 
55.
Daughters of Darkness (1971)
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A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide. (87 mins.)
Director: Harry Kümel
 
56.
The Crunch Bird (1971 Short Film)
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A woman goes into a pet store seeking a gift for her husband. She decides to get him a bird with a most unusual talent, but her gift brings about an unforeseen result. (2 mins.)
Director: Ted Petok
 
57.
A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
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A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it? (104 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
58.
A Taste of Evil (1971 TV Movie)
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On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone is deliberately trying to drive her insane. (73 mins.)
 
59.
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
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Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a toy for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs. (89 mins.)
 
60.
Assault (1971)
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(56 mins.)
Director: Lancer Brooks
 
61.
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
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The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society; but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
62.
Friends (1971)
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A rich English boy meets an orphaned French girl and as they become friends, create a world that is far away from the adult world we live in. (101 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
63.
What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
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Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom. (101 mins.)
 
64.
They Might Be Giants (1971)
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In a Manhattan psychiatric hospital a man, convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, is treated by a female doctor who happens to be named Watson. (98 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
 
65.
The Omega Man (1971)
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Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
 
66.
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
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The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are... (98 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
68.
Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)
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An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared. (97 mins.)
Director: Aldo Lado
 
69.
The Nightcomers (1971)
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Prequel to the Henry James classic "Turn of the Screw" about the events leading up to the deaths of Peter Quint and Ms... (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
70.
Cold Eyes of Fear (1971)
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Respectable lawyer Peter picks up Anna, an Italian woman of dubious virtue, from the club and takes her back to his Uncle's place. They soon discover they are not alone. A gunman Quill (Julian Mateos), is waiting for them. (95 mins.)
 
71.
The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)
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When a girl is murdered in a park, a man is tried and convicted for the crime but afterwards the killings continue. (95 mins.)
Director: Duccio Tessari
 
72.
Sweet, Sweet Rachel (1971 TV Movie)
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An ESP expert uses his powers to try to track down a psychic who uses telepathy to commit murder. (71 mins.)
Director: Sutton Roley