Top Films of 1970

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1. Five Easy Pieces (1970)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.5
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A dropout 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.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg

Votes: 28,200

2. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè, Yves Montand

Votes: 17,463 | Gross: $0.37M

3. Performance (1970)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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A violent gangster seeks refuge from the mob in the Bohemian home of a former rock star.

Directors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg | Stars: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michèle Breton

Votes: 7,474

4. Zabriskie Point (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

7.1
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At Zabriskie Point, United States' lowest point, two perfect strangers meet; an undergraduate dreamer and a young hippie student who start off an unrestrained romance, making love on the dusty terrain.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, Paul Fix, G.D. Spradlin

Votes: 12,315

5. Love Story (1970)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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84 Metascore

A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland

Votes: 25,137 | Gross: $106.40M

6. Airport (1970)

G | 137 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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42 Metascore

A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

Directors: George Seaton, Henry Hathaway | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, Jean Seberg

Votes: 14,641 | Gross: $100.49M

7. The Conformist (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

8.1
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100 Metascore

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 20,731

8. Husbands (1970)

PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be ... See full summary »

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Jenny Runacre

Votes: 3,980

9. Trash (1970)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama

5.7
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The story of Joe [Dallesandro] and his lover-protector, Holly [Woodlawn], who is something to behold, a comic book Mother Courage who fancies herself as Marlene Dietrich but sounds more ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Morrissey | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn, Geri Miller, Andrea Feldman

Votes: 2,389

10. Little Big Man (1970)

PG-13 | 139 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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63 Metascore

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam

Votes: 28,996 | Gross: $31.56M

11. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

GP | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi

Votes: 13,826

12. Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

8.0
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91 Metascore

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Votes: 83,387 | Gross: $61.70M

13. MASH (1970)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.6
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80 Metascore

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 60,161 | Gross: $81.60M

14. The Wild Child (1970)

G | 83 min | Drama

7.6
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In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: François Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Cargol, Françoise Seigner, Jean Dasté

Votes: 6,428 | Gross: $0.06M

15. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

7.5
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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 20,943

16. The Boys in the Band (1970)

R | 118 min | Drama

7.7
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Tempers fray and true selves are revealed when a heterosexual is accidentally invited to a homosexual party.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Kenneth Nelson, Peter White, Leonard Frey, Frederick Combs

Votes: 3,271 | Gross: $0.00M

17. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

NC-17 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.2
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Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar

Votes: 8,487 | Gross: $9.00M

18. The Landlord (1970)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey

Votes: 1,712

19. Hi, Mom! (1970)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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A Vietnam vet moves into an apartment and views in other people's windows across the street, meets one of the women, and discovers black theater.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Robert De Niro, Allen Garfield, Lara Parker, Charles Durning

Votes: 3,466

20. Bed & Board (1970)

GP | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Some time after "Baisers Volés", Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Christine Darbon (Claude Jade) are married and Antoine works dying flowers, and Christine is pregnant and gives ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Hiroko Berghauer, Barbara Laage

Votes: 6,387

21. Valerie a týden divu (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 5,896

22. And Soon the Darkness (1970)

GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust?

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice, Sandor Elès, John Nettleton

Votes: 2,108

23. Claire's Knee (1970)

GP | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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On holiday, a conflicted man lusts after beautiful stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan

Votes: 6,695

24. Le Boucher (1970)

GP | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia, Pascal Ferone

Votes: 6,135