List of crime films of the 1970s

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1.
The Great Train Robbery (1979)
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In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train. (110 mins.)
 
2.
The Lady in Red (1979)
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1930's gangster era film about Dillinger and his last girl. Written by John Sayles. (93 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
 
3.
The Onion Field (1979)
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Greg Powell is a disturbed ex-con who recruits Jimmy Smith (aka Jimmy Youngblood), a petty thief, as his partner in crime... (122 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
4.
Over the Edge (1979)
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A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own. (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
5.
Série noire (1979)
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Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona... (111 mins.)
Director: Alain Corneau
 
6.
The Driver (1978)
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"The Driver" is a specialist in a rare business: he drives getaway cars in robberies. His exceptional talent prevented him from being caught yet... (91 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
7.
Mort d'un pourri (1977)
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In the middle of the night, deputy Philippe Dubaye wakes up his old friend Xavier Maréchal with disturbing news: he has just killed Serrano... (123 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
8.
The Silent Partner (1978)
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A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash. (106 mins.)
Director: Daryl Duke
 
9.
Violette (1978)
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In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences. (124 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
10.
Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)
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Vietnam veteran Ray Hicks gets conned into helping his buddy John Converse smuggle some heroin, only... (126 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
11.
The American Friend (1977)
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Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man. (125 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
12.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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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. (140 mins.)
 
13.
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
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A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. (112 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
 
14.
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
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After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper. (99 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
15.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge 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
 
16.
The Burglars (1971)
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In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars plan an emerald heist from the home of a gem collector but the corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia is on their trail. (120 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
17.
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
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Get Carter (1971)
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When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate. (112 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
 
20.
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
 
21.
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
 
22.
Across 110th Street (1972)
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Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war. (102 mins.)
Director: Barry Shear
 
23.
Un Flic (1972)
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Bank robbery in small town ends with one of the robbers being wounded. The loot from the robbery is just an asset for the even more spectacular heist... (98 mins.)
 
24.
Frenzy (1972)
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man. (116 mins.)
 
25.
The Getaway (1972)
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A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
26.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
27.
Prime Cut (1972)
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A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out. (88 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
 
28.
Badlands (1973)
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An impressionable teen girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend go on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
29.
Charley Varrick (1973)
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A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob. (111 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
30.
Dillinger (1973)
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John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down. (107 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
31.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
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After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
32.
Mean Streets (1973)
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Following the life of a small-time hood who struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
33.
Wedding in Blood (1973)
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Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy... (95 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
34.
The Outfit (1973)
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Earl Macklin robs a bank owned by the mob, serves his prison time and is released, only to start a private war against the crime outfit that owned the bank. (103 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
 
35.
The Outside Man (1972)
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Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a French contract assassin hired by a Los Angeles crime family, ostensibly to perform a hit on some other mafia target... (104 mins.)
Director: Jacques Deray
 
36.
Borsalino and Co. (1974)
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Marseille. Heaps of flowers and funeral wreaths... "A man who no longer defends his colors is no longer a man." (110 mins.)
Director: Jacques Deray
 
37.
Borsalino (1970)
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During the 1930s, in Marseilles, France, two small time crooks work for local crime bosses until they decide to go into business for themselves. (125 mins.)
Director: Jacques Deray
 
38.
Death Wish (1974)
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A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark. (93 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
39.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
 
40.
McQ (1974)
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Seattle cop Lon McQ investigates the murder of his best friend and the corruption within the police department. (111 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
41.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
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In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away? (104 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
42.
The Sugarland Express (1974)
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A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road. (110 mins.)
 
43.
Thieves Like Us (1974)
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Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing... (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
44.
Capone (1975)
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The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years... (101 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
 
45.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
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A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
46.
Flic Story (1975)
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This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947... (112 mins.)
Director: Jacques Deray
 
47.
French Connection II (1975)
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"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York. (119 mins.)
 
48.
Dirty Hands (1975)
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Saint Tropez, 1975. Julie Wormser and her lover, writer and neighbour Jeff Marle, plan the assassination of her wealthy husband Louis... (125 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
49.
The Yakuza (1974)
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Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter... (123 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
50.
Hunter Will Get You (1976)
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L'Alpagueur is a free-lance spy from the French secret agency. He's put on the investigation about L'epervier... (110 mins.)
Director: Philippe Labro
 
51.
Barocco (1976)
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The story of a girl in love with a boxer. They plan to go abroad after making a lot of money by participating... (110 mins.)
 
52.
The Killer Inside Me (1976)
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Everyone figures Lou Ford, a small-town, Montana, deputy sheriff, to be a normal, good-old-boy kind of regular Joe... (99 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
 
53.
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
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A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative. (135 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
54.
Magnum Force (1973)
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Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
 
55.
The Enforcer (1976)
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Dirty Harry must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with a rookie female partner that he's not too excited to be working with. (96 mins.)
Director: James Fargo
 
56.
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
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A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer. (104 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
57.
The Big Sleep (1978)
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Set in England, rather than California, the story follows Raymond Chandler's book fairly closely otherwise... (99 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
58.
The Domino Principle (1977)
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Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble... (100 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
59.
Black Sunday (1977)
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Black Sunday is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the president of the United States in attendance. (143 mins.)
 
60.
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
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A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree in a Los Angeles football stadium during a major championship game... (115 mins.)
Director: Larry Peerce
 
61.
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
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To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud. (113 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
62.
The Drowning Pool (1975)
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A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is being blackmailed. (108 mins.)
 
63.
Night Moves (1975)
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Los Angeles private detective Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter and he stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling. (100 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
64.
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
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Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer. (95 mins.)
Director: Dick Richards
 
65.
The Conversation (1974)
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A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
 
66.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
67.
The Long Goodbye (1973)
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Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
68.
Shamus (1973)
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New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot... (106 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
 
69.
The Last of Sheila (1973)
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A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly. (120 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
70.
Sleuth (1972)
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A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. (138 mins.)
 
71.
Hickey & Boggs (1972)
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Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Culp
 
72.
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
 
73.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
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When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
74.
Darker Than Amber (1970)
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Professional beach bum and 'knight errant' Travis McGee goes up against psychotic body-builder Terry Bartell. McGee pulls out all the stops when he joins a Carribean cruise to bring the killer to justice. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
 
75.
Straight Time (1978)
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After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules... (114 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
 
76.
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
 
77.
Serpico (1973)
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The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
78.
Sunday in the Country (1974)
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Three vicious thugs are on the run in rural America after robbing a local bank. They seek refuge at the home of a reclusive farmer... (93 mins.)
Director: John Trent
 
79.
The Offence (1973)
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A burned-out British police detective finally snaps while interrogating a suspected child molester. (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet