Top Twenty Movies of the Seventies

The pick of the best films I've seen from the seventies.
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1.
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
 
2.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
 
3.
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note. (110 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
4.
High Plains Drifter (1973)
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A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way. (105 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
5.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
 
6.
Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)
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Though he has an adoring wife, a bourgeois man is still tempted to pursue other women. (97 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
7.
Blanche (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Blanche is the young, pure, beautiful wife of the Master of the castle, in a secluded land. Every man is in love with her... (92 mins.)
 
8.
The Promised Land (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete... (179 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
9.
The Passenger (1975)
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A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance. (126 mins.)
 
10.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
11.
Badlands (1973)
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An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
12.
Amarcord (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
13.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
14.
Wake in Fright (1971)
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After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent. (108 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
15.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
 
16.
Adoption (1975)
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Single factory worker Kata, 43, wants to have a child with her long-time secret lover, a married man called Joska... (89 mins.)
 
17.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
18.
Red Psalm (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Set in the 1890s on the Hungarian plains, a group of farm workers go on strike in-which they face harsh reprisals and the reality of revolt, oppression, morality and violence. (87 mins.)
Director: Miklós Jancsó
 
19.
The Tenant (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
20.
The Beast (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A late businessman's daughter is heading with her aunt to the estate of her soon-to-be husband, unaware of the strange rumors that cloud the family's name. (93 mins.)