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by guimes | created - 29 Jul 2012 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

27 RECOMMENDED FILMS OF 1970 (OUT OF 96 I'VE SEEN)

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1. 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: 82,973 | Gross: $61.70M

2. MASH (1970)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.6
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79 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: 59,904 | Gross: $81.60M

3. 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: 3,246 | Gross: $0.00M

4. 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: 24,969 | Gross: $106.40M

5. The Out of Towners (1970)

G | 101 min | Comedy

7.1
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An Ohio sales executive accepts a higher position within the company and travels to New York City with his wife for his job interview but things go wrong from the start.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron, Anne Meara

Votes: 6,253

6. The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

R | 95 min | Comedy

6.8
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A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Barbra Streisand, George Segal, Robert Klein, Allen Garfield

Votes: 2,584 | Gross: $23.68M

7. Woodstock (1970)

R | 184 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.1
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Votes: 13,738 | Gross: $50.00M

8. Original Cast Album: Company (1970)

50 min | Documentary

8.3
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Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" opened on Broadway in the Spring of 1970, and tradition dictates that the cast recording is done on the first Sunday after opening night. D.A. ... See full summary »

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Barbara Barrie, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning, George Coe

Votes: 227

9. I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

GP | 92 min | Drama

7.7
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A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father.

Director: Gilbert Cates | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons

Votes: 1,925

10. The Landlord (1970)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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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: 1,700

11. 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: 14,550 | Gross: $100.49M

12. The Great White Hope (1970)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.0
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A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen

Votes: 1,975

13. 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: 28,873 | Gross: $31.56M

14. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

7.5
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In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preemptive strike on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 27,262 | Gross: $29.55M

15. Brewster McCloud (1970)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Bud Cort, Shelley Duvall, Sally Kellerman, Michael Murphy

Votes: 3,302

16. Kelly's Heroes (1970)

GP | 144 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

7.7
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A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor

Votes: 38,310

17. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

GP | 116 min | Adventure, Romance, War

7.0
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Nun Sara is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan, who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Manolo Fábregas, Alberto Morin

Votes: 19,160

18. Scrooge (1970)

G | 113 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More

Votes: 7,549

19. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee, Colin Blakely, Geneviève Page

Votes: 8,499 | Gross: $3.30M

20. Gimme Shelter (1970)

R | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

7.9
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80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,090 | Gross: $0.25M

21. Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

PG | 97 min | Documentary, Music

8.0
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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

Director: Denis Sanders | Stars: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge

Votes: 2,004

22. Watermelon Man (1970)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 1,305 | Gross: $1.50M

23. My Sweet Charlie (1970 TV Movie)

G | 97 min | Drama

7.6
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A pregnant white Southern girl and a black New York lawyer, both on the run in rural Texas, meet up in a boarded-up, abandoned house and realize they both need each other in order to ... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Patty Duke, Al Freeman Jr., Ford Rainey, William Hardy

Votes: 197

24. King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

185 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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Follows Martin Luther King's life and decades long civil rights activism.

Directors: Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones

Votes: 280

25. Cromwell (1970)

G | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies, and the self-interest of the ruling class, and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin

Votes: 3,932

26. Something for Everyone (1970)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Konrad, a handsome country boy in post-war Austria, charms his way into a butler position at the castle of a widowed countess that lost her fortune. Before long the opportunistic boy is ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Prince | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Michael York, Anthony Higgins, Heidelinde Weis

Votes: 652

27. There's a Girl in My Soup (1970)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

5.7
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TV personality Robert Danvers, an exceedingly vain rotter, seduces young women daily, never staying long with one. He meets his match in Marion, an American, 19, who's available but refuses... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Peter Sellers, Goldie Hawn, Tony Britton, Ruth Trouncer

Votes: 1,789