My Top 20 by Year - 1970

Under construction and always in progress.

The Best films from this year (according to IMDb) I've seen (so far).

Out of 160 films 'seen' (ie rated at IMDb).
(Sep 2016)

Notes:
- Features, shorts, docs and TV movies eligible ("A film is a film is a film.").
- TV mini-series are NOT (unless stated otherwise).
- My humble rates added (for films with the same rate just once or twice though).
- Films with the same rate are ordered arbitrarily. Feel free to re-order them at your will.
- When I saw more than 20 excellent films (9/10 or above in my book) from a certain year I'll try and list them ALL. That would make some lists much longer but all the excellentia deserves to be mentioned.

Cinema = cinema (big screen) viewing
TV = TV viewing
PC = download
OL = online viewing
VHS = VHS viewing

Yet to see (among many):

Pratidwandi (The Adversary, S. Ray, 1970)
La rupture (The Breakup, Chabrol, 1970)
Anaparastasi (Reconstruction, Angelopoulos, 1970)
Les choses de la vie (The Things of Life, Sautet, 1970)
Mujo (This Transient Life, Jissoji, 1970)
La muralla verde (The Green Wall, Robles Godoy, 1970)
Ice (R. Kramer, 1970)
Adelheid (Vlácil, 1970)
Kladivo na carodejnice (Witchhammer, Vávra, 1970)
Uski Roti (Our Daily Bread, Kaul, 1970)
Rengoku eroica (Heroic Purgatory, Yoshida, 1970)
Petit à petit (Little by Little, Rouch, 1970)
Vamos a matar, compañeros (Companeros, Corbucci, 1970)
I Walk the Line (Frankenheimer, 1970)
The Kremlin Letter (Huston, 1970)
Soldier Blue (R. Nelson, 1970)
San Domingo (Syberberg, 1970)
Peau d'âne (Donkey Skin, Demy, 1970)
Magasiskola (The Falcons, Gaál, 1970)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (Fleischer/Fukasaku/Masuda, 1970)
Oratotis Miden (Visibility Zero, Foskolos, 1970)
The Railway Children (Jeffries, 1970)
I Never Sang for My Father (Cates, 1970)
Berlin Horse (le Grice, 1970, sh)
Os deuses E Os Mortos (Of Gods and the Undead, R. Guerra, 1970)
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1.
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley. (140 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Cinema. 10/10. ” - miran_kor
 
2.
Tristana (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When the young woman Tristana's mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope... (95 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
3.
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
4.
Zabriskie Point (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology... (110 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
5.
The Clowns (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A ragout of real memories and mockumentary, as Fellini explores a childhood obsession: circus clowns. (92 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
6.
The Music Lovers (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy. (123 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
7.
MASH (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
8.
Catch-22 (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
9.
Little Big Man (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer. (139 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
10.
The Strawberry Statement (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Simon is a student at a college in San Francisco. He is content to be on the rowing team and remain as just a casual observer to the on-campus unrest... (109 mins.)
Director: Stuart Hagmann
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
11.
Corridor (1970 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An unknown observer is seen traveling through a bleak corridor. At the end of the corridor they see a naked woman, whom they are unable to reach as their trip seems to become increasingly twisted and looped. (23 mins.)
Director: Standish Lawder
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
12.
A Trip Down the River (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A stowaway on a cruise ship is mistaken for an entertainment director. (65 mins.)
Director: Marek Piwowski
“ OL. 10/10. ” - miran_kor
 
13.
El Topo (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
“ PC. 9/10. ” - miran_kor
 
14.
The Ear (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry... (94 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
“ OL.

Note (IMDb Trivia):
"Although made in 1970, this didn't see major release until 1989." ” - miran_kor
 
15.
The Confession (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed... (139 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
16.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the late 1930s, in Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading families, wealthy, aristocratic... (94 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
17.
The Birch Wood (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Takes place in a prewar Poland. A tubercular young man comes to stay with his brother on a farm. He... (99 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
18.
Bed & Board (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Some time after "Baisers Volés", Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Christine Darbon (Claude Jade) are married and Antoine works dying flowers... (100 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
19.
Landscape After Battle (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Film opens with the mad rush of haphazard freedom as the concentration camps are liberated. Men are trying to grab food... (109 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
20.
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
21.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
22.
Performance (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out... (105 mins.)
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
23.
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (77 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
24.
The Conformist (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (111 mins.)
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
25.
Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets... (88 mins.)
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
26.
A Swedish Love Story (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two teenagers fall in love over the summer, in spite of cynical and disapproving adults who dismiss their relationship as being nothing but young love. (115 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
27.
Lovefilm (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Jansci reminiscences about Kata his childhood friend in pre-WWII Budapest, They are separated as a result of WWII. Reunited as adults, they struggle with whether they will stay in each others lives. (123 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
28.
Cleopatra: Queen of Sex (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In order to foil the enemy aliens' "Cleopatra Plan", three people from the future are spiritually sent back to Cleopatra's time to understand the enemy intentions. (112 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
29.
Husbands (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together... (131 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
30.
Joe (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument... (107 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
31.
First Love (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Based on Ivan Turgeyev's novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman... (89 mins.)
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
32.
Zorns Lemma (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A rhythmically edited alphabet composed of street and shop signs shot in New York City and other elements is gradually replaced by repeated seemingly abstract shots in this influential structuralist film. (60 mins.)
Director: Hollis Frampton
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
33.
Inhabitants (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(9 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
34.
Handcuffs (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Small village in mountains of Dalmatinska Zagora is under total control of Andrija, local Party official... (80 mins.)
Director: Krsto Papic
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
35.
Rdece klasje (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An ex-partisan and current political activist sets out to Styria region in Slovenia to buy out the wheat... (85 mins.)
“ Orig. title: Rdeče klasje.

Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
36.
The Hart of London (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A surreal sequence of images of nature and London, Ontario, life and death. (80 mins.)
Director: Jack Chambers
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
37.
The Ossuary (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A non-narrative voyage round Sedlec Ossuary, which has been constructed from over 50,000 human skeletons (victims of the Black Death). (10 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
38.
Serene Velocity (1970 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
(23 mins.)
Director: Ernie Gehr
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
39.
Patton (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
40.
Gratinirani mozak Pupilije Ferkeverk (1970 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Plotless and wordless, beautifully edited shots of young (often naked or semi-naked) people in various positions, illustrating different emotions, actions and situations, underlined by rock music. (12 mins.)
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
41.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
42.
Carol (1970 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(6 mins.)
Director: Ed Emshwiller
“ OL. 9/10. ” - miran_kor