Worst Movies of the 70's

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1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Peter Frampton, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb

Votes: 5,533 | Gross: $20.38M

2. Tidal Wave (1973)

PG | 82 min | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama

Racked by earthquakes and volcanos, Japan is slowly sinking into the sea. A race against time and tide begins as Americans and the Japanese work together to salvage some fraction of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Shirô Moritani, Andrew Mayer | Stars: Lorne Greene, Keiju Kobayashi, Rhonda Leigh Hopkins, Hiroshi Fujioka

Votes: 291

3. Old Boyfriends (1979)

R | 103 min | Drama

When her marriage falls apart, a psychiatrist seeks out those of her former boyfriends who left the biggest impact on her life, mostly in a bad way.

Director: Joan Tewkesbury | Stars: Talia Shire, Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine, John Belushi

Votes: 201

4. Rabbit Test (1978)

PG | 84 min | Comedy

Lionel's life turns around after a one-night stand on top of a pinball table... he becomes the world's first pregnant man!

Director: Joan Rivers | Stars: Billy Crystal, Alex Rocco, Joan Prather, Doris Roberts

Votes: 636

The world's first pregnant man. Billy Crystal in the only film written and directed by Joan Rivers.

5. Frogs (1972)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

A group of helpless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke

Votes: 5,317

Should be called, "Frogs, snakes, spiders, alligators, leeches, lizards and 1 big turtle".

6. The Domino Principle (1977)

R | 100 min | Thriller, Drama

A Vietnam War veteran, imprisoned for murder, is offered his freedom if he accepts to undertake a contract killing for a shady organization.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Richard Widmark, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 1,825

Gene Hackman

7. Lovers and Liars (1979)

R | 120 min | Comedy

American actress on vacation in Italy falls for her friend's married Italian lover.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Aurore Clément

Votes: 386

Good Ennio Morricone score.

8. The White Buffalo (1977)

PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Western

At the closing of 1874 a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickok teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Kim Novak

Votes: 3,483

9. The Betsy (1978)

R | 125 min | Drama

The aging, retired founder of an auto giant comes out of retirement to try to develop a safe, fuel-efficient car.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Katharine Ross, Tommy Lee Jones

Votes: 1,307 | Gross: $17.69M

Lawrence Olivier, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, Katherine Ross. Based on Harold Robbins novel.

10. The Boys from Brazil (1978)

R | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

40 Metascore

A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer

Votes: 23,547 | Gross: $19.00M

11. Bobby Deerfield (1977)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey, Walter McGinn

Votes: 3,412 | Gross: $9.30M

12. The Last Tycoon (1976)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Romance

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau

Votes: 7,328 | Gross: $1.82M

13. The Passenger (1975)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

90 Metascore

A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he's been asked to cover, takes the risky path of coopting the identity of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry

Votes: 18,537 | Gross: $0.62M

15 critics and 2 directors put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Jack Nicholson

14. The Missouri Breaks (1976)

PG | 126 min | Drama, Western

Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd

Votes: 8,508 | Gross: $14.00M

15. The Swarm (1978)

PG | 116 min | Horror, Thriller

A huge swarm of deadly African bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain

Votes: 6,217 | Gross: $10.00M

Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, Fred MacMurray, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Lee Grant.

16. Blacula (1972)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director: William Crain | Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 5,106 | Gross: $2.18M

17. The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

PG | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

An aging Sir Hector Geste (Trevor Howard) takes a young greedy wife who's after his famed Blue Water sapphire, but his sons hide the gem and join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa.

Director: Marty Feldman | Stars: Marty Feldman, Ann-Margret, Michael York, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 1,995

Maltin thinks the first half is funny.

18. Night of the Lepus (1972)

PG | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the south-west.

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 3,810

19. Tommy (1975)

PG | 111 min | Drama, Musical

66 Metascore

A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John

Votes: 17,781 | Gross: $34.25M

One director put this on his top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll.

20. The Wiz (1978)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross

Votes: 12,620 | Gross: $21.05M

21. Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978 TV Movie)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror, Music

KISS, a rock band made up of superheroes, battles an evil inventor who has plans for destruction at a California amusement park.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley

Votes: 2,588

22. Ode to Billy Joe (1976)

PG | 106 min | Drama

At last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but ... See full summary »

Director: Max Baer Jr. | Stars: Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Joan Hotchkis, Sandy McPeak

Votes: 1,301

23. The Gauntlet (1977)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

59 Metascore

A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince

Votes: 19,128 | Gross: $35.40M

24. Avalanche (1978)

PG | 91 min | Action, Drama

The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, Robert Forster, Jeanette Nolan

Votes: 1,569

25. Goin' Coconuts (1978)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy

While performing in Hawaii Donny and Marie Osmond get involved in a crime mystery surrounding a necklace.

Director: Howard Morris | Stars: Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Herb Edelman, Kenneth Mars

Votes: 210

26. Airport '77 (1977)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland

Votes: 8,639 | Gross: $30.00M

Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Christopher Lee, M. Emmet Walsh.

27. Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978)

PG | 93 min | Comedy

Stella Johnson is a single mother living in the town of Harper Valley. Now most of the townspeople, particularly on the PTA board, think that she is a little too liberal and liberated for ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard C. Bennett, Ralph Senensky | Stars: Barbara Eden, Ronny Cox, Nanette Fabray, Louis Nye

Votes: 938

28. Thank God It's Friday (1978)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Music

A Friday in the life of the disco club the Zoo, where the staff and clients meet and dance their their lives away.

Director: Robert Klane | Stars: Donna Summer, Valerie Landsburg, Terri Nunn, Chick Vennera

Votes: 1,980 | Gross: $7.30M

29. The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

47 Metascore

A troubled, rebellious teen drives his rambunctious baseball team out to Houston where they play an exhibition game and the boy meets his estranged father, and hires him as the teams coach.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: William Devane, Jackie Earle Haley, Clifton James, Jimmy Baio

Votes: 2,682 | Gross: $19.10M

30. Jaws 2 (1978)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

51 Metascore

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 63,945 | Gross: $102.92M

31. The Greek Tycoon (1978)

R | 107 min | Drama

The life of the Greek tycoon Aristotelis Onassis.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Jacqueline Bisset, Raf Vallone, Edward Albert

Votes: 1,035

32. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey

Votes: 7,485

33. The Land That Time Forgot (1974)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Fantasy

During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Keith Barron

Votes: 4,964

34. The One and Only (1978)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips, he manages to win fellow student Mary's heart, although she's already otherwise ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Henry Winkler, Kim Darby, Gene Saks, William Daniels

Votes: 608 | Gross: $16.93M

35. Another Man, Another Chance (1977)

PG | 136 min | Western

A photographer, who has been hired to photograph the wild west of America where he has lived his entire life, tells his client of a photograph he has that was taken one hundred years ago by... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: James Caan, Geneviève Bujold, Francis Huster, Susan Tyrrell

Votes: 393

36. Orca (1977)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

27 Metascore

A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek

Votes: 9,465 | Gross: $14.72M

True story. Good Ennio Morricone score.

37. The Main Event (1979)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A bankrupt entrepreneur attempts to recoup some of her losses by getting a washed-out boxer she picked up as a tax loss back into the ring - an idea her protégé isn't fond of.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Paul Sand, Whitman Mayo

Votes: 2,394 | Gross: $42.80M

Barbara Streisand, Ryan O'neal. But "What's Up Doc?" this isn't.

38. King Kong (1976)

PG | 134 min | Adventure, Horror

61 Metascore

A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph

Votes: 27,355 | Gross: $52.61M

Pauline Kael liked it.

39. Damnation Alley (1977)

PG | 91 min | Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda, Paul Winfield

Votes: 4,486 | Gross: $8.72M

40. The Swap (1979)

R | 83 min | Crime, Drama

Vinnie gets out of jail after serving 10 years and tries to find out who killed his younger brother - played by a young Robert de Niro.

Director: Jordan Leondopoulos | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jennifer Warren, Jarred Mickey, Terrayne Crawford

Votes: 219

41. Car Wash (1976)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A comedic take on the daily life of a car wash employees, chronicling their hopes, fears, joys, dreams and tribulations. And meeting a few eccentric costumers along the way.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Darrow Igus, Otis Day

Votes: 5,803

42. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 74,618 | Gross: $82.26M

43. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera

Votes: 5,073 | Gross: $8.00M

44. The Turning Point (1977)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 3,893 | Gross: $33.60M

Nominated for best picture. Pauline Kael says, "Herbert Ross directed, unexcitingly; there's no visual sweep, no lift. Most of the characters are so heartland ordinary that they disinfect one's imagination."

45. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Votes: 24,104 | Gross: $37.82M

Nominated for best picture. 3 directors put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll.

46. Futureworld (1976)

PG | 108 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Upon uncovering the dirty secret of futuristic theme-park Futureworld, an ex-employee is killed after he tips off two other reporters who decide to do an undercover investigation.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, Yul Brynner

Votes: 8,686

47. Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Crime

When an upwardly mobile couple find themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Jane Fonda, George Segal, Ed McMahon, Dick Gautier

Votes: 3,421

48. Tropic of Cancer (1970)

NC-17 | 87 min | Biography, Drama

The film depicts the adventures of expatriate American writer Henry Miller and his friends, as they pursue art, money, food, and sex in Paris.

Director: Joseph Strick | Stars: Rip Torn, James T. Callahan, Ellen Burstyn, David Baur

Votes: 467

49. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G | 106 min | Drama, History, Musical

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