Worst Movies of the 70'sby skipcyoung | created - 25 Aug 2013 | updated - 5 hours ago | Public
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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 »
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!
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.
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.
7. Lovers and Liars (1979)
R | 120 min | Comedy
American actress on vacation in Italy falls for her friend's married Italian lover.
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.
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.
Votes: 1,307 | Gross: $17.69M
Lawrence Olivier, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, Katherine Ross. Based on Harold Robbins novel.
11. Bobby Deerfield (1977)
PG | 124 min | Drama, Romance
Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.
Votes: 3,412 | Gross: $9.30M
13. The Passenger (1975)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maltin thinks the first half is funny.
19. Tommy (1975)
PG | 111 min | Drama, Musical
A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult.
Votes: 17,781 | Gross: $34.25M
One director put this on his top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll.
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.
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 »
23. The Gauntlet (1977)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
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.
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.
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 »
29. The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Sport
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.
Votes: 2,682 | Gross: $19.10M
30. Jaws 2 (1978)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.
Votes: 63,945 | Gross: $102.92M
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.
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 »
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 »
36. Orca (1977)
PG | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.
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.
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
A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.
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.
Votes: 4,486 | Gross: $8.72M
41. Car Wash (1976)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
42. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
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.
Votes: 5,073 | Gross: $8.00M
44. The Turning Point (1977)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance
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.
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
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
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.
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.
49. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
G | 106 min | Drama, History, Musical