Best 100 Movies of '70sby jzerenidis | created - 24 Nov 2016 | updated - 05 May 2018 | Public
Best Movies of the decade 1970-1979 that I've seen, ranked best to worst.
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1. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,511,413 | Gross: $134.97M
The Godfather I (1972) 10/10
2. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 1,058,697 | Gross: $57.30M
The Godfather II (1974) 10/10
3. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 744,942 | Gross: $78.90M
Alien (1979) 10/10
4. The Conversation (1974)
PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered.
Votes: 90,824 | Gross: $4.42M
The Conversation (1974) 9/10
5. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War
A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.
Votes: 572,075 | Gross: $83.47M
Apocalypse Now (1979) 9/10
6. Young Frankenstein (1974)
PG | 106 min | Comedy
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Votes: 137,047 | Gross: $86.30M
Young Frankenstein (1974) 9/10
7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 865,109 | Gross: $112.00M
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 9/10
8. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 294,973 | Gross: $48.98M
The Deer Hunter (1978) 9/10
9. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.
Votes: 675,623 | Gross: $28.26M
Taxi Driver (1976) 9/10
10. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a 12 year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.
Votes: 345,927 | Gross: $232.91M
The Exorcist (1973) 9/10
11. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
PG | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) 9/10
12. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,173,655 | Gross: $322.74M
Star Wars (1977) 8/10
13. Chinatown (1974)
R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.
Votes: 276,713 | Gross: $29.20M
Chinatown (1974) 8/10
14. Straw Dogs (1971)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.
Straw Dogs (1971) 8/10
15. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Votes: 224,698 | Gross: $50.00M
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 8/10
16. The Sting (1973)
PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.
Votes: 228,991 | Gross: $159.60M
The Sting (1973) 8/10
17. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
A Clockwork Orange (1971) 8/10
18. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Votes: 523,387 | Gross: $260.00M
Jaws (1975) 8/10
19. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
R | 155 min | Drama, Romance
Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.
Votes: 19,232 | Gross: $13.34M
A Woman Under the Influence (1974) 8/10
20. The French Connection (1971)
R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
The French Connection (1971) 8/10
21. Duel (1971 TV Movie)
PG | 90 min | Action, Thriller
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.
Duel (1971) 8/10
22. Deliverance (1972)
R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
Deliverance (1972) 8/10
23. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
R | 83 min | Horror
Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.
Votes: 127,702 | Gross: $30.86M
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) 8/10
24. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus Christ, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
Votes: 348,305 | Gross: $20.05M
Life of Brian (1979) 8/10
25. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
PG | 105 min | Drama
Ted Kramer's wife leaves him, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
Votes: 124,292 | Gross: $106.26M
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) 8/10
26. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.
Votes: 48,986 | Gross: $50.80M
A Bridge Too Far (1977) 8/10
27. Sleuth (1972)
PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.
Sleuth (1972) 8/10
28. Papillon (1973)
R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Votes: 116,325 | Gross: $53.27M
Papillon (1973) 8/10
29. The Omen (1976)
R | 111 min | Horror
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?
Votes: 101,905 | Gross: $4.27M
The Omen (1976) 8/10
30. Dirty Harry (1971)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.
Votes: 136,233 | Gross: $35.90M
Dirty Harry (1971) 7/10
31. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Votes: 44,646 | Gross: $41.51M
Three Days of The Condor (1975) 7/10
32. Days of Heaven (1978)
PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance
A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.
Days of Heaven (1978) 7/10
33. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 96,414 | Gross: $70.60M
All the President's Men (1976) 7/10
34. Klute (1971)
R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.
Votes: 20,451 | Gross: $12.51M
Klute (1971) 7/10
35. Being There (1979)
PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama
A simpleminded, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.
Votes: 62,362 | Gross: $30.18M
Being There (1979) 7/10
36. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.
Votes: 109,402 | Gross: $43.00M
Escape From Alcatraz (1979) 7/10
37. Marathon Man (1976)
R | 125 min | Crime, Thriller
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.
Votes: 54,843 | Gross: $21.71M
Marathon Man (1976) 7/10
38. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist.
Votes: 20,141 | Gross: $0.37M
Le Cercle Rouge (1970) 7/10
39. The China Syndrome (1979)
PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller
A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.
Votes: 25,461 | Gross: $51.72M
The China Syndrome (1979) 7/10
40. The Fifth Seal (1976)
116 min | Drama, War
In Budapest in 1944, a watchmaker, a book seller and a carpenter are drinking in a bar with the owner,when they are joined by a stranger. The watchmaker asks a hypothetical question that will change their lives.
The Fifth Seal (Az Otödik Pecsét) (1976) 7/10
41. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 491,643 | Gross: $117.24M
Rocky (1976) 7/10
42. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.
Votes: 173,877 | Gross: $132.09M
Close Encounters of The Third Kind (1977) 7/10
43. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Votes: 216,417 | Gross: $47.00M
Halloween (1978) 7/10
44. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
Votes: 478,657 | Gross: $1.23M
Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) 7/10
45. Get Carter (1971)
R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.
Votes: 27,308 | Gross: $0.13M
Get Carter (1971) 7/10
46. The Getaway (1972)
PG | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller