Most Popular Feature Films Released 1971-01-01 to 1971-12-31


1. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

7.8
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67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 150,577 | Gross: $4.00M

2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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78 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 651,445

3. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 82,656 | Gross: $43.82M

4. Dirty Harry (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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90 Metascore

When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Votes: 126,556

5. Solaris (1971)

PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy

Votes: 65,338

6. Dulcima (1971)

PG | 98 min | Drama

6.5
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A farmer who has the reputation of drinking most of his money away, lives on farm which is in a poor state of repair. A pretty young girl, Dulcima, takes pity on him and decides to help him... See full summary »

Director: Frank Nesbitt | Stars: Carol White, John Mills, Stuart Wilson, Bernard Lee

Votes: 182

7. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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96 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 94,552

8. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

G | 181 min | Drama, Family, Musical

8.0
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In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon

Votes: 33,442 | Gross: $80.50M

9. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

Votes: 35,775 | Gross: $29.13M

10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

G | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 29,453 | Gross: $18.53M

11. Straw Dogs (1971)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T.P. McKenna

Votes: 50,118

12. The Beguiled (1971)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.2
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66 Metascore

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris

Votes: 13,232

13. The Devils (1971)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian

Votes: 10,636

14. Play Misty for Me (1971)

R | 102 min | Thriller

7.0
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78 Metascore

A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch

Votes: 21,880 | Gross: $10.60M

15. Vanishing Point (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Charlotte Rampling, Dean Jagger

Votes: 23,836

16. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Kevin O'Connor, Gretchen Corbett

Votes: 5,896

17. THX 1138 (1971)

R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.8
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75 Metascore

In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie

Votes: 43,146 | Gross: $2.44M

18. Walkabout (1971)

GP | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

7.7
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Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon

Votes: 19,579

19. Anand (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.8
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The story of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the full before the inevitable occurs, as told by his best friend.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo

Votes: 20,122

20. The Omega Man (1971)

GP | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.6
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56 Metascore

Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo

Votes: 25,595 | Gross: $8.72M

21. Harold and Maude (1971)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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62 Metascore

Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 62,854

22. Big Jake (1971)

GP | 110 min | Western

7.2
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In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandles' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

Directors: George Sherman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 9,375 | Gross: $7.50M

23. Get Carter (1971)

R | 112 min | Crime, Thriller

7.5
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When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne

Votes: 24,780

24. Duck, You Sucker (1971)

PG | 138 min | War, Western

7.7
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77 Metascore

An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli, Maria Monti

Votes: 24,841

25. Summer of '42 (1971)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant

Votes: 6,084

26. Carnal Knowledge (1971)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.0
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Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Ann-Margret, Art Garfunkel

Votes: 9,593 | Gross: $28.62M

27. The Andromeda Strain (1971)

G | 131 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid

Votes: 29,014

28. Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror

5.5
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An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Ewa Strömberg

Votes: 3,687

29. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 13,656

30. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

R | 120 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane

Votes: 18,756

31. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 18,053

32. Hannie Caulder (1971)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Western

6.4
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After she is raped and her husband murdered, a woman hires a bounty hunter to instruct her in the use of a gun so she can get her revenge on the three outlaws responsible.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam

Votes: 2,238

33. The Decameron (1971)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.1
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An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic, Vincenzo Amato

Votes: 8,017

34. Daughters of Darkness (1971)

R | 87 min | Horror

6.7
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A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

Director: Harry Kümel | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet, Andrea Rau

Votes: 3,565

35. Billy Jack (1971)

GP | 114 min | Action, Drama

6.2
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50 Metascore

Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway.

Director: Tom Laughlin | Stars: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Victor Izay

Votes: 4,890 | Gross: $98.00M

36. Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

GP | 183 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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Tsar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson

Votes: 3,827

37. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.3
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69 Metascore

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 27,932 | Gross: $12.30M

38. The Big Boss (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

Directors: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu | Stars: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Marilyn Bautista

Votes: 20,958

39. Le Mans (1971)

G | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 ... See full summary »

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Votes: 7,489

40. Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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During the sixteenth century, the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots engages in over two decades of religious and political conflict with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, amidst political intrigue in her native land.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 3,466

41. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

PG | 110 min | Drama

7.1
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Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright

Votes: 13,718

42. The Return of Count Yorga (1971)

R | 97 min | Horror

5.7
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Count Yorga continues to prey on the local community while living by a nearby orphanage. He also intends to take a new wife, while feeding his bevy of female vampires.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: Robert Quarry, Mariette Hartley, Roger Perry, Yvonne Wilder

Votes: 847

43. Evel Knievel (1971)

GP | 88 min | Action, Biography, Drama

5.1
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Biography of the famed motorcycle daredevil, much of which was filmed in his home town of Butte, Montana. The film depicts Knievel reflecting on major events in his life just before a big ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: George Hamilton, Sue Lyon, Bert Freed, Rod Cameron

Votes: 730

44. Requiem for a Vampire (1971)

R | 65 min | Horror

5.6
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Two girls on the run get lost in the French countryside, and wind up in a haunted chateau occupied by an ailing vampire and his servants.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent, Philippe Gasté, Dominique

Votes: 1,373

45. Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

R | 111 min | Drama, War

7.9
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71 Metascore

In this tragic, dark, anti-war satire, a patriotic young American in WW1 is rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack. Trapped in what's left of his body, he desperately looks for a way to end his life.

Director: Dalton Trumbo | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards

Votes: 13,482

46. Willard (1971)

GP | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Sondra Locke, Michael Dante

Votes: 2,871 | Gross: $19.22M

47. Man in the Wilderness (1971)

GP | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

6.9
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Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper exacts revenge on his fellow companions who abandoned him in dangerous Indian territory.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon, Percy Herbert

Votes: 2,271

48. Wake in Fright (1971)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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88 Metascore

After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay

Votes: 7,663 | Gross: $0.05M

49. Macbeth (1971)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler

Votes: 10,955

50. Death in Venice (1971)

GP | 130 min | Drama

7.5
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While recovering in Venice, a sickly composer becomes dangerously fixated with a teenage boy.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci

Votes: 15,594



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