Top Ten Movies of the Seventies

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  • 10. Lets Do It Again
  • 9. Monkey Hustle
  • 8. Halls Of Anger
  • 7. Youngbloodz
  • 6. Blacula
  • 5. Cleopatra Jones
  • 4. Foxxy Brown
  • 3. Coffy
  • 2. Super Fly
  • 1. Cooley High
By: David Audet Gervais
  • 10. I Spit On Your Grave
    I'm not sure if this is one of the ten best 70s movies, but it's a movie I can't forget. Most horror fans hate it, but I think it's great, well-done and very disturbing. Not for all tastes though!! Be careful with this one.
  • 9. Tommy
    The Who's crazy and hypnotic musical. This movie's pure 70s!!
  • 8. Carrie
    The best Stephen King's adaptation along with Pet Sematary.
  • 7. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
    While it's impossible to talk about 70s movies without talking about zombies, as an eternal horror films fan, I can pretend without a doubt that the living dead at the Manchester Morgue rock hard!! This English/Spanish zombie is definitely one of the best of its kind, even better than Romero's Dawn of the Dead.
  • 6. Annie Hall
    An brilliant, funny and interesting movie about love, friendship and life in New-York city. We love you Woody!!
  • 5. The Exorcist
    Every kid has a demon inside!!
  • 4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Definitely one of the best horror films of all time!! Brutal and scary as hell.
  • 3. Halloween
    Without this one, horror movies wouldn't be the same today. Thanks to Carpenter for bringing Michael Myers to life!
  • 2. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    Very fun and magic movie. Jack's Nicholson's best performance ever!!
  • 1. A Clockwork Orange
    What else can I say? This is a very powerful movie about violence and society. An all-time masterpiece from director Stanley Kubrick.

By: Ona Bettie
  • 10. The Devil's Rain
    Extremely Scary!!!!!!!
  • 9. David And Lisa
    Tragic Movie!!!
  • 8. Slumber Party '57
  • 7. Carrie
    Very Scary!!
  • 6. Thank God Is Friday
  • 5. Moment By Moment
    Not me!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 4. Boy In The Plastic Bubble
    A True Story.
  • 3. Jaws
    Really Scary.
  • 2. Grease
  • 1. Saturday Night Fever
    AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Two Thumbs Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday Night Fever is #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By: Jill
  • 10. Saturday Night Fever
  • 9. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • 8. Jaws
  • 7. Halloween
  • 6. Dawn Of The Dead
  • 5. Blues Brothers
  • 4. Godspell
  • 3. Blazing Saddles
  • 2. Young Frankenstein
  • 1. Monty Python And The Holy Grail

By: Matthew Nicol
  • 10. The Enforcer
    *Clint Eastwood is funny while making fun of Whats-her-face.
  • 9. Jaws
    *I Like the score
  • 8. Apocolypse Now
    *Charlie in the bushes...
  • 7. A Clockwork Orange
  • 6. Raging Bull
    *This one was filmed in '79 and released in '80
  • 5. Taxi Driver
  • 4. Dirty Harry
  • 3. Dog Day Afternoon
  • 2. Chinatown
  • 1. The Deer Hunter

By: Mike
  • 10. Annie Hall (1977)
    Woody Allen's cultural referances in the best picture winner Annie Hall keep this from being a rom com mess. Its true. Allen's film is most afloat as he and Annie squabble over the things he likes and the things she doesnt and vice versa. A non-cliche ending also make way for a great film.
  • 9. Jaws (1975)
    Spielberg's closest to perfect film because he doesn't waste anytime with his usual moralizing garbage. This snappy thriller is to the point with amazing performances from the usually bland Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss, and a great bit role from Robert Shaw as the shark hunter Quint. A creepy and effective thriller.
  • 8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    Hollywood Jack's at his uncontrolled best as the criminal McMurphy. The film's best moments feature the mental patients out on their own, and McMurphy at the lead. Ironclad support in Louise Fletcher's Nurce Ratched.
  • 7. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    Sheen's dive right into madness is startlingly revealed in this cadaptation of Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Accomplished thespians Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper lend their support to the two main leads, lead by Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando.
  • 6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    Unearthly violent and distant at times, Kubrick's film took Anthony Burgess' linguistic masterpiece and kicked it right in the bottom. Malcolm McDowell's Alex is not a permanent part of popculture, and the film remains a classic through the eyes of the public and scholars alike.
  • 5. Network (1976)
    This cold turkey treatment of news broadcasting is so delightfully over the top at times, it's hard to contain oneself. Beyond Peter Finch's contrived and manic Howard Beale, William Holden and Duvall give subdued performances as studiomen and Faye Dunaway is great as the backstabbing Diana.
  • 4. M*A*S*H (1970)
    Altman's debut film shows the zany antics of war. Disguised at first as Vietnam, but shown immeditaley as Korea, Altman's film has done nothing to date itself, and it's biting, cruel humor is as fresh as ever.
  • 3. The Godfather (1972)
    Brando. Duvall. Pacino. Caan. Cazale. Castalleno. Keaton. They are the Corleone family and their associates. The film is roughing it at 3 and a quarter hours, but never loses it's momentum and never drops the ball. Outstanding.
  • 2. Chinatown (1974)
    In a year that had Gene Hackman as Larry and Pacino as Corleone again, we had Hollywood Jack play a detective named Gittes. Robert Towne and Roman Polanski teamed up to make Chinatown, a film noir in the grandest tradition of the genre, and the themes (of incest and greed) are among the most powerful.
  • 1. The Deer Hunter (1978)
    It snatched best picture from Coming Home and has made it's way into our hearts as one of America's finest pictures. The acting (standout from Walken) glimmers, and was the first (along with the said Coming Home) to depict Vietnam, really at all, and in a negative light.
Runners up: The Exorcist, Halloween, Star Wars, Dog Day Afternoon, The French Connection, Taxi Driver, Young Frankenstein, Monty Python and Holy Grail, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Mean Streets
By: Hue Jorgan
  • 10. Up In Smoke
    Question: Where's your driver's liscence sir? Answer: Isn't it on the back of the car man?
  • 9. The Jerk
    You mean I'm gonna stay this color?!!
  • 8. Caddy Shack
    Be the ball, Tye, be the ball. Nah,nah,nah,nah,nah,nah,nah,nah
  • 7. Animal House
    Food fight!!! Toga! Toga! Toga!
  • 6. The Blues Brothers
    Without your dry white toast, and without your four fried chickens!!!! (We're on a mission from god!)
  • 5. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
    Sure you used enough dynamite there Butch?
  • 4. Young Frankenstein
    Submitted to Mel Brooks by gene wilder on the set of Blazing Saddles
  • 3. Serpico
    Your out of order!!! This whole court is out of order!!!!
  • 2. Blazing Saddles
    Dock that chink a days pay for nappin' on the job!!(oh My Goodness!!)
  • 1. Monty Python's Holy Grail
    Bring Out Your Dead!!! I fart in your general direction!!
I have many more favorites from the seventies, but I thought I would go with mostly my favorite comedies of that era.
By: Mike & Al
  • 10. Chariots Of The Gods you don't believe us. But now maybe you'll watch it and learn the truth!
  • 9. Pink Flamingos
    What can I say? We're friends with John Waters and he'd kill us if we didn't put it on the list. God bless Divine, David Lockary & Edith Massey. American neo-realism.
  • 8. Grey Gardens
    Absolutely indescribable. First and last documentary you ever need to see!
  • 7. Slapshot
    Actually our favorite movie, but we were too embarrassed to put it first. Starring the Hansons, "Harry F. Truman," & Paul Newman's wardrobe! Best 70s comedy ever!
  • 6. Andy Warhol's Dracula
    Udo Kier...almost as divine as Kinski. Am convinced most actors did not speak English before shooting this film! "The blood of these whores is killing me!"
  • 5. Aguirre, The Wrath Of God
    Kinski. Herzog. Divine!
  • 4. Don't Look Now!
    Stupidest ending to a movie ever devised! Brilliant! The only film Nicolas Roeg ever almost got right! Great soundtrack. Great use of the color red! Flashforwards!
  • 3. Barry Lyndon
    Greatest movie ever made, but not as great as great as Live and Let Die. And it doesn't have Britt Ecklund. More boring than The Shining, but we like it better.
  • 2. The Wickerman
    Randy Druids! Christopher Lee in drag with high-top sneakers! Britt Ecklund's fanny! Deranged and beautiful! And it's a MUSICAL! You gotta believe us!
  • 1. Live And Let Die
    Embodiment of all 70s movies: blaxspoitation, car chases, tarot reading psychics, man-eating alligators, leisure suits, and one kick-ass theme song! Love it!
We like a lot of the other movies people normally mention on these lists, but thought you might like to see some more unusual films that we also really like. Enjoy!
By: iain seddon
  • 10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    the first time i watched this i was blown away by how disturbing it was.thats the great thing about movies in the seventies,they made films for adults instead of kids.
  • 9. The Warriors
    warriors come out to play! although dated the warriors is still a highly entertaining suspence gang drama
  • 8. The Shining
    jack nicolson yet again delivers a knock out performance.the shining is another quality,creepy horror.
  • 7. Jaws
    who hasnt got this on their list? jaws is a timeless piece of fictional terror
  • 6. Halloween
    another masterpiece by john carpenter,this scared the hell out of me when i was a kid and that music is still disturbing.
  • 5. Quadrophenia
    violent,realisatic but sometimes amusing drama about a gang of mods and their dayly feuds with the rockers.only in the seventies!
  • 4. Scum
    a classic,violent,disturbing look at life in a british borstal.this film is pure class with a message
  • 3. Assault On Precinct 13
    this is a genuinely creepy thriller,proberly john carpenters finest effort,an exellent musical score aswell
  • 2. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
    hilarious but touching drama.jack nicolson on superb form
  • 1. Taxi Driver
    disturbing psycological drama,deniros best performance,possibly the greatest film of all time

By: Louie
  • 10. Coming Home
  • 9. A Clockwork Orange
  • 8. American Graffiti
  • 7. The Stepford Wives
  • 6. The Conversation
  • 5. The China Syndrome
  • 4. Mean Streets
  • 3. Network
  • 2. Klute
  • 1. Chinatown

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