Top Ten Movies of the Seventies

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By: jackie
  • 10. Jaws
  • 9. Chinatown
  • 8. Halloween
    This was another classic horror film.
  • 7. Kramer Vs Kramer
  • 6. Deliverance
  • 5. The Godfather II
  • 4. One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest
    This was the best acted movie i have ever seen.
  • 3. Rocky
  • 2. The Exorcist
    The scariest movie i have ever seen.
  • 1. The Godfather
    This is the greatest movi of all time.

By: Billy
  • 10. Superman
    R.I.P. Christopher Reeves.
  • 9. Dog Day Afternoon
    The greatest robbery film.
  • 8. Young Frankenstein
    The ulitimate comedy.
  • 7. The Godfather
    What's a top ten list without this ultimate classic?
  • 6. Rollerball
    Great film which spawned a less-than-perfect remake.
  • 5. Forbidden Zone
    Though released in 1980, it was filmed between 1978 and 1979.
  • 4. A Clockwork Orange
    I think the best of Kubrick's films.
  • 3. Dawn of the Dead
    The best out of the dead series.
  • 2. Hair
    A great movie about freedom from "the man".
  • 1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    The greatest movie musical of all-time.
Honorable metion: Shock Treatment, which is NOT the sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
By: Raul Gonzalez
  • 10. Apocalypse Now
    Weird weird ending but nonetheless a great Vietnam war film
  • 9. Saturday Night Fever
    Hey Im 20 years old - and what better inspiration is there before going on a saturday night out than John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. What a dude! copy him and you cant fail to pull!
  • 8. Patton
    George C Scott gives one of the best human portrayals in film history as the famous American World War Two General
  • 7. Dog Day Afternoon
    This time Al Pacino against the cops. Its also ironic that Al has also played a number of gay parts even though he is the most opposite of camp you will ever get. Nonetheless his performance is so brilliant it is irelevant!
  • 6. Deliverance
    Why is it Americans think they can go where they want and do what they want? Well Burt Reynolds and his group of canoe friends met their commupence in this thriller full of suspense!
  • 5. The Deer Hunter
    Another De Niro film - an absolute seventies classic.
  • 4. Taxi Driver
    De Niro made this the hit it was with an astonishing performance and the best one-liner ever otherwise I reckon this might have been an average film.
  • 3. Serpico
    It's amazing how many times Al Pacino has played a cop and he gives an awesome individual performance in this.
  • 2. The Sting
    Don't play cards until Newman and Redford have taught you how to hustle!
  • 1. Godfather Part I & II
    Together the Greatest mafia/mob/gangster films there has, is or will ever be.
This list just proves the genius that is Robert de Niro and Al Pacino. They are twenty million miles ahead of the rest of the pack as the greatest actors of all time. No debate!
By: Kerry
  • 10. The French Connection
  • 9. Star Wars
  • 8. Deliverance
    Contains one of the "worst" love scenes of all time
  • 7. Halloween
  • 6. The Sting
  • 5. The Exorcist
  • 4. The Deer Hunter
    Vietnam scenes are intense
  • 3. Taxi Driver
    Is Travis a good guy or bad guy?
  • 2. Godfather 1
  • 1. Godfather 2

By: Kim Lyons
  • 10. Eraserhead
    Just because you don't understand it, doesn't mean it's not brilliant.
  • 9. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
    We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of the dreams.
  • 8. Midnight Cowboy
    Best 70s flick ever.
  • 7. Three Days Of The Condor Or The Conversation
    Best films of intrigue.
  • 6. Easy Rider
    To hell with "the man."
  • 5. The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
    I would add any and every Sergio Leone film to this ranking.
  • 4. Soylent Green
    SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE! Bah, it's just too good.
  • 3. Basket Case
    The campiest low-budget horror flick ever made. The premise is hysterical.
  • 2. The Graduate
  • 1. Taxi Driver
    You can't escape the mood of this brilliant piece of work.
I could add 50 more films to this list that deserve a spot in the top ten, alas.
By: Biggs
  • 10. Young Frankenstein
  • 9. Three Days Of The Condor
  • 8. ..And Justice For All
  • 7. Battlestar Galactica
  • 6. Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind
  • 5. Jaws
  • 4. The Midnight Express
  • 3. The Deer Hunter
  • 2. Dog Day Afternoon
  • 1. Star Wars: A New Hope
    The greatest movie ever!!!

By: Paul
  • 10. The Shining
    "Honeeey??!?... I'M HOME!!" The endless corridoors of the isolated hotel, the kid who talks to his finger, aLl wOrk aND nO pL&y maKe j@cK a dUll bOY, the 1920's sequence, 'RedRum', Nicholson's manic facial expressions and the climactic finale in the snow-covered maze. I'm not into Stephen King or even the horror genre but the atmosphere, the acting and dark humour make 'The Shining' one most unforgetable films of the Seventies.
  • 9. The Godfather Part II
    "Fredo, I know you did it." I love the prequel/sequel nature of this movie. Robert Di Niro's performance as the young Vito Corleone in turn-of-the-century New York and Al Pacino's potrayal of Michael Corleone's moral descent to the point of murdering his own brother, helped glean this film even more Oscars than the first Godfather. In my estimation however, it's predecessor still has the edge on this one.
  • 8. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
    "P..p..p..please... d..don..don't t..t..tell m..m..mother." Thoroughly depressing but utterly engrossing! Never thought I'd feel a sense of relief at the site of a mental patient strangling a nurse! Every one of those 'mental patients' deserved an Oscar, as did Nurse Ratched.
  • 7. The Exorcist
    "The sow is mine!" No really; I'm not into horror films, but the unnerving realism of this film and it's plausibility in that it's based on social anthropologists' accounts of demon possession from around the world (well okay, not the head spinning part) make it one of the disturbing films I've seen. It made me grateful to know there's a Name at which such things tremble.
  • 6. Superman
    "Whoa joe, that's a baaad outFIT!" This and Superman II (1980) are still my all-time favorite superhero films. They have a magic and innocence about them that make the Batman and Spiderman movies look contrived and affected. The combination of Christopher Reeve donning the cape and John Williams' stirring musical score, actually had Seventies cinema audiences standing up and cheering.
  • 5. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
    "Rain drops keep faling on my head..."
  • 4. The Deer Hunter
    This one's been pretty well covered already.
  • 3. Rocky
    "Yeah, for you it's Thanksgiving, for me it's Tuesday." The first and only one in the series that can be taken seriously. A genuinely inspiring film that fully deserved it's Best Picture Academy Award. It's simple story of a pennyless boxer given a million-to-one shot at the title in an 'exhibition match' along with it's uplifting soundtrack, probably inspired more guys to start working out than all the Jane Fonda Aerobic videos put together did women.
  • 2. The Godfather
    "Look how they massacred my boy." The whole opening sequence - from the Siclian father's plea for justice and johnny fontane being told to "act like a man!" to Sonny attacking the photographers and Luca Brasi's tribute to the Don - has to be one of the most finely crafted peices of film ever produced. And Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone is surely one of the most compelling, charasmatic and memorable characters ever portayed.
  • 1. Star Wars
    "This was your father's light saber... a more elegant weapon for a more civilised age." More than a film - a cultural phenomenon that defined "Myth" for a whole generation through the creation of new concepts such as 'Jedi' 'the Force' 'Lightsabers' 'Wookies' etc. And turned ridiculous appellations such as 'Darth Vader' 'Luke Skywalker' 'R2D2' 'Han Solo' 'Princess Leia' etc. into household names... as well as plastic figures which, depending on how many you had, could determine a child of the Seventies' (or Eighties' for that matter) popularity in the playground. I doubt my kid's generation will have anything that makes even remotely as deep an impact on their lives as the Star Wars Trilogy did on ours... and don't even THINK about mentioning the Prequels! :)

By: Doug Mackenzie
  • 10. The Beguiled
    the one he has sex with is hot
  • 9. Alien
    check please
  • 8. The Shining
    It's at #8 cuz i wasn't going o put it in cuz it was made in 1980, but i saw that someone else did, so there
  • 7. Exorsist
  • 6. Guilty Conscience
    Anthony Hopkins at his finest
  • 5. Psycho
    He dressed up as his dead mom, give him props for that
  • 4. Jaws
    Hilariously fake
  • 3. Dirty Harry
    Best movie series ever, "Go ahead, Make my day"
  • 2. Star Wars
    Best Trilogy Ever
  • 1. Clockwork Orange
    Best movie ever

By: unica
  • 10. A Clockwork Orange
  • 9. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
  • 8. Jaws
  • 7. Halloween
  • 6. Taxi Driver
  • 5. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • 4. Grease
  • 3. Saturday Night Fever
  • 2. Exorcist
  • 1. Godfather 1 And 2

By: frank
  • 10. Thunderbolt And Light Foot
    eastwood and bridges
  • 9. Thx 1138
    Bob duval is still bald in this movie
  • 8. Alien
    scary movie!
  • 7. Five Easy Pieces
    jack nicholson is great and obnoxious and funny
  • 6. Breaking Away
    a great road bikers inspirational movie
  • 5. The Exorcist
    One of THE most scary movies of all time. The great fight between good and evil
  • 4. Hills Have Eyes
    Great, but the blond will scream and you will mute the movie no doubt.
  • 3. Breakdown
    Awesome movie, but not in seventies. great intensity
  • 2. Mad Max
    Intense car chase but stupid dubs for gibson.
  • 1. Duel
    spielbergs great cat and mouse--- car vs truck chase!

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