Top Ten Movies of the Seventies

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By: Kat
  • 10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  • 9. Jaws
  • 8. The Towering Inferno
  • 7. Kramer VS Kramer. (1979)
    Justin Henry's feature film debut.
  • 6. Paper Moon (1973)
    Tatum McNeil won an Academy award for her portrayl of an 'orphaned' gaffer in the 73' flick. (Youngest Academy Award Winner EVER!)
  • 5. Ordinary People (produced 1979 - came out 1980)
    Sad drama about a suicidal teen who lost a brother in a boating accident.
  • 4. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977/78)
    Awesome alien flick.
  • 3. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
    This movie TOTALLY scared me! I saw it in early 1988, when I was still only 5, and BOY was I freaked! (Stares, points and screams....aaassssshhhhh!)
  • 2. The Omen (1975)
    "It's all for you..Damien"
  • 1. The Exorcist (1973 - almost 1974)
    Came out 9 years before I was born...but was creepy even when I watched it! Tubular Bells, by Mike Oldfield, is forever in my mind!

By: Brady Newbill
  • 10. The Blues Brothers
  • 9. Smokey & The Bandit
  • 8. Monty Python & the Holy Grail
  • 7. Young Frankenstein
  • 6. Rock n' Roll High School
  • 5. Animal House
  • 4. Jaws
  • 3. American Graffitti
  • 2. Star Wars
  • 1. Blazing Saddles

By: Jethro W.
  • 10. A Clockwork Orange
    "Im singing in the rain"
  • 9. Chinatown
  • 8. Star Wars
    "Help me Obi Won Kinobi, you're my only hope"
  • 7. Taxi Driver
    "you talking to me"
  • 6. Caddyshack
    That's the worst hat I ever saw, I bet you get a free bowl of soup with this hat. Oh, but it looks good on you.
  • 5. Jaws
    "Show me the way to go home. I'm tired and I want to go to bed. I had a little drink about an hour ago and it went right to my head."
  • 4. One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest
    "Did you weigh the chain doc?"
  • 3. The Sting
    I already know how to drink.
  • 2. The Shining
    "Wendy, darling, light of my life, you didn't ley me finish. I'm not going to hurt you. Im going to bash your brains in. I'm going to bash them right the f$#&k in!"
  • 1. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
    "I'm sorry, all questions must be submitted in writing"

By: Bradley Russ
  • 10. Superman
    Christopher Reeve is the man!
  • 9. Star Wars
    Set a new standard in special effects.
  • 8. American Graffiti
    Teen angstlong before the breakfast club.
  • 7. The Deer Hunter
    No jokes here,theres nothing funny about war.
  • 6. Grease
    Can you believe im only 20 years old?If only more people my age were into classics like these.
  • 5. Saturday Night Fever
    I hate disco,but the disco in this movie was very good.
  • 4. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
    When I was young, I really thought their was a willy wonka chocolate factory.
  • 3. Summer of 42
    possibly the greatest love story ive ever seen.
  • 2. Rocky
    Dont ever try eating a raw egg,trust me.
  • 1. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
    An absolutely hillarious movie with one of the best villains in movie history.Nurse wretched.I hope nobody already used that.

By: Karen Ruchkin
  • 10. Billy Jack
    Possibly the most hokey, hilarious(albeit unintentional) films ever made.It makes my list because it was truly a phenomenon when released, sort of a sleeper from out of nowhere that was a must see for all teenagers at the time. Tom Laughlin wrote, directed, and stars as Billy Jack, a half-breed karate expert who for all his talk off non-violence and love, kicks some major ass. Some of the funniest dialoge ever written,it is a must see for those that have not.
  • 9. The Silent Partner
    Good if over-looked film-noir type. 70's mainstay Elliott Gould and under-rated Christopher Plummer in a suprisingly creepy tale.
  • 8. Jaws
    OK, OK, it was a great film,and none of us will ever look at the ocean the same way again. But Hollywood never saw the summer movie the same again, and now we have the summer blockbuster phenom...and most of it is crap.
  • 7. Sugarland Express
    Shows a great emerging talent (director Spielburg) and reminds us of why Goldie Hawn is a star (an easily forgettable fact)
  • 6. American Graffitti
    When movies could still be small and huge at the same time.
  • 5. The French Connection
    Hackman is brilliant as obsessed cop Popeye Doyle, out to bust up large heroin ring. Many great moments (pickin' your toes in Poughkeepsie again? )but the real star may be NYC itself. It never looked filthier or more beautiful.
  • 4. Apocalypse Now
    They dont make 'em like this anymore. Long, over the top, and arduos at times, this is a journey into the heart of darkness worth taking.
  • 3. A Clockwork Orange
    Kubricks masterpiece is one of the most visually riveting movies ever made.
  • 2. The Exorsist
    I'm sure that kids today cannot possibly understand how scary this flick was when it came out. There was more terror in just hearing the radio commercial than in any moment of the Scream movies! Not only the scariest movie ever made, but also good character development and great acting, something todays horror flicks seem to forget about.
  • 1. Godfather I&Godfather II
    I really think of these as one long movie, which is why I combined the two. Coppola brings the Corleone family to life with just about the most perfect cast there is. He also succeeds in doing the impossible- making a sequel that is just as good if not better than the original.
There are so many brilliant films of the 70's,that its quite hard to make a list. I could easily come up with 10 more. Harold and Maude, any of Altman's movies ect. ect.
By: darren
  • 10. One Flew Over The Coo Koo's Nest
  • 9. Taxi Driver
  • 8. A Clockwork Orange
  • 7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    nuff said
  • 6. Halloween
    my personal favorite movie of all time
  • 5. Star Wars
    no comment
  • 4. Rocky
    the best variation of the Cinderella story i've seen
  • 3. Dawn Of The Dead
  • 2. The Godfather
  • 1. Jaws
    it just kicks a**

By: billy slowwit
  • 10. Sorcerer
    William Friedkin's best film. It's history is as complicated as "Apocalypse Now"s. Combines what was right and wrong in Hollywood in the 70's.
  • 9. Cuba
    Richard Lester is an underrated director and this is my favorite film of his this decade.
  • 8. Twilight's Last Gleaming
    The best of the paranoid conspiracy thrillers with Robert Aldrich's usual visual brillance and his sly, subversive satirical tone.
  • 7. Gates Of Heaven
    A documentary about pet cemetaries ends up being about the most basic of human needs, the need to love and the need to be loved.
  • 6. Charley Varrick
    Don Siegal made his films look easy. Yet the camera is never in the wrong place, the edits aren't distracting. Classic American filmmaking.
  • 5. Pat Garret And Billy The Kid
    I've seen 3 versions of this film. What it might of been can't be known but what is there is poetic and a testament to Peckinpah's genius & madness
  • 4. Two-Lane Blacktop
    Warren Oates gives the best performance of the decade by any actor in a decade of great film acting.
  • 3. The Godfather Parts I And Ii
    If there was a cable network that showed these films 24/7 they would get higher ratings then most cable networks that exist today.
  • 2. F For Fake
    Orson Welles's final masterstroke. What is art? What makes an artist? A movie about fakery that isn't documentary but isn't fiction. Amazing. not really fiction. Amazing.
  • 1. A Woman Under The Influence
    John Cassavetes was the most exciting and daring director of the era. Gena Rowlands is America's best screen actress. This is a masterpiece.

By: muddyriver
  • 10. Airport
    Not in order. There are so many great movies made in the 70s that it's hard to pick only 10. What about the Planet of the Ape movies!
  • 9. Worlds Greatest Athliet
  • 8. The Hinddenburg
  • 7. Logan's Run
  • 6. Woodstock The Movie
  • 5. Dead Race 2000
  • 4. Dirty Harry
  • 3. Easy Rider
  • 2. the Good, The Bad,and The Ugly
  • 1. Billy Jack
What about all the underground low bugett movies form 66-74 dawn of live dead,Whilly Wanka and the plays godspell JesusChrist Superstar. Last but not lease the street drama , the 1000s of young poeple that tried to express there true feeling by acting it out in the street.
By: Cheryl
  • 10. Omen
  • 9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • 8. Grease
  • 7. Jaws
  • 6. The Shining
  • 5. Rocky
  • 4. National Lampoon's Animal House
  • 3. Halloween
  • 2. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
  • 1. The Exorcist

By: Paul
  • 10. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • 9. Taxi Driver
  • 8. American Graffitti
  • 7. The Sting
  • 6. Chinatown
  • 5. The Conversation
  • 4. Breaking Away
  • 3. Saturday Night Fever
  • 2. Dog Day Afternoon
  • 1. The Godfather

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