The Top 250 Movies of the 1970s

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Alien 1979, 117 min.

Ridley Scott     Starring: Tom SkerrittSigourney WeaverIan Holm

Body Horror    Cyborg / Android / Robot    Horror

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Taxi Driver 1976, 113 min.

Martin Scorsese     Starring: Robert De NiroJodie FosterAlbert Brooks

Drama    New Hollywood    Post-Noir

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Chinatown 1974, 131 min.

Roman Polanski     Starring: Faye DunawayJack NicholsonJohn Hillerman

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Mystery

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Rocky 1976, 119 min.

John G. Avildsen     Starring: Sylvester StalloneTalia ShireBurt Young

Drama    New Hollywood    Sports Drama

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Network 1976, 121 min.

Sidney Lumet     Starring: Faye DunawayWilliam HoldenPeter Finch

Black Comedy    Comedy Drama    Drama

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Annie Hall 1977, 93 min.

Woody Allen     Starring: Woody AllenDiane KeatonTony Roberts

Comedy of Manners    Comedy    New Hollywood

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The Sting 1973, 129 min.

George Roy Hill     Starring: Paul NewmanRobert RedfordRobert Shaw

Buddy Film    Comedy    Con Artist / Hustler

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Manhattan 1979, 96 min.

Woody Allen     Starring: Woody AllenDiane KeatonMichael Murphy

Comedy Drama    Comedy of Manners    Drama

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Young Frankenstein 1974, 106 min.

Mel Brooks     Starring: Gene WilderPeter BoyleMarty Feldman

Comedy    Horror Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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Suspiria 1977, 98 min.

Dario Argento     Starring: Jessica HarperStefania CasiniFlavio Bucci

Fantasy    Gothic Film    Horror

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Mean Streets 1973, 112 min.

Martin Scorsese     Starring: Robert De NiroHarvey KeitelDavid Proval

Coming-of-Age    Crime Drama    Crime

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Nashville 1975, 159 min.

Robert Altman     Starring: Ned BeattyRonee BlakleyKeith Carradine

Americana    Drama    Ensemble Film

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Being There 1979, 130 min.

Hal Ashby     Starring: Peter SellersShirley MacLaineMelvyn Douglas

Comedy Drama    Drama    New Hollywood

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Dirty Harry 1971, 102 min.

Don Siegel     Starring: Reni SantoniClint EastwoodJohn Vernon

Action Thriller    Action    Crime

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Enter the Dragon 1973, 110 min.

Robert Clouse     Starring: Bruce LeeJim KellyJohn Saxon

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Thriller

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The Last Detail 1973, 104 min.

Hal Ashby     Starring: Jack NicholsonOtis YoungRandy Quaid

Buddy Film    Comedy Drama    Military Comedy

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Animal House 1978, 109 min.

John Landis     Starring: John BelushiTom HulceStephen Furst

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Gross-Out Comedy

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Serpico 1973, 130 min.

Sidney Lumet     Starring: Al PacinoJohn RandolphJack Kehoe

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Crime Drama

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Amarcord 1973, 123 min.

Federico Fellini     Starring: Bruno ZaninPupella MaggioCiccio Ingrassia

Comedy Drama    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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The Warriors 1979, 92 min.

Walter Hill     Starring: Michael BeckJames RemarDorsey Wright

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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All That Jazz 1979, 123 min.

Bob Fosse     Starring: Roy ScheiderJessica LangeLeland Palmer

Drama    Fantasy    Jukebox Musical

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Deep Red 1975, 126 min.

Dario Argento     Starring: David HemmingsDaria NicolodiGabriele Lavia

Foreign Language Film    Giallo    Horror

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Halloween 1978, 91 min.

John Carpenter     Starring: Donald PleasenceJamie Lee CurtisNancy Kyes

Horror    Slasher Film    Teen Movie

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MASH 1970, 116 min.

Robert Altman     Starring: Donald SutherlandElliott GouldTom Skerritt

Anti-War Film    Black Comedy    Comedy Drama

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3 Women 1977, 124 min.

Robert Altman     Starring: Sissy SpacekShelley DuvallJanice Rule

Drama    Feminist Film    New Hollywood

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Superman 1978, 143 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Marlon BrandoGene HackmanChristopher Reeve

Action    Adventure    Based-on-Comics

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Breaking Away 1979, 101 min.

Peter Yates     Starring: Dennis ChristopherDennis QuaidDaniel Stern

Comedy Drama    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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Cabaret 1972, 124 min.

Bob Fosse     Starring: Liza MinnelliMichael YorkHelmut Griem

Based-on-Theatre    Drama    Musical Drama

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Black Christmas 1974, 98 min.

Bob Clark     Starring: Olivia HusseyKeir DulleaMargot Kidder

Canuxploitation    Holiday Film    Horror

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Kelly's Heroes 1970, 144 min.

Brian G. Hutton     Starring: Clint EastwoodTelly SavalasDon Rickles

Adventure    Anti-War Film    Comedy

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Sleeper 1973, 89 min.

Woody Allen     Starring: Woody AllenJohn BeckDon Keefer

Comedy of Errors    Comedy    Dystopian Film

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The Omen 1976, 111 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Gregory PeckLee RemickDavid Warner

Horror    Religious Horror    Supernatural Horror

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The Last Waltz 1978, 117 min.

Martin Scorsese     Starring: Bob DylanJoni MitchellNeil Diamond

Biography    Concert Film    Documentary

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The Getaway 1972, 122 min.

Sam Peckinpah     Starring: Steve McQueenBen JohnsonSally Struthers

Action Thriller    Action    Chase Movie

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Fiddler on the Roof 1971, 181 min.

Norman Jewison     Starring: TopolNorma CraneLeonard Frey

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy Drama    Drama

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Midnight Express 1978, 121 min.

Alan Parker     Starring: John HurtBo HopkinsIrene Miracle

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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The Shootist 1976, 100 min.

Don Siegel     Starring: John WayneLauren BacallRon Howard

Action    Drama    Outlaw

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Magnum Force 1973, 124 min.

Ted Post     Starring: Clint EastwoodHal HolbrookMitchell Ryan

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Thriller

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Bananas 1971, 82 min.

Woody Allen     Starring: Woody AllenLouise LasserCarlos Montalban

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    New Hollywood

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The Brood 1979, 92 min.

David Cronenberg     Starring: Oliver ReedSamantha EggarArt Hindle

Body Horror    Canuxploitation    Horror

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Little Big Man 1970, 139 min.

Arthur Penn     Starring: Dustin HoffmanFaye DunawayMartin Balsam

Comedy    Comedy Western    New Hollywood

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Frenzy 1972, 116 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Jon FinchBarry FosterAnna Massey

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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Sisters 1972, 93 min.

Brian De Palma     Starring: Margot KidderJennifer SaltCharles Durning

Crime Thriller    Crime    New Hollywood

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A Bridge Too Far 1977, 175 min.

Richard Attenborough     Starring: Dirk BogardeJames CaanMichael Caine

Combat Films    Epic    War

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Stroszek 1977, 115 min.

Werner Herzog     Starring: Bruno S.Eva MattesClemens Scheitz

Comedy Drama    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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Lenny 1974, 111 min.

Bob Fosse     Starring: Dustin HoffmanValerie PerrineJan Miner

Based-on-a-True-Story    Based-on-Theatre    Biopic

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Drunken Master 1978, 111 min.

Woo-ping Yuen     Starring: Dean ShekYuen Shun-YiJackie Chan

Action Comedy    Action    Comedy

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Night Moves 1975, 100 min.

Arthur Penn     Starring: Gene HackmanJennifer WarrenSusan Clark

Crime Thriller    Crime    Detective Film

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Woodstock 1970, 228 min.

Michael Wadleigh     Starring: Joan BaezJoe CockerThe Who

Concert Film    Documentary    Music

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THX 1138 1971, 86 min.

George Lucas     Starring: Robert DuvallDonald PleasenceDon Pedro Colley

Action    Action Thriller    Drama

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Live and Let Die 1973, 121 min.

Guy Hamilton     Starring: Roger MooreYaphet KottoJane Seymour

Action Thriller    Action    Adventure

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Murder by Death 1976, 94 min.

Robert Moore     Starring: Eileen BrennanTruman CapoteAlec Guinness

Mystery    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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Logan's Run 1976, 119 min.

Michael Anderson     Starring: Michael YorkRichard JordanJenny Agutter

Action    Chase Movie    Dystopian Film

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The Duellists 1977, 100 min.

Ridley Scott     Starring: Keith CarradineHarvey KeitelAlbert Finney

Action    Adventure Drama    Adventure

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Smokey and the Bandit 1977, 96 min.

Hal Needham     Starring: Burt ReynoldsJerry ReedSally Field

Action Comedy    Action    Chase Movie

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The Big Boss 1971, 99 min.

Wei Lo     Starring: Li QuinnPaul TienBruce Lee

Action Thriller    Action    Crime

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The Driver 1978, 91 min.

Walter Hill     Starring: Ryan O'NealBruce DernIsabelle Adjani

Action Thriller    Action    Carsploitation

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Klute 1971, 114 min.

Alan J. Pakula     Starring: Donald SutherlandJane FondaCharles Cioffi

Detective Film    Mystery    New Hollywood

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Martin 1977, 95 min.

George A. Romero     Starring: John AmplasLincoln MaazelChristine Forrest

Crime    Drama    Horror

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Scarecrow 1973, 112 min.

Jerry Schatzberg     Starring: Ann WedgeworthEileen BrennanRutanya Alda

Buddy Film    Drama    New Hollywood

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Two-Lane Blacktop 1971, 102 min.

Monte Hellman     Starring: James TaylorWarren OatesLaurie Bird

Carsploitation    Drama    New Hollywood

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Interiors 1978, 93 min.

Woody Allen     Starring: Mary Beth HurtRichard JordanE.G. Marshall

Drama    Family Drama    New Hollywood

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Coming Home 1978, 127 min.

Hal Ashby     Starring: Bruce DernJane FondaJon Voight

Anti-War Film    Drama    New Hollywood

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The Towering Inferno 1974, 165 min.