The Best Crime Dramas of the 1970s

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The Godfather

1972    Francis Ford Coppola    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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The Godfather Part II

1974    Francis Ford Coppola    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Badlands

1973    Terrence Malick    Rated PG

Americana    Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime

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Dog Day Afternoon

1975    Sidney Lumet    Rated R

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

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Mean Streets

1973    Martin Scorsese    Rated R

Coming-of-Age    Crime    Crime Drama

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Serpico

1973    Sidney Lumet    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Crime

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The Warriors

1979    Walter Hill    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

1976    John Cassavetes    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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... And Justice for All

1979    Norman Jewison    Rated R

Black Comedy    Comedy Drama    Courtroom Drama

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

1973    Peter Yates    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Play Misty for Me

1971    Clint Eastwood    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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The Sugarland Express

1974    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG

Crime    Road Movie    Chase Movie

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Straight Time

1978    Ulu Grosbard    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Rolling Thunder

1977    John Flynn    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Blue Collar

1978    Paul Schrader    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Gone in 60 Seconds

1974    H.B. Halicki    Rated PG

Action    Action Thriller    Carsploitation

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Vengeance is Mine

1979    Shôhei Imamura    Not Rated

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

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The American Friend

1977    Wim Wenders    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Thieves Like Us

1974    Robert Altman    Rated R

Americana    Crime    Crime Drama

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10 Rillington Place

1971    Richard Fleischer    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Drama    Docudrama

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