Skip to comments.Top 10 Movies of the 1970s
Posted on 03/25/2014 4:42:44 PM PDT by EveningStar
This decade saw Hollywood focus on the harsh truths of war, rich cinematography movies on a blockbuster scale. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today, in this installment of our series on the greatest movies of all time, we're counting down our picks for the top 10 movies of the 1970s.
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10. Rocky (1976)
9.The Deer Hunter (1978)
7. Chinatown (1974)
6. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
5. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
4. Taxi Driver (1976)
3. Apocalypse Now (1979)
2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
1. The Godfather (1972)
American Graffiti (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
The French Connection (1971)
As usual, if you disagree with this list, the folks at WatchMojo.com invite you to make your own list.
What do they mean.
I guess it’s just their opinion on the best movies of that decade.
Deer Hunter was the most pretentious for sure. Godfather most overrated.
Jaws - was it even a good movie? Not really.
I can barely remember the 70s (yep. the early part was that good). I’d actually have to go back and look at the IMDB to make up my list.
You didn’t like Jaws?!
First movie I thought of was The Sting. I’d probably put that as a replacement to #5 on your list.
Godfather 2, should be on the list. I prefer it over part 1, but 1 had the impact.
Dirty Harry, Outlaw Josie Whales, Thunderbolt Lightfoot, Play Misty for Me,
Clockwork Orange and Taxi Driver really weren’t all that good.
Dirty Harry is a better film than either of those. I saw it recently and was actually surprised at how it holds up with age. Very good period piece.
Smokey and the Bandit?
Any Which Way but Loose?
Of course it's their opinion, and they invite you to give yours. :)
It’s not my list. It’s WatchMojo.com’s list.
Totally agree with you. The Sting is one of those movies I can watch over and over and never get tired of. Definitely needs to be in the top 10.
They don’t make eye candy for the gals like that anymore.
Where’s “Patton” (1970)?? It won 6 academy awards that year.
“Deer Hunter was the most pretentious for sure”
Agreed. Too many movies get a free pass because they portray something ethnic from 200 miles around NYC. Godfather, Deer hunter, Taxi Driver, etc etc.
Their self love propaganda makes anything an instant hit if its set inside that magic 200 mile circle.
You just need a few greasy actors to say sarcastic tough guy things.
That movie scared the hell out of us. I remember going to the beach shortly afterwards and very few people were going out into the water! That was the effect that this movie had.
Fast forward 25 years later and I rented it on DVD for my kids to watch. They laughed at it and thought the special effects were cheesy. They were right. That shark was lame!
I would definitely put The Sting and Young Frankenstein in there, in place of Apocalypse Now and Taxi Driver. They belong high in the next ten, but are crowded out of the first ten.
My criteria has to include -watchability- today. That is... If it’s on, will I bother to watch it or skip to something else... Both of those are still big fun to watch after hundreds of times.
Rocky deserves to be much higher on the list. The first Rocky was a truly great movie. I’d put Alien on the list take off Clockwork Orange.
Like Dirty Harry but top ten?
Shoot, I would put Breking Away and Airplane over some of those in the top ten.
” I rented it on DVD for my kids to watch. They laughed at it and thought the special effects were cheesy. They were right. That shark was lame!”
Yessir,, had that same experience. My daughter thought I was an idiot when I told her how it scared a generation right out of the water.
She also laughed at Legend Of Boggy Creek. Walks right by windows at night without the slightest thought that a bigfoot might reach in.
Sorry, didn’t read the entire post before commenting. The Sting is listed #22 on WatchMojo. Belongs in the top ten IMO.
"Old time movies?"
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
While ‘A clockwork orange’ was a great read written by Anthony Burgess. The Kubrick movie sucked in my opinion. It doesn’t belong on that list.
Also, if Godfather is #1 then Godfather 2 should be #2.
Yup. Was just about to post that.
Zardoz was the best. The best, Jerry!
Jaws is a great movie. The shark model didn’t work well during filming, and the movie is stronger because you don’t see it that much. Kind of like the first Halloween is more frightening even without gore and without seeing Michael Myers that clearly. Jaws never really scared me much as a kid, but it is a great movie more because of the interaction among the main three characters and Quint’s Ahab-like obsession. The movie is kind of half Moby Dick and half Enemy of the People, and then there’s the USS Indianapolis.
That’s actually a pretty damned good list. There probably should be at least one Cassavetes film in there, preferably the least unwatchable.
Disagree. McDowell’s Lil Alex was fantastic.
Few of those would be my choices
Animal House, Patton, Dirty Harry, The Sting, Star Wars, M*A*S*H, Close Encounters of 3rd Kind, and Jaws
The 70s may be the best decade ever in film.
I saw them all and loved them all with one exception,”A Clockwork Orange”. I couldn’t make it through that one-—terrifying to me.
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