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Top 10 Movies of the 1970s
YouTube ^ | March 25, 2014 | WatchMojo.com

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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This video is 12:32 in length and contains spoilers in nearly every excerpt.

10. Rocky (1976)

9.The Deer Hunter (1978)

8.Jaws (1975)

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)

Honorable Mentions:

Alien (1979)

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.

1 posted on 03/25/2014 4:42:44 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 03/25/2014 4:43:21 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Dirty Harry?


3 posted on 03/25/2014 4:47:37 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: EveningStar

Top?

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.


4 posted on 03/25/2014 4:47:53 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: EveningStar

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.


5 posted on 03/25/2014 4:48:06 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: EveningStar

Holy Grail
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein


6 posted on 03/25/2014 4:49:05 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: ifinnegan

You didn’t like Jaws?!


7 posted on 03/25/2014 4:49:34 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: EveningStar

First movie I thought of was The Sting. I’d probably put that as a replacement to #5 on your list.


8 posted on 03/25/2014 4:50:09 PM PDT by SkiKnee
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To: EveningStar

Dirty Harry.


9 posted on 03/25/2014 4:50:31 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: EveningStar

Grease.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 4:51:08 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: EveningStar

Godfather 2, should be on the list. I prefer it over part 1, but 1 had the impact.


11 posted on 03/25/2014 4:51:47 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: EveningStar

The Conversation.


12 posted on 03/25/2014 4:52:15 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: AppyPappy

M*A*S*H


13 posted on 03/25/2014 4:52:22 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: rabidralph

Dirty Harry, Outlaw Josie Whales, Thunderbolt Lightfoot, Play Misty for Me,


14 posted on 03/25/2014 4:52:52 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: EveningStar

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.


15 posted on 03/25/2014 4:54:17 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: EveningStar

Used Cars?

Smokey and the Bandit?

Any Which Way but Loose?

Star Wars?


16 posted on 03/25/2014 4:54:43 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: ifinnegan
I guess it’s just their opinion on the best movies of that decade.

Of course it's their opinion, and they invite you to give yours. :)

17 posted on 03/25/2014 4:54:44 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: SkiKnee

It’s not my list. It’s WatchMojo.com’s list.


18 posted on 03/25/2014 4:56:29 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Car Wash


19 posted on 03/25/2014 4:56:45 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: tallyhoe
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20 posted on 03/25/2014 4:56:56 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SkiKnee

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.


21 posted on 03/25/2014 4:57:16 PM PDT by 3catsanadog (I love my country; I don't like its government)
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To: gorush

They don’t make eye candy for the gals like that anymore.


22 posted on 03/25/2014 4:58:08 PM PDT by 3catsanadog (I love my country; I don't like its government)
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To: EveningStar

Where’s “Patton” (1970)?? It won 6 academy awards that year.


23 posted on 03/25/2014 4:58:25 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: ifinnegan

“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.


24 posted on 03/25/2014 4:58:48 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: ifinnegan
Back in the summer of 1975, Jaws was the movie to see. It was a blockbuster. I was 12-years-old and it was the first "adult" movie I went to. It was a mad scene at the theater, the lines wrapped around the building and many people in line couldn't get in and had to wait three hours for the next showing.

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!

25 posted on 03/25/2014 4:58:52 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SkiKnee

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.


26 posted on 03/25/2014 4:59:41 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: EveningStar

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?


27 posted on 03/25/2014 5:01:29 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: EveningStar

Shoot, I would put Breking Away and Airplane over some of those in the top ten.


28 posted on 03/25/2014 5:02:11 PM PDT by TBall
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To: EveningStar
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29 posted on 03/25/2014 5:02:23 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: EveningStar
Hey, what about the remake of Plan 9 From Outer Space?
30 posted on 03/25/2014 5:02:38 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: SamAdams76

” 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.


31 posted on 03/25/2014 5:04:10 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: EveningStar

Sorry, didn’t read the entire post before commenting. The Sting is listed #22 on WatchMojo. Belongs in the top ten IMO.


32 posted on 03/25/2014 5:05:17 PM PDT by SkiKnee
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To: EveningStar

"Old time movies?"

33 posted on 03/25/2014 5:05:45 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: EveningStar

McCabe and Mrs. Miller


34 posted on 03/25/2014 5:06:07 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: EveningStar
If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?
35 posted on 03/25/2014 5:06:29 PM PDT by fso301
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To: rusty schucklefurd
Loved Patton. One of the best ever. Great acting, great photography, great script, great directing, evenly paced, great score. Definitely should be at the top of the list.
36 posted on 03/25/2014 5:06:51 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: EveningStar

Network.


37 posted on 03/25/2014 5:08:12 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: EveningStar
that is a great list; here are my favorite 70s Movies in no particular order;

Mean Streets (1973)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Network (1976)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Serpico (1973)
Patton (1970)
Little Big Man (1970)
The Cowboys (1972)


Honorable mentions
North Dallas Forty (1979)
Shaft (1971)
The Paper Chase (1973)
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

38 posted on 03/25/2014 5:09:05 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: EveningStar

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.


39 posted on 03/25/2014 5:09:43 PM PDT by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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Also, if Godfather is #1 then Godfather 2 should be #2.

Just sayin’


40 posted on 03/25/2014 5:10:51 PM PDT by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: rabidralph

Yup. Was just about to post that.


41 posted on 03/25/2014 5:11:22 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: EveningStar
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42 posted on 03/25/2014 5:13:14 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: EveningStar

Zardoz was the best. The best, Jerry!


43 posted on 03/25/2014 5:15:02 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: SamAdams76

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.


44 posted on 03/25/2014 5:15:24 PM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: EveningStar

That’s actually a pretty damned good list. There probably should be at least one Cassavetes film in there, preferably the least unwatchable.


45 posted on 03/25/2014 5:15:50 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Bullish

Disagree. McDowell’s Lil Alex was fantastic.


46 posted on 03/25/2014 5:16:26 PM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: EveningStar

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


47 posted on 03/25/2014 5:17:05 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

The 70s may be the best decade ever in film.


48 posted on 03/25/2014 5:17:41 PM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: EveningStar

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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49 posted on 03/25/2014 5:17:56 PM PDT by Mears (7 syllables is too tough for)
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To: EveningStar
"Dare ain't no way, NO way, dat you came from mah loins. Soon as ah git home, first thing I'ma gonna do is punch yo mamma in da mouth!"


50 posted on 03/25/2014 5:18:49 PM PDT by Hatteras
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