The 1970s were a period of change and transition in the world of film. It saw the emergence of new and influencial filmmakers such as Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola. This is our list of the Best 1970s films.
What’s on the Best 1970s Films timeline?
This timeline assembles all of the best movies from the 1970s. These include all the winners of the Best Picture Oscar, as well as others noted for their critical reception, financial success, and lasting status, as well as a few cult favorites.
The 1970s was the start of a new golden age of film, one that would flourish primarily in the decade the followed, but which got its start in the 1970s. Spielberg’s Jaws became what is now considered the first true “blockbuster” film, George Lucas made a number of his early films, including
Star Wars, and Francis Ford Coppola made a variety of films that are now considered legendary, such as The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. And besides these up-and-coming directors, there are many other films that will forever be remembered as highly important and influential in this decade.
We hope you enjoy this dive into film history. Film historians should enjoy this compilation of influential, popular, and critically acclaimed films. Enjoy!
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# Amazon Name Media Director Date Series Notes 1 MASH Film Robert Altman 1970-03-18 1970s 2 Airport Film George Seaton, Henry Hathaway 1970-03-25 1970s 3 Patton Film Franklin J. Schaffner 1970-04-02 1970s 4 Five Easy Pieces Film Bob Rafelson 1970-09-12 1970s 5 Love Story Film Arthur Hiller 1970-12-16 1970s 6 Litle Big Man Film Arthur Penn 1970-12-23 1970s 7 THX 1138 Film George Lucas 1971-03-11 1970s 8 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Film Mel Stuart 1971-06-30 1970s 9 The Omega Man Film Boris Sagal 1971-08-01 1970s 10 The French Connection Film William Friedkin 1971-10-09 1970s 11 Fiddler on the Roof Film Norman Jewison 1971-11-03 1970s 12 Duel Film Steven Spielberg 1971-11-13 1970s 13 Diamonds Are Forever Film Guy Hamilton 1971-12-17 1970s 14 Dirty Harry Film Don Siegel 1971-12-23 1970s 15 A Clockwork Orange Film Stanley Kubrick 1972-02-02 1970s 16 Silent Running Film Douglas Trumbull 1972-03-10 1970s 17 What's Up, Doc? Film Peter Bogdanovich 1972-03-10 1970s 18 Slaughterhouse-Five Film George Roy Hill 1972-03-15 1970s 19 The Godfather Film Francis Ford Coppola 1972-03-24 1970s 20 Deliverance Film John Boorman 1972-08-18 1970s 21 Jeremiah Johnson Film Sydney Pollack 1972-09-10 1970s 22 Solaris Film Andrei Tarkovsky 1972-09-26 1970s 23 The Poseidon Adventure Film Ronald Neame 1972-12-13 1970s 24 The Getaway Film Sam Peckinpah 1972-12-16 1970s 25 Charlotte's Web Film Charles A. Nichols 1973-03-01 1970s 26 High Plains Drifter Film Clint Eastwood 1973-04-07 1970s 27 Paper Moon Film Peter Bogdanovich 1973-05-09 1970s 28 Soylent Green Film Richard Fleischer 1973-05-09 1970s 29 Live and Let Die Film Guy Hamilton 1973-06-27 1970s 30 American Graffiti Film George Lucas 1973-08-11 1970s 31 Westworld Film Michael Crichton 1973-08-15 1970s 32 Enter the Dragon Film Robert Clouse 1973-08-19 1970s 33 Mean Streets Film Martin Scorsese 1973-10-14 1970s 34 Sleeper Film Woody Allen 1973-12-17 1970s 35 Papillon Film Franklin J. Schaffner 1973-12-19 1970s 36 Magnum Force Film Ted Post 1973-12-25 1970s 37 The Sting Film George Roy Hill 1973-12-25 1970s 38 The Exorcist Film William Friedkin 1973-12-26 1970s 39 Badlands Film Terrence Malick 1974-01-05 1970s 40 Blazing Saddles Film Mel Brooks 1974-02-07 1970s 41 The Conversation Film Francis Ford Coppola 1974-04-12 1970s 42 Chinatown Film Roman Polanski 1974-06-20 1970s 43 The Wicker Man Film Robin Hardy 1974-08-07 1970s 44 The Longest Yard Film Robert Aldrich 1974-08-30 1970s 45 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Film Tobe Hooper 1974-10-11 1970s 46 Earthquake Film Mark Robson 1974-11-15 1970s 47 Murder on the Orient Express Film Sidney Lumet 1974-11-24 1970s 48 Young Frankenstein Film Mel Brooks 1974-12-15 1970s 49 The Godfather, Part II Film Francis Ford Coppola 1974-12-18 1970s 50 The Man with the Golden Gun Film Guy Hamilton 1974-12-20 1970s 51 The Towering Inferno Film John Guillermin 1975-01-01 1970s 52 The Stepford Wives Film Bryan Forbes 1975-02-12 1970s 53 The Return of the Pink Panther Film Blake Edwards 1975-05-21 1970s 54 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Film Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones 1975-05-25 1970s 55 Jaws Film Steven Spielberg 1975-06-20 1970s 56 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Jim Sharman 1975-08-31 1970s 57 Three Days of the Condor Film Sydney Pollack 1975-09-25 1970s 58 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Film Milos Forman 1975-11-19 1970s 59 Barry Lyndon Film Stanley Kubrick 1975-12-18 1970s 60 The Man Who Would Be King Film John Huston 1975-12-19 1970s 61 Taxi Driver Film Martin Scorsese 1976-02-09 1970s 62 All the President's Men Film Alan J. Pakula 1976-04-09 1970s 63 Logan's Run Film Michael Anderson 1976-06-23 1970s 64 The Outlaw Josey Wales Film Clint Eastwood 1976-06-30 1970s 65 The Shootist Film Don Siegel 1976-07-21 1970s 66 Marathon Man Film John Schlesinger 1976-10-08 1970s 67 Carrie Film Brian De Palma 1976-11-16 1970s 68 Network Film Sidney Lumet 1976-11-27 1970s 69 Rocky Film John G. Avildsen 1976-12-03 1970s 70 A Star is Born Film Frank Pierson 1976-12-17 1970s 71 Annie Hall Film Woody Allen 1977-04-20 1970s 72 Star Wars Film George Lucas 1977-05-25 1970s 73 Smokey and the Bandit Film Hal Needham 1977-05-27 1970s 74 The Spy Who Loved Me Film Lewis Gilbert 1977-08-03 1970s 75 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Film Steven Spielberg 1977-12-14 1970s 76 Saturday Night Fever Film John Badham 1977-12-16 1970s 77 Grease Film Randal Kleiser 1978-06-16 1970s 78 Animal House Film John Landis 1978-07-28 1970s 79 Midnight Express Film Alan Parker 1978-10-06 1970s 80 Halloween Film John Carpenter 1978-10-27 1970s 81 Superman Film Richard Donner 1978-12-15 1970s 82 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Film Philip Kaufman 1978-12-22 1970s 83 The Warriors Film Walter Hill 1979-02-09 1970s 84 The Deer Hunter Film Michael Cimino 1979-02-23 1970s 85 Mad Max Film George Miller 1979-04-12 1970s 86 Manhattan Film Woody Allen 1979-04-25 1970s 87 Dawn of the Dead Film George A. Romero 1979-05-24 1970s 88 Rocky II Film Sylvester Stallone 1979-06-15 1970s 89 Alien Film Ridley Scott 1979-06-22 1970s 90 Escape from Alcatraz Film Don Siegel 1979-06-22 1970s 91 The Muppet Movie Film James Frawley 1979-06-22 1970s 92 Moonraker Film Lewis Gilbert 1979-06-29 1970s 93 The Amityville Horror Film Stuart Rosenberg 1979-07-27 1970s 94 Apocalypse Now Film Francis Ford Coppola 1979-08-15 1970s 95 Life of Brian Film Terry Jones 1979-08-17 1970s 96 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Film Robert Wise 1979-12-08 1970s 97 The Jerk Film Carl Reiner 1979-12-14 1970s 98 Kramer vs. Kramer Film Robert Benton 1979-12-19 1970s 99 The Black Hole Film Gary Nelson 1979-12-21 1970s