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Top 20 - Crime Films of the 1970s

It didn't get better than the 70s for gritty crime films, most of these really focus in on criminals trying to pull of some intricate heists or the cops on their trail.

20. Point Blank 1967 - Close enough to the 70s.

19. Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 1974

18. Rolling Thunder 1977

17. The Seven-Ups 1973

16. The Outfit 1973
- A little harder to find, but definitely worth the effort. Based on one of Richard Stark's Parker novels.

15. The Long Good Friday 1980

14. Charley Varrick 1973

13. The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973

12. The French Connection 1971


11. The Driver 1978
The Driver

10. Get Carter 1971
Get Carter

9. The Getaway 1972
The Getaway

8. The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three 1974
The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three

7. Godfather/Godfather II 1972/1974 - I recognize these are probably the best films on the list, but they're not focused specifically on crime as much as much as a lot of the other films here, lots of family drama.
Godfather II

6. Le Cercle Rouge 1970
Le Cercle Rouge

5. The Day of the Jackal 1973
day of the jackal

4. Papillion 1973
Papillion

3. Sorcerer 1977
Sorcerer

2. Dirty Harry 1971
Dirty Harry

1. Thief 1981 - Not officially released in the 70s, but was there in spirit. No other film gets so in depth on how to pull off a heist, felt like I had all the skills necessary to pull off my very own safe cracking after sitting through this.
Thief

Honorable Mention - Straight Time, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, Across 110th St.
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