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Top 48: Favorite Films of the 1970s
Films of the 1970s


48. The Mechanic

47. Race with the Devil

46. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

45. The Spy Who Loved Me

44. Mad Max

43. El Topo/Holy Mountain

42. The Wicker Man

41. Star Wars

40. Escape from Alcatraz

39. Dawn of the Dead

38. Marathon Man

37. The Seven-Ups

36. The Friends of Eddie Coyle

35. Midnight Express (1978)
Midnight Express

34. The Man Who Would be King (1975)
The Man Who Would be King

33. The Driver (1978)
The Driver

32. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

31. Straw Dogs (1971)
Straw Dogs



30. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Best movie title ever

29. The Day of the Jackal (1973)
The Day of the Jackal

28. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Le Cercle Rouge

27. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

26. Get Carter (1971)
Get Carter

25. The Getaway (1972)
The Getaway

24. Carrie (1976)
Carrie

23. All the President's Men (1976)
All the President's Men

22. Jaws (1975)
Jaws

21. Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown

20. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A Clockwork Orange

19. Deliverance (1972)
Deliverance

18. The Brood (1979)
The Brood

17. The Warriors (1979)
The Warriors

16. High Plains Drifter (1973)
High Plains Drifter

15. Street Fighter (1974)
Street Fighter

14. The Omen (1976)
The Omen

13. The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather

12. The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist

11. Papillon (1973)

Papillion
McQueen and Hoffman in their prime combined for this surprisingly epic, really cool film.

10. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Godfather: Part II

9. Enter the Dragon (1973)
Enter the Dragon
Bruce's best film.Unfortunatly they're aren't as many as we'd like to choose from.

8. Dirty Harry (1971)
Dirty Harry
Probably Clint's most iconic character.

7. Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver
Bobby and Marty's best combo... of the 70's.

6. Sorcerer (1977)
Sorcerer
Criminally underseen should be classic film. Pretty recently I was talking about movies with a bunch of reasonably large film nerds, and I was the only one who'd seen the film. Most people haven't even heard of it. That's crazy. It's Friedkin right after he did The French Connection and Exorcist - at the heights of his power he used it here to create a totally non-formulaic, amazing film. Too bad it bombed at the box office and Friedkin never made anything this good again.


5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Probably my favourite horror film of all time. Holds up surprisingly well considering it's a low budget horror film made over 30 years ago. I watched it pretty recently and felt as terrorized as ever.

4. Lone Wolf and Cub Series (1972-74)
Lone Wolf and Cub
I grouped this whole series together as each film is equally great. Even with 2 of Clints best films on the list, Ogami Itto is still the biggest badass here.

3. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Clint's second best western, which equates to the 2nd best western of all time.

2. Alien (1979)
Alien
Set the bar for Sci-Fi horror. Don't think anyone's topped it since.

1. Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now
Embodies everything that was great about the 70's and also what led to it's downfall. Unchecked ambition, Boundary pushing directors, out of control budgets, experimental film making and excessive drug use. Luckily it combined perfectly here to create one of the greatest films of all time.
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