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Best Movies of the 1970s

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The 1970s was an amazing time for cinema. Directors seemed to have free reign to let their creativity run wild. And then the 1980s happened and it all went downhill.

Rated 0 points - posted 10 years ago by missdeweydecimal in category Movies.
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Star Wars Report Abuse
Don't let the prequels taint your opinions of the original trilogy! This was a truly groundbreaking series of films. Although George Lucas feels that the imperfections in the special effects needed to be improved, there is a real charm to seeing this world created without the use of the computer graphics we've all become so accustomed to.
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The Godfather (parts 1 and 2) Report Abuse
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Rocky Report Abuse
Before there was Rocky IV, with Sylvester Stallone training in Siberia ... there was the original Rocky, which was actually a pretty decent film.
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Breaking Away Report Abuse
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American Graffiti Report Abuse
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The Exorcist Report Abuse
Again, back when scary movies took their time to really set the scene and creep you out. This movie is probably pretty slow-moving by today's standards, but it is so well done.
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The Deer Hunter Report Abuse
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Apocalypse Now Report Abuse
There are so many amazing performances in this film. It's truly amazing to have Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall all in the same movie. Ahh, the 70s.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Report Abuse
While credit really needs to be given to Ken Kesey for writing this groundbreaking novel in the first place, this excellent film is easily one of the best book to movie adaptations. Jack Nicholson delivers a brilliant performance. This is a must see.
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The Last Picture Show Report Abuse
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Marathon Man Report Abuse
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A Clockwork Orange Report Abuse
Maybe the 1970s were also a time of excellent book to movie adaptations. This disturbing film, based on the disturbing novel by Melvin Burgess, is hard to watch at some points, while also being completely mesmerizing.
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Jaws Report Abuse
Back in the day they used to make scary movies based on things like building suspense and tension through plot and characters and super creepy music. Oh the good old days.
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Barry Lyndon Report Abuse
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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Report Abuse
Western!!!
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Dog Day Afternoon Report Abuse
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Blazing Saddles Report Abuse
Okay, this might not be high-brow cinema, but it's damned funny. And really, it was pretty bold for the time period.
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Five Easy Pieces Report Abuse
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Straw dogs Report Abuse
Great movie!
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Don't Look Now Report Abuse
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Kramer vs. Kramer Report Abuse
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Annie Hall Report Abuse
This is the quintessential Woody Allen film. While the man still has some moments, his films now are a bit hit or miss. If you haven't seen it, you need to check out what he was capable of when he was at the top of his game.
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Halloween Report Abuse
The 70s really were a great time for horror films. This film really changed the genre, creating panic amongst babysitters everywhere.
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Taxi Driver Report Abuse
Classic Robert DeNiro at his finest.
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Alien Report Abuse
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Report Abuse
The 70s gave us Richard Dreyfuss. Thank you 1970s.
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All that Jazz Report Abuse
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The French Connection Report Abuse
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MASH Report Abuse
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