Best movies of 1970s

The Godfather(1972)

Combined Rating:
91
Combined Critics Rating: 87

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.



Star Wars(1977)

Combined Rating:
89
Combined Critics Rating: 84

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.



The Godfather: Part II(1974)

Combined Rating:
85
Combined Critics Rating: 78

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.



Alien(1979)

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Combined Rating:
85
Combined Critics Rating: 78

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.



Apocalypse Now(1979)

Combined Rating:
85
Combined Critics Rating: 78

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.



The French Connection(1971)

Combined Rating:
84
Combined Critics Rating: 79

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.



Monty Python and the Holy Grail(1975)

Combined Rating:
84
Combined Critics Rating: 77

King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.



Annie Hall(1977)

Combined Rating:
84
Combined Critics Rating: 77

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.



Jaws(1975)

Combined Rating:
83
Combined Critics Rating: 76

A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.



Raging Bull(1980)

Combined Rating:
83
Combined Critics Rating: 76

An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.



The Exorcist(1973)

Combined Rating:
81
Combined Critics Rating: 72

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.



Chinatown(1974)

Combined Rating:
81
Combined Critics Rating: 73

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.



One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest(1975)

Combined Rating:
80
Combined Critics Rating: 71

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.



Network(1976)

Combined Rating:
80
Combined Critics Rating: 73

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.



Close Encounters of the Third Kind(1977)

Combined Rating:
80
Combined Critics Rating: 72

Following an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.



The Deer Hunter(1978)

Combined Rating:
80
Combined Critics Rating: 71

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.



Manhattan(1979)

Combined Rating:
78
Combined Critics Rating: 70

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.



Patton(1970)

Combined Rating:
77
Combined Critics Rating: 69

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.



Badlands(1973)

Combined Rating:
77
Combined Critics Rating: 71

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.



Young Frankenstein(1974)

Combined Rating:
77
Combined Critics Rating: 68

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.




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