Al's Top Rated Films: 1970–1979by pounds-alan | created - 4 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public
IN PROGRESS: These are my favorite movies from the 1970s that I have seen so far. I haven't seen a ton since I'm an 80s baby, but I will continue to add them to the list as I watch them.
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1. Young Frankenstein (1974)
PG | 106 min | Comedy
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Votes: 145,161 | Gross: $86.30M
I'm a big Mel Brooks fan, and this is my favorite Mel Brooks movie, and apparently, of the entire 1970s. So unique and well done. Gene Wilder & Marty Feldman are fantastic, as is the rest of the cast.
2. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavyweight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 527,144 | Gross: $117.24M
The original and best film in the Rocky franchise, in my opinion. John G. Avildsen did everything right here. My favorite boxing movie, if not sports movie in general.
3. Blazing Saddles (1974)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Western
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
Votes: 127,691 | Gross: $119.50M
Another Mel Brooks movie! My favorite behind Young Frankenstein, and it comes with bigger laughs. You couldn't make this movie today. One of the funniest movies ever made.
4. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
R | 109 min | Comedy
At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.
Votes: 113,212 | Gross: $0.20M
Up there with my favorite coming of age comedies. Hilarious with a superb story by Harold Ramis.
5. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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 mysterious Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,248,575 | Gross: $322.74M
I'm not a mega Star Wars fan, but I love the original trilogy. Obviously one of the popular movies of all time. Love it!
6. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Votes: 236,165 | Gross: $47.00M
Likely my favorite horror movie of all time. John Carpenter creates that suspense with a first person camera shot and a chilling soundtrack. Riveting. Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis are great.
7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 931,636 | Gross: $112.00M
Powerful and emotional. Jack Nicholson at his best. As well as Louise Fletcher playing the evil Nurse Ratched.
8. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Thriller
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Votes: 548,977 | Gross: $260.00M
One of the best thriller/horror films of its kind. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss are all excellent. Classic.
9. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.
Votes: 739,209 | Gross: $28.26M
One of my favorite Martin Scorsese films, and a great early role for Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster. Great film.
10. Carrie (1976)
R | 98 min | Horror
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Votes: 170,467 | Gross: $33.80M
Excellent story by Stephen King. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie are both incredible in their roles. Up there with my favorite horror films.
11. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Three amateur bank robbers plan to hold up a bank. A nice simple robbery: Walk in, take the money, and run. Unfortunately, the supposedly uncomplicated heist suddenly becomes a bizarre nightmare as everything that could go wrong does.
Votes: 239,079 | Gross: $50.00M
Perhaps my favorite film with Al Pacino, that features some of his finest acting, in my opinion. Superb story.
12. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
Votes: 506,791 | Gross: $1.23M
One of the funniest movies of all time. I was a little older before I was fully able to appreciate this brand of humor. Superbly done all around.
13. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
R | 83 min | Horror
Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas fall victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
Votes: 139,948 | Gross: $30.86M
Easily one of the scariest movies of all time in my opinion. The scenes with Leatherface are horrific, and Marilyn Burns has to be one of the most terrifying screamers of all time. Classic for the genre.
15. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 1,150,395 | Gross: $57.30M
16. Rocky II (1979)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport
Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.
Votes: 194,956 | Gross: $6.39M
17. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.
Votes: 187,558 | Gross: $132.09M
18. Papillon (1973)
R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Votes: 123,236 | Gross: $53.27M
19. Being There (1979)
PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama
A simpleminded, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.
Votes: 66,764 | Gross: $30.18M
21. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.
Votes: 181,221 | Gross: $4.00M
22. Up in Smoke (1978)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Music
Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.
Votes: 36,560 | Gross: $44.36M
24. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 801,159 | Gross: $78.90M
25. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Votes: 112,707 | Gross: $5.10M
26. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
G | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?
Votes: 9,466 | Gross: $20.00M
27. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 316,170 | Gross: $48.98M
28. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus Christ, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
Votes: 372,660 | Gross: $20.05M
31. Little Big Man (1970)
PG-13 | 139 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.
Votes: 33,221 | Gross: $31.56M
32. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
Votes: 768,514 | Gross: $6.21M
33. Silver Streak (1976)
PG | 114 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.
34. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War
A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.
Votes: 616,125 | Gross: $83.47M
35. High Anxiety (1977)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
A psychiatrist with intense acrophobia (fear of heights) goes to work for a mental institution run by doctors who appear to be crazier than their patients, and have secrets that they are willing to commit murder to keep.
Votes: 20,235 | Gross: $31.06M
39. The Longest Yard (1974)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.
Votes: 17,372 | Gross: $7.13M
40. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
PG | 112 min | Action, Biography, Crime
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.
Votes: 123,883 | Gross: $43.00M
41. The Jerk (1979)
R | 94 min | Comedy
A simpleminded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivete is both his best friend and his worst enemy.
Votes: 53,707 | Gross: $73.69M
45. Network (1976)
R | 121 min | Drama
A television network cynically exploits a deranged