IMDb's 1970s Top 50

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Although the 1970s opened with Hollywood experiencing a financial and artistic depression, the decade became a creative high point in the US film industry. Restrictions on language, adult content and sexuality, and violence had loosened up, and these elements became more widespread. The counter-culture of the time had influenced Hollywood to be freer, to take more risks and to experiment with alternative, young film makers (nicknamed "Movie Brats"), as old Hollywood professionals and old-style moguls died out and a new generation of film makers arose and caused Hollywood to be renewed and reborn.

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  1. 19 -

    The Message

    1976 — a.k.a. Mohammad: Messenger of God, in 7 top lists Check
  2. 49 -1

    La montaña sagrada

    1973 — a.k.a. The Holy Mountain, in 8 top lists Check
  3. 5 -

    Flåklypa Grand Prix

    1975 — a.k.a. Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, in 7 top lists Check
  4. 47 -1

    Alice in den Städten

    1974 — a.k.a. Alice in the Cities, in 9 top lists Check
  5. 45 -

    Cría cuervos

    1976 — a.k.a. Cría Cuervos, in 12 top lists Check
  6. 12 -

    Höstsonaten

    1978 — a.k.a. Autumn Sonata, in 8 top lists Check
  7. 28 -

    Angst essen Seele auf

    1974 — a.k.a. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, in 13 top lists Check
  8. 36 +1

    Fiddler on the Roof

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
  9. 18 -

    Sholay

    1975 — a.k.a. Embers, in 14 top lists Check
  10. 31 +4

    Papillon

    1973, in 6 top lists Check
  11. 38 -2

    Paper Moon

    1973, in 6 top lists Check
  12. 43 +1

    Le cercle rouge

    1970 — a.k.a. Le Cercle Rouge, in 10 top lists Check
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    Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu

    1973 — a.k.a. Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future, in 4 top lists Check
  14. 44 -1

    La nuit américaine

    1973 — a.k.a. Day for Night, in 17 top lists Check
  15. 39 -

    Being There

    1979, in 13 top lists Check
  16. 13 -

    Dersu Uzala

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
  17. 46 +1

    Opening Night

    1977, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 27 -

    Viskningar och rop

    1972 — a.k.a. Cries and Whispers, in 16 top lists Check
  19. 37 +1

    All the President's Men

    1976, in 20 top lists Check
  20. 23 +1

    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 22 top lists Check
  21. 42 -

    Il conformista

    1970 — a.k.a. The Conformist, in 17 top lists Check
  22. 32 -1

    The Last Picture Show

    1971, in 19 top lists Check
  23. 48 new

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    1976, in 12 top lists Check
  24. 25 -

    Solyaris

    1972 — a.k.a. Solaris, in 26 top lists Check
  25. 33 +1

    Young Frankenstein

    1974, in 13 top lists Check
  26. 17 -

    A Woman Under the Influence

    1974, in 15 top lists Check
  27. 14 +2

    Stalker

    1979, in 23 top lists Check
  28. 26 -

    Zerkalo

    1975 — a.k.a. The Mirror, in 12 top lists Check
  29. 40 +1

    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    1972 — a.k.a. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in 19 top lists Check
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    Rocky

    1976, in 19 top lists Check
  31. 24 -2

    Network

    1976, in 13 top lists Check
  32. 50 new

    Manhattan

    1979, in 19 top lists Check
  33. 29 +1

    The Exorcist

    1973, in 25 top lists Check
  34. 41 -1

    Sleuth

    1972, in 4 top lists Check
  35. 34 -1

    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 21 top lists Check
  36. 22 +1

    Life of Brian

    1979 — a.k.a. Monty Python's Life of Brian, in 19 top lists Check
  37. 20 -

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 25 top lists Check
  38. 35 -3

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 32 top lists Check
  39. 30 -1

    Jaws

    1975, in 25 top lists Check
  40. 11 -

    The Sting

    1973, in 15 top lists Check
  41. 16 -1

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    1975, in 21 top lists Check
  42. 15 -1

    Chinatown

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
  43. 10 -

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 34 top lists Check
  44. 6 -

    Alien

    1979, in 28 top lists Check
  45. 9 -

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 31 top lists Check
  46. 7 -

    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
  47. 4 -

    Star Wars

    1977 — a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, in 36 top lists Check
  48. 3 -

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
  49. 2 -

    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
  50. 1 -

    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
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