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. 5 -

    Star Wars

    1977 — a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, in 37 top lists Check
  2. 1 -

    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
  3. 34 -

    Jaws

    1975, in 25 top lists Check
  4. 11 -

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 34 top lists Check
  5. 17 -

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    1975, in 21 top lists Check
  6. 9 -

    Alien

    1979, in 28 top lists Check
  7. 4 -

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
  8. 2 -

    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
  9. 23 -

    Rocky

    1976, in 19 top lists Check
  10. 12 -

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 31 top lists Check
  11. 33 -

    The Exorcist

    1973, in 25 top lists Check
  12. 8 -

    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
  13. 27 -

    Life of Brian

    1979 — a.k.a. Monty Python's Life of Brian, in 19 top lists Check
  14. 41 -

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 33 top lists Check
  15. 24 -

    Chinatown

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
  16. 22 -

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 24 top lists Check
  17. 35 -

    Young Frankenstein

    1974, in 13 top lists Check
  18. 36 -

    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 21 top lists Check
  19. 13 -

    The Sting

    1973, in 16 top lists Check
  20. 28 -

    Network

    1976, in 13 top lists Check
  21. 26 -

    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 23 top lists Check
  22. 40 -

    All the President's Men

    1976, in 20 top lists Check
  23. 18 -

    Stalker

    1979, in 22 top lists Check
  24. 25 -

    Solyaris

    1972 — a.k.a. Solaris, in 26 top lists Check
  25. 37 -

    Papillon

    1973, in 5 top lists Check
  26. 38 -

    Fiddler on the Roof

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
  27. 42 -

    Being There

    1979, in 12 top lists Check
  28. 39 -

    The Last Picture Show

    1971, in 19 top lists Check
  29. 44 -

    Sleuth

    1972, in 4 top lists Check
  30. 30 -

    Paper Moon

    1973, in 6 top lists Check
  31. 29 -

    Zerkalo

    1975 — a.k.a. The Mirror, in 12 top lists Check
  32. 19 -

    A Woman Under the Influence

    1974, in 15 top lists Check
  33. 7 -

    Flåklypa Grand Prix

    1975 — a.k.a. Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, in 7 top lists Check
  34. 43 -

    Il conformista

    1970 — a.k.a. The Conformist, in 17 top lists Check
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    Viskningar och rop

    1972 — a.k.a. Cries and Whispers, in 16 top lists Check
  36. 50 -

    La montaña sagrada

    1973 — a.k.a. The Holy Mountain, in 8 top lists Check
  37. 32 -

    Angst essen Seele auf

    1974 — a.k.a. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, in 12 top lists Check
  38. 45 -

    La nuit américaine

    1973 — a.k.a. Day for Night, in 17 top lists Check
  39. 46 -

    Le cercle rouge

    1970 — a.k.a. Le Cercle Rouge, in 9 top lists Check
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    Höstsonaten

    1978 — a.k.a. Autumn Sonata, in 10 top lists Check
  41. 15 -

    Dersu Uzala

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  42. 10 -

    Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu

    1973 — a.k.a. Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future, in 5 top lists Check
  43. 21 -

    Sholay

    1975 — a.k.a. Embers, in 14 top lists Check
  44. 20 -

    The Message

    1976 — a.k.a. Mohammad: Messenger of God, in 7 top lists Check
  45. 49 -

    Cría cuervos

    1976 — a.k.a. Cría Cuervos, in 12 top lists Check
  46. 47 -

    Opening Night

    1977, in 4 top lists Check
  47. 48 -

    Alice in den Städten

    1974 — a.k.a. Alice in the Cities, in 8 top lists Check
  48. 16 -

    Voskhozhdenie

    1977 — a.k.a. The Ascent, in 13 top lists Check
  49. 6 -

    Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim

    1977 — a.k.a. The Girl with the Red Scarf, in 4 top lists Check
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    Hababam Sinifi Sinifta Kaldi

    1976 — a.k.a. The Chaos Class Failed the Class, in 2 top lists Check
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