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. 44 -

    Le cercle rouge

    1970 — a.k.a. Le Cercle Rouge, in 10 top lists Check
  2. 42 -

    Il conformista

    1970 — a.k.a. The Conformist, in 17 top lists Check
  3. 10 -

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
  4. 38 -

    Fiddler on the Roof

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
  5. 50 -

    Harold and Maude

    1971, in 18 top lists Check
  6. 34 -

    The Last Picture Show

    1971, in 18 top lists Check
  7. 39 -

    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    1972 — a.k.a. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in 19 top lists Check
  8. 1 -

    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
  9. 41 -

    Sleuth

    1972, in 5 top lists Check
  10. 24 -

    Solyaris

    1972 — a.k.a. Solaris, in 26 top lists Check
  11. 28 -

    Viskningar och rop

    1972 — a.k.a. Cries and Whispers, in 16 top lists Check
  12. 30 -

    The Exorcist

    1973, in 25 top lists Check
  13. 8 -

    Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu

    1973 — a.k.a. Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future, in 4 top lists Check
  14. 48 -

    La montaña sagrada

    1973 — a.k.a. The Holy Mountain, in 8 top lists Check
  15. 43 -

    La nuit américaine

    1973 — a.k.a. Day for Night, in 17 top lists Check
  16. 27 -

    Paper Moon

    1973, in 6 top lists Check
  17. 35 -

    Papillon

    1973, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 11 -

    The Sting

    1973, in 15 top lists Check
  19. 46 -

    Alice in den Städten

    1974 — a.k.a. Alice in the Cities, in 9 top lists Check
  20. 29 -

    Angst essen Seele auf

    1974 — a.k.a. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, in 13 top lists Check
  21. 15 -

    Chinatown

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
  22. 2 -

    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
  23. 18 -

    A Woman Under the Influence

    1974, in 15 top lists Check
  24. 36 -

    Young Frankenstein

    1974, in 13 top lists Check
  25. 23 -

    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 22 top lists Check
  26. 13 -

    Dersu Uzala

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
  27. 32 -

    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
  28. 5 -

    Flåklypa Grand Prix

    1975 — a.k.a. Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, in 7 top lists Check
  29. 31 -

    Jaws

    1975, in 26 top lists Check
  30. 14 -

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    1975, in 21 top lists Check
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
  32. 19 -

    Sholay

    1975 — a.k.a. Embers, in 13 top lists Check
  33. 26 -

    Zerkalo

    1975 — a.k.a. The Mirror, in 12 top lists Check
  34. 40 -

    All the President's Men

    1976, in 20 top lists Check
  35. 47 -

    Cría cuervos

    1976 — a.k.a. Cria Cuervos, in 12 top lists Check
  36. 17 -

    The Message

    1976 — a.k.a. Mohammad: Messenger of God, in 7 top lists Check
  37. 25 -

    Network

    1976, in 13 top lists Check
  38. 21 -

    Rocky

    1976, in 19 top lists Check
  39. 9 -

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 32 top lists Check
  40. 37 -

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
  41. 45 -

    Opening Night

    1977, in 5 top lists Check
  42. 4 -

    Star Wars

    1977 — a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, in 36 top lists Check
  43. 49 -

    Days of Heaven

    1978, in 19 top lists Check
  44. 20 -

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 24 top lists Check
  45. 12 -

    Höstsonaten

    1978 — a.k.a. Autumn Sonata, in 8 top lists Check
  46. 7 -

    Alien

    1979, in 27 top lists Check
  47. 6 -

    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
  48. 33 -

    Being There

    1979, in 13 top lists Check
  49. 22 -

    Life of Brian

    1979, in 19 top lists Check
  50. 16 -

    Stalker

    1979, in 23 top lists Check
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