20 Essential 1970s Movies Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes  


Published on March seventh, 2021

The Nineteen Seventies have been the times of disco and soiled deeds as we plunge into a brand new wave of films. You’ll discover tales of lone males (Taxi Driver, Dog Day Afternoon) and girls (Wanda, Norma Rae) towards the system, and paranoid political thrillers (All the President’s Men, Three Days of the Condor).

There are the horror hallmarks (Alien, Halloween) together with worldwide (Suspiria, Deep Red), and field workplace game-changers (Star Wars, Jaws).

Here are 20 Essential Nineteen Seventies Movies ranked by Rotten Tomatoes.

1. THE GODFATHER (1972)

The Godfather “Don” Vito Corleone is the top of the Corleone mafia household in New York. He is on the occasion of his daughter’s marriage ceremony. Michael, Vito’s youngest son and a adorned WW II Marine can be current on the marriage ceremony. Michael appears to be tired of being part of the household enterprise.

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2. STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE (1977)

The Imperial Forces, underneath orders from merciless Darth Vader, maintain Princess Leia hostage of their efforts to quell the riot towards the Galactic Empire.

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3. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975)

McMurphy has a legal previous and has as soon as once more gotten himself into hassle and is sentenced by the court docket. To escape labor duties in jail, McMurphy pleads madness and is distributed to a ward for the mentally unstable.

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4. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

It is the peak of the conflict in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is distributed by Colonel Lucas and a General to hold out a mission that, formally, ‘does not exist – nor will it ever exist’. The mission: To hunt down a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose military has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions towards the Viet Cong and NVA.

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5. TAXI DRIVER (1976)

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran residing in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night time, watching porn films at seedy cinemas in the course of the day, or excited about how the world, New York particularly, has deteriorated right into a cesspool. He’s a loner who has robust opinions about what is correct and flawed with mankind.

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6. JAWS (1975)

It’s a scorching summer time on Amity Island, a small group whose most important enterprise is its seashores. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the stays of a shark assault sufferer, his first inclination is to shut the seashores to swimmers. This doesn’t sit nicely with Mayor Larry Vaughn and a number of other of the native businessmen. Brody backs all the way down to his remorse as that weekend a younger boy is killed by the predator.

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7. ANNIE HALL(1977)

Alvy Singer, a forty yr previous twice divorced, neurotic, mental Jewish New York stand-up comedian, displays on the demise of his newest relationship, to Annie Hall, an insecure, flighty, Midwestern WASP aspiring nightclub singer. Unlike his earlier relationships, Alvy believed he might have labored out all the problems in his life by means of fifteen years of remedy to make this relationship with Annie final, amongst these points being not wanting up to now any girl that may need to date him, and thus subconsciously pushing these ladies away.

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8. ALIEN (1979)

In the distant future, the crew of the business spaceship Nostromo are on their manner residence once they choose up a misery name from a distant moon. The crew are underneath obligation to research and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards.

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9. STALKER (1979)

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In a small, unnamed nation there’s an space referred to as the Zone. It is outwardly inhabited by aliens and comprises the Room, the place in it’s believed needs are granted. The authorities has declared The Zone a no-go space and have sealed off the world with barbed wire and border guards.

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10. THE GODFATHER, PART II (1974)

The persevering with saga of the Corleone crime household tells the story of a younger Vito Corleone rising up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone within the Fifties as he makes an attempt to broaden the household enterprise into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

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11. CHINATOWN (1974)


In 1937 Los Angeles, personal investigator Jake ‘J.J.’ Gittes focuses on cheating-spouse circumstances. His present goal is Hollis Mulwray, high-profile chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whose spouse suspects him of infidelity. In following Mulwray, Gittes witnesses some common enterprise dealings, akin to a public assembly for development of a brand new dam to create further water provide for Los Angeles, as contemporary water is significant to the rising group in the course of the continual drought; Mulwray opposes the dam.

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12. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)

William Friedkin’s gritty police drama portrays two powerful New York City cops making an attempt to intercept an enormous heroin cargo coming from France.

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13. ROCKY (1976)

Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer making an attempt to make the large time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers need to arrange an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the struggle as an opportunity for a “nobody” to develop into a “someone

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14. HALLOWEEN (1978)

The yr is 1963, the night time: Halloween. Police are referred to as to 43 Lampkin Ln. solely to find that 15 yr previous Judith Myers has been stabbed to loss of life, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night time earlier than Halloween.

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15. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)

En route to go to their grandfather’s grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), 5 youngsters drive previous a slaughterhouse, choose up (and rapidly drop) a sinister hitch-hiker, eat some scrumptious home-cured meat at a roadside fuel station, earlier than ending up on the previous household residence… the place they’re plunged right into a endless nightmare as they meet a household of cannibals who greater than make up in energy instruments what they lack in social abilities…

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16. THE EXORCIST (1973)

A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and harmful modifications within the habits and bodily make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a younger priest at close by Georgetown University begins to doubt his religion whereas coping with his mom’s terminal illness.

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17. ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what appears to be a minor break-in on the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is shocked to seek out high legal professionals already on the protection case, and the invention of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused additional arouses his suspicions.

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18. DON’T LOOK NOW (1973)


John and Laura Baxter are in Venice once they meet a pair of aged sisters, one among whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters’ daughter, who lately drowned. Laura is intrigued, however John resists the thought.

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19. NASHVILLE (1975)

Five days within the Nashville nation and gospel music scene, stuffed with stars, wannabe stars, and different hangers-on – particular person tales of this small group intertwined – gives a commentary on American society.

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20. BEING THERE (1979)

Simple-minded gardener Chance has spent all his life within the Washington D.C. residence of an previous man. When the person dies, Chance is put out on the road with no information of the world besides what he has realized from tv.

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21. BLAZING SADDLES (1974)

The Ultimate Western Spoof. A city the place everybody appears to be named Johnson is in the best way of the railroad. In order to seize their land, Hedley Lemar (Harvey Korman), a politically related nasty particular person, sends in his henchmen to make the city unlivable.

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22. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975)

History is turned on its comedian head when, in tenth-century England, King Arthur travels the countryside to seek out knights who will be part of him on the Round Table in Camelot. Gathering up the lads is a story in itself however after a little bit of a celebration at Camelot, many determine to go away solely to be stopped by God, who sends them on a quest: to seek out the Holy Grail.

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23. DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975)

Based upon a real-life story that occurred within the early seventies through which the Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn, was held siege by a financial institution robber decided to steal sufficient cash for his spouse (a trans girl) to bear a intercourse change operation.

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24. THE CONFORMIST (1970)

This story opens in 1938 in Rome, the place Marcello has simply taken a job working for Mussollini and is courting a good looking younger girl who will make him much more of a conformist. Marcello goes to Paris on his honeymoon and his bosses have an task for him there. Look up an previous professor who fled Italy when the fascists got here into energy.

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25. A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (1975)

Peter Falk is a blue collar man making an attempt to cope with his spouse’s psychological instability. He fights to maintain a semblance of normality within the face of her weird habits, however when her actions have an effect on their youngsters, he has her dedicated.

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