Here’s the next installment of my decade by decade Top 50s. Today, the greatest movies of the 1970s.

 

  1. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)
  2. The Godfather Parts I and II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972/4)
  3. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
  4. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
  5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)
  6. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
  7. Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971)
  8. Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973)
  9. Shampoo (Hal Ashby, 1975)
  10. The Muppet Movie (James Frawley, 1979)
  11. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
  12. Klute (Alan J. Pakula, 1971)
  13. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
  14. The Black Stallion (Carroll Ballard, 1979)
  15. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
  16. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
  17. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
  18. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Miloš Forman, 1975)
  19. The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973)
  20. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
  21. Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978)
  22. 1900 (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1976)
  23. The Last Detail (Hal Ashby, 1973)
  24. Grey Gardens (Albert and David Maysles, 1975)
  25. All the President’s Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976)
  26. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978)
  27. Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976)
  28. The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)
  29. Saturday Night Fever (John Badham, 1977)
  30. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese, 1974)
  31. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Fred Schepisi, 1978)
  32. Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)
  33. The Magic Flute (Ingmar Bergman, 1975)
  34. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
  35. The Rose (Mark Rydell, 1979)
  36. Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971)
  37. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (Woody Allen, 1972)
  38. The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  39. Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)
  40. The Fury (Brian De Palma, 1978)
  41. THX 1138 (George Lucas, 1971)
  42. Death on the Nile (John Guillermin, 1978)
  43. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
  44. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974)
  45. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman, 1978)
  46. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975)
  47. Lacombe, Lucien (Louis Malle, 1974)
  48. Lenny (Bob Fosse, 1974)
  49. Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
  50. California Split (Robert Altman, 1974)