Highest-Rated Movies about '1970s', Sort by Popularity


One Day in September (1999), Billie (2020), The Long Good Friday (1980), Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998), Traffic (1971), S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003), United Red Army (2007), Blame It on Fidel (2006) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best 1970s movies.


One Day in September (1999)

Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald documents terrorism against Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Narrated by Michael Douglas.

athlete, police officer, terrorist, tense, chilling, frightening, munich

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Billie (2020)

In 1971, journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl set out to write the definitive biography of Billie Holiday. Over 8 years, she tracked down and tape-recorded over 200 hours of interviews with the characters that populated the iconic singer's short life.

jazz singer, journalist, friend, character, confident, passionate, engaging

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The Long Good Friday (1980)

A Cockney crime czar (Bob Hoskins) and his mistress (Helen Mirren) answer a threat on the eve of his big deal with a U.S. mobster (Eddie Constantine).

crime boss, girlfriend, mobster, intense, suspenseful, london, car

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Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)

Chinese law mandates that a young woman (Lu Lu) leave her family and travel to the Tibetan countryside for manual labor in 1975.

young girl, rancher, mother, sister, father, friend, moving

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Traffic (1971)

Heavy traffic and oddball encounters plague Mr. Hulot's (Jacques Tati) journey from Paris to Amsterdam in a recreational vehicle.

auto builder, manager, publicist, truck driver, monsieur hulot, airy, amusing

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S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003)

This documentary, directed by a survivor of the genocide, chronicles the systematized murder perpetuated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, specifically the torture and killing of the educated classes in the notorious S-21 prison, which is now a museum. But this film is not about statistics and generalized history. Instead, it focuses on two survivors who return to the prison, coming face-to-face with some of the guards who insist that they were only following bureaucratic orders.

survivor, war criminal, prisoner, teenager, guard, disturbing, emotional

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United Red Army (2007)

Massive student uprisings in 1960s Japan coincide with the rise of the far-left militant group, which later tortured and killed some of its members in 1972.

student, japanese soldier, young man, leader, protester, brutal, dense

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Blame It on Fidel (2006)

Anna must deal with losing her privileges when her well-off parents become leftist activists.

girl, frenchwoman, political activist, socialist, gutsy, hedonistic, gripping

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Chhoti Si Baat (1975)

A mild-mannered accountant, Arun Pradeep (Amol Palekar) is infatuated with pretty young Prabha Narayan (Vidya Sinha), but his withdrawn nature prevents him from asserting himself. When the slick Nagesh Shastri (Asrani) sets his sights on Prabha, Arun realizes that he has to make a move soon or risk losing her. In order to get a crash course in romance, he enlists the help of love expert Col. Julius Nagendranath Wilfred Singh (Ashok Kumar) and attempts to win the girl of his dreams.

accountant, beautiful woman, rival, mentor, amusing, playful, mumbai, india

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Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021)

In the 1970s, a missing martial arts teacher is the subject of a quest by Batman and his former classmates.

batman, martial artist, team member, fighter, frenetic, thrilling, confident

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Return of the Dragon (1972)

An Asian (Bruce Lee) in Rome uses whirling "nunchakus" on a gang and fights a karate champ (Chuck Norris) in the coliseum.

martial artist, champion, rival, gang leader, friend, villain, brooding

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The Landlord (1970)

A wealthy young man causes a stir within his family when he decides to purchase a tenement house in the ghetto.

wealthy man, mother, girlfriend, tenant, wife, neighbor, amusing

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The Harder They Come (1972)

An ambitious young Jamaican is forced into a life of crime after arriving in Kingston to launch a music career.

singer, music producer, drug dealer, preacher, girlfriend, moving, gutsy

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Death Line (1972)

A police inspector (Donald Pleasence) discovers that descendants of survivors of a cave-in in the early 1900s are eating London subway riders.

government official, passenger, survivor, gory, frightening, frenetic, shocking

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All You Need Is Cash (1978)

This seminal mockumentary satirizes the career of the Beatles via a fictional pop group called the Rutles. Commonly known as the "Pre-Fab Four," Barry Wom, Dirk McQuickly, Stig O'Hara and Ron Nasty are a gang of mop-topped goofballs from Liverpool, England, whose songs bewitch the entire world. But between hits like "Cheese and Onions" and "Doubleback Alley," the group ultimately implodes, leading to a bitter public breakup.

rock star, manager, girlfriend, artist, creative, hilarious, witty

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Martin (1978)

A radio talk show host balances his professional and personal lives.

vampire, cousin, housewife, criminal, victim, love interest, dark

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I'm Not Scared (2003)

In a small town in Italy in 1978, 9-year-old Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano) finds Fillipo (Mattia Di Perro), seemingly dead in a deep hole in the ground, while on a bike ride with friends. Terrified of what he has seen, Michele decides not to tell his father. After returning to the scene, Michele discovers that Fillipo is still alive and bound by a chain. Michele continues to keep his secret as he makes several visits to Fillipo, who has no memory of the events leading up to his captivity.

boy, abductee, father, bad guy, disturbing, sad, shocking

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Together (2000)

Goran runs a Stockholm commune in the 1970s. The easygoing Goran does his best to keep the peace between the politically contentious people around him, many of whom are drunk or stoned on a regular basis. When Goran's sister Elisabeth (Lisa Lindgren) flees from her abusive husband, her arrival at the commune significantly changes its dynamics. Elisabeth's two children bring change, agitating for TV and meat and driving away the commune's purists as tensions spread.

leader, abusive husband, abused wife, resident, young boy, marxist, uplifting

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Salem's Lot (1979)

Based on the Stephen King novel, Ben Mears (David Soul) has returned to his hometown of Salem's Lot to write a book about the supposedly haunted Marsten House that resides on a hill overlooking the small town. His project is curtailed, however, when he finds out that someone has bought the long-empty property. But when people around the Marsten House start dying mysteriously, Mears discovers that the owner of the mansion is actually a vampire who is turning them into an army of undead slaves.

vampire, writer, teenager, doctor, priest, love interest, dark

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Sid & Nancy (1986)

Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) of the punk-rock Sex Pistols self-destructs with girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb).

bassist, singer, girlfriend, drug addict, manager, amusing, shocking

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The Middleman (1976)

Directed by Satyajit Ray. An innocent youth takes a job in a profession where one must break the rules to succeed.

sister, best friend, businessman, taxi driver, college graduate, prostitute, emotional

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The Candidate (1972)

An image maker (Peter Boyle) grooms the son (Robert Redford) of a political boss (Melvyn Douglas) for a token bid in a U.S. Senate race.

lawyer, campaign manager, senator, father, disheartening, brash, fascinating

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Duel (1971)

The unseen driver of a tailgating semi tries to run a traveling salesman (Dennis Weaver) off the road.

salesman, truck driver, brutal, frightening, suspenseful, freeway, diner

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Beware of a Holy Whore (1971)

Members of a troubled German film crew spend most of their time drinking, talking and waiting in a hotel.

director, star, actor, actress, cinematographer, producer, cheeky

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Long Weekend (1978)

Nature closes in on an Australian couple (John Hargreaves, Briony Behets) who try to save their marriage with an outdoor weekend.

man, wife, dog, husband, shocking, eerie, campy

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Sybil (1976)

This tale of child abuse and and its deep psychological scars, based on a true story, follows Sybil (Sally Field), an introverted student living alone in New York City who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Haunted by nightmares of her past, Sybil starts seeing a psychiatrist named Dr. Cornelia B. Wilbur (Joanne Woodward). When Dr. Wilbur discovers Sybil has over a dozen different personalities, she becomes obsessed with uncovering her patient's tortured childhood in order to heal her.

student, psychiatrist, mother, doctor, sad, intense, shocking

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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon (2005)

Buzz Aldrin described the lunar surface as "magnificent desolation." He is one of only 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon. This docudrama chronicles the historic flights and moonwalks of these men, using interviews, archival footage, celebrity voice-overs including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, and simulations and re-enactments to create a virtually shared experience of having walked on the moon. The film also explores the state of the space program and its future.

astronaut, commander, buzz aldrin, neil armstrong, thrilling, engaging, intense

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Vizontele (2001)

In 1974 the mayor (Altan Erkekli) of a small Turkish town introduces television as an alternative to movies.

mayor, villager, entrepreneur, electrician, eccentric, theater owner, amusing

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Goodfellas (1990)

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

mobster, gangster, thief, partner, agent, mob enforcer, gritty

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Sisters (1973)

A newswoman (Jennifer Salt) and a private eye (Charles Durning) probe a murder confused by separated Siamese twins (Margot Kidder).

reporter, model, police officer, private investigator, man, sister, frightening

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