The Good... of the 1970s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 21 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

After creating my Best-Of-Lists for every decade I felt like some pretty good movies were still left out. To change that here is my The Good... of the 1970s list. Mind you, as the heading implies the movies on this list are not bad. I just do not feel that they belong on a Best-Of-List.

As ususal, don't hesitate to leave a comment if you feel up to it.

PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. The Molly Maguires (1970)

M | 124 min | Drama, History

62 Metascore

In the Pennsylvanian coal mines of 1876, a group of Irish immigrant workers begin to retaliate against the cruelty of their work environment.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Harris, Samantha Eggar, Frank Finlay

Votes: 3,110 | Gross: $0.22M

2. The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs.

Directors: Leonard Kastle, Donald Volkman | Stars: Shirley Stoler, Tony Lo Bianco, Mary Jane Higby, Doris Roberts

Votes: 4,037 | Gross: $0.46M

3. Cold Sweat (1970)

PG | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

With his wife and daughter being held hostage, a seasoned ex-military man is involved in a shady smuggling operation to save his family.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Charles Bronson, James Mason, Liv Ullmann, Jill Ireland

Votes: 2,000

4. Witchhammer (1970)

103 min | Drama, History, Horror

A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

Director: Otakar Vávra | Stars: Vladimír Smeral, Elo Romancik, Josef Kemr, Sona Valentová

Votes: 1,564

5. The Great White Hope (1970)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

53 Metascore

A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen

Votes: 2,256

6. La route de Salina (1970)

R | 96 min | Drama

Jonas (Walker Jr) is on the road to Salina. He stops at a gas station/restaurant and its owner, Mara (Hayworth), is struck by his resemblance to her dead son, Rocky (Porel). He decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Robert Walker Jr., Ed Begley, Bruce Pecheur

Votes: 386

7. I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

GP | 92 min | Drama

A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father.

Director: Gilbert Cates | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons

Votes: 2,238

8. The Conformist (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

100 Metascore

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 24,442

9. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison

Votes: 39,928 | Gross: $19.00M

10. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin

Votes: 8,011 | Gross: $3.50M

11. Barquero (1970)

R | 115 min | Western

At a river crossing, a stand-off between a gang of outlaws and local townsfolk ensues when the ferry barge operator refuses to ferry the gang across the river.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Warren Oates, Forrest Tucker, Kerwin Mathews

Votes: 1,335 | Gross: $0.14M

12. Companeros (1970)

R | 118 min | Action, Comedy, Western

A Swedish arms dealer and a Mexican peon team up to rescue the intellectual leader of the Revolutionary cause, while taking part in numerous misadventures along the way.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Fernando Rey, Iris Berben

Votes: 3,601

13. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

GP | 116 min | Adventure, Romance, War

62 Metascore

Nun Sara (Shirley MacLaine) is on the run in Mexico and is saved from cowboys by Hogan (Clint Eastwood), who is preparing for a future mission to capture a French fort. The pair become good friends, but Sara never does tell him the true reason behind her being outlawed.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Manolo Fábregas, Alberto Morin

Votes: 22,147 | Gross: $11.50M

14. Waterloo (I) (1970)

G | 123 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 7,924 | Gross: $3.05M

15. Many Wars Ago (1970)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, War

On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops.

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Mark Frechette, Alain Cuny, Gian Maria Volontè, Giampiero Albertini

Votes: 1,235

16. They Call Me Trinity (1970)

G | 113 min | Comedy, Western

A lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and his portly, horse-thieving brother defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major, a Mexican bandit, and their henchmen.

Director: Enzo Barboni | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Steffen Zacharias, Dan Sturkie

Votes: 18,068

17. The Twelve Chairs (1970)

GP | 94 min | Comedy

In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 5,393

18. The Breach (1970)

124 min | Thriller

Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son's ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Michel Bouquet, Annie Cordy

Votes: 1,470

19. The Landlord (1970)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey

Votes: 2,015 | Gross: $0.96M

20. The Kremlin Letter (1970)

M/PG | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

During the Cold War a Naval Intelligence officer endowed with a powerful photographic memory is transferred to the CIA to participate in a covert operation in Moscow.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Bibi Andersson, Richard Boone, Nigel Green, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,685 | Gross: $0.24M

21. Lokis. Rekopis profesora Wittembacha (1970)

100 min | Fantasy, Horror

A pastor studying folklore in remote parts of 19th century Lithuania is invited to stay with a young nobleman. His mother is sequestered and mad. It seems she has been attacked by a bear as... See full summary »

Director: Janusz Majewski | Stars: Józef Duriasz, Edmund Fetting, Gustaw Lutkiewicz, Malgorzata Braunek

Votes: 226

22. The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)

108 min | Crime, Drama

Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who's his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and ... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Alessio Orano, Ornella Muti, Tano Cimarosa, Joe Sentieri

Votes: 600

23. Tam Lin (1970)

PG-13 | 106 min | Horror

Based on an ancient Scottish folk song, an older woman uses witchcraft to keep her young jet-set friends.

Director: Roddy McDowall | Stars: Ava Gardner, Ian McShane, Richard Wattis, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 358

24. Donkey Skin (1970)

G | 91 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

70 Metascore

A fairy godmother helps a princess disguise herself so she won't have to marry a man she doesn't love.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Micheline Presle

Votes: 3,746

25. The Go-Between (1971)

GP | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A tale of torrid and forbidden love between a couple in the English countryside.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Dominic Guard, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 4,475

26. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 20,275 | Gross: $12.51M

27. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 89,366 | Gross: $43.82M

28. Vanishing Point (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Charlotte Rampling, Dean Jagger

Votes: 25,415

29. The Last Run (1971)

GP | 95 min | Action, Drama, Crime

A getaway driver comes out of retirement to pull off one last run - one that could send him to an early grave instead.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, John Huston | Stars: George C. Scott, Tony Musante, Trish Van Devere, Colleen Dewhurst

Votes: 1,250

30. Max and the Junkmen (1971)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A detective decides to go undercover and set up a group of robbers, but he may be getting too caught up in the task at hand.

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Danielle Durou, Alain Belart, Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider

Votes: 1,891 | Gross: $0.03M

31. The Grissom Gang (1971)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

Set in the Depression, a gang of half-witted small-time hoods led by Slim Grissom kidnap heiress Barbara Blandish and Slim proceeds to fall in love with her. Remake of the British film No ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante, Robert Lansing

Votes: 1,092

32. The Anderson Tapes (1971)

GP | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 6,381 | Gross: $10.90M

33. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 30,299 | Gross: $12.30M

34. Carnal Knowledge (1971)

R | 98 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel, Ann-Margret

Votes: 10,407 | Gross: $28.62M

35. Hannie Caulder (1971)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Western

After she is raped and her husband murdered, a woman hires a bounty hunter to instruct her in the use of a gun so she can get her revenge on the three outlaws responsible.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam

Votes: 2,585

36. Red Sun (1971)

PG | 112 min | Action, Western

In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a manhunt to retrieve it.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Charles Bronson, Toshirô Mifune, Alain Delon, Ursula Andress

Votes: 7,216 | Gross: $4.84M

37. Valdez Is Coming (1971)

PG-13 | 90 min | Western

A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.

Director: Edwin Sherin | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera, Jon Cypher

Votes: 3,153

38. The Burglars (1971)

PG | 120 min | Crime, Thriller, Action

In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars plan an emerald heist from the home of a gem collector but the corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia is on their trail.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif, Dyan Cannon, Robert Hossein

Votes: 1,766

39. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

R | 120 min | Drama, Western

A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane

Votes: 20,504 | Gross: $8.20M

40. Murphy's War (1971)

GP | 107 min | Drama, War

A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Siân Phillips, Philippe Noiret, Horst Janson

Votes: 2,835

41. Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

53 Metascore

During the sixteenth century, the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots engages in over two decades of religious and political conflict with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, amidst political intrigue in her native land.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 3,754

42. THX 1138 (1971)

R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

75 Metascore

In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie

Votes: 45,745 | Gross: $2.44M

43. Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)

GP | 102 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A new school teacher learns that the previous teacher was killed by his pupils, and he fears the same will happen to him.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: David Hemmings, Carolyn Seymour, Douglas Wilmer, Tony Haygarth

Votes: 483

44. What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)

R | 101 min | Crime, Musical, Mystery

Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Micheál MacLiammóir

Votes: 1,529