If you want to know the best movies which won an Academy Award (Oscar) you should definitely watch our ranking for the best picture winning movies of the 1970s.
10. The French Connection (1971)
The French Connection is a 1971 action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider and Tony Lo Bianco. Two police officers, Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle and Buddy “Cloudy” Russo, run into a pursuit to uncover the source of heroin being smuggled into the United States from Europe. What happens when it turns out to be a French connection and the person behind it is a sophisticated gentleman named Alain Charnier? The game of chase begins as there are no rules and no holds barred when Popeye cuts loose!
Action, Thriller | Director: William Friedkin
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9. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Young Texan Joe Buck decides to quit his job and head to the big city to become a hustler. When he meets Ratso Rizzo, an outcast with a similar past, the two form an unlikely bond. After some initial hiccups, the duo officially begin working as prostitutes. The movie follows Joe and Rizzo’s adventures as they try to make it big in New York City.
Drama, Western | Director: John Schlesinger
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8. Patton (1970)
Set during the 1940s, Patton follows the story of General George S. Patton, a tank commander serving in North Africa after America’s defeat in the Kasserine Pass battle. Due to his temper and stubbornness, General Patton often finds himself unable to follow orders. The movie explores the general’s controversial tenure during World War II.
Biography, War | Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
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7. Annie Hall (1977)
Annie Hall is a 1977 romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen stars him in the lead role, with Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts and Carol Kane. Watch a nervous love-story unfold as a neurotic comedian, Avy Singer, falls for a ditzy eponymous singer, Annie Hall. Let Singer guide you through the journey of his life, his childhood, his early life struggles, and eventually how he met and fell hopelessly in love with Hall. Witness the rise and fall of his relationship with Hall in a series of flashbacks.
Romance, Comedy | Director: Woody Allen
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6. The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Deer Hunter tells the story of three steelworkers whose lives are changed forever after fighting in the Vietnam War. The phenomenal performances and the outstanding screenplay showcase the absurdity of war and conflict. Michael Cimino captivates the audience with his powerful direction and profound character development. The war drama also marks the first Academy nomination for Meryl Streep. Released in 1978, the movie also stars Robert De Niro, John Cazale, and John Savage in lead roles.
War, Drama | Director: Michael Cimino
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5. Rocky (1976)
Rocky is a 1976 sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and is written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches story of Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer from Philadelphia, working as a debt collector for a loan shark. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers set up an exhibition match between Creed and Rocky, touting the fight as a chance for a “nobody” to become a “somebody”. The film also stars Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith and Carl Weathers.
Drama, Sports | Director: John G. Avildsen
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4. The Sting (1973)
The Sting is a 1973 caper film set directed by George Roy Hill and stars Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw and Charles Durning. In the aftermath of a mutual friend’s death, two con artists, Johnny Hooker and Henry Gondorff, team up to plan the most elaborate scam ever to bring down a racketeer. The elaborate scam doesn’t quite unfold the way it is planned though. Will Hooker and Gondorff be able to pull it off or will the crime boss remain undefeated?
Crime | Director: George Roy Hill
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3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Directed by Miloš Forman, the comedy-drama follows the life of McMurphy, a repeat offender who gets into trouble with the law one more time and is sentenced to imprisonment by the court. To avoid jail, he pleads guilty and is instead transferred to a mental hospital for the criminally insane. Once there, he meets the oppressive nurse Ratched and starts a rebellion against her by rallying up mistreated patients. Released in 1975, the classic and masterpiece stars Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher in lead roles.
Comedy, Drama | Director: Miloš Forman
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2. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
This sequel to the legendary original is an American gangster and crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and Robert De Niro, it continues the enthralling story of the Corleone father and son. The movie shows the predicaments of Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, and young Vito Corleone, played by Robert De Niro, who attempts to expand his family’s crime business. The Godfather Part II is viewed by many as the best sequel in cinematic history.
Crime, Gangster | Director: Francis Ford Coppola
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1.The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather is a 1972 crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano and Robert Duvall. A family has a hugely successful business, but the reluctant son does not want to be a part of it. Soon, circumstances drive him to take over the dynasty. What if said business is mob-adjacent and brings in money through criminal activities? Discover the generational story of the biggest dynasty in the world of crime, under the patriarch Vito Corleone.
Crime | Director: Francis Ford Coppola
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