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Movies from the 70s

The 1970s brought the world an amazing array of movies from a variety of different genres.

Indeed, some of the best and most memorable movies ever made were produced during the 70s.

Many of them still appear on lists of top selling movie DVDs, many years after their heyday.

Theaters in the 70s offered a little bit of everything, from poignant love stories and adventure movies to horror films and plenty of science fiction.

In addition, a number of new movie directors came on the scene and would take the movie world by storm, producing films that would have a huge impact on the world of cinema.

George Lucas

Lucas is most well known, of course, for his Star Wars movies, which got their start in 1977. 

Influenced by a number of science fiction movies that came before, including the Flash Gordon series and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lucas went on to direct what was the highest-grossing film of the 1970s.

In addition to Star Wars, however, Lucas directed another great movie from the 70s in an entirely different genre.

This retro film, American Graffiti, released in 1973, was immensely popular and also one of the top films of the decade. Prior to this, Lucas also directed the lesser-known sci-fi flick THX1138 in 1971.

Steven Spielberg

The other golden child of the 1970s, Steven Spielberg was responsible for the second-highest grossing film of the decade – the powerful and frightening Jaws, the story of a Long Island town terrorized by the presence of a Great White Shark in its waters.

This was the second feature film for Spielberg but – hands down – his first stellar hit.

In 1977, he’d also direct another highly-acclaimed film of the decade – Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

But it was Jaws that put Spielberg on the map. In the 80s, he’d go on to create all the Indiana Jones movies and much more.

Other Top Movies from the 70s

There were a number of other top movies from the 1970s that left a lasting impression on those who love film.

Here are a few:

Rocky - this motion picture which starred Sylvester Stallone, It was about a young boxer named Rocky Balboa, who was set up to fight a champion Apollo Creed, the film was the highest money making film in 1976 and won the oscar for best picture.

Superman – The first and one of the best of the superhero movies, this 1978 flick put Christopher Reeve on the map and his picture on the bedroom wall of every hot-blooded young American female. Several sequels followed in the 1980s.

Animal House – The first National Lampoon movie to be released, Animal House profiled the antics of a misfit group of college fraternity men. Released in 1978, it is said to have launched the so-called “gross-out” genre of movies.