What decade of cinema history – a story stretching back over a century – has produced the greatest films?
Last year the BBC pleaded for the 1920s, the decade that saw the introduction of synchronized sound (including dialogue) to the big screen and produced revered masterpieces such as ‘Metropolis’ , “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, “The Battleship Potemkin” and several classic comedies by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. (These are the 100 best movies of the last 100 years, according to critics.)
Others might suggest the 1940s, which saw the premieres of legendary films that people still watch today, such as “Casablanca”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Citizen Kane”.
But in terms of creativity, diversity, and narrative power, it’s hard to beat the 1970s. It’s the decade that gave us cinematic and cultural benchmarks – films we still talk about and still quote – like “The Godfather” (parts I and II), the first “Star Wars”, “All the President’s Men”, “Network”, “The Deer Hunter”, “Annie Hall”, “Love Story”, “The Exorcist” , “Rocky,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Taxi Driver,” “Chinatown,” and the original summer blockbuster, “Jaws. “
It was also the decade in which many of the greatest actors of our time first emerged as major talents or cemented their reputations with some of their most iconic roles – such as Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford. , Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Warren Beatty, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Jodie Foster, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. Find out who made our list of the best box office stars, every year since 1945.
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To identify the best movies you’ll remember from the 1970s, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the 157 movies from that decade that had at least 25,000 reviews on IMDb and Rotten tomatoes. IMDb is an online movie database owned by Amazon. Rotten Tomatoes is an aggregator of online movie and TV reviews. For movies in this group, we have developed an index of each movie’s IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes audience score, and Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score. All scores have been weighted equally. Additional national box office data was obtained from Numbers, an online movie database owned by consulting firm Nash Information Services. The data was collected in April 2021. Information on the stars and directors of each film was also taken from IMDb.
Based on scores on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes – and on that all-important measure of popularity, domestic box office revenue – 24/7 Tempo has put together a list of the top-rated movies of the 1970s. If you were growing up then, chances are you haven’t forgotten them.