The Last Great Decade of Filmmaking - Essential Films of the '70's

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  • MASH (1970)
  • Five Easy Pieces (1970)
  • The French Connection (1971)
  • Harold & Maude (1971)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  • Klute (1971)
  • Network (1976)
  • Slap Shot (1977)
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Nashville (1975)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  • Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
  • Carnal Knowledge (1971)
  • Dirty Harry (1971)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • The Hospital (1971)
  • Blazing Saddles (1974)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Serpico (1973)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • Don't Look Now (1973)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • The Last Waltz (1978)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • The Conformist (1970)
  • Solaris (1971)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Author Comments: 

The beauty about the films on this list of the 1970's were that they all share a common trait, a willingness from all parties involved (the film studios, writers, directors, and actors) to stretch beyond the constraints of the Hollywood (and non-Hollywood) studio system, creating films that were edgy, non-conformist, visually stunning and ultimately memorable. Because of our current leanings towards political correctness, many, if not all, of these films would never see the light of day if they were made today.