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View Poll Results: What's your favorite 'Best Picture' of the 1970s?
1970 - Patton 0 0%
1971 - The French Connection 1 2.70%
1972 - The Godfather 13 35.14%
1973 - The Sting 1 2.70%
1974 - The Godfather: Part II 3 8.11%
1975 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 7 18.92%
1976 - Rocky 1 2.70%
1977 - Annie Hall 6 16.22%
1978 - The Deer Hunter 3 8.11%
1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer 2 5.41%
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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 2011, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Favorite 'Best Picture' from the '70s

Choose your favorite 'Best Picture' from the 1970s. The 'Best Pictures' are determined by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The 'Best Picture' of each year receives an Academy Award or Oscar.

Patton (1970)

Won 7 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: George C. Scott
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Best Film Editing
Best Picture
Best Sound
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North

Another 3 nominations for:

Best Cinematography
Best Effects, Visual Effects
Best Music, Original Score: Jerry Goldsmith

1970 Best Picture Nominees: Airport | Five Easy Pieces | Love Story | MASH | Patton


The French Connection (1971)

Won 5 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Gene Hackman
Best Director: William Friedkin
Best Film Editing
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Ernest Tidyman

Another 3 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Roy Scheider
Best Cinematography
Best Sound

1971 Best Picture Nominees: A Clockwork Orange | Fiddler on the Roof | The French Connection | The Last Picture Show | Nicholas and Alexandra


The Godfather (1972)

Won 3 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Marlon Brando
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola

Another 8 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: James Caan
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert Duvall
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Al Pacino
Best Costume Design
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score: Nino Rota [withdrawn, ineligible: reused Fortunella score]
Best Sound

1972 Best Picture Nominees: Cabaret | Deliverance | The Emigrants | The Godfather | Sounder


The Sting (1973)

Won 7 Oscars for:

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Costume Design
Best Director: George Roy Hill
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation: Marvin Hamlisch
Best Picture
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: David S. Ward

Another 3 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Robert Redford
Best Cinematography
Best Sound

1973 Best Picture Nominees: American Graffiti | Cries and Whispers | The Exorcist | The Sting | A Touch of Class


The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Won 6 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert De Niro
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score: Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo

Another 5 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Al Pacino
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael V. Gazzo
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Lee Strasberg
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Talia Shire
Best Costume Design

1974 Best Picture Nominees: Chinatown | The Conversation | The Godfather: Part II | Lenny | The Towering Inferno


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Won 5 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jack Nicholson
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Louise Fletcher
Best Director: Milos Forman
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman

Another 4 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Brad Dourif
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Original Score: Jack Nitzsche

1975 Best Picture Nominees: Barry Lyndon | Dog Day Afternoon | Jaws | Nashville | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Rocky (1976)

Won 3 Oscars for:

Best Director: John G. Avildsen
Best Film Editing
Best Picture

Another 7 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Sylvester Stallone
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Burgess Meredith
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Burt Young
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Talia Shire
Best Music, Original Song: "Gonna Fly Now" (Bill Conti, Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins
Best Sound
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone

1976 Best Picture Nominees: All the President's Men | Bound for Glory | Network | Rocky | Taxi Driver


Annie Hall (1977)

Won 4 Oscars for:

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Diane Keaton
Best Director: Woody Allen
Best Picture
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

Another 1 nomination for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Woody Allen

1977 Best Picture Nominees: Annie Hall | The Goodbye Girl | Julia | Star Wars | The Turning Point


The Deer Hunter (1978)

Won 5 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Walken
Best Director: Michael Cimino
Best Film Editing
Best Picture
Best Sound

Another 4 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Robert De Niro
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Meryl Streep
Best Cinematography
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker

1978 Best Picture Nominees: Coming Home | The Deer Hunter | Heaven Can Wait | Midnight Express | An Unmarried Woman


Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Won 5 Oscars for:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Dustin Hoffman
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Meryl Streep
Best Director: Robert Benton
Best Picture
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Robert Benton

Another 4 nominations for:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Justin Henry
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jane Alexander
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

1979 Best Picture Nominees: All That Jazz | Apocalypse Now | Breaking Away | Kramer vs. Kramer | Norma Rae


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I thought I'd do a poll for the '70s too, since it's regarded as the finest decade in Hollywood by many people.
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The Deer Hunter. Christopher Walken is a really wasted actor who has done too many bad movies. The cast is so good Streep hardly gets a look in. Is it my imagination or are the best picture lists from the 70s and 80s so much more interesting than the bland stuff that came later.
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Hmmmm..tough one.

I loved The Sting, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rocky and The Deer Hunter

But I choose One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest because I want to think there are people crazier than me
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It's hard to go against The Godfather on this one even though it's the obvious choice. The '70s are such an embarassment of riches for American movies so it's hard to go wrong with any of them though.

Most of my favorite movies from this decade didn't win though: A Clockwork Orange, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver would have been my choices in those years.

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I saw Rocky recently and the script is bad. Very bad.
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It's hard to go against The Godfather on this one even though it's the obvious choice. The '70s are such an embarassment of riches for American movies so it's hard to go wrong with any of them though.

Most of my favorite movies from this decade didn't win though: A Clockwork Orange, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver would have been my choices in those years.
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I'm currently the lone vote for Part II. The opening scene (Vito Corleone escapes death, sets sail for Ellis Island) is one of my favorites in cinema.

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Annie Hall, amazing film. It astounds me when I see people who think Star Wars should have won that year.

Apocalypse Now should have won over Kramer v Kramer, that was the best film out of any nominated that decade. Rocky winning over either Taxi Driver or Network was pretty damn sad too.
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wow, that list is so much better than the ones for the 80ies and 90ies! very hard to pick one, but in the end i chose "the french connection", it's simply one of my personal favourites.


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Someone mentioned Kubrick`s legendary ,,Clockwork Orange", it is one of the best movies ever. True classic.

From this list- Kramer vs Kramer.
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A good list of movies but in the end it wasn't a tough choice at all. Annie Hall, by far. Smart, witty and continues to entertaining and relevant after all these years.

The Godfather is overrated imo. I've seen all these movies except Patton, which I don't want to see because I know I won't like it but I'll have to drag myself to see it one day I guess.
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I've only seen three (The Godfather, Part II, and Kramer) and I liked The Godfather the most. All three were great though.
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Mine is Cabaret, closely followed by Nashville.
From the list probably One Flew.... but I also liked Kramer vs. Kramer, Annie Hall, The Godfather and Patton.
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