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Top Films by Year (1970-1974)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1970

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Conformist Bernardo Bertolucci 205
2 M*A*S*H* Robert Altman 210
3 Patton** Franklin J. Schaffner 282
4 Performance Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg 448
5 Five Easy Pieces* Bob Rafelson 529
6 Little Big Man Arthur Penn 674
7 Gimme Shelter Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin 677
8 Woodstock Michael Wadleigh 762
9 El Topo Alejandro Jodorowsky 921
10 Le Cercle rouge Jean-Pierre Melville 923
11 Love Story* Arthur Hiller 958
12 Claire's Knee Eric Rohmer 1032
13 The Railway Children Lionel Jeffries 1075
14 Le Boucher Claude Chabrol 1249
15 Catch-22 Mike Nichols 1327
16 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Russ Meyer 1527
17 Seven Plus Seven Michael Apted 1749
18 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Vittorio De Sica 1788
19 Tristana Luis Buñuel 1820
20 Wanda Barbara Loden 1847
21 The Wild Child François Truffaut 2082
22 Zabriskie Point Michelangelo Antonioni 2120
23 Tora! Tora! Tora! Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda 2175
24 Deep End Jerzy Skolimowski 2204
25 Kelly's Heroes Brian G. Hutton 2271
26 Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion Elio Petri 2322
27 The Spider's Stratagem Bernardo Bertolucci 2388

1971

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 A Clockwork Orange* Stanley Kubrick 23
2 The French Connection** William Friedkin 185
3 Harold and Maude Hal Ashby 201
4 The Last Picture Show* Peter Bogdanovich 257
5 Dirty Harry Don Siegel 266
6 McCabe & Mrs. Miller Robert Altman 278
7 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Mel Stuart 348
8 Get Carter Mike Hodges 422
9 Two-Lane Blacktop Monte Hellman 574
10 Walkabout Nicolas Roeg 621
11 Death in Venice Luchino Visconti 728
12 Straw Dogs Sam Peckinpah 776
13 Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Melvin Van Peebles 812
14 Klute Alan J. Pakula 815
15 THX-1138 George Lucas 867
16 Duel Steven Spielberg 990
17 Fiddler on the Roof* Norman Jewison 1082
18 The Devils Ken Russell 1120
19 Shaft Gordon Parks 1209
20 Brian's Song Buzz Kulik 1302
21 A Touch of Zen King Hu 1311
22 Bananas Woody Allen 1403
23 W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism Dusan Makavejev 1726
24 Sunday Bloody Sunday John Schlesinger 1815
25 Duck, You Sucker Sergio Leone 2098
26 Carnal Knowledge Mike Nichols 2193
27 Vanishing Point Richard C. Sarafian 2297
28 The Andromeda Strain Robert Wise 2306
29 The Go-Between Joseph Losey 2332
30 Land of Silence and Darkness Werner Herzog 2389

1972

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Godfather** Francis Ford Coppola 2
2 Aguirre: The Wrath of God Werner Herzog 151
3 Cabaret* Bob Fosse 164
4 Solaris Andrei Tarkovsky 236
5 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Luis Buñuel 267
6 Deliverance* John Boorman 353
7 Last Tango in Paris Bernardo Bertolucci 363
8 Pink Flamingos John Waters 453
9 Cries and Whispers* Ingmar Bergman 468
10 Fat City John Huston 825
11 Silent Running Douglas Trumbull 1126
12 What's Up, Doc? Peter Bogdanovich 1130
13 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1258
14 The Last House on the Left Wes Craven 1388
15 The Harder They Come Perry Henzell 1397
16 Sounder* Martin Ritt 1565
17 Sleuth Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1629
18 The Poseidon Adventure Ronald Neame 1724
19 Ulzana's Raid Robert Aldrich 1731
20 Jeremiah Johnson Sydney Pollack 1817
21 Slaughterhouse-Five George Roy Hill 1867
22 Play It Again, Sam Herbert Ross 1960
23 The Getaway Sam Peckinpah 2083
24 Fritz the Cat Ralph Bakshi 2168
25 Deep Throat Gerard Damiano 2200
26 Frenzy Alfred Hitchcock 2267
27 Super Fly Gordon Parks Jr. 2273
28 My Childhood Bill Douglas 2296

1973

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Exorcist* William Friedkin 74
2 Don't Look Now Nicolas Roeg 150
3 Mean Streets Martin Scorsese 189
4 The Wicker Man Robin Hardy 193
5 Badlands Terrence Malick 206
6 American Graffiti* George Lucas 283
7 Amarcord Federico Fellini 318
8 The Sting** George Roy Hill 341
9 Day for Night François Truffaut 356
10 The Spirit of the Beehive Víctor Erice 375
11 Enter the Dragon Robert Clouse 494
12 The Long Goodbye Robert Altman 503
13 F for Fake Orson Welles 539
14 Sleeper Woody Allen 575
15 The Mother and the Whore Jean Eustache 644
16 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Sam Peckinpah 761
17 Scenes from a Marriage Ingmar Bergman 821
18 Serpico Sidney Lumet 900
19 Fantastic Planet René Laloux 933
20 The Way We Were Sydney Pollack 1006
21 Soylent Green Richard Fleischer 1142
22 The Last Detail Hal Ashby 1214
23 Papillon Franklin J. Schaffner 1215
24 Westworld Michael Crichton 1357
25 Paper Moon Peter Bogdanovich 1377
26 High Plains Drifter Clint Eastwood 1390
27 The Day of the Jackal Fred Zinnemann 1490
28 Bang the Drum Slowly John D. Hancock 1511
29 The Holy Mountain Alejandro Jodorowsky 1576
30 La Grande bouffe Marco Ferreri 1737
31 O Lucky Man! Lindsay Anderson 1881
32 Sisters Brian De Palma 2062
33 Robin Hood Wolfgang Reitherman 2151
34 Theatre of Blood Douglas Hickox 2229
35 Charley Varrick Don Siegel 2416

1974

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Chinatown* Roman Polanski 18
2 The Godfather: Part II** Francis Ford Coppola 20
3 The Conversation* Francis Ford Coppola 153
4 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Tobe Hooper 173
5 Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks 211
6 Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks 251
7 A Woman under the Influence John Cassavetes 386
8 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Rainer Werner Fassbinder 431
9 Celine & Julie Go Boating Jacques Rivette 577
10 Dark Star John Carpenter 939
11 The Longest Yard Robert Aldrich 1035
12 The Mystery of Kaspar Hausar Werner Herzog 1046
13 The Parallax View Alan J. Pakula 1117
14 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Joseph Sargent 1131
15 Hearts and Minds Peter Davis 1189
16 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Sam Peckinpah 1226
17 Alice in the Cities Wim Wenders 1232
18 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Martin Scorsese 1372
19 Lacombe Lucien Louis Malle 1561
20 Edvard Munch Peter Watkins 1588
21 Phantom of the Paradise Brian De Palma 1597
22 The Towering Inferno* John Guillermin and Irwin Allen 1668
23 Lenny* Bob Fosse 1736
24 Black Christmas Bob Clark 1814
25 Female Trouble John Waters 1951
26 The Phantom of Liberty Luis Buñuel 1958
27 Lancelot of the Lake Robert Bresson 2067
28 We All Loved Each Other So Much Ettore Scola 2097
29 The Night Porter Liliana Cavani 2196
30 Going Places Bertrand Blier 2253
31 Swept Away ... by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August Lina Wertmüller 2344
32 Death Wish Michael Winner 2409

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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