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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 229
2 M*A*S*H* Robert Altman 248
3 Patton** Franklin J. Schaffner 291
4 Performance Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg 576
5 Five Easy Pieces* Bob Rafelson 581
6 Little Big Man Arthur Penn 620
7 Le Cercle rouge Jean-Pierre Melville 656
8 El Topo Alejandro Jodorowsky 780
9 Woodstock Michael Wadleigh 805
10 Gimme Shelter Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin 830
11 Love Story* Arthur Hiller 1209
12 Le Boucher Claude Chabrol 1218
13 Claire's Knee Eric Rohmer 1367
14 Seven Plus Seven Michael Apted 1431
15 The Railway Children Lionel Jeffries 1546
16 Catch-22 Mike Nichols 1796
17 Wanda Barbara Loden 1881
18 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Vittorio De Sica 2042
19 Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion Elio Petri 2048
20 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Russ Meyer 2055
21 The Boys in the Band William Friedkin 2124
22 Kelly's Heroes Brian G. Hutton 2135
23 The Wild Child François Truffaut 2141
24 Tristana Luis Buñuel 2224
25 Deep End Jerzy Skolimowski 2247
26 Husbands John Cassavetes 2615
27 Zabriskie Point Michelangelo Antonioni 2624
28 The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Dario Argento 2783

1971

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 A Clockwork Orange* Stanley Kubrick 24
2 The French Connection** William Friedkin 172
3 Harold and Maude Hal Ashby 199
4 Dirty Harry Don Siegel 206
5 The Last Picture Show* Peter Bogdanovich 287
6 McCabe & Mrs. Miller Robert Altman 288
7 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Mel Stuart 416
8 Get Carter Mike Hodges 564
9 Two-Lane Blacktop Monte Hellman 716
10 Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Melvin Van Peebles 730
11 Death in Venice Luchino Visconti 778
12 Walkabout Nicolas Roeg 853
13 Klute Alan J. Pakula 880
14 Straw Dogs Sam Peckinpah 915
15 THX-1138 George Lucas 944
16 Duel Steven Spielberg 953
17 Shaft Gordon Parks 993
18 The Devils Ken Russell 1082
19 A Touch of Zen King Hu 1265
20 Fiddler on the Roof* Norman Jewison 1277
21 Bananas Woody Allen 1477
22 Duck, You Sucker Sergio Leone 1676
23 Brian's Song Buzz Kulik 1693
24 The Andromeda Strain Robert Wise 2011
25 Sunday Bloody Sunday John Schlesinger 2211
26 W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism Dusan Makavejev 2236
27 Vanishing Point Richard C. Sarafian 2305
28 Out 1 Jacques Rivette 2336
29 Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood 2387
30 Carnal Knowledge Mike Nichols 2423
31 Wake in Fright Ted Kotcheff 2561
32 Punishment Park Peter Watkins 2756
33 A New Leaf Elaine May 2772
34 Murmur of the Heart Louis Malle 2777

1972

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Godfather** Francis Ford Coppola 1
2 Aguirre: The Wrath of God Werner Herzog 151
3 Cabaret* Bob Fosse 224
4 Solaris Andrei Tarkovsky 227
5 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Luis Buñuel 316
6 Deliverance* John Boorman 404
7 Last Tango in Paris Bernardo Bertolucci 451
8 Pink Flamingos John Waters 520
9 Cries and Whispers* Ingmar Bergman 550
10 Fat City John Huston 964
11 What's Up, Doc? Peter Bogdanovich 1038
12 Silent Running Douglas Trumbull 1056
13 Jeremiah Johnson Sydney Pollack 1155
14 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1344
15 Sleuth Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1430
16 The Harder They Come Perry Henzell 1460
17 The Last House on the Left Wes Craven 1483
18 Play It Again, Sam Herbert Ross 1754
19 Ulzana's Raid Robert Aldrich 1760
20 Fritz the Cat Ralph Bakshi 1782
21 Super Fly Gordon Parks Jr. 1830
22 The Getaway Sam Peckinpah 1920
23 Frenzy Alfred Hitchcock 2062
24 Sounder* Martin Ritt 2154
25 Slaughterhouse-Five George Roy Hill 2286
26 The Poseidon Adventure Ronald Neame 2402
27 Deep Throat Gerard Damiano 2424
28 Chloe in the Afternoon Eric Rohmer 2529
29 Sisters Brian De Palma 2587
30 The Heartbreak Kid Elaine May 2592
31 Return of the Dragon Bruce Lee 2761

1973

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Exorcist* William Friedkin 88
2 Don't Look Now Nicolas Roeg 165
3 Badlands Terrence Malick 228
4 Mean Streets Martin Scorsese 249
5 The Wicker Man Robin Hardy 255
6 The Sting** George Roy Hill 294
7 The Spirit of the Beehive Víctor Erice 352
8 American Graffiti* George Lucas 362
9 Amarcord Federico Fellini 367
10 Day for Night François Truffaut 467
11 Enter the Dragon Robert Clouse 481
12 Sleeper Woody Allen 499
13 The Long Goodbye Robert Altman 508
14 F for Fake Orson Welles 640
15 The Mother and the Whore Jean Eustache 692
16 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Sam Peckinpah 712
17 Fantastic Planet René Laloux 728
18 Serpico Sidney Lumet 767
19 Westworld Michael Crichton 909
20 Papillon Franklin J. Schaffner 948
21 High Plains Drifter Clint Eastwood 1017
22 Soylent Green Richard Fleischer 1040
23 Paper Moon Peter Bogdanovich 1200
24 The Holy Mountain Alejandro Jodorowsky 1202
25 The Way We Were Sydney Pollack 1502
26 The Last Detail Hal Ashby 1553
27 Bang the Drum Slowly John D. Hancock 1554
28 The Day of the Jackal Fred Zinnemann 1573
29 O Lucky Man! Lindsay Anderson 1942
30 Robin Hood Wolfgang Reitherman 2117
31 Touki Bouki Djibril Diop Mambéty 2134
32 World on a Wire Rainer Werner Fassbinder 2240
33 Charley Varrick Don Siegel 2515
34 The Friends of Eddie Coyle Peter Yates 2606
35 Jesus Christ Superstar Norman Jewison 2622

1974

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Godfather: Part II** Francis Ford Coppola 18
2 Chinatown* Roman Polanski 21
3 The Conversation* Francis Ford Coppola 162
4 Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks 192
5 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Tobe Hooper 216
6 Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks 268
7 A Woman under the Influence John Cassavetes 356
8 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Rainer Werner Fassbinder 430
9 Celine & Julie Go Boating Jacques Rivette 631
10 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Joseph Sargent 761
11 Dark Star John Carpenter 897
12 Scenes from a Marriage Ingmar Bergman 950
13 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia Sam Peckinpah 1097
14 The Mystery of Kaspar Hausar Werner Herzog 1141
15 The Longest Yard Robert Aldrich 1214
16 Hearts and Minds Peter Davis 1346
17 Alice in the Cities Wim Wenders 1375
18 The Parallax View Alan J. Pakula 1411
19 Phantom of the Paradise Brian De Palma 1565
20 Female Trouble John Waters 1759
21 Edvard Munch Peter Watkins 1787
22 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Martin Scorsese 1792
23 The Phantom of Liberty Luis Buñuel 1799
24 Black Christmas Bob Clark 1968
25 We All Loved Each Other So Much Ettore Scola 1985
26 Death Wish Michael Winner 1991
27 Lenny* Bob Fosse 2114
28 Lacombe Lucien Louis Malle 2116
29 The Towering Inferno* John Guillermin and Irwin Allen 2306
30 Foxy Brown Jack Hill 2512
31 Murder on the Orient Express Sidney Lumet 2597
32 Swept Away ... by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August Lina Wertmüller 2700
33 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Michael Cimino 2734

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

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