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Top Films by Year (1975-1979)

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

1975

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Jaws* Steven Spielberg 24
2 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest** Milos Forman 37
3 Monty Python and the Holy Grail Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones 99
4 Nashville* Robert Altman 108
5 Dog Day Afternoon* Sidney Lumet 224
6 Barry Lyndon* Stanley Kubrick 320
7 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Jim Sharman 359
8 Picnic at Hanging Rock Peter Weir 562
9 Jeanne Dielman Chantal Akerman 595
10 The Mirror Andrei Tarkovsky 598
11 Grey Gardens Ellen Hovde, Albert and David Maysles, and Muffie Meyer 662
12 The Man Who Would be King John Huston 745
13 Salò Pier Paolo Pasolini 793
14 The Passenger Michelangelo Antonioni 873
15 Dersu Uzala Akira Kurosawa 960
16 The Travelling Players Theodoros Angelopoulos 982
17 Rollerball Norman Jewison 1003
18 Love and Death Woody Allen 1013
19 Deep Red Dario Argento 1340
20 Xala Ousmane Sembene 1433
21 Three Days of the Condor Sydney Pollack 1485
22 Seven Beauties Lina Wertmüller 1598
23 Night Moves Arthur Penn 1637
24 Tommy Ken Russell 1659
25 Shampoo Hal Ashby 1677
26 Shivers David Cronenberg 1826
27 Fox and His Friends Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1848
28 The Battle of Chile: Part 1 Patricio Guzmán 1954
29 India song Marguerite Duras 2010
30 Sholay Ramesh Sippy 2084
31 A Boy and His Dog L.Q. Jones 2308

1976

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Taxi Driver* Martin Scorsese 17
2 Rocky** John G. Avildsen 109
3 Network* Sidney Lumet 221
4 Carrie Brian De Palma 269
5 All the President's Men* Alan J. Pakula 312
6 In the Realm of the Senses Nagisa Oshima 498
7 The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood 629
8 Harlan County, U.S.A. Barbara Kopple 678
9 The Omen Richard Donner 693
10 The Bad News Bears Michael Ritchie 802
11 The Man Who Fell to Earth Nicolas Roeg 831
12 The Tenant Roman Polanski 1037
13 Assault on Precinct 13 John Carpenter 1154
14 Marathon Man John Schlesinger 1211
15 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie John Cassavetes 1228
16 Kings of the Road Wim Wenders 1292
17 1900 Bernardo Bertolucci 1416
18 Cría Cuervos Carlos Saura 1643
19 Logan's Run Michael Anderson 1655
20 Bugsy Malone Alan Parker 1775
21 The Shootist Don Siegel 1810
22 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings John Badham 1902
23 The Battle of Chile: Part 2 Patricio Guzmán 1948

1977

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Star Wars* George Lucas 6
2 Annie Hall** Woody Allen 15
3 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Steven Spielberg 107
4 Eraserhead David Lynch 192
5 Suspiria Dario Argento 310
6 Saturday Night Fever John Badham 412
7 Slap Shot George Roy Hill 715
8 Opening Night John Cassavetes 1059
9 That Obscure Object of Desire Luis Buñuel 1073
10 3 Women Robert Altman 1500
11 21 Up Michael Apted 1569
12 Cross of Iron Sam Peckinpah 1711
13 Pumping Iron George Butler and Robert Fiore 1723
14 Man of Marble Andrzej Wajda 1839
15 Ceddo Ousmane Sembene 1965
16 The American Friend Wim Wenders 1970
17 Martin George A. Romero 1986
18 Stroszek Werner Herzog 1996
19 Julia* Fred Zinnemann 2018
20 A Bridge Too Far Richard Attenborough 2042
21 The Ascent Larissa Shepitko 2220
22 The Spy Who Loved Me Lewis Gilbert 2234
23 New York, New York Martin Scorsese 2366
24 Providence Alain Resnais 2387

1978

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Deer Hunter** Michael Cimino 115
2 Halloween John Carpenter 125
3 Dawn of the Dead George A. Romero 232
4 Days of Heaven Terrence Malick 240
5 Grease Randal Kleiser 298
6 Animal House John Landis 314
7 Superman Richard Donner 339
8 Killer of Sheep Charles Burnett 430
9 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Philip Kaufman 699
10 The Last Waltz Martin Scorsese 741
11 The Tree of Wooden Clogs Ermanno Olmi 1034
12 Heaven Can Wait* Warren Beatty and Buck Henry 1102
13 Watership Down Martin Rosen 1241
14 Gates of Heaven Errol Morris 1353
15 Autumn Sonata Ingmar Bergman 1529
16 Midnight Express* Alan Parker 1572
17 In a Year of 13 Moons Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1666
18 La Cage aux Folles Edouard Molinaro 1898
19 Blue Collar Paul Schrader 2005
20 Big Wednesday John Milius 2056
21 Coming Home* Hal Ashby 2212

1979

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Apocalypse Now* Francis Ford Coppola 13
2 Alien Ridley Scott 27
3 Manhattan Woody Allen 130
4 Life of Brian Terry Jones 141
5 Stalker Andrei Tarkovsky 354
6 All That Jazz* Bob Fosse 454
7 Being There Hal Ashby 510
8 Breaking Away* Peter Yates 553
9 Kramer vs. Kramer** Robert Benton 637
10 The Marriage of Maria Braun Rainer Werner Fassbinder 646
11 The Jerk Carl Reiner 659
12 Mad Max George Miller 672
13 The Tin Drum Volker Schlöndorff 712
14 The Muppet Movie James Frawley 779
15 Nosferatu the Vampyre Werner Herzog 830
16 The Warriors Walter Hill 937
17 The Brood David Cronenberg 1077
18 North Dallas Forty Ted Kotcheff 1208
19 Norma Rae* Martin Ritt 1450
20 The Black Stallion Carroll Ballard 1489
21 Phantasm Don Coscarelli 1719
22 Hair Milos Forman 1733
23 My Brilliant Career Gillian Armstrong 1764
24 The China Syndrome James Bridges 1860
25 The Battle of Chile: Part 3 Patricio Guzmán 1955
26 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Robert Wise 2014
27 Quadrophenia Franc Roddam 2040
28 Return of the Secaucus Seven John Sayles 2077
29 Rocky II Sylvester Stallone 2274
30 Rock 'n' Roll High School Allan Arkush 2282
31 The In-Laws Arthur Hiller 2386

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

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