Get the popcorn buttered and pull up a sofa, as we go back through the '70s to recall the films that made movie-going a MUST. Besides the roller skating rink or bowling alley, where else would you be but at the movie theaters on a Friday or Saturday night. But no one could have seen all the best films. This quiz will help you look back at this pivotal decade and remember those classics you might have forgotten.
The '70s decade was full of movies with political intrigue, slap-stick comedies, heart-wrenching dramas and out-of-the box stories. It launched the careers of Robert Redford, John Travolta, Meryl Streep, and many others. From classics like "All the President's Men", to eccentric comedies such as "Life of Brian" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show", it seemed movies were testing the reactions of both movie-goes and Hollywood to new ideas and material. This was the decade that began the legendary "Star Wars" movies, introduced the cruelty to mentally ill patients in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and tested the censors with the "Last Tango in Paris". The diversity was rich and exciting. Recall all the best movies that were made in the '70s. Take the quiz right now!
This 1977 space opera made sci-fi accessible and fun. Released in 1977, it is the second highest-grossing film of all time (in adjusted dollars) in the US and Canada.
This 1971 film is based on the 1963 musical of the same name. In it, a Russian Jewish peasant contends with marrying off his daughters in a country growing increasingly hostile toward its Jewish population.
This 1979 war drama was produced, directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. It is an adaptation of the novella "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad.
This 1974 award-winning film shows the contrasting lives of crime family father and son, Vito and Michael Corleone. It was directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola.
In this award-winning 1971 film, two New York City detectives chase a French heroin smuggler. This movie is considered to have one of the best chase scenes in film history.
This 1972 erotic drama film stars 48-year-old Marlon Brando and 19-year-old Maria Schneider as a troubled pair in an anonymous sexual relationship that quickly gets complicated. Despite refusing to memorize his lines for this controversial film, Brando was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
In this absurd 1979 comedy, an average Jewish man ends up being confused with the Messiah. This religious satire takes on biblical lore.
This 1973 Hong Kong-American martial arts action film stars Bruce Lee. It was Lee's final film appearance before his death in 1973, at age 32.
This 1975 film is based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kasey about a criminal who fakes mental illness to avoid hard labor in prison. This film won all 5 major Academy Awards and is considered to be one of the best films ever made.
"The Deer Hunter" is a 1978 thriller about how the Vietnam War disrupts the lives of people in a small working class Pennsylvania town. Three friends find their lives ended or ruined by the horrors of war.
This 1977 musical drama about a troubled Brooklyn teen who feels his only chance at success is on the dance floor made John Travolta famous. While mostly remembered for the dancing and the song "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees, it is actually a compelling drama about directionless youths.
This 1975 crime drama was directed by Sidney Lumet. It stars Al Pacino as a novice criminal who tries unsuccessfully to rob a bank to pay for his transgender wife's sexual reassignment surgery.
This 1975 screwball sci-fi musical comedy has become an undeniable cult classic. This glam rock spoof on castle horror stars Tim Curry as the iconic glam rock mad scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
This 1976 thriller follows two novice reporters, who risk their lives to uncover the twists and turns of the Watergate scandal. It's based on a true story.
"The Godfather" is an iconic 1972 crime film based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This mob drama is widely considered to be one of the best movies ever made.
"Animal House" is a classic frat house comedy about an underdog frat the dean is trying to shut down. This massive box office hit redefined low brow comedy by making dumb jokes brilliantly.
This 1975 absurd comedy from Monty Python which mocks Arthurian legend is every bit as funny decades later. This cult favorite is the most famous creation of the comedy group.
This 1971 musical fantasy film is based on the novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl. Despite being a hugely popular film with an iconic performance by Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, Roald Dahl disowned the film after the script he wrote was turned into a whimsical musical against his wishes.
Mel Brooks' 1974 Frankenstein is a comedy classic. It both stars and was co-written by Gene Wilder.
In this classic 1974 Mel Brooks Western comedy, the crooked mayor hires an African-American sheriff, who becomes his biggest enemy. Richard Pryor co-wrote the screenplay.
In this 1974 horror classic, a group of friends is attacked by a family of insane cannibals. Despite being controversial and outright banned in some countries initially, this massively profitable film is considered one of the best and most influential horror films of all time.
Steven Spielberg co-wrote and directed this 1977 sci-fi classic. It stars Richard Dreyfuss as a man prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about extraterrestrial life after a close encounter.
In this 1971 romantic black comedy, a wealthy death-obsessed young man develops a relationship with a vivacious old woman. Initially critically successful but a commercial flop, it has developed a cult following.
This classic 1973 comedy follows a couple of high school grads on the last night before adulthood begins. It was directed and co-written by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola.
1973's "The Exorcist" was one of the most profitable horror films ever made. Audiences reportedly fainted and grew sick with shock and fear in theaters while watching this horror masterpiece.
This 1971 crime thriller stars Clint Eastwood in the title role as a loose cannon cop. This popular film started the "Dirty Harry" series.
This 1976 neo-noir was directed by Martin Scorsese. It stars Robert De Niro as a disturbed Vietnam War vet who takes a job as a New York City taxi driver.
In this 1979 family drama, a wife leaves her husband and child, which strengthens their bond, only for a tense custody battle to ensue. This award-winning film was written and directed by Robert Benton.
This 1971 dystopian crime film was adapted, directed, and produced by Stanley Kubrick. It's based on the 1962 novel by Anthony Burgess in which a violent criminal is conditioned to abhor violence in jail and returned to the world a defenseless victim.
Francois Truffaut directed this 1973 French comedy-drama. In it, a committed director struggles to make a film of his own.
This 1974 indie film was written and directed by John Cassavetes. In it, a man raises his kids alone after he sends his unstable wife to a mental institution temporarily.
This 1976 cult film stars rock star David Bowie as a waifish alien who arrives on earth to save his home planet but gets caught up in a dangerous web. While it had a mixed reception, it is now considered an important work of sci-fi cinema.
"Annie Hall" is a romantic comedy co-written and directed by Woody Allen, about a troubled New York comedian who falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. This 1977 film beat "Star Wars" for the Best Picture Oscar.
This 1972 Swedish drama was written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It tracks the relationship of a woman dying of cancer and her two sisters, who are too troubled to give her the support she needs.
This 1973 crime film was directed and co-written by Martin Scorsese. This was Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's first film collaboration.