Best Movies of 1970

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Best Movies of 1970
Best Movies of 1970
TOP Movies: Patton (1970), Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970), MASH (1970), The AristoCats (1970), Love Story (1970), Ryan's Daughter (1970), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Count Yorga, Vampire (1970), Little Big Man (1970), Cry of the Banshee (1970), Airport (1970), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Catch-22 (1970), Kelly's Heroes (1970), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Scrooge (1970), Zabriskie Point (1970), A Swedish Love Story (1970), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970).
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Patton (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: "Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side ...
Style: epic, realistic, rough, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, general, military, military hospital, heroes, steel helmet, destiny, dead soldier, military life, war, sacrifice, german ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1944 ...
Place: africa, europe, italy, normandy, malta ...
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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Valerie, a Czechoslovakian teenager living with her grandmother, is blossoming into womanhood, but that transformation proves secondary to the effects she experiences when she puts on a pair of magic earrings. Now seeing the world around her in a ...
Style: suspenseful, fairy tale, allegory, cult film, sexual ...
Plot: supernatural, innocence, priest, sexuality, self discovery, couple relations, curses spells and rituals, couples, love and romance, vampire, vampirism, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 19th century
Place: central europe
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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 48 min.
Story: A postman, S.D. Kluger, decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who is raised by a family of elf toymakers named Kringle. When Kris grew up, he wanted to deliver toys to the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious, christmas special
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: christmas, family relations, wedding, mischievous children, danger, escapades, santa claus, family, imaginary, rescue, friendship, good versus evil ...
Time: 70s
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MASH (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
Style: humorous, talky, witty, captivating, satirical ...
Plot: anti war, military, nurse, cheating, camp, dark humor, soldier, buddies, doctors and patients, conflict, sanity, satire ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1951, 70s
Place: korea, vietnam, south korea
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The AristoCats (1970)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: When Madame Adelaide Bonfamille leaves her fortune to Duchess and her children -- Bonfamille's prize family of domesticated house cats -- the butler plots to steal the money and kidnaps the heirs, leaving them out on a country road. All seems ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: cat, adventure, disney, talking animals, animal life, animals, animal protagonist, pets, getting home, social differences, friendship, butler ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 70s, edwardian era
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Love Story (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, romance, young lovers, love, college, class differences, rich man poor woman, young love, terminal illness, unfulfillment, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: harvard university, new york, boston, paris france
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Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 206 min.
Story: World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer. There was a magnetic attraction between them the day he was the only customer in her ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: village, political unrest, love triangle, soldier, world war one, romance, fall in love, forbidden love, couples, treason, officer, mute ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, california
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: road movie, realistic, thought provoking, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, musician, self discovery, character study, working class, family problems, identity crisis, americana, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, southern california, northern california ...
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Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sixties couples Michael and Donna and Paul and Erica become involved with the intense Count Yorga at a Los Angeles séance, the Count having latterly been involved with Erica's just-dead mother. After taking the Count home, Paul and Erica are ...
Style: serious, scary, suspenseful, suspense, psychotronic
Plot: vampire, seance, woman in danger, hypnosis, cat, doctor, murder, castle, hypnotism, harem, mansion, ghost ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Little Big Man (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.
Style: epic, humorous, captivating, disturbing, sentimental ...
Plot: native american, old west, chief, orphan, native americans, americana, escapades, imperialism, injustice, society, thief, salesman ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 70s, 1850s, 1860s ...
Place: usa
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Cry of the Banshee (1970)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In seventeenth century England Lord Whitman wages unending war on what he sees as the ever-present scourge of witchcraft, and many local villagers have suffered at his hands. But one victim uses her occult powers to curse his family, enlisting ...
Style: scary, disturbing, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Plot: murder, witchcraft, witch, witch hunt, torture, revenge, rape, massacre, curse, werewolf, good versus evil, dangerous animal ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, 1500s
Place: europe, england
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Airport (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Melodrama about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airport, passenger, airplane, stowaway, danger, stewardess, panic, bomb, save the day, rescue, landing, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: rome italy, new york, chicago illinois, detroit, las vegas ...
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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, epic, factual ...
Plot: world war two, military life, battleship, military, navy, war, political unrest, state affairs, imperial japan, anti war, against the odds, rebellion ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 70s
Place: hawaii, japan, pearl harbor, washington d.c., usa ...
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Catch-22 (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation. Catch-22 is a parody of a "military mentality" and of a bureaucratic society ...
Style: surreal, psychological, clever, biting, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, satire, anti war, soldier, military, military hospital, bomber, island, war, rebellion, misfit, anti heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 70s
Place: italy, sweden, new york, rome italy, mediterranean sea ...
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Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: USA, Yugoslavia
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A misfit group of World War II American soldiers goes AWOL to rob a bank behind German lines.
Style: semi serious, cynical, suspense, entertaining, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, world war two, gold, behind enemy lines, military, war, german, escapades, soldier, cons and scams, danger, bank ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, germany
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Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Astronaut Brent is sent to rescue Taylor but crash lands on the Planet of the Apes, just like Taylor did in the original film. Taylor has disappeared into the Forbidden Zone so Brent and Nova try to follow and find him. He discovers a cult of humans ...
Style: futuristic, thought provoking, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: astronaut, apocalypse, space and aliens, mutant, post apocalypse, distopia, nuclear holocaust, battles, rescue, monkey, worship, ape ...
Time: future, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, tokyo
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Scrooge (1970)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The classic Charles Dickens' Christmas ghost tale told in musical form.
Style: feel good, offbeat, humorous, semi serious, visually appealing ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, redemption, christmas, generosity, miser, money, supernatural ability, time travel, holiday, family, destiny, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era, future, 70s
Place: london, tokyo, england
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Zabriskie Point (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An epic portrait of late Sixties America, as seen through the portrayal of two of its children: anthropology student Daria (who's helping a property developer build a village in the Los Angeles desert) and dropout Mark (who's wanted by the ...
Style: serious, surreal, atmospheric, realistic, road movie ...
Plot: hippie, sex orgy, counterculture, politics, rebellion, materialism, revolution, love and romance, twentysomething life, rebelliousness, parents and children, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, america, phoenix arizona
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A Swedish Love Story (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The youngsters puppy love is set against a backdrop of adults that struggle with their own lives. Her fathers feeling of misery and failure at work, her aunts unhappiness as an unmarried woman without kids of her own. His father work at the ...
Plot: teenage love, coming of age, adolescence, midsummer, summer, bouquet of flowers, brushing teeth, young love, bunk bed, salesman, underage girl, singer ...
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
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The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and ...
Style: humorous, talky, semi serious, realistic, fable ...
Plot: desert, left to die, prostitute, stagecoach, reverend, rattlesnake, vengeance, prospector, friends, resentment, friendship, old west ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 70s
Place: arizona, san francisco, new orleans, nevada, tokyo ...
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Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Forbin is the designer of an incredibly sophisticated computer that will run all of America's nuclear defenses. Shortly after being turned on, it detects the existence of Guardian, the Soviet counterpart, previously unknown to US Planners. Both ...
Style: cult film, suspenseful, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: scientist, man versus machine, artificial intelligence, cold war, computer, ultimatum, mathematics, nuclear threat, nuclear war, catastrophe, super computer, survival ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future
Place: canada, soviet union, washington d.c., ussr, moscow russia ...
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The Out of Towners (1970)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: George & Gwen Kellerman make a trip to New York, where George is going to start a new job, it turns out to be a trip to hell.
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: heist, train, airport, chase, culture clash, promotion, silly humor, comedy of errors, couple relations, on the road, fish out of water, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, boston, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
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Chisum (1970)
Genre: Biography, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.
Style: rough, exciting, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bounty hunter, old west, cattle, aging, elderly, dishonesty, crimes, corrupt law enforcer, cons and scams, heroes, billy the kid, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 80s, 70s
Place: new mexico, usa, tucson arizona, arizona, santa fe new mexico ...
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Wanda (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Wanda, after a string of abusive relationships, abandons her family and seeks solace in the company of a petty criminal (Michael Higgins).
Style: bleak, gloomy, realistic, serious, feminist film ...
Plot: family relations, bar, on the road, travel, thief, feminism, working class, heist, introspection, redemption, human nature, down on your luck ...
Time: 60s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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Performance (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Young gangster Chas Devlin seeks refuge from the mob in a basement belonging to a reclusive, fading rock star Turner.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gangsters, on the run, violence, rock star, crime, lifestyle, crimes, artists and showbiz, music, criminal heroes, rock, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: london, europe, england, tokyo, paris france ...
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The Boys in the Band (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A witty, perceptive and devastating look at the personal agendas and suppressed revelations swirling among a group of gay men in Manhattan. Harold is celebrating a birthday, and his friend Michael has drafted some other friends to help commemorate ...
Style: realistic, witty, cynical, talky, semi serious ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, gay slur, friendship, love and romance, gender, friends, identity crisis, thirtysomething life, introspection, farce, coming out ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1968, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, london, san francisco
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Rio Lobo (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: american civil war, old west, colonel, vengeance, betrayal, crimes, investigation, rivalry, gunfight, revenge, soldier, small town ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new orleans
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Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Hogan, on his way to do some reconnaissance for a future mission to capture a French fort, encounters Sister Sara, a nun in trouble. Before he knows it, Hogan is accompanying Sister Sara in the dangerous frontier while she seeks to achieve a hidden ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, light, stylized, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, cowboys and outlaws, revolution, rescue, heroes, danger, partners, rivalry, rebelliousness, gunslinger, gunfight, french ...
Time: 1860s
Place: mexico, latin america, france
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Husbands (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived.
Style: clever, humorous, talky, realistic, semi serious
Plot: hotel, friends, dentist, infidelity, midlife crisis, friendship, suburbs, gambling, casino, middle aged man, basketball, couple relations ...
Place: london, new york, usa, england, europe ...
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Cromwell (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.
Style: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, factual ...
Plot: battles, revolution, political unrest, military, politics, intrigue, leadership, royal family, against the odds, ambition, rebellion, society ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 1600s, 80s, 18th century
Place: england, ireland, europe, america, britain ...
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