80% of People Can't Name All These Movies From the 1970s! Can you?

J. Scott Wilson

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1970s movies were different from prior decades, as the industry loosened its rules on sexuality, violence and vulgar language. This caused a boom for the industry, which was faltering at the beginning of the decade. Take this quiz and see how many of these 1970s movies you can figure out from their screenshots.

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Sure, there had been Mob movies before, but none that assembled a cast with power and production values this high. Watch this, and you'll see men (not many women in the cast) who are now Hollywood legends, like Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall, led by Marlon Brando, who was already into the "weird old guy" phase of his career.

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Believe it or not, there was a time when Jack Nicholson actually ACTED in movies, rather than playing various versions of himself. In this classic, he plays a private detective hired to investigate infidelity, then ends up far down the rabbit hole.

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Mel Brooks is a master of high-concept comedy full of lowbrow humor, and it's never been on greater display than here. Gene Wilder is sheer manic glee as Frankenstein, backed by a cast that's basically a who's-who of comedy in the '70s and '80s.

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If you were a kid in the '70s, you remember seeing this movie. Personally, my friends and I camped out at our little two-screen theater and watched it six times over the course of the opening weekend. Amazingly, even with the original special effects, it still holds up today!

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Every generation seems to have a movie like this, with a bunch of teen stars led by a soon-to-be-famous director. Here you have George Lucas directing Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams and Mackenzie Phillips. Wow.

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If you watch the TV news and you've never seen this movie, you need to seek it out posthaste. Leads Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway both won Oscars, as did Beatrice Straight in a supporting role and director Paddy Chayefsky.

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Here's a fun fact: Ridley Scott didn't tell any of the actors in the shot what was about to happen when the alien hatched out of Ash's chest in the dining room. He wanted their honest reactions to what he knew would be a horrifying scene.

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What's your favorite scene from "Animal House"? Everybody who's seen it has one! For me, it's John Belushi in the cafeteria ... "I'm a zit!"

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For a lot of people, this is the only Bruce Lee movie they know. That's not a horrible thing, but it would be well worth your time to explore all of his work. He made martial arts TRULY an art.

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This quintessentially sweet kids' movie is about a boy with a cartoon dragon who might or might not be his imaginary friend. The recent remake took more of an action slant on the story, but the original is as sweet as a candy bar.

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Martin Sheen plays a young tough who seduces a much-younger character, played by Sissy Spacek. When her father objects, Sheen's character shoots him dead, the two lovers try to fake their deaths and go on the run.

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Peter Sellers breaks from his goofy Clouseau comedy in the Pink Panther movies for this gentle tale. He plays a humble gardener who ends up being a trusted voice of reason for a powerful businessman and a political insider.

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This remake of the original hewed fairly close to the original's storyline. The World Trade Center towers are swapped in for the Empire State Building, and the scale of Kong is bigger, but the tale's basically the same.

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If you watched the show, the movie might be a bit of a shock. Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye, Elliott Gould as Trapper John and the sexy, sloe-eyed Sally Kellerman as Hot Lips Houlihan are a far more potent combo than the hilarious TV version.

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While the nation was still obsessed with the outer space bang and zoom of "Star Wars," Steven Spielberg brought us back to Earth with this masterpiece. I still can't eat mashed potatoes without first trying to make Devil's Tower on my plate.

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Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall lead the cast of this movie, one of the most talked-about Vietnam War films of all time. Look for a young Laurence Fishburne in one of his first roles, as Tyrone "Clean" Miller.

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Fans of modern superhero movies might turn up their noses at the squeaky-clean, ultra-noble Superman as played by Christopher Reeve, but it's actually one of most true-to-character comic book movies ever made. The Superman of the '50s lives and breathes in Reeve's suit.

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The '70s was a time of experimentation and boundary pushing, but this film is something of a holdover from the previous decades. The plot concerns a romance in a small Irish town, which is interrupted by Irish revolutionaries expecting a shipment of guns.

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This ultraviolent mind trip was like a splash of cold water on the '70s movie scene. Things that would have been absolutely forbidden 10 years before were featured parts of the plot, and it made Malcolm McDowell a superstar.

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Here's another movie that turned the world on its head. Whether it's the cartoonish alpha-male posturing of Burt Reynolds, the bizarro nature of the country folk or what happened to poor Ned Beatty, there's something here to disturb everyone.

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While this movie has become a topic of humor over the years, at the time it came out it was unlike anything ever seen. Like "Deliverance" with power tools, this movie takes viewers by the throat ... then cuts it.

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It's rare for a sequel to outdo the original, but that's the case here. We get to travel back to the '20s and see Robert De Niro as young Vito Corleone building the family empire, then to modern day as Michael Corleone (Al Pacino, never better) expands the family business. "I knew it was you, Fredo ..."

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Three old geezers collecting pensions decide to improve their quality of life by pulling off a heist. The original stars George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. The 2017 remake has Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. Hard to say which cast is stronger!

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In what would now be called a docudrama, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford play Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal. Ned Beatty, recovered from his "Deliverance" experience, has a role ... and look for a young F. Murray Abraham in a bit part as a cop.

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If you ever thought Jack Nicholson was crazy, this might show you where he went over the edge. As a criminal who pleads insanity and then becomes a rabble-rouser in the insane asylum, Jack won a best actor Oscar and Louise Fletcher took home a best actress statue as Nurse Ratched. Trek fans will know Louise as Kai Winn, from the "Deep Space Nine" series.

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Among Python fans, the ability to quote large portions of this movie is a prerequisite for acceptance. Despite Graham Chapman's well-documented on-set drunkenness, the cast managed to turn out a comedy classic that holds up today.

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Donald Pleasance played creepy scientists and doctors many times in his career, but his best effort was here, as the psychiatrist treating psycho killer Michael Myers. Jamie Lee Curtis earned the Scream Queen title for her role as a babysitter stalked by Myers.

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Would we know who Steven Spielberg was if this movie had bombed? It nearly did, thanks to a mechanical shark that refused to work. The movie contains one of my all-time favorite quotes, from Richard Dreyfuss: "I'm not going to waste my time arguing with a man lining up to be a hot lunch."

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Before John Travolta became the hunk in "Grease," he was Billy Nolan, the well-meaning jock who invited Carrie White to her senior prom. One half-frozen bucket of pig's blood later, he was toast ... and most of his high-school class followed soon after.

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This is basically Woody Allen playing himself: a neurotic New York standup comic who's befuddled by women and relationships in general. Diane Keaton is at her comedic best as a Midwestern WASP trying to make it as a singer.

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Contrary to popular belief, I don't love this movie just because my nickname is Mongo. This is Mel Brooks at the height of his form, lampooning racism, Westerns and society as a whole with plenty of slapstick along for the ride.

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This was a movie made to stir up criticism, and it did that pretty well. Like "West Side Story" but with less acting talent, lots more blood and no musical numbers ... so really not like "West Side Story" at all.

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This trippy bit of Scandinavian sci-fi wasn't a big hit stateside, but influenced a lot of modern directors. In The Zone, aliens who can grant wishes are reputed to live. Of course, the area's been fenced off and isolated by the government, but that doesn't stop people from trying to get in.

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Jodie Foster raised eyebrows playing a teen prostitute in this movie, and she and Robert De Niro both got Oscar nominations for the movie. De Niro's Travis Bickle has become a touchstone reference for every real-life urban nutter since.

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Tim Burton's remake of this movie, while truer to Roald Dahl's original story, raised the hackles of older fans when he cast Johnny Depp in the title role. In the original, Gene Wilder exuded an air of daffy menace that Depp couldn't match.

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This high-concept, very art-house sci-fi flick posited a future where very few people get to live past the age of 30. It's sort of how you imagined life was when you were a freshman in college and suspicious of anyone over 25, but government-enforced.

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This homage to the teen musicals of the '50s might seem insanely dated in this era of cyberbullying and "safe zones" in schools, but it's still fun to watch. John Travolta not yet looking like an aging beagle and Olivia Newton-John, a burst of Australian sexiness and verve, lead a cast of soon-to-be and used-to-be famous actors, with Frankie Avalon making an appearance as the Teen Angel.

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Here's the movie that started it all for Mel Gibson. Unlike the sequels, which overhyped the dystopian-future aspect, the world in which "Mad Max" takes place looks almost normal, if a bit dinged. That makes the savagery with which Toecutter and his gang kill Max's family all the more jarring. Toecutter returned in "Fury Road," a lot older but still as deranged and bloodthirsty.

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Several years removed from his macho overload in "Deliverance," Burt Reynolds created one of his most enduring characters. I lived in the South in the '70s, and The Bandit was a folk hero to most of my classmates, and especially their fathers.

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Something you might not know: Sylvester Stallone didn't just star, he also wrote the movie. He got an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay, but lost out. However, the movie won best picture!

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One of the hallmarks of '70s art house movies was that some films were made for no artistic purpose whatsoever, but simply existed to shock. This one, featuring fascists rounding up teen boys and girls for unspeakable acts, definitely fits that bill. Not for the weak of heart (or stomach).

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No longer working with Sergio Leone, but still making Westerns, Eastwood and frequent costar Sondra Locke led the cast of this post-Civil War tale. Eastwood plays a Confederate soldier who goes west to make a life for himself ... but his past follows him.

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If you've seen the uber-sexy and ultraviolent HBO series, you need to see the source material. Starring Yul Brynner as the main robot gunslinger, this is a more "theme park gone crazy" take on the theme.

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By today's garish standards, the "horrific" scenes in this movie are fairly tame. However, very few films since have matched the sheer terror conveyed by pretty Regan's transformation from vibrant child to Hellspawn.

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If the idea of Marlon Brando frequently appearing nude in a movie makes you a little queasy, avoid this film at all costs. It's another one of the "made to shock" sex-filled, largely plot-free '70s art films.

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After the ultraviolent excess of "A Clockwork Orange," a turn as the most perverted of Roman emperors wasn't much of a stretch for Malcolm McDowell. Peter O'Toole came along as Tiberius, probably because he was at the point in his career where he no longer really cared what people thought about him.

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This is one of the best examinations of what Vietnam did to those who served there ever made. The lives of three young recruits who are captured and tortured by the Viet Cong, then rescued and returned home to "normal" life, are put under the microscope.

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"It's just a jump to the left..." If that phrase makes you start to remember Friday and Saturday midnight movies, you have lived well. If not, believe it or not this movie is still alive and well and running midnights all over the country. Find a show!

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Stanley Kubrick is more known for his shocking films than for historical pieces, but this one's worth a look. A young Irishman kills his sister's suitor in a duel, and begins a Europe-spanning career that will lead to a truly epic rise and fall.

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If you've seen David Lynch's more modern works and think he might be a bit weird, you haven't seen anything yet. Jack Nance, Lynch's favorite actor, stars as Henry, who works in a bizarre factory, has a mutant child and an angry girlfriend, and generally lives in a world that makes you think you've taken the bad acid.

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