Special Report

Biggest Box Office Hits of the 1970s

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

30. Alien (1979)
> Domestic box office: $62.0 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #1336 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright
> Director: Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott’s psychological thriller brought the “chestburster” into the American consciousness, and helped turn Sigourney Weaver into a household name. The film earned an Oscar for its special effects, as well as a nomination for set design.

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29. Patton (1970)
> Domestic box office: $62.5 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #1328 out of all movies in database
> Starring: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong
> Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

This film follows the controversial General George S. Patton on his historical campaign through North Africa into Europe, highlighting his shortcomings and successes in equal measure. The film took home seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

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28. The Rescuers (1977)
> Domestic box office: $71.2 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #1146 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn
> Director: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

This animated feature tells the story of The Rescue Aid Society — a group of mice that live beneath the United Nations in New York City and offer help to anyone in need. Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor were among the voice actors in this family classic.

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27. The Jerk (1979)
> Domestic box office: $73.7 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #1105 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King
> Director: Carl Reiner

Steve Martin plays a naive orphan raised by a black family in rural Mississippi. He leaves his home and family at 18 to explore the world.

Source: Courtesy of Associated Film Distribution

26. The Muppet Movie (1979)
> Domestic box office: $76.7 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #1046 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt
> Director: James Frawley

The Muppets travel across America in this puppet-powered feature, hoping to make it to Hollywood and see their names in lights. Kermit is pursued by a dastardly purveyor of frog legs, a villain known as Doc Hopper.

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