Special Report

Biggest Box Office Hits of the 1970s

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25. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
> Domestic box office: $80.5 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #994 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon
> Director: Norman Jewison

Tevye is a poor milkman in czarist Russia who must learn to live with his daughters’ choices of husbands. This adaptation of the classic Broadway musical would go on to win three Oscars.

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24. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
> Domestic box office: $82.3 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #967 out of all movies in database
> Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
> Director: Robert Wise

Admiral Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are forced to confront a powerful alien threat as it makes its way towards Earth, destroying everything in its path.

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23. Apocalypse Now (1979)
> Domestic box office: $83.5 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #941 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest
> Director: Francis Ford Coppola

A U.S. Army officer is sent on a secret mission into Cambodia to assassinate a decorated Colonel (played by Brando) whom the Army fears has gone insane. The film won two Oscars.

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22. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
> Domestic box office: $84.6 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #921 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons
> Director: Ronald Neame

This action thriller follows nine people as they try to escape a cruise ship flipped upside down by a tsunami. The film took home an Oscar.

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21. Young Frankenstein (1974)
> Domestic box office: $86.3 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #896 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle
> Director: Mel Brooks

Gene Wilder plays an American neurosurgeon who is the descendent of the infamous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. The young doctor returns to Transylvania on a mission to prove to the world that his grandfather was no monster.

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