Special Report

Biggest Box Office Hits of the 1970s

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20. The Amityville Horror (1979)
> Domestic box office: $86.4 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #894 out of all movies in database
> Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud
> Director: Stuart Rosenberg

A couple of newlyweds and their three children move into their dream house on the Long Island Sound, only to find that houses sometimes do have memories.

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19. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
> Domestic box office: $94.2 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #813 out of all movies in database
> Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali
> Director: John Badham

John Travolta stars in this disco classic as Tony Manero, a young man living in Brooklyn who lives for Saturday night. Unsure of what to do after his high school graduation, Manero practices for his local club’s dance competition and dreams about a life beyond his borough.

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18. Jaws 2 (1978)
> Domestic box office: $102.9 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #718 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo
> Director: Jeannot Szwarc

This sequel to the first American blockbuster goes back to Amity Island, where the population must once again face the threat of a Great White Shark in its waters.

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17. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
> Domestic box office: $106.3 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #688 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry
> Director: Robert Benton

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep star in this moving tale of divorce. The film took home five Oscars in 1980: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Hoffman), and Best Supporting Actress (Streep).

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16. Love Story (1970)
> Domestic box office: $106.4 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #687 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland
> Director: Arthur Hiller

This tragic tale of love follows a couple from different backgrounds as they do everything they can to make their lives their own. The film won an Oscar.

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