Special Report

Biggest Box Office Hits of the 1970s

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15. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
> Domestic box office: $109.0 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #660 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco
> Director: Milos Forman

Milos Forman’s adaptation of the 1962 Ken Kesey novel stars Jack Nicholson as R.P. McMurphy, a criminal who has managed to plead insanity and has been committed to a mental hospital. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture.

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14. American Graffiti (1973)
> Domestic box office: $115.0 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #615 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith
> Director: George Lucas

This coming-of-age classic follows two best friends on their last night in town before they leave for college. Curt and Steve navigate their fears, expectations, and relationships as they look towards their futures.

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13. The Towering Inferno (1974)
> Domestic box office: $116.0 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #605 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway
> Director: John Guillermin

This classic disaster stars Paul Newman as Doug Roberts, the architect of a newly constructed skyscraper in Los Angeles. Roberts notices that his specifications for the building’s electrical wiring have not been followed, and calamity ensues.

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12. Rocky (1976)
> Domestic box office: $117.2 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #596 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
> Director: John G. Avildsen

Sylvester Stallone became a household name after starring as Rocky, a small-time Philadelphia fighter who gets a chance to make it big. The film won three Oscars, including Best Picture.

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11. Blazing Saddles (1974)
> Domestic box office: $119.5 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #577 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman
> Director: Mel Brooks

This classic Western spoof tells the story of Bart, an urbanite black sheriff sent to a frontier town threatened by a railroad land grab. Mel Brooks plays Jim, the governor and Bart’s guide as he attempts to win over his new constituents.

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