Special Report

Biggest Box Office Hits of the 1970s

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10. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
> Domestic box office: $126.7 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #526 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry
> Director: Hal Needham

Burt Reynolds stars as the Bandit in this comedy-adventure classic. Bandit agrees to haul a truckload of beer across state lines on a dare, but when he picks up a hitchhiking runaway bride (Sally Fields) he gets more than he bargained for.

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9. Superman (1978)
> Domestic box office: $134.2 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #472 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando
> Director: Richard Donner

This superhero classic tells the origin story and coming-of-age of Superman, played by Christopher Reeve in a breakout role. The film’s $55 million dollar budget was the largest ever at the time it was made, and helped pay for talent like Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando.

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8. The Godfather (1972)
> Domestic box office: $135.0 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #467 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton
> Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel follows an organized crime family as they face a transition of power. The film won three Oscars, including Best Picture.

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7. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
> Domestic box office: $141.6 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #427 out of all movies in database
> Starring: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst
> Director: John Landis

This slapstick comedy follows the men of Delta House, one of two fraternities at Faber College, as they face expulsion from the university at the hands of Dean Wormer.

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6. The Sting (1973)
> Domestic box office: $159.6 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #351 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning
> Director: George Roy Hill

This comedy-drama tells the story of two con men who work together to pull off the scam to end all scams. The film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

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