Special Report

Biggest Box Office Hits of the 1970s

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5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
> Domestic box office: $169.1 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #318 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon
> Director: Steven Spielberg

This science fiction classic follows an Indiana lineman and a group of research scientists as they try to understand their experiences of extraterrestrial contact. The film won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

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4. Grease (1978)
> Domestic box office: $181.8 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #264 out of all movies in database
> Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway
> Director: Randal Kleiser

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson in this musical comedy about high school romance in the 1960s. Danny and Sandy fell in love at the beach over the summer, but things aren’t quite the same when they discover that they now attend the same school.

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3. The Exorcist (1973)
> Domestic box office: $230.3 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #160 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
> Director: William Friedkin

William Peter Blatty adapted his 1971 novel for the screen in 1973. Blatty’s story follows an actress who thinks that her daughter has been possessed by an evil force, and is willing to do anything to save her. The film went on to win two Oscars.

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2. Jaws (1975)
> Domestic box office: $260.0 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #124 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
> Director: Steven Spielberg

Following a series of attacks, a sleepy beach community must find a way to hunt down the Great White Shark stalking its waters before it kills again. Steven Spielberg’s historic film won three Oscars and launched the summer-blockbuster phenomenon/

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1. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
> Domestic box office: $461.0 million
> Box office rank out of all movies: #24 out of all movies in database
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
> Director: George Lucas

One young man must join forces with a rag-tag bunch of adventurers to take down the Galactic Empire before it’s too late. The film — which was the original “Star Wars” movie, later retitled — won six Oscars and a Special Achievement Award.

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