Special Report

The Most Successful Movies of the 1970s

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25. Jaws 2 (1978)
> Inflation-adjusted domestic box office: $403.3 million
> Starring: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo
> Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
> Run-time: 116 minutes

The sequel to the film that frightened filmgoers three years earlier brought back Roy Scheider as the sheriff of the fictional New England town of Amity, which is once again being stalked by a huge great white shark.

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24. Young Frankenstein (1974)
> Inflation-adjusted domestic box office: $423.2 million
> Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle
> Directed by: Mel Brooks
> Run-time: 106 minutes

This is Mel Brooks’s hilarious send-up of the Frankensteins film of the 1930s, starring Boris Karloff. Gene Wilder starred as Dr. Frankenstein and co-wrote the screenplay with Brooks.

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23. The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)
> Inflation-adjusted domestic box office: $436.4 million
> Starring: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Victor Izay, Teresa Kelly
> Directed by: Tom Laughlin
> Run-time: 170 minutes

“The Trial of Billy Jack,” the third of four Billy Jack movies, is about a mixed-race former Green Beret who continues his defense of Native Americans and students and teachers at an untraditional Arizona school from intolerant locals after his release from prison. Tom Laughlin wrote, directed, and starred as the title character.

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22. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
> Inflation-adjusted domestic box office: $444.0 million
> Starring: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon
> Directed by: Norman Jewison
> Run-time: 181 minutes

This is a critically acclaimed and lavishly produced adaptation of the stage hit about a poor Jewish milkman trying to retain family and religious traditions in the face of Russian pogroms at the turn of the 20th century. “Fiddler on the Roof” won three Academy Awards.

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21. MASH (1970)
> Inflation-adjusted domestic box office: $482.8 million
> Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman
> Directed by: Robert Altman
> Run-time: 116 minutes

Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould starred as skilled surgeons attempting to keep their sanity near the frontlines of the Korean War by drinking heavily, chasing nurses, and exposing the incompetence of the U.S. military.

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