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1974 - 79

The Godfather: Part II - 1974

A remarkable sequel to The Godfather. If anything, even better than the first. Coppola again directs and this time the film won six Oscars. Al Pacino reprises his role as Michael Corleone and Robert De Niro plays his father as a young man.

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Blazing Saddles - 1974

The stars in this hilarious, spoof western deliver great performances for director Mel Brooks. A black sheriff is accidentally sent to the wildest west where he succeeds in quelling the bad guys with the help of an unlikely gun slinger.

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Chinatown - 1974

Jack Nicholson is at his best as private eye Jake Gittes in this tale of adultery that turns into high level corruption about the Los Angeles water supply. Great support from Faye Dunaway and John Huston.

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Jaws - 1975

Steven Spielberg's first big movie was based on Peter Benchley's novel of a great white shark bringing terror to a New England resort. The three Oscars were more for John Williams' music but the acting from Robert Shaw was also excellent.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail - 1975

After taking TV comedy by storm the Pythons' first film pokes fun at the tales of the knights of King Arthur and medieval chivalry. Like all their work, when it works it is very funny indeed. Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.

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The Man Who Would Be King - 1975

Adapted from Rudyard Kipling's tale of two veteran British soldiers who con themselves wealth and power in 19th Century India by director John Huston. Great performances from stars Sean Connery and Michael Caine.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - 1975

Five top Oscars including best picture, director, screenplay, actor (Jack Nicholson as the rebel patient) and actress (Louise Fletcher as the domineering ward sister). Milos Forman directed this comic tragedy about a mental institution.

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Network - 1976

The film won four Oscars, notably a posthumous best actor award for Peter Finch as the impotent TV frontman who raves madly against the media. Directed by Sidney Lumet as a stinging attack on American TV networks.

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Rocky - 1976

This was the first of the five in the series about boxer Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone. The story of the unknown dreamer who went on to be heavyweight champion of the world won three Oscars, including best picture.

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All the President's Men - 1976

Starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who dig up the truth about the Watergate break-in and topple President Nixon in this real life tale of American politics.

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Star Wars - 1977

The seven Oscars this landmark film won were for stunning effects, music and design. Yet it is the "boy's own" adventure story of a plot about a princess rescued and good against evil that made George Lucas's sci-fi masterpiece.

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Annie Hall - 1977

Woody Allen directed and starred in this funny story that is often uncomfortably close to the real relationship between Allen and Diane Keaton, the two leads. It picked up four Oscars, including best film and best director for Allen. 

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 1977

Steven Spielberg's command of some astonishing special effects and sounds enliven this tale of visiting UFOs and their impact on both governments and everyday citizens - starring Richard Dreyfuss as Roy Neary.

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Grease - 1978

One of the most successful of Hollywood musicals, this nostalgic trip back to Fifties America starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as teenage lovers at Rydell High School dominated the cinema and music scene of the time.

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The Deer Hunter - 1978

Director Michael Cimino made one of the first major pictures about the Vietnam War winning five Oscars, including best picture. A long and powerful movie with strong performances from Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro.

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Superman - 1978

The comic book legend of Superman is well worn but this modern version had the money and technology to be spectacular and believable. Christopher Reeve is a terrific Clark Kent and Gene Hackman is both funny and evil as Lex Luthor.

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Jaws 2 - 1978

Although not nearly as scary or well-paced as the original, this tale of another shark attacking swimmers off the New England coast was a big box office winner. Roy Scheider stars again as the local police chief whose warnings are ignored.

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Apocalypse Now - 1979

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who ran famously well over budget, this tale of Martin Sheen as a US government assassin out to kill Marlon Brando's rebel colonel in deepest Vietnam jungle is a masterpiece of cinema.

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Alien - 1979

A shockingly scary sci-fi classic, first of a series of starring roles for Sigourney Weaver taking on one of the most terrifying space monsters ever invented. Director Ridley Scott's skill is in keeping the tension going right to the end.

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Life of Brian - 1979

The Monty Python team courted religious controversy in this story set against the background of Christ's rise to importance in Roman Judaea. However, it is a confident and very funny spoof on earlier, pompous Christian era Hollywood epics.

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Moonraker - 1979

The Bond movie tradition continued with this space shuttle hokum starring Roger Moore and Richard Kiel, back as Jaws. However, it turned into one of the biggest box office successes for the 007 series.

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