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Can you name the 5 biggest money-making movies from each year of the 1970s?
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1. Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal
2. Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin
3. Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland
4. George C. Scott, Karl Malden
5. Phil Harris, Eva Gabor
1. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw
2. Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher
3. Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon
4. Warren Beatty, Julie Christie
5. Al Pacino, John Cazale
1. Topol, Norma Crane
2. Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor
3. Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey
4. Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes
5. Sean Connery, Jill St. John
1. Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire
2. Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson
3. Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin
4. Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh
5. Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman
1. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino
2. Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine
3. Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal
4. Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds
5. Robert Redford, Will Geer
1. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford
2. Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut
3. John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gormey
4. Burt Reynolds, Sally Field
5. Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason
1. Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
2. Paul Newman, Robert Redford
3. Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard
4. Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman
5. Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford
1. John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
2. Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman
3. John Belushi, Tim Matheson
4. Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke
5. Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary
1. Steve McQueen, Paul Newman
2. Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder
3. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle
4. Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner
5. Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor
1. Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep
2. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy
3. Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters
4. Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire
5. Tom Skeritt, Sigourney Weaver
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Nov 21st, 2010 at 03:42 GMT
Just to give you an idea of how things have changed, no film from the year 1970 made more than $44 million. On opening day, the new Harry Potter film made $60 million.
Nov 21st, 2010 at 03:50 GMT
Yes, but using the Consumer Price Index, that 1970 dollar is now worth $5.52 and using per capita GDP it's worth $9.16. So that $44 million 1970 movie converts to $243-403 million today. That said, fun quiz- well done!
Nov 21st, 2010 at 05:43 GMT
No hints? Really? Maybe contribute one of your quizzes without hints and see if that's what people want to play.
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Mar 4th, 2011 at 04:34 GMT
Why is typing in all caps an accepted form of written communication for you?
Mar 4th, 2011 at 04:41 GMT
For anyone who complains that today's moviegoers lack the sophistication, aesthetic judgment and good taste of previous generations, I give you "The Trial Of Billy Jack" on a Top 5 list. Any further questions?
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Mar 4th, 2011 at 04:59 GMT
I have a policy of taking any quiz with Blazing Saddles involved... Unfortunately, it turns out that it was one of four movies that I was able to get... Fail...
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Mar 4th, 2011 at 05:46 GMT
Only 7.5% got King Kong??
Mar 4th, 2011 at 05:50 GMT
'Young Frankenstein' and 'Blazing Saddles' in the same year? I didn't remember. Pretty impressive concentration of hilarity.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 06:20 GMT
Eva Gabor threw me. I found myself thinking for a moment, "they didn't make Green Acres into a movie!..."
Mar 4th, 2011 at 07:15 GMT
Shouldn't Clint Eastwood's co-star for Every Which Way But Loose be the orangutan?
Mar 4th, 2011 at 08:37 GMT
@mizark: I missed KK. Pretty sure I would have guessed it if Jessica Lange had been included (only listed 3rd in credits). Also missed #2 in 1978 but no doubt would have gotten it if #3 in credits (Christopher Reeve) had been listed. I mean, Brando top billed in "Superman"? Really?
Mar 4th, 2011 at 08:44 GMT
People didin't wanna see godfather part 2?
Mar 4th, 2011 at 08:50 GMT
the actor's called Roy Scheider
Mar 4th, 2011 at 10:19 GMT
What's not to love about 134 minutes of a film starring Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, and a colossal gorilla?...the remaining 133 minutes that don't feature Dwan in a wet jungle dress.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 11:07 GMT
Anyone interested in a sequel for the 1980s?
Mar 4th, 2011 at 11:17 GMT
Definitely would've got Superman if Christopher Reeves were named. Couldn't place Brando in it. For some reason, the image of him as fat, pasty 'Dr Moreau' is permanently burned into my mind.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 11:49 GMT
Mark me down as interested in the 80s quiz.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 12:07 GMT
A lot of really great movies.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 12:34 GMT
Great idea - very fun quiz. How are these numbers explained in the book? Box office receipts, theater rentals? Obviously, Rocky Horror has benefitted from 30+ years of midnight shows, because it originally wasn't that big of a hit. And I find it hard to believe The Godfather Part II wasn't one of its years five biggest.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 12:59 GMT
Forgot all about the disaster movie craze back then: Poseidon, Inferno, Earthquake. And I couldn't figure out which Eastwood/Locke movie would make the list, since she was a barnacle on his career for about fifteen years.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 13:09 GMT
By the way, if you haven't seen yesterday's front page quiz,
The Best 2000 Films of the 20th Century
head there now! It is EPIC!
Mar 4th, 2011 at 13:31 GMT
Very interesting. No sequels were #1. Only one cartoon on the entire list. Actual artistic movies doing very well. A movie like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest now would be lucky to win its opening weekend and would only make a little money when the Oscar noms came out.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 13:34 GMT
Surprised Godfather 2 didn't make it.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 13:54 GMT
Good quiz. Enjoyed it.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 14:04 GMT
No teen vampire movies. THAT'S WHY THE 70s RULED!
Mar 4th, 2011 at 14:19 GMT
Network didn't make it? That really surprised me...
Mar 4th, 2011 at 14:47 GMT
Oh MAN do more people need to see "What's Up Doc?"! The very definition of hillllllarity!
Mar 4th, 2011 at 15:22 GMT
I remember the Billy Jack movies being popular, but it was the whole hippie thing. I didn't really like them then and thinking back, they were really pretty bad. I have to admit that Billy Jack was pretty much a bada$,however, especially with his, "I'm going to take my right foot and kick you on the left side of your face" bit.....
Mar 4th, 2011 at 15:23 GMT
You misspelled Roy SchEIder's name.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 15:31 GMT
In terms of this list could at least go toe to toe with current best box office hits
Mar 4th, 2011 at 16:56 GMT
@abard124 What's a matter with Blazing Saddles, it's only the most UnPC movie ever made (BTW which makes it great). Even though it couldn't get made today, IMO it's Me Brooks best movie.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 17:02 GMT
I still get ill thinking about the popularity of Billy Jack. Even with that, and the disaster movies the 70's were far superior to todays "entertainment" (of course the same would be true for the 60's'and 80's)
Mar 4th, 2011 at 17:56 GMT
Great Quiz. Just watched the original trailer for Alien online this week -- how could you NOT want to see the movie after that? They really do need to have an Oscar for best movie trailer.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 19:44 GMT
Papillon...waaaaay too low.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 20:14 GMT
Don't hate on Billy Jack. He was just the west's answer to Buford Pusser. Sort of walking tall in moccasins.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 20:32 GMT
I swear I typed in "Fiddle on the Roof" and "any which way but loose" and neither was accepted!
Mar 4th, 2011 at 21:15 GMT
The top movies of the 70's are definitely very different from the top movies of the 2000's.
Mar 4th, 2011 at 21:49 GMT
@rudi: I think "Fiddle on the Roof" was an X-rated parody of Fiddler on the Roof.
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