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Highest Grossing 1970s Movies

These were the highest-grossing movies of the 1970s. How many can you name?
Domestic gross - not adjusted for inflation. According to boxofficemojo.com
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First submittedDecember 23, 2012
Last updatedJuly 29, 2017
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$307 m
Galactic rebels must blow up a gigantic space station
Star Wars
$260 m
Giant shark eats skinny dippers and people in small boats
Jaws
$193 m
Priest must rid a girl of a demonic spirit
The Exorcist
$160 m
Musical kids of the 1950s enjoy dancing and drag racing
Grease
$156 m
Chicago grifters of the 1930s stage an elaborate con
The Sting
$134 m
College boy becomes head of a Mafia crime family
The Godfather
$134 m
Hero must prevent villain from sinking California into the ocean
Superman
$127 m
Trucker must evade cops to deliver Coors beer
Smokey and the Bandit
$120 m
Evil dean wants to disband a rowdy fraternity
Animal House
$117 m
Everyday thug gets a chance to fight the heavyweight champ
Rocky
$116 m
UFOs are abducting people. If only there were some way
to communicate with them ...
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
$106 m
Couple go through an acrimonious divorce and custody battle
Kramer vs. Kramer
$108 m
Psych ward inmates are tormented by an evil nurse
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
$120 m
Old west gunslinger must battle criminals, Klansmen, and Nazis
Blazing Saddles
$116 m
Oh no - the world's tallest building is on fire!
The Towering Inferno
$115 m
Teens cruise the strip in Modesto, California in the early 1960s
American Graffiti
$106 m
For a couple from different class backgrounds, "Love means never
having to say you're sorry"
Love Story
$100 m
Chicago airport deals with a snowstorm and a bomber
Airport
$86 m
Family moves into a house built on an Indian burial ground
The Amityville Horror
$85 m
Boxer gets a rematch against the champ
Rocky II
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level 50
Dec 27, 2012
Good quiz. More please.
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level 40
Dec 28, 2012
Gee that Amity was a dangerous place in the 70s, huh? :) Nice quiz!
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level 72
Apr 20, 2019
More like Enmityville.
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level 32
Aug 14, 2013
I only got 5... But then again, I was born in 1997.
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level 69
Sep 1, 2017
I was born nearly 50 years earlier and I didn't do much better.
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level 83
Nov 28, 2013
Blazing Saddles is my favorite comedy ever... and I missed it.
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level 61
Mar 7, 2017
I don't remember Klansmen and Nazis in Blazing Saddles. Sure, there were racists galore and people who displayed those tendencies, but no actual Klansmen and Nazis. Or has it been too long since I've seen the movie?
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level 61
Mar 7, 2017
Obviously, that's the only one I missed. P.S. No Klansmen or Nazis.
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level 80
Mar 27, 2017
Oh, come on. A plot point was the heroes disguised under Klan sheets. And Nazis were part of the giant posse called up to defeat them.
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level 76
Jul 29, 2017
One of two I missed - personally thought there could have been a much better clue, this clue missed the whole point of the film. Perhaps something like "Extremely racially-prejudiced town unknowingly hires African-American sheriff" or even simply describe the classic scene, "Large oaf punches out his horse for parking in a red zone."
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level 72
Jul 29, 2017
There is no Mel Brooks film ever which doesn't contain Nazis
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level 68
Jul 29, 2017
Until my answer turned out to be correct, I was "primed" to enter comment that the clue "also" fit "blazing Saddles"!
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level 54
Jul 31, 2017
Yeah, remember when the sheriff had to draw the Klansmen's attention by leaning out and shouting, "Hey, where the white women at?"
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level 45
Oct 25, 2017
they were part of Lamars mob near the end there were klansmen and Nazis queuing up to join
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level 70
Nov 21, 2017
I was thinking the exact same thing as ander217, though given how blatantly (and quite deliberately) politically incorrect the movie was, I wouldn't be quite so delicate with the clue. Referring to Cleavon Little's character as "African-American" seems utterly ridiculous. Anyone who would take offense at him being referred to as "black" is just looking for an excuse to take offense.

I personally think we should just start referring to each other as beige and brown. Then again, "Beige Supremacy" and "Brown Power" just sound kind of silly. Which might actually be the whole point.
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level 72
Apr 20, 2019
Only one I've missed and I've seen it more than most movies.
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level 66
Aug 15, 2014
Only got 9 even though I've heard of all of them. Disappointed in myself. :(
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level 55
Jul 29, 2017
It's "say you're sorry", not "say your sorry".
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level 64
Jul 29, 2017
Thank you.
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level ∞
Jul 29, 2017
Fixed
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level 76
Jul 29, 2017
Can't believe I missed Superman. I was thinking it must have been one of the Bond films I hadn't seen and was typing every one I could think of.
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level 53
Sep 25, 2019
Bond and Grace Jones was what immediately sprung to mind
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level 65
Jul 29, 2017
I kept thinking Poltergeist instead of Amityville.
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level 77
Jul 29, 2017
Same story, different decade.
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level 79
Jul 29, 2017
Funny how that's also the first thing that popped into my head.
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level 45
Oct 25, 2017
me too even though I knew that was an 80s movie
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level 55
Jul 29, 2017
I did the same damn thing
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level 59
Jul 31, 2017
Is it the same story? I thought Amityville was about a kid who heard voices telling him to kill his family, not an indian burial ground
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level 69
Jul 29, 2017
Only missed Blazing Saddles. The clue does not make one think comedy.
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level 67
Nov 9, 2018
I don't know, an old west gunslinger fighting Nazis probably means something funny's going on.
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level 59
Aug 8, 2017
Cant remember there being an indian burial ground in Amityville Horror (some demon in the basement whispering to do things)
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level 45
Oct 25, 2017
itsits a shinnycock (native american tribe)burial ground also where a satan worshipper had lived
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level 38
Apr 9, 2018
I remember seeing Burt Reynolds in a souped-up car in "Smokey and the Bandit", not a truck.
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level 71
Nov 25, 2018
That's because Reynolds was in the souped-up car, but Reed was in the semi.
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level 50
Apr 10, 2018
Love it!
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level 79
Oct 28, 2018
Lotta great movies on this list. If I had to pick a favorite, probably Animal House.
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level 65
May 3, 2019
I wish I had lived through the decade in which Animal House and Blazing Saddles could be the 9th and 14th highest grossing movies.
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level 61
Jun 15, 2019
Missed one, and would have gotten that one too had the hint been something like "woman exclaims that it is twoo, it is really twoo." Or something about sitting around eating backed beans.
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level 78
Sep 1, 2019
I just put inferno, d'oh
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level 53
Sep 25, 2019
You were not alone.
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level 53
Sep 25, 2019
Footloose had car racing too.I couldn't remember what era it was argh. I'd forgotten the car race in Grease; how, I have no idea.