Movies set in the '70s

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Almost Famous (2000)
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A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
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The Runaways (2010)
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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored. (106 mins.)
 
3.
Vinyl (2016 TV Series)
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A New York music executive in the 1970s hustles to make a career out of the city's diverse music scene. (60 mins.)
 
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Dazed and Confused (1993)
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The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
 
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Sid and Nancy (1986)
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The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed. (112 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
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Wonderland (2003)
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In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes. (104 mins.)
Director: James Cox
 
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Black Dynamite (2009)
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Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice. (84 mins.)
Director: Scott Sanders
 
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Cemetery Junction (2010)
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A 1970s-set comedy centered on three young working class friends in a dreary suburb of Reading. (95 mins.)
 
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Boogie Nights (1997)
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The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
 
10.
Miles Ahead (2015)
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An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis. (100 mins.)
Director: Don Cheadle
 
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Inherent Vice (2014)
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In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. (148 mins.)
 
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The Bank Job (2008)
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Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal. (111 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
13.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
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In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. (117 mins.)
 
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Spotlight (2015)
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The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. (128 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
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American Hustle (2013)
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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and Mafia. (138 mins.)
 
16.
Kill the Irishman (2011)
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The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's. (106 mins.)
 
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Cloclo (2012)
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A biopic of French pop star Claude Francois, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from childhood in Egypt through success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978. (148 mins.)
 
18.
54 (1998)
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The famous 1970s New York City nightclub seen and told through the eyes of a young employee. (93 mins.)
 
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The Doors: When You're Strange (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
 
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Low Down (2014)
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A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1970s jazz scene. (114 mins.)
Director: Jeff Preiss
 
21.
Rude Boy (1980)
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A young British punk and roadie for The Clash navigates life in socially torn 1970s England. (133 mins.)
 
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Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief... (120 mins.)
Director: Xan Cassavetes
 
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No No: A Dockumentary (2014 Documentary)
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In the 1970s Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD and his outspoken style courted conflict and controversy... (100 mins.)
Director: Jeff Radice
 
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The Weather Underground (2002 Documentary)
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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous. (92 mins.)
 
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A Decade Under the Influence (2003 Documentary)
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A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time. (138 mins.)
 
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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
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Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City. (110 mins.)
 
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Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
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A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver. (102 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
 
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The Walk (2015)
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In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
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Vallanzasca - Gli angeli del male (2010)
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A biography of Milanese bank robber Renato Vallanzasca. (125 mins.)
Director: Michele Placido
 
30.
Romanzo criminale (2005)
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Set in the 1970s, it's the story of three lifelong friends who take control of organized crime in Rome. (152 mins.)
Director: Michele Placido
 
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Romanzo criminale - La serie (2008 TV Series)
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A criminal known as Lebanese has a dream: to conquer the underworld of Rome. To carry out this feat...
 
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L'ennemi public n°1 (2008)
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The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
 
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L'instinct de mort (2008)
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
 
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Carlos (2010 Mini-Series)
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The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. (334 mins.)
 
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O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (2006)
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A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil. (110 mins.)
Director: Cao Hamburger
 
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'71 (2014)
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In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast. (99 mins.)
Director: Yann Demange
 
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
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A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend. (102 mins.)
Director: Marielle Heller
 
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Christine (2016)
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The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career. (119 mins.)
Director: Antonio Campos
 
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The Nice Guys (2016)
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In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star. (116 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
 
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Guerrilla (2017 Mini-Series)
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A pair of activists in 1970s London set out to free a political prisoner and wage a resistance movement. (60 mins.)
Director: John Ridley
 
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Past Life (2016)
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Past Life tracks the daring late 1970s odyssey of two sisters - an introverted classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist - as they unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives. (109 mins.)
Director: Avi Nesher
 
42.
I'm Dying Up Here (2017 TV Series)
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Set in the celebrated and infamous L.A. stand-up comedy scene of the '70s, where the careers of most comedy superstars began... (60 mins.)
 
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Free Fire (2016)
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Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. (91 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
 
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Rush (2013)
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The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. (123 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
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Cinema Verite (2011 TV Movie)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first American family to be the subjects of a reality TV show. (86 mins.)
 
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The Deuce (2017 TV Series)
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A look at life in New York City during the 1970s and '80s when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan. (60 mins.)