1971 Top 20 Films

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1. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 704,814

2. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 164,839 | Gross: $4.00M

3. Dirty Harry (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

90 Metascore

When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" (Andrew Robinson) menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Votes: 134,165

4. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

59 Metascore

A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood

Votes: 88,224 | Gross: $43.82M

5. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 101,369

6. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 29,934 | Gross: $12.30M

7. Vanishing Point (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

61 Metascore

During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Charlotte Rampling, Dean Jagger

Votes: 25,176

8. THX 1138 (1971)

R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

75 Metascore

In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie

Votes: 45,252 | Gross: $2.44M

9. The Andromeda Strain (1971)

G | 131 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid

Votes: 30,944

10. Play Misty for Me (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

A brief fling between disc jockey Dave Garver (Clint Eastwood) and obsessed female fan Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter) takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman, Tobie Williams (Donna Mills), enters the picture.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch

Votes: 23,645 | Gross: $10.60M

11. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 15,286

12. The Omega Man (1971)

PG | 98 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

56 Metascore

Lone survivor, doctor Robert Neville, struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race while fighting The Family, a savage luddite death cult formed by the zombie-like infected to erase the past.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo

Votes: 27,061 | Gross: $8.72M

13. Billy Jack (1971)

GP | 114 min | Action, Drama, Western

50 Metascore

Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway.

Director: Tom Laughlin | Stars: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Victor Izay

Votes: 5,251 | Gross: $98.00M

14. The Beguiled (1971)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

66 Metascore

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris

Votes: 14,457

15. The Anderson Tapes (1971)

GP | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 6,203 | Gross: $10.90M

16. Willard (1971)

GP | 95 min | Horror

49 Metascore

A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Sondra Locke, Michael Dante

Votes: 3,396 | Gross: $19.22M

17. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan

Votes: 4,213 | Gross: $15.18M

18. They Might Be Giants (1971)

G | 98 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

In a Manhattan psychiatric hospital a man, convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, is treated by a female doctor who happens to be named Watson.

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Jack Gilford, Lester Rawlins

Votes: 2,519

19. Cold Turkey (1971)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy

Hoping for positive publicity, a tobacco company offers $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. Amidst a media frenzy, Eagle Rock, Iowa accepts the challenge while the company's PR man tries to sabotage the effort.

Director: Norman Lear | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Pippa Scott, Tom Poston, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 1,768

20. The Organization (1971)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In San Francisco, Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs helps a group of idealistic vigilantes expose a drug ring controlled by powerful businessmen.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North

Votes: 1,372

21. The Gatling Gun (1971)

PG | 93 min | Action, Drama, Western

Two backstabbing deserters steal a Gatling Gun from their cavalry unit to attack an Apache tribe and steal their gold. They get help from a naive pacifist pastor. Meanwhile, both the cavalry and the Apache go after them - and the Gun.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: Guy Stockwell, Robert Fuller, BarBara Luna, Woody Strode

Votes: 274

22. Octaman (1971)

PG | 79 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

A team of researchers discovers a strange mutation of man and octopus who proceeds to terrorize them.

Director: Harry Essex | Stars: Pier Angeli, Kerwin Mathews, Jeff Morrow, David Essex

Votes: 791 | Gross: $0.28M



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