Can You Guess the '70s Movie From a One-Sentence Summary?

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Can You Guess the '70s Movie From a One-Sentence Summary?
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Think of all the amazing movies that came out in the '70s! Actually, think about them long and hard, because you're about to get tested. Only those who know how to disco dance will survive.
The aging patriarch of a crime dynasty transfers control to his son.
The Godfather
The Dynasty
Born to Rule
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"The Godfather" is perhaps the most famous movie of the '70s. It was released in 1972, and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

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A space merchant vessel is attacked by strange creatures.
The Nemesis
Alien
Source Moon
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"Alien" is one of the scariest movies of all time, and quite a thrill. It was directed by Ridley Scott and released in 1979.

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This film explores the early life of Vito Corleone in New York.
The Godfather II
The Godfather III
Vito
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"The Godfather" was such a success that it warranted a sequel in 1974. Some claim that it was better than the original.

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Guys save the galaxy from the Earth's world-destroying battle-station.
Destination Earth
Star Wars
Star Trek
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"Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope" was directed by George Lucas and released in 1977. It was the beginning of an immense franchise.

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Michael Myers escapes a mental hospital and returns to Haddonfield.
The Slayer
Thanksgiving
Halloween
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"Halloween" brought a serious fear factor to the '70s. It was released in 1978 and directed by John Carpenter.

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A good girl falls for a greaser.
The Good Girl
Grease
Summer Lovin'
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"Grease" is the hit movie musical of the '70s. It was released in 1978 and was directed by Randal Kleiser.

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Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission to Cambodia in the Vietnam War.
Apocalypse Now
A New Dawn
Heart of Darkness
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"Apocalypse Now" is one of the greatest war movies ever made. It was released in 1979 and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

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A girl is possessed by a mysterious entity.
The Exorcist
The Damned
Possession
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Ahhhh! The '70s could be scary! "The Exorcist" was released in 1973 and was directed by William Friedkin.

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A sadistic gang leader undergoes experiments.
Nobody's Child
The End
A Clockwork Orange
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Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece was released in 1971. The film starred Malcolm McDowell.

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A newly engaged couple find themselves at the residence of Frank-N-Furter.
Dance, Shout
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Time Warp
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"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" still has sing-a-longs to this day. This famous movie starred Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

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A Vietnam vet works as a night-time taxi driver in New York.
Driver
Taxi
Taxi Driver
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"Taxi Driver" isn't as innocent as it sounds. The film is a tour de force for Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese.

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Henry Spencer is having a hard time with his life and his mutant child.
Eraserhead
Bonehead
Headless Man
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Eraserhead is a total classic from 1977. It starred Jack Nance and was directed by David Lynch.

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A criminal pleads insanity and goes to a mental institution.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Mental Ward
I'm Innocent
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Milos Forman directed this masterpiece that was based on the book. Jack Nicholson starred.

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An injured Union soldier finds himself at a Confederate girls' boarding school.
The Hunter
The Heart of Silence
The Beguiled
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"The Beguiled" is a 1971 masterpiece starring Clint Eastwood. It was directed by Don Siegel, and got a Sofia Coppola remake.

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A giant great white shark comes to New England shores.
Big Fish
The Predator
Jaws
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Perhaps one of the most iconic films of the '70s, "Jaws" is pretty terrifying. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Roy Scheider.

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Siblings are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
You Won't Get Out Alive
The Killing Grounds
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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Some of the best horror movies are from the '70s. "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" was directed by Tobe Hooper and released in 1974.

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A boy goes to a strange candy factory.
The Sweet Tooth
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The Bubblegum Belt
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Based on the beloved book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" came out in 1971. It was directed by Mel Stuart and starred Gene Wilder.

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A shy teenage girl unleashes her telekinetic powers.
The Uprising
The Powers That Be
Carrie
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Bloody horror! "Carrie" starred Sissy Spacek and was directed by Brian De Palma. The film was released in 1976.

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Robot malfunction at a futuristic amusement park causes chaos.
Vacation From Hell
Robot Invasion
Westworld
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"Westworld" was a futuristic movie with robots in the West! The film was turned into a modern television series.

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The Vietnam War disrupts the lives of those in a small town.
The Deer Hunter
Pennsylvania
The Soul of Lies
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"The Deer Hunter" was a moving, groundbreaking film starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep. Michael Cimino directed.

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An Irish rogue courts a rich widow in 18th-century England.
The Lonely Dance
For the Queen
Barry Lyndon
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"Barry Lyndon" was another Stanley Kubrick masterpiece from the '70s. The film was released in 1975.

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A young scientist is invited to Transylvania.
Shocking Science
The Monster
Young Frankenstein
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"Young Frankenstein" is the hilarious comedy starring Gene Wilder. It was directed by Mel Brooks and was released in 1974.

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High school grads enjoy one last night on the town.
Young Bloods
American Graffiti
Time Warp
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"American Graffiti," released in 1973, was another huge success for George Lucas. The film starred Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard.

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A small-time boxer gets the chance to fight a heavyweight champion.
The Sweet Science
Rocky
Catch a Punch
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"Rocky" was the first of many films that followed Rocky Balboa. The movie starred the then-unknown Sylvester Stallone.

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A first meeting is scheduled between Earth and visitors from space.
The Visit
The Aliens Have Arrived
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" was released in 1977 and was another success for Steven Spielberg. The film starred Richard Dreyfuss.

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A vengeful Australian policeman tries to stop a motorcycle gang.
Joy Riding
The Pinnacle
Mad Max
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"Mad Max" was directed by George Miller and starred Mel Gibson. The film was released in 1979.

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The Delta Tau Chi fraternity will not be thwarted.
Fraternity
Animal House
The Ruffians
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"Animal House" was a hilarious romp, starring John Belushi. Directed by John Landis, the film was released in 1978.

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King Arthur and his knights are on a wacky search for a grail.
The Round Table
Camelot
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is one of the funniest Monty Python movies. It was released in 1975 and directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.

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Murder takes place on a stranded train.
Murder on the Orient Express
Car #45
Death in the Alps
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"Murder on the Orient Express" starred Albert Finney and was directed by Sidney Lumet. The film was released in 1974.

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An alien orphan comes to earth and becomes a superhero.
The Quest
Onward!
Superman
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Superman is one of the most iconic superheroes. This film was released in 1978 and starred Christopher Reeve.

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A young con man teams up with a master of the big con.
Con-Air
The Sting
Heist
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"The Sting" starred Robert Newman and Robert Redford. It was directed by George Roy Hill.

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Friends take a dangerous river-rafting trip in the American back-country.
For Keeps
Deliverance
Loney River
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"Deliverance" was directed by John Boorman and released in 1972. It starred Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds.

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A private detective investigates an adulterer.
City of Angels
Chinatown
On the Hunt
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Chinatown is a classic noir movie, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. It was directed by Roman Polanski.

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A politician tries to ruin a Western town by hiring a black sheriff.
How the West Was Won
One Shot
Blazing Saddles
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"Blazing Saddles" is a hilarious film, directed by Mel Brooks. Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little star.

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A neurotic comedian falls in love with a ditz.
Love Affair
Annie Hall
True Bond
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"Annie Hall" is quintessential Woody Allen. The film also starred Diane Keaton and was released in 1977.

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