The Films of 1971

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1. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Virginia North, Terry-Thomas

Votes: 12,450

2. 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: 30,915

3. Bananas (1971)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy

67 Metascore

When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalbán, Nati Abascal

Votes: 32,142

4. A Bay of Blood (1971)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The murder of a wealthy heiress by her husband triggers a series of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati

Votes: 8,276

5. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

G | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical magician conman search for the missing component to a magic spell to be used in the defense of Britain in WWII.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 31,537 | Gross: $18.53M

6. Big Jake (1971)

GP | 110 min | Western

57 Metascore

In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandles' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

Directors: George Sherman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 10,263 | Gross: $7.50M

7. Carnal Knowledge (1971)

R | 98 min | Drama

Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Ann-Margret, Art Garfunkel

Votes: 10,291 | Gross: $28.62M

8. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza, Janine Reynaud

Votes: 2,265

9. The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

GP | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi

Votes: 8,684

10. 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: 703,521

11. The Decameron (1971)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

An adaptation of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron".

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic, Vincenzo Amato

Votes: 8,725

12. Two English Girls (1971)

130 min | Romance, Drama

At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown, a young Englishwoman. They become friends and Ann invites him to spend holidays at... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Kika Markham, Stacey Tendeter, Sylvia Marriott

Votes: 4,237

13. 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: 88,121 | Gross: $43.82M

14. 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: 134,036

15. Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

GP | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dracula conspires with a mad doctor to resurrect the Frankenstein Monster.

Directors: Al Adamson, Samuel M. Sherman | Stars: J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney Jr., Zandor Vorkov, Anthony Eisley

Votes: 1,636

16. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

Votes: 58,082

17. The Emigrants (1971)

PG | 151 min | Drama, History

In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Sven-Olof Bern

Votes: 4,855

18. 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: 29,905 | Gross: $12.30M

19. 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: 101,226

20. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

G | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno | Stars: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba

Votes: 3,939

21. Harold and Maude (1971)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 66,456

22. King Lear (1971)

GP | 137 min | Drama

The Shakespeare tragedy that gave us the expression "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." King Lear has not one but two ungrateful children, and it's ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Cyril Cusack, Susan Engel

Votes: 705

23. Klute (1971)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 19,730

24. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama

93 Metascore

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

Votes: 38,547 | Gross: $29.13M

25. Le Mans (1971)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

52 Metascore

Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 ... See full summary »

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Ronald Leigh-Hunt

Votes: 8,084

26. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

R | 120 min | Drama, Western

A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane

Votes: 20,146

27. The Million Dollar Duck (1971)

G | 89 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a toy for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn, Tony Roberts

Votes: 1,739

28. The Nightcomers (1971)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Prequel to Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw", focusing on groundskeeper Peter Quint's slow corruption of the virtuous governess Miss Jessel and the children she looks after.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham, Thora Hird, Harry Andrews

Votes: 1,823

29. 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: 27,036 | Gross: $8.72M

30. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

PG | 110 min | Drama

74 Metascore

Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright

Votes: 14,617

31. 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: 23,620 | Gross: $10.60M

32. Punishment Park (1971)

R | 91 min | Drama, Thriller

"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Carmen Argenziano, Luke Johnson

Votes: 5,676

33. Red Sun (1971)

PG | 112 min | Action, Western

In 1870, a gang robs a train and steals a ceremonial Japanese sword meant as a gift from Japan to the U.S. President, prompting a manhunt to retrieve it.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Charles Bronson, Toshirô Mifune, Alain Delon, Ursula Andress

Votes: 7,066 | Gross: $4.84M

34. The Return of Count Yorga (1971)

R | 97 min | Horror

Count Yorga continues to prey on the local community while living by a nearby orphanage. He also intends to take a new wife, while feeding his bevy of female vampires.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: Robert Quarry, Mariette Hartley, Roger Perry, Yvonne Wilder

Votes: 954

35. 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: 15,256

36. Straw Dogs (1971)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T.P. McKenna

Votes: 52,917

37. Summer of '42 (1971)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant

Votes: 6,685

38. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 4,209 | Gross: $15.18M

39. Trafic (1971)

G | 96 min | Comedy

Mr. Hulot drives a recreational vehicle from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comical, disastrous style.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Marcel Fraval, Honoré Bostel, François Maisongrosse

Votes: 5,192

40. Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror

An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Ewa Strömberg

Votes: 3,980

41. Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the German air ace during World War I and his struggle with the enemy aces and some jealous German officers.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: John Phillip Law, Don Stroud, Barry Primus, Corin Redgrave

Votes: 960

42. 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: 3,369 | Gross: $19.22M

43. 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: 164,633 | Gross: $4.00M

44. Zaat (1971)

PG | 100 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist transforms himself into an aquatic killer.

Directors: Don Barton, Arnold Stevens | Stars: Marshall Grauer, Wade Popwell, Paul Galloway, Gerald Cruse

Votes: 4,489

45. Zachariah (1971)

GP | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Two gunfighters separate and experience surreal visions on their journey through the west.

Director: George Englund | Stars: John Rubinstein, Patricia Quinn, Don Johnson, Country Joe and the Fish

Votes: 544



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