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Best 1970's Films: The Highest Grossing Films of the 1970's (Part 2)

By Edited May 13, 2016 0 1

Here is the concluding part to the top grossing films of the 1970's. If you haven't seen the run down from number 10 to 6 you can check it out here:

Best_1970s_Films:_The_Highest_Grossing_Films_of_the_1970s (Part 1)

Or check out my other infobarrel top 10 grossing films from other decades:

Best_1960s_Films_The_Highest_Grossing_Films_of_the_1960s

 


5. The Sting (1973) $160 Million

Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw

Luther Coleman is a long-in-the-tooth hustler grifting his way through life with his young apprentice Johnny Hooker, and their wet-behind-the-ears friend Joe Erie. With their latest swindle has come a  $10,000 windfall. This is the big payday that Luther has been waiting for and decides to call it a day. Retirement at long last.

Unfortunately for the trio, they hustled the ten grand from a runner for lethal racketeer Doyle Lonnegan. When hearing of the heist, Lonnegan soon sends out the heavies and wants the grifters who took him killed. Luther becomes  the first casualty as the hoods break in to his house and throw him out his apartment window.

With his mentor now gone, and knowing the same guys that killed Luther are now after him, Johnny Hooker follows the instruction given to him by Luther and contacts Henry Gondorff. Gondorff is an old friend and the master grifter, the grifters grifter. Gondorff will teach Hooker the big con, where he can make real money.

When Gondorff is tracked down by Hooker the reality is less than the legend he was build up to be, as Hooker finds Gondorff drunk and passed out on the floor. Gondorf retells the tale that he is in forced retirement due to being caught out in his last con with a state senator. With the senator smelling a rat at the last minute he pulled out of the con, and using his political connections put the FEDS on Gondorff's trail.

With a little gentle persuasion Gondorff comes out of retirement to pull one last con, with Hooker and a cast of hundreds, against Lonnegan as revenge for Luther's death.

So Hooker is in a difficult situation. He has to keep playing the big Con with Lonnegan, while avoiding the hitmen sent after him, as well as the cops:both straight and corrupt. Can he keep it all together or will the big con be a step to far for Hooker?

 

Favourite Lines

Lieutenant Snyder is in a brothel run by Billie. Billie is being asked the whereabout of Johnny Hooker.

Billie: Who told you this guy was in here? 
Lieutenant Snyder: Nobody. I just know what kind of woman he likes. Going to check all the joy houses till I find him. 
Billie: Oh, well maybe I could help you, if you tell me his name. 
Lieutenant Snyder: I doubt it. Which way are the rooms? 
Billie: Right through there. But I wouldn't go in there if I were you. 
Lieutenant Snyder: What you are going to do, call the cops? 
Billie: I don't have to. You'd be busting in on the Chief of Police just up the hall. 

The Sting Trailer

4. Grease (1978) $182 million

John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing

When greased up high school student Danny Zuko meets fellow teenager Sandy Olsen on holiday love blossoms and the pair have a summer romance.

However with the end of the summer comes the end of their short relationship and they part ways as they both head home thinking they won't ever meet again.

However, with a massive stroke of luck Sandy's parent move and when Sandy attends her first day at her new school she meets Danny, much to the shock of them both. They soon discover that holiday romances and long-lasting relationships are two entirely different things.

Danny is head of the T-Bird school gang and has a reputation to consider, Sandy on the other hand is a hard-working conscientious student. So Danny has a choice to make: friends and his reputation or his sweetheart. 

Favourite Lines

Principal McGee: We have pictures of you so-called mooners. And just because the pictures aren't of your faces doesn't mean we can't identify you. At this very moment those pictures are on their way to Washington where the FBI has experts in this type of identification. If you turn yourselves in now, you may escape a Federal charge. 

Grease Trailer

3. The Exorcist (1973) $205 million

Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow and Linda Blair

Regan is your typical American  preteen. She's into make up, music, and has started noticing boys....oh and she's also possessed by the devil.

Regan's mum has noticed alarming changes in her behaviour and personality, resulting in violent outbursts and fits.

Convinced that this is more than a medical problem they turn to the Catholic Church and Father Merrin.

Before we can all say 'Hail Mary' we have furniture flying across the room unaided, levitation, and a lot of projectile vomit.


Favourite Line

Lt. Kinderman: If certain British doctors never asked "What is this fungus?" we wouldn't today have penicillin, correct? 

The Exorcist Trailer

2. Jaws (1975) $260 million

Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss

Amity Island used to be a quiet idyllic community, ideal for families and tourists alike. This all changed when a young skinny dipper goes missing and and then her body parts start washing up on the beach.

A local law enforcer named Sheriff Brody knows what's the score and wants to raise a full-scale public awareness campaign. That meats strong resistance from the local government because it's tourist season and tourists mean money for the local economy.

When more bodies start going missing it soon comes down to Sheriff Brody, with friends Hooper and Quint  to go after the shark and kill it.

Favourite Line

Ellen Brody: What am I going to tell the kids? 
Brody: Tell them I'm going fishing. 

Jaws Trailer

1. Star Wars (1977) $461 million

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away....

Tatooine is a dusty, sandy planet that finds our hero Luke Skywalker working with his uncle on a moisture farm.

When his uncle buys two droids from the Jawas, a nomadic desert tribe, Luke discovers that  one of them has a message for an old hermit Ben Kenobi.

Wanting to deliver the message, and wanting to break the monotony of his life, Luke takes the droids to see old Ben. They soon discover that the droids contain secret plans that could destroy the evil empire's new killing machine the Death Star. It's up to Luke and Ben to make sure the plans get safely delivered to the rebel alliance.

When the Empire kill Luke's aunt and uncle in an attempt to retake the stolen droids and the plans, Luke commits to fighting for the rebels.

From here on in it's laser blasts, explosions, using the force, Wookies, lightsabre battles..... and generally the start of the greatest movie saga ever.

 

Favourite Line

Obi-WanThat's no moon. It's a space station. 

Star Wars Trailer

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Comments

Apr 13, 2012 4:56am
askformore
All movies on your list are great. Maybe The Sting and Grease are remembered mostly because of the music.
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