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What were the top movies of 1970?

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What were the top movies of 1970? Here’s a list of the top ten films released in 1970, ranked by their box office gross earnings in North America.

Below this list, you will also find the Academy Award nominees and the year’s Oscar winners!

Top movies of 1970: Top 10 highest-grossing films

1. Love Story (Paramount)

Starring Ali McGraw & Ryan O’Neal
Love Story movie 1970


2. Airport (Universal)

Starring Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Helen Hayes,  Van Heflin, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean Seberg, George Kennedy, Maureen Stapleton

Airport movie 1970


3. M*A*S*H (20th Century Fox)

Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt

M*A*S*H movie 1970


4. Patton (20th Century-Fox)

Starring George C Scott, Karl Malden

Patton movie 1970


5. Woodstock (Warner Bros.)

Woodstock the Movie 1970


6. The Aristocats (Walt Disney)

Aristocats Disney movie 1970


7. Little Big Man (National General)

Starring Dustin Hoffman

Little Big Man movie 1970


8. Ryan’s Daughter (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Starring Robert Mitchum

Ryan's Daughter movie 1970


9. Tora! Tora! Tora! (20th Century-Fox)

Tora! Tora! Tora! movie 1970


10. Chariots of the Gods (Constantin Film / Sunn Classic Pictures)

1970 movie Chariots of the Gods

Box office statistics via Wikipedia


Top movies of 1970: Academy Awards nominations for 1970

From the Fond Du Lac Commonwealth Reporter (Wisconsin) – February 23, 1971

The advance indications pointing to a contest of love and war proved true today when the nominees for awards oi the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science were announced. The film industry’s 43rd Oscar derby reached the semi-finals Monday.

“Airport” and “Patton” scored top honors in the 43rd Motion Picture Academy nominations today with 10 apiece.

“Love Story” placed third with seven, followed by “M*A*S*H” and “Tora! Tora! Tora!” with five each.

Best Actress

The accent was on youth in nominations for best actress; all were newcomers: Jane Alexandre, “The Great White Hope”; Glenda Jackson “Women in Love”; All McGraw. “Love Story”: Sarah Miles. “Ryan’s Daughter” and Carrie Snodgrass. “Diary of a Mad Housewife.”

Best Actor

Melvyn Douglas, winner for best supporting actor in 1963 in “Hud,” vied with four younger actors for best actor.

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Douglas was nominated for “I Never Sang for my Father.” The others: James Earl Jones, “The Great White Hope”; Jack Nicholson, “Five Easy Pieces”; Ryan O’Neal, “Love Story”; and George C. Scott, “Patton.”

Nominees for best motion picture of 1970

“Airport,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “Love Story,” “M-A-S-H” and “Patton.”

Best Supporting Actor

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role: Richard Castellano in “Lovers and Other Strangers”; Chief Dan George, “Little Big Man”; Gene Hackman, “I Never Sang for My Father”; John Marley, “Love Story”; John Mills, “Ryan’s Daughter.”

Best Supporting Actress

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role: Karen Black, “Five Easy Pieces”; Lee Grant, “The Landlord”; Helen Hayes, “Airport”; Sally Kellerman. “M-A-S-H”; Maureen Stapleton, “Airport.”

Best Direction: Federico Fellini. “Satyricon”; Arthur Hiller, “Love Story”; Robert Altman, “M-A-S-H”; Franklin J. Schaffner, “Patton”; Ken Russell, “Women In Love.”

Scott may refuse

The Oscar campaign, which had been in a lull since the deadline for nominations a week ago, now begins in earnest. A question mark in this year’s race is George C. Scott.

His portrayal of Gen. George Patton was certain to be nominated for best actor. But all of the 2,986 Academy voters are aware that Scott once tried to decline his nomination for best supporting actor in “The Hustler.”

Now he has been quoted from a location in Spain that he still thinks the Academy Awards are bunk, and he would refuse an Oscar if he won it.

How the Academy voters will react to Scott’s latest outburst a will be revealed on the night of April 15, when the presenter says to the man from Price, Waterhouse: “The envelope, please.”


Top movies of 1970: Academy Awards winners of 1970

Best Picture: Patton
Best Director: Franklin J. Schaffner – Patton
Best Actor: George C. Scott – Patton
Best Actress: Glenda Jackson – Women in Love
Best Supporting Actor: John Mills – Ryan’s Daughter
Best Supporting Actress: Helen Hayes – Airport

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