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Best Action Movies of the 70s, Ranked

The 1970s were a great time for cinema, producing many of the classics beloved by generations today (per American Cinematographer). It was the decade movies like Jaws and Carrie graced movie theaters all across North America and the world, while directors and actors like Martin Scorsese and Bruce Lee had their big break during the decade. The 70s in film history consists of a time when many movies and people in the public consciousness got their start, per The Washington Post, paving the way for a new turn of movies, television, and entertainment globally. But if there was one genre that stands out among all, it happens to be the action movies that came out during this time.

Most notably, blaxploitation and Hong Kong martial arts movies rose to prominence in the early-70s, and while they may not be the best-remembered of the era, they certainly made an impact. These movies marked one of the few times in early movie history in the West that films made by BIPOC were openly acknowledged and loved. Outside these genres, action movies continued to thrive and develop many of the beloved characters and storylines that can still be seen in movies today. These are the best action movies of the 1970s.

7 Death Wish

Death Wish (1974)

Paramount Pictures

1974’s Death Wish was an adaptation of a novel of the same name that stars Charles Bronson. Michael Winner directs a story in which an architect, named Paul, goes rogue after his wife and daughter are attacked inside their home. His wife tragically dies, leading him to become a vigilante, leaving behind a rather successful career in his industry, and hunting down criminals on the streets of New York City. This was the first in a series of four movies focusing on the character of Paul and his antics in fighting against crime, and the movie was initially controversial when it first came out due to how its main character fights crime with crime.
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6 The Warriors

The Warriors Paramount Pictures

Walter Hill directed The Warriors, a 1979 film focusing on a New York City gang looking for redemption after a false accusation. Set in a time when New York’s young men, particularly ones from lower socio-economic classes, joined gangs to make sense of the world, a midnight summit of gangs leads to the death of the most influential gang’s leader. One group is accused of murder when they are innocent, leading them on a journey to Coney Island from the Bronx in the name of getting justice.

5 The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me- Sandor United Artists

Multiple James Bond films were released in the 70s, but the one that stands above the rest in terms of action and plot is The Spy Who Loved Me. The tenth entry to the series, Roger Moore’s James Bond returns to save the world after a submarine disappears. Now forced to investigate the potential crime, James Bond is sent to find out what happened and meets a KGB agent, Anya, in the process. They join forces, ultimately finding love along the way with a flair for drama. However, this villain is not going to stop in his pursuit of setting off World War III.

4 The French Connection

Gene Hackman in The French Connection 20th Century Fox 

The French Connection has repeatedly been named one of the best American movies ever made, and the year it was released, it took home four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Actor. Adapted from a Robin Moore novel, two NYPD detectives are on the hunt for a notorious heroin smuggler. Alain Charnier holds the world’s biggest heroin syndicate and has a grand plan to bring large amounts of the drug into the United States, specifically New York City. When the goods arrive, the local police are not going to let this slip by easily, thus beginning a thrilling chase and manhunt across the city. A sequel was released four years later in 1975.
Related: Best 70s Crime Films, Ranked

3 Enter the Dragon

enter-the-dragon Warner Bros.

Enter the Dragon was one of Bruce Lee’s final film appearances, as he tragically died before its official release date in the United States. It is now considered one of the greatest martial arts movies to ever have been released. Bruce Lee is Lee, a Hong Kong martial artist who finds himself tangled up in a British intelligence plot. A crime lord, Han, is being pursued by the British for his drug trafficking and prostitution. After discovering one of Han’s men has a connection to his sister’s death, Lee enters a tournament hosted by him, leading to some epic fights in and out of the ring.

2 Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry points a gun offscreen Warner Bros.

Released in 1971, Dirty Harry was only the beginning of a series of five movies and was one of Clint Eastwood’s roles that were not a Western movie. Inspired by the Zodiac Killer, the movie’s villain is a sniper dubbed Scorpio, and he has a penchant for threatening the San Francisco police for money. Harry Callahan (Eastwood), an inspector for the police department, ends up being assigned the case. Dirty Harry set the standards for police drams to come, and is considered a pivotal change in the genre into becoming what it is known for today.

1 Mad Max

Two men dressed in leather stand close. Kennedy Miller Productions

Mel Gibson stars in the iconic Mad Max as Max Rockatansky, a former police officer who chooses a life of crime and becomes a vigilante. Set in a near-dystopia version of Australia, what is left of society is on the brink of collapse as the world faces increasing oil shortages. Max is a man in doubt, as he begins to question his role on the police force and the criminals he is hunting down. But when his wife and child are killed, so begins his epic journey for vengeance and redemption that spans decades and five films.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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