What are the best real life movies set in the 70s?

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    Argo is a film directed by and starring Ben Affleck. Released in 2012, Argo was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and also features Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman in key supporting roles.


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    Gregory Reynolds
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "Argo is one of the best historical drama films of our time. Filled with high-tension scenes, the movie recounts the events that led to the rescue of U.S. diplomats from Iran. "
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    #2All the President's Men

    All the President's Men

    All the President's Men is a political thriller movie directed by Alan J. Pakula. Released in 1976, the movie was based on the Watergate scandal. It featured Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, and Jack Warden.


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    Joyce Reyes
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "All the President's Men is a thriller. Nevermind the politcal side of this movie. Well, you can't set aside the politcal aspects of this movie as it deals with the Watergate scandal and Nixon so there's no avoiding the issue. That said, the movie was technically sound, had a group script, a good plot, and wonderful actors. It's one of the best films from the 1970s so it's not a surprise this one is on this list."
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    #3Hamburger Hill

    Hamburger Hill

    Hamburger Hill is a war film directed by John Irvin. Released in 1987, it's was based on the U.S. military's assault on the heavily fortified Ap Bia Mountain defended by North Vietnamese Army. It starred Don Cheadle and Dylan McDermott.


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    Paul Santos
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "If you thought Saving Private Ryan was a good war movie, then you would love Hamburger Hill. The movie focuses on a single platoon and how they fought during the Vietnam war. Great, great movie!"
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    #4The Runaways

    The Runaways

    The Runaways is a biographical drama film directed by Floria Sigismondi. Released in 2010, it was based on the book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway by Cherie Currie. It starred Dakota Fanning, Kristen Steward, Joan Jett, and Michael Shannon.


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    María Ortega
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "The Runaways is a biographical film about the 1970s band. Dakota Fanning is back to her old ways, giving credence to her character. And as befitting a popular band, the movie itself has an outstanding soundtrack."
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    #5The Walk

    The Walk

    The Walk is a biographical drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Released in 2015, the movie was based on the story of Philippe Petit's walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. 


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    Doris Sun
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "This is probably Joseph Gordon-Levitt's best performance in a lead role. The Walk tells the story of a French high-wire artist and old Joseph there nailed it. It also didn't hurt that Robert Zemeckis helmed the film. Great film all around."
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    #6American Hustle

    American Hustle

    American Hustle is a comedy-crime movie directed by David O. Russell. Released in 2013, it was based on the FBI ABSCAM operation in the 1970s. The film starred Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner.


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    Sara Rose
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "American Hustle is one of the better films in recent memory. It wouldn't be nominated for several awards if it wasn't. It has an all-star cast that was led by a talented director. The whole crew depicted the ABSCAM operation superbly and with humor."
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    #7The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror is a horror movie directed by Stuart Rosenberg. It was first released on July 27, 1979, by MGM studios and was rated R by the board. It starred James Brolin, Margot Kidder, and Rod Steiger.


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    Harini Jaiteley
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "This one is scary-good. Good and scary. James Brolin and Margot Kidder were exceptional in The Amityville Horror. The movie was based on "true-to-life" experiences of the Lutz family and while there are a fair number of skeptics, the movie was still well-made. True story or not, this is a great movie in its own right."
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    #8Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket is a war film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Released in 1987, the movie focuses on the life of a platoon of U.S. Marines going through their training. It starred Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, and Vincent D'Onofrio.


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    Rose Murray
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "People don't understand how difficult it is to go through military training. Full Metal Jacket captures all the human emotions involved when a man goes through with it. This is certainly deserving to be on this list as it represents the men and women who served in our Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. And to the men and women in our Army, the former and currently serving uniformed personnel, I'll say thank you for your service!"


Best What are the best real life movies set in the 70s
1ArgoMovies 17 Paid
2All the President's MenMovies 13 Paid
3Hamburger HillMovies 10 Paid
4The RunawaysMovies 8 Paid
5The WalkMovies 8 Paid
6American HustleMovies 5 Paid
7The Amityville HorrorMovies 3 Paid
8Full Metal JacketMovies 1 Paid

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