Movie Releases by Score

McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

June 24, 1971 | R
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.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
tbd
The Last Picture Show 2.

The Last Picture Show

October 22, 1971 | R
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.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.3
Dirty Harry 3.

Dirty Harry

December 23, 1971 | R
When an individual known as 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan (Eastwoood) is assigned to track down and deal with the psychopath. "Iknowwhatyou're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a 44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've only got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?"
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.3
Two-Lane Blacktop 4.

Two-Lane Blacktop

July 7, 1971 | R
2 men drag-racing across the U.S., in a '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson's the mechanic, James Taylor's the driver.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
tbd
Walkabout 5.

Walkabout

July 1, 1971 | GP
Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
Klute 6.

Klute

June 25, 1971 | R
A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
Get Carter 7.

Get Carter

March 18, 1971 | TV-14
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Play Misty for Me 8.

Play Misty for Me

November 12, 1971 | R
A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.0
A Clockwork Orange 9.

A Clockwork Orange

December 20, 1971 | X
Kubrick makes of Anthony Burgess' celebrated novel a savage and satiric morality play centering on Alex (McDowell), who fights, robs, rapes and kills like any concsienceless predator. Captured and imprisoned, he undergoes treatment to condition him "safe", a "clockwork orange" healthy and whole on the outside - but crippled within by reflex mechanisms beyond his control. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.4
Carnal Knowledge 10.

Carnal Knowledge

June 30, 1971 | R
Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
THX 1138 11.

THX 1138

March 11, 1971 | R
LUH 3417, a disenchanted surveillance worker, consciously stops taking her mandatory drugs — medication that suppresses emotions — and gives placebos to her roommate, THX 1138. Now free to feel, the two fall in love, but find themselves on the run for breaking laws of conformity.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.4
The Panic in Needle Park 12.

The Panic in Needle Park

July 13, 1971 | PG
Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
Daughters of Darkness 13.

Daughters of Darkness

October 22, 1971 | R
A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
Straw Dogs 14.

Straw Dogs

December 22, 1971 | R
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.4
The Hospital 15.

The Hospital

December 14, 1971 | GP
An over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
tbd
Bleak Moments 16.

Bleak Moments

January 1, 1971
Moments from the uncompromisingly bleak existence of a secretary, her intellectually disabled sister, aloof and uneasy teacher boyfriend, bizarre neighbor and irritating workmate.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
tbd
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song 17.

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

April 23, 1971 | X
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.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
tbd
Escape from the Planet of the Apes 18.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

May 21, 1971 | G
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.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.0
Bananas 19.

Bananas

April 28, 1971 | GP
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.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.6
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 20.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

June 30, 1971 | G
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.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.2
Fiddler on the Roof 21.

Fiddler on the Roof

November 3, 1971 | G
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.5
Shaft 22.

Shaft

July 2, 1971 | R
Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
6.8
Harold and Maude 23.

Harold and Maude

December 20, 1971 | GP
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
8.7
The Anderson Tapes 24.

The Anderson Tapes

June 17, 1971 | GP
After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
tbd
Vanishing Point 25.

Vanishing Point

March 13, 1971 | PG
During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.2
The Andromeda Strain 26.

The Andromeda Strain

March 12, 1971 | G
A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.7
Bedknobs and Broomsticks 27.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

December 13, 1971 | G
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.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
tbd
Diamonds Are Forever 28.

Diamonds Are Forever

December 17, 1971 | GP
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
5.9
The Omega Man 29.

The Omega Man

August 1, 1971 | GP
Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.
Metascore:
56
User Score:
5.2
Billy Jack 30.

Billy Jack

May 1, 1971 | GP
Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway.
Metascore:
50
User Score:
tbd
The Devils 31.

The Devils

July 16, 1971 | X
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
Metascore:
49
User Score:
tbd

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