Critics regard the '70s as the movie industry's golden age. Defined by major studio films that elevated intelligence to the mainstream, this decade saw a surge of brilliant directorial and acting talent that the Hollywood luminaries of today are still comparing themselves to.
The early part of the 1970s was marred by financial struggles at all of the major studios, but a new generation of directors and actors rose to prominence by bravely making off-beat, brilliant, highly risky films that no studio executive would greenlight today in Hollywood's more corporate culture. "Star Wars" was rejected by United Artists, Universal and Disney before Fox decided to finance the film.
Horror movies like "Jaws" redefined the potentials of the genre while launching the career of Steven Spielberg, one of the most iconic directors of our time. Other directors like George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, John Carpenter, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Milos Forman and Woody Allen rose to prominence as well, and are still household names today. This is also when icons like Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Marlon Brando got their starts.
Of course, there were plenty of movies that were financial and critical flops. That's why PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, compiled a list of the worst films of the 1970s. To do this, the analysts compiled a list of movies released between 1970 and 1979 that had at least 2,000 IMDb votes (to establish relevance). Then, they ranked those films by their Smart Rating -- a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie's IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer and Audience Score, Gracenote rating, Metacritic Metascore and the inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. When ties occur, movies are ranked by their total number of IMDb votes.
From a surprising number of "Godzilla" films to John Travolta's career-launching "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble," these are the films that won't be remembered as part of Hollywood's golden age.
Here are the top 25 worst films of the decade (followed by the runners-up).
Note: Movie descriptions are sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.