Best Drama Movies of 1971

1.

A Clockwork Orange

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an incarcerated Alex the option to undergo an invasive procedure that'll rob him of all personal agency. In a time when conscience is a commodity, can Alex change his tune?

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, James Marcus, Michael Tarn, Carl Duering, Paul Farrell, Miriam Karlin ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1971-12-19
2.

Fiddler on the Roof

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

This lavishly produced and critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the international stage sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Topol), a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the-century Czarist Russia. Nominated for eight Academy Awards.

Starring: Chaim Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh, Neva Small, Paul Michael Glaser, Ray Lovelock ..
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1971-11-03
3.

The Last Picture Show

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny and Duane, live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating a local beauty, while Sonny is having an affair with the coach's wife. As graduation nears and both boys contemplate their futures. Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business. Each struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else.

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms, Sharon Ullrick ..
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 1971-10-03
4.

Harold and Maude

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

The young Harold lives in his own world of suicide-attempts and funeral visits to avoid the misery of his current family and home environment. Harold meets an 80-year-old woman named Maude who also lives in her own world yet one in which she is having the time of her life. When the two opposites meet they realize that their differences don’t matter and they become best friends and love each other.

Starring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Judy Engles, Shari Summers, Eric Christmas, G. Wood ..
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Release date: 1971-12-20
5.

Johnny Got His Gun

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed with a fate worse than death as a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he remains conscious and able to think, thereby reliving his life through strange dreams and memories.

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Charles McGraw, Sandy Brown Wyeth, Don Barry, Peter Brocco, Kendell Clarke ..
Directed by: Dalton Trumbo
Release date: 1971-08-04
6.

Wake in Fright

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney, but as one night stretches into several he plunges headlong into his own destruction.

Starring: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, Peter Whittle, Al Thomas, John Meillon, John Armstrong, Slim DeGrey ..
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Release date: 1971-07-21
7.

The Devils

5.4
7.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian, Gemma Jones, Murray Melvin, John Woodvine, Christopher Logue, Michael Gothard, Georgina Hale ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1971-07-01
8.

Walkabout

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy who shows them how to survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.

Starring: Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil, John Meillon, Robert McDarra, Peter Carver, John Illingsworth, Hilary Bamberger, Barry Donnelly, Noeline Brown ..
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
Release date: 1971-07-01
9.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, René Auberjonois, William Devane, John Schuck, Corey Fischer, Bert Remsen, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, Michael Murphy ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1971-06-24
10.

Straw Dogs

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

David Sumner, a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy, an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ostracized by the brutish men of the village, including Amy's old flame, Charlie. Eventually the taunts escalate, and two of the locals rape Amy. This sexual assault awakes a shockingly violent side of David.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T. P. McKenna, Del Henney, Jim Norton, Donald Webster, Ken Hutchison, Len Jones, Sally Thomsett ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1971-12-23
11.

Vanishing Point

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Kowalski works for a car delivery service, and takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to drive from Colorado to San Francisco. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours.

Starring: Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, Victoria Medlin, Gilda Texter, Lee Weaver, Timothy Scott, Robert Donner, Paul Koslo, Cherie Foster ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1971-01-15
12.

Macbeth

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Scotland, 11th century. Driven by the twisted prophecy of three witches and the ruthless ambition of his wife, warlord Macbeth, bold and brave, but also weak and hesitant, betrays his good king and his brothers in arms and sinks into the bloody mud of a path with no return, sown with crime and suspicion.

Starring: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler, John Stride, Nicholas Selby, Stephan Chase, Paul Shelley, Keith Chegwin, Mark Dightam ..
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1971-12-20
13.

The Beguiled

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Offbeat Civil War drama in which a wounded Yankee soldier, after finding refuge in an isolated girls' school in the South towards the end of the war, becomes the object of the young women's sexual fantasies. The soldier manipulates the situation for his own gratification, but when he refuses to completely comply with the girls' wishes, they make it very difficult for him to leave.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris, Darleen Carr, Mae Mercer, Pamelyn Ferdin, Melody Thomas Scott, Peggy Drier, Patricia Mattick ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1971-03-31
14.

Two-Lane Blacktop

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A driver and a mechanic travel around the United States hopping from drag strip to drag strip in a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air coupe. They race for money, betting with their competitors. The pair gains a young and talkative female stowaway. Along the way they unintentionally attract a well-to-do drifter driving a new Pontiac GTO. This older man, looking for attention, antagonizes their efforts.

Starring: James Taylor, Warren Oates, Dennis Wilson, Laurie Bird, Rudy Wurlitzer, Harry Dean Stanton, Jaclyn Hellman, Alan Vint, Katherine Squire, Bill Keller ..
Directed by: Monte Hellman
Release date: 1971-07-07
15.

Carnal Knowledge

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are affected by the sexual mores of the time and their own temperament, especially in relation to the respective women who end up in their lives.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel, Ann-Margret, Rita Moreno, Carol Kane, Cynthia O'Neal, Sheri Jackson ..
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 1971-06-30
16.

The Panic in Needle Park

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless girl who finds in her relationship with Bobby the stability she craves.

Starring: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright, Kiel Martin, Warren Finnerty, Michael McClanathan, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Raúl Juliá, Joe Santos ..
Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg
Release date: 1971-06-01
17.

Play Misty for Me

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, John Larch, Donna Mills, Jack Ging, Irene Hervey, James McEachin, Clarice Taylor, Don Siegel, Duke Everts ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1971-10-01
18.

THX 1138

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

People in the future live in a totalitarian society. A technician named THX 1138 lives a mundane life between work and taking a controlled consumption of drugs that the government uses to make puppets out of people. As THX is without drugs for the first time he has feelings for a woman and they start a secret relationship.

Starring: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe, Marshall Efron, Sid Haig, John Pearce, Irene Cagen, Gary Alan Marsh ..
Directed by: George Lucas
Release date: 1971-03-11
19.

Le Mans

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Filmed during the annual 24-hour endurance race at Le Mans, Michael Delaney is a Porsche driver haunted by the memory of an accident at the previous year's race in which a competing driver was killed. Delaney also finds himself increasingly infatuated with the man's widow.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Luc Merenda, Fred Haltiner, Louise Edlind, Angelo Infanti, Jean-Claude Bercq, Anne Libert ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1971-06-23
20.

Punishment Park

4.7
7.7/10 IMDB

In this fictional documentary, U.S. prisons are at capacity, and President Nixon declares a state of emergency. All new prisoners, most of whom are connected to the antiwar movement, are now given the choice of jail time or spending three days in Punishment Park, where they will be hunted for sport by federal authorities. The prisoners invariably choose the latter option, but learn that, between the desert heat and the brutal police officers, their chances of survival are slim.

Starring: Carmen Argenziano, Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Luke Johnson, Katherine Quittner, Stan Armsted, Mary Ellen Kleinhall, Mark Keats, Gladys Golden, Scott Turner ..
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1971-05-09
Best Drama Movies of 1971 : Elizabeth R
21.

Elizabeth R

4.6
8.7/10 IMDB

When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisors know she has to marry. Doesn't she?

Release date: 1971-02-17
22.

The Omega Man

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Due to an experimental vaccine, Dr. Robert Neville is the only human survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. Besides him, only a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people remain - sensitive to light, and homicidally psychotic.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Brian Tochi, Eric Laneuville, Jill Giraldi, Anna Aries, DeVeren Bookwalter ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1971-08-01
23.

10 Rillington Place

4.5
7.5/10 IMDB

The story of British serial killer John Christie, who committed most or all of his crimes in the titular terraced house, and the miscarriage of justice involving Timothy Evans.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, Judy Geeson, Pat Heywood, Isobel Black, Miss Riley, André Morell, Robert Hardy, Phyllis MacMahon, Gabrielle Daye ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1971-02-10
24.

Summer of '42

4.3
7.2/10 IMDB

Over the summer of 1942 on Nantucket Island, three friends -- Hermie, Oscy and Benjie -- are more concerned with getting laid than anything else. Hermie falls in love with the married Dorothy, whose husband is an army pilot recently sent to the battlefront of World War II.

Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant, Katherine Allentuck, Christopher Norris, Lou Frizzell, Walter Scott, Maureen Stapleton, Robert Mulligan ..
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Release date: 1971-04-19
25.

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

4.3
8.3/10 IMDB

The Walton family is preparing for Christmas in the early 1930s. It's Christmas Eve, and they are waiting for Daddy Walton to come home from his job in the city some 50 miles away. Since he is late, everyone is worried and over the radio the mother and grandparents hear about an overturned bus and hurt travelers but keep this news from the rest of the family. The story is really a coming of age story about the oldest son John-Boy who must cut down the tree with his grandfather since his father isn't home and is eventually told about his missing father and sets out to find him. An all round heartwarming story, especially if you are a fan of The Waltons. A simple story about a simple family in simple times. Great family entertainment!

Starring: Patricia Neal, Richard Thomas, Edgar Bergen, Ellen Corby, Dorothy Stickney, Josephine Hutchinson, William Windom, Cleavon Little, Andrew Duggan, David Huddleston ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1971-12-19
26.

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Newly released from a mental ward, Jessica hopes to return to life the way it was before her nervous breakdown. But when Jessica moves to a country house with her husband and a close friend, she finds a mysterious girl living in there who may or may not be a vampire. Jessica's terror and paranoia resurface as evil forces surround her, making her wonder: Are the visions real or is she slipping back into madness?

Starring: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Gretchen Corbett, Alan Manson, Mariclare Costello, Kevin O'Connor ..
Directed by: John D. Hancock
Release date: 1971-08-06
Best Drama Movies of 1971 : A Christmas Carol
27.

A Christmas Carol

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Ebenezer Scrooge, a skinflint visited by the spirits of Christmas past, present and future one fateful Christmas Eve. It's up to them to help the old crab see the error of his ways. And they do, to the delight of Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.

Starring: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, Diana Quick, Joan Sims, Michael Hordern, Paul Whitsun-Jones, David Tate, Felix Felton, Annie West, Melvyn Hayes ..
Directed by: Richard Williams
Release date: 1971-12-21
28.

Melody

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible.

Starring: Mark Lester, Tracy Hyde, Jack Wild, Colin Barrie, Billy Franks, Ashley Knight, Craig Marriott, William Vanderpuye, Peter Walton, Camille Davis ..
Directed by: Waris Hussein
Release date: 1971-03-28
Best Drama Movies of 1971 : The Anderson Tapes
29.

The Anderson Tapes

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Thief Duke Anderson—just released from ten years in jail—takes up with his old girlfriend in her posh apartment block, and makes plans to rob the entire building. What he doesn't know is that his every move is being recorded on audio and video, although he is not the subject of any surveillance.

Starring: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker, Alan King, Christopher Walken, Val Avery, Dick Anthony Williams, Garrett Morris, Stan Gottlieb ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1971-06-17
30.

The Point

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Years ago, there was a place called The Land of Point, because everything in The Land of Point had one: the barns, the houses, the cars, everything, even the people. Everyone in The Land of Point had a point at the top of its head. Everyone, that is, except Oblio, who was born round-headed. Since he had no point, Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, was banished to the Pointless Forest. Join them to see what wonders await these two intrepid travelers as they make their way on their amazing, song-filled journey of discovery!

Starring: Ringo Starr, Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib, Buddy Foster, Joan Gerber, Mike Lookinland, Bill Martin, Alan Barzman, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Thicke ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf
Release date: 1971-02-02
31.

Brian's Song

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

Starring: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey, Shelley Fabares, David Huddleston, Judy Pace, Abe Gibron, Jack Concannon, Harold 'Happy' Hairston ..
Directed by: Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1971-11-30
32.

Family Life

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A young woman, Janice, is living with her restrictive and conservative parents, who lead a dull working-class life and consider their daughter to be “misbehaving” whenever she’s trying to find her own way in life.

Starring: Sandy Ratcliff, Bill Dean, Grace Cave, Michael Riddall, Malcolm Tierney, Hilary Martin, Alan MacNaughtan, Johnny Gee, Bernard Atha, Edwin Brown ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 1971-12-01
Best Drama Movies of 1971 : The Neon Ceiling
33.

The Neon Ceiling

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

A housewife and her teenage daughter, fleeing their boring lives, stop in a diner in the California desert. She runs up against the diner's owner, a gruff, beer-drinking artist whose life's work is the neon sculptures he creates and attaches to the ceiling.

Starring: Gig Young, Lee Grant, Denise Nickerson, Herb Edelman, William Smithers, Robert Pratt, James McEachin ..
Directed by: Frank Pierson
Release date: 1971-02-08
Best Drama Movies of 1971 : Taking Off
34.

Taking Off

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lynn Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life.

Starring: Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Linnea Heacock, Georgia Engel, Kathy Bates, Paul Benedict, Audra Lindley, Vincent Schiavelli, Ike Turner, Tina Turner ..
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1971-05-17
35.

Nicholas and Alexandra

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

Starring: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson, Lynne Frederick, Candance Glendenning, Harry Andrews, Irene Worth, Tom Baker, Jack Hawkins ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1971-11-29
36.

The Go-Between

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

British teenager Leo Colston spends a summer in the countryside, where he develops a crush on the beautiful young aristocrat Marian. Eager to impress her, Leo becomes the "go-between" for Marian, delivering secret romantic letters to Ted Burgess, a handsome neighboring farmer.

Starring: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave, Dominic Guard, Michael Gough, Edward Fox, Richard Gibson, Simon Hume-Kendall, Roger Lloyd Pack ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1971-06-16
37.

Minnie and Moskowitz

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Depressed and jaded after being dumped by her married boyfriend, aging beauty Minnie Moore wonders if she'll ever find love. After shaggy-haired parking lot attendant Seymour Moskowitz comes to her defense from an angry and rebuffed blind date, he falls hopelessly in love with her despite their myriad differences. Minnie reluctantly agrees to a date with Moskowitz, and, slowly but surely, an unlikely romance blossoms between the two.

Starring: Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery, Timothy Carey, Katherine Cassavetes, John Cassavetes, Judith Roberts, Lady Rowlands, Elizabeth Deering, Elsie Ames ..
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Release date: 1971-12-22
38.

Sometimes a Great Notion

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Hank Stamper and his father, Henry, own and operate the family business by cutting and shipping logs in Oregon. The town is furious when they continue working despite the town going broke and the other loggers go on strike ordering the Stampers to stop, however Hank continues to push his family on cutting more trees. Hank's wife wishes he would stop and hopes that they can spend more time together. When Hank's half brother Leland comes to work for them, more trouble starts.

Starring: Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckel, Linda Lawson, Cliff Potts, Sam Gilman, Lee de Broux, Jim Burk ..
Directed by: Paul Newman
Release date: 1971-12-17
39.

Wanda

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

After a string of abusive relationships, Wanda abandons her family and seeks solace in the company of a petty criminal.

Starring: Barbara Loden, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes, Jerome Thier, Michael Higgins, Marian Thier, Valerie Mamches, Nicholas T. Proferes, Anthony Rotell, M.L. Kennedy ..
Directed by: Barbara Loden
Release date: 1971-02-20
40.

Mary, Queen of Scots

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Mary Stuart, who was named Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. She is imprisoned at the age of 23 by her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, the English Queen and her arch adversary. Nineteen years later the life of Mary is to be ended on the scaffold and with her execution the last threat to Elizabeth's throne has been removed. The two Queens with their contrasting personalities make a dramatic counterpoint to history.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Davenport, Trevor Howard, Daniel Massey, Ian Holm, Andrew Keir, Tom Fleming ..
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1971-12-22
41.

The Last Valley

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.

Starring: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan, Nigel Davenport, Per Oscarsson, Madeleine Hinde, Yorgo Voyagis, Miguel Alejandro, Christian Roberts, Brian Blessed ..
Directed by: James Clavell
Release date: 1971-01-28
42.

The Hospital

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A suicidal doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.

Starring: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Richard Dysart, Barnard Hughes, Stephen Elliott, Nancy Marchand, Frances Sternhagen, Andrew Duncan, Roberts Blossom, Lenny Baker ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1971-12-14
43.

Sunday Bloody Sunday

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Recently divorced career woman Alex Greville begins a romantic relationship with glamorous mod artist Bob Elkin, fully aware that he's also intimately involved with middle-aged doctor Daniel Hirsh. For both Alex and Daniel, the younger man represents a break with their repressive pasts, and though both know that Bob is seeing both of them, neither is willing to let go of the youth and vitality he brings to their otherwise stable lives.

Starring: Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Britton, Maurice Denham, Bessie Love, Vivian Pickles, Frank Windsor, Jon Finch ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1971-07-01
44.

The Music Lovers

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Composer, conductor and teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexual tendencies by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a wonky, nymphomaniac girl whom he cannot satisfy.

Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Max Adrian, Kenneth Colley, Christopher Gable, Bruce Robinson, Izabella Telezynska, Maureen Pryor, Sabina Maydelle, Andrew Faulds ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1971-02-12
Best Drama Movies of 1971 : Bless the Beasts & Children
45.

Bless the Beasts & Children

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Six children at a summer camp embark on a mission to save a buffalo herd from slaughter.

Starring: Bill Mumy, Barry Robins, Miles Chapin, Darel Glaser, Bob Kramer, Marc Vahanian, Jesse White, Ken Swofford, David Ketchum, Elaine Devry ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1971-10-18
46.

The Grissom Gang

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

The Grissom Gang is a remake of the notorious 1949 British melodrama No Orchids For Miss Blandish. Kim Darby plays a 1920s-era debutante who is kidnapped and held for ransom. Her captors are the Grissoms, a family comprised of sadists and morons, and headed by Ma Barker clone Irene Dailey. One of the Grissoms, played by Scott Wilson, takes a liking to his prisoner, which results in a bloody breakdown of the family unit. Both The Grissom Gang and the original No Orchids For Miss Blandish were inspired by the best-seller by James Hadley Chase, though neither film retains Chase's original ending.

Starring: Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante, Robert Lansing, Connie Stevens, Wesley Addy, Ralph Waite, Irene Dailey, Don Keefer, Alex Wilson ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1971-05-28
Best Drama Movies of 1971 : Fools' Parade
47.

Fools' Parade

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

When a trio of ex-convicts led by Mattie Appleyard is released from prison, they hope to open a general store using money Mattie has saved during his 40-year sentence. This attempt is met with great resistance from a corrupt prison official and the banker who issued Mattie the check.

Starring: James Stewart, George Kennedy, Anne Baxter, Strother Martin, Kurt Russell, Katherine Cannon, David Huddleston, Mike Kellin, William Windom, Robert Donner ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1971-08-18
48.

Murphy's War

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Murphy is the sole survivor of his crew, that has been massacred by a German U-Boat in the closing days of World War II. He is rescued, and ends up at a forgotten mission station near the mouth of the Orinoco, and begins to plot his vengeance. He wishes to sink the U-Boat by means of any method imaginable to him, and sets about to make the courageous attempt, assisted by Louis, the administrator of the local oil company.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Philippe Noiret, Siân Phillips, Horst Janson, John Hallam, John Hallam, John Hallam, John Hallam ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1971-01-27
49.

Man in the Wilderness

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

In the early 1800s, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilization and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide he's a goner and leave him behind to die. When he recovers instead, he swears revenge on them and tracks them and their paranoiac expedition leader down.

Starring: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon, Percy Herbert, Dennis Waterman, Sheila Raynor, Norman Rossington, James Doohan, John Bindon, Bryan Marshall ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1971-11-24
Best Drama Movies of 1971 : The Trojan Women
50.

The Trojan Women

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. A messenger approaches to inform them that the lots have been drawn and each woman will be taken to the man who drew for her. Of particular interest is Hecuba's daughter, Cassandra, who is chosen for the Greek kings bedchamber. She has received word of this news already and is in hiding because she has sworn an oath to the gods that she will live as a virgin. When she is found she has some particularly nasty things to say about treatment at Greek hands.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Patrick Magee, Brian Blessed, Alberto Sanz, Pauline Letts, Rosalind Shanks, Pat Beckett ..
Directed by: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Release date: 1971-05-01

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