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11 other 70s-tastic soundtracks to rock out with! #GuardiansVol2


When a great movie meets an epic soundtrack, what do you get? The answer: Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy.

With a second sitting of intergalactic adventure set for Cineworld screens next year, expect more impromptu dance offs with songs already semi-confirmed from the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Jay and the Americans. 

Having struck gold with the winning formula of tongue-in-cheek superhero flick meets groovy 70's retro soundtrack, we're crossing our fingers that the latest instalment will be another box office smash.

Whilst we all wait with bated breath, here are some of our favourite 70's-inspired movie soundtracks to enjoy. Go on, blast them through your earphones whilst them film folk in Hollywood work on our new favourite mixtape.


Ever since the first Rocky film was released way back in 1976, the franchise has firmly established itself as a soundtrack heavyweight, churning out unforgettable music for exactly four decades.

With famous foes, speeches and fight sequences, Rocky's musical choices perfectly underpin every single special moment we've come to revere. With jams from James Brown and composer, Bill Conti, we could happily watch training montages all day long. Forgotten how good they are? Go watch one now and get yourself pumped.

American Hustle

Mashing together karaoke hits with disco classics, American Hustle rolls back the years with gems like Elton John's 'Yellow Brick Road'.

With a storyline that's as cunning as its con artist characters, it's got a stylish 70's soundtrack that'll hold your interest throughout. Notable mentions go to Tom Jones' 'Delilah' playing out in a mob scene and Irv's jealous wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), dancing around the lounge in her marigolds whilst lip synching to 'Live and Let Die' by Wings.

The Nice Guys

Shane Black's terrific comedy/thriller is one of our favourite movies of the year so far, and not just because of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's hilarious buddy banter. As you'd expect from a story set in seedy 1970s Los Angeles the soundtrack is a non-stop hit parade from The Temptations' 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone' that opens to the movie to floor-fillers like Kool and the Gang's 'Get Down On It'. We're breaking out the flared trousers already.

500 Days of Summer

In trying to match the Guardians' distinctively upbeat 70's vibe, our main contender is this. The definition of a 'rom-com', its clever twist on the traditional boy meets girl storyline remains very watchable.

If chick flicks aren't for you, then maybe just try sitting back and listening to the music. With jumpy pop-tastic sounds to enhance your mood, try as you may, you won't be able to stop yourself from cracking a smile as you watch Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) enjoy his perfect walk to work to the music of Hall and Oates' 'You Make My Dreams Come True'.


Shaft is a classic of it's time, and that's why we rate its soundtrack as one of the very best from the 70s. With a memorable intro that defined 'cool' for a generation, the film was so good it got remade in 2000 and included the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Christian Bale.

Whilst the follow-up managed to draw plaudits, it's Isaac Hayes' ice-cool theme music that makes the original larger than life. We love the first few notes that immediately scream 'SHAFT'.

Saturday Night Fever

John Travolta. The Bee Gees. Flared jeans. What is more 70s disco than a film that revolves around a hip 19-year-old whose only release from a dead-end job is to dance at 2001 Odyssey, a local disco club?

With songs including 'Stayin' Alive', 'Night Fever', How Deep is Your Love' and 'More Than a Woman', there's little more that needs to be said. This film's soundtrack epitomises all that we loved about the decade. And that could only have come from The Bee Gees.

Wayne's World

In the neanderthal world of Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers), things are rather simple. For rock-and-roll fans Wayne and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey), life is all about making great TV and idolising music legends like Alice Cooper and Aerosmith.

If you like your oddball comedies and similarly silly plots, you'll probably recall this film's unforgettable opening sequence that's been parodied to death. Cue head bopping, 'rock on' hand signing and singing along at the top of your lungs. I think we'll go with a little 'Bohemian Rhapsody', people.


If the rockin' Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is happy-go-lucky, Trainspotting's has a much grittier edge.

Danny Boyle's BAFTA and Oscar-winning black comedy sensation is set in Edinburgh and revolves around a bunch of addicts, its plot steeped in drugs and illicit deals. But the viewer can find groovy sanctuary to be found in the music, from Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day' to Iggy Pop's 'Lust for Life', the actions of Renton and Spud are made all the more colourful thanks to a very carefully selected set of songs.

Star Wars

Epic and iconic – these two words are the only ones we could think of to accurately describe John Williams' soundtrack masterpiece.

Encapsulating the heroic tone of a classic franchise that's been able to stay relevant for over 40 odd years, it's an amazing feat that the Star Wars theme music is just as recognisable today as it's ever been. We're not talking about a full 70's soundtrack here, but nevertheless it's an audio slice of classic film history. Go on, try not to sound out the tune – we know you want to.


With a varied soundtrack that touches on the very best parts of 70's rock music, we're including Watchmen for two good reasons. One, we love this neo-noir superhero film. And two, it includes a gorgeous introductory montage that explores the origins of its superheroes all to the music of Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin'. It looks and sounds effortless, and we want more. Go listen now.


"John Williams has made our movie more adventurous and gripping than I ever thought possible." Such high praise from Steven Spielberg is not to be sniffed at, and that's why this terrifying shark score makes the cut.

When you make a film based primarily in the water and near a beach, it's just as well to keep things terrifyingly simple. Not only did John Williams come up with Jaws' two-note number 'Dur-du', he helped define the summer sound of the 1970s – if for all the wrong reasons! The composer's classic score won an Oscar and remains one of the essential movie soundtracks of the decade.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 arrives on 28th April 2017 and we can't wait to hear what quintessential 70s tunes have been lined up.

What essential 70s soundtrack favourites of yours have we missed out? Send us your choices @Cineworld – and rock on!