Best 70's Movies

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1.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Highest grossing movie of 1972. 43 critics and 31 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
2.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ 25 critics and 19 directors listed this in their top 10 of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Nominated for 7 Oscars; won 4. ” - skipcyoung
 
3.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ 4 critics and 11 directors put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
4.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ 21 critics and 7 directors put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
5.
Paper Moon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. (102 mins.)
“ Currently holds a 90 percent approval rating from critics, based on 22 reviews, at Rotten Tomatoes. Tatum O'Neal remains the youngest competitive winner in the history of the Academy Awards. ” - skipcyoung
 
6.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ 1 director put this in his top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. The highest grossing film of 1973. ” - skipcyoung
 
7.
Deliverance (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (109 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ 1 critic and 1 director put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
8.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ The highest grossing movie of 1977. 10 critics and 3 directors put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
9.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ The highest grossing movie of 1976. Deserved the best picture Oscar it received. One director put this on his top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
10.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ The first movie to gross $100 million in North America. 5 critics and 8 directors, including Tarantino, put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
11.
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 38 critics and 34 directors, including Tarantino, put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
12.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
 
13.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ 38 critics and 14 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
14.
The French Connection (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
“ 3rd highest grossing movie of 1971. 1 critic and 3 directors put this in their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
15.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ 7 critics and 8 directors put this in their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. 9th highest grossing movie of 1971. ” - skipcyoung
 
16.
The Conversation (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
“ Directed by Francis Coppola between Godfather movies. 9 critics and 3 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. On both Siskel & Ebert's top 10 lists for 1974. Siskel also put it on his list of 10 best films of the decade. Nominated for best picture, original screenplay and sound. ” - skipcyoung
 
17.
Manhattan (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Deserved best picture of 1979, but wasn't even nominated. 8 critics and 6 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
18.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ 1 critic and 4 directors put this on their top 10 list of of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. On both Siskel & Ebert's top 10 lists for 1975. Won Oscar for original screenplay. Nominated for best picture, director, actor, supporting actor and editing. ” - skipcyoung
 
19.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ 18 critics and 10 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
20.
Mean Streets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 3 critics put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. On both Siskel & Ebert's top 10 lists for 1974. Siskel also put it on his list of 10 best films of the decade. ” - skipcyoung
 
21.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ 2 critics and 1 director put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. 2nd highest grossing movie of 1973. ” - skipcyoung
 
22.
Badlands (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Malick's best film. 8 critics and 9 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
23.
The Getaway (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry. (123 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ Peckinpah's best film. ” - skipcyoung
 
24.
The Great Train Robbery (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train. (110 mins.)
 
25.
The Hot Rock (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it... (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
26.
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father. (92 mins.)
Director: Gilbert Cates
“ Pauline Kael says, "Bargain-basement dramaturgy is used to surprisingly powerful effect. The dramatist keeps things on that truthful level. Cates doesn't cheat; the film develops valid emotion. Performed unsentimentally and intelligently". ” - skipcyoung
 
27.
Interiors (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents' sudden, unexpected divorce. (92 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ One director, Bruce LaBruce, put this in his top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
28.
The Emigrants (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden)... (191 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
“ Nominated for 5 Oscars: best picture, director, actress, adapted screenplay and foreign language film. Mike Leigh put this #3 on his list of best films of all time in the Sight & Sound poll. Siskel & Ebert both listed this, paired with The New Land, in their top 10 lists of 1973; Siskel put them on his list of 10 best films of the decade. AKA "Utvandrarna". ” - skipcyoung
 
29.
The New Land (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Swedish immigrant family struggle to establish a new life for themselves in the forest of Minnesota in the mid 19th Century. (204 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
“ Sequel to "The Emigrants". Nominated for best foreign language film. AKA "Nybyggarna". Pauline Kael says, "Max von Sydow has never given a better performance. (In his case, that's saying something.) And Liv Ullmann, pale and fragile, intense and determined, has a delicacy that isn't evident in her performances for Bergman." ” - skipcyoung
 
30.
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are... (98 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ 8th highest grossing movie of 1971. ” - skipcyoung
 
31.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
“ Max Brooks', author of "World War Z" & "Zombie Survival Guide", favorite zombie movie. 5 critics put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
32.
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ 3 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
33.
Dirty Harry (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ Number 8 on Gene Siskel's top 10 list for 1971. Critic, Jan Lumholdt, put this in her top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. 5th highest grossing movie of 1971. ” - skipcyoung
 
34.
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ 3 critics and 4 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Roger Ebert's #1 pick of 1970. Siskel's #4. ” - skipcyoung
 
35.
Annie Hall (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ 13 critics and 5 directors listed this in their top 10 movies of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. On Gene Siskel's list of best films of the decade; #1 for the year. Ebert's #8 for the year. Won best picture, director, actress and original screenplay. Nominated for best actor. ” - skipcyoung
 
36.
Straight Time (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules... (114 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
“ #1 on Gene Siskel's top 10 list of 1978. The best of many great Hoffman movies in the 70's. ” - skipcyoung
 
37.
The Beguiled (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him. (105 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
“ 1 Critic and 1 director listed this in their top 10 movies of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
38.
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ Critic Nicolas Barbano put this in his top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
39.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ 11 critics and 3 directors listed this in their top 10 movies of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. #1 on Roger Ebert's top 10 list of 1973. Gene Siskel put it at #4. ” - skipcyoung
 
40.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (106 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ 1 critic and 1 director put this in their list of best films of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. 3rd highest grossing movie of 1974. ” - skipcyoung
 
41.
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist. (115 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
 
42.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
 
43.
The Sugarland Express (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road. (110 mins.)
“ Pauline Kael says, "This is one of the most phenomenal debut films in the history of movies". ” - skipcyoung
 
44.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ Number 10 on Roger Ebert's top 10 list of 1973. ” - skipcyoung
 
45.
Real Life (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives... (99 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
46.
The China Syndrome (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant. (122 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
“ On both Siskel & Ebert's top 10 lists for 1979. ” - skipcyoung
 
47.
THX 1138 (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In the 25th Century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society. (86 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
48.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 1 critic put this in his top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Number 3 on Roger Ebert's top 10 list for 1975. ” - skipcyoung
 
49.
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ On Siskel & Eberts top 10 lists for 1973. ” - skipcyoung
 
50.
Nashville (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed. (160 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ 22 critics and 5 directors put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. #1 on both Siskel & Ebert's top 10 lists for 1975. ” - skipcyoung
 
51.
Days of Heaven (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ 14 critics and 5 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Siskel put this #3, Ebert #2, on their top 10 lists for 1978. ” - skipcyoung
 
52.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ 2 critics and 3 directors put this in their top 10 lists of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
53.
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world. (112 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
54.
Papillon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape. (151 mins.)
“ The 4th highest grossing movie of 1973. ” - skipcyoung
 
55.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
“ 3 critics and 2 directors put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
56.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (118 mins.)
“ 3 critics and 4 directors put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Number 1 on Roger Ebert's list for 1971. #5 on Siskel's. 7th highest grossing movie of 1971. ” - skipcyoung
 
57.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Critic Neil Sinyard puts this on his top 10 films of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
58.
All the President's Men (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation. (138 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ 1 critic and 1 director put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
59.
Hard Times (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Walter Hill's first and best film. Bronson's finest performance. Pauline Kael calls it, "unusually effective pulp, perhaps even great pulp." Ebert calls it, "a tough, bitter, evocative document." Mick Martin & Marsha Porter give it a 4.5 star rating. ” - skipcyoung
 
60.
Westworld (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. (88 mins.)
 
61.
The Wanderers (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers... (112 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Critic, Ant Timpson, put this on his list of best films of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
62.
Sleeper (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Pauline Kael calls it "a modern slapstick-comedy classic, the most stable and sustained of Allen's comedies". ” - skipcyoung
 
63.
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations. (94 mins.)
“ 3rd highest grossing movie of 1972. ” - skipcyoung
 
64.
Serpico (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Pauline Kael says, "The theme is richly comic, and the film is great fun . . . ". ” - skipcyoung
 
65.
Amarcord (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
“ 14 critics and 14 directors put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. On both Siskel & Ebert's top 10 lists for 1974. ” - skipcyoung
 
66.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ The highest grossing movie of 1979. Won best picture of 1979, and was the best of the 5 nominated films. Also won best actor, supporting actress, director and adapted screenplay. Nominated for 4 others. 2 directors put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
67.
Coming Home (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there. (127 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ Bruce Dern's best work. Effective use of Stones music. On Gene Siskel's top 10 list of 1978. ” - skipcyoung
 
68.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed. (125 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Moore's best Bond, and one of the best in the series. ” - skipcyoung
 
69.
American Graffiti (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. (110 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ 3rd highest grossing movie of 1973. ” - skipcyoung
 
70.
Movie Movie (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three movie genres of the 1930s, boxing films, WWI aviation dramas, and backstage Broadway musicals, are satirized using the same cast. (105 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
71.
Hi, Mom! (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Vietnam vet moves into an apartment and views in other people's windows across the street, meets one of the women, and discovers black theater. (87 mins.)
Director: Brian DePalma
“ Pauline Kael says, "De Niro is at his most spontaneous in this amazing, freewheeling comedy. This underground vaudeville show may have been too hip even for 1970; it didn't have the success it deserved. De Palma's dialogue may be the best he has ever had to work with". ” - skipcyoung
 
72.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ 4 critics and 7 directors put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
73.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ 6 critics and 3 directors put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
74.
The In-Laws (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators. (103 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ One of Premiere's "50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006. Marlon Brando told Arkin he'd seen it 20 times. It's because of this film that Brando wanted to be in The Freshman, also written by Bergman. ” - skipcyoung
 
75.
Black Sunday (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Black Sunday is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the president of the United States in attendance. (143 mins.)
“ Bruce Dern was in many great 70's movies, and he upstages the blimp in this one. The last hour is pretty exciting. John Williams score adds a lot. ” - skipcyoung
 
76.
Eraserhead (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ 9 critics and 3 directors put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
77.
The Candidate (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment. (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
 
78.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away? (104 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
79.
The Paper Chase (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor. (113 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
80.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein, a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
“ 20 critics and 6 directors have this in their top 10 lists for all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
81.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A police sergeant and an unlikely band of criminals defend a closing LA precinct office on New Years Eve against an army of gang members. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
82.
Superman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero. (143 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ One director put this on his top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. On Roger Ebert's top 10 list of 1978. ” - skipcyoung
 
83.
The Waltons (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
On Christmas Eve 1933, the Waltons prepare for the holiday. However, John Walton, who was forced to take work in another part of the state, has not returned home yet, and his family are becoming increasingly worried. (60 mins.)
“ Patricia Neal, Edgar Bergen, Richard Thomas. We don't fault "M.A.S.H" for being the basis of a TV show, and we shouldn't fault this for being the basis of The Waltons. Running time is 120 min, not 60. ” - skipcyoung
 
84.
Juggernaut (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A blackmailer demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he placed aboard the transatlantic liner Britannic. (109 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Pauline Kael says, "Fast, crackerjack entertainment by Richard Lester; he demonstrates what a sophisticated director with flair can do on a routine big-action project." ” - skipcyoung
 
85.
The Big Bus (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The ultimate disaster film parody. A nuclear powered bus is going Non-stop from New York to Denver and... (88 mins.)
Director: James Frawley
“ Before Airplane, there was The Big Bus. One of 2 disaster spoofs on this list. Very funny. ” - skipcyoung
 
86.
Helter Skelter (1976 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson. (119 mins.)
Director: Tom Gries
 
87.
Dark Star (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong. (83 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Directed, co-written, produced and scored by John Carpenter, who has described it as "Waiting For Godot In Space". The official tagline: The Spaced Out Odyssey. ” - skipcyoung
 
88.
Sorcerer (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle. (121 mins.)
“ 2 directors, including Tarantino, put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Excellent remake of Wages of Fear. Music by Tangerine Dream. On Ebert's top 10 list for 1977. ” - skipcyoung
 
89.
Silver Streak (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train. (114 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
90.
The Super Cops (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The true story of two New York City cops. Greenberg & Hantz fought the system, became detectives and were known on the streets as "Batman & Robin". (90 mins.)
Director: Gordon Parks
“ Benjamin Safdie lists this #10 in his list of favorite films of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
91.
The Outfit (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Earl Macklin robs a bank owned by the mob, serves his prison time and is released, only to start a private war against the crime outfit that owned the bank. (103 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
 
92.
The Homecoming (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a dreary North London flat, the site of perpetual psychological warfare, a philosophy professor visits his family after a nine-year absence, and introduces the four men, father, uncle, and two brothers, to his wife. (111 mins.)
Director: Peter Hall
“ Written by Harold Pinter. ” - skipcyoung
 
93.
10 Rillington Place (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans. (106 mins.)
 
94.
Dillinger (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down. (107 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ The best Dillinger movie. Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman, Harry Dean Stanton. ” - skipcyoung
 
95.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos. (137 mins.)
“ 3 critics put this on their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. On both Siskel & Ebert's top 10 lists for 1977. ” - skipcyoung
 
96.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ 9 critics and 1 director put this in their top 10 of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
97.
Solaris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
“ 11 critics and 3 directors put this on their top 10 list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. ” - skipcyoung
 
98.
Going in Style (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ George Burns' best performance. ” - skipcyoung
 
99.
Murder by Death (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Moore
 
100.
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage. (155 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
“ 12 critics and 10 directors put this in their top ten list of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Gena Rowlands gives one of the great female performances of all time. Peter Falk co-stars. John Cassavetes directs. ” - skipcyoung