My Best Films of 1977

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1.
3 Women (1977)
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Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant... (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
2.
One Way Boogie Woogie (1977 Documentary)
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Sixty one-minute shots with no camera movement. This tension between painterly and cinematic space is... (60 mins.)
Director: James Benning
 
3.
Providence (1977)
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Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives... (110 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
4.
Dog's Dialogue (1977 Short Film)
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A charming tale of murder, perversity and narrative echoes told through shots of barking dogs and a La jetée-like series of stills. (22 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
 
5.
Local Color (1977)
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(116 mins.)
Director: Mark Rappaport
 
6.
Ceddo (1977)
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The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity... (120 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
7.
11 x 14 (1977)
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One of the most widely praised American avant-garde films in recent years, James Benning's 1977 feature is a laconic mosaic of single-shot sequences... (81 mins.)
Director: James Benning
 
8.
Last Chants for a Slow Dance (1977)
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This film follows an antisocial working-class husband and father struggling to find work in the Midwest... (90 mins.)
Director: Jon Jost
 
9.
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
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Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his 19-year old former chambermaid Conchita. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
10.
Man of Marble (1977)
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In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer... (165 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
11.
Opening Night (1977)
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An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her. (144 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
12.
Annie Hall (1977)
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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
13.
The Ascent (1977)
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In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots... (111 mins.)
Director: Larisa Shepitko
 
14.
Powers of Ten (1977 Documentary)
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A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with... (9 mins.)
 
15.
Grin Without a Cat (1977 Documentary)
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French essay film focusing on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America. (240 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
 
16.
Eraserhead (1977)
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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
 
17.
The Devil, Probably (1977)
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Charles drifts through politics, religion and psychoanalysis, rejecting them all. Once he realises the... (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
18.
News from Home (1977 Documentary)
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Chantal Akerman, the Belgian filmmaker, lives in New York. Filmed images of the City are accompanied... (85 mins.)
Director: Chantal Akerman
 
19.
Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977)
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Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece... (442 mins.)
 
20.
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portugal (1977 Documentary)
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Combining newsreel footage, still photographs, interviews, and analytical narration, this documentary focuses on the antifascist... (90 mins.)
 
21.
Stroszek (1977)
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In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin. (115 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
22.
Donkey in a Brahmin Village (1977)
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A donkey strays into a village dominated by the upper caste Brahmins. (90 mins.)
Director: John Abraham
 
23.
The American Friend (1977)
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Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man. (125 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
24.
Martin (1977)
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A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. (95 mins.)
 
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Camouflage (1977)
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A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics... (106 mins.)
 
27.
This Sweet Sickness (1977)
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David is an accountant. He leaves town every Friday, pretending he is going to take care of his parents at their old people's home... (107 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
28.
The Man Who Loved Women (1977)
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Bertrand Morane's burial is attended by all the women the forty-year-old engineer loved. We then flash back to Bertrand's life and love affairs... (120 mins.)
 
29.
Desperate Living (1977)
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A rich housewife enlists her maid's help to murder her husband; they go on the lam and end up in Mortville, a homeless community built into a garbage dump. (90 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
30.
Io Island (1977)
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An investor planning on developing a tourist resort begins an investigation into the legends of the mysterious Io Island in the hope of exploiting its unspoiled beauty. (110 mins.)
Director: Ki-young Kim
 
31.
Valse Triste (1977 Short Film)
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(5 mins.)
Director: Bruce Conner
 
32.
The Report (1977)
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The movie revolves around the life of a tax collector who is accused of taking bribes, and also has to deal with problems at home... (112 mins.)
 
33.
Perfumed Nightmare (1977)
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A Filipino jeepney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology. (93 mins.)
Director: Kidlat Tahimik
 
34.
Kodiyettam (1977)
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Sankarankutty, a village simpleton, lives a carefree life, indulges in childish pursuits, lives off... (137 mins.)
 
35.
The Lacemaker (1977)
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Beatrice is a very reserved and quiet young woman. Her friend Marylene is left by her lover and brings... (107 mins.)
Director: Claude Goretta
 
36.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)