My Best Films of 1976

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1.
Taxi Driver (1976)
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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, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
2.
Duelle (1976)
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The Queen of the Night battles the Queen of the Sun over a magical diamond that will allow the winner to remain on Earth, specifically in modern day Paris. (121 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
3.
Lost, Lost, Lost (1976 Documentary)
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(180 mins.)
Director: Jonas Mekas
 
4.
Je Tu Il Elle (1974)
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'Je' is a girl voluntarily lock up in a room. 'Tu' is the script. 'Il' is a lorry driver. 'Elle' is the girlfriend. (86 mins.)
Director: Chantal Akerman
 
5.
Heart of Glass (1976)
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The foreman of a small village glassworks dies without revealing the secret to the famous "Ruby Glass". (94 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
6.
Cria Cuervos (1976)
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Three orphaned sisters under the custody of their stern aunt and their handicapped grandmother will have to acclimatise to the new conditions of their shared life, overcome life's constant impediments and eventually, grow up. (105 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
7.
Harlan County U.S.A. (1976 Documentary)
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A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike. (103 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
 
8.
The Marquise of O (1976)
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A German Marquise has to deal with a pregnancy she cannot explain and an infatuated Russian Count. (102 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
9.
Network (1976)
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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
 
10.
Le Paysagiste (1976 Short Film)
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An artist creates a painting of the landscape he sees, then finds he can literally climb into the picture to see the fantastic world inside. (8 mins.)
Director: Jacques Drouin
 
11.
Noroît (1976)
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On an island beach a woman vows to avenge her brother's death at the hands of a pirate leader. With help the woman spies on the pirates and then gets a job as bodyguard to the pirate leader . (145 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
12.
Kings of the Road (1976)
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A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out theatres. He meets with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together. (175 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
13.
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
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A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end. (109 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
14.
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
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A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
15.
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
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A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative. (135 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
“ The 109 minute version. ” - g_monte
 
17.
Chinese Roulette (1976)
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Both the parents of a young teen who walks with crutches, goes on each their secret meeting with lovers, both surprising each other at the family's county home. The daughter arrives and initiates a guessing game of "Chinese roulette". (86 mins.)
 
18.
All the President's Men (1976)
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"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
 
19.
Nowa ksiazka (1976 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
 
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21.
Mikey and Nicky (1976)
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In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail. (119 mins.)
Director: Elaine May
 
22.
The Middleman (1976)
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A bright and idealistic young man steels himself for the dog-eat-dog business world, only to flounder in a job market packed with thousands of other hopefuls. (131 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
24.
Leo es pardo (1976 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: Iván Zulueta
 
25.
The Tenant (1976)
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A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
26.
Family Plot (1976)
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Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California. (120 mins.)
 
27.
Small Change (1976)
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In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention... (104 mins.)
 
28.
The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976 Documentary)
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Taking place during the Chilean Coup d'état in 1973, this film opens with the attempted military coup of June 1973... (88 mins.)
 
29.
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)
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The European equivalent of "The Return of the Secaucus 7," this Swiss film looks at the lives of several... (116 mins.)
Director: Alain Tanner
 
30.
Man on the Roof (1976)
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Police lieutenant Nyman is murdered in his hospital bed and Martin Beck and his colleagues have another murder to solve... (110 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
 
31.
The Shootist (1976)
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A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity. (100 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
32.
Insiang (1976)
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The first Filipino film to show at the Cannes Film Festival is set in the slums of Manila. A beautiful girl gets raped by her mother's lover, and then learns how to exact revenge. (95 mins.)
Director: Lino Brocka
 
33.
Mr. Klein (1976)
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Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France... (123 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
35.
1900 (1976)
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The epic tale of a class struggle in 20th Century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides. (317 mins.)
 
36.
Harvest: 3,000 Years (1976)
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In Ethiopia; there is a slow boiling of a feud between a wealthy Lord and a protester who feels he is mistreating his laborers. While the viewer gets to closely examine the culture, conversations, and lives of the locals who surround them. (150 mins.)
Director: Haile Gerima
 
37.
Carrie (1976)
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Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
38.
Play for Today (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Nuts in May (1976)
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A middle-class couple go camping in Dorset, but peace and quiet elude them. (75 mins.)
 
39.
Johan (1976)
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While Philipe waits for Johan to come out of jail he starts recreating several moments of their relationship with the help of several friends during the summer of 1975. (81 mins.)
 
40.
Rendezvous (1976 Short Film)
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A high-speed drive through the streets of Paris. (9 mins.)
Director: Claude Lelouch
 
41.
Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)
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A group of students arrives in a small town during a hiking expedition. Once there, the local priest... (115 mins.)
Director: Felipe Cazals