Best films, 1977

All worthwhile films from 1977 ranked
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1.
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
 
2.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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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
 
3.
Sorcerer (1977)
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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.)
 
4.
Suspiria (1977)
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A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
Desperate Living (1977)
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A neurotic society woman murders her husband with the help of her maid and, on the lam, escape to Mortville, a homeless community ruled over by a fascist queen. (90 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
A 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
 
13.
The Chess Players (1977)
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Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country... (129 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
14.
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
 
15.
21 Up (1977 Documentary)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a seven-year wait. The... (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
16.
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
 
17.
Rabid (1977)
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A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. (91 mins.)
 
18.
New York, New York (1977)
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An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb. (155 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
19.
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
 
20.
House (1977)
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A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. (88 mins.)
 
21.
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 nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita. (103 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
22.
A Special Day (1977)
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Two neighbors, a persecuted journalist and a resigned housewife, meet during Hitler's visit in Italy in May 1938. (106 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
23.
Soldier of Orange (1977)
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During WW2, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands. (155 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
24.
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
 
25.
Executioners from Shaolin (1977)
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A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but... (98 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
26.
The Psychic (1977)
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A clairvoyant woman, inspired by a vision, smashes open a section of wall in her husband's home and finds a skeleton behind it... (95 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
27.
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
 
28.
Alucarda (1977)
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After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work? (78 mins.)
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
Le château de sable (1977 Short Film)
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On a sandy desert, a man made of sand constructs other sand creatures to help make a beautiful sand castle for themselves. (13 mins.)
Director: Co Hoedeman
 
31.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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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.)
 
32.
San De huo shang yu Chong Mi Liu (1977)
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The Iron-Fisted Monk marks the directorial debut of Sammo Hung (Painted Faces, TVÂ's Martial Law), who used the opportunity to push the envelop in kung fu action films. (93 mins.)
 
33.
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
 
34.
The Invincible Armour (1977)
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Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides... (90 mins.)
Director: See-Yuen Ng
 
35.
Cross of Iron (1977)
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A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him. (132 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
36.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
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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
 
37.
The Duellists (1977)
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A small feud between two Napoleonic officers evolves into a decades-long series of duels. (100 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
38.
Rolling Thunder (1977)
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A returning war veteran loses his family to a violent home invasion and decides to seek and retaliate against those responsible. (95 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
 
39.
The Last Wave (1977)
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A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
40.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
 
41.
Beyond the Door II (1977)
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A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman's former husband who possesses her young son. (95 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
42.
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
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A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist. (118 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
43.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
44.
Slap Shot (1977)
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A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games. (123 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
45.
Orca (1977)
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A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate. (92 mins.)
 
46.
Rembrandt fecit 1669 (1977)
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In the final year of his life, Rembrandt painted a series of self-portraits that show him in a dark... (120 mins.)
Director: Jos Stelling
 
47.
Baxter, Vera Baxter (1977)
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In response to her new friend's queries, Vera recounts the story of her life, beginning with marrying her no-good husband Cayre (Gerard Depardieu), who has been using her for some time to keep his failing building business afloat. (91 mins.)
 
48.
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.)
 
49.
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
 
50.
The Bead Game (1977 Short Film)
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To a percussive soundtrack, a succession of more complex animals forms and is consumed by their successors (all formed from beads). Finally, We reach man, who develops ever more sophisticated forms of war. (6 mins.)
Director: Ishu Patel
 
51.
Fight for Your Life (1977)
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A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the house of a black minister... (82 mins.)
 
52.
Airport '77 (1977)
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Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under 100 feet of water. (114 mins.)
Director: Jerry Jameson
 
53.
Capricorn One (1977)
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A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret... (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
54.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
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On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack. (89 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
55.
Goliathon (1977)
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King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter... (86 mins.)
Director: Homer Gaugh
 
56.
The Sentinel (1977)
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Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
57.
The Serpent's Egg (1977)
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Following the suicide of his beloved brother and deaths of even the most distant acquaintances, Abel Rosenberg attempts to discover the truth while facing depression, alcoholism, and anti-semitism. (119 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
58.
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A series of short, highly irreverent, and often tasteless skits. (83 mins.)
Director: John Landis