My Take: 25 Least Favorite Movies of 1975-1979

Finding 25 movie from this time period was more difficult that I first thought. Not because there aren't a slew of unlikeable movies, but few that I've actually bothered to watch in their entirety. It's not fair to list films I remember loathing, based on nothing more than a short synopses from an HBO guide. During 1975-1979, I was seven-to-eleven years old. That should explain the inclusion of some children's films on this list. As you can tell, I'm not a Monty Python fan, never have been, never will be. If you are, then don't be offended. I'm obviously in the minority on that subject, and I concede that point. Fair enough. Sure, there are indeed some movies here that are considered classics (ERASERHEAD and APOCALYPSE NOW, to name a few), but I simply do not enjoy these movies, regardless of their artistic merit. The more I'm pressed into appreciating them, the more I dislike 'em. Was I, perhaps, too young to have understood them, you ask? Perhaps, but my memories of them are so repugnant that I have no interest in ever revisiting these films, no matter how much anyone argues in their defense. I'm too old nowadays to waste time second-guessing myself.
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1.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
2.
The Water Babies (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel. (92 mins.)
Director: Lionel Jeffries
 
3.
House (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A classical art professor and collector, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend. (129 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Life of Brian (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
 
8.
Futureworld (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Upon uncovering the dirty secret of futuristic theme-park Futureworld, a reporter is killed after he tips-off 2 other reporters who decide to do an undercover investigation. (108 mins.)
 
9.
Circle of Iron (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A young martial artist embarks on an adventure, encountering other martial artists in battle until one day he meets an aging blind man who will show him the true meaning of martial arts and life. (102 mins.)
Director: Richard Moore
 
10.
Bugsy Malone (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all child cast. (93 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
11.
A Little Romance (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance... (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
12.
Agatha (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is presented... (105 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
13.
Dot and the Kangaroo (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young girl gets lost in the Australian outback and befriends a kangaroo (71 mins.)
Director: Yoram J. Gross
 
14.
The Wiz (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An adaption of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience. (134 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
15.
The Norseman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
An 11th-century Viking prince sails to America to find his father, who on a previous voyage had been captured by Indians. (90 mins.)
 
16.
Hair (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Claude leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly indoctrinated into the youth subculture and subsequently drafted. (121 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
17.
Goldengirl (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A neo-Nazi doctor tries to make a superwoman of his daughter who has been specially fed, exercised, and conditioned since she was a child to run in the Olympics. (104 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
18.
Americathon (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
In a story told in narrative flashbacks, a young TV consultant is hired by the President of a bankrupt USA to organize a telethon in order to prevent the country from being repossessed by wealthy Native Americans. (86 mins.)
Director: Neal Israel
 
19.
The Haunting of Julia (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After the death of her daughter, Julia Lofting, a wealthy housewife, moves to London to re-start her life. All seems well until she is haunted by the sadness of losing her own child and the ghosts of other children. (98 mins.)
 
20.
Ode to Billy Joe (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Billy Joe confesses his love to the lovely Bobbi Lee only to cover his growing fear that he may, in fact... (105 mins.)
Director: Max Baer
 
21.
The Psychic (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
22.
Born Again (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Charles Colson was involved in the infamous Watergate scandal that brought down the administration of former President Richard Nixon... (110 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
23.
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Two young boys and an eccentric old woman who owns a junkyard work together to build a hot-air balloon in time to launch it on the birthday of one boy's late grandfather. (83 mins.)
 
24.
Casa privata per le SS (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Top Nazi officials, intent on rooting out traitors and those in the military who may be plotting to overthrow Adolf Hitler... (82 mins.)
 
25.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz