MY TOP 50 FOR 1976

Schrader joins the team of Scrosese, De Niro & Kietel; the coming of age in the Australian film industry, and Stallone gives birth to Rocky, plus a whole lotta Seventies style of groovy and hip movies from politics to comedy and everything in between...
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1.
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
“ A pure modern cinema classic... ” - mifunesamurai
 
2.
The Devil's Playground (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling... (107 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ For those who have been through it... ” - mifunesamurai
 
3.
Bound for Glory (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer. (147 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ Ashby and Wexler do it for the people... ” - mifunesamurai
 
4.
1900 (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
“ Only Bertolucci could get De Niro and Gerard together in a political epic... ” - mifunesamurai
 
5.
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.)
“ A quasi neo-fantasy-realism good feel cheering film... ” - mifunesamurai
 
6.
The Tenant (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Polanski at his best when dealing with mental issues... ” - mifunesamurai
 
7.
The Front (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand. (95 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Politics in Hollywood with Woody perfectly cast... ” - mifunesamurai
 
8.
Harlan County U.S.A. (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike. (103 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
“ Brilliant observational documentary on the struggle of the coal mine worker, which I'm sure in this day and age is seen as a lefty film... ” - mifunesamurai
 
9.
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
“ It does smash your senses... ” - mifunesamurai
 
10.
L'innocente (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tullio Hermil is a chauvinist aristocrat who flaunts his mistress to his wife, but when he believes she has been unfaithful he becomes enamored of her again. (129 mins.)
“ Love in all its ugliness... ” - mifunesamurai
 
11.
Allegro non troppo (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music... (85 mins.)
Director: Bruno Bozzetto
“ Sheer delight... ” - mifunesamurai
 
12.
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A cynical Buffalo Bill hires Sitting Bull to exploit him and add his credibility to the distorted view of history presented in his Wild West Show. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Altman can do no wrong with Newman up front... ” - mifunesamurai
 
13.
Marathon Man (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent. (125 mins.)
“ IS IT SAFE... ” - mifunesamurai
 
14.
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
“ Pakula knows how to do politics and the likes... ” - mifunesamurai
 
15.
The Judge and the Assassin (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unstable former French Sergeant commits many atrocities. A judge considers how this case could benefit or damage his career. (128 mins.)
“ Tavernier always stimulates the audience's mind... ” - mifunesamurai
 
16.
The Scar (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
1970. After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz... (112 mins.)
“ Very interesting early Kieslowski piece... ” - mifunesamurai
 
17.
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
“ Carpenter's homage to the Western... ” - mifunesamurai
 
18.
Silent Movie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years. (87 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Mel at his prime... ” - mifunesamurai
 
19.
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
“ Still going on till this day... ” - mifunesamurai
 
20.
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud. (113 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ Interesting concept... ” - mifunesamurai
 
21.
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ Eastwood begins to find his style... ” - mifunesamurai
 
22.
Robin and Marian (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ What a lovely film... ” - mifunesamurai
 
23.
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
“ Silly but absolute fun... ” - mifunesamurai
 
24.
The Killer Inside Me (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Everyone figures Lou Ford, a small-town, Montana, deputy sheriff, to be a normal, good-old-boy kind of regular Joe... (99 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
“ Kennedy does a good job in the director's chair, and Keach gives it that extra kick... ” - mifunesamurai
 
25.
Nickelodeon (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
This homage to the childhood days of the motion pictures starts in 1910, when the young attorney Leo... (121 mins.)
“ For those who love filmmaking... ” - mifunesamurai
 
26.
Don's Party (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson... (90 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ Party politics Aussie style... ” - mifunesamurai
 
27.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Charles Dreyfus, who has finally cracked over inspector Clouseau's antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all. (103 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Always loved the pink... ” - mifunesamurai
 
28.
St. Ives (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Abner Procane, top L.A. burglar, finds that somebody stole his plans for next ambitious heist. He hires Raymond St... (94 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ One of Bronson's best... ” - mifunesamurai
 
29.
Face to Face (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A sensitive exploration of the tragic irony of the psychiatrist suffering with mental illness. Dr. Jenny... (114 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Bergman doing what he does best... ” - mifunesamurai
 
30.
Family Plot (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California. (120 mins.)
“ Hitchcock still had it right up to the last one... ” - mifunesamurai
 
31.
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The portrayal of pretentiously bohemian youth. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
“ Mazursky gets it right with this... ” - mifunesamurai
 
32.
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time. (126 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Strange one that seems to work... ” - mifunesamurai
 
33.
The Last Tycoon (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death. (123 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ A busy year for De Niro... ” - mifunesamurai
 
34.
Obsession (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ De Palma does good Hitchcock... ” - mifunesamurai
 
35.
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
“ Fun with these guys... ” - mifunesamurai
 
36.
Fellini's Casanova (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Casanova is a libertine, collecting seductions and sexual feats. But he is really interested in someone... (155 mins.)
“ An interesting Casanova... ” - mifunesamurai
 
37.
The Omen (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Almost pulled it off... ” - mifunesamurai
 
38.
Carrie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ An A-Class horror film... ” - mifunesamurai
 
39.
From Noon Till Three (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After spending 3 unforgettable hours with an outlaw, a beautiful young widow turns her story into a worldwide famous book. (99 mins.)
Director: Frank D. Gilroy
“ Bronson and Ireland are so terribly cute in this one... ” - mifunesamurai
 
40.
The Bad News Bears (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ Very enjoyable... ” - mifunesamurai
 
41.
Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Competition between privately owned LA ambulance companies is played for humor. (98 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ Pretty funny little film... ” - mifunesamurai
 
42.
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Sturges still at it with a top notch cast... ” - mifunesamurai
 
43.
The Shootist (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ Wayne plays out his death... ” - mifunesamurai
 
44.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts... (139 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ Roeg and Bowie make the perfect strange couple... ” - mifunesamurai
 
45.
The Gumball Rally (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A disparate group of drivers take part in a secret and illegal cross country road race. (105 mins.)
Director: Chuck Bail
“ Silly cheap fun... ” - mifunesamurai
 
46.
Midway (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
“ A good ol' fashion cast... ” - mifunesamurai
 
47.
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Sam Longwood, a frontiersman who has seen better days, spies the gold-mine partner, Jack Colby, who... (102 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
“ Marvin at his drunkest best... ” - mifunesamurai
 
48.
Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s. (102 mins.)
Director: Philippe Mora
“ Hopper tripping in the Aussie outback... ” - mifunesamurai
 
49.
The Enforcer (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Dirty Harry must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with a rookie female partner that he's not too excited to be working with. (96 mins.)
Director: James Fargo
“ Getting dirtier with each film... ” - mifunesamurai
 
50.
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The girl next door makes a teen born with immune deficiencies want to leave his germ-free bubble. (96 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ Travolta was so cute... Not far behind was "Bugsy Malone". ” - mifunesamurai