1970s Disillusionment Cinema (aka films of Nixonland USA)

Paranoia and cynicism meet the funk and the groove. This is where the Love Generation just wants to find a hole to crawl into. Where the streets are littered with ...well, litter. Where the Man in the White House is tapping your phones. Where the Hero gets an Anti- in the front. Where westerns got Revisioned. Before the Death Star blew up, Rocky and Adrian hugged, and Superman spun the world backwards, audiences didn't exactly expect to leave theaters humming with joy at their heroes' triumphs.

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1.
The Parallax View (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines. (102 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ Blowback from the assassinations of the '60s catches up with Nixonian CREEPS. The corporation, rather than the gov'ment, play the part of the omniscient sinister force behind the mystery. Directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Warren Beatty's unbeatable hair. You must suspend your disbelief when he tries to pretend he's psycho loner pliable to be the next Oswald, it's megastar Warren Beatty ferchrissakes. With '70s laconic pacing and the music and dialogue being kind of muted, beware if you're watching late at night. Cinematography by Gordon Willis ” - crusherkc
 
2.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. (117 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ "How do you know they'll print it?" You're not even safe of your in the CIA, man! It's 70s NYC setting backdrops a paranoid fugitive/hostage story about a possible 'government within the government' scenario. Intersting take on the intelligence regime during the Watergate period. Directed by Sydney Pollack and starring '70s icons Redford and Dunaway. ” - crusherkc
 
3.
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.)
“ An unsually creepy movie for a paranoid political thriller with the feel, at times, of a horror movie. Check out the scene with the bouncing ball as an example. The pacing feels great as the tension builds slowly. And then the dentist scene. Then the chase. Nice to see noir actor Marc Lawrence playing henchman of course. And again, great NYC setting. Directed by John Schlesinger. Produced by Robert Evans. Script by William Goldman. Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall. ” - crusherkc
 
4.
The Conversation (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
“ Probably the best of the political paranoia films of Watergate USA featuring all sorts of bugging devises and spy technology and the lonely, creepy professionals who employ them for a living. Hackman is brilliant as the locked-up Harry Caul and this has one of John Cazale's amazing five movies (the "Godfather" movies, "Dog Day Afternoon", and "The Deer Hunter" being the others). Coppola directs. Richard Chew edits. Bill Butler and Haskell Wexler shoots it. And Robert Duvall and Hackman in the same movie. Shot in San Francisco. ” - crusherkc
 
5.
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper. (99 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Connery's ex-con lays out his attitude toward rehabilitation- Advertising is a con game, marriage- legalized prostitution, the stock market-legalized gambling. So why go straight? He does go straight: straight to finding the skill players to pull off a heist in a security-minded luxury building in the Upper East Side of NYC. The residents feel safe in their fortress in the crime-ridden city. While planning the caper, the gang are surveilled up the yazoo by various gov't alphabet soup agencies, in warrantless operations they themselves admit are illegal. And some of the posh residents are hiding away ill-begotten riches they'd rather the gov't not know about. Is there anyone who isn't dirty in Nixonland? Directed by Sidney Lumet. Music by Quincy Jones. ” - crusherkc
 
6.
The Hot Rock (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it... (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ A bit of light-hearted fare as that heist trope- putting together the skill players in the gang- gets hauled out yet again. But Redford is super cool yet cooly vulnerable in that he has stomach issues due to the stressful nature of jewel robbing. All that planning too... We get to see a lot of New York, showing the Twin Towers in mid construction, and many local neighborhoods. Directed by Peter Yates. Novel by Donald E. Westlake. Script by William Goldman. Music by Quincy Jones. ” - crusherkc
 
7.
$ (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany. (121 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ aka "Dollars". A cash-grab flick involving Americans in NATO-occupied West Germany. Warren Beatty and his gal Goldie Hawn have a plan to rob a bank, features one of the great chases in cinema. A fun, cynical ride but the ending is kinda "meh". Directed by Richard Brooks. Music by Quincy Jones with a couple of songs sung by Little Richard. ” - crusherkc
 
8.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away? (104 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ Right from the credits you know you're in '70s gritty crime heaven. It's crumbling New York City of the '70s where even a subway train gets boosted, no wonder the Mayah doesn't want to get out of bed! Only in this weird decade does Walter Matthau gets to be a leading actor, I can't even imagine that happening today. A roll call of awesome NY character actors- trust me, you'll be saying "oh that guy!" throughout. And of course, Robert Shaw is great as the brains of the hijackers who delivers the tautest lines as if his mouth were wired shut. He tells you you only have 49 minutes you better believe it. And this movie is hilarious, lead by Matthau's hangdog transit detective trying to figure out what the hell is going on down there! ” - crusherkc
 
9.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ One long, stinkin', sweaty day in Brooklyn spent in a cement box of a bank with aggravated, hungry, scared people holed up together while the fuzz runs some jive at them. The story of two schmucks who decide to rob a bank without a plan b in case something goes wrong. The third schmuck who ran away at the beginning of the job probably figured this out 'cos something of course goes wrong. The robbers, the teller hostages, the local PD- all having a rough day, they just wanna make it out alive. The Man here is represented by the no-nonsense, strictly business F.B.of I. who take over. "Hey Sal, could ya just point the gun up please?" Great performances of course but special bullhorn shout out to Charles Durning. Directed by Sidney Lumet ” - crusherkc
 
10.
Across 110th Street (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war. (102 mins.)
Director: Barry Shear
“ A takedown of a mob collection in Harlem disturbs the status quo of between the Italian Mafia, the Harlem mob, and the integrating NYC PD. Anthony Quinn is the old guard cop, quick with the "hard interrogation", which bothers up-and-coming cop Yaphet Kotto's more cerebral approach. Age plays as big a factor as race and class (the heisters are two working class brothers trying the break the cycle of *beep* luck in Honky America). The great 'Sploitation actor Antonio Vargas plays the jinky get away man who blows the cover by brashly over-displaying his newfound riches. Great little snapshot of early 70s Harlem and the anti-cop attitudes of its denizens. Director Barry Shears is a veteran tv guy with all the big 70s cop credits like "Baretta" and "Starsky and Hutch", but for one shining moment he rose above that pedestrian fare with a statement about race and the "old school" of the period that shames the Blaxplotation genre. Great song by Bobby Womack. Lots of bright red squibs. ” - crusherkc
 
11.
The Getaway (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry. (123 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ A "one last job and I'm OUT" story, complete with botched heist and and an interstate chase. I love the opening Texas prison montage in its storytelling. Starring McQueen. McGraw. (this movie broke up famous H'wood couple McGraw and producer Robert Evans). Directed by Peckinpah. Script by Walter Hill based on novel by Jim Thompson. Can you get more hard-boiled than that?! Music by Quincy Jones. ” - crusherkc
 
12.
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist. (115 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ A buddy-robber movie that has a satisfyingly leisure pace and confident, understated direction by Michael Cimino. There may be something in the subtext of Eastwood's and Jeff Brigdes' characters but the actors have an interestingly weird chemistry. Kind of a heist flick, road flick, slice-of-life flick all rolled into one. And is set in the upper western states...a great sense of place. Cimino also wrote the script. ” - crusherkc
 
13.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ The buddy movie of all time, yes? With the uptempo vibe of the music "Raindrops Keep Falling Off My Head", the witty camaraderie of the boys, the progressive relationship with Katherine Ross, and beautiful cinematography of Conrad L. Hall, you forget that Butch and Sundance are doomed doomed doomed. It feels more like 1969 than 1899. But they looked impossibly good, kinda like Newman and Redford at their peaks- hip threads and all. And really, "Who ARE those guys!?!" ” - crusherkc
 
14.
Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Vietnam veteran Ray Hicks gets conned into helping his buddy John Converse smuggle some heroin, only... (126 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
“ If Vietnam vets weren't depicted as psychos in the '70s, then they were surely film's wounded souls, and Nolte plays one beautifully. Aw hell! A smuggling scam goes wrong and our anti-hero and Tuesday Weld go on the run. Michael Moriarty almost steals the movie. The disillusionment is poetic. One of the best movies inspired by a song, by Creedence CR. ” - crusherkc
 
15.
The Candidate (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment. (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ "Vote once! Vote twice for Bill McKay for a better way, you middle class honkies!" so says our young, cute, idealist Robert Redford. He's an advocate for the poor who gets plucked by some hardcore politicos with promises that assure him his message and mission won't be sullied by politics. Peter Boyle, Michael Lerner, and Allen Garfield are great as the professional campaigners who come off as both gamblers who found their mark and as the only grown-ups in the room when explaining the ins and outs of modern politicking with its polling, media buys, going negative, sticking-to-message, etc. A young Gary Hart must've saw this and *beep* his pants...that's me up there! Directed by Michael Ritchie.

Schneider from "One Day at a Time" shows up sans mustache as an MC at a Democrat function. ” - crusherkc
 
16.
Serpico (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Can you believe this kid? First this hippie bearded weirdo takes his first collar as a uniformed beat cop from a 20-years-in plainclothes for what? He did all the work?? That's not how it works, kid. And now you wont take your envelope? It's okaaaaay. Take it. We all do. I got kids who need braces and with the cost-of-living going up, college, ballet classes...I'm countin' on this money, you wise-ass, Village fruit! You got no expenses 'cept a sheep dog. The women you bang are all college types, real smaht. They're not countin' on you to bring home grocery money. You think you're a real fancy pants with those hip clothes and, jesus christ...whassat an *earring*?! Look Serpico, if you change your mind and wanna get corrupt with as and play ball, we got your share in this bag, see. Oh and uh, you go to IA dicks and we'll be sending you in first on a South Bronx smack raid. Kapeesh? Understated direction by Sidney Lumet. ” - crusherkc
 
17.
Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Bored with his highway traffic duties, Arizona motorcycle patrolman John Wintergreen is assigned to Homicide where his polite investigative style irks his macho boss. (114 mins.)
“ Even the reactionaries get the downbeat treatment in the Nixon Years. An inverse "Easy Rider" directed by Chicago's former manager and Zappa's former guitarist (also a one-and-done director) finds The Little Murderer as a straight-shooting Arizona bike cop looking for the truth in a murder of a hermit. We come across speed-dealers, hippies, bikers, corrupt redneck cops and some beautiful desert cinematography by Conrad L. Hall. Look out for singer Peter Cetera and an early Nick Nolte appearance as hippies. Also has the great noir actor Elisha Cook Jr. Good chase sequence showcases some gnarly stunt work. ” - crusherkc
 
18.
White Lightning (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring. (101 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ A real taut and sweaty organic backwoods mystery which begs the question "What if 'Road House' was actually made by really talented filmmakers?" Burt is ridiculously good as is the cast- Ned Beatty plays a great corrupt lawman. Cars, pop-top beer cans, and good old boy southern backlash at those city hippies. Very Southern Seventies. Director Joseph Sargent also did "The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three" ” - crusherkc
 
19.
The Long Goodbye (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Director Robert Altman truly embraced the spirit the '70s antiestablishmentarianism and cool cynicism. He weaves those themes with the LA of 1973- laid back and hedonistic. Elliott Gould is perfect as the self-aware clown feigning dumbness while trying not to laugh in your face. The talky standoffs between Gould and various cops and henchmen rival anything Tarantino's done. Music by John Williams. Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Script by Leigh Brackett. ” - crusherkc
 
20.
Klute (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. (114 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ Despite the title (after Sutherland's no-nonsense detective character), this is Jane Fonda's movie: she's in it more than he and is fascinating to watch her oscillate between cynical toughness to loneliness to child-like vulnerability. Languidly directed by Alan J. Pakula and shot by chiaroscuro maestro Gordon Willis, NYC in 1971 seems sombre and depressed, given a quick fix once in a while with visits to illicit Upper West Side discos but always brought back down to rundown tenements where junkie whores are just trying to cop some smack. Be very alert when watching this- the film is slow and mostly set in shadows. ” - crusherkc
 
21.
Night Moves (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Los Angeles private detective Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter and he stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling. (100 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Sometimes this feels like a really good, cinematic version of "The Rockford Files". Hackman is always interesting to watch as private detective Harry Moseby (he feels like he's been that character for years). He's barely keeping his biz above water in tight times and his wife is screwing around to boot. The mystery itself is not as compelling as the acting, Mid-70s LA (we get to see a Rams game) and noirish direction by Arthur Penn. There's also the gleaming of the "sensitive male" hero, dealing with doubt and lowered expectations of his life. But Moseby, an ex-NFL player, takes no guff and will rumble if that's what it is. ” - crusherkc
 
22.
Prime Cut (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out. (88 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ This is a nasty, greasy little '70s mob movie and definitely a *Lee Marvin Movie*, with Hackman as an unrepentant pig of a bad guy. It's well told by director Michael Ritchie about Chicago heavy Marvin sent down to Kansas City to set ranchman and pimp Hackman straight, no matter how *that* drop...one way or the other. Early flick for Sissy Spacek. Music by Lado Schifrin. ” - crusherkc
 
23.
The Mechanic (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them. (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
“ I didn't do this one justice when first watching it on vhs years ago, the opening nearly put me to sleep. Watching it again on the big screen, I realized this was a tight character study of a very ruthless, clinical and inscrutable assassin-for-hire that Bronson was destined to play. And I love his apartment, it's tres Seventies bachelor chic. That and the cat-n-mouse play between him and young Jan Michael Vincent. ” - crusherkc
 
24.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Fewer play the "beautiful loser" better than Warren Beatty. His McCabe has poetry in him and just enough charm and bluff to get by with the townsfolk and Julie Christie- based on a bogus reputation. But agents of the local mining trust sees through him and calls his bluff, sending gunmen after a failed negotiation. The film's rich in setting and texture of a small Old West mining town; a very elegiac tone is realized by Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography and Leonard Cohen's plaintive songs. Feels contemporaneous of the times the film was released than when it was set. Directed by Robert Altman. ” - crusherkc
 
25.
Mean Streets (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In director Martin Scorsese's look at New York City's little Italy, A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Such a raw movie and portrays Scorsese's Little Italy and it's lower-level connected guys in it's San Gennaro festival, bars, rooftops, and even cemeteries. And this might be the first time we see the mob like this in movies, as opposed to casinos and penthouses of the Boss. Keitel is trying to keep charismatic idiot De Niro under wraps and on top of his debts so as to keep himself in his mobbed-up uncle's good grace. But that's only putting off an inevitable explosion amongst a gang of friends. Some raw shoddy editing sometimes adds to the jinky feel, the dialogue sounds improvised, the soundtrack is classic Scorsese: the Stones, Clapton and Motown. This is the kind of movie where I wish there were still bars like Tony's, all lit red with no tv and a real lively clientele. ” - crusherkc
 
26.
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ Story of a marginal stripclub owner compromised by a gambling debt and set to work it off to the mob. It's not so much a documentary style as it is Cassavetes' own way of working his camera right up into his actors personal spaces lending to a natural and improvised feeling scene after scene. Ben Gazzara is great as this on-the-run loser, but he has just enough charisma and street smarts to keep it interesting. And suffocating cigarette smoke. ” - crusherkc
 
27.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ Times is tough for working class barely connected wise guy Eddie (Mitchum): inflation, not enough work out there, and he's going to take a financial hit when his impending jail term arrives. So he flips on his 'friends'. Good location shooting around Boston right after Scollay Square was gutted for 'urban renewel' and we get to go to a Bobby Orr-era Bruins game at the old Garden. And Steven Keats' awesome hot tan-brown 70s leather jacket. Directed by Peter Yates. Novel by George V. Higgins. ” - crusherkc
 
28.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
“ Mis-marketed as a Brad Pitt "actioner", this is a dour, sour, and visceral early 70s crime movie that just happened to have been made in 2013. Adapted from the 1973 novel "Cogan's Trade" by George V. Higgins, the author of the seminal downer-70s noir "The Friends of Eddie Coyle", the movie lifts the Stagflation-era gangsters to the 2008 economic meltdown. Times is hard and the president monitoring our every move, wait, is Nixon still president? Doesn't have the sense of place as shooting in New Orleans fills in for Boston. Directed by Andrew Dominik ("Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford") who again gets a great performance by Brad Pitt. ” - crusherkc
 
29.
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo. (112 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ Loser Warren Oates (is he ever anything else?) thinks easy money is at hand when he hears of a bounty on the titular Head, knowing that said Head is already Dead. But then complications ensue...and a young Kris Kristofferson briefly as a bad man. Lots of really red red blood squibs, but it's Peckinpah directing so... ” - crusherkc
 
30.
Mikey and Nicky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ Elaine May directs AND channels John Cassavetes in this rough, street level anti-buddy film. Originally shot in '73, released in '76, this has the real feel of urban hopelessness and desperation set in various smokey dive bars and flop house hotels, interspersed with dark comedy. Paranoid and squirrelly Cassavetes and stoic, patient Falk are amazing together as they are friends in real life. They really know how they can push each other's buttons. And it's got a sweaty, floppy-haired Ned Beatty comically trying to catch up with them. One of those movies that takes place in one night. ” - crusherkc
 
31.
Fat City (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Palookaville slice-of-life story about a washed-up boxer's downward spiral. Stacy Keach and Susan Tyrrell are great as a dysfunctional couple. Bridges' role is not as big as the cover suggests. Even though it's set in its contemporary year, it still feels like a period film of lowlife Stockton Calif. Directed by John Huston. Shot by the great Conrad L. Hall. ” - crusherkc
 
32.
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, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ "You looking at me?" A sick soul of an individual, a city, a decade, and a political system portrayed in one film. Story of a loner Vietnam vet cabbie just trying to find somewhere where he fits. It just takes a climactic bloodbath (with unusually subdued colors for the period, making it more gross) to attain his goal. Well known for its perfect use of a setting as another major character: X-rated Times Square, cabs, late night diners, street people, cramped lower East Side apts, stoops, prosty flops...only thing missing are the punks but that was maybe a year later.

De Niro's Travis just makes you cry for the once great actor who seemed impervious to any criticism until he hit the 1990s. He carries this movie even with the amazing cast of supporting actors- from stars like Cybil Shepherd and Jodie Foster to heavy utility players like Peter Boyle and Harvey Keitel to NYC small-bit regulars like Joe Spinell and Victor Argo. And then there's Albert Brooks. Directed by Scorsese. Cinematography by Michael Chapman. Script by Paul Schrader. Music by Bernard Herrmann. ” - crusherkc
 
33.
Shampoo (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968. (109 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ "You never stop moving and you never go anywhere." Poor George (Beatty) the hairdresser. He knows he's the best but he has to hustle with these California republican types to get his own salon and in the process loses his soul, or more specifically, his true-blue girlfriend Goldie Hawn. Although it's set on election night 1968, the night Nixon finally "triumphed", "Shampoo" feels a lot like a portrait of decadent Los Angeles of the Beverly Hills set of 1975. Nixon's election serves as a reminder of the night the country stuck its head in the proverbial hole in the ground. Directed by Hal Ashby. Cinematography by László Kovács. ” - crusherkc
 
34.
California Split (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A down on his luck gambler links up with free spirit Elliot Gould at first to have some fun on, but... (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ It was good while it lasted, but one faces the facts and walks away from the table and the other doesn't. Robert Altman loves to thwart expectations and this is of course no typical gambling story. This is the low-rent, Reno. Not Viva Las Vegas or Monte Carlo, where the polyester suits, the blue-hairs, and the disgruntled sit at the tables. One of George Segal's best films, and Elliott Gould has that bouncy charm which Altman knows how to use. ” - crusherkc
 
35.
The Last Detail (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way. (104 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
36.
The Out of Towners (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An Ohio sales executive accepts a higher position within the company and travels to New York City with his wife for his job interview but things go wrong from the start. (101 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
37.
Blue Collar (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working... (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
38.
Joe (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument... (107 mins.)
 
39.
The Mack (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes... (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Campus
 
40.
Silent Running (1972)
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In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft. (89 mins.)
 
41.
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
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'It's Monopoly out there'. Jason Staebler, The King of Marvin Gardens, has gone directly to jail, lives... (103 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
 
42.
Thieves Like Us (1974)
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Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing... (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
43.
Bad Company (1972)
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A god-fearing Ohio boy dodging the Civil War draft arrives in Jefferson City where he joins up with a hardscrabble group of like runaways heading west. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
44.
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
 
45.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
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A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters. (136 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks