My Top 20 by Year - 1977

Under construction and always in progress.

The Best films from this year (according to IMDb) I've seen (so far).

Out of 163 films 'seen' (ie rated at IMDb).
(Aug 2015)

Notes:
- Features, shorts, docs and TV movies eligible ("A film is a film is a film.").
- TV mini-series are NOT (unless stated otherwise).
- My humble rates added (for films with the same rate just once or twice though).
- Films with the same rate are ordered arbitrarily. Feel free to re-order them at your will.
- When I saw more than 20 excellent films (9/10 or above in my book) from a certain year I'll try and list them ALL. That would make some lists much longer but all the excellentia deserves to be mentioned.

Cinema = cinema (big screen) viewing
TV = TV viewing
PC = download
OL = online viewing
VHS = VHS viewing

Yet to see (among many):

The Goodbye Girl (Ross, 1977)
Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange, Verhoeven, 1977)
Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players, S. Ray, 1977)
One Way Boogie Woogie (J. Benning, 1977, doc)
Local Color (Rappaport, 1977)
Islands in the Stream (Schaffner, 1977)
Rolling Thunder (Flynn, 1977)
Alambrista! (R. M. Young, 1977)
Le fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat, Marker, 1977, doc)
Hitler - ein Film aus Deutschland (Hitler: A Film from Germany, Syberberg, 1977)
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portugal (R. Kramer, 1977, doc)
Gozaresh (The Report, Kiarostami, 1977)
Svadtsat dney bez voyny (Twenty Days Without War, German, 1977)
News From Home (Akerman, 1977)
Roseland (Ivory, 1977)
Hausu (House, Ôbayashi, 1977)
Summerfield (Hannam, 1977)
The Hills Have Eyes (Craven, 1977)
The Rescuers (Lounsbery/Reitherman/A. Stevens, 1977)
Le diable probablement (The Devil Probably, Bresson, 1977)
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1.
Man of Marble (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ TV. 10/10. ” - miran_kor
 
2.
3 Women (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
3.
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his 19-year old former chambermaid Conchita. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
4.
Annie Hall (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
5.
Equus (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses. (137 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
6.
The American Friend (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man. (125 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
7.
Hors-jeu (1977 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(6 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
8.
The Bead Game (1977 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
9.
Opening Night (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her. (144 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
“ PC. 10/10. ” - miran_kor
 
10.
Stroszek (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ PC. 9.5/10. ” - miran_kor
 
11.
Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Early in the 20th century, family and friends gather at the country estate of a general's widow, Anna Petrovna... (103 mins.)
“ PC. 9.5/10. ” - miran_kor
 
12.
The Ascent (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ PC. 9/10. ” - miran_kor
 
13.
Play for Today (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Abigail's Party (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A TV play based on the Hampstead Theatre production. Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony... (75 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
14.
Ceddo (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity... (120 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
15.
The Turning Point (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family. (119 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
16.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
17.
Powers of Ten (1977 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with... (9 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
18.
Padre Padrone (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh... (114 mins.)
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
19.
Le château de sable (1977 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
20.
The Purple Taxi (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
With its mauve taxi, the old philosopher Dr. Seamus Scully runs around the small green roads of the south of Ireland, becoming confident of his patients, while trying to help them find their way. (120 mins.)
Director: Yves Boisset
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
21.
Rembrandt fecit 1669 (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
22.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
23.
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
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
24.
The Stationmaster's Wife (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The lackluster and plodding station master Bolwieser has the (mis)fortune to be married to the town's... (201 mins.)
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
25.
Perfumed Nightmare (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Filipino jeepney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology. (93 mins.)
Director: Kidlat Tahimik
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
26.
Fragrance of Wild Flowers (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A famous actor leaves the theater without reason to live at his friend's tugboat. The people from his surroundings find out more about his move and come to the riverbank, trying to live freely themselves. The question is who found what. (106 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
27.
Special Education (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Educator and those educated in a home for juvenile delinquents in the same test: approach, take a peek into his soul to become a man... (110 mins.)
Director: Goran Markovic
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
28.
Kill Me If You Can (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Caryl Chessman, a convicted California rapist who spent 12 years on death row before finally being executed. (100 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
29.
Szpital (1977 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
24 hours in the life of a hospital from the point of view of the doctors and nurses. (20 mins.)
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
30.
Crane's Feathers (1977 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An old man who took in and nursed a wounded crane is visited by a young, beautifully dressed woman. (10 mins.)
Director: I. Garanina
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
31.
David (1977 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(9 mins.)
Director: Paul Driessen
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
32.
Gusztáv (1975 TV Series)
Episode: Gusztáv az ABC-ben (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
33.
Budapesti mesék (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Mail for translation. A haboru vegen a folyoparton felboritva fekszik egy sarga villamos... (90 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
“ PC. 9/10. ” - miran_kor
 
34.
The Duellists (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A duel between two feuding Napoleonic officers eventually evolves into a decades-long series of duels, after each bout - for various reasons - ends unresolved. (100 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ TV. 8.5/10. ” - miran_kor