Dark Comedy ca 1970s

by Genglemt | created - 9 months ago | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Gathering some titles of dark, somewhat nihilistic or cynical, sometimes even absurd, 'comedies' made around the 1970s

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1. Where's Poppa? (1970)

R | 82 min | Comedy

When an attorney meets the girl of his dreams, he fears that his batty mother will scare her off, so he schemes to eliminate the senile old woman.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: George Segal, Ruth Gordon, Ron Leibman, Trish Van Devere

Votes: 1,510

2. Harold and Maude (1971)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 63,734

3. MASH (1970)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

80 Metascore

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 61,915 | Gross: $81.60M

4. Little Murders (1971)

PG | 108 min | Comedy

Pitch black comedy about a young nihilistic New Yorker coping with pervasive urban violence, obscene phone calls, rusty water pipes, electrical blackouts, paranoia and ethnic-racial conflict during a typical summer of the 1970s.

Director: Alan Arkin | Stars: Elliott Gould, Marcia Rodd, Vincent Gardenia, Elizabeth Wilson

Votes: 2,169

5. Brewster McCloud (1970)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy

An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Bud Cort, Shelley Duvall, Sally Kellerman, Michael Murphy

Votes: 3,548

6. The Traveling Executioner (1970)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

Stacy Keach is electrifying as Jonas Candide, an ex-Carny who in 1918 travels around the bayou with a portable electric chair. At $100 a head, he renders his services with loving care. But then he falls for a female "client".

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Stacy Keach, Marianna Hill, Bud Cort, Graham Jarvis

Votes: 252



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