Recommend me 70s movies

What the title says! It’s been claimed that there were good movies released in the 70s, so I want to catch up on the really good ones that I missed.

Ones that I’ve already seen that are considered Classics, I guess:

The Godfather (1972) - I’m not a fan, but maybe I need to see it again?
The Godfather Part II (1974) - Much more entertaining than the original.
Jaws (1975) - I love this movie, but I haven’t seen it in 2 decades.
The Exorcist (1973) - It didn’t live up to the hype. I hated it. Cheesy, and not scary at all.
Alien (1979) - Excellent movie.
Star Wars (1977) - It’s decent.
Apocalypse Now (1979) - The making of documentary was better than the movie.
The French Connection (1971) - Decent movie, terrible car chase though.
Annie Hall (1977) - Excellent romantic comedy.
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind (1977) - One of my favorite movies as a kid.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - Good movie, lived up to the hype for once, even in 2007.
Grease (1978) - Weird movie, lived up to the hype, even in 1996 because of the nuts ending.
MASH (1970) - Excellent movie, soooo funny. Even better than the TV show I grew up watching, in some ways.
Being There (1979) - Good movie.
Dirty Harry (1971) - Forgettable. I say that because I saw in the 90s, and don’t remember it.

Taxi Driver
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Do you like Noir? Start with two Noirs. One is a period piece and one is a contemporary (at its time). Both are stellar and amongst the best in Genre.

Chinatown (1974) d.-Polanski; Nicholson, Dunaway, Huston, J.
Night Moves (1975) d.-Penn; Hackman, Warren, Woods, Griffith

Couple recommendations.

Halloween - helped start the slasher genre. There’s been others before this, but this one had more of an impact, and thus is the one cited as the influence. Also, it’s great.

Young Frankenstein - This movie is hilarious.

Saturday Night Fever is a masterpiece.

The Poseidon Adventure was such an amazing disaster movie – and still is one of the best – it kinda spawned its own genre.

I want it officially noted on record that I am not getting all “giffy”, because I know @Rock8man wants a nice clean list, so I am repecting his intent. Don’t expect this to to be some kind of permanent thing.

Two great buddy movies:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Man Who Would Be King


The French Connection
Mean Streets - Introducing Director Martin Scorcese
The Conversation

This movie is amazing but fucked. Up. Could only watch it once.

I get that. But it’s worth the once.

Lots of classic picks already mentioned.

Do you like Monthy Python? If so:

Life of Brian (1979)
Month Python and the Holy Grail (1975)


Blazing Saddles(1974)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Badlands (1973)
Serpico (1973)
The Omen (1976)

Days of Heaven (1978)

A few more:

Harold and Maude (1971)
Dawn of the Dead (1979)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Also, Rocky, because that movie is fuckin great.

Some 70s faves that haven’t been mentioned yet:

The Long Goodbye
Three Days of the Condor
The Parallax View
All the President’s Men
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Day of the Locust
The Conversation
The Conformist

Sterling Hayden is excellent in a small role. Amazingly underrated Altman classic.

One of he best Westerns ever made. Haunting. Evocative. Altman’s best IMO.

Hey, The Conversation was mentioned! But it’s worth repeating.

OK, Two Seventies Peckinpah. Who is himself Mr. Seventies Film:
The Getaway (1972)-sadly neglected in the Heist movie genre by the film illiterates @ChristienMurawski and @tomchick
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)-“I’ve got this shotgun loaded with 16 thin dimes, and I’ll lay you out like a crazy woman’s quilt!”

Resisting…urge to…Gif…

More film noir, or at least crime films:
Get Carter - the Michael Caine one, not the remake
The Long Goodbye - Elliot Gould as Marlowe. It shouldn’t work, but it does
Serpico (questionably noir, but great regardless)

John Carpenter really made it big in the 80s but he made some stone cold classics in the 70s, particularly Dark Star and Assault On Precinct 13

The Wicker Man - freaky British horror

Eraserhead - freaky American horror(?)

Five Easy Pieces - in the 70s, Nicholson really wasn’t a self-parody

Another vote for The Conversation and Scorsese’s films

The Sting - Possibly the archetypal caper film

Badlands - Bonnie and Clyde, if it wasn’t a caper film

Tarkovsky sci-fi: Solaris and Stalker

All the Australian classics are from the 70s - Mad Max, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Walkabout

Gah, I forgot that was 70s. Excellent choice. Be aware, this one is SUPER DIFFERENT from all the following films, as it happens before the Fall.

I gotta go with Starcrash, whether with or without the MST3K commentary. Very formative to my childhood.