Well, time to post here the list with my votes for the Best movies of the 1970s (the voting result you can find by clicking here). As I’ve mentioned on the other entry, I haven’t seen many of the movies from the decade in question, but I’ve watched some very good ones. It’s also worth mentioning that maybe I have even more affection for films of the 1970s than I do for those of the following decade – even though I wasn’t even born in the 70s yet. Good examples of that are Superman, Star Wars and Rocky, movies I’ve been watching since childhood and still excite me. So, let’s get to the list.
01. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
02. The Godfather: Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
03. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
04. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
05. Apocalipse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
06. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
07. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
08. Superman (Richard Donner, 1978)
09. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977)
10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
11. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, 1975)
12. Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974)
13. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
14. Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo, 1971)
15. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)
16. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
17. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
18. Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)
19. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero, 1978)
20. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
It only takes one quick look to notice that we have great movies on all genres. Classic examples of drama, suspense, sci-fi, all building a mosaic of what was, undoubtedly, one of the best decades of the seventh art. Most of the films are very famous and it’s not necessary to comment, so I’ll highlight the ones that, in general, people are not aware of: McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Johnny Got His Gun. A western, a drama, both brilliantly representing what mankind has to offer, good and bad. Whoever has the opportunity should watch them at once.
One detail I only noticed upon translating the text was that all the movies in my list are English-spoken. In Brazil, many people worry about being “uncool” for only watching American movies, but I don’t pay attention to this – what do I care if people think I’m cool, I want to express myself. So, as you see, I think the 1970s were very much American.
Ah, and then there’s Marlon Brando, kicking some butt in three of the movies in the list.
Para ler este texto em português, clique aqui.
Lists for other decades:
Best movies of the 1940s
Best movies of the 1940s – my list
Best movies of the 1950s
Best movies of the 1950s – my list
Best movies of the 1960s
Best movies of the 1960s – my list
Best movies of the 1970s
Best movies of the 1980s
Best movies of the 1980s – my list
Best movies of the 1990s
Best movies of the 1990s – my list
Best movies of the 2000s
Best movies of the 2000s – my list