Saturday, November 19, 2011

1970s in Film

Prior to the Eighties, my knowledge and experience of film becomes less and less adequate to do any sort of justice to an annual “Best of” list. Even tackling the decade is a questionable undertaking, but here we go anyway. There are many, many movies of note in the Seventies that I have not gotten around to and that will therefore not make an appearance on this list for now. Among others: Apocalypse Now, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Slaughterhouse Five, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, and Dog Day Afternoon. Then again, they may not have placed anyway.

Top 25 Personal Films of the Seventies:
25. Patton
24. Love at First Bite
23. Family Plot and Frenzy
22. The Muppet Movie
21. The Rescuers
20. The Phantom Tollbooth
19. A Clockwork Orange
18. Young Frankenstein
17. Revenge of the Pink Panther
16. Alien
15. Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
14. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht
13. Murder on the Orient Express
12. Robin Hood
11. The Return of the Pink Panther
10. Death on the Nile
9. The Godfather and The Godfather Part II
8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
7. Chinatown
6. Jaws
5. The Sting
4. Murder by Death
3. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
2. Fiddler on the Roof
1. Star Wars

What does your list look like? What have I missed?


  1. Murder By Death...what a great movie!

  2. Now that I look at this list again, if it were based purely on what movies I enjoy most and rewatch most frequently, Murder By Death would have been #1 on this list. It does have some squirm-worthy moments of seventies racism though.


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