There’s Something About the 1970s

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The good people at Movie Mezzanine have been exploring the history of film one decade at a time. They are currently taking a look at my favorite decade, for movies and music, the 1970s.


Sam Fragoso, Editor-in-Chief of Movie Mezzanine:

A funny thing happened while I was endlessly collecting ballots from staff and friends of Movie Mezzanine this past week. Just about everyone who was kind enough to contribute . . . prefaced their individual lists by lamenting just how hard it was to choose merely ten films from a decade replete with brilliance. Moreover . . . that the 1970s may very well be the finest decade in American cinema.

Source: History Of Film: The Best Movies of the 1970s


I completely agree about this decade’s abundance of quality movies. I also decided to join in on the fun and put together my own top ten list:

  • The Godfather (1972)
  • Mean Streets (1973)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  • Network (1976)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979)

This was a very challenging list. For every movie I picked, I thought of two more great films I was leaving off. By the way, my list is in chronological order by year of release. Selecting only ten movies was hard enough. I drew the line at ranking them as well.