My Best Pictures of the 1970's

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If I had the opportunity to be alive and have a vote at these times.....

MASH
Dirty Harry
The Godfather
Enter the Dragon
Chinatown
Barry Lyndon
Taxi Driver
Suspiria
Superman
Alien



1970 Tora! Tora! Tora!

1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller (re-watching The French Connection soon)

1972 The Godfather

1973 Enter the Dragon

1974 The Godfather: Part II

1975 Jaws

1976 All the Presidentís Men (coin flip with Rocky)

1977 Star Wars

1978 Superman (best looking; Days of Heaven)

1979 Alien



Again, due to sloth and expediency, I'll choose among the official nominees.


1970: Five Easy Pieces (Altman gets director; I want to give Jack actor, but we'd miss out on Scott's ultra-classy snub)


1971: A Clockwork Orange (tempted to give Kube the director and split the BP with Last Picture Show)


1972: The Godfather


1973: Last Tango in Paris (+Ellen Burstyn who was robbed for actress)


1974: Chinatown (Pacino and Rowlands for actors)


1975: Nashville


1976: Network (Scorsese, who wasn't nominated, for director; De Niro and Dunaway for actors)


1977: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (a coup! Along with Spielberg for director, and Diane Keaton.....for Looking For Mr. Goodbar!!!)


1978: The Deer Hunter (also add De Niro and Streep wins to Walken, Ingrid Bergman for actress, Malick for director)


1979: Apocalypse Now (Roy Scheider for actor, can't decide between AN and Jazz for director, but both films win their respective screenplay awards)



Again, due to sloth and expediency, I'll choose among the official nominees.


1970: Five Easy Pieces (Altman gets director; I want to give Jack actor, but we'd miss out on Scott's ultra-classy snub)


1971: A Clockwork Orange (tempted to give Kube the director and split the BP with Last Picture Show)


1972: The Godfather


1973: Last Tango in Paris (+Ellen Burstyn who was robbed for actress)


1974: Chinatown (Pacino and Rowlands for actors)


1975: Nashville


1976: Network (Scorsese, who wasn't nominated, for director; De Niro and Dunaway for actors)


1977: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (a coup! Along with Spielberg for director, and Diane Keaton.....for Looking For Mr. Goodbar!!!)


1978: The Deer Hunter (also add De Niro and Streep wins to Walken, Ingrid Bergman for actress, Malick for director)


1979: Apocalypse Now (Roy Scheider for actor, can't decide between AN and Jazz for director, but both films win their respective screenplay awards)
Ellen Burstyn was absolutely robbed in '73.



Ellen Burstyn was absolutely robbed in '73.
And then she likewise robbed Gena Rowlands the year after. The Academy is predictably wonky like this.



(winner in bold)

1970 - Patton, Love Story, Dods'Ka'Den, Mash, Confession
Dir Robert Altman
Actor - Y'ves Montand (The Confession)
Actress - Ali Macgraw (Love Story)
S. Actor - John Cassavettes (Husbands)
S. Actress - Sally Kellerman (Mash)




1971 - A Clockwork Orange, The Last Picture Show, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Nicholas and Alexandria, Harold and Maude
dir - Stanley Kubrick
Actor - Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Actress - Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude)
S. Actor - Tom Baker (Nicholas and Alexandria)
S. Actress - Ellen Burstyn (Last Picture Show)


1972 - The Godfather, Cabaret, Aguirre:Wrath of God, Sisters, Silent Running
dir - Frances Ford Coppola
Actor - Marlon Brando (Godfather)
Actress - Diane Keaton (Godfather)
S. Actor - Al Pacino (Godfather)
S. Actress - Talia Shire (Godfather)


1973 - The Exorcist, Cries and Whispers, Badlands, The Long Goodbye, High Plains Drifter
dir - William Friedkin
Actor - Al Pacino (Serpico)
Actress - Ellen Burstyn (Exorcist)
S. Actor - Max Von Sydow (Exorcist)
S. Actress - Harriet Andersson (Cries and Whispers)






1974 - The Godfather Part II, Chinatown, A Woman Under the Influence, Taking of Pelham 123, Murder on the Orient Express
dir - Frances Ford Coppola
Actor - Art Carney (Harry and Tonto)
Actress - Gena Rowland (A Woman Under the Influence)
S. Actor - John Cazale (Godfather II)
S. Actress - Madeline Kahn (Blazing Saddles)


1975 - Jaws, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, Rocky Horror Picture Show
dir - Steven Spielberg
Actor - Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest)
Actress - Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest)
S. Actor - Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
S. Actress - Susan Sarandon (Rocky Horror Picture Show)


1976 - The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Taxi Driver, Network, Rocky, Carrie
dir - John Cassavettes
Actor - Sylvester Stallone (Rocky)
Actress - Sissy Spacek (Carrie)
S. Actor - Burgess Meredith (Rocky)
S. Actress - Cybill Shepherd (Taxi Driver)


1977 - The Goodbye Girl, Annie Hall, Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
dir - George Lucas (Star Wars)
Actor - Woody Allen (Annie Hall)
Actress - Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl)
S. Actor - Alec Guiness (Star Wars)
S. Actress - Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)


1978 - Halloween, Grease, Coming Home, Superman, The Deer Hunter
dir - John Carpentner
Actor - John Travolta (Grease)
Actress - Jane Fonda (Coming Home)
S. Actor - Donald Pleasence (Halloween)
S. Actress - Veronica Cartwright (Invasion of the Body Snatchers)


1979 - Being There, Alien, Kramer vs Kramer, Apocalypse Now, All That Jazz
dir - Hal Ashby
Actor - Peter Sellers (Being There)
Actress - Shirly McClaine (Being There)
S. Actor - Melvyn Douglas (Being There)
S. Actress - Sigourney Weaver (Alien)



The '70s are still the best era for film, hands down. I mean, how do you start?

I totally agree with you...I have a friend whom I'm constantly arguing with because he thinks the 80's were the best decade for film but I think the 70's were.



The Godfather



Please Quote/Tag Or I'll Miss Your Responses
70s is where American movies were better than foreign pictures (as opposed to the decade before, when foreign movies were much better)


So, the best movie for each year?



1970 - Sunflower
1971 - Harold And Maude
1972 - The Godfather
1973 - A Brief Vacation
1974 - Harry And Tonto
1975 - Nashville
1976 - Network
1977 - Annie Hall
1978 - An Enemy Of The People
1979 - Serie Noire