Ten Best Films of the 1970's (With Pictures and More)

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. Written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Puzo
  3. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  4. Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.
  5. Country: USA
  6. IMDb: 9.1/10
  7. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
  8. What the Critics Are Saying:
  9. Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly - A+
  10. "And Francis Ford Coppola came up with a moral tale that runs much deeper than Mario Puzo's original without sacrificing The Godfather's intensity."
  11. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times - 4/4
  12. "We know from Gay Talese's book Honor Thy Father that being a professional mobster isn't all sunshine and roses. More often, it's the boredom of stuffy rooms and a bad diet of carry-out food, punctuated by brief, terrible bursts of violence. This is exactly the feel of The Godfather, which brushes aside the flashy glamour of the traditional gangster picture and gives us what's left: fierce tribal loyalties, deadly little neighborhood quarrels in Brooklyn, and a form of vengeance to match every affront."
  13. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 5/5
  14. "Mario Puzo's popular novel comes to life in artful fashion."
  15. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  16. Written by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo, based on the novel by Puzo
  17. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  18. There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
  19. Country: USA
  20. IMDb: 9.0/10
  21. Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
  22. What the Critics Are Saying:
  23. Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly - A
  24. "It's worth noting that Pacino's performance across the entire trilogy looks more than ever to be one of the richest in the history of the movies. Initially playing Michael as a still, watchful fly on the wall of the Corleone mansion, the actor lets layers of corruption slowly accrete around the character, freighting the least movement with Shakespearean portent."
  25. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times - 3/4
  26. "What we're left with, then, are a lot of good scenes and good performances set in the midst of a mass of undisciplined material and handicapped by plot construction that prevents the story from ever really building."
  27. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 5/5
  28. "This gripping sequel equals the quality of the original, an almost unheard-of circumstance in Hollywood."
  29. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  30. Written by John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola, with narration by Michael Herr
  31. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  32. The horror...the horror...
  33. Country: USA
  34. IMDb: 8.6/10
  35. Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
  36. What the Critics Are Saying:
  37. Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
  38. "On his commentary, Francis Ford Coppola ruminates. 'For me...filmmaking is sort of like asking a question, and the making of the film and finishing of the film is where you get the answer.' Pause, then the sucker punch: 'Now that's a terrifying thing to tell a financier.' Not to mention anyone who followed the director into the jungles of the Philippines while he crafted — against every obstacle God, man, and he himself could throw up — the cracked masterpiece that is Apocalypse Now."
  39. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times - 4/4
  40. "Years and years from now, when Coppola's budget and his problems have long been forgotten, Apocalypse will still stand, I think, as a grand and grave and insanely inspired gesture of filmmaking -- of moments that are operatic in their style and scope, and of other moments so silent we can almost hear the director thinking to himself."
  41. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 4/5
  42. "An exceptional war film in every sense, this work pulsates with artistic ambition. It reaches for truth, struggles for greatness--and almost succeeds."
  43. Mean Streets (1973)
  44. Written by Martin Scorsese and Mardik Martin, based on a story by Scorsese
  45. Directed by Martin Scorsese
  46. You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it.
  47. Country: USA
  48. IMDb: 7.5/10
  49. Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
  50. What the Critics Are Saying:
  51. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times - 4/4
  52. "Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets isn't so much a gangster movie as a perceptive, sympathetic, finally tragic story about how it is to grow up in a gangster environment."
  53. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 4.5/5
  54. "This impressive film by director Martin Scorsese has criminal realism and explosive violence."
  55. Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly - A
  56. "In a freshly minted commentary track for Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese says he based Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel’s contentious relationship partly on Abbott and Costello."
  57. Chinatown (1974)
  58. Written by Robert Towne
  59. Directed by Roman Polanski
  60. Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
  61. Country: USA
  62. IMDb: 8.5/10
  63. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
  64. What the Critics Are Saying:
  65. Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly - A+
  66. "When Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974, Paramount, R, $14.95) was released in 1974, it represented the return of smoky corruption, with overlays of deco chic and post-’60s paranoia."
  67. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times - 4/4
  68. "Roman Polanski's Chinatown is not only a great entertainment, but something more, something I would have thought almost impossible: It's a 1940s private-eye movie that doesn't depend on nostalgia or camp for its effect, but works because of the enduring strength of the genre itself."
  69. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 5/5
  70. "Robert Towne's fascinating, Oscar-winning script fuels this complicated thriller."
  71. The Last Picture Show (1971)
  72. Written by Larry McMurtry and Peter Bogdanovich, based on the novel by McMurtry
  73. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
  74. I guess if it wasn't for Sam, I'd have missed it, whatever it is. I'd have been one of them amity types that thinks that playin' bridge is about the best thing that life has to offer.
  75. Country: USA
  76. IMDb: 8.0/10
  77. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
  78. What the Critics Are Saying:
  79. Steve Daly, Entertainment Weekly - A+
  80. "With so many extras appended to a letterboxed transfer that preserves the film's wide-screen imagery, Criterion's Picture Show translates a great movie into a sublime home video experience."
  81. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times - 4/4
  82. "The Last Picture Show has been described as an evocation of the classic Hollywood narrative film. It is more than that; it is a belated entry in that age -- the best film of 1951, you might say."
  83. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 5/5
  84. "Virtually all the performances are excellent due to the deft direction of Peter Bodganovich, who assured his fame with this picture."
  85. Höstsonaten (1978)
  86. Written by Ingmar Bergman
  87. Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  88. Does one never stop hoping?
  89. Country: France/West Germany/Sweden
  90. USA Title: Autumn Sonata
  91. IMDb: 8.1/10
  92. Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
  93. What the Critics Are Saying:
  94. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 5/5
  95. "A great film."
  96. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  97. Written by Steven Spielberg
  98. Directed by Steven Spielberg
  99. Have you recently had a close encounter?
  100. Country: USA/UK
  101. IMDb: 7.8/10
  102. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
  103. What the Critics Are Saying:
  104. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times - 4/4
  105. "Close Encounters, which was already a wonderful film, now transcends itself; it's one of the great moviegoing experiences. If you've seen it before, I'm afraid that now you'll have to see it again."
  106. Entertainment Weekly - A
  107. "For a more benign view of extraterrestrials, this enchanting but never sentimental Steven Spielberg film shows them as Earth-friendly and physically adorable, and the humans are only too happy to go aboard the Mothership."
  108. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 4/5
  109. "Spielberg never surrenders his role as storyteller to the distractions of special effects."
  110. Woodstock (1970)
  111. Directed by Michael Wadleigh
  112. Good morning! What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for four hundred thousand.
  113. Country: USA
  114. IMDb: 7.7/10
  115. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
  116. What the Critics Are Saying:
  117. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times - 4/4
  118. "Because of this movie, the Woodstock state of mind now has its own history, folklore, myth. In terms of evoking the style and feel of a mass historical event, Woodstock may be the best documentary ever made in America. But don't see it for that reason; see it because it is so good to see."
  119. Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly - A
  120. "Describing Woodstock as a concert movie is a little like calling Notre Dame a house of worship. In its scope and grandeur, its feel for the paradoxical nature of an event in which half a million middle-class bohemians created their own scruffy, surging community — a metropolis of mud — Woodstock remains the one true rock-concert spectacle, a counterculture Triumph of the Will."
  121. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 3.5/5
  122. "Woodstock is probably, along with Gimme Shelter, the most important film documentation of the late-1960s counterculture in the United States."
  123. Star Wars (1977)
  124. Written by George Lucas
  125. Directed by George Lucas
  126. I find your lack of faith disturbing.
  127. Country: USA
  128. IMDb: 8.8/10
  129. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
  130. What the Critics Are Saying:
  131. Steve Daly, Entertainment Weekly - A
  132. "If you were to string together in a continuous line all the words of wonder, analysis, and obsessive annotation that have been written, printed, E-mailed, and just plain spoken about the STAR WARS TRILOGY (1977-1983, Fox Video, PG, $49.98 boxed set; $19.98 each tape), you'd probably have a causeway stretching to the farthest reaches of the galaxy."
  133. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times - 4/4
  134. "Star Wars taps the pulp fantasies buried in our memories, and because it's done so brilliantly, it reactivates old thrills, fears, and exhilarations we thought we'd abandoned when we read our last copy of Amazing Stories."
  135. Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, DVD & Video Guide - 5/5
  136. "Writer-director George Lucas blended the best of vintage pulp science fiction, old-fashioned cliffhangers, comic books, and classic fantasy to come up with the ultimate adventure 'a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.'"