70s Films - Which one can you watch over and over again?

What is your all-time favorite of the 1970s? (one that you can watch repeatedly)

  • Five Easy Pieces (1970)
  • Shaft (1971)
  • Dirty Harry (1971)
  • The French Connection (1971)
  • Straw Dogs (1971)
  • The Last Picture Show (1971)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • Deliverance (1972)
  • The Godfather (1972)/The Godfather II (1974)
  • Cabaret (1972)
  • Serpico (1973)
  • Papillon (1973)
  • American Graffiti (1973)
  • The Sting (1973)
  • Badlands (1973)
  • Mean Streets (1973)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  • The Conversation (1974)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  • Barry Lyndon (1975)
  • Nashville (1975)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Network (1976)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Being There (1979)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979)

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Ok I got panned bigtime in the 80’s thread. :smiley:

How about the 70s? (last film thread for me). My favorite is the Godfather Part II. It is superior to the first one in my opinion. Great acting (impeccable performance from DeNiro), great score, a film that bridges two generations.

Another favorite of mine is Dog Day Afternoon. Good movie that makes you feel sympathetic towards Pacino and Cazales.

Also liked The Wild Bunch. (almost 1970s, 1969)

What are your personal favorites of the 70s?

I voted Godfather, because that’s what I’d want to watch now.
But I’ve seen Apocalypse Now and the Holy Grail many more times.
Favorite scene is in Jaws, where Robert Shaw (Quint) tells the story of the USS Indianapolis. I could watch that alone over and over and over.

John Huston’s “The Man who would be King” (1975) which is based on a Kipling short story. It’s a ripping yarn, and the dialogue is bloody marvelous.

Clint Eastwood’s 1976 western “The Outlaw Josey Wales” is another favourite.

I’m going to go a bit earlier and vote for the 1965 movie: The Great Race with Jack Lemon, but for the 70’s: Holy Grail

The Wiz
Lady Sings the Blues
and my all time fav aside from the Wiz

The Blues Brothers and Mahogany :smiley:


I enjoy Max Mad (1979), Unholy Rollers (1972), The Warriors (1979) over and over again.

There was a really stupid movie about a husband and wife surviving a night in Bronx, New York after their car was locked in a parking garage after hours. I think it was a 70’s movie too. I can watch that one forever. It’s so cheesy…

Monty Python any day of the week

How about “The Italian Job?” I’ve watched that many times.

Too many to name…great decade for movies.

Peachy Carnehan: Home to what? A porters uniform outside a restaurant and six penny tips from belching civilians for closing cab doors on their blowzy women?
Daniel Dravot: Not for us thank you. Not after watching afghans come howling down out of the hills and taking battlefield command when all the officers copped it.
Peachy Carnehan: Well said, brother Dravot.

Daniel Dravot: In any place where they fight, a man who knows how to drill men can always be a King. We shall go to those parts and say to any King we find - "D’you want to vanquish your foes?’ and we will show him how to drill men; for that we know better than anything else. Then we will subvert that King and seize his Throne and establish a Dynasty.

Daniel Dravot: Now listen to me you benighted muckers. We’re going to teach you soldiering. The world’s noblest profession. When we’re done with you, you’ll be able to slaughter your enemies like civilized men.

Daniel Dravot: Peachy, I’m heartily ashamed for gettin’ you killed instead of going home rich like you deserved to, on account of me bein’ so bleedin’ high and bloody mighty. Can you forgive me?
Peachy Carnehan: That I can and that I do, Danny, free and full and without let or hindrance.
Daniel Dravot: Everything’s all right then.

And of course…

Peachy Carnehan: I have urgent business to the South.

A fine fine movie.


Squeal like a pig, boy :smiling_imp:

python’s grail without a doubt.
Also long standing favorites include:
Fritz the cat.
Mean streets.
Watership down.
Fiddler on the roof.
The outlaw Josey Wales.
Race for your life Charlie Brown.
Python’s Life of Brian.
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest.

My all-time favorites are often too dark or disturbing to watch repeatedly.

A Clockwork Orange
One Flew Over the Coo Coos Nest
Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail

These are ones that I do indeed watch over and over again.

I like a good war film and the best of the 70s was in my humble opinion “Patton.” From that same year, 1970, “Waterloo” had really impressive battle scenes but was not as complete a film.

I enjoyed “Cross of Iron” (1977), the tale of the Germans on the Eastern Front.
“A Bridge too Far” (1977) is also well worth watching.

The Man Who Would be King, obviously. In fact, I think I’ll watch it tonight.
All your Star Wars, all your Indiana Jones, all that crap, with all their high tech hi-jinks, simply cannot hold a candle to Huston’s sheer mastery.

Tough call, but I picked Papillon.

I wanted to add Patton, The Candidate, The outlaw Josey Wales, and Kramer vs. Kramer to the poll, but ran out of options.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) actually beat Apocalypse Now for Best Picture.

nuts. 'pocalypse totally OWNS Kramer.

The Holy Grail and The Blues Brothers are two i can watch again and again, and have.

For sheer watchability (is that a word?) I’ve got to say Peter Sellers’ The Party. There are dozens of better movies but none that I would watch as frequently as this one.

A lot of good films here. (And some dreck–but hey, at least no one named Pink Flamingoes or Attack of the Killer Tomatos!) If I have to choose from the list, I guess I’d go with the Godfather movies. The Man Who Would Be King is also an excellent nomination.

My personal favorite film from this era, if not all time, is Peter Brook’s Meetings With Remarkable Men. It’s based on the life story of Gurdjieff. I saw it on You-Tube the other day, if you don’t mind watching it on a small screen, in 10-minute chunks.

I’m scrolling down the list from Wikipedia. It turns out a lot of movies that I remember are actually from the wrong decade.

The 1970’s was a great time for comedy. Besides Monty Python, Woody Allen had a bunch of his best films then, and for those with somewhat (ahem!) lower-brow tastes, National Lampoon’s Animal House really deserves to be called a timeless classic which has influenced not only film (all those later college comedies) but university life as well. Oh yeah, and Young Frankenstein was one of Mel Brooks’ best movies.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for the “devil movies” of the period: The Exorcist (I like the director’s cut, though, minus the clown guy), The Omen, and Rosemary’s Baby. A lot of campy schlock horror came out then, but then we also got Alien and Jaws.

Let’s see…musicals. I still find Jesus Christ Superstar and Fiddler on the Roof quite engaging, though I have grown tired of Scrooge after seeing it every Christmas.

I wasn’t a kung fu fan and never saw Enter the Dragon, but I bet a lot of people would name that. Same with Saturday Night Fever and Grease, which made John Travolta an icon of the era. I did like science fiction and superheroes, and this was the era of the first Star Wars, Star Trek, and Superman movies, but in retrospect I think I prefer Logan’s Run.

A lot of famous porn flicks are from the 1970’s, but alas, I have never seen them. I have fond memories of the not otherwise memorable Love At First Bite, because I first reached second base during a showing of it. (First base came later.)

P.S. Almost forgot! Faces of Death! :smiling_imp:

Also, Harold and Maude! And Bob Guccione’s Caligula!

(Never mind what base I reached during those!)