Classic '70s films

Let's re-visit the '70s and remind ourselves what a groovy time it was for movie goers.

Awwww what a time; disco balls, bell bottom jeans, muscle cars, and so much more! But, let's not forget that this was also a time for movies that were just plain awesome. They say that the golden age of movies was between 1927 and 1963, but I feel that is premature. If you really look at the number of films that left a profound impact with film audiences in the '70s, you would agree that 1963 date should be extended to 1979. If you're interested, you can also check out the links below to learn interesting facts about these films.

THE EXORCIST: Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, and it convinced just about everyone that it was an instant classic. The special effects were so innovative, disturbing, and realistic that it influenced just about every horror movie since then.

ROCKY: The original 'Rocky' was a sleeper hit. Nobody thought it would be such a success, grossing over $225 million. Many say this film can be called one of, if not THE, best sports movie of all time. Rocky Balboa is a man to whom we can all relate (his struggles, successes, love life, and humbleness). All he wants and needs is a break in life. Whether you like this film or not, one thing is for certain: it transformed the sports genre forever.

DAWN OF THE DEAD: Such a great movie (personally one of my fave's); but, at the time of its release and for so many years general audiences disliked this movie, even though it was brilliantly shot and portrayed in such a way that you become one with the film. I mean, what's not to love? Zombies-check, making a massive mall into a shelter-check, endless fun-check, great acting-check. Besides all that, there's the gore master himself Tom Savini. Every year, I at least try and watch this classic at least once or twice because of how good it is as well as to appreciate what a profound impact it had in the film world.

JAWS: This movie is legendary and made Steven Spielberg a superstar director since then. This movie scared audiences so much, that every time you go swimming Whether on the beach, swimming pool etc.. In the back of your mind you always had the thought of a shark. This was a movie where the actual monster was real and the scenes shot in this film could actually happen to you. The power of this film is no joke and can still scare anyone to this day.

Other notable movies that I would like to point out from the '70s:


The Godfather: Part II (1974 )

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Carrie (1976)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's (1975 )

GREASE (1978)

Alien (1979)

Star Wars (1977)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Animal House (1978)

Superman (1978)

Halloween (1978)

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Written by Eazy on December 19, 2013


Anonymous on December 23, 2013


I would add American Graffiti and Saturday Night Fever, two movies that incorporated music into the storyline like never before, and I would also consider game changers.


I agree, those were game changers and still favorites for so many! thank you for those two references

KarenB on December 25, 2013


Another movie I would add to the list is McCabe and Mrs. Miller. It's Robert Altman's 1971 spin on the classic western. Warren Beatty and Julie Christie were excellent in it, with Christie definitely being the brains of the pair. The music added to the haunting quality of the movie, and setting it in winter was a good move. I remember feeling the snowy silence, punctuated by the violence characterized by Altman's films. I watched it recently and it held up well. I feel like this one was always a little underrated.


that description that you gave makes me wanna get this film! like right now.... thank you for that awesome reference

Renna S. on December 26, 2013


Just to throw in a few more:
All the President's Men
Cabaret (musicals tend to get short shrift on these lists)
Little Big Man
The Parallax View
Murder on the Orient Express
and of course, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.


And speaking of Monty Python don't forget Life of Brian. My sister and I can, after all these years, still set ourselves off in peals of laughter when one of us pipes up and says, "Incontinentia Buttocks!" It's not a movie for the easily offended, but what Monty Python movie is?


Hahahahha that is very funny... I wonder if they movie that is suppose to be coming out of monty python will be any good?!

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