My Top Tens: 1970s

My top ten films for each year of the 1970s. These are always up for revision as I watch more films, revisit ones I’ve seen before, and think about them over time. The films as listed in the “Best of Year” section are held fast at the end of the year (and include a listing of all films I saw that year as well as films released that year).

Oh, and I don’t really believe in top “ten” lists, despite using the common nomenclature for the title of this page. This is going to be the top several films of each year, down to whatever point I think the films stop being worthy of inclusion. Might be eight one year, might be twenty-three another.

1979

  1. Manhattan
  2. All That Jazz
  3. The Black Stallion
  4. The Muppet Movie
  5. Alien
  6. Apocalypse Now
  7. Life of Brian
  8. Kramer vs. Kramer

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Being There
Stalker
Nosferatu the Vampyre
The Tin Drum
The Marriage of Maria Braun

1978

  1. The Driver
  2. Grease
  3. Interiors
  4. The Lord of the Rings
  5. Halloween
  6. Remember My Name
  7. Watership Down

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Days of Heaven
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Last Waltz
Autumn Sonata
Drunken Master

1977

  1. Annie Hall
  2. Star Wars
  3. Suspiria
  4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  5. Smokey and the Bandit
  6. House
  7. 21 Up
  8. Jesus of Nazareth

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Eraserhead
3 Women
New York, New York
Saturday Night Fever
Stroszek

1976

  1. Taxi Driver
  2. All the President’s Men
  3. Carrie
  4. Small Change
  5. Network
  6. That’s Entertainment! Part II

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Cria Cuervos
Assault on Precinct 13
Rocky
The Mirror

1975

  1. Nashville
  2. Jaws
  3. Dog Day Afternoon
  4. Deep Red
  5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  6. Picnic at Hanging Rock

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Barry Lyndon
Love and Death
The Passenger
Graveyard of Honor
The Traveling Players

1974

  1. Chinatown
  2. Young Frankenstein
  3. The Godfather Part II
  4. The Conversation
  5. That’s Entertainment!
  6. The Sting
  7. Celine and Julie Go Boating
  8. A Woman Under the Influence
  9. The Four Musketeers
  10. Lacombe Lucien
  11. Amarcord
  12. Murder on the Orient Express
  13. Foxy Brown

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Black Christmas
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

1973

  1. The Long Goodbye
  2. Mean Streets
  3. The Spirit of the Beehive
  4. Paper Moon
  5. Jesus Christ Superstar
  6. American Graffiti
  7. Enter the Dragon
  8. The Wicker Man
  9. Badlands
  10. The Three Musketeers
  11. Don’t Look Now
  12. F For Fake
  13. Robin Hood
  14. Day for Night
  15. The Exorcist
  16. Charlotte’s Web

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
High Plains Drifter
Serpico
The Mother and the Whore
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
Scenes from a Marriage

1972

  1. Cabaret
  2. Chloe in the Afternoon
  3. The Godfather
  4. Solaris
  5. What’s Up, Doc?
  6. Sleuth
  7. Junior Bonner

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Cries and Whispers
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
Un Flic
The Chinese Connection
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

1971

  1. The Last Picture Show
  2. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  3. Two-Lane Blacktop
  4. Trafic
  5. The French Connection
  6. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  7. A Clockwork Orange
  8. Dirty Harry
  9. Klute
  10. Shaft
  11. Taking Off
  12. Bedknobs and Broomsticks

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Duel
Walkabout
The Panic in Needle Park
W.R.: The Mysteries of the Organism
Death in Venice

1970

  1. Le cercle rouge
  2. Woodstock
  3. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  4. MASH
  5. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
  6. The Fruits of Paradise
  7. Five Easy Pieces
  8. Patton
  9. 7 Plus Seven
  10. TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
    The Conformist
    The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
    Zabriski Point
    The Spider’s Stratagem