A funny thing happened while I was endlessly collecting ballots from staff and friends of Movie Mezzanine this past week. Just about everyone who was kind enough to contribute (see those kind people below) prefaced their individual lists by lamenting just how hard it was to choose merely ten films from a decade replete with brilliance. Moreover, most of the fine folks below posited – and perhaps you’ll agree – that the 1970s may very well be the finest decade in American cinema.

Anyway, now that we’ve got the ball rolling, we hope you contribute your list in the comment section. I look forward to aggregating all the ballots come November and producing comprehensives pieces on each of the ten films we choose to represent and define this decade in cinema. Click here for past installments of History of Film. Enjoy!

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Sam Fragoso, Founder

1.) Annie Hall

2.) Taxi Driver

3.) Network

4.) All the President’s Men

5.) Days of Heaven

6.) Manhattan

7.) Chinatown

8.) Day for Night

9.) American Graffiti

10.) That Obscure Object of Desire

The Movie Mezzanine Staff

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Tom Clift, Co-Founder

1.) Network

2.) Jaws

3.) Alien

4.) Apocalypse Now

5.) Manhattan

6.) Star Wars: A New Hope

7.) Chinatown

8.) The Sting

9.) The Exorcist

10.) Duel

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Jake Cole, Senior Editor

1.) The Age of Medici

2.) Stalker

3.) Barry Lyndon

4.) Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

5.) Duelle

6.) Opening Night

7.) Taxi Driver

8.) Perceval le Gallois

9.) Mikey and Nicky

10.) Pakeezah

Days of Heaven

James Blake Ewing, Columnist

1.) Days of Heaven

2.) Apocalypse Now

3.) Stalker

4.) Chinatown

5.) A Clockwork Orange

6.) Wise Blood

7.) Scenes from a Marriage

8.) Camera Buff

9.) Aguirre: The Wrath of God

10.) That Obscure Object of Desire

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Daniel Schindel, Chief Reviewer

1.) Days of Heaven

2.) Woodstock

3.) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

4.) Blue Collar

5.) Alien

6.) Annie Hall

7.) Grey Gardens

8.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

9.) Le Cercle Rouge

10.) 21 Up

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Katina Vangopoulos, Editorialist

1.) Grease

2.) The Deer Hunter

3.) Dog Day Afternoon

4.) Aguirre, the Wrath of God

5.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

6.) Star Wars: A New Hope

7.) Wake In Fright

8.) Network

9.) Rocky

10.) Apocalypse Now

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Ty Landis, Columnist

1.) A Woman Under the Influence

2.) Stalker

3.) Apocalypse Now

4.) Taxi Driver

5.) Barry Lyndon

6.) Cries and Whispers

7.) Halloween

8.) Days of Heaven

9.) A Clockwork Orange

10.) 3 Women

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Colin Biggs, Newswire Editor

1.) The Godfather

2.) The Exorcist

3.) McCabe and Mrs. Miller

4.) Apocalypse Now

5.) The Godfather: Part II

6.) Network

7.) Chinatown

8.) Jaws

9.) The Conversation

10.) Alien

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John Oursler, Contributor

1.) Nashville

2.) Network

3.) Cabaret

4.) A Woman Under the Influence

5.) Harlan County, USA

6.) Chinese Roulette

7.) The Exorcist

8.) The Brood

9.) McCabe and Mrs. Miller

10.) The Obscure Object of Desire

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Russell Hainline, Renaissance Man

1.) Aguirre, the Wrath of God

2.) Apocalypse Now

3.) Network

4.) Alien

5.) Blazing Saddles

6.) Manhattan

7.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

8.) Jaws

9.) The Conversation

10.) Chinatown

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Ryan McNeil, Contributor

1.) The Godfather

2.) The Godfather: Part II

3.) Network

4.) Taxi Driver

5.) Nashville

6.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

7.) Star Wars

8.) Cabaret

9.) Manhattan

10.) The Exorcist

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Odie Henderson, Contributor

1.) Chinatown

2.) All That Jazz

3.) Taxi Driver

4.) The Godfather Part II

5.) Sounder

6.) The Godfather

7.) Blazing Saddles

8.) All the President’s Men

9.) Day for Night

10.) Star Wars: A New Hope

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Brogan Morris, Contributor

1.) Taxi Driver

2.) Chinatown

3.) The Godfather: Part II

4.) Straw Dogs

5.) Apocalypse Now

6.) Get Carter

7.) Barry Lyndon

8.) McCabe and Mrs. Miller

9.) Manhattan

10.) Alien

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Michal Oleszczyk, Contributor

1.) California Split

2.) W.R. Mysteries of the Organism

3.) Sounder

4.) Taxi Driver

5.) Nashville

6.) The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

7.) Deep End

8.) Killer of Sheep

9.) The Last Detail

10.) Stalker

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Kevin Ketchum, Contributor

1.) Taxi Driver

2.) Jaws

3.) Days of Heaven

4.) Alien

5.) Apocalypse Now

6.) The Exorcist

7.) Manhattan

8.) Network

9.) Star Wars: A New Hope

10.) The Godfather

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Jesse Knight, Contributor

1.) Annie Hall

2.) Beyond the Valley of Dolls

3.) Network

4.) A Clockwork Orange

5.) Manhattan

6.) The Omen

7.) Carnal Knowledge

8.) The Jerk

9.) Picnic At Hanging Rock

10.) Roller Boogie

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Kristen Sales, Columnist

1.) The Godfather

2.) Taxi Driver

3.) Annie Hall

4.) Alien

5.) Jaws

6.) The Passenger

7.) The Long Goodbye

8.) Spirit of the Beehive

9.) The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

10.) Days of Heaven

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Forrest Cardamenis, Contributor

1.) The Godfather: Part II

2.) Days of Heaven

3.) Taxi Driver

4.) Cries and Whispers

5.) Chinatown

6.) No Lies

7.) Tale of Tales

8.) A Woman Under the Influence

9.) Manhattan

10.) The Mirror

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Christopher Runyon, Essayist

1.) Days of Heaven

2.) Eraserhead

3.) Apocalypse Now

4.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

5.) Stalker

6.) Alien

7.) Taxi Driver

8.) World on a Wire

9.) Harold and Maude

10.) The Wild Child

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Alexander Huls, Contributor

1.) Stalker

2.) The Godfather

3.) The Conversation

4.) F For Fake

5.) Five Easy Pieces

6) Jaws

7.) The Spirit of the Beehive

8.) Chinatown

9.) Aguirre, The Wrath of God

10.) Barry Lyndon

Friends of Movie Mezzanine

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 Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

1.) All That Jazz

2.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

3.) Hospital

4.) Taxi Driver

5.) Days of Heaven

6.) Suspiria

7.) Solaris

8.) Arabian Nights

9.) The Conformist

10.) Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

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Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects

1.) The Last Detail

2.) Apocalypse Now

3.) Taxi Driver

4.) Jaws

5.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

6.) Shampoo

7.) Five Easy Pieces

8.) Paper Moon

9.) Annie Hall

10.) Saturday Night Fever

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Michelle Orange, Author of This Is Running For Your Life

1.) Cabaret

2.) Chinatown

3.) Amarcord

4.) McCabe and Mrs. Miller

5.) Taxi Driver

6.) A Clockwork Orange

7.) Night Porter

8.) The Marriage of Maria Braun

9.) Manhattan

10.) Alien

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Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

1.) Jaws

2.) Breaking Away

3.) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

4.) The Long Goodbye

5.) Twitch of the Death Nerve

6.) Watership Down

7.) Assault On Precinct 13

8.) Being There

9.) Halloween

10.) Brewster McCloud

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Tina Hassannia, Slant Magazine

1.) Celine and Julie Go Boating

2.) Still Life

3.) F for Fake

4.) Badlands

5.) Don’t Look Now

6.) The Brood

7.) Solaris

8.) California Split

9.) Hi, Mom!

10.) Real Life

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Kenji Fujishima, In Review Online

1.) Barry Lyndon

2.) Aguirre, the Wrath of God

3.) Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

4.) The Conversation

5.) Solaris

6.) Dawn of the Dead

7.) Mean Streets

8.) Four Nights of a Dreamer

9.) All the President’s Men

10.) The Phantom of Liberty

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Peter Labuza, The Cinephiliacs

1.) Stalker

2.) Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

3.) New York, New York

4.) The Long Goodybe

5.) The Night of Counting the Years

6.) Mickey and Nicky

7.) (nostalgia)

8.) Edvard Munch

9.) Downpour

10.) Manila in the Claw of Light

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David Ehrlich, Film.com

1.) Aguirre, The Wrath of God

2.) In the Realm of the Senses

3.) (nostalgia)

4.) Days of Heaven

5.) Jeanne Dielman

6.) Trilogy of Life

7.) Sholay

8.) F For Fake

9.) How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman

10.) The Castle of Cagliostro

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Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com

1.) Taxi Driver

2.) Nashville

3.) Dog Day Afternoon

4.) A Woman Under the Influence

5.) Slap Shot

6.) Blazing Saddles

7.) Chinatown

8.) Annie Hall

9.) Stalker

10.) Sounder

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Mel Valentin, VeryAware

1.) The Conversation

2.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

3.) That Obscure Object of Desire

4.) Stalker

5.) Badlands

6.) The Wicker man

7.) A Clockwork Orange

8.) Manhattan

9.) Life of Brian

10.) The Holy Mountain

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Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

1.) The Godfather

2.) Nashville

3.) Chinatown

4.) Annie Hall

5.) Taxi Driver

6.) Jaws

7.) All the President’s Men

8.) Hickey and Boggs

9.) The Taking of Pelham 123

10.) Halloween

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Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

1.) The Godfather

2.) Celine and Julie Go Boating

3.) Chinatown

4.) Scenes from a Marriage

5.) The Conversation

6.) Jaws

7.) Mean Streets

8.) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

9.) Cousin Cousine

10.) Taxi zum klo

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Joshua Moore, Programmer of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

1.) Badlands

2.) Five Easy Pieces

3.) Harold and Maude

4.) Interiors

5.) Last Picture Show

6.) Love & Death

7.) Manhattan

8.) Mean Streets

9.) Rocky

10.) Woman Under the Influence

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R. Kurt Osenlund, Slant Magazine

1.) Network

2.) Cabaret

3.) Alien

4.) All the President’s Men

5.) Manhattan

6.) Taxi Driver

7.) The Godfather

8.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

9.) Dog Day Afternoon

10.) The Deer Hunter

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Scott Mendelson, Forbes

1.) Animal House

2.) Chinatown

3.) The Godfather

4.) Halloween

5.) Jaws

6.) Marathon Man

7.) The Omen

8.) Star Wars: A New Hope

9.) Superman

10.) Taxi Driver

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Noel Murray, The Dissolve

1.) McCabe & Mrs. Miller

2.) Days of Heaven

3.) Dawn of the Dead

4.) The Conversation

5.) The Godfather

6.) Serpico

7.) The French Connection

8.) Richard Pryor: Live In Concert

9.) Annie Hall

10.) Nashville

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Eric Kohn, IndieWire

1.) F for Fake

2.) All That Jazz

3.) Jaws

4.) Star Wars: A New Hope

5.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

6.) Chinatown

7.) The Conversation

8.) Dawn of the Dead

9.) The Wicker Man

10.) Paper Moon

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Cameron Williams, Graffiti with Punctuation

1.) Alien

2.) Jaws

3.) The Exorcist

4.) The Godfather

5.) The Godfather: Part 2

6.) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

7.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

8.) Mad Max

9.) Superman: The Movie

10.) Rocky

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Adam Cook, MUBI

1.) The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

2.) Taxi Driver

3.) The Godfather Part 1

4.) The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

5.) The Mother and the Whore

6.) A Woman Under the Influence

7.) Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

8.) Days of Heaven

9.) Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

10.) Mean Streets

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Christopher Campbell, NonFics

1.) Badlands

2.) The Conversation

3.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

4.) Grey Gardens

5.) Life of Brian

6.) Welfare

7.) Star Wars: A New Hope

8.) The Jerk

9.) Network

10.) Blazing Saddles

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Matt Goldberg, Collider

1.) Being There

2.) Chinatown

3.) Alien

4.) Taxi Driver

5.) Star Wars

6.) Dog Day Afternoon

7.) Blazing Saddles

8.) Sleuth

9.) The Conversation

10.) A Clockwork Orange

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James Ward, Visalia-Times Delta

1.) The Godfather

2.) The Godfather: Part II

3.) Star Wars: A New Hope

4.) Chinatown

5.) Jaws

6.) Network

7.) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

8.) The Exorcist

9.) Apocalypse Now

10.) Cabaret

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Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

1.) The Godfather Pt. II

2.) Days of Heaven

3.) The Godfather

4.) Stalker

5.) Taxi Driver

6.) Jaws

7.) Apocalypse Now

8.) Solaris

9.) Aguirre, The Wrath of God

10.) Nashville

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Allison Loring, Film School Rejects

1.) Annie Hall

2.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

3.) All The President’s Men

4.) Grease

5.) Halloween

6.) Animal House

7.) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

8.) Star Wars: A New Hope

9.) The Rocky Horror Picture Show

10.) Charlotte’s Web

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Matt Prigge, Metro US

1.) Zorns Lemma

2.) Jeanne Dielman 23 quai du commerce 1080 Bruxelles

3.) Barry Lyndon

4.) Love and Death

5.) Celine and Julie Go Boating

6.) The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

7.) Manhattan

8.) Dawn of the Dead

9.) McCabe & Mrs. Miller

10.) Edvard Munch

Now it’s your turn. Submit a list of your ten favorite movies from the 1970s, ordered from 1-10, below.

About The Author

Samuel Fragoso

Sam Fragoso is the founder and editor-in-chief of Movie Mezzanine. His work regularly appears at RogeEbert.com, The Dissolve, Indiewire, The Week, SF Bay, Film School Rejects and whoever else will have him.

  • http://nevermindpopfilm.blogspot.com/ Colin Biggs

    Man, I wish I could have added Don’t Look Now to those ten selections. Such a great decade and so few slots.

  • Jake Pitre

    1. Suspiria
    2. Annie Hall
    3. Taxi Driver
    4. A Clockwork Orange
    5. Manhattan
    6. Dawn of the Dead
    7. Alien
    8. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    9. Deep Red
    10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  • toro913

    1. The Godfather
    2. A Woman Under the Influence
    3. Badlands
    4. Annie Hall
    5. Scenes from a Marriage
    6. Taxi Driver
    7. Day for Night
    8. Aguirre
    9. Stalker
    10. Dog Day Afternoon

    • James Bearclaw-Lewis

      but Scenes of a Marriage was TV though

    • toro913

      How bout a top 10 of films people should check out:

      1. Alice in the Cities
      2. Un Homme Qui Dort
      3. The Ascent
      4. California Split
      5. Seven Beauties
      6. We All Love Each Other So Much
      7. What’s Up Doc
      8. Mon Oncle Antoine
      9. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
      10. Providence

  • http://villings.tumblr.com/ [A]

    Lots of great people in that list of lists — nice

    • http://villings.tumblr.com/ [A]

      ..and by “great people” I mean “great internet/writers about movies” or whatever the proper “title” is

  • Willow Catelyn

    Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
    Nashville (Robert Altman)
    Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette)
    Girlfriends (Claudia Weill)
    Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
    Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman)
    Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
    Suspiria (Dario Argento)
    A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassevetes)
    Claire’s Knee (Eric Rohmer)

    • mama town

      jeanne dielmann? you are such a puppet of the ‘radicals’ who control film culture. that is a boring ass movie but I guess it’s so intellectual and great cuz all those geek critics say it’s soooo profound.

      • James Bearclaw-Lewis

        I’m sure there’s more to her enjoying Jeanne Dielman that her simply complying to what you suggest is critical consensus. Also isn’t it a given that if something stimulates someone intellectually, it therefore doesn’t fit into the ‘boring-ass movie’ category? Michael Haneke is arguably boring, with regard to the languid pace and ascetic style, yet his films are, in my opinion, hardly boring.

      • Willow Catelyn

        what do you have against pealing potatoes? Is it like a potato hatred in general? Do you also really hate The Turin Horse? Quit oppressing potatoes dude. Films featuring heavy usage of potatoes totally deserve their place among the greats.

  • http://thevoid99.blogspot.com/ Steven Flores

    OK, this is going to be tough…

    1. Days of Heaven
    2. A Clockwork Orange

    3. Apocalypse Now

    4. Taxi Driver
    5. Solaris
    6. Amarcord
    7. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
    8. A Woman Under the Influence
    9. Aguirre, the Wrath of God
    10. Harold & Maude

  • mama town

    Not one of you listed Siberiade? Sad.

    • James Bearclaw-Lewis

      this militant ‘higher than thou’ isolationism is about one thousand percent closer to the dork label you’re brandishing with such verve than any person who dares pick Jeanne Dielman here. Get a grip.

    • Serriform

      “No ‘Seven Beauties’ and ‘Swept Away’?”

      Um why would someone…. nevermind.

    • Ian Mantgani

      Ok, mama town. Here are a few reasons why someone might pick Jeanne Dielman:
      1) They think it’s a singular achievement not only in terms of its feminism, but in terms of its construction and its presentation of routine
      2) They think it’s a work that deserves to be seen by more people
      3) It’s gaining in popularity and they simply happen to like it

      Not everything is as nefarious as you seem to assume. From your alternate list it’s clear you’re a passionate cinephile, and while it can be very frustrating to feel like the one unpretentious voice against a backslapping clique of self-appointed experts, to come out guns blazing questioning others’ motives does nothing but make you look like an ass and make your opponents feel justified in their echo chamber. Debate, challenge, propose alternatives, sure, but vomiting bile all over people generally doesn’t work as a strategy for accomplishing anything. James’s comment about “militant higher than thou isolationism” is spot on – and while that urge can feel sexy and righteous at first, it’s very lonely and embarrassing in the long run.

      Thanks for your recommendations. I too am fascinated by the fact that Last Tango, once so canonical, seems to be going through an overlooked phase. Maybe next time you can use your knowledge, not insulting assertions, as your starting point.

  • James Bearclaw-Lewis

    Barry Lyndon
    Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie)
    Kaspar Hauser
    Godfather
    Straw Dogs
    Le Diable Probablement
    Faustrecht der Freiheit

    Obscure Object Of Desire
    Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    • mama town

      Another dork lists Jeanne Dielmann.

      It has become something of a cliche for feminist idiots and castrated neutered white boy geeks. If you wanna shortcut to declaring yourself a ‘radical intellectual’ who’s privy into the systems of ‘patriarchal control’ and some such, just say you actually got something from watching a 3 1/2 hr film about a woman who shines shoes before stabbing someone after an orgasm. Cinematic veganism for freeze dried souls.

      • James Bearclaw-Lewis

        First of all, I’d rather you didn’t make broad assumptions about my possession (or lack thereof) of genitals. The fact I find Jeanne Dielmann an important film is rooted in my love of modernism (hardly radical, though intellectual I guess is at the core of the issue) more than any desire to be “in”. Thank you for your eminently constructive criticism though.

        Yours truly,

        Freeze dried soul

  • mama town

    Anyone who votes for Jeanne Dielmann is a pompous dork idiot. It’s 3 1/2 hrs of sheer boredom with a woman peeling potatoes in static shots before she finally has an orgasm and kills someone. I guess for girls, it’s cool to list a great film by a woman director. For castrated politically correct liberal boys, I guess it’s a way to show how radical they are, how progressive and conscious they are of the hidden systems of oppression in bourgeois society and all that crap.
    And of course, they love to brag how they made it through a long ‘difficult’ film that most people just don’t understand. Well, whoopity-do, I am sooooooo impressed. (eyes rolling).

    Gimme a break. Boring is boring, stupid is stupid, self-indulgent is self-indulgent.

    • James Bearclaw-Lewis

      and crucially, your opinion (as feisty as it might be) remains the opinion of one individual of which all other opinions are not meant to naturally derive from.

  • mama town

    I’ll out-radicalize all of you intellectually and ideologically conformist dorks. It’s funny how listing Jeanne Dielmann used to be a hallmark of being contrarian. Now, it’s a conformist kneejerk choice among the Politically Crowed Pod People crowd. Go to any film geek community, and some zit-faced dork will say Jeanne Dielmann is one of the greatest movies of all time. So desperate to be admitted into the in-crowed of like-minded PC dorks.

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  • mama town

    Jeanne Dielmann!! Boy, that will show how radical I am.
    Jeanne Dielmann!! Boy, that will show how cinephile geeky I am.
    Jeanne Dielmann!! Boy, that will show how slavish I am to critics like Rosenbaum, Kehr, Hoberman, and Taubin who are my gods.
    Jeanne Dielmann!! Boy, that will show how pro-homo I am since Akerman is a lesbo.
    Jeanne Dielmann!! Boy, that will show how wonderful I am since Akerman is a Jew.
    Jeanne Dielmann!! Boy, that will show how intellectual I am since I can appreciate a film that most people won’t understand.
    Jeanne Dielmann!! Boy, that will show how acutely I am aware to the structures of oppression in our ‘male-dominated’ society where even seeming respectable women are just whores.
    Blah blah blah.

    You dorks are so predictable and boring.

    • James Bearclaw-Lewis

      Here, to feed your obvious obsession.

    • gordonschum

      Mama town!!! Boy, can I show what a presumptuous ass I am.

    • 1stNameLast

      Wow. Jeanne Dielmann left quite an impression on you.

  • http://www.moviemezzanine.com/ Sam Fragoso

    Dear Mama Town,

    If you find people’s tastes boring, which you are free to, please speak your mind with just a bit more eloquence. Also — please offer up a list of your own and perhaps, you know, a name. Anonymity is fun all, but this is getting tiring.

    Please don’t make me delete your comments. Lets stay on topic here.

    Thank you.

  • Edgar Chaput

    Hey, nice lists guys. Very happy to see ‘The Brood’ get some love and ‘Network’ too. Don’t get riled up by the haters! Keep doing what you do!

  • scottandrewhutchins

    In alphabetical order…

    Annie Hall

    Asylum: R.D. Laing

    Barry Lyndon

    The Big Mess

    Brewster McCloud

    Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson

    California Split

    Catch-22

    Dawn of the Dead

    Deep Red

    Don’t Torture a Duckling

    The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

    F for Fake

    Four Flies on Grey Velvet

    Hatchet for the Honeymoon

    The Hidan of Maukbeiangjow

    House

    Impressions of Outer Mongolia

    Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation

    Johnny Got His Gun

    The Long Goodbye

    The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart

    Mahler

    MASH

    Mean Streets

    Network

    New Book

    Not I

    A Perfect Couple

    Perfumed Nightmare

    Prophecies of Nostradamus: Catastrophe 1999

    The Phantom of Liberty

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Punishment Park

    Puzzle

    Rabid Dogs

    La Rupture

    The Scarlet Flower

    Steeplechase Park

    Stroszek

    Suspiria

    Taxi Driver

    The Tenant

    Tommy

    Tout Va Bien

    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

    A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist

    A Wedding

  • scottandrewhutchins

    I’m disappointed that three professional critics included Rocky on their lists…

  • Edgar Chaput

    Probably haven’t put enough thought into it, but mine would be:

    1-Taxi Driver

    2-Apocalypse Now

    3-Alien

    4-Chinatown

    5-Mean Streets

    6-Network

    7-Sisters

    8-Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    9-The Conversation

    10-One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  • Justine Smith

    My 10 favs
    1. The Long Goodbye
    2. Catch-22
    3. The Marriage of the Maria Braun
    4. Black Christmas
    5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    6. Claire’s Knee
    7. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
    8. Suspiria
    9. Nashville

    10. Picnic at Hanging Rock

  • Serriform

    1. Jaime
    2. Hapax Legomena
    3. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
    4. Lancelot du Lac
    5. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
    6. Korol Lir / King Lear
    7. Mes petites amoureuses / My Little Loves
    8. The Conversation
    9. Avanti!
    10. La maison des bois / House in the Woods

    • Skip Young

      Where can I see La maison des bois / House in the Woods? Looks like a 4-part French mini-series, right?

  • Juvenile Sinephile

    Slap Shot
    The Godfather Part II
    Nashville
    Killer of Sheep
    Taxi Driver
    The Mirror
    Le Circle Rouge
    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
    Mean Streets
    Apocalypse Now

  • http://billsmovieemporium.wordpress.com/ Bill Thompson

    Lots of great lists, like every decade, the 70s is ripe with quality cinema, depending on where you look for it. My top 10 would be,

    1) The Godfather (1972)
    2) A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    3) Stroszek (1977)
    4) Yozhik V Tumane (Hedgehog In The Fog, 1975)
    5) Halloween (1978)
    6) Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht (Nosferatu The Vampyre, 1979)
    7) Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
    8) All The President’s Men (1976)
    9) Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle, 1970)
    10) Annie Hall (1977)

  • Max T

    1. Days of Heaven
    2. Apocalypse Now
    3. The Discreet Charm of…
    4. Taxi Driver
    5. Cries and Whispers
    6. Solaris
    7. The Conformist
    8. Le Cercle Rouge
    9. Harold and Maude
    10. The Godfather Pt I and II

    Honorary Mentions: Chinatown, the Conversation, Autumn Sonata, Annie Hall

  • http://www.eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/ Edward Copeland

    1. Nashville
    2. Network
    3. Jaws
    4. Dog Day Afternoon
    5. The Godfather
    6. Annie Hall
    7. Chinatown
    8. Taxi Driver
    9. The Conversation
    10. The Last Picture Show

  • oldfilmsflicker

    1. Harold and Maude,
    2. Jaws
    3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    4. American Graffiti
    5. Rocky
    6. Chinatown
    7. Annie Hall
    8. Barry Lyndon
    9. Network
    10. Taxi Driver

    and special mentions to Nashville, Cabaret, Rocky, Animal House, Apocalypse Now, Godfather 1&2, The Conversation, Paper Moon, What’s Up, Doc?, The Last Picture Show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Five Easy Pieces

    • oldfilmsflicker

      ahhhh and Dog Day Afternoon

  • ZacharyTF

    My Top Ten:

    1. The Godfather.
    2. The Godfather Part II.
    3. Star Wars..
    4. Apocalypse Now.
    5. Jaws.
    6. All the President’s Men.
    7. The Conversation.
    8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
    9. Taxi Driver.
    10. The French Connection.

  • Adam Zanzie

    1. Barry Lyndon (1975)
    2. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    3. The Day of the Jackal (1973)
    4. Jaws (1975)
    5. Nashville (1975)
    6. The Godfather Part II (1974)
    7. Network (1976)
    8. The Other (1972)
    9. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    10. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

  • Zach R.

    1. A Clockwork Orange
    2. The Conformist
    3. Manhattan
    4. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
    5. That Obscure Object of Desire
    6. Badlands
    7. Watermelon Man
    8. Two-Lane Blacktop
    9. Barry Lyndon
    10. Taxi Driver

  • Peter Nellhaus

    1. Last Tango in Paris
    2. Suspiria
    3. A Touch of Zen
    4. Chinatown
    5. Barry Lyndon
    6. Don’t Look Now
    7. The Three Musketeers
    8. The Conversation
    9, McCabe and Mrs. Miller
    10, The Last Detail

    • ribbit

      THANK YOU for putting Suspiria on a list!

  • Catherine

    Hastily put together, but my ten favorites in alphabetical order:

    Barry Lyndon
    The Conformist
    The Conversation
    Cries and Whispers
    Don’t Look Now
    Harold and Maude
    Hausu
    Phantom of the Paradise
    Smile
    Taxi Driver

  • TJ Duane

    1. The Godfather Part II – Coppola
    2. Annie Hall – Allen
    3. Alien – Scott
    4. Barry Lyndon – Kubrick
    5. Chinatown – Polanski
    6. Cries and Whispers – Bergman
    7. Stalker – Tarkovsky
    8. Taxi Driver – Scorsese
    9. A Woman Under the Influence – Cassavetes
    10. Apocalypse Now – Coppola

  • Laura Holtebrinck

    1. All the President’s Men
    2. The Godfather
    3. Annie Hall
    4. Harold and Maude
    5. Days of Heaven
    6. Taxi Driver
    7. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
    8. Quadrophenia
    9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    10. Life of Brian

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  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    10. The Last Picture Show
    9. The Godfather Part II
    8. Days of Heaven
    7. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
    6. The Godfather
    5. Chinatown
    4. Annie Hall
    3. Apocalypse Now
    2. Barry Lyndon
    1. Taxi Driver

  • @tseeornottsee

    1.The Passenger (1975)
    2.The Godfather (1972)
    3.Annie Hall (1977)
    4.Days of Heaven (1978)
    5.Star Wars (1977)
    6.Chinatown (1974)
    7.Barry Lyndon (1975)
    8.The Conversation (1974)
    9.Taxi Driver (1976)
    10.The Long Goodbye (1973)

  • Filipe

    1.The Devil Probably
    2. Celine and Julie Go Boating
    3. F For Fake
    4. Two Lane Blacktop
    5. Beware of the Holy Whore
    6. We Won’t Grow Old Together
    7. Bye Bye Monkey
    8. Spirit of the Beehive
    9. Bang Bang
    10. Vengeance is Mine

  • Charles Coleman III

    Annie Hall
    Barry Lyndon
    Chinatown
    The Conversation
    Cries and Whispers
    Day for Night
    Duel
    Harlan County, USA
    The Last Detail
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

  • Ben

    This is horribly tough. Curse the quality of this decade. The following ten can mostly be reordered fairly well.

    1. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
    2. The Conversation
    3. The Tenant
    4. Network
    5. Life of Brian
    6. Wake in Fright
    7. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
    8. Last Tango in Paris
    9. Annie Hall
    10. Pink Flamingos

    Honourable mentions:
    – Would have made a top 15: Nashville, O Lucky Man!, Straw Dogs, F for Fake and Lacombe, Lucien.
    – Others by listed directors: Apocalypse Now, Dog Day Afternoon, Desperate Living, Manhattan and Aguirre, Wrath of God.
    – Others by other directors: Rollerball, Fantastic Planet, Alien, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Halloween, Taxi Driver, Suspiria, The Yakuza.

  • Andy Buckle

    1. Apocalypse Now

    2. The Godfather

    3. The Godfather Part II

    4. Life of Brian

    5. Taxi Driver

    6. Star Wars

    7. Chinatown

    8. The Conversation

    9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    10. The Wicker Man

  • mama town

    No “Murmur of the Heart”?
    No “Sorrow and the Pity”?
    No “Hired Hand”?
    No “Distant Thunder”?
    No “Clockmaker”?
    No “Tree of the Wooden Clogs”?
    No “Lullaby of the Earth”?
    No “Bread and Chocolate”?
    No “Paper Chase”?
    No “Jeremiah Johnson”?
    No “The Wanderers” and “Invasion of Body Snatchers”?
    No “Little Big Man”?
    No “Stepford Wives”?
    No “Pink Panther Strikes Again”?
    No “Rabid”?
    No “Unmarried Woman”?
    No “Outlaw Josey Wales”?
    No “Warriors”? Come out to play-ay.
    No “Hard Times”?
    No “Killer Elite”, “Bring Me The Head of Jeanne Dielmann”, “Ballad of Narayama”?
    No “Zardoz”?

  • Michael DuBose

    1. Chinatown
    2. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
    3. The Long Goodbye
    4. Taxi Driver
    5. Annie Hall
    6. The Godfather
    7. Blazing Saddles
    8. The Conformist
    9. Badlands
    10. Barry Lyndon

  • Alex Jackson

    1. Taxi Driver
    2. Days of Heaven
    3. Badlands
    4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    5. Apocalypse Now
    6. Eraserhead
    7. THX 1138 (?)
    8. Alien
    9. The Exorcist
    10. Cries and Whispers

  • LDV1960

    Honestly, the 70s was such a great decade that these are all pretty much tied, and they’d all be candidates for the position as my fav film of all time too:

    1. The Panic in Needle Park (1971,Jerry Schatzberg)
    2. Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)
    3. Zerkalo (1975, Andrei Tarkovsky)
    4. All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse)
    5. Network (1976, Sidney Lumet)
    6. Scarecrow (1973, Jerry Schatzberg)
    7. Il Conformista (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)
    8. Wise Blood (1979, John Huston)
    9. Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
    10. Nashville (1975, Robert Altman)

    And as I can’t seem to stop myself, here’s another bunch of 70s masterpieces:

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Fat City, 3 Women, Eden and After, Salo, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Deer Hunter, Chinesisches Roulette, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Picnic at Hanging, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, The French Connection, The Holy Mountain, Heroic Purgatory, Sleuth, Le Fantôme de la liberté, Scenes from a Marriage, Walkabout, The Night Porter, All the Presidents Men, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Dersu Uzala, A Clockwork, Barry Lyndon, Solyaris, Badlands, Pink Flamingos, Höstsonaten, Interiors, Desperate Living, Ansikte mot ansikte, Motforestilling, Cet obscur objet du désir, California Split, Novecento, Pretty Baby, The Man Who Would Be King, Aguirre, Wrath of God, Providence, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.

  • Sean Gilman

    1. Days of Heaven

    2. Annie Hall

    3. F for Fake

    4. A Touch of Zen

    5. Celine and Julie Go Boating

    6. Two Lane Blacktop

    7. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    8. Manhattan

    9. All That Jazz

    10. Taxi Driver

  • Guest

    Pink Narcissus (Bidgood, 1971)
    The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes (Brakhage, 1971)
    The Parallax View (Pakula, 1974)
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1974)
    Female Trouble (Waters, 1974)
    Barry Lyndon (Kubrick, 1975)
    Grey Gardens (Maysles, 1975)
    Carrie (De Palma, 1976)
    3 Women (Altman, 1977)
    All That Jazz (Fosse, 1979)

  • ephender

    (in chronological order)

    Pink Narcissus (Bidgood, 1971)
    The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes (Brakhage, 1971)
    The Parallax View (Pakula, 1974)
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Hooper, 1974)
    Female Trouble (Waters, 1974)
    Barry Lyndon (Kubrick, 1975)
    Grey Gardens (Maysles, 1975)
    Carrie (De Palma, 1976)
    3 Women (Altman, 1977)
    All That Jazz (Fosse, 1979)

  • Jesse Perry

    It’s impossible to narrow down this decade to a Top 10 list, but one film I haven’t seen listed is The Friends of Eddie Coyle from 1973, which may feature Robert Mitchum’s best performance.

  • Plucky

    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part II
    Taxi Driver
    A Clockwork Orange
    Apocalypse Now
    Days of Heaven
    Annie Hall
    Nashville
    Chinatown
    Cabaret

    Honorable mentions: Harold and Maude, The Deer Hunter, Animal House

  • Alec Price

    1. The Godfather / The Godfather Part II
    2. Taxi Driver
    3. Barry Lyndon
    4. Apocalypse Now
    5. Chinatown
    6. All the President’s Men
    7. Jaws
    8. Network
    9. The Last Picture Show
    10. Badlands

  • Adam G. Hughes

    1. Husbands
    2. The Devil, Probably
    3. Minnie and Moskowitz
    4. The Landlord
    5. A Wedding
    6. The Parallax View
    7. Cria Cuervos
    8. A Woman Under the Influence
    9. In a Year of 13 Moons
    10. The Heartbreak Kid

    Can’t believe all the awful Woody Allen…

    • Gary O

      Minnie and Moskowitz! Thanks for remembering that one.

    • Skip Young

      Of the 4 I’ve seen on this list (Husbands, Minnie and Moskowitz, A Wedding, A Woman Under The Influence), “A Woman . . .” is the only great film. The other 3 are interesting curios.

  • Shirley

    How many of you were actually alive in the 70’s much less old enough to remember the 70’s? Might there be a different perspective if you were actually watching these movies when they came out? A part of the culture of that time? …..just a thought….and I was there….lived it….

    • http://www.moviemezzanine.com/ Sam Fragoso

      I certainly wasn’t alive in the 70’s. Could you perhaps reflect on watching some of these movies during their release?

    • scottandrewhutchins

      I was born in 1976. I couldn’t tell you what movies I actually saw in the 1970s. One of the earliest films I remember seeing in the theatre was superman II, but I know I definitely wasn’t going to a movie theatre for the first time. I remember a lot of the films my parents took me to were old films in reissue, such as Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion and Song of the South.

  • Cinema is Truth

    Top 10 Favorites

    1. Breaking Away
    2. What’s Up Doc?
    3. The Out-of-Towners
    4. The Goodbye Girl
    5. Nashville
    6. Badlands
    7. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    8. Days of Heaven
    9. Harold and Maude
    10. Kramer vs. Kramer

  • New Village Wrangler

    In no particular order:

    Siberiade
    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part II
    Barry Lyndon
    Taxi Driver
    The Wanderers
    Stalker
    McCabe and Mrs Miller
    Harold and Maude
    Man of Marble

  • New Village Wrangler

    Night Moves. Straight Time.

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  • slb

    1. Chinatown
    2. Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
    3. Obscure Object of Desire
    4. Barry Lyndon
    5. Clockwork Orange
    6. Day for Night
    7. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    8. Nashville
    9. Conformist
    10. 1900

  • anthill panther

    One possibility:

    Siberiade
    Godfather
    Stalker
    Vengeance Is Mine
    The Wanderers
    McCabe and Mrs Miller
    Taxi Driver
    Emigrants
    Barry Lyndon
    Jaws

  • anthill panther

    Another possibility:

    Godfather II
    Mean Streets
    Dog Day Afternoon
    A Clockwork Orange
    Straw Dogs
    The New Land
    Nashville
    Duck You Sucker
    Eros Plus Massacre
    Man of Marble

  • anthill panther

    Yet another possibility:

    Chinatown
    Woodstock
    Husbands
    Love and Death(or Sleeper)
    Last Detail
    That Obscure Object of Desire
    Badlands
    Apocalypse Now
    Aguirre the Wrath of God
    Deliverance

  • anthill panther

    And then another:

    The Ascent
    Last Tango in Paris
    THX 1138
    Judge and the Assassin
    Seven Beauties
    Lancelot du Lac
    Electra My Love
    Two English Girls
    Lacombe, Lucien
    Sorrow and the Pity

  • daniel23

    1. All That Jazz
    2. Sorceror
    3. Being There
    4. Swept Away
    5. Don’t Look Now
    6. Lenny
    7. Pat Garret and Billy the Kid
    8. Last Picture Show
    9. The Long Goodbye
    10. The Parallax View

  • anthill panther

    And then there was another:

    The Exorcist
    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
    Dersu Uzala
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Sometimes a Great Notion
    Zardoz
    F for Fake
    Dirty Harry
    French Connection
    Harold and Maude

  • anthill panther

    Possibly great films yet to be seen:

    Kaseki(fossil)
    Summer Soldier(Teshigahara)
    Ulzana’s Raid
    Le Boucher
    Mon Oncle Antoine
    Bartleby
    The Merchant of Four Seasons
    The Mattei Affair
    Kid Blue
    Wedding in Blood
    Man Is Not a Bird
    La Rupture
    The Marquise of O…
    The Last Woman
    Stroszek
    Taking Off
    The Revolutionary
    Adalen 31
    Goin’ Down the Road
    The Phantom of Liberty
    Juggernaut
    The Middle of the World
    The Romantic Englishwoman
    Numero Deux (intersting that most 70s Godard films didn’t make the cut. 70s Satyajit Ray has been ignored too)
    The Memory of Justice
    The Last of Sheila
    Memories of underdevelopment
    Brothel No. 8
    Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons
    What?
    Stavisky
    Occasional Work of a Female Slave
    Coilin and Platonida
    Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer
    Katzelmacher
    11 X 14
    Sincerity
    Pause!
    The New Babylon
    The Confrontation
    Symphony For a Sinner
    Eureka
    She Had Her Gun All Ready
    By Night with Torch and Spear
    Declarative Mode
    Tally Brown, N.Y.
    Spying

    Movies I have seen but didn’t quite make the cut:

    American Hot Wax
    Cockfighter
    Pretty Baby
    Women in Love
    Escape from Alcatraz
    Big Wednesday
    Jonah—Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000
    Robin and Marian
    Tristana
    The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid
    Farewell, My Lovely
    The Friends of Eddie Coyle
    The Clockmaker
    Martin
    Kings of the Road

  • anthill panther

    Has anyone seen Berlin Alexanderplatz? Or read the book?

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  • AAAutin

    01.) APOCALYPSE NOW
    02.) THE GODFATHER
    03.) REAL LIFE
    04.) THE STING
    05.) THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE
    06.) …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
    07.) LENNY
    08.) SCUM
    09.) STRAIGHT TIME
    10.) TAXI DRIVER

  • Trevor

    (Based on my favorite film from each year)

    1. A Clockwork Orange
    2. Amarcord
    3. Apocolypse Now
    4. Annie Hall
    5. Taxi Driver
    6. The Godfather Part II
    7. The Deer Hunter
    8. The Godfather
    9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    10. Le cercle rouge

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    I feel like this might be different if I made the list tomorrow. But I have to go with something.

    The Last Picture Show
    Manhattan
    Annie Hall
    Nashville
    Taxi Driver
    Cabaret
    Jaws
    The Spirit of the Beehive
    Dog Day Afternoon
    The Long Goodbye

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  • Charles Gustine

    1) Annie Hall
    2) The Wicker Man
    3) Star Wars: A New Hope
    4) Network
    5) Jaws
    6) Apocalypse Now
    7) The Exorcist
    8) Alien
    9) Superman: The Movie
    10) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  • Squasher88

    Here’s my Top 10:

    1) Apocalypse Now
    2) Dog Day Afternoon
    3) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    4) The French Connection
    5) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    6) Dirty Harry
    7) Harold and Maude
    8) Annie Hall
    9) The Deer Hunter
    10) Badlands

  • James Jay Edwards

    This decade was too good. Off the top of my head in the order they came to me…

    1. Halloween
    2. Alien
    3. The Amityville Horror
    4. Jaws
    5. Star Wars (A New Hope)
    6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    7. The Omen
    8. The Exorcist
    9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    10. A Clockwork Orange

  • fdmaldonado

    01. Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1970)
    02. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971)
    03. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
    04. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
    05. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)
    06. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
    07. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
    08. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
    09. Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman, 1973)
    10. Nashville (Robert Altman, 1975)

  • Kyle Turner

    Hmm…
    1. Network
    2. Taxi Driver
    3. Annie Hall/Manhattan
    4. Chinatown
    5. The Conversation
    6. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
    7. The Graduate
    8. Bonnie and Clyde
    9. The Last Picture Show
    10. The Exorcist
    Hon. Men.: Star Wars

    Sorry other countries, this is what I thought of off the top of my head.

  • Nathan Reynolds

    1. Alien – Ridley Scott

    2. Taxi Driver – Martin Scorsese

    3. High Planes Drifter – Clint Eastwood

    4. Superman: The Movie – Richard Donner

    5. Kelly’s Heroes – Brian G. Hutton

    6. Dirty Harry – Don Siegel

    7. Pat Garret and Billy the Kid – Sam Peckinpah

    8.Stalker – Andrei Tarkovksy

    9. Serpico – Sidney Lumet

    10. Two-Lane Blacktop – Monte Hellman

  • So dud

    1. Taxi Driver
    2. The Conversation
    3. Busting
    4. Serpico
    5. Mean Streets
    6. The Mechanic
    7. The Godfather part 1 & 2
    8. Freebie and the Bean
    9. Jeremiah Johnson
    10. California Split or Barry Lyndon or Dog Day Afternoon or Paper Moon or…