Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from the 1970s.
In order to understand the color-coding, the purpose, and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.
Red = Treasures
Purple = Favorites
Blue = Achievements
Gray = Decent/Noteworthy
Green = Unseen or Undecided
* = This film was discovered after the year in question and added in a list revision.
- Treasures: The Mirror, Apocalypse Now, The Muppet Movie, Alien, Stalker, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, Taxi Driver, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Days of Heaven
- Favorites: Watership Down, Annie Hall, Killer of Sheep, All the President’s Men, Eraserhead, Network, Marathon Man, Love and Death, Jaws, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Godfather, Solaris, Sleeper, Chinatown, The Godfather Part II, Badlands, The Exorcist, Harold and Maude, Claire’s Knee, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Last Picture Show, A Clockwork Orange, Cries and Whispers, Nashville, The Ruling Class, The Long Goodbye, A Woman Under the Influence, The Conversation, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, F is for Fake, Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, The Black Stallion, The Jerk, Being There, Manhattan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV), The Hobbit (1977), Kes
- Achievements: 21 Up, The Rescuers, The Man Who Would Be King, M*A*S*H, THX 1138, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Sting, Mean Streets, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Robin Hood, Don’t Look Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Three Days of the Condor, Mikey and Nicky, Assault on Precinct 13, The Last Wave, The American Friend, Suspiria, High Anxiety, Soldier of Orange, The Deer Hunter, Superman, Interiors, The Last Waltz, Norma Rae, Wise Blood, Camera Buff, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Mad Max, Barry Lyndon, Pete’s Dragon
- Decent / Noteworthy Films: The Lord of the Rings