Logan’s best-of-the-decades series part one: the 1970s

With this post, I am starting a best-of-the-decades series. Each week I will post a list of what I feel are the greatest films of a particular decade. This week I will begin the series with my favorite films from the ’70s. This decade contained the bulk of the American New Wave, which was arguably the greatest period in American film history.

Just like last week, these films are ordered alphabetically for practicality.

1. All the President’s Men (1976)                                                                                                The crown jewel of the paranoid genre that was the 70s conspiracy thriller.

2. Annie Hall (1977)                                                                                                                     Long before romantic comedies became formulaic and bland, there was Annie Hall, the greatest the genre has ever had to offer.

3. Blazing Saddles (1974)                                                                                                              Mel Brooks taking on Westerns? Sign me up.

4. Chinatown (1974)                                                                                                                       I’m a sucker for “man against the world” movies, and this is by far the best example of one I have ever seen. Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is one of the coolest characters to ever grace  the screen.

5. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)                                                                                                            “Attica! Attica!” Al Pacino gives the audience a lesson in acting.

6. Enter the Dragon (1972)                                                                                                                The hall-of-mirrors scene alone is enough to merit the film a spot on this list.

7. The French Connection (1971)                                                                                                    It has one of the most iconic chase scenes in film history and Gene Hackman at his peak.

8. The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974)                                               They have to be included together. There are so many amazing scenes in theses two films that I cannot even begin to discuss them. Brando. De Niro. Pacino. Caan. Duvall. Cazale. These two are as close to perfect as a film can be.

9. Jaws (1975)                                                                                                                     Spielberg’s first foray into blockbuster filmmaking. He never looked back.

10. Mean Streets (1973)                                                                                                              This film gave us the glimpse of the partnership between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.

11. Network (1976)                                                                                                                               Peter Finch’s final monologue is unbelievable. It won him the first posthumous Oscar for acting.

12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)                                                                        Nurse Ratched is terrifying, Jack Nicholson is on his A game and Christopher Lloyd is in it.

13. Rocky (1976)                                                                                                                             One of four films from 1976 on the list. It is THE underdog story.

14. Star Wars (1977)                                                                                                                        Do I need to explain why this is on here?

15. Taxi Driver (1976)                                                                                                                Most movie fans will argue that Raging Bull is the pinnacle of the Scorsese-De Niro partnership. Taxi Driver gets my vote. Travis Bickle is probably my favorite character from any movie on this list.

Well, that is the list. Before you get upset, yes, I realize that Apocalypse Now is not on the list. The explanation is simple: I have never seen the original version of it. Also, honorable mention goes out to the Russian roulette scene in The Deer Hunter. What other films do you think I missed? Do you think any of these films do not belong? Can you make an argument for Shaft? Respond in the comments section.

This entry was posted in best-of-the-decades series and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Logan’s best-of-the-decades series part one: the 1970s

  1. Cindy says:

    Yeah movies that I know….hey I am a baby boomer and most of my movie watching was pre marriage and pre child. I like the ones you chose but I also have a place for Young Frankenstein absolutely one of the all time funniest movies. I still like to watch it and Halloween the original, one of the scariest movies for it’s time. Good choices though. Like seeing what you are thinking.

    • Logan Butts says:

      I almost put Young Frankenstein on here, but I ran out of room. I have only seen Halloween once and it was a long time ago, so I will have to watch it again. Thanks for reading it and commenting!

  2. OK here is the deal. As far as the movies go they are all great but you do realize you are leaving out The Godfather and also one of my favorite movies of all-time: Kramer vs. Kramer. Outside of those two additions I like your selections. But consider those two. Also NO Shaft has no argument to make the list.

    • Logan Butts says:

      Andrew- Well, I have never seen Kramer vs. Kramer, but I have been wanting to for a long time. I will have to check it out. Also, I did put the Godfather on there. I included it with the Godfather: Part II.
      Dustin- I agree with pretty much everything you said. I am not sure why the descriptions are not under the titles because they were before. I will have to fix that.

  3. I do not know much about movies, older movies especially, but this seems like a solid list from the 1970s. Stars Wars is arguably the greatest trilogy series ever made. Rocky gets me hyped every time I watch it. And Jaws is a classic; one of my favorites! I was a little confused at first with the descriptions under the movie titles. You might want to see if you can start them directly under the titles instead of on the right side of the screen like they are now.

  4. jnteme says:

    Great selection of movies! All the President’s Men has always sounded interesting to me. I guess it’s time to watch it! I liked the way you described the movies. It shows your passion for them!

  5. Pingback: Logan’s best-of-the-decades series part three: the 1990s | Listomania

  6. Pingback: Best-of-the-aughts: ranking 2009 and 2008 | Listomania

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s