Our Watchdog Morning Show TV/Movie reviewer Bill Hanna and I had a lot of fun this week discussing our choices for the best movies of the 1970's. My top 5 came easily and the next 5 were pretty simple with consideration. Then I looked at the list you can find in the link above and I started realizing how many good ones I had missed.
HERE'S MY TOP TEN
- GODFATHER(s) --Both 1 and 2. Although this list isn't really prioritized, I think these classic have to be my #1. Movies don't get much better than these.
- NETWORK--Paddy Chayefsky's masterpiece seems so unbelievably prescient today...having predicted the rise of reality TV and the tabloidization of TV News.
- ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN--Politics and journalism rolled into one--and it's true. It's the movie that sent many of use into the J-schools. And warned others to stay away from politics.
- THE WAY WE WERE--My beautiful Barbara Streisand in an unbelievably bittersweet love story. My heart still breaks at the end when the one-time lovers meet on a street and try to act as if they can still remain friends. When she tells him to stop by and visit her and her new husband he chokes out "I can't Katey, I can't" and she whispers low, "I know". Then I cry.
- KRAMER VERSUS KRAMER--Dustin Hoffman rising and Meryl Streep in her first major outing.
- AMERICAN GRAFFITI--Numerous soon-to-be superstars in their younger days, great 50's music, and WOLFMAN JACK!
- JAWS--The first time we knew what a "summer blockbuster" was. And the first to give us unending sequels.
- CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 3RD KIND--One of Spielberg's earliest and best
- THE GOODBYE GIRL--Neil Simon story. Richard Dreyfus and Marsha Mason. Great score.
- NORMA RAE--An average woman standing up for the rights of working people.
I left out entire categories--several Woody Allen films could have been here, the many great screwball comedies like Young Frankenstein or Blazing Saddles, musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret, darker films such as The Deerhunter, A Clockwork Orange.
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