The 1970s were a great decade for film making with innovative technology and original thought provoking stories which saw films like Superman, Jaws, Alien, Taxi Driver, Deliverance and Rocky become some of the greatest films made.
Here are my top 5 must watch films from the 70s.
My first choice may seem a little strange considering the 1970′s spawned sci-fi classics like Star Wars, Alien and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, however Logan’s Run is one of those films that may seem cheesy for some but this doesn’t stop it from being an enjoyable film. Michael York stars as Logan 5 a ‘sandman’ who lives in a so-called utopian future where reproduction and an individual’s life span (your ‘peak’ being 30 years old) are under the control of an artificial intelligence. Once Logan learns his time is up he finds himself on the run and in search of the outside world known as ‘sanctuary’.
The 70s were home to some of the scariest films ever like Halloween, The Omen and Carrie but it was The Exorcist that has a special place amongst the horror films of that decade for the amount of controversy it created when released. Everyone and their dog knows the films synopsis and its simplicity is in part what makes this film so scary. The subject matter of religion, the devil and possession is one of the most terrifying concepts for a horror film and although youngsters may laugh at the films old school special effects. The demonic voices, projectile vomiting and rotating head, are what make this a 70′s classic.
So why is The Godfather Part II better than the original? Well besides the stellar directing and screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, the superb acting by Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and John Cazale, and the addition of Robert DeNiro. Part II was able to incorporate what made the original so great and much more. There is Vito Corleone’s origins, more violence, betrayal and ice cold stares from Michael Corleone making you see why no one would be stupid enough to cross him (except his poor brother of course).
When it comes to Vietnam war films the 70s gave us Apocalypse Now and Platoon, however this film strayed away from glorifying the war and focused more on a group of friends from a small town before, during and after they come back from the war. The film has powerful performances by Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken who play best friends dealing very differently with their experience of the war. The infamous ‘Russian roulette’ scene is as intense as expected and was probably a big factor in the films Academy Award success.
For just over two hours Marathon Man captures and holds your attention which is rarely achieved by thrillers these days. Dustin Hoffman plays Thomas ‘Babe’ Levy, a student who becomes entangled in a government/Nazi plot that puts him in danger. With an unforgettable torture scene with Dustin Hoffman at his best and a chilling performance from Lawrence Olivier as Dr Szell, Marathon Man is must see for those who want to see how a suspense thriller is supposed to be made.