Film History

Films Throughout The Decades: 1970-1979

The 1970s is here! Let us relive some of the greatest movies of all time with these 70s classics

1. Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

What can I say about this incredible cult classic that hasn’t been said before? Rocky Horror is held so dear to my heart. As a queer woman, this film opened me up to a whole new world. When initially released the film didn’t do too well, it has gained its icon status throughout time.

Tim Curry plays the scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite alien. When young lovers Brad and Janet (played by Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) stumble across a creepy castle after their car gets a flat tyre, they are exposed to a world they never expected.

Magenta, played by Patricia Quinn, is one of my favourite characters; probably because she’s a ginger like me and I didn’t often see redheads being presented like that. I just love her.

2. Jaws (1975)

Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun… Did you hear the theme in your head? I did. One of the best and most memorable tune to come from movie history, you know immediately what it means and where it’s from.

Jaws is a huge great white shark that has been terrorising the local beach community. It’s up to the hydrophobic sheriff of the town to deal with this animal.

3. Grease (1978)

Good girl Sandy meets bad boy greaser Danny Zuko during the summer. When school starts they don’t realise they’re there together. I don’t need to tell you all the plot, we’ve all seen it right?

This classic musical set in the 50s is a big part of all of our childhoods. Still loved to this day, despite not ageing all that well.

I really do enjoy Grease, I listen to the soundtrack all of the time, but it’s no Grease 2… Look out for what I have to say about Grease 2 in my next post about films throughout the decades.

4. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

This is where it started. The beginning of an ongoing era, related Star Wars content is still being made today, nearly fifty-years later. Now owned by Disney, it doesn’t seem like we’re even close to the end of this series. Although the last main film was released only last year, spin-offs are coming in fast and heavy. The latest being an on-going series on Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ called The Mandalorian.

The first trilogy starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and the beautiful and witty Carrie Fisher, is actually the sequels. The prequel trilogy was released nearly twenty-years later. I don’t really need to explain the films to you, everyone that wanted to watch them would have by now, so my explanation would be pointless. I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan in the world, but I do enjoy watching them.

5. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Malcolm McDowell played the sadistic gangster so incredibly well. Stanley Kubrick took on this film based on the novel by Anthony Burgess with brilliance. The first time I watched this I was obsessed. There is something about Kubricks’ work that totally draws you in and stays in your head for so long afterwards.

McDowell’s Alex, a gang leader with psychotic and sadistic tendencies, is imprisoned and volunteers himself for conduct-aversion therapy but it doesn’t go to plan.

I’ve read the book and I think Stanley Kubrick directed this film so brilliantly, I don’t think they could have found a better person for this film. Totally recommend checking it out.

6. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

This version of Roald Dalh’s amazing story about Charlie Bucket, a poor boy, and four other children that get the opportunity to visit Willy Wonka’s infamous chocolate factory.

Gene Wilder plays a serious version of the chocolate maker, but does it so well. Who can forget that traumatic tunnel scene? It’s definitely ingrained in my mind. The music from this film is the best! Veruca’s song is my favourite.

We all love Johnny Depp’s version of the character, but Gene Wilder brings something different to the role. Go check it out.

7. The Exorcist (1973)

The greatest horror movie of all time? I would say so. I’m a huge horror fan, I’ve watched so many and I love 90% of them too, but The Exorcist will always be at the top of my list. It isn’t one that particularly scared me, but I was so hooked by it.

Regan, a young girl, is possessed by a demon, so her mother brings in two priests to help rid them of the entity.

The film shocked audiences when it was released. Nowadays we have access to pretty much anything, so not much, artistically, actually shocks us any more, but in the 70s something like The Exorcist was different and actually quite scary. Please go and watch this film if you haven’t.

8. Halloween (1978)

In my previous list about movies from the 60s I recommended the film Psycho, featuring Janet Leigh, well this 70s classic slasher film stars her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis.

On Halloween eve in 1963, Michael Myers escapes a mental hospital, fifteen years after murdering his sister, and returns to his home town to kill again.

Many sequels and spin-offs have been made about Michael Myers, the latest sequel was released only last year, still starring Jamie Lee.

9. Carrie (1976)

Two years after Stephen King’s novel of the same name, this film about Carrie White, a young girl who is abused by her religious mother and bullied at school. Carrie discovers that she has telekinetic powers.

Sissy Spacek plays Carrie so brilliantly, she really nailed that look in the prom scene, if you don’t know what I’m talking about then you have got to watch the film!

10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Another incredible horror movie. There was a couple modern remakes from the 2010s and one from 2003 I believe, but it was nothing compared to the original. The thing about this film is that you don’t see any gore, it leaves it to your imagination.

Based on the real life serial killer, Ed Gein, who would make furniture out of his victims. Leatherface comes from a cannibalistic family that torments some teenagers passing through the area.

11. Bugsy Malone (1976)

This was one of our performances in secondary school, and because I did drama I was a part of it. I didn’t have a big role, but my friend played Blousey. I’m ashamed to say that this was the first time I actually saw the film, and I loved it.

Following gangsters in 1920s America, this all-child cast create quite a musical show. Instead of real bullets they use splurge guns, which was pretty fun during our production. It is such a great story.

What do you think of my picks from the 70s? What do you think I missed?

If you liked this post then check out the previous in the series, Films Throughout The Decades: 1960-1969. You can also support this blog over at my ko-fi account!

Lana.

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