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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 13 Mar 2013 12:18
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20 From 70. My Favorite Films From The Year 1970

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People who added this item 333 Average listal rating (242 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1
As a kid, I was a huge fan of the Planet Of The Apes series.
I even attended a movie marathon at one of the local theaters that showed 5 of the movies, all in a roll. That was, by far, the longest amount of time I've ever spent in a movie theater. What can I say? I was a kid who lived in a midwestern suburb. What else did I have to do with all the time I had?
But as I started to grow up into manhood, and as my tastes in cinema became more "distinguished", I could feel my love for the Ape flix begin to dwindle. Down to the point that now, I can only really give the first one any real credit.
The other films I just hold 'em in my memory bank with the sentimentality that comes from fond childhood memories.
So, why then do, I include this flick here on this list?
Well, to be truthful, of all the films that I've watched from 1970 up to this point, if I don't include BtPotA, then there would only be nineteen movies listed here.
Being somewhat of a completist, the only way that I could get this list to be at an even twenty, I had to choose between putting this movie here, or putting in the only other film I remember watching from this particular year, and that was the super soppy romance dreadnought known as Love Story.
And, TBH, I don't want to have to apologize to you, my fellow Listophiles, for putting that movie here.
I love you guys too much for that.
And as many of you all know by now, love means never having to say you're sorry.
So, until I get around to viewing another movie from the year 1970, one with enough quality to occupy the number twentieth spot of this list, for now, all you're getting for this entry is a mediocre monkey movie.

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People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2
When Universal Studio's streak on iconic "halloweenic" horrormeisters such as Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man burned out after the 40's, by the late 50's, Hammer Studios came along and made gruesome gothic films popular again. At the beginning of the seventies however, once again, monsters rarely rallied in movie theaters. Fans were treated only on occasional with a screen scare fare featuring the fight-infested faces of Hammer standbys such as Christopher Lee's Dracula.
And even though it was still cool to catch a momentary glimpse or two of the visceral visage of the vampire, by this time, the scars were beginning to show.

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People who added this item 1957 Average listal rating (1168 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
I must confess, I'm not a big fan of Disney animated movies, particularly during this time when they were entering into the 70's (and especially once they moved into the 80's). But The Aristocrats is one of the few from this period that I can admit to liking.
Mostly because this animated "tail" features kitties.
And truth be told, who doesn't like kitties?

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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Popular pulp fiction investigator Travis McGee gets his only appearance on the big screen with this 1970 crime thriller, Darker Than Amber (based on the character's seventh book of the same name).
Not a very big picture, it starred Rod Taylor (who I remember mostly from The Birds, The Time Machine and from his last film appearance in Inglourious Basterds as Winston Churchill) and was surprisingly lauded by critics. It's a film that's not remembered much these days because of it's in-print rarity and it features a fight scene that, up to that point in time, was rated as one of the most violent ever depicted in cinema (one of the main reasons for that was because, reportedly, the two actors engaged in the scene actually ended up fighting each other for real as the camera kept on rolling).

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People who added this item 231 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Performance (1970)
A vicious and volatile collector for an east London criminal organization finds himself on the run from his own outfit. Hiding out at a former rock star's humble abode, he undergoes an identity crisis of sorts, stepping out and questioning the psychological boundaries that had, so far, ruled his life up to that point.

After blasting onto the music charts throughout the 60's as the front man for the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger enters the 70's by trying his hand as an actor on the big screen. And just as with his music in the Stones, he participates in a project that, at the time, caused a wildstorm of controversy centered around drugs, sex and morality (so much so, that it took two years worth of cutting and editing to finally this movie into theaters).
I guess that when it comes to towing the line, Mick is the type of bloke who just can't get no satisfaction.
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Y'know, I was gonna get into what Woodstock was and it's contribution to history of rock music, but the way I figure it, shouldn't we all be familiar with that event by know? And if any of you kids out there don't know what this iconic festival is, then you should probably stop listening to all the Beiberesque pop sludge oozing outta the radio and turn off all the Miley-like twerking trash that passes off as music videos these days, and watch this film.
Not that you'll end up liking any of the music for grown-ups that's featured here, but at least just for the sake being able to know that Woodstock isn't just the name of Snoopy's little bird sidekick.

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People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8
A documentary that started in the sixties and released every seven years after with updated installments. Yeah, I said every seven years. Which means that, since the series started in 1964, the second installment should've been released in 1971. But for some reason, it came out in '70 (look it up, if you don't believe me).
Anyways, despite the producers inability for simple mathematics, I found this project to be quite a smart and intriguing idea. One that, as I kept up with overs the years, has become one of my favorite documentaries.
Delving into the standard progressions that is this journey that we all share, the end result of this ambitious project is a group of story-lines of real lives that cause the kind of deep reflection and introspection than can only come from being a spectator of human lives other than our own.

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People who added this item 138 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Airport (1970)
What Jaws did for "going into the water", this movie did for going into the air.
After watching this archetypical star-studded 70's disaster flick, you'll never be able to catch a flight without thinking to yourself about who's bright idea was it to us the word "terminal" to describe the area you have to go through before you enter an air-defying craft that weighs several tons and is full of a shitload of easily combustible jet fuel.

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People who added this item 200 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Gimme Shelter (1970)
During the late 60's, concerts based on the counter-culture movement were becoming the all the rage. Culminating into the famous Woodstock festival, organizers were hoping that the Altamont Free Concert would be the successful follow-up event.
This original intention of music documentry was for the film to follow the band of living legend, the Rolling Stones as they embarked on the 1969 tour, eventually stopping at Altamont. However, after the violence that broke out between members of the audience with members of Hell's Angels (who were hired to provide security) that forever tagged the word infamous to the event, Gimme Shelter ended up being a "documented" recording of the swan song of the 60's era and it's "peace and love" movement.

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People who added this item 294 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5

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When it comes to it's social identity, was there ever a decade that was as turbulent for the U.S. than the 1960's?
One it's most defining moments was the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr..
Shown only once in actual movie theaters, it's chock full of speech footage and interviews that are sequentially strung together in an order that follows the non-violence leader in the last period of his life, from his participation in the bus boycott in Montgomery Alabama to his final days before he was gunned down on a motel balcony in Memphis Tennessee. It is a documentation that is presented in a manner that is narration-free and with plenty of it's footage in gritty black and white, it all adds up to some pretty powerful stuff in the telling of a man who truly believed that no-violence was the answer and who had a dream that all men are created equal.

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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Just like this movie, I never sang for my father either. Basically for two main reasons....
One, because my voice sounds horrible when I sing, except of course, when I'm in the shower. And I'm lucky enough to be one of those individuals who's never have had to suffer through some kind of pathological event where I ended up in the shower with my dad. Thank God.
And two, because my father, being one of those old skool man's man, would have probably thought of any kid who sang to his dad as being a Nancy-boy. Therefore, if I ever did tried to sing to him, he most likely would've responded by locking me down in the basement with a box full of cigars and wouldn't have let me out until I smoked every single one.

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People who added this item 458 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Five Easy Pieces marked the beginning of a type of movie that was to spring forth more readily from the decade that was the 70's. A movie that was difficult to explain and driven more by the behaviors and reactions of the character. Trapped in a life situation so personal, that it's not the usual standard plot-line that we're used to seeing being churned out by the Hollywood machine, even back then.
This is a work that recognizes that modern human beings, particularly in this society, each lead a life who's story meanders thru a string of events that isn't easy to categorize into some kind of linear plot.
And just like the lead character in this film, it can lead to an existence without structure or direction. Jack Nicholson, already a name in cinema by this point, but not so big that he was "Jack" yet, portrays Bobby Dupea, a man so lost within his lack of ambition and emotional awareness, yet silently clasping for some way to have feel them. His reactions are diligently somber, peppered with outbursts of exasperated frustration. His inability to understand coupled with his ability to actually know better, trudges him thru an experience that offers no clues to any answer. So in the end, in his mind, sometimes the easiest thing to do to just run away and start over.
Considering the time it was released, Five Easy Pieces is a film that is much more unique that it may first appear to be.

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People who added this item 103 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
Most of us dream to fly. In our careers, in our relationships, heck even just in our extra-curricular activities. But there are a rare few dreamers who aspire to fly in a much more literal fashion. The modern day's answer to Prometheus, Brewster McCloud is on a mission to spread his wings take flight. And no matter how "domed" his "arena" may be, he will not stop until he's soaring high.
Really high.
Which, BTW, considering director Robert Altman's whimsical approach to this bit of surreality, is a good way to watch this film.

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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
I remember hearing on some film documentary that the reason that the actor who played "fat" Clemenza, Richard S. Castellano, did not appear in the 2nd Godfather film was because he had asked for too much money. Which I found a little bit disappointing because, despite the excellent job that Michael V. Gazzo did as Frank Pentangeli, the character created to replace the role, I really think that the sequel still would've been so much cooler having Clemenza as the driving force of that particular storyline conflict.
Which got me to thinking, why did the Castellano ask for so much money and thus lose such an important part of such a cinematic classic, especially since I had never seen the actor in anything else other that the first Godfather flick?
Then I came across this movie and saw that it featured the actor in a role that garnered him an Academy nomination. And well deservedly so.
But not so much that it should've cost him the role in G Part 2.
I think that if Castellano had been a little more reasonable and went through with the part, he, as an actor, could've had a career that would've been much bigger (pun unintentional).

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People who added this item 643 Average listal rating (404 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Patton (1970)
A George is a George as Mr. C. Scott stars in his most famous and most defining role, that of General S. Patton.
This is a story that depicts the human flaws that made "Old Blood And Guts" (his nickname) mortal and, at the same time, the battlefield genius that made him appear to be immortal.

BTW, when I was making up my lists of favotite 70's flicks, I noticed that, particularly early in the decade, Patton is also just one war-themed film amongst several that will appear on this list (Kelly's Heroes, M.A.SH. and Tora!).
For some reason, when it comes to movies that reveal the twists of reality that lie behind military life during wartime, 1970 seemed to be quite a banner year.

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People who added this item 390 Average listal rating (203 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
In order to join the underground Fascist movement that was sweeping most parts of Europe during the mid to early 1930's, a potential member and Italian socialite has to prove that he has the kind of moxy and the stone cold heart that drove the campaign at the time. And with a story set against the art and decor of the period, he goes about showing that when it comes to the demands and requirements of a secret organization associated with the movement, he can conform.
A film by Bernardo Bertolucci at his best and shows why, starting at the beginning of the decade, the 70's was a good time for movies made for the more mature-minded.

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People who added this item 337 Average listal rating (207 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
A sort of western film that tells a folkish tale of epic proportions as we follow the life & times of a man from the time when he was little up until he was big.
Dustin Hoffman, at his "biggest" plays the little man known as Jack Crabb.
As an adopted Cheyenne son, doggy medicine salesman, lucky-ass husband, Custer Cavalry muleskinner, trapper, hermit & fastest gunslinger in the west, Crabb leads a life that shows that the history of the old Frontier wears many hats. And not all of 'em were white.

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People who added this item 297 Average listal rating (213 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Take a heist movie and combine it with a war movie and what do you get?
Three Kings.
Take a heist film and combine it with a war movie made in beginning the 70's decade and what do you get?
Kelly's Heroes.

A cool cast of actors that include Clint Eastwood, Teddy Savales, Carroll O'Connor, Don frikkin' Rickles and an offbeat yet definitely fun and memorable role from Donald Sutherland.

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People who added this item 871 Average listal rating (527 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
M*A*S*H (1970)
I am a big fan of the TV series, and often watched it in syndication during my tweener years, when my tastes in entertainment were just beginning to experience their own particular brand of puberty. I had heard that there was a movie from which this series was based off of, but never watched it until just a few years ago. After getting so used to the TV version, it took me a bit before I started becoming comfortable with the feel of the movie, which is more raw, not as tightly focused on "preaching" the anti-war message as it's small screen counterpart. However, once I began adjusting my viewing senses to more readily absorb the movie's integrity, it's brilliance of creativity, "war-time operating-room realism" and humor, all became more apparent. It's ability to interweave these aspects with such a spontanetic balance was not only a reminder of a director's (Robert Altman) prime, but also, why this movie is considered such a classic of the genre, particularly in the realm of it's genre of dark comedy and satire.

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My favorite flix in the year that started the decade of decadence, disco and something else that starts with a "d".

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My Top 15 Guilty Pleasure Movies www.listal.com/list/guilty-pleasures-thecelestial

Can't We Be Dysfunctional Like A Normal Family? www.listal.com/list/dysfunctional-family-movies

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