Wednesday, January 23, 2013

50 Essential New York Movies of the 1970’s



If you want to immerse yourself in a sleazy but photogenic pre-Giuliani New York full of cops, criminals, drug-pushers and prostitutes (plus a few regular civilians) then spend a month watching these 50 movies.

I’ve only included works both made and set in the 70’s, so no Godfather Part 11 for example, and most or all of the film had to take place in the city, so movies like Bananas were left out.

The term ‘essential’ refers to the film’s ability to capture the city rather than the quality of the film itself. However, nearly all of these are actually quite good.

  1. Across 110th Street (Barry Shear, 1972)
  2. All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979)
  3. An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky, 1978)
  4. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
  5. Cops and Robbers (Aram Avakian, 1973)
  6. Cotton Comes to Harlem (Ossie Davis, 1970)
  7. Death Wish (Michael Winner, 1974)
  8. Desperate Characters (Frank D. Gilroy, 1971)
  9. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
  10. Eyes of Laura Mars (Irvin Kershner, 1978)
  11. Fingers (James Toback, 1978)
  12. For Pete's Sake (Peter Yates, 1974)
  13. Hi, Mom! (Brian De Palma, 1970)
  14. Husbands (John Cassavetes, 1970)
  15. I Never Sang for My Father (Gilbert Cates, 1970)
  16. Klute (Alan J.Pakula, 1971)
  17. Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton, 1979)
  18. Law And Disorder (Ivan Passer, 1974)
  19. Little Murders (Alan Arkin, 1971)
  20. Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
  21. Marathon Man (John Schlesinger, 1976)
  22. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
  23. Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)
  24. Opening Night (John Cassavetes, 1977)
  25. Plaza Suite (Arthur Hiller, 1971)
  26. Saturday Night Fever (John Badham, 1977)
  27. Serpico (Sidney Lumet, 1973)
  28. Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971)
  29. Sisters (Brian De Palma, 1973)
  30. Such Good Friends (Otto Preminger, 1971)
  31. Super Fly (Gordon Parks, Jr.,1972)
  32. Taking Off (Milos Forman, 1971)
  33. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
  34. The Anderson Tapes (Sidney Lumet, 1971)
  35. The Driller Killer (Abel Ferrara, 1979)
  36. The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)
  37. The Goodbye Girl (Herbert Ross, 1977)
  38. The Hospital (Arthur Hiller, 1971)
  39. The Hot Rock (Peter Yates, 1972)
  40. The Landlord (Hal Ashby, 1970)
  41. The Out-of-Towners (Arthur Hiller, 1970)
  42. The Panic in Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg, 1971)
  43. The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Melvin Frank, 1975)
  44. The Seven-Ups (Philip D'Antoni, 1973)
  45. The Sunshine Boys (Herbert Ross, 1975)
  46. The Super Cops (Gordon Parks, 1974)
  47. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974)
  48. The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979)
  49. Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack, 1975)
  50. Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)



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