Tuesday, September 01, 2015

My Ten Favorite Movies of 1976

Taxi Driver
All the President's Men
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
The Front
Face to Face
Small Change
Mikey and Nicky
Dona Flora and Her Two Husbands

The seventies are always heralded as a good era for films. This is just one year and although it is a good year it is not great. Studios were still putting out films that would be indies and in art houses today. Five of these would not be at your neighborhood multiplex. And that probably means that seeing them for most people would be on their TV or computer.

What about you? What did you like in 1976?


Deb said...

The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Last Tycoon, Murder by Death, and Lifeguard (whereupon Sam Elliott joined the ranks of Deb's secret husbands and never relinquished the role).

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I like your list better than Deb's - sorry, Deb.

I'd include All the President's Men, Small Change and Taxi Driver for sure. Maybe not top 10 but I'd mention Assault on Precinct 13 and Next Stop, Greenwich Village.

But what about a word of remembrance for some guilty pleasures, awful as some of them were? Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw, for one, with Lynda (Wonder Woman) Carter and Marjoe Gortner. Or the silly spoof of disaster movies, The Big Bus. And there was Joe Dante's first film, the entertaining Hollywood Boulevard with Candy Rialson and the great Dick Miller. And who could forget the flesh-burrowing worms of Squirm? Not me.

Jeff M.

George said...

Taxi Driver
All the President's Men
Family Plot (Hitchock's last film)
Logan's Run
Marathon Man
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Shootist

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, All the President's Men had so much of an impact, didn't it?!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I thought about including ROCKY and MARATHON MAN. But in the long run, I wanted to include some foreign and indie films that seemed groundbreaking to me. Also CARRIE, but I think it's a bit too hysterical from start to finish to rate in the top en. Sadly I am almost never able to appreciate spoof movies," can't get in WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER now. I must lack a gene.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I can still remember seeing TAXI DRIVER and how impressed I was. Great stuff. No, as I said those movies were bad and I'd never watch them again (well, maybe HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD) but they were fun once. For some reason Jackie saw SMALL CHANGE by herself and then raved about it until I saw it.

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

It is definitely my lacking something. It's not that I don't like humor. I love humor but I don't get the humor in certain movies.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Jackie feels the same. Things I find funny, she doesn't.

But on the other hand, she loved PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE.

Jeff M.

Graham Powell said...

Patti, I thought you didn't like KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE? I must be thinking of someone else.

Mathew Paust said...

George's list. Sorry, Patti, some of the ones you listed I'd not heard of. Never been much of a film buff **sniff**

Elgin Bleecker said...

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and NETWORK are great movies. One of John Wayne’s best films, and his last, THE SHOOTIST, came out that year.

Richard R. said...

I've heard of four of your list, seen three. That surprises me, since I was watching a lot of movies then.

Cap'n Bob said...

Other than what you presented I have no idea what films came out in 1976, but of those I'd pick Taxi Driver. The Shootist is a close second.

Charles Gramlich said...

I could probably put together a list of my top ten movies ever. would have to do a lot of research to figure out what years movies were made in. I remember Star Wars 1977. My graduation year. a lot of movies I liked were made in the late 70s early 80s.

Todd Mason said...

My first thought was the films of 1976 that I liked the most that I saw in 1976 or shortly thereafter...the year I turned 12. Didn't get around to TAXI DRIVER for some time...or even PRESIDENT'S MEN.

FREAKY FRIDAY (a good Jodie Foster year)

Todd Mason said...

(I doubt I would rate GUMBALL so highly now, for example, or MASSACRE, or BEARS--Jodie and Tatum certainly caught my eye even more than previously. Still have a soft spot in my heart for THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE--present tense, actually, as it turns out). (Didn't care for MURDER BY DEATH even then, and while I definitely loved Sissy Spacek, I didn't see CARRIE till after reading the novel a year or so later...one of the few lean King novels, and not improved in adaptatio even by a good cast.) BINGO LONG was a pretty close miss here.

Among tv movies, the one I liked fairly well in 1976 that probably wouldn't hold up too well was THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE, which I thought a bit wet even as I was watching it.

One of the few films I've walked out of, the first, was in 1976, THE FOOD OF THE GODS.