7 Top Movies of the 70s That Are Perfect for Retro Movie Night ...


Nothing is more perfect on a night in than movies of the 70s! They’re original, well told and captivating. Plus, they bring us back to a different time in Hollywood when actors were fine tuned in their craft. Although today’s movies are good they’re not as good as the movies of the 70s!

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Taxi Driver, 1976

Starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver was one of the most popular movies of the 70s. The crime/drama in all honesty reminds me of the movie Pretty Woman (1990) starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere... except darker and more intense. The movie is about a Vietnam War veteran who now drives taxis at night all while suffering from PTSD. The ignorance and obnoxious ways of the city he provides his taxi service in cause him to become aggressive. However, he meets a prostitute who he feels sorry for and he tries to save her.


Alien, 1979

Alien is about crew on the spacecraft, Nostromo, which receive a SOS signal from an unexplored planet. Only after the crew have landed on the unknown planet, the computers on Nostromo decipher the SOS signal – to the crew’s dismay, the signal was not a distress call. Instead, it was a warning about the unknown planet’s alien colony. As the crew make their way back to earth they unknowingly bring back unwelcome guests.


Apocalypse Now, 1979

This movie stars a ton of A-list actors such as Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, and Harrison Ford! This movie takes place in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) and his men are sent in to guerrilla territory to find Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a defected Colonel who has solidified himself as a God amongst a primitive tribe.


Star Wars, 1977

(A.K.A. Star Wars. Episode IV – A New Hope) A household name, Star Wars is an iconic movie in pop culture. This sci-fi/action-adventure movie takes place in space where an unlikely team get together to save the universe from The Empire. Star Wars won 7 Oscars in 1978 including the Oscar for Best Effects, Visuals Effects, and Best Music, Original Score.


One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975

A dramatic movie about brotherhood, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the story of mental institute patients who band together to stand up against the harsh and controlling head nurse. In 1976, this movie won the Oscar for Best Picture, as well as for Best Writing!


The Godfather: Part II, 1974

I have to be honest; I have a crush on young Al Pacino – those big, brown droopy eyes, and his thick black hair always catch my attention. Anyway, if you’re not in to the Al Pacino-type then maybe the fact that The Godfather: Part II won 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing might catch your attention! Before watching The Godfather: Part II, make sure to watch The Godfather (the first movie) first. There’s a Godfather: Part III however it didn’t do as well as the first two movies.


The Godfather, 1972

In my opinion, and many other’s as well (The Godfather scored an average of 9.2/10 stars with over 800,000 IMDb users and is #1 on IMBd’s top 250 movies list) The Godfather has to be one of the best movies of the 70s. Whether you’re in to crime/drama/gangster movies or not, The Godfather will pleasantly surprise you. Although the movie centers around the lives of a mob family, the movie is about the trust and love a dying father puts in his sons to carry his name and success.

The amount of Oscars or awards a movie wins doesn’t make it great. Instead, what makes a movie great is how you felt during and after watching it. What are some of your favourite movies of the 70s?

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