On this list, we brought the ten most influential films of the 1970s. Below are fabulous masterpieces from the 1970s, with great names in directing and powerful themes being addressed in their plots. Loneliness, existential weight, the aspect of madness, and even spying stories are just some of the plots. Let’s go to the list!
10º – The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)A reputable wiretapping expert has the mission of investigating for some time a man and a woman at the request of a large company trustee. Always involved in a solitary routine, living alone in his apartment and without friends, the man will become completely obsessed with the content of the wiretaps, creating a conspiratorial paranoia that may not be so unfounded. A masterpiece in all its aspects by filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, ‘The Conversation’ details every meander that cinema has to offer, creating a story that manages to shiver the spectator even working with scenes that are cadenced and focused on small details. The film also presents one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema, with actor Gene Hackman explaining what is most beautiful and tragic about his character and the human species.
9º – Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)We will follow the daily life of a young man belonging to an upper class family who decided to leave everything behind and live a common life. His anxieties, dilemmas, his exacerbated model of dealing with the human apparatus, his friendships, his turbulent relationship with his girlfriend and his vision of work are distinguished by the film during the 98 minutes of projection. The pearl of the year 1970, ‘Five Easy Pieces’ explains how each subject has his own very evident subjective layer which prevents that traditional view of life from being unique and unalterable. The work also exposes the existential dramas of a man completely aimless in the world, and who suffers from this lack of meaning. His daring end, without ceasing to work with all the aura of softness governed throughout the rest of the work, crown and makes this option come very close to the nickname of masterpiece. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, we still have Jack Nicholson as a protagonist in a touching and extremely visceral performance.
8º – Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975)A private investigator is hired by a woman whose adolescent daughter had disappeared, having to insert herself into the mysterious meanderings of the girl’s disappearance. The film gains its substance when the man begins to face, as the investigation progresses, a degeneration of all the apparatuses of his life, with his wife betraying him, his turbulent past returning to the surface and his day to day more and more empty. An underestimated masterpiece of the 1970s, ‘Night Moves’ is a film that impresses with the rigor of its unretouchable script, Arthur Penn’s productive direction and Gene Hackman’s powerful performance, working to investigate the dead end that is the life of a middle-aged man.
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