Top 50 movies of the 1970’s as remembered by Sonic…

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….or were they really?

One day I was thinking about an old movie and had good memories of it. I decided to watch if for the first time in 30 plus years. I was horrified. The movie was nothing like I remembered. Here’s the thing. The movie did not change, but my perceptions of what is a good movie changed beyond a doubt. Did I romanticize the movie for some reason? Was there some association of what was happening in my life when I watched the movie that made me remember it fondly? Did I make the movie a tall tale in my mind? Or did time simply pass it into irrelevancy? So, where there is one, there must be more. Which brings us to what this list is all about.

Do they hold up still?

This list of movies I pulled from my memory and put in order of how good I remembered them to be. Some were watched when they came out and others were watched years later, but the list contains only movies from the 1970’s. My age during this time ranged from 4 to 14, so it is a good bet that some in the later 70’s were watched when they came out, but others were watched later, even into the 80’s.  But to be on this list it had to be released in the 70’s and I had to watch it sometime in the 70’s – 80’s. This is not a list of the best, must-see movies or the top blockbusting movies of that decade. They are simply movies I remembered seeing and liking.

I will be slowly watching these movies again and updating the rating for them as having stood the test of time or failed for one reason or another. I may even put some comments as to why it passed of failed. Keep checking back for updates and let’s see how they held up over time.

1. Star Wars
“It really stood the test of time. It was so unique and set the standard for future sci-fi movies.”
2. Star Trek
“So slow! Captain Kirk seemed childish and petty. The only redeeming quality was the idea of Voyager VI learning and returning with what it learned.”
3. Close Encounters of the 3rd kind
4. The Bad News Bears
“As a kid that played ball on a team just like this, I enjoyed this movie. As an adult it held up and I got to relive some good memories.”
5. Jaws
6. Rocky
7. Alien
8. Mad Max
9. Grease
10. Superman
11. King Kong
12. Chinatown
“It has Jack Nicholson….enough said.”
13. Taxi Driver
14. American Graffiti
15. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s nest
16. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
17. The Sting
18. Logan’s Run
19. The Warriors
20. Assault on Precinct 13
21. Escape from the Planet of the Apes
22. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
23. The Wanderers
24. Smokey and the Bandit
25. The Three Musketeers
26. Death Race 2000
27. Invasion of the body snatchers
28. Vanishing Point
29. Corvette Summer
30. The Black Hole
31. Gone in 60 Seconds
32. Future World
33. Rollerball
34. No Deposit No Return
35. Benji
36. Return from Witch Mountain
37. Time after Time
38. Animal House
39. Car Wash
40. Damnation Alley
41. Badlands
42. The Buddy Holly Story
43. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
44. Freaky Friday
45. Escape to Witch Mountain
46. The Apple Dumpling Gang
47. Canonball
48. The Land that Time Forgot
49. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
50. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Final Thoughts

This will be a fun test of memories and just how we change over time. Feel free to share your thoughts on my results. Did they hold up for you the same?

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