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So far my list is just:

01. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

02. Apocalypse Now

03. Star Wars

04. The Life of Brian

05. Annie Hall

06. Alien

07. Taxi Driver

08. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

09. The Twelve Tasks of Asterix

Embarrassing confession time:

Reading this thread and trying to compose my list has made me realise just how few of the classics from the Greatest Decade in American Cinema I've actually seen. Thanks to various film guides, websites, Empire mag, and the few bits of Easy Riders Raging Bulls I've read, I know a little about most of the films and why they're revered, but I've seen far fewer of them than I thought!

Never seen: Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Manhattan, The Wicker Man, A Clockwork Orange, The Deer Hunter, to name just a few. And of those classics that I have seen, I either enjoyed them but didn't love them to the same extent as the things I've put on the later decades' lists (Chinatown, The French Connection, All the President's Men, American Graffiti), or found it hard to appreciate them at all (M*A*S*H and The Godfather in particular).

This makes me an utter philistine, I know, and I dare not show my face around here ever again. :(

*Goes and pushes Being There and Cuckoo's Nest to the top of Lovefilm rental list*

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01. Taxi Driver

02. Quadrophenia

03. The Jerk

04. Paper Moon

05. A Clockwork Orange

06. Suspiria

07. Easerhead

08. Badlands

09. Don't Look Now

10. The Exorcist

11. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

12. Halloween

I'm a list whore so it's at times like these that I get frustrated with my on-off relationship with films. I go through patches of wanting to watch every revered film possible, but much longer periods of putting off films, because sitting in front of the TV for 90+ minutes seems like a wretched task. (Though I'll happily waste away hours in front of the computer monitor). This probably explains why I've seen some lesser known films like Suspiria, yet haven't seen something obvious like Star Wars. Anyway I'll contribute to this decade cause I seemed to have seen more great films from it than others. Stuff may be added (Apocalypse Now is on my sky)

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1. Jaws

2. Star Wars

3. Annie Hall

4. Rocky

5. Saturday Night Fever

6. Dawn of The Dead

7. Walkabout

8. Don't Look Now

9. The Exorcist

10. Taxi Driver

11. The Godfather

12. The Godfather Part II

13. The Deer Hunter

14. Mad Max

15. Halloween

16. Logan's Run

17. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

18. Apocalypse Now

19. The Whicker Man

20. Watership Down

The 70s is an amazing decade in film - this list could have been 200 films - I took Willy Wonka out :( also no Alien, Cabaret, Kramer vs Kramer, Little Big Man, serpico, The French Connection...

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Embarrassing confession time:

Reading this thread and trying to compose my list has made me realise just how few of the classics from the Greatest Decade in American Cinema I've actually seen. Thanks to various film guides, websites, Empire mag, and the few bits of Easy Riders Raging Bulls I've read, I know a little about most of the films and why they're revered, but I've seen far fewer of them than I thought!

Never seen: Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Manhattan, The Wicker Man, A Clockwork Orange, The Deer Hunter, to name just a few. And of those classics that I have seen, I either enjoyed them but didn't love them to the same extent as the things I've put on the later decades' lists (Chinatown, The French Connection, All the President's Men, American Graffiti), or found it hard to appreciate them at all (M*A*S*H and The Godfather in particular).

This makes me an utter philistine, I know, and I dare not show my face around here ever again. :(

*Goes and pushes Being There and Cuckoo's Nest to the top of Lovefilm rental list*

You've got so much awesomeness to catch up on you should be hugging yourself with glee. I kind of envy you being able to see these films for the first time. Athought looking at the films you didn't take to perhaps you won't be overly fussed by some of the ones you've yet to see.

How about doing what I've been doing recently - scour eBay for cheap classics. I've been getting some amazing films for just a couple of pounds, including postage.

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1. Alien

2. Robin Hood (Disney)

3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

5. The Exorcist

6. Monty Python Life of Brian

7. The Warriors

8. Dawn of the Dead

9. Taxi Driver

10. Jaws

11. Dirty Harry

12.

13.

14.

15. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

16. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

17. Every Which Way but Loose

18. Get Carter

19. Dog Day Afternoon

20. Star Wars

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Mentions: Clockwork Orange, Godfather Parts I and II, Apocalypse Now, The French Connection

Struggled badly to reach this far. With the exception of Star Wars, I've only seen films below 10 once, and in some cases barely even remember them. They probably shouldn't even be in my list but I wanted to put together some semblance.

First off the deliberate omissions of The Godfathers and Clockwork. I've seen them all and thought yeah, they're good films. I can see why people rate them. Thing is if somebody said to me "Hey, let's watch Godfather/ Clockwork this week" I really wouldn't want to watch them. I mean for that reason alone they can't be in my top 20 favourite list, can they?

I think viewing The Godfather after Goodfellas, Casino and a season or two of The Sopranos has maybe ruined the experience for me. I quickly got used to and adored a certain style and I think this might be why I've never really took to them.

Clockwork is different, that's a film that I can appreciate it's brilliance but I don't like it any way, shape or form. It's a nasty piece that still leaves me uncomfortable despite several viewings. It's weird in that it's not that violent and the rape scene isn't that much yet still, in a word, the film is disturbing.

1. Alien

I don't remember this as fondly as the second, though they're totally different films. I don't know what to say that hasn't been done a million times before other than it's excellent.

2. Robin Hood (Disney)

Funny, action packed and even a little tense at the end. I watched and enjoyed the Disneys on cassette during the 90's, being older and an uncle I've seen them all again over the last few years with my niece and nephew. Robin Hood doesn't seem to get the praise it deserves and is probably quite under rated, though the aforementioned little ones enjoyed it as much as I did.

3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The end is cruel, Billy tragic and Ratched the devil. It's heartbreaking that she rules by fear and humiliation, probably almost unbelievable to the outside observer that she allows the gentle goading to progress to such a state. Her treatment of Billy is the worst of all.

Yet I find the film funny and caring and above all, believable. It's full of memorable bits and because they're nearly all funny or positive

(basketball, imaginary baseball commentary, Chief at the end, the boat trip, the piss up, above all the elevation of the men from zombie statues to people )

I find the film full of hope.

4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The biggest credit I can give is it does the book full justice. Hugely enjoyable.

5. The Exorcist

This inclusion is probably hugely contradictory. I've omitted many films on the basis that sure I can their technical brilliance, appreciate why others love them yet I find them too shocking to ever really enjoy or want to watch again. The Exorcist is different in that I find it hugely shocking yet it's a film I can watch and (mostly) enjoy.

I never found it scary, not even on first viewing. What it does do though is shock me, even after all this time. I mean everybody knows about the most notorius bits, but man, that slap.

6. Monty Python Life of Brian

Silly fun with a cracking final song.

7. The Warriors

Hugely silly and trashy, but I found it hugely entertaining. Only saw it in the last few years for the first time, where I watched it on TV unaware of it's quality. Surprised and entertained I was.

8. Dawn of the Dead

BRAINS. Love the setting and story, and having worked Christmas in retail appreciate the mindless zombies go shopping message. I find it looks pretty dated yet it's miles more effective than newer entries to the genre. Not usually a fan of gore, I found it more fun than disgusting, though at times the scales swing.

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I need to watch more films from the period I think. There's so many big name films from directors/ actors that I usually like that it's about time to make a start on catching up. Some of the "big" films that I've never seen include: Dirty Harry, Chinatown, Deerhunter, French Connection, Enter the Dragon, MASH, American Graffiti. There's been a fair few mentioned in here that sound good (Badlands, Harold and Maude, Don't Look Now, The Taking of Pelham 123).

It's the first time that the decades big hitters haven't really hit home with me, I wonder if this is why I've seen so few from the time. Well, either that or everything seems just so gloomy.

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3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The end is cruel, Billy tragic and Ratched the devil. It's heartbreaking that she rules by fear and humiliation, probably almost unbelievable to the outside observer that she allows the gentle goading to progress to such a state. Her treatment of Billy is the worst of all.

Yet I find the film funny and caring and above all, believable. It's full of memorable bits and because they're nearly all funny or positive

(basketball, imaginary baseball commentary, Chief at the end, the boat trip, the piss up, above all the elevation of the men from zombie statues to people )

I find the film full of hope.

It was based upon Ken Kesey's novel (which might be why it's so believable) which in turn was based upon his experience of working in a similar facility. Obviously, the characters are made more interesting for both the novel and the film but it's based upon real experience. Kesey even took the same drugs as the inmates to "experiment". It's a very touching film and I don't think it was sentimental slush either.

Reading this thread has probably made me regard the 70s as the best decade for cinema, there's so many iconic films.

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Well, we're getting to the decades where I begin to have difficulty filling a list. Have not quite enough for a top 20 so far, but the further back we go, the less films I've seen.*

Anyway, provisional list, for now:

  1. Badlands
  2. Alien
  3. Assault on Precinct 13
  4. Dog Day Afternoon
  5. Taxi Driver
  6. Watership Down
  7. La Planete Sauvage
  8. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
  9. Rocky
  10. Star Wars: A New Hope
  11. The Driver
  12. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  13. The Godfather
  14. Monty Python's Life of Brian
  15. Enter the Dragon
  16. Dirty Harry
  17. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  18. American Graffiti
  19. The Warriors

I really need to get around to watching Chinatown though, as it's a film I've owned for seven years and never got around to (always wanted to watch it with someone, but nobody else ever wanted to watch it :( ). Also, I'm absolutely certain I've forgotten some things. And I'm still very much wavering on my ordering here: Assault on Precinct 13, for example, I'm sure I'm drastically over-placing, probably because I love the theme tune far too much :D

Assuming I've not forgotten anything,** this decade is interesting as it's the only one where my sole animated films included are European - more than any other, this was a period when Europe was pushing animation far further than anywhere else, with both La planète sauvage and Watership Down really taking the form in interesting, gorgeous directions. Such a shame that the former's progeny extended no further than Gandahar and Time Masters, neither of which were quite as brilliant; and the latter only led to The Plague Dogs, which was brilliant, incredibly upsetting, but just not quite as 'interesting' from an animation standpoint. And, of course, cursed to come out in a decade when the Japanese were beginning to come to the forefront of animation.

As ever, I intend to explain some of the odder inclusions on this list once it's finalised - though, looking at it, it's the one with the least surprises in so far. Which you might expect of a decade I'm less familiar with.

Also, as with every other decade, my inability to handle horror films limits that genre's inclusion. Alien has the honour of being the only horror film I've made myself watch all of (albeit not in one go) simply because I could see that it was so bloody good, despite the terror. Oh, Ridley - what happened to you? :(

*this decade suffers above and beyond this as, for some reason, it's the one where I find myself not enjoying the larger number of critically-lauded films. For some reason I've never gotten on with any of Kubrick's films, and A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon both fall foul of this. I think they're possibly just too unpleasant for me to stomach - my problem, not theirs. I managed about half an hour of each before turning away before they sent me crazy with all their misery. Much the same goes for The Deer Hunter and Deliverance, both of which I barely got more than a few minutes into before bailing out in a panic. Finally, Apocalypse Now was just a bit too much of a headfuck. So, yeah, that's a bunch of potentials that fail to make the list because of my inability to stomach concentrated misery or confusion for any length of time :(

**I've totally forgotten something

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Subject to change, I'm sure.

01. Alien

02. Dawn of the Dead

03. Apocalypse Now

04. Taxi Driver

05. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

06. The Warriors

07. A Boy And His Dog

08. Annie Hall

09. Don't Look Now

10. Scenes From a Marriage

11. Badlands

12. Suspiria

13. House

14. Assault on Precinct 13

15. All The President's Men

16. Manhattan

17. Network

18. The Conversation

19. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

20. High Plains Drifter

21. The Boys In Company C

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It was based upon Ken Kesey's novel (which might be why it's so believable) which in turn was based upon his experience of working in a similar facility. Obviously, the characters are made more interesting for both the novel and the film but it's based upon real experience. Kesey even took the same drugs as the inmates to "experiment". It's a very touching film and I don't think it was sentimental slush either.

Aye, I've read and enjoyed the book though wasn't aware the author went to such lengths. I've read he didn't like the film which I must say I found a little strange, didn't think there was much difference between the two, thought it was faithful. Think I prefer the film too which is something of a rarity, but that said I'd seen the film numerous times before reading the novel so maybe that's why.

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Just caught Dirty Harry for the first time and it was hugely enjoyable, if a little silly in places. Some of the lines in it were fantastic (his tagline obviously, but especially "naked guy with a hardon and a knife") just reinforcing the fact that Clint is effortlessly cool.

The killer was gloriously unhinged, think he's a good part of why I enjoyed the movie so much. There was some really nice shots in the film, that one as the camera zooms out from the stadium especially.

I don't really buy the whole angle about the killer being

released so easily. Sure the thing about the improper search rendering evidence useless etc adds up, but he was seen attempting to kill a cop (Clints partner), assaulting Callaghan and was also seen shooting at both I think when on the rooftop. The helicopter pilots could surely have identified him too)

. That aside though it was pretty ace.

A quick gander suggests the sequels get progressively worse. I intend to see Magnum Force and maybe Enforcer but they seem to get real ropey after that. That in mind are the others still worth a watch? Still, I've put Dirty Harry in my list for the 70's even if it is a little premature after just one viewing.

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Tougher than the 80's list this one!

1.Star Wars "I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father"

2.Taxi Driver "I got some bad ideas in my head"

3.Blazing Saddles "I'm not a wabbit!"

4.The Godfather "In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns"

5.The Warriors "Why don't you just tie a mattress to your back?"

6.Animal House "I'm sorry. You'll have to come back later. I'm doing the dishes"

7.Apocalypse Now "Disneyland? Fuck, man, this is better than Disneyland!"

8.Network "Sounds like the basis of a firm friendship"

9.Wizards "*dirty Elf giggle*"

10.Master of the Flying Guillotine "See the long armed Hindu champion"

Despite the list above, when it comes to the 70's its Serpico that instantly springs to mind. While I think ,for the most part, the film is set in the 60's, the wonderfully gritty New York locations and cars betray the early 70's even if the wardrobe suggests otherwise. I love the use of his pet sheepdog to mark the passing of time, growing from adorable puppy it gets shaggier as does Frank's appearance. While I know films aren't shot in chronological order, its still worth noting that section had to be approached in reverse to allow for the character's hair and beard to be cut. This only makes my admiration for Pacino's performance stronger. For me its Al's greatest performance. Playful charm swinging from passionate determination to panicked desperation, always that seething frustration at the morally bankrupt world he's chosen to take a stand against bubbling away. And its not only the justice system, he may dress in the fashions of the time heading up a new approach to undercover policing, but Serpico never allows himself to be tempted by the trappings of society. "How come all your friends are on their way to being someone else?" he asks his girlfriend. During a time of cultural revolution, new scenes and the destruction of old taboos, he is swept up in the pursuit of re-establishing the fundamentals; truth, justice, honesty, good. Similar ground to Taxi Driver of course, but its hard to truly love Travis Bickle due to how emotionally damaged he is, Serpico's less complex character by comparison makes for easier viewing.

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1. Star Wars

2. Alien

3. The Godfather

4. The Godfather Part 2

5. Apocalypse Now

6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

7. Dawn of the Dead

8. The Sting

9. Jaws

10. Annie Hall

11. The Spy Who Loved Me

12. Mean Streets

13. The French Connection

14. Mad Max

15. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest

16. MASH

17.Taxi Driver

18. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

19. Get Carter

20. Bugsy Malone

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1. The Godfather Part II

2. The Godfather

3. Alien

4. Taxi Driver

5. Apocalypse Now

6. Jaws

7. Star Wars

8. The Warriors

9. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

10. Barry Lyndon

11. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

12. The Deer Hunter

13. Rocky

14. Straw Dogs

15. The Wicker Man

16. The French Connection

17. The Life of Brian

18. A Clockwork Orange

19. Robin Hood

20. The Outlaw Josey Wales

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1. Star Wars

2. Rocky

3. Grease

4. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

6. Cabaret

7. Annie Hall

8. Alien

9. The Lord of the Rings

10. Superman

11. Chinatown

12. Bugsy Malone

13. Get Carter

14. High Plains Drifter

15. Life of Brian

16. The Exorcist

17. A Clockwork Orange

18. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

19. Dawn of the Dead

20. Woodstock

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Wow, I didn't think the 70's would contain so many tough choices.

1. Alien

2. Dawn of the Dead

3. Taxi Driver

4. All That Jazz

5. Star Wars

6. The Exorcist

7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

8. Godfather II

9. Jaws

10. The Man Who Would Be King

11. Mean Streets

12. Five Easy Pieces

13. Papillon

14. The Taking of Pelham 123

15. Watership Down

16. Godfather

17. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

18. Rocky

19. The Wicker Man

20. Logan's Run

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01. Alien

02. Annie Hall

03. The Conversation

04. Don't Look Now

05. Jaws

06. The Man Who Fell to Earth

07. Manhattan

08. The Wicker Man

09. A Clockwork Orange

10. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

11. Le Cercle rouge

12. Dog Day Afternoon

13. Life of Brian

14. Chinatown

15. Stalker

16. Taxi Driver

17. Walkabout

18. Suspiria

19. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

20. Silent Running

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01 - The Man Who Fell to Earth

02 - Suspiria

03 - Stalker

04 - The Warriors

05 - La Planète Sauvage

06 - The Holy Mountain

07 - Alien

08 - Aguirre, The Wrath of God

09 - The Desert of the Tartars

10 - A Clockwork Orange

11 - Don't Look Now

12 - The Devils

13 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind

14 - El Topo

15 - The Ascent

16 - Assault on Precinct 13

17 - Mirror

18 - The Wicker Man

19 - Punishment Park

20 - Le Cercle Rouge

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1. Star Wars.

2. Superman

3. Rocky Horror Picture Show

4. The Warriors

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

6. Carry On At Your Convenience

7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

8. Dog Day Afternoon

9. Dirty Harry

10. Carrie

11. Grease

12. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

13. The Man Who Fell to Earth

14. Don't Look Now

15. Jaws

16. A Bridge too Far

17. Watership Down

18. Bugsy Malone

19. Carry On Dick

20. Digby, the biggest dog in the world.

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1. The Life of Brian

2. Dirty Harry

3. Alien

4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

5. Grease

6. The Exorcist

7. The Taking of Pelham 123

8. Fat City

9. Chinatown

10. The Last Picture Show

11. Taxi Driver

12. Star Wars

13. Harold and Maude

14. Jaws

15. Don’t Look Now

16. Dawn of The Dead

17. Halloween

18. Manhattan

19. The Conversation

20. Suspiria

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No order.

  1. Rocky
  2. Jaws
  3. Dawn of the Dead
  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
  5. Alien
  6. The Godfather
  7. West World
  8. Animal House
  9. A Clockwork Orange
  10. Smokey and the Bandit
  11. All the President's Men
  12. Network
  13. The Deer Hunter
  14. Life of Brian
  15. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
  16. Drunken Master
  17. Dirty Harry
  18. Star Wars
  19. Godfather II
  20. Halloween

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Rough order. sort of. but not really. except Taxi Driver, deffo #1

1. Taxi Driver

2. Apocalypse Now

3. Deer Hunter

4. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

5. Alien

6. Halloween

7. Eraserhead

8. Star Wars

9. Life of Brian

10. Jaws

11. Silent Running

12. Dawn of the Dead

13. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

14. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

15. Blazing Saddles

16. Dawn of the Dead

17. Mean Streets

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1. Dirty Harry

2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

3. The Sting

4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

5. Chinatown

6. Apocalypse Now

7. Alien

8. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

9. The French Connection

10. Logan’s Run

11. The Outlaw Josey Wales

12. The Life of Brian

13. The Three Musketeers

14. Young Frankenstein

15. Animal House

16. Superman

17. Robin Hood

18. MASH

19. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

20. The Andromeda Strain

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Ooh, this was a tough one. I'm probably forgetting something obvious, too, as I have with every other decade. Forgetting Back to the Future in my '80s list? Pah!

1. Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)

2. Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)

3. The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)

4. Dog Day Afternoon (1975, Sidney Lumet)

5. Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick)

6. Manhattan (1979, Woody Allen)

7. Badlands (1973, Terrence Malick)

8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, Milos Forman)

9. Rocky (1976, John G. Avildsen)

10. Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)

11. Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)

12. Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)

13. The Godfather: Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)

14. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)

15. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972, Werner Herzog)

16. Five Easy Pieces (1970, Bob Rafelson)

17. Sleeper (1973, Woody Allen)

18. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones)

19. Blazing Saddles (1974, Mel Brooks)

20. The Last Picture Show (1971, Peter Bogdanovich)

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