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Old 16-10-2005, 01:45   #1
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Best 70's New York films

I saw The Taking of the Pelham 123 the other night, for the very first time, and realised that the 70's was such an excellent decade for films. Especially New York based ones. The city was a hole at the time, but it seemed to provide a perfect backdrop for gritty crime films.

So what are your favourite 70's New York films?

Here's mine (not in order):

1. Taxi Driver
2. Serpico
3. Dog Day Afternoon
4. Mean Streets
5. The French Connection
6. The Warriors
7. Taking of the Pelham 123
8. Midnight Cowboy (I know it's late 60's, but it deserves to be in this list)
9. Marathon Man
10.The Panic in Needle Park
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Old 16-10-2005, 11:46   #2
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I'd echo "Mean Streets" and "Dog Day Afternoon".

I will add "Manhattan", "An Unmarried Woman" and "Dressed To Kill" (1980 but it deserves a place).
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Old 16-10-2005, 18:58   #3
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It's surprisingly hard to think of many New York 70s movies, other than those already mentioned. I like Scorcese's New York, New York but the film isn't really about New York. Cimino's Year of the Dragon would have been a good 70s movie, if only it hadn't been made in the mid-1980s (but it does have some great shots of the Manhattan skyline at dawn). There's always The Godfather, of course.
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Klute. NY I think.
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Old 16-10-2005, 19:17   #5
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Saturday Night Fever, which is much more gritty and bleak than people care to remember.

Not many rate this one, but I always had a soft spot for Eyes of Laura Mars which I think is a great New York film. As a thriller it's entertaining enough if a bit wonky, but I like how it captures the whole late 70's New York disco/art/fashion scene.

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Old 16-10-2005, 19:23   #6
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Klute. NY I think.
Dear Mr Thirnis,

If you only "think" Klute was set in New York, then why claim it as your favorite New York movie? Why not, say, The Parallax View, which I think was Seattle but what the heck? Sorry to be slightly rude but sometimes . . . you slightly snap.
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Klute. NY I think.
I've been meaning to watch that, you recommend it?

I also heard Three Days of the Condor is supposed to be quite good.
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...and another vote for Klute, which I can confirm is very much a 70's NY film.
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Death Wish and The Hot Rock spring to mind - as well as Sea of Love, but that really is stretching the time-frame a bit too far...
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Old 16-10-2005, 21:04   #10
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Dear Mr Thirnis,

If you only "think" Klute was set in New York, then why claim it as your favorite New York movie? Why not, say, The Parallax View, which I think was Seattle but what the heck? Sorry to be slightly rude but sometimes . . . you slightly snap.
"slightly snap" indeed

Can't really see what's got you so worked up. If Klute was indeed in NY (as I thought) then no reason why it can't be one of the best 70's NY films. Who mentioned Seattle anyway? Some people in this thread have mentioned films that weren't even in the 70s but I don't see anyone throwing their toys out of the pram over that..

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Always liked Nighthawks myself (Rutgur Hawer, Sly Stallone and Billy Dee Williams) although I think it was made in the early 1980's but still has that classic 1970's New York cop film feel to it.
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One of the ultimate New York films for me is "Tootsie" which was 1982 but richly deserves a mention.

Others which have come to mind since my earlier post:

The early sections of "Bananas" - some of Woody's funniest work with a great use of location shooting.

Going back to the late 1960s Don Siegel's NY double "Madigan" and "Coogan's Bluff" and, of course, Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby".

Not all of the following are great films but they make great use of location.

"Gloria"
"Next Stop Greenwich Village"
"Superfly"
"God Told Me To"
"The Wanderers"
"Taking Off"
"Stroszek"
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Taking of Pelham 123 was superb, great performances by Walter Matheau and Robert Shaw
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er..."Manhattan".


EDIT: didn't notice Mike has already mentioned my fave Woody Allen movie, but I second its' inclusion here.

Also give another vote to Klute

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Across 110th Street, from 1972 with Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto.
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Can't have 'Times Square' not getting a mention.

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The Anderson Tapes - brilliant heist movie.
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It's not my favourite, but I think 'The Warriors' deserves a mention.
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