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From an earlier thread about a list of the worst films ever made, for which I thought "Heaven's Gate" had got a bad rap. I considered Michael Cimino's film a masterpiece, but reading about it brought me down into a wikipedia wormhole for a couple of hours about the whole fiasco that brought United Artists to it's knees.

And one term I hadn't heard of before was the New Hollywood era that lasted between 1967 with Bonnie and Clyde till 1980 with, well, Heaven's Gate. Apparently, this film destroyed not only a movie company, but a whole era of film.

Another attribute I found about this film era was how many films were in it that I consider some of the best films ever made.

So using that list from the Wiki I linked above, which of these films do you consider some of your favorites?

I think my top 2 would think(besides Heaven's Gate, and Bladerunner)..





I do love me some Michael Cimino!


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Oh, wow. Too many to pick just 2 or 3 or 10. Great, great list of films!
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Of those, though there are lots of greats, two that stand out as better than I expected, based on their reputations, are Catch-22 and Apocalypse Now. Catch-22 had some marvelous performances, and while it deviated substantially from the book, very effectively captured the absurdity of it. Some truly wonderful scenes.

Apocalypse Now I had largely dismissed as yet another lecture about how important Vietnam was to my parents' generation. It's dramatically more universal than that.
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I'm watching Jaws right now as I type this.
Some really good movies on the list.
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Interesting that this is the era where actors were hired on (gasp!) their acting abilities rather than purely on looks (of course, that was still a factor, but a much lesser one).
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I'd have to pick Apocalypse Now and Taxi Driver, if you forced me to pick two, but man-oh man, what a list.

P.S. Sam Peckenpah seems underrepresented on the list...no The Wild Bunch, Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia or Cross Of Iron?**?
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I'm thinking The Godfather would have to be right up there.
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That was interesting to learn about the demise of UA due to Heaven's Gate. The end of an era indeed.

From that list I'd have to pick Raiders of the Lost Ark and Blade Runner as two of my favorites among many really good films from that era.
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EgorjLileli wrote:
Oh, wow. Too many to pick just 2 or 3 or 10. Great, great list of films!


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Apocalypse Now and Deer Hunters
next up in no order Taxi Driver, Blade Runner, Alien

Interesting to see, that besides John Carpenter no other director of the 70ies Horror Movies is on that list. I think at least Wes Craven should be included; and Tobe Hooper, George A. Romero & Sam Raimi as well.
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I don't know if I should say this publicly, but I never understood the love for Bladerunner.
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futhee wrote:
I don't know if I should say this publicly, but I never understood the love for Bladerunner.


Watch the director's cut.

The movie is a very adept exploration of the meanings of "consciousness," "love," "life," "death," and "god."

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Better than Westworld, too.


Brilliant, start to finish. The cinematic release is good, but not what it could have been.
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"oh..I know you. You brade-runnah!"

One of my favorite lines from that movie, because it is so stereotypical. Years later, George Lucas would be vilified by some for using a similar dialect for the "villains" (Trade Federation) in "The Phantom Menace".
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The Sting
Star Wars
Jaws
Bladerunner

Hands down, my four favorites (sorry, there is no way I could pick two). What a fantastic list of great movies.
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There are about fifty must see from this era, but I'm going to list a range that covers both a range of directors and genres:

MASH (Altman)
Rosemary's Baby (Polanski)
Little Big Man (Penn)
Klute (Pakula)
McCabe & Mrs Miller (Altman)
Young Frankenstein (Brooks)
Dog Day Afternoon (Lumet)
The Exorcist (Friedkin)
Blow Out (DePalma)
Annie Hall (Allen)

When I consider these lists, I realize that perhaps 2% - 3% of my waking life hours have been spent watching films, and I don't regret that at all - except for perhaps Blue Lagoon (Shields) and Massacre at Central High (Horsehead bookends!!)



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oh, and Highlander 3: The Quickening - which was a compromise watch with my wife, during one of our first dates.

I compromised, because our first three "date" films were this:

Godfather 1 (rereleased during a movie festival)
The Bad Lieutenant
Husbands and Wives



 
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It's my absolute favorite era of films! So many excellent films!

I never realized it had a name. Thanks for the share!

Edit:

I looked at the list, it is missing one of the more intense movies from that era...

Punishment Park

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punishment_Park


Second Edit:

The Last Detail


The Last Picture Show


Paper Moon


Chinatown


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How about some tense Spielberg?

Duel - better than it had any right to be

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bop517 wrote:
It's my absolute favorite era of films! So many excellent films!

I never realized it had a name. Thanks for the share!

Edit:

I looked at the list, it is missing one of the more intense movies from that era...

Punishment Park



Gary - superb list in this post, had to think really hard about putting all of them in my own list of two...

Spot on about Punishment Park, Peter Watkin's only U.S. film. He was a groundbreaking director. If you've not done so already, check out two of his earlier films made for the Beeb, Culloden, and The War Game, which was banned over here until the mid-Eighties.
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Edward Sexby wrote:
bop517 wrote:
It's my absolute favorite era of films! So many excellent films!

I never realized it had a name. Thanks for the share!

Edit:

I looked at the list, it is missing one of the more intense movies from that era...

Punishment Park



Gary - superb list in this post, had to think really hard about putting all of them in my own list of two...

Spot on about Punishment Park, Peter Watkin's only U.S. film. He was a groundbreaking director. If you've not done so already, check out two of his earlier films made for the Beeb, Culloden, and The War Game, which was banned over here until the mid-Eighties.


Will do!
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