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Best movies about NYC in the 70s

I'm fascinated by this era. Any film recommendations?

by Anonymousreply 11601/24/2015

The Eyes of Laura Mars.


by Anonymousreply 107/23/2012

Taxi Driver

by Anonymousreply 207/23/2012

It's more late 60s/early '70s but I always thought "Boys in the Band" totally captured NYC in that period. Including that amazing apartment.

by Anonymousreply 307/23/2012

OP, this is ALL you'll ever need to know about NYC in the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 407/23/2012

Dog Day Afternoon

by Anonymousreply 507/23/2012

Godspell - you can see NYC from the top of the WTC.

Superman the movie - has some great location shots when not filmed in a studio set.

But my favorite is actually made in 1982 and it's a doozy: NEW YORK RIPPER. It captures NYC like nothing else.

by Anonymousreply 607/23/2012

Looking For Mr. Goodbar

The Ritz

by Anonymousreply 707/23/2012

The Panic in Needle Park

Annie Hall

Mean Streets

Saturday Night Fever

by Anonymousreply 807/23/2012

Dressed To Kill

by Anonymousreply 907/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 1007/23/2012

Summer of Sam with Mira Sorvino

by Anonymousreply 1107/23/2012

Last Days Of Disco


by Anonymousreply 1207/23/2012

Summer of Sam

Annie Hall

Looking for Monsieur Goodbar

Taxi Driver

Dog Day Afternoon

by Anonymousreply 1307/23/2012

Death Wish

The Warriors

by Anonymousreply 1407/23/2012

French Connection

by Anonymousreply 1507/23/2012

One of the best but definitely one of the least known is a movie called Me, Natalie (starring Patty Duke and James Farentino (with a great guest appearance by Elka Lanchester).

by Anonymousreply 1607/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 1707/23/2012

The Out of Towners.

by Anonymousreply 1807/23/2012

King Kong

by Anonymousreply 1907/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 2007/23/2012

Warriors was good.

by Anonymousreply 2107/23/2012

R13 lists the perfect five.

Here are a few that are pretty good:


The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3

Sisters (set in Staten Island)

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

by Anonymousreply 2207/23/2012

Sheila Levine is Alive and Living in New york

by Anonymousreply 2307/23/2012

Oops, she's dead and living in New York

by Anonymousreply 2407/23/2012

I always thought Looking For Mr. Goodbar was filmed in Chicago.

by Anonymousreply 2507/23/2012

The Anderson Tapes

Three Days of the Condor

The Godfather 1 & 2

Marathon Man


by Anonymousreply 2607/23/2012

Wasn't the first Godfather movie set in the '40s and the second in the '20s and '50s?

by Anonymousreply 2707/23/2012

even the intro to Looking for Mr Goodbar is very NYC 1970s

by Anonymousreply 2807/23/2012

Going the documentary route "Gay Sex in the 70s" and "Ultra Suede: The Life of Halston" really encapsulate that decadent period.

by Anonymousreply 2907/23/2012

The documentary about Klaus Nomi (The Nomi Song) has a lot about NYC and the music scene of the 1970s

by Anonymousreply 3007/23/2012

Summer of Sam was not at all a good movie about NYC in the 70s. It was horrible. I had really looked forward to it and couldn't believe what a fail it was. Did not capture the time period at all.

by Anonymousreply 3107/23/2012

Diary of a Mad Housewife

by Anonymousreply 3207/23/2012

I agree R31. That movie was a mess. Spike Lee could not film crowd scenes at all, John Leguizamo did not convince as an Italian, and the talking dog was stupid.

by Anonymousreply 3307/23/2012

Rich Kids (hugely underrated film)

Desperate Characters (ditto)


The Landlord

The Boys in the Band

Mean Streets

Where's Poppa?


Dog Day Afternoon

Annie Hall

Cruising (whatever its other problems, it does really capture the feel of NYC in 1980, especially in its outdoor photography)

Jacob's Ladder (though it was filmed decades later, it gets the feel of a certain part of NYC in the 70s down exactly)

Last Days of Disco (ditto)

by Anonymousreply 3407/23/2012

The Royal Tenenbaums also does a good job recapturing the look of a part of NYC in the 70s (for part of the film).

by Anonymousreply 3507/23/2012

Weirdly enough, Can't Stop the Music also does an interesting job of capturing the city in 1980. And a film made just a few years later in 1982, the horror film Q, also captures parts of NYC in that era that few other movies do.

by Anonymousreply 3607/23/2012

The Conversation

by Anonymousreply 3707/23/2012

Re:Summer of Sam

Adrien Brody's punk was an anachronism. The ironic Mohawk didn't hit the NYC scene until a few years after SoS.It wasn't even in the UK during the summer of Sam.He's also all worked out and toned. Punks were not at all interested in lifting weights and doing crunches. Even gay punks.

And what did Leguzamo's marriage and fucking around have to do with anything? Who cared? Was Lee trying to make some stupid parallel -- these Italian guys are all violent and hate women, whether they use a gun or their fists or their penises (Berkowitz was adopted and was ethnically Italian).

Most of Berkowitz's victims were middle class young people, not lowlife skeeves. None were married. None were punks with six pack abs and anachronistic Mohawks who hung out in lower Manhattan, where Berkowitz never went. Most of Berkowitz's victims were in Queens. They were young singles going to discos. Most of the terror was in Queens, where young women went to salons to have their long brown hair cut and bleached so they wouldn't fit the profile of the killer's preferred victims.

You may like SoS as a movie, but it's nothing like the real summer of 77. There was a movie out there just waiting to be made about the killings, the victims, the communities, the atmosphere, the investigation, the killer... but Summer of Sam wasn't it; not by a long shot. Scorsese did a much better job of evoking the 60s and 70s New York outer boroughs in Goodfellas.

by Anonymousreply 3807/23/2012

Dog Day Afternoon

Boys in the Band

The French Connection

Looking For Mr Goodbar

Annie Hall

Taxi Driver

by Anonymousreply 3907/23/2012

Saturday Night Fever

by Anonymousreply 4007/23/2012

Night Shift, Tootsie, and When Harry Met Sally are my favorite New York movies, and inspired me to to move there.

And yes I know they weren't from the 70s!

by Anonymousreply 4107/23/2012

Only When I Laugh, which is an underrated little movie that shows a lot of the UWS in '78 or '79, whenever it was filmed.

by Anonymousreply 4207/23/2012

God, I can still hear Neva Moskowitz' voice.

by Anonymousreply 4307/23/2012

While I quite enjoyed much of what Ms. R38 had to share, I must also suggest that she unclench already. Let it go, bitch!

by Anonymousreply 4407/23/2012

After Hours. Griffin Dunne and Rosanna Arquette star. Scorsese directed. Great unusual quirky captivating 80s film showing you a lot of New York at night.

by Anonymousreply 4507/23/2012

After Hours is about the 80s, not the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 4607/23/2012

The Age of Innocence. Upper crust New York in the 1870's.

by Anonymousreply 4707/23/2012

Goodbye Girl

by Anonymousreply 4807/23/2012

The Turning Point

by Anonymousreply 4907/23/2012

Fort apache the bronx Warriors Pope of Greenwich V Hair Arthur

by Anonymousreply 5007/23/2012

Report to the Commissioner is a very New York City film, and you get to see the youngest Richard Gere.

The Cliff Gorman/Joe B. cop film, whose name just left me. 'Cops and Robbers?'

by Anonymousreply 5107/24/2012

Just watched on TCM late night an obscure 1971 George Segal, Karen Black flick called "Born To Win" about dope addicts. 85% of it was filmed outside and around Times Square. You can see how much has changed and how you really didn't want to hang around there at the time.

by Anonymousreply 5207/24/2012

I like The Conversation, but that is San Francisco, not NY. We can stick with Gene Hackman and go for The French Connection.

by Anonymousreply 5307/24/2012

(quote)When Harry Met Sally

Saw that in a theater opening weekend and not since and I don't remember anything but them talking in a car and the famous deli scene. Couldn't even begin to think it's a NY movie and I saw it in NY.

by Anonymousreply 5407/24/2012

Fort Apache: the Bronx

Do the Right Thing

Basketball Diaries


by Anonymousreply 5507/25/2012

The Pope of Greenwich Village


Searching for Bobby Fischer

Desperately Seeking Susan

by Anonymousreply 5607/25/2012

Emanuelle in America...the opening credits is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 5707/25/2012

"The Landlord" Beau Bridges stars:

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it into a posh flat. But Elgar is not one to be bound by yesterday's urges, and soon he has other thoughts on his mind. He's grown fond of the black tenants and particularly of Fanny, the wife of a black radical; he's maybe fallen in love with Lanie

by Anonymousreply 5807/25/2012

Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden)

Liquid Sky (Slava Tsukerman)

Both futuristic indie movies made in the early 80's. both set in NYC and grounded in 70's concerns and sensibilities.

by Anonymousreply 5907/25/2012

[quote]Only When I Laugh, which is an underrated little movie that shows a lot of the UWS in '78 or '79

A preternaturally clean and sparkling 1979 UWS

by Anonymousreply 6007/25/2012

What about For Pete's Sake?

Prisoner of Second Avenue also perfectly captured the squalid NYC of the 70's.

by Anonymousreply 6107/25/2012

The Landlord is more Sixties.

by Anonymousreply 6207/25/2012

What about "The French Connection"?

by Anonymousreply 6307/25/2012

Hair is also more sixties.

by Anonymousreply 6407/25/2012

I would love to see a film about Times Square and all the seedy shit.

Anything out there you know of?

by Anonymousreply 6507/26/2012

There's Times Square (1980), which has become something of a cult classic, though it's probably not exactly what you're looking for.

by Anonymousreply 6607/26/2012

There hasn't been a Looking for Mr Goodbar thread in ages.

Dressed to Kill is fabulous. Michael Caine needs to reprise his role as Bobbi.

by Anonymousreply 6707/26/2012

Boys in the Band is late 60s and Desparately Seeking Susan mid 80s!

by Anonymousreply 6807/26/2012

Thanks R66...but that is not it.

I had heard there was a good film called the deuce or something like that, but can't find it.

by Anonymousreply 6907/26/2012

"Up the Sandbox" (1972)

by Anonymousreply 7007/26/2012

What's Up, Doc? and Foul Play are quintessential 70s comedies.

by Anonymousreply 7107/26/2012

Boys in the Band reminds me of how Cliff Gorman was one of those Hot Young Newcomers who was expected to become a big star, but he never did.

by Anonymousreply 7207/26/2012

R72, huh? More like a character actor as the most.

by Anonymousreply 7307/26/2012

Both The Landlord and The Boys in the Band were released in 1970.

by Anonymousreply 7407/26/2012

For me, an iconic 70s view of NYC is in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die--there are amazing shots of Harlem at the time in it. It makes Harlem look at once terrifying and beautiful--they're a great scene where two thugs bring Bond into an alley overrun with weeds behind two tenements in order to shoot him, and its absolutely gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 7507/26/2012

[quote]There's Times Square (1980), which has become something of a cult classic, though it's probably not exactly what you're looking for.

Seconding Times's a fun little movie and actually shot in Times Square (among other NYC locations).

by Anonymousreply 7607/26/2012

Dressed to Kill takes place in Philadelphia, IIRC, not in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 7707/26/2012

Wasn't Cliff Gorman acclaimed for theatre work, like playing Lenny Bruce? He turns up in All That Jazz in the segments with Gideon editing his film. Really good moments of the film. He's brilliant in The Boys in the Band but the Marty Feldman look only goes so far.

by Anonymousreply 7807/26/2012

Pope of Greenwich Village was released in the mid 80s.

by Anonymousreply 7907/26/2012

Two great cop movies that do an outstanding job of capturing the NYC 70s vibe: Serpico and Prince of the City.

by Anonymousreply 8007/26/2012

This is a particularly cute scene from Times Square (shot on 42nd St.)

by Anonymousreply 8107/26/2012

R77, the museum scene in Dressed to Kill used the Philadelphia Museum because they couldn't get permission to film the interiors of any of the big NYC museums, but it was standing in for the Museum of Modern Art. Many of the exteriors are NYC, except some of the outdoor shots of Caine's office. They're studio sets.

by Anonymousreply 8207/26/2012


An Unmarried Woman


The Squid and the Whale


Donnie Brasco

Man on Wire

by Anonymousreply 8307/26/2012

Goodbar wins. It was NYC in the 70s (the streets), shot in the 70s (the decade).

by Anonymousreply 8407/26/2012

Diary of a Mad Housewife Little Murders Coogan's Bluff

by Anonymousreply 8507/26/2012

Looking for Mr. Goodbar


Midnight Cowboy

by Anonymousreply 8607/26/2012

Yes, charlie, Cliff Gorman was expected to be a star. In those days, Hollywood was pushing the edgy,offbeat, not-conventionally-handsome antihero as leading man. Eliot Gould, Donald Sutherland, Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Richard Dreyfus.

Like Gorman, Pacino started out onstage as an edgy, streetsmart actor in The Indian Takes the Bronx. Gorman's Lenny was edgy, hyperactive and won much praise from culture vultures. He was all over print media as the next big young actor. It didn't happen for him. Either he wasn't great to work with or his looks were too offbeat. But he didn't even make it as a character actor. His films and stage appearances were few and far between.

by Anonymousreply 8707/26/2012

Stonewall takes place in 1969, but it captures NYC in that era beautifully.

by Anonymousreply 8807/26/2012

Annie Hall

The Boys in the Band

Saturday Night Fever



Dog Day Afternoon

Carnal Knowledge

Kramer v. Kramer

An Unmarried Woman

All That Jazz

...And Justice for All


by Anonymousreply 8907/26/2012

sorry, just realized ...And Justice for All takes place in Baltimore.

by Anonymousreply 9007/26/2012

Isn't The Squid and the Whale mid 80s, R83?

by Anonymousreply 9107/26/2012

R91, you are correct. Sorry for the misinformation.

by Anonymousreply 9207/26/2012

Just don't get Studios sometimes. "Me Natalie" and "Diary Of A Mad Housewife" have not been seen in years. Both are from major Studios and won Golden Globes for Patty Duke and Carrie Snodgress, and Carrie went on to an Oscar nomination. Surely they could sell these gems to one of any 200 cable channels on right now.

by Anonymousreply 9307/26/2012

[quote]Goodbar wins.

It's not a contest, honey.

by Anonymousreply 9407/26/2012

This thread is making me hot in the ass. If I butt fucked Bieber in Tiimes Square it would be about ny and the 70s. I'm 72.

by Anonymousreply 9507/26/2012

r93 agree and especially with Me, Natalie b/c not only does it star Patty Duke but it is the film debut of Al Pacino.

by Anonymousreply 9607/26/2012

Was Ms. 45 mentioned at all here? It is far grittier than Taxi Driver

Also, Bad Lieutenant and King of New York, although they are very early 90's movies.

by Anonymousreply 9704/13/2014

Second Unmarried Woman

Then there's the very dark gritty sleazy Night of the Juggler.

Both featured Cliff Gorman.

Two sides of 70s NYC.

by Anonymousreply 9804/13/2014

[quote]Adrien Brody's punk was an anachronism. The ironic Mohawk didn't hit the NYC scene until a few years after SoS.It wasn't even in the UK during the summer of Sam

I realize this comment is two years old, but it's incorrect.

The Sex Pistols had a No. 1 hit single the summer of Sam. Mohawks were everywhere in the UK.

by Anonymousreply 9904/13/2014

Eyes of Laura Mars

by Anonymousreply 10004/13/2014

Serpico, Taxi Driver, An Unmarried Woman, Annie Hall, The Boys in the Band, Marathon Man, Klute, Manhattan, The Sunshine Boys, All That Jazz, Kramer v. Kramer

by Anonymousreply 10104/13/2014

All roads lead back to The Eyes Of Laura Mars. And Looking For Mr. Goodbar.

I'd like to see a movie called The Eyes Of Mr. Goodbar. Or Looking For Laura Mars.

by Anonymousreply 10204/15/2014

The Sentinel

by Anonymousreply 10304/15/2014

Mean Streets


Saturday Night Fever


Born To Win

The Panic In Needle Park

...and one for the "Best movies about NYC in the 80s" thread,


by Anonymousreply 10404/15/2014

R102 actually Looking for Mr. Goodbar is a terrible example because not even the location parts were filmed in NY - Brooks didn't want it to be an identifiable city. Stupid move. It's not a great movie to begin with, but it would have much more value today if at the very least it was a good time capsule of NY at the time.

Kramer vs Kramer is a good one, I think. It's a fun game to play how much looks the same/how much has changed. Madison Avenue was much more neighborhoody then it is now - although Carnegie Hill Madison still has that familial flavor to it. And of course, Melons (with the infamous wine glass breaking scene) is alive and never going anywhere. They have a still from that scene in the back of the restaurant.

Desperately Seeking Susan and After Hours are good time capsules of NY mid-80s downtown when it was still predominated by artists.

by Anonymousreply 10504/15/2014

[65] Midnight Cowboy has a lot of late 60s Time Square footage, also '"WR Mysteries of the Organism" (1971) by Makavejev has footage of Warhol factory 'superstar' Jackie Curtis strolling through Times Square in drag with friend Rita Red (see YouTube link below).

by Anonymousreply 10604/15/2014

One of my all-time faves: The Hospital. NYC being loud, funky, uncaring, crazy, insincere and desperate.

by Anonymousreply 10704/16/2014

[quote]Kramer vs Kramer is a good one, I think. It's a fun game to play how much looks the same/how much has changed. Madison Avenue was much more neighborhoody then it is now - although Carnegie Hill Madison still has that familial flavor to it.

I agree on both counts.

Madison in the 60s and 70s (not the decades) changed in the early 80s when the 'Eurotrash' arrived and opened all those expensive clothes stores.

Carnegie Hill still has the old atmosphere.

Madison Ave in 1979 @ link

by Anonymousreply 10804/16/2014

This pic comparing (2nd Ave & 58th) in '79 and now shows how things have changed pretty well (in that part of town anyway).

by Anonymousreply 10904/16/2014

R109 I don't see all that much of a difference, tbh (well, except for that taxi). The quality of the photograph is also a lot brighter and shinier in the 2012 one.

Although, speaking of that area, my mom actually got pickpocketed at Yellowfingers I believe it was 1978. She rarely carries cash with her but had just taken some out because we were going on vacation (though I was an infant at the time and not at the restaurant with her). I guess she put her bag down for a minute, and poof, when she looked inside the money was gone. But she was glad that at least they didn't take the bag.

R108 that's 66th street, isn't it? I recognize the pink townhouse down one block where Roger Viver is now. Obviously most of the buildings are the same (if not all of them), but the storefronts make that block far more..neighborhoody.

by Anonymousreply 11004/16/2014

[quote] I don't see all that much of a difference, tbh (well, except for that taxi). The quality of the photograph is also a lot brighter and shinier in the 2012 one.

You're kidding. The 1979 pic is much grungier and dirtier.

I remember Yellow Fingers. It was opposite the back entrance to Bloomingdales on Third. A friend of mine was part owner.

[quote]that's 66th street, isn't it?

I think you're right.

by Anonymousreply 11104/16/2014

I loved They Might Be Giants portrayal of 70's New York as both seedy and magical.

by Anonymousreply 11204/16/2014

Yeah maybe if you're a bitter closet queen who lives in a gay ghetto R3.

Taxi Driver.

by Anonymousreply 11304/16/2014

Serpico the book and film also do it.

by Anonymousreply 11404/16/2014

Midnight Cowboy, Taxi Driver, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, King Kong, Pope of Grennich Village, The Sentinel, Rosemary's Baby (1969/1970).

by Anonymousreply 11504/16/2014

You asked for it; New York City in the late 1970's through early 1980's.

What a difference thirty or so years makes.

by Anonymousreply 11601/24/2015
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