15 Movies That Perfectly Encapsulate the Look and Feel of the ‘70s

Do you love the nostalgia of watching ’70s films? Then, we’ve got you covered. While enjoying my daily scroll, I encountered an entertainment forum discussing movies that perfectly encapsulate the look and feel of the 70s. Here are some of their top picks. Do you agree?

1. Bad Lieutenant (1992)

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“Really disturbing movie but also incredibly well made; one of those movies where you feel like you need to take a long shower afterward because of how grimy it felt. Harvey Keitel was amazing in it,” one film lover described the feeling after watching this film. Others said Bad Lieutenant gave them a serious 70s vibe.

2. The Conversation (1974)

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“I’d have to go with one of my favorites, The Conversation. Every part of that movie, from the costumes to the technology, feels of its time. And not in that “everyone looked like a disco star” way.” A cinephile declared, “Everything feels true to how the average person looked.”

3. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

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Several commenters noted that one of the top five most obvious answers is Saturday Night Fever, “I can’t think of a more iconic 70s movie than this one. From the Brooklyn Shuffle dancing, disco music, bell bottoms, butterfly collars, platform shoes, big hairstyles, and Bee Gees soundtrack, it’s gotta be number one.”

4. Network (1976)

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“If you want to see (the nicer parts) of NYC in the 70s, in all its polyester jacket glory, watch Network. A perfectly outrageous motion picture.” Others noted how correct about the future this film was in so many ways.

5. Charley Varrick (1973)

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A small number of respondents mention Walter Matthau films, but the most mentioned was Charley Varrick. Several commented, “If we’re sticking to Matthau flicks, I gotta go with Charley Varrick. Man, I love that movie. I never would have thought of Matthau as an action star, but he totally nailed it.”

6. Taking Off (1971)

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“Taking Off by Milos Forman has a certain adorable vibe to it that viewers seem to love. “Yes! I love this movie. Its themes are still so relevant today. You also get a deliciously great supporting performance from the late Vincent Schiavelli,” a viewer exclaims.

7. Shampoo (1975)

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A large number of cineasts listed, “Shampoo comes to mind with Goldie Hawn. A little less gritty but captures elements of class, sexual politics, and the sort of rot from the mad men generation beginning to take hold of the boomers.”

8. Shaft (1971)

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A bunch of 70s lovers deemed, “Gone were the bombastic fun spy Bond capers, and before the over-the-top cheese or the 80’s action films, Shaft perfectly represents the cynical, gritty, uneasy 70s.”

9. Licorice Pizza (2021)

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Licorice Pizza by Paul Thomas Anderson is funny, it’s a pop culture trip, it’s brilliant, and it’s written and directed by a heavenly hand like every single movie from Paul Thomas Anderson.

10. Dazed and Confused (1993)

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Another critic articulated, “It’s easy to name movies that were made in the 70s. Those movies emulated what was around them. It’s tougher for a later film to go 70s period piece. I’d agree with Dazed And Confused. I was only a couple of years younger than the main character at that time.”

11. Taxi Driver (1976)

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“Taxi Driver IS the gritty New York underbelly,” according to a bold film buff. “The clothes, the sound, the editing, everything slightly unhinged and yearning for something, searching for something. It’s that mood of ‘now what?!’ post 60’s Americana.” I

12. Boogie Nights (1997)

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The following Wahlberger confidently raves, “Boogie Nights is one of my favorite Mark Wahlberg movies. A feature about the adult entertainment industry in the 70s has fantastic cinematography and a great surprise ending.”

13. The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

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“Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind. It was made through the 70s and finally finished in 2018. The whole thing is so 70s. It’s a peculiar time capsule and an enjoyable modern Orson Welles movie,” one film lover expresses.

14. X (2022)

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One film connoisseur chimes in, “In the vein of newer movies, X really captured the vibe of 1970s slashers. If you told me Ti West actually did film it in 1979, I’d believe you.”

15. Zodiac (2007)

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Zodiac is a great re-creation with the wide ties, sideburns, indoor lighting tone, avocado colors, diner Coke machines, Twist-O-Flex watchbands, a final contributor shared.

12 Worst Movies From the 70s According To IMDb — Do You Agree?

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22 Popular Films That Completely Traumatized 80s Children, What About You?

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25 Memorable Movies That Are So Totally 80s, Do You Remember?

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The 1980s was an iconic decade for film, delivering many unforgettable movies that have stood the test of time. The 80s film scene left an indelible mark on popular culture, from heartwarming comedies to thrilling adventures and rebellious teenage tales. Recently people shared some memorable movies that epitomize the spirit of the 80s.

20 Comedies From the 90s That Are Way Funnier Than Anything Coming Out Today

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The nineties were an incredible decade in film, including several classic comedies. Here are some of my favorites that are guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. Have you seen them?