Best Drama Movies of 1976

1.

Taxi Driver

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feed his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, Leonard Harris, Diahnne Abbott, Gino Ardito, Martin Scorsese ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1976-02-09
2.

Network

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

When veteran anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ratings.

Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, Beatrice Straight, Jordan Charney, William Prince, Arthur Burghardt ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1976-11-01
3.

Rocky

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with trainer Mickey Goldmill to make the most of this once in a lifetime break.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David, Joe Spinell, Tony Burton, Joe Frazier, Jimmy Gambina ..
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Release date: 1976-11-21
4.

All the President's Men

6.4
8.0/10 IMDB

During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Richard Nixon to resign from his post.

Starring: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Meredith Baxter, Ned Beatty, Stephen Collins ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1976-04-04
5.

The Message

5.7
8.2/10 IMDB

Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest, Garrick Hagon, Nicholas Amer, Damien Thomas, André Morell, Martin Benson ..
Directed by: Moustapha Akkad
Release date: 1976-03-09
6.

The Shootist

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

Afflicted with a terminal illness John Bernard Brooks, the last of the legendary gunfighters, quietly returns to Carson City for medical attention from his old friend Dr. Hostetler. Aware that his days are numbered, the troubled man seeks solace and peace in a boarding house run by a widow and her son. However, it is not Brooks' fate to die in peace, as he becomes embroiled in one last valiant battle.

Starring: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, Bill McKinney, Harry Morgan, John Carradine, Sheree North ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1976-08-11
7.

Marathon Man

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

A graduate student and obsessive runner in New York is drawn into a mysterious plot involving his brother, a member of the secretive Division.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, Richard Bright, Marc Lawrence, Allen Joseph, Tito Goya ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1976-10-08
8.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Cosmo Vittelli, the proprietor of a sleazy, low-rent Hollywood cabaret, has a real affection for the women who strip in his peepshows and the staff who keep up his dingy establishment. He also has a major gambling problem that has gotten him in trouble before. When Cosmo loses big-time at an underground casino run by mobster Mort, he isn't able to pay up. Mort then offers Cosmo the chance to pay back his debt by knocking off a pesky, Mafia-protected bookie.

Starring: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips, Morgan Woodward, John Kullers, Al Ruban, Azizi Johari, Virginia Carrington, Meade Roberts ..
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Release date: 1976-02-15
9.

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Quiet, withdrawn 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives peacefully in her home in a New England beach town. Whenever the prying landlady inquires after Rynn's father, she politely claims that he's in the city on business. But when the landlady's creepy and increasingly persistent son, Frank, won't leave Rynn alone, she teams up with kindly neighbor boy Mario to maintain the dark family secret that she's been keeping to herself.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, Scott Jacoby, Dorothy Davis, Clesson Goodhue, Hubert Noël, Jacques Famery, Mary Morter ..
Directed by: Nicolas Gessner
Release date: 1976-12-25
10.

Midway

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

This war drama depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became a turning point for Americans during World War II.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, Toshir? Mifune, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1976-06-18

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