Best Movies of 1975

1.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

7.0

While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, William Redfield, Scatman Crothers
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1975-11-18
2.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

6.6

King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black Knight who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as "it is a silly place".

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Release date: 1975-05-25
3.

Jaws

6.5

An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1975-06-18
4.

Dog Day Afternoon

6.5

Based on the true story of would-be Brooklyn bank robbers John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale. Sonny and Sal attempt a bank heist which quickly turns sour and escalates into a hostage situation and stand-off with the police. As Sonny's motives for the robbery are slowly revealed and things become more complicated, the heist turns into a media circus.

Starring: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, James Broderick
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1975-08-11
5.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

6.1

Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named 'Rocky'.

Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn
Directed by: Jim Sharman
Release date: 1975-08-14
6.

Barry Lyndon

5.8

In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora engages to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him for a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to Dublin, but is robbed on the road. Without any other alternative, Barry joins the British Army to fight in the Seven Years War.

Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger, Diana Körner
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1975-11-26
7.

Love and Death

5.6

Set in 19th-century Russia, Allen is a cowardly serf drafted into the Napoleonic war, who would rather write poetry and obsess over his beautiful but pretentious cousin. Allen's cowardice serves him well when he hides in a cannon and is shot into a tent of French soldiers, making him a national hero. A hilarious parody of Russian literature, Love and Death is a must-see for fans of Allen's films.

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Georges Adet, Frank Adu, Edmond Ardisson
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1975-06-10
8.

The Man Who Would Be King

5.5

A robust adventure about two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as "godlike" rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl. Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling.

Starring: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Doghmi Larbi
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1975-12-03
9.

Nashville

5.4

This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Barbara Jean is the reigning queen of Nashville but is near collapse. Linnea and Delbert Reese have a shaky marriage and 2 deaf children. Opal is a British journalist touring the area. These and other stories come together in a dramatic climax.

Starring: David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1975-06-11
10.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

5.4

In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Despite rules against it, Miranda and several other girls venture off. It's not until the end of the day that the faculty realizes the girls and one of the teachers have disappeared mysteriously.

Starring: Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse, Kirsty Child, Tony Llewellyn-Jones
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1975-09-02
11.

Three Days of the Condor

5.4

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Starring: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, John Houseman
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1975-09-24
12.

The Return of the Pink Panther

5.1

The famous Pink Panther jewel has once again been stolen and Inspector Clouseau is called in to catch the thief. The Inspector is convinced that 'The Phantom' has returned and utilises all of his resources – himself and his Asian manservant – to reveal the identity of 'The Phantom'.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom, Peter Arne
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1975-05-21
13.

French Connection II

4.9

"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marsailles to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler that eluded him in New York.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson, Philippe Léotard, Ed Lauter
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1975-05-18
14.

Tommy

4.8

A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and the object of a religious cult.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Eric Clapton
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1975-03-19
15.

Grey Gardens

4.8

This film explores the daily lives of two aging, eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate. During the course of the documentary, they discuss their habits, desires and former loves with filmmakers Albert and David Maysles. The women reveal themselves to be misfits with outsized, engaging personalities. Much of the conversation is centered on their pasts, as mother and daughter now rarely leave home.

Starring: Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers, Norman Vincent Peale, Jack Helmuth
Directed by: Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Release date: 1975-09-27
16.

Rollerball

4.7

In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

Starring: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1975-06-25
17.

A Boy and His Dog

4.7

Set in the year 2024 in post-apocalyptic America, 18-year old Vic and his telepathic dog, Blood, are scavengers in the desolate wilderness ravaged by World War IV, where survivors must battle for food, shelter, and sexual companionship in the desert-like wasteland. Vic and Blood eke out a meager existence, foraging for food and fighting gangs of cutthroats.

Starring: Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Jason Robards, Tim McIntire, Alvy Moore
Directed by: L.Q. Jones
Release date: 1975-11-20
18.

Shivers

4.6

The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.

Starring: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Barbara Steele, Allan Kolman
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1975-10-10
19.

The Eiger Sanction

4.6

A classical art professor and collector, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Vonetta McGee, Jack Cassidy, Heidi Brühl
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1975-05-21
20.

Death Race 2000

4.5
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In a boorish future, the government sponsors a popular, but bloody, cross-country race in which points are scored by mowing down pedestrians. Five teams, each comprised of a male and female, compete using cars equipped with deadly weapons. Frankenstein, the mysterious returning champion, has become America's hero, but this time he has a passenger from the underground resistance.
Starring: David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov, Roberta Collins
Directed by: Paul Bartel
Release date: 1975-04-27

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