Best Movies of 1977

1.

Star Wars

7.1

Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels
Directed by: George Lucas
Release date: 1977-05-25
2.

Annie Hall

6.5

In the city of New York, comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1977-04-19
3.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

6.2

After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1977-11-16
4.

The Rescuers

5.6

What can two little mice possibly do to save an orphan girl who's fallen into evil hands? With a little cooperation and faith in oneself, anything is possible! As members of the mouse-run International Rescue Aid Society, Bernard and Miss Bianca respond to orphan Penny's call for help. The two mice search for clues with the help of an old cat named Rufus.

Starring: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn, Jeanette Nolan
Directed by: John Lounsbery, Art Stevens, Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1977-06-22
5.

Sorcerer

5.5

Four men from different parts of the globe, all hiding from their pasts in the same remote South American town, agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of unstable nitroglycerin across dangerous jungle.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou, Ramon Bieri
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1977-06-24
6.

Eraserhead

5.4

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Starring: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1977-03-19
7.

The Duellists

5.4

In 1800, as Napoleon Bonaparte rises to power in France, a rivalry erupts between Armand and Gabriel, two lieutenants in the French Army, over a perceived insult. For over a decade, they engage in a series of duels amidst larger conflicts, including the failed French invasion of Russia in 1812, and shifts in the political and social systems of Europe.

Starring: Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Robert Stephens, Tom Conti
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 1977-08-31
8.

A Bridge Too Far

5.3

A Bridge Too Far tells the story of Operation Market Garden, the failed attempt by the allies to end the war quickly by securing three bridges in Holland and allowing access over the Rhine into Germany. A combination of poor allied intelligence and the presence of two crack German Panzer divisions meant that the final part of this operation (the bridge in Arnhem over the Rhine, the titular 'bridge too far') was doomed to failure.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Edward Fox
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1977-06-15
9.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

5.3

Whether we’re young or forever young at heart, the Hundred Acre Wood calls to that place in each of us that still believes in magic. Join pals Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger and Christopher Robin as they enjoy their days together and sing their way through adventures.

Starring: Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler, Junius Matthews, Paul Winchell, Howard Morris
Directed by: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1977-03-11
10.

Pumping Iron

5.2

Pumping Iron is a 1977 documentary film about the run-up to the 1975 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition. The film focuses on Arnold Schwarzenegger and his competitors, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu. The documentary was co-directed by Robert Fiore and George Butler. It was based on the book of the same name by Charles Gaines and George Butler (Simon and Schuster, 1974).

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Mike Katz, Franco Columbu, Serge Nubret
Directed by: Robert Fiore, George Butler
Release date: 1977-01-18
11.

The Spy Who Loved Me

5.2

Russian and British submarines with nuclear missiles on board both vanish from sight without a trace. England and Russia both blame each other as James Bond tries to solve the riddle of the disappearing ships. But the KGB also has an agent on the case.

Starring: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel, Caroline Munro
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1977-07-07
12.

Cross of Iron

5.1

It is 1943, and the German army, ravaged and demoralised, are hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of all this madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous Corporal Steiner. Stransky is the only man who believes that the Third Reich are still vastly superior to the Russian army; however within his pompous persona lies a quivering coward who longs for the Iron Cross so that he can return to Berlin a hero. Steiner, on the other hand is cynical, defiantly non-conformist and more concerned with the safety of his own men rather than the horde of military decorations offered to him by his superiors. Steiner's lack of respect results in a growing animosity between the two...

Starring: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner, Klaus Löwitsch
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1977-01-29
13.

Jesus of Nazareth

5.1

Passion, beauty, and brilliant storytelling are all on display in this six-hour-plus epic from Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Robert Powell is superb in the title role, and with the overwhelming success of this TV movie throughout the world, has perhaps become what Jesus looks like in many people's minds. The story begins with the arrangements of the wedding between Joseph and Mary, and chronicles the nativity, the encounter with John the Baptist (a ferocious Michael York) and everything up to the crucifixion and resurrection.

Release date: 1977-03-27
14.

Smokey and the Bandit

5.0

A race car driver tries to transport an illegal beer shipment from Texas to Atlanta in under 28 hours, picking up a reluctant bride-to-be on the way.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason, Mike Henry
Directed by: Hal Needham
Release date: 1977-05-26
15.

Saturday Night Fever

5.0

Tony Manero is a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the disco dance floor, he's a king. As the soundtrack plays one Bee Gees hit after another, white-suited Tony struts his stuff amidst flashing lights and sweaty, undulating bodies. Tony's class aspirations are mirrored in his relationship with his dance partner, a secretary eager to move into the glamorous world of Manhattan.

Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Julie Bovasso
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1977-12-16
16.

Capricorn One

4.9

In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phony Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is reported lost on re-entry. Now, with the help of a crusading reporter,they must battle a sinister conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep the truth

Starring: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, Hal Holbrook
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1977-12-10
17.

High Anxiety

4.8

Dr. Richard Thorndyke arrives as new administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous to discover some suspicious goings-on. When he's framed for murder, Dr. Thorndyke must confront his own psychiatric condition, "high anxiety," in order to clear his name.

Starring: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Ron Carey
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Release date: 1977-12-25
18.

New York, New York

4.8

An egotistical saxophone player and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long uphill climb.

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Lionel Stander, Barry Primus, Dick Miller
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1977-06-21
19.

The Gauntlet

4.7

Phoenix cop Ben Shockley is well on his way to becoming a derelict when he is assigned to transport a witness named Gus Mally from Vegas. Mally turns out to be a belligerent prostitute with mob ties and incriminating information regarding a high-placed figure.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince, Bill McKinney
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1977-12-21
20.

3 Women

4.7

An awkward young teen working at a spa becomes overly attached to her fellow worker, a lonely outcast. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. Amid emotional crises, the three woman steal and trade one another's personalities.

Starring: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier, Ruth Nelson
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1977-04-03

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