Suggestions for gritty NYC in the 70s movies

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Edgard Varese, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Edgard Varese

    Edgard Varese Royale with Cheese Thread Starter

    Te Wai Pounamu
    Since we're shut in for at least three and a half more weeks, I wanted to get ideas for gritty movies set in NYC in the 70s. I already have:

    Taxi Driver
    The French Connection
    Dog Day Afternoon
    Mean Streets

    Which ones am I missing?
  2. BEAThoven

    BEAThoven Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    The Seven-Ups
    Panic in Needle Park
  3. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    WARNING: This film will cause PC SJW heads to explode:

  4. kt66brooklyn

    kt66brooklyn Senior Member

    brooklyn, ny
  5. razerx

    razerx Nonplayer Character

    SF Bay Area
    Midnight Cowboy*

  6. tomlomtimlim

    tomlomtimlim Well-Known Member

    The Warriors
    Death Wish
    Across 110th Street

    And you cant watch 70s NYC movies and ignore Saturday Night Fever.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2020
  7. hyntsonsvmse

    hyntsonsvmse Nick Beal

    Serpico. They dont get much low down than this gem from Lumet. Pacino puts in a very powerful performance. One of his very best
    The saddest thing about the movie is that its a true story.
  8. chicofishhead

    chicofishhead Forum Resident

    Chico, California
    Born to Win starring George Segal
  9. Barnabas Collins

    Barnabas Collins Senior Member

    The New York Ripper (1982) You'll want to take a shower afterwards.
  10. GreggF

    GreggF Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    The Last Detail
    Dog Day Afternoon
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  11. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member

    MARATHON MAN, one of the all-time great thrillers.
  12. Hershiser

    Hershiser Forum Resident

    Smithereens - not gritty in the crime scene sense but you can experience the darkness of NY during that time period.
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  13. dirwuf

    dirwuf Temporarily Misplaced Chicagoan

    Fairfield, CT
    The Out of Towners
  14. PH416156

    PH416156 Alea Iacta Est

    Excellent pick. Also, "Serpico" looks fantastic on Blu Ray. One of the best transfers Paramount did on the format.
  15. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader

    ontario canada
    Did you see the remake ? Terrible.
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  16. James Slattery

    James Slattery Forum Resident

    Long Island
    Report to the Commissioner
    Night of the Juggler
    Fort Apache: The Bronx

    I love 70s New York cesspool era movies.
  17. Chazro

    Chazro Forum Resident

    West Palm Bch, Fl.
    Not NYC but fits the category like a hand in glove.

    The Friends Of Eddie Doyle w/Robert Mitchum & Peter Boyle.

    And if you haven't seen it, put it close to the top.

    A Bronx Tale w/ Chazz Palminteri & Robert DeNiro
  18. MrSka57

    MrSka57 Forum Resident

    Syracuse, New York
    Also Across 110th Street.
  19. Not gritty but Godspell is definitely interesting to watch nowadays as it's mostly filmed in a deserted NYC.

    Superfly is very gritty and very NYC
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  20. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark I'm supposed to put something witty here....

    The Seven-Ups was the 1st one I thought of when I saw this thread. Extremely underrated movie & very gritty! Great car chase in it too!

    Hmmmm, I think I know what I might watch tonight.....
  21. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Carlito's Way is a good one.
  22. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Senior Member

    New York
    Maniac-Joe Spinell-1980

    The Exterminator-Robert Ginty-1980
  23. Edgard Varese

    Edgard Varese Royale with Cheese Thread Starter

    Te Wai Pounamu
    Thanks to all for your suggestions!
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  24. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member


    "One million dollars!" Lol
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  25. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Senior Member

    New York city
    I'd love to see this film, but I don't think it's had a legitimate video release . I've see stills from it, and it looks like it has some great shots of 1970s Times Square

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