Suggestions for gritty NYC in the 70s movies

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

  1. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Senior Member

    New York city
    TCM is actually having a film series devoted to NYC in the 70s scheduled for April
  2. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Senior Member

    New York city
    I grew up in Brooklyn when that was released, and it was very true to the world it depicted. Several of the guys I went to school with used to go to the 2001 odyssey disco way before the film came out
  3. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Senior Member

    New York city
    The mayor in the film looked exactly like Mayor Ed Koch...but it was 3 years before he was elected
  4. EProphet

    EProphet Forum Resident

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
    The Super Cops
  5. EProphet

    EProphet Forum Resident

    Three Days Of The Condor
    The Gambler
  6. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    Don’t forget McCloud from NBC’s Sunday Night Mystery Movies.
  7. JAuz

    JAuz Forum Resident

    Not '70s, but how about The Incident (1967)?

    The Hot Rock (1972) has some good scenery from around the city, including the WTC as it was being built.
  8. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    "Jeremy" with Robbie Benson and Glynnis O'Connor. No, it's not gritty but all that grit gets in your teeth..
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  9. JackBnimble

    JackBnimble Forum Resident

  10. FaithMonkey

    FaithMonkey Forum Resident

    The Godfather
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  11. digdug67

    digdug67 Hockley's Hits Here!

    Hockley, TX
    I don't get why they remake classics. Well I get it, but you know..

    Walter Matthau is fantastic of course, as was Frank Costanza! ;)
  12. aforchione

    aforchione Forum Resident

    Englewood, Florida
    Fingers...Harvey Keitel.
  13. Eleanora's Alchemy

    Eleanora's Alchemy Forum Cryptid

    Nighthawks (1981) was filmed on location in NYC in 1980 but it definitely has a very gritty 70's feel about it.
    The story was originally planned as The French Connection III by screenwriter David Shaber at Twentieth Century Fox, with Gene Hackman reprising his role as 'Popeye Doyle'.
    The idea was eventually scrapped when Hackman decided he didn't want to make a third film as Doyle.
    Universal Pictures ended up acquiring the rights to the storyline & Shaber then reworked the project into Nighthawks.

  14. digdug67

    digdug67 Hockley's Hits Here!

    Hockley, TX
    Rutger Hauer was awesome in that one!
  15. Macman

    Macman Senior Member

    I think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed and takes place on the West Coast.
  16. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    The Driller Killer
    God Told Me To
    Hi Mom
    After Hours
    The Education Of Sonny Carson
    Mondo New York
    Bad Lieutenant
    Heavy Traffic
    Willie Dynamite
    The Story of a Junkie
    Basket Case
    Liquid Sky
    Badge 373
    Black Caesar
    Hell Up in Harlem
    Street Trash
  17. Spaghettiows

    Spaghettiows Forum Resident

    Silver Creek, NY
    Fort Apache, The Bronx
  18. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    NYC in the 70's?

    Saturday Night Fever immediately comes to mind - discos, tight shirts, graffiti-covered subways, gang turf wars, and mid-70's "Ford to NY - Drop Dead" recession economic woes ("One pork chop!!").
    Death Wish. If you can buy Charles Bronson as an uptight New York architect (the vigilante part was never a stretch) this was to NYC what Jaws was to beaches. Central Park at night was a haven for muggers, riding the subways was risky, and violent crime lurked around every corner. A good time to buy real estate cheap.
    Super Fly. Harlem...way before the Renaissance. Pimpmobiles, cool clothes, underground clubs, rat-infested slums, and everyone's just tryin' ta get over. Love that gritty early 70's film stock, too.
    Bananas. Woody Allen's always been synonymous with New York City, but post-Annie Hall his NYC went upscale. In Bananas, Woody loves the New York that wasn't so lovable - riding the grubby subways, buying porn right off the magazine rack at a local newsstand, even living in a typically cramped apartment (with a thousand door locks).
    The French Connection. Even today, who doesn't want to floor it when driving under elevated train tracks?
    Superman: The Movie. "Metropolis" was still Manhattan - and Superman turned up right when the city needed him most. As Clark Kent, he's even mugged at gunpoint first day on the new job! The New York location work has terrific energy and from the constant city bustle to the crowds assembling at the Daily Planet to see Superman save Lois Lane, everything feels so...real.
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  19. kdbrink

    kdbrink Forum Resident

    Looking for Mr. Goodbar (VHS only release)
  20. Where's poppa?
  21. AintGotHalfOf

    AintGotHalfOf Forum Resident

    New York
    The Landlord
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  22. jwoverho

    jwoverho Licensed Drug Dealer

    Mobile, AL USA
    Amazing performances from Keitel and Michael Gazzo (who played Frank Pentangeli in The Godfather II).

    Danny Aiello, Ed Marinaro, Dominic Chianese (Junior Soprano), Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts in The Sopranos), and Lenny Montana (Luca Brasi in The Godfather) are also in the cast.

    It's a low budget, but fascinating psychological gangster film.
  23. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    I love gritty NYC 70s films! It's my favorite sub genre! Taking Pelham 123 is high on my list. As is Three Days of the Condor. Midnight Cowboy is my all time favorite film, though granted that was '69. French Connection, Seven Ups, Taxi Driver, Death Wish.... so many great films.
  24. Arthur Pewty

    Arthur Pewty Always crashing in the same car

    Already mentioned, but definitely, definitely Across 110th Street
    Anthony Quinn
    Yaphet Kotto
    Anthony Franciosa
    Nothing but grit and corruption
  25. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Law and Disorder (1974).
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