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1973 in film.

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Morrissey, May 13, 2021.

  1. Morrissey


    Top ten box-office films of 1973:

    1. The Exorcist
    2. The Sting
    3. American Graffiti
    4. Papillon
    5. The Way We Were
    6. Magnum Force
    7. Last Tango in Paris
    8. Paper Moon
    9. Live and Let Die
    10. The Devil in Miss Jones

    What are your top three films for 1973? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:

    1. F For Fake
    2. Paper Moon
    3. Badlands

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

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  2. Morrissey


    This was the hardest year for me. Nothing screamed number 1, but there were seven films I wanted to include: F For Fake, Paper Moon, Badlands, The Exorcist, Mean Streets, Don't Look Now, and Amarcord. I could have just as easily put the seven in any order. I assume The Exorcist will win, so I decided to try to highlight some other films.
  3. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    1. Enter the Dragon
    2. Papillon
    3. Robin Hood

    Don't feel super strong about any of the movies this year. :shrug:
  4. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    1. The Exorcist
    2. Mean Streets
    3. Enter the Dragon

    the exorcist might be the best horror ever?
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  5. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. Mean Streets
    2. Badlands
    3. Friends of Eddie Coyle
  6. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    1. Badlands
    2. The Long Goodbye
    3. Mean Streets

    Terry and Marty! Also my favorite Altman
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  7. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    F is for Fake and Paper Moon are also excellent, and I love Serpico. Sidney Lumet hasn’t been represented enough yet but we started post-12 Angry Men and pre-Serpico/Network/Dog Day Afternoon so I hope he nets a win along the way.
  8. Fronnyfron

    Turbo Olé Prestigious

    1. The Exorcist
    2. Don't Look Now
    3. Mean Streets
  9. Victor Eremita

    Not here. Isn't happening. Supporter

    1. The Exorcist
    2. Badlands
    3. Paper Moon

    hey the first year where box office #1 matches my #1. I wish I could go back to 1973 to sit in a packed theatre and observe people watching The Exorcist on opening weekend.
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  10. Morrissey


    It is actually two years in a row for you.

    It is such a fascinating phenomenon. I knew all about the blockbuster boom post-Jaws and Star Wars but people just had much better taste in general back then.
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  11. Morrissey


    A big reason for the change might be how films were released back then. Most theaters were one or two screens so wide releases did not really become common until the 1980's. Before that, films would usually have limited releases and expand if they were successful. This probably helped films with strong word-of-mouth, while now films can dominate an opening weekend before people forget they ever saw them.
  12. Anthony_

    A (Cancelled) Dork Prestigious

    Mean Streets
    The Sting
    Enter The Dragon

    I personally don't love The Exorcist but I do love Marty, Newman & Redford, and Bruce Lee
  13. username

    hey you lil piss baby

    1. Day For Night
    2. Ganja and Hess
    3. Don’t Look Now
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  14. secretsociety92

    Music, Gaming, Movies and Guys = Life

    This is a highly difficult year for me to pick just three as even though two are quite obvious the third is a little bit more difficult to pick but that said the following are my current favorites from 1973 -

    1. Don't Look Now
    2. The Long Goodbye
    3. The Offence

    Can we also acknowledge what a great year for horror this was as well because outside of the obvious pick of The Excorcist we also had The Wicker Man, Theatre of Blood, The Crazies, and my number one pick. Others I would recommend are; Serpico, Westworld, Soylent Green, Coffy, The Day of the Jackal, and High Plains Drifter.
  15. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    That’s a strong list of films in the box office top 10 this year.

    1. Mean Streets
    2. The Wicker Man
    3. Duvidha

    Mean Streets might well be my favourite Scorsese some days, but it's certainly my favourite DeNiro performance. I absolutely love the scrappy and loose energy he brings to Johnny Boy, a note perfect and what feels like improvised performance, and how much of an absolute pain in the arse he is.

    I rewatched The Wicker Man for the first time in a decade ish last night, so it may be a benefit of recency bias, but I thought it was superb. A chilling and wonderfully unsettling atmospheric British folk horror, featuring almost no blood or gore, and leads up to an absolutely pitch perfect finale. Love the way it draws on specific British folklore and traditions.

    Duvidha is an Indian film about a woman who's absent husband is replaced by a (literal) ghost husband. It uses a huge amount of still photography to tell the story, not dissimilar to La Jetee, and it's a really transfixing watch. Probably not the third best film of the year, but I thought this was wonderful, and it's been playing in my head ever since I watched it. Really worth seeking out.

    Some other great stuff from this year for me includes The Exorcist, The Long Goodbye, Fantastic Planet, Badlands, Don't Look Now, Sex and Fury and Lady Snowblood.
  16. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    The Devil in Miss Jones, the only porno to ever be on the They Shoot Pictures 1000 (to my knowledge) placing in the top 10 box office. What a weird time.
  17. cshadows2887 May 13, 2021
    (Last edited: May 14, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Live and Let Die
    2. The Sting
    3. The Three Musketeers

    Movies I really like:
    American Graffiti
    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
    The Last Detail
    The Exorcist
    Paper Moon
    Don't Look Now
    The Spirit of the Beehive
    F for Fake

    Good ones:
    The Long Goodbye
    Day for Night
    Save the Tiger
    The Way We Were
    The Day of the Jackal
    Cinderella Liberty
    Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
    Robin Hood
    Mean Streets
    Enter the Dragon
    Ivan Vasilyvich: Back to the Future
    Charlotte's Web
    Turkish Delight

    The Paper Chase
    Fantastic Planet
    The Wicker Man
    Touki Bouki
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Tom Sawyer

    Not a fan:
    A Touch of Class
    Bang the Drum Slowly
    The Day of the Dolphin
    The Mother and the Whore
  18. EASheartsVinyl

    Prestigious Prestigious

    This year is another one that’s going to hurt. Before I do my list I have to shout out Save the Tiger and The Last Detail from yours. Finally saw Save the Tiger a couple years ago and it’s one of my favorite Jack Lemmon performances ever now. And The Last Detail is another in that flawless run Hal Ashby had in the 70s. Just got a special edition blu ray of it a month or so ago and it was wonderful to revisit it in high quality.
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  19. EASheartsVinyl

    Prestigious Prestigious

    This really might be the best year for horror ever. The Exorcist, Don’t Look Now, Ganja & Hess, and The Wicker Man all at once is ridiculous.
  20. Jake Gyllenhaal

    I’m a surfer! Supporter

    American Graffiti is a top 20 movie for me
  21. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    1. The Holy Mountain
    2. The Wicker Man
    3. Turkish Delight

    The Holy Mountain is probably my favourite 70's film. Just a wild ride unlike anything else I've ever seen.
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  22. tomdelonge


    1. American Graffiti
    2. The Exorcist
    3. The Long Goodbye

    I dunno about 3, maybe it’s Holy Mountain, The Crazies, Sleeper (ugh), Westworld or Badlands. But I watched the Maltese Falcon and Capricorn One this week so The Long Goodbye is the one today.

    I don’t think Society Of The Spectacle is top 3 for me, but it’s a must watch for discerning folks:

  23. Morrissey


    Mean Streets wins it with 13 votes. The Exorcist and Badlands came close with 9 and 8 votes. Mean Streets will move on to the bracket.
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  24. justin.

    Trusted Supporter

    My favorite film of ‘73 has to be Enter the Dragon. No way around it.
  25. Matthewconte

    Trusted Supporter

    Too late but I wouldn't have swayed anything anyway:
    1. Paper Moon
    2. The Last Detail
    3. Serpico
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