Underrated gems (and WTF films) of the 1970s

by Alberto-7 | created - 04 Feb 2017 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Some lesser known films from the 1970s to discover. Most are terrific pieces of cinema and some are wonderfully bad but still need to be seen...or not.

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1. Saint Jack (1979)

R | 112 min | Drama

Jack Flowers, an American hustler in early 1970s Singapore, dreams of building a fortune by running a brothel and returning to the States to lead a life of luxury.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Denholm Elliott, James Villiers, Joss Ackland

Votes: 1,346

Tour de force performance by Ben Gazzarra and location shooting in Singapore are two of the reasons you should see this. The script is sharp and the direction by Peter Bogdanovich spot on. They do not make films like this anymore. Denholm Elliot is also great in this.

2. Husbands (1970)

PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama

After the death of a common friend, three married men leave their lives together, seeking pleasure and freedom and ultimately leaving for London.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Jenny Runacre

Votes: 4,582

There are some moments at the beginning that are too long but the film comes alive in the second half. Ben Gazzarra, John Cassavetes and Peter Falk are fantastic. A true actor's film that is uncomfortable to watch at times but worth the effort. Gritty and realistic to the extreme.

3. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

R | 155 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands

Votes: 18,576 | Gross: $13.34M

Another John Cassavetes gritty masterpiece. Gena Rowlands is spectacular in this very difficult role. Peter Falk is amazing as well.

4. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 8,816

Beautiful, haunting film with subtle direction by Wim Wenders. Great performances all around.

5. Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)

R | 104 min | Drama

Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Bruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi, Adam LeFevre, Maggie Cousineau

Votes: 1,849 | Gross: $2.00M

Great ensemble piece with a sharp script and solid performances all around.

6. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 47,525

Werner Herzog's greatest film with a demented performance by Klaus Kinski. The South American locations are eerie and add a lot to the atmosphere of the film. The opening sequence is jaw-dropping. A film not to be missed.

7. Same Time, Next Year (1978)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A married man and a married woman end up sleeping with each other, and decide to meet at the same place every year on the anniversary of their one night stand. As the years go by, they observe changes in each other and their relationship.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, Ivan Bonar, Bernie Kuby

Votes: 5,315 | Gross: $19.70M

Aland Alda gets a chance to flex his acting muscles in this tender, sad, beautiful film. Ellen Burstyn is perfect.

8. An Almost Perfect Affair (1979)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

A smalltime US filmmaker goes to Cannes to try to get his movie in the limelight. A wife of one of the producers there gets interested in his story and they begin an affair.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Keith Carradine, Monica Vitti, Raf Vallone, Christian De Sica

Votes: 238

Very funny film that takes place during the chaos of the Cannes Film Festival. A biting satire of the nonsense that goes on during film festivals. Monica Vitti is great in this.

9. Breezy (1973)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A young girl tries to find her way in life, suffering from her own naivety and sincerity.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: William Holden, Kay Lenz, Roger C. Carmel, Marj Dusay

Votes: 3,922

I was really surprised how great this film is. I was expecting something really schmaltzy but was impressed especially with the two leads, who are very good. Clint Eastwood's direction is unobtrusive and the story unfolds organically.

10. Gumshoe (1971)

GP | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Inspired by his love for Dashiell Hammett novels, nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley puts an ad in the paper as a private eye. The case he gets turns out to be a strange setup and as he digs to the bottom of it his life starts falling apart.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, Janice Rule

Votes: 1,283

Great hommage to film-noir of the 1940s with a winning performance by Albert Finney.

11. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans

Votes: 11,406

Amazing adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut novel. It is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Well worth your time.

12. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly ... See full summary »

Director: Elaine May | Stars: Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Audra Lindley

Votes: 3,577 | Gross: $12.21M

Wow!!! Hilarious film with a terrific performance by Charles Grodin. Some moments will make you cringe but you will laugh out loud throughout. I can't forget to point out Jennie Berlin's great performance in a very difficult role. Avoid the remake with Ben Stiller and see this instead.

13. The Public Eye (1972)

G | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

When a straight-laced British accountant marries a free-spirited American, he starts trying to change her. His wife doesn't keep regular hours, so he suspects an affair and hires a ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Mia Farrow, Topol, Michael Jayston, Margaret Rawlings

Votes: 584

Topol and Mia Farrow are great in this but the real star is the city of London. Reviews were mixed for this film but I found it charming.

14. The American Friend (1977)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain

Votes: 12,185

Wim Wenders thriller that is nothing like any thriller you have ever seen. Great performances all around.

15. The Rutles - All You Need Is Cash (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Music

Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis | Stars: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar, Neil Innes

Votes: 5,726

Spot on satire of the Beatles with great cameos by Mick Jagger and Paul Simon. Eric Idle portrays many characters including one of the Rutles. Very, very funny.

16. J-Men Forever (1979)

PG | 73 min | Comedy

The Lightning Bug has a multi-prong scheme to enslave the earth. First, rock and roll, which the JMen counter with Muzac, then marijuana. Finally, the JMen build a bomb to blow up the moon ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Patterson | Stars: Peter Bergman, Phil Proctor, M.G. Kelly, Jack Angel

Votes: 299

Using clips from movie serials from the 1940s, the filmmakers cobbled together a funny film about a villain(The Lightning Bug, baby!!) trying to get the world to listen to rock music! Very odd film but it works.

17. Beautiful People (1974)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Documentary

Hilarious documentary on the wildlife of the Namib Desert.

Director: Jamie Uys | Star: Paddy O'Byrne

Votes: 3,455

Hilarious documentary on animals living in the Namib desert. Funny narration coupled with spectacular footage elevates this film to another level. From Jamie Uys who later brought us The Gods Must Be Crazy.

18. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Sport

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson

Votes: 1,489

Great baseball film that has an incredible feel for the 1930s. Billy Dee Williams is great but James Earl Jones steals the show.

19. Robert et Robert (1978)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Two misfits meet at a dating agency and breakthrough in the social world in ways they never imagined.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Charles Denner, Jacques Villeret, Jean-Claude Brialy, Francis Perrin

Votes: 268

Funny, tender comedy from France about two unusual men trying to find love through a computer dating service who instead find friendship with each other. Charles Denner steals the show.

20. Stroszek (1977)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz, Wilhelm von Homburg

Votes: 11,889

Another oddball Werner Herzog film that follows three misfits who leave Germany to settle in "Hicksville" Wisconsin to live the American dream. Instead, they implode. Very, very odd film with some jaw-dropping moments including a dancing chicken. Bruno S. is as odd a leading man as you have ever seen. Weird but worth seeing.

21. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 16,821

Another odd German film, this one from Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The story: A young Moroccan immigrant has a romance with an elderly German woman much to the disgust of most of their neighbours. A touching film with remarkable performances.

22. Seven Beauties (1975)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler, Elena Fiore

Votes: 4,452 | Gross: $0.01M

At times hilarious, at times horrifying, this is a film like you have never seen before. Giancarlo Giannini is amazing in the lead role. There are some moments that are hard to watch(especially the concentration camp scenes) but these are balanced out by scenes of incredible comedy. The scene where Giannini tries to seduce the camp commandant in an effort to survive, is one of the most awkward you have ever seen but it is quite funny, in a twisted sort of way. This is not for everyone but I consider it a remarkable film.

23. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Votes: 46,761

A beautiful film that has spectacular cinematography (by Nestor Almendros). The direction by Terence Mallick is nuanced and the acting mostly first rate(unfortunately, Richard Gere is a little weak). Sam Shepard is a standout in this as is Brooke Adams. The locust swarm sequence is unforgettable. See this film if you get a chance

24. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 22,957

David Cronenberg's most underrated film. This is a raw, angry film that pulls no punches. I usually have a hard time with Oliver Reed but he is a standout in this. Samantha Eggar is also very good in this film. This is not for the squeamish but worth your time.

25. The Harder They Come (1972)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

Director: Perry Henzell | Stars: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman

Votes: 4,986

Jamaica's first feature film is an unflinching look at crime and punishment in that country. Jimmy Cliff is no actor but he pulls it off here. There are moments of intense violence in this but overall the story is very interesting. The ending is sad but it fits the story well. The soundtrack is simply out of this world and includes some of the best reggae music ever made.

26. The Long Goodbye (1973)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam then gets implicated in his wife's murder.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell

Votes: 22,934 | Gross: $0.96M

Philip Marlowe story as seen by Robert Altman. Totally wacky film with some very odd casting choices that are simply inspired. The ending has been changed for the better and Elliot Gould is great. Props to Sterling Hayden and Mark Rydell who are amazing. Look out for Arnold Schwarzenegger in a small role. A detective film like no other but be forewarned, there is one violent sequence that will make your jaw drop.

27. Walkabout (1971)

GP | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

85 Metascore

Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon

Votes: 21,110

Wow, what a unique film. Not to be missed.

28. Gates of Heaven (1978)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Lucille Billingsley, Zella Graham, Cal Harberts, Dan Harberts

Votes: 5,066

This starts off as a documentary about a pet cemetery but it quickly becomes a film about people's hopes and dreams. Some beautiful moments balanced with some very weird stuff. Worth checking out.

29. Fata Morgana (1971)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Lotte Eisner, Eugen Des Montagnes, James William Gledhill, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg

Votes: 3,156

Werner Herzog experimental/poetic documentary will either blow your mind or turn you right off. He shot for over a year in the Sahara and Sahel deserts(and all over Africa) and put it all together with hardly any spoken word and an occasional Leonard Cohen song. Some of the footage is spectacular but this is not for all tastes. I loved it.

30. Chariots of the Gods (1970)

G | 92 min | Documentary

Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Heinz-Detlev Bock, Klaus Kindler, Christian Marschall, Aleksandr Kazantsev

Votes: 1,199 | Gross: $25.95M

This film marked my childhood. In it, we are shown several places on earth where Aliens might have possibly visited (Nazca lines, Pyramids, Candelabra of the Andes etc.) hence the Gods of the title. I saw it a few years ago and realize that a lot of it is flimsy pseudoscience with some ridiculous statements. Still, it shows some amazing places on earth to discover, just don't think too much about what is being said. Then again, aliens might have visited us in the ancient world...or not.

31. Gizmo! (1977)

G | 77 min | Comedy, Documentary

Compilation of man inventing strange contraptions in the 30's through 50's.

Director: Howard Smith | Star: Milt Moss

Votes: 393

Absolutely fun compilation of newsreel clips from the 1930s,1940s and 1950s on Rube Goldberg style inventions including an alarm clock that whips off your blanket to wake you up.

32. Cocksucker Blues (1972)

93 min | Documentary, Music

This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont. Because of the free-form ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Frank | Stars: Truman Capote, Dick Cavett, Marshall Chess, Chris Collins

Votes: 728

Notorious documentary that follows the Rolling Stones during their 1972 North American tour. The filmmaker had unimpeded access to the band and their entourage. The result is a poorly made, rambling documentary that includes some very disturbing scenes including people shooting-up and what certainly looks like the rape of a groupie. There are long moments of the band members sitting in their hotel rooms bored not speaking to each other. The Rolling Stones were horrified when they saw the final film and suppressed its distribution. It could only be seen in the presence of its director a couple of times a year. I thought it was downright awful with very little to recommend in it unless you like watching tired musicians sitting around doing nothing.

33. Hospital (1970 TV Movie)

84 min | Documentary

Daily activities of the Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, with emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability... See full summary »

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Eugene Friedman, Stanley Friedman, Robert Schwartz

Votes: 328

Brilliant Frederick Wiseman documentary that chronicles the daily activities of a hospital in New York City. Some sequences are quite uncomfortable to watch but the film is well worth your time.

34. The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)

G | 86 min | Documentary

A Japanese skier ultimately dreamed of literally skiing Mt. Everest. He planned to ski some 8,000 feet down an icy glacier at a 40 to 45 degree angle, from the 26,000 foot level near the ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Nyznik | Stars: Yûichirô Miura, Douglas Rain

Votes: 372

Oscar winning documentary on the 1970 Japanese expedition trying to bring skier Yuichiro Miura to the top of Mount Everest so that he can ski down the slope!! The beautiful images are enhanced by Douglas Rain's poetic narration. A wild film that must be seen to be believed.

35. Hardcore (1979)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent

Votes: 7,574

Intense drama with a tortured performance by George C. Scott. A difficult film but worth seeing.

36. Silent Running (1972)

G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 24,924

Cult sci-fi film with a spot-on performance by Bruce Dern. Worth your time.

37. Watermelon Man (1970)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 1,486 | Gross: $1.50M

What happens when a white bigot wakes up one day and finds out he is now black? A very well made film that tackles racism head on.

38. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall, Nicol Williamson

Votes: 3,951

Great Sherlock Holmes film has him meet Sigmund Freud in an effort to cure him of his cocaine addiction. Very well done.

39. Night Moves (1975)

R | 100 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

Los Angeles private investigator Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter. Moseby tracks the daughter down, only to stumble upon something much more intriguing and sinister.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Edward Binns, Harris Yulin

Votes: 10,599

Layered, complex Arthur Penn thriller with a good performance from Gene Hackman. James Woods and Melanie Griffith are also in the cast. Worth seeing more than once.

40. Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults.

Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador | Stars: Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros

Votes: 5,789

Terrifying Spanish horror film is like nothing you have ever seen before. Not for the faint of heart.

41. Don't Look Now (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania

Votes: 44,169

Great thriller that has many creepy moments but is so exquisitely put together. Haunting.

42. Harold and Maude (1971)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 66,237

Lovely, sad, funny cult film that shows that love is all we really need.

43. Rabid (1977)

R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan

Votes: 13,919

Early David Cronenberg horror film is quite gruesome but quite addictive. One of my guilty pleasures.

44. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Horror

Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 29,359

Werner Herzog makes a vampire film and it is nothing like any other vampire film. Dracula brings the plague to Western Europe. Slow but very engaging.

45. Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

G | 120 min | Drama, Family

A skilled flyer but very rebellious young seagull is kicked out of his clan. However, instead of being sad or lonely, he decides to enjoy and explore his newfound freedom.

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, Philip Ahn, David Ladd

Votes: 1,721 | Gross: $1.60M

A lot of people found this pretentious but I was moved. Be forewarned that the film's main character is a seagull. If that doesn't bother you, the story will interest you greatly. Cinematography is spectacular.

46. Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charles is a Salt Lake City civil servant who loves (*LOVES*) Laura, a lovely housewife with a lovely step-daughter and an A-frame-selling, ex-quarterback husband named Ox. His roommate is ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver | Stars: John Heard, Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Riegert, Kenneth McMillan

Votes: 794

Sad, nuanced film on unrequited love and obsession. The original release had a tacked on happy ending(not present in the original novel) and the film bombed. That scene was cut and the film was re-released and did better. Mary Beth Hurt is amazing in this as is Peter Reigert who is quite funny. John Heard is good as the lead and never veers into caricature. Although it is a sad film, it is never depressing.

47. Gimme Shelter (1970)

GP | 91 min | Documentary, Music, Thriller

80 Metascore

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts

Votes: 9,938 | Gross: $0.25M

Absolutely stunning documentary that follows the Rolling Stones in concert in the USA including giving a free concert in San Francisco(Altamont raceway) where the Hell's Angels provided security! That concert takes up about half of the film's running time and it is incredible. You simply can't keep from watching even though it is a catastrophe of biblical proportions. People are beaten up by the bikers (including one of the members of Jefferson Airplane), countless people jump onstage and, tragically, a man is stabbed to death. The looks on the members of the Rolling Stones as things deteriorate is one of genuine concern. Still, it makes for great drama(you will be riveted to your seat throughout). A masterpiece of documentary cinema with a great soundtrack to boot but it isn't for the faint of heart.

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