Top 10 movies of the 70s matched with funky food

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I was born in the late seventies, so for me, the whole decade is a bit blah. It reminds me of bad brown corduroy, weird hair and even stranger people. I’m more of an eighties girl myself. But I am humble enough to look back at this decade in film. Perhaps my perspective will shift? Let’s see.

When the 70s began, Hollywood was in trouble. Studios were losing money like it was nobody’s business and this was the decade where the business in the movies became more prominent. With censorship relaxing, filmmakers grabbed the opportunity to experiment with more graphic story lines. That’s not to say that the best movies of the 70s were all disturbing – but they were free to be whatever they wanted to be!

So here are my top 10 movies of the 1970s…

1. The Godfather (1972)

There’s something intriguing about mafia movies, even though they’re super-violent, gory and true. Eeek! In the first Godfather movie we meet the powerful Corleone family’s head honcho Vito who wheels and deals at his daughter’s wedding, contrasting the happy family vibes with the seriously dangerous actions of their fat old papa. This is an awesome movie. For a more detailed review paired with food click here!

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Who would have thought that a movie set in a loony bin would be such a sad, happy, heart-warming and moving film! Jack Nicholson plays crook Randle McMurphy who is sentenced for a short stint in a mental institution (so he can avoid hard labour) for statutory rape. The cocky brute takes on the severe and super-scary Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) who becomes his worst nightmare. Such a great movie. Check out my review with matching recipes here.

3. Star Wars – A New Hope (1977)

What can I say… I love this movie… it’s a true classic. Darth Vadar, Luke, Leia and funny old stormtroopers. This movie was ground breaking with its cool characters, special effects and coolness. It’s just so cool… still. It really hasn’t dated, so if you haven’t seen it for a while give it a go. And while you’re at it, watch all of them, even the new ones… it’s all Star Wars, it’s all so good.

Entree:

This decade was such an innocent one, they had only just discovered the joys of ethnic food like Chinese and were yet to tuck into Thai (my favourite). But they were all about fancy-looking dishes to serve at their heady dinner parties like this one: Prawn and Avocado Cocktail recipe from Delicious Magazine.

4. The Godfather Part II (1974)

The Godfather was a hard act to follow but the second God-of-the-father movie is just as good. Vito’s son, Michael has taken over the family ‘business’. There are flashbacks to the younger years of young Michael, Vito and everyone providing a lot more background to the disturbing habits of this scary family – how they got there, why they started being mobsters… It’s a great film, another classic, which is why it’s in the top 5.  Check out my review with matching recipes here…

5. Alien (1979)

I remember watching the second Alien movie through my tiny little fingers when I was a kid and having nightmares about freaky creatures jumping out and sliming me. This first Alien film is no different. Sigourney Weaver stars as Warrant Officer Ripley who leads a team into an abandoned space ship thing that had sent out a curious signal. They encounter ALIENS! And fight them in the darkened hallways of the spacecraft with disturbing results. Scary stuff.

6. Superman (1978)

Christopher Reeve was Superman – no one comes close to him with his angular nose and piercing blue eyes. Sigh. And Gene Hackman played the fabulous baddie fella Lex Luthor makes for a classic combination. Go 70s movies. This film takes us back to the beginning of Superman on his freaky home planet of Krypton and what happened to his biological parents. It’s an eerie, action-packed movie and I can’t wait to see it again and again.

7. Grease (1978)

On a lighter note, there’s Grease with our (Australia’s) lovely, sweet Olivia Newton-John and the hunky John Travolta. Set in 1958, Grease follows a group of seniors finishing up their high school career with dances, songs, slumber parties and cool cars. The music is so good you’ll be dancing around your lounge room singing into your hairy old brush – it’s that much fun! Even the fellas will dig it… maybe!

Main meal:

The hipsters of the 1970s had expanded their horizons through the 60s and now their tastebuds were following – they were looking further afield, over the great blue sea to Europe and a fancy little country called France. Yep, French food was all the rage and nothing screams 70s food more than Duck a l’Orange. Here’s a more modern take on that tasty little dish… Glazed Duck with Clementine Sauce from Gourmet.  Fancy!

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8. The Deer Hunter (1978)

Heavy, heavy, heavy but what a movie. No wonder it won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), Best Film Editing and Best Sound. A group of deer hunting friends in Pennsylvania, all of a sudden find themselves in the middle of the Vietnam war, experiencing the horrors, the violence and the fear that will forever change them. Then they go home and the mood is sombre and sad. It’s fantastic gripping, hearty film you simply must see. Check out my review with matching recipes here…

9. Jaws (1975)

Da-da, da-da, dadadadad – well, you get the drift. Big shark, blood in the water, death, fear, despair and a bigger boat – yup, it’s Jaws directed by the incredible Steven Spielberg – it was one of the early blockbusters and gave audiences such a fright that many were too scared to swim in the ocean after seen this movie. Looking at it now, the shark does look a tad fake but in those days, it was pretty realistic which made it such a fascinating and disturbing flick! I still can’t watch it without cringing.

10. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Let’s end on an emotional movie – this movie shocked audiences with its painful and honest look at the effects of divorce on a child and the pain a father experiences when he loses absolutely everything. Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman give raw, emotional performances which, if you love movies, you must see to appreciate the extent of their talent. Although it’s a sad old tale, it’s quite watchable and moving – a Best Picture winner for a reason. Here’s my review with matching food.

Dessert:

So much to choose from… what shall we choose? Something with a tangy citrus sauce – Deliah’s Classic Crêpes Suzette recipe from BBC Food. Boozy, sweet and delicious – I’m sure it will be gone in 60 seconds or less. Yum!

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What are your favourite films of the 70’s? What do you remember of that decade. Educate me please!

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