Nightman’s Favourite Films Of The 1970s – Stats Roundup

Greetings, Glancers! So, older readers of my Oscars posts may recall that I tried to give some stats at the end of the year. It became too difficult to gather metrics and I become too lazy, and lo the posts migrated to the Hades Of Blogs like so many before. The same will likely happen to these summary posts – where I give some ‘interesting’ stats on my favourite films of each decade. It doesn’t mean anything, you won’t gain any insight or pleasure from reading them, and they will be painful to write. Why do it? Well shucks, I’ve always had a thing for hurting myself. ‘Enjoy’!

Number Of Best Picture Nominees: Twenty three (Out of a possible fifty)

Number Of Best Picture Winners: 7 (Out of a possible ten)

Number Of Movies In The Top Ten Grossing of The Year: Thirty three (Out of a possible one hundred)

Number Of Movies Which Were The Top Grosser: Five (Out of a possible ten)

The number of films nominated for Best Picture this year is unsurprisingly high. In this decade The Academy and myself largely saw eye to eye thanks to a new wave of American directors whose films gained critical attention and personal adoration. Special mention goes to 1975, which may be the only year where all five films nominated for Best Picture appear in my personal Top Ten, as well as three of the Top Ten Grossing movies. Not only that, 1976 followed with 4 of the nominees making my list, as well as being one of the few years to have a clean sweep by country – all ten movies in my list are from the US. 1978 actually also has 10 US movies, though Superman is classed as being US/UK/Switzerland/Panama. By and large The Academy got it right this year, with seven Best Picture winners making it to my top ten lists – I don’t think we’ll get such a high number again and I anticipate the 80s being much lower. Twenty three out of the fifty total nominees made my list, that’s up from the 60s and the 50s.

In terms of top grossing movies, five of the top grossers made my lists, which is up from the 60s but down from the 50s – I put that down to the 60s having many successful costume epics and musicals, not my favourite genres, and me being more familiar with 70s movies and enjoying movies further outside the mainstream than what the 50s had to offer. Just to confuse things though, the thirty three films in the Top Ten grossing movies by year is higher than the 50s, but lower than the sixties…. so I’m not sure what to make of the stats. I will say 33 out of 100 is lower than what I expected but that I anticipate the 80s to be much higher.

Movies By Country In My Top 10:

USA: Seventy three

UK: Nineteen

Italy: Seven

Japan: One

France: Three

Germany: One

Australia: Four

Hong Kong: Five

Thailand: One

Canada: Two

Netherlands: One

Switzerland: One

Panama: One

The USA dominates again with a whopping seventy three films out of 100, one less than the 1950s. I was expecting this decade to be high as it is really when most of my favourite US directors and performers were hitting their peaks. Aside from the US, we have a few notable changes, namely Japan falling from grace and Spain disappearing completely. Japan had ten entries in the 50s, five in the 60s, but only one in the 70s. Don’t worry, that will pick up again. The UK drops down to nineteen, an expected drop after the swinging sixties, while Italy dropped a little to seven – held up by a new wave of horror movies. France stays consistent with single figures, Canada returns with a couple, but the newbies on the list are Australia with four and Hong Kong with five – Bruce Lee on the latter and a few up and comers for the former.

Movies By Director:

Robert Altman: Four

Dario Argento: Three

Walter Hill: Three

Francis Ford Coppola: Three

William Freidkin: Three

Sidney Lumet: Three


Bruce Lee: Two

Mel Brooks: Two

Guy Hamilton: Two

Sam Peckinpah: Two

Nicholas Roeg: Two

Lo Wei: Two

John Carpenter: Two

Bernardo Bertolucci: Two

John G Avildson: Two

Stanley Kubrick: Two

Terry Jones: Two

Don Siegel: Two

Steven Spielberg: Two

Martin Scorsese: Two

Clint Eastwood: Two

George A Romero: Two

Richard Donner: Two


Michael Cimino: One

Philip Kaufman: One

Jeannot Szwarc: One

John Milius: One

Irvin Kershner: One

Alan Parker: One

Kevin Connor: One

Ridley Scott: One

George Miller: One

David Lynch: One

Frank Roddam: One

Lucio Fulci: One

Michael Wadleigh: One

Michaelangelo Antonioni: One

Mel Stuart: One

Peter Weir: One

George Lucas: One

Lewis Gilbert: One

Sylvester Stallone: One

Terry Gilliam: One

George P Cosmatos: One

Mike Hodges: One

Richard C Sarafian: One

Alan J Pakula: One

Milos Forman: One

Paul Verhoeven: One

David Cronenberg: One

Brian De Palma: One

Michael Anderson: One

Arthur Hiller: One

Disney: One

Terence Malick: One

Tobe Hooper: One

Nobuhiko Obayashi: One

Franklin J Schaffner: One

Michael Winner: One

Sandy Harbutt: One

Bob Clark: One

Bob Rafelson: One

Brian G Hutton: One

Wes Craven: One

Gordon Hessler: One

Roman Polanski: One

John Boorman: One

Roy Ward Baker: One

Douglas Trumbull: One

Robert Clouse: One

Robin Hardy: One

One hundred films, seventy one directors. That’s down slightly from the sixties – most of the guys who were prominent in the previous decade are here again. The biggest changes this decade are that Hitchcock has completely vanished – he made a few decent films but none which I enjoyed sufficiently to include here, and Kurosawa. While Hitchcock is dead by the time the 80s roll around, Kurosawa was still going. In addition, Disney only made a single inclusion as they entered a bit of a dark age before their second Golden Age would begin later in the 80s. There are no obvious standouts from a director standpoint, though Robert Altman claims the top spot with four. We have a group on five with three movies each – Freidkin, Argento, Hill, Coppola, Lumet, and a bunch with two. A few directors making their debuts in my lists this decade will go on to greater success.

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