A Clockwork Orange
“A Clockwork Orange” is a thought-provoking movie set in a near-future Britain. It follows the story of young Alexander DeLarge and his gang, who indulge in violent and disturbing acts while also finding solace in the music of Beethoven. When given the choice to undergo a procedure that strips him of his free will, Alex must navigate a society where conscience is scarce. Starring Malcolm McDowell and Patrick Magee, this iconic film was released on December 19, 1971.
The Working Class Goes to Heaven
“The Working Class Goes to Heaven” is a thought-provoking Italian movie released in 1971. It follows the story of an Italian worker who, after losing a finger in a work accident, becomes increasingly involved in political and revolutionary groups. With a talented cast including Gian Maria Volonté and Mariangela Melato, this film offers a captivating exploration of the worker’s journey towards political activism and the challenges he faces along the way.
Duck, You Sucker
“Duck, You Sucker” is a thrilling action-packed movie set during the 1913 Mexican Revolution. Starring Rod Steiger and James Coburn, it follows the story of a greedy bandit and an Irish explosives expert who join a group of revolutionaries planning to rob a national bank. However, their mission takes an unexpected turn when they discover the government’s dark secret, turning the bandit into an accidental hero. Released on October 20, 1971, this film promises an exciting blend of adventure, revolution, and unexpected twists.
“The Conformist” is a captivating Italian film from 1971 that tells the story of a timid man who succumbs to fascism and is sent abroad to plot the assassination of his former teacher, now a political dissident. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, and Gastone Moschin, this thought-provoking movie explores themes of conformity and political turmoil in a gripping and suspenseful manner. Released on January 29, 1971, it is definitely worth adding to your must-watch list of classic films.
Fiddler on the Roof
“Fiddler on the Roof” is a heartwarming musical set in a small Jewish community in pre-Revolutionary Russia. The story follows a determined milkman who strives to find suitable husbands for his five daughters, seeking guidance from a traditional matchmaker and even questioning God along the way. Released in 1971, this beloved film features a talented cast including Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, and more, making it one of the best voted movies of that year.
The Last Picture Show
“The Last Picture Show” is a captivating coming-of-age film set in a dying Texas town in 1971. It follows the lives of two best friends, Sonny and Duane, as they navigate their final year of high school. With a stellar cast including Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, and Jeff Bridges, this movie explores themes of love, friendship, and the struggle to break free from a dead-end town. Released on October 3, 1971, it’s definitely one of the best voted movies of that year.
Harold and Maude
“Harold and Maude” is a heartwarming and unconventional film released in 1971. It tells the story of Harold, a young man who finds solace in dark humor and attending funerals, and Maude, an 80-year-old woman who lives life to the fullest. Despite their stark differences, they form an unlikely bond and discover that age and societal norms are no barriers to friendship and love. Starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort, this movie is a delightful exploration of finding joy in unexpected places.
The French Connection
“The French Connection” is a gripping crime thriller from 1971 that follows the relentless pursuit of tough narcotics detective ‘Popeye’ Doyle. With an all-star cast including Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, the movie takes us on a thrilling ride as Doyle tracks down a suave French drug dealer who holds the key to a massive heroin-smuggling operation. Released on October 9, 1971, this film is a must-watch for fans of intense action and suspense.
Johnny Got His Gun
“Johnny Got His Gun” is a thought-provoking movie released in 1971 that tells the story of a young American soldier who finds himself in a pseudocoma after being hit by an artillery shell during World War I. Through flashbacks, the film explores his life leading up to that point. With a talented cast including Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, and Donald Sutherland, this movie is a must-watch for those interested in war dramas and powerful storytelling.
“Dirty Harry” is a gripping crime thriller set in 1971 San Francisco. Clint Eastwood stars as Harry Callahan, a tough and relentless cop known for his no-nonsense approach to law enforcement. When a deranged serial killer named Scorpio terrorizes the city, Harry takes it upon himself to track down the psychopath and bring him to justice, even if it means going against the system. With a stellar cast and intense action, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Released on December 23, 1971, it’s definitely a must-watch for fans of thrilling crime dramas.
“The Devils” is a gripping historical drama set in 17th-century France. It follows Father Urbain Grandier, who bravely fights against the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu to protect the city of Loudun. However, chaos ensues when a sexually repressed nun accuses him of witchcraft, leading to a frenzy of hysteria within the city. With a stellar cast including Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, this thought-provoking film delves into themes of power, repression, and the destructive nature of false accusations. Released in 1971, it’s definitely a must-watch for fans of historical dramas.
“Duel” is a thrilling movie from 1971 that follows the story of David Mann, a traveling businessman who unknowingly angers the driver of a rusty tanker while driving through the California desert. As the tension rises, Mann finds himself in a deadly game of cat and mouse, desperately trying to stay alive while the tanker relentlessly pursues him. Starring Dennis Weaver and featuring a talented cast, this intense film will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Trinity Is Still My Name
“Trinity Is Still My Name” is a hilarious 1971 movie that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. Starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer as two mischievous brothers, the film follows their wild adventure after being mistaken for federal agents and using the opportunity to steal a massive treasure hidden in a monastery. With a talented cast and a release date of October 21, 1971, this action-packed comedy is definitely worth a watch!
Death in Venice
“Death in Venice” is a captivating movie released in 1971 that follows the journey of composer Gustav von Aschenbach as he visits Venice for his health. However, his trip takes an unexpected turn when he becomes infatuated with a young Polish boy named Tadzio, who is also staying at the same hotel. With a stellar cast including Dirk Bogarde and Romolo Valli, this film explores themes of obsession and beauty in a mesmerizing way.
“Walkabout” is a captivating 1971 film that takes you on a thrilling journey into the Australian outback. When a geologist’s attempt to harm his children fails, they find themselves stranded in the harsh wilderness. However, their lives take an unexpected turn when they meet an Aboriginal boy who teaches them the art of survival, highlighting the clash between nature and modern society. Starring Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, and David Gulpilil, this movie offers a unique and thought-provoking exploration of the human spirit and the power of unexpected friendships.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
“McCabe & Mrs. Miller” is a captivating movie set in a remote Old West mining town during 1971. Starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, it tells the story of a gambler and a prostitute who join forces to create a successful business. However, their thriving enterprise faces a major challenge when a powerful corporation arrives on the scene.
And Now for Something Completely Different
“And Now for Something Completely Different” is a hilarious compilation of skits from the first two seasons of the popular British TV series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Released in 1971, this movie showcases the comedic genius of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth, and Lesley Judd. If you’re in the mood for some side-splitting humor, this is definitely a must-watch from 1971!”
“Vanishing Point” is a thrilling 1971 movie starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, and Dean Jagger. It follows Kowalski, a car delivery driver, who takes on a daring challenge to drive a 1970 Dodge Challenger from Colorado to San Francisco in under 15 hours. With a talented cast and an adrenaline-fueled plot, this film is a must-watch for fans of high-speed action and suspense.
The Big Boss
“The Big Boss” is a thrilling martial arts film released in 1971. Starring the legendary Bruce Lee, the movie follows Cheng, a young Chinese man who moves to Thailand to work at an ice factory. However, when his family members start disappearing after encountering the factory’s management, Cheng is forced to break his promise of avoiding fights and confront the villainous Big Boss. With an engaging storyline and an impressive cast, this action-packed film is definitely worth a watch for any martial arts enthusiast.
“Hey, I just came across this movie called ‘Straw Dogs’ from 1971, and it’s quite intense! It follows David, an American academic who moves to a small town in Cornwall with his wife Amy. Things take a dark turn when David faces hostility from the locals, leading to a shocking incident that unleashes his violent side. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, this gripping film explores themes of isolation, revenge, and the lengths one can go to protect their loved ones. Definitely worth checking out!”
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