WATCH-LIST: Notable New Hollywood Movies

New Hollywood or post-classical Hollywood, sometimes referred to as the “American New Wave“, refers to the time from roughly the late-1960s (Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate) to the early 1980s (Heaven’s Gate, One from the Heart) when a new generation of young filmmakers came to prominence in United States, influencing the types of films produced, their production and marketing, and the way major studios approached filmmaking. In New Hollywood films, the film director took on a key authorial role.

When you’re a film making student, you have to watch a lot of movies. The following list was made by one of my lecturers for our Contemporary American Cinema module and I thought that I should share it with you because it’s a great start for the ones that want to start a related course or just want to watch a great movie.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

IMDB: 7,9/10

TOMATOMETER: 90%

“A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.”

The Graduate (1967)

IMDB: 8/10

TOMATOMETER: 89%

“A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.”

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

IMDB: 7.8/10

TOMATOMETER: 68%

“A couple’s attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.”

Point Blank (1967)

IMDB: 7,4/10

TOMATOMETER: 97%

“After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.”

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

IMDB: 8.3/10

TOMATOMETER: 96%

“Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.”

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

IMDB: 8/10

TOMATOMETER: 99%

“A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life.”

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

IMDB: 8.1/10

TOMATOMETER: 89%

“Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.”

Easy Rider (1969)

IMDB: 7.8/10

TOMATOMETER: 88%

“Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.”

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

IMDB: 7.9/10

TOMATOMETER: 90%

“A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend.”

The Wild Bunch (1969)

IMDB: 8/10

TOMATOMETER: 98%

“An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the “traditional” American West is disappearing around them.”

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)

IMDB: 7.9/10

TOMATOMETER: 84%

“The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.”

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

IMDB: 6.7/10

TOMATOMETER: 91%

“Documentary film-maker Bob Saunders and his wife Carol attend a group therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the opening scenes of the film. Returning to their Los Angeles home, the newly “enlightened” couple chastise their closest friends, Ted and Alice, for not coming to grips with their true feelings. Bob insists that everyone “feel” rather than intellectualize their emotions, and Carol pronounces “that’s beautiful” after anyone says anything even remotely personal. Ted and Alice humor their friends, but it is obvious that there is a good-natured sexual tension at work within the foursome.”

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

IMDB: 7.5/10

TOMATOMETER: 86%

“A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn’t spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.”

The Landlord (1970)

IMDB: 6.9/10

TOMATOMETER: 91%

“At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders “runs away” from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it into a posh flat. But Elgar is not one to be bound by yesterday’s urges, and soon he has other thoughts on his mind. He’s grown fond of the black tenants and particularly of Fanny, the wife of a black radical; he’s maybe fallen in love with Lanie, a mulatto girl; he’s lost interest in redecorating his home. Joyce, his mother has not relinquished this interest and in one of the film’s most hilarious sequences gives her Master Charge card to Marge, a black tenant and appoints her decorator.”

Little Big Man (1970)

IMDB: 7.7/10

TOMATOMETER: 96%

“Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.”

Love Story (1970)

IMDB: 6.9/10

TOMATOMETER: 57%

“A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing – and then tragedy strikes.”

M*A*S*H(1970)

IMDB: 8.4/10

TOMATOMETER: 87%

“The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.”

The French Connection (1971)

IMDB: 7.8/10

TOMATOMETER: 98%

“A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.”

Harold and Maude (1971)

IMDB: 8/10

TOMATOMETER: 86%

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

Klute(1971)

IMDB: 7.2/10

TOMATOMETER: 96%

“A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.”

The Last Picture Show (1971)

IMDB: 8.1/10

TOMATOMETER: 100%

“A group of 1950s high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both economically and culturally.”

McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

IMDB: 7.7/10

TOMATOMETER: 90%

“A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.”

Panic in Needle Park(1971)

IMDB: 7.1/10

TOMATOMETER: 78%

“This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in “Needle Park” in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless girl who finds in her relationship with Bobby the stability she craves. She becomes addicted too, and life goes downhill for them both as their addiction deepens, eventually leading to a series of betrayals. But, in spite of it all, the relationship between Bobby and Helen endures.”

THX 1138(1971)

IMDB: 6.8/10

TOMATOMETER: N/A

“Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society.”

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

IMDB: 8.4/10

TOMATOMETER: 90%

“In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem – but not all goes according to plan.”

Cabaret(1972)

IMDB: 7.9/10

TOMATOMETER: 97%

“A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.”

Deliverance(1972)

IMDB: 7.8/10

TOMATOMETER: 93%

“Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they’ll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.”

The Godfather(1972)

IMDB: 9.2/10

TOMATOMETER: 99%

“The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.”

Papillon(1973)

IMDB: 8.1/10

TOMATOMETER: 82%

“A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.”

American Graffiti (1973)

IMDB: 7.5/10

TOMATOMETER: 95%

“A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.”

Badlands(1973)

IMDB: 7.9/10

TOMATOMETER: 98%

“An impressionable teen girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend go on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.”

The Exorcist(1973)

IMDB: 8/10

TOMATOMETER: 86%

“When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.”

Mean Streets(1973)

IMDB: 7.4/10

TOMATOMETER: 98%

“A small-time hood struggles to succeed on the “mean streets” of Little Italy.”

Paper Moon (1973)

IMDB: 8.2/10

TOMATOMETER: 91%

“During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.”

Serpico(1973)

IMDB: 7.8/10

TOMATOMETER: 90%

“The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.”

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

IMDB: 7.4/10

TOMATOMETER: 91%

“A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.”

Chinatown (1974)

IMDB: 8.3/10

TOMATOMETER: 98%

“A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

The Conversation(1974)

IMDB: 7.9/10

TOMATOMETER: 98%

“A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.”

The Godfather Part II(1974)

IMDB: 9.1/10

TOMATOMETER: 97%

“The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.”

The Sugarland Express(1974)

IMDB: 6.8/10

TOMATOMETER: 92%

“A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don’t go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road.”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

IMDB: 8.7/10

TOMATOMETER: 95%

“Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse.”

Barry Lyndon(1975)

IMDB: 8.1/10

TOMATOMETER: 96%

“An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband’s aristocratic position in 18th-century England.”

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

IMDB: 8.1/10

TOMATOMETER: 97%

“A man robs a bank to pay for his lover’s operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.”

Nashville(1975)

IMDB: 7.8

TOMATOMETER: 93%

“Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.”

Jaws(1975)

IMDB: 8.1/10

TOMATOMETER: 97%

“When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.”

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