SOLARIS (1972)

A heavily influential Soviet sci-fi epic that takes a lot of patience from the viewer to get to its basic message: no matter how far we go, we’ll never be able to escape our own humanity.

ENTER THE DRAGON (1973)

This mega-hit made Bruce Lee a household name and became maybe the most successful and influential martial arts movie ever made.

1776 (1972)

Before Hamilton took Broadway by storm, there was another musical about the Founding Fathers, one that I love too much to be objective about.

ROCKY (1976)

A tiny boxing movie about a bunch of weirdos that became a massive cultural smash. I like some parts.

AMARCORD (1974)

Federico Fellini’s exaggerated childhood memories form the basis for this story of a year in the life of a 1930s Italian small town.

JAWS (1975)

The original summer blockbuster is the best possible movie you could ever make about a shark eating people.

KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep fight over custody of a mop-topped little kid who is going to need so much therapy after this.

BRIAN’S SONG (1971)

The ultimate weepy romance, but it’s for dudes because the two leads are football players.