SUSPIRIA (1977)

The plot may make no sense, but this gory, psychedelic fever dream still retains its power after all these years.

BEING THERE (1979)

If he acts like a rich white dude and talks like a rich white dude, does it matter if he has no idea what he’s doing?

THE GODFATHER (1972)

Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia epic is now fixed in American culture.

BLAZING SADDLES (1974)

Mel Brooks takes a western pastiche and pushes the boundaries of comedy about racism. Oh, and it’s super funny.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)

Before “Star Wars,” George Lucas made this ancestor of a million teenager movies.

NASHVILLE (1975)

Robert Altman’s magnum opus provides a cross-section of humanity at a time not-so-different from our own, plus a full hour of country music performances.

THE DEER HUNTER (1978)

Called a “nightmare” and “endless” by its own studio, it ended up winning Best Picture and being the first big hit movie about the Vietnam War.