Reaching $100 million is an important milestone for any film. In recent years, we’ve seen some blockbusters cross that threshold at lightning speed: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness did it in two days Avengers: Endgame in one However, some films took much longer to reach this goal.
according to Box Office Mojo, the ten films that took the longest to reach $100 million did so in the exact same amount of time: 731 days. Talk about a coincidence. All these films were also released in the 1970s. Although they belong to the same decade, they could not be different in terms of content. These projects range from disaster movies to romance, musicals to westerns, crime films to comedies. Most of them are still worth seeing today.
1 ‘Airport (1970)’
the airport It’s a classic disaster film about the crisis at an airport in Chicago. An explosive device threatens to blow up a plane mid-flight, so the crew and air traffic controllers race to avoid disaster. It stars two giants of the 70s cinema: Burt Lancaster as an airport manager, and Dean Martin as a pilot
Includes supporting cast Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bissetand George Kennedy, won an Academy Award for his performance as Joe Patroni, a mechanic who tries to fix the problem of the damaged plane. Although now quite dated, the airport remains a solid drama and a seminal work in the disaster genre.
2 ‘Love Story’ (1970)
In this romantic drama, Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O’Neal), a wealthy Harvard student, falls in love with Jennifer Cavalleri (Ali MacGraw), a working class girl from Rhode Island. Despite their differences, the two fall in love and get married. However, their happiness is short-lived when Jennifer is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
A love story it’s a touching story of love and loss that cemented O’Neal and MacGraw as stars of their day. The song “Where Do I Begin” also became a hit and is still recognized as a classic love ballad. It’s also the source of the iconic quote, “Love means not having to say you’re sorry.”
3 ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975)
Jack Nicholson he delivers one of his best performances in this director-directed drama Miloš Forman. Based on the author’s novel Ken Kesey, One Flew Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest It tells the story of Randle McMurphy, a criminal who fakes insanity to serve time in a mental institution. There, he clashes with the strict and oppressive Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), who uses his power to control patients. McMurphy’s rebellious spirit inspires the other patients to rise up against their oppressors, leading to a powerful and tragic climax.
Forman’s body of work includes several incredible films, but this is his masterpiece; a darkly comic dive into conformity, rebellion and the dehumanization of mental health patients. Not to mention, it ends with one of the greatest closing shots in film history. It dominated the Oscars that year, winning five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
4 ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ (1975)
This cult classic musical tells the story of newly engaged Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), who encounter the strange world of Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist on his way to meet his latest creation, a muscular and sexually attractive man named Rocky.
Initially, reviews were negative, and ticket sales were mediocre. However, Rocky HorrorThe cult began when New York’s Waverly Theater began its midnight performances. Fans started shouting lines from the film in the theater, which eventually turned into full audience participation. From then on, his popularity grew rapidly. The film has since become legendary for its campy style, catchy musical numbers, and formidable characters.
5 ‘American Graffiti’ (1973)
Before flipping in the cinema Star Wars, George Lucas directed this coming-of-age comedy-drama. Set in 1962, American graffiti It follows a group of high school graduates as they travel across town on their last night before college. It includes a star-studded cast Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, and Harrison Ford. It’s also known for its soundtrack, a collection of classic songs from the 50s and 60s that became a chart-topping album and helped spark interest in oldies.
American graffiti It’s a nostalgic look back at a simpler time, capturing the innocence, optimism and enthusiasm of young people in post-war America. It was a critical and commercial success, earning five Academy Award nominations and launching the careers of a number of young local stars, without catapulting Lucas to the forefront of Hollywood.
6 ‘The Towering Inferno’ (1974)
Another disaster movie, The Towering Inferno It follows a group of people trapped in a 138-story skyscraper, the tallest building in the world, when a fire breaks out at the opening party. Paul Newman He plays Doug Roberts, the building’s architect, on the side Steve McQueen As Chief O’Hallorhan, head of the fire department. They must work together to rescue the trapped victims and put out the fire.
The special effects and action sequences were impressive for their time, especially the famous scene of a helicopter crashing into the building. The main attraction, however, is seeing Newman and McQueen on screen together. This was their only collaboration. They were known for similar roles, but here they complement rather than detract from each other.
7 ‘Rocky’ (1976)
This beloved sports drama centers on the eponymous small-time boxer from Philadelphia (played by Sylvester Stallone) who gets the chance of a lifetime to face the world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). With the help of Coach Mickey (Burgess Meredith), Rocky trains hard and prepares for the fight of his life.
It’s the most iconic boxing movie ever, and it’s not even close. The training montages alone have more entertainment value than most other entire films in the genre. It released a mega-franchise that continues to dominate the box office today, the latest Michael B. Jordan‘s Creed III.
8 Blazing Saddles (1974)
Blazing saddles is Mel Brooks‘ western satirical view. Little Cleavon Bart, a black sheriff, is appointed to a racist town in the Old West. Gene Wilder He plays the Waco Kid, a gunman who becomes Bart’s ally and friend. The film also has a bevy of comedy talents, among others Madeline Kahn, Harvey Kormanand Brooks himself in the memorable role of the troubled Governor William J. Le Petomane.
Blazing saddles known for its irreverent humor, outrageous gags, and social commentary on issues of race and politics. It had a huge impact, inspiring many parodies and parodies in popular culture. As well Tarantino‘s Django Unchained pays tribute to him.
9 ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ (1977)
Smokey and the Bandit It’s a high-speed action comedy directed by a stuntman Hal Needham. Bo “Bandit” Darville (Burt Reynolds) is a truck driver who is hired to smuggle 400 cases of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia in 28 hours. Along with his partner, Cledus Snow (Jerry Reed), Bandit rises to the challenge while being pursued by Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Sally Field Also featured is Carrie, a runaway bride who joins Bandit on his adventure.
The film is famous for its car chases, stunts and comedy performances. It captures the spirit of the 1970s: fast cars, country music and a rebellious attitude. Smokey and the Bandit today it is still fully absorbed; Just 96 minutes of pleasant entertainment provided by the wind.
10 ‘The Sting’ (1973)
Director George Roy Hill, the sting is a classic crime film starring Paul Newman, Robert Redfordand Robert Shaw. Set in the 1930s, it follows two con artists, Johnny Hooker (Redford) and Henry Gondorff (Newman), as they hatch a massive con to take down a powerful and dangerous mob boss, Doyle Lonnegan (Shaw).
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The film was a critical and commercial success that revived Newman’s career after a series of flops. With its intricate plot, witty dialogues and brilliant acting, the sting Towering over the crime genre is one of the funniest capers ever made. His DNA lives on in the many heist films that have followed him.