Movies turning 50 in 2022 that everyone should see When you're at the movies, silence is golden. Back in 1972, you could basically only watch movies in theaters, and of course no one had cell phones either. These days, you can watch movies from home, including movies celebrating their 50th golden anniversary in 2022. Here are the 22 1972 movies you should watch in 2022 if you haven't.
“Snoopy, Come Home” We wanted to end on a light and familiar note. Sure, the movie wasn't a hit, but critics at the time loved it. It's Snoopy. If you like "Peanuts," "Snoopy, Come Home" is worth watching. Notably, it is also the first appearance of Woodstock.
“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” Luis Buñuel did not make movies for everyone. Surreal movies of his can be weird and alienating, and he's also the guy who became famous for cutting out that eyeball. And yet this French-language film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, so apparently some people got in on it.
“The Mechanic” A nasty action movie starring Charles Bronson? That tracks. He plays a murderer who gets involved in some things that threaten to turn very bad for him. They remade the film with Jason Statham in the role of Bronson, another decision he tracks.
“1776” A musical is also a good option when trying out a year's worth of movie deals. "1776" is not the best musical, although it was successful. However, it is definitely a curiosity. This is, after all, a musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Guys like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin run around singing and dancing. It's also not done exactly like "Hamilton."
“Avanti!” When Billy Wilder is directing Jack Lemmon in a comedy, he'll have a few charms here and there. This isn't his best collaboration, but that doesn't mean it lacks laughs or funny moments. After all, Lemmon won a Golden Globe for it.
"Blacula" Blaxploitation movies were big in the '70s, and "Blacula" is one of the first examples from that era that many people think of. Sure, a lot of that is down to the premise. "Blacula" isn't exactly high art. However, if you've been making jokes about the name all these years, why not see what the movie is really like?
"Joe Kidd" Let's add a Clint Eastwood western to the mix. That definitely sounds like 1972 to us. Plus, this movie doesn't just star Eastwood as a former bounty hunter. It was also written by the legendary Elmore Leonard.
“Boxcar Bertha” Sometimes a movie is worth watching because of who the people happen to be. “Boxcar Bertha” is one of those. It's a Roger Corman production, so it's obviously on a low budget. However, it is not without its high points. Why? Because it was directed by a then unknown named Martin Scorsese. It was his second film, the first since the little "Who is knocking at my door?" in 1967. The following year he would go on to make “Mean Streets” and the rest was history.
"Fist of Fury" Bruce Lee's star was on the rise at this time, so naturally we had to include a Lee movie. "Fist of Fury" has an evocative name, not to mention only Lee's second major role. The Hong Kong action movie is a good example of Lee's martial arts skills, not to mention his acting skills.
"The Hot Rock" Redford's third film on the list. He apparently had a great 1972. And yet, all three films are worth recommending. It is a heist film with a plot that can be succinctly described in the title under which it was released in the UK: "How to Steal a Diamond in Four Awkward Lessons".
“Fat Town” John Huston's film was a hit at Cannes and is considered one of his best films, or at least an underrated success. It is perhaps the best work of Stacy Keach, and also a great performance by Jeff Bridges. It's a movie about an aging boxer and an up-and-coming protégé of his, so you can guess it's not exactly a light-hearted movie. Still, it's worth a watch for fans of sports movies.
“The Heartbreak Kid” When people talk about "What could have been?" Elaine May's directing career, they're basically talking about "The Heartbreak Kid." This is where things just clicked. You can even forgive the fact that she chose her daughter Jeannie Berlin because Berlin is so good in the movie. Of course, in the end, it belongs to Charles Grodin. Feel free to skip Ben Stiller's new version.
"The Lady Sings the Blues" You have to include a biopic every time you look back at a year's worth of movies. They help tell the story of who was on people's minds at the time. “Lady Sings the Blues” finished in the top 10 at the box office and featured a notable turn by singer-turned-actress Diana Ross as Billie Holliday. She was a beloved singer playing another, which definitely got attention.
“Sleuth” Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in a game of two hands that is somehow a mystery, a comedy and a suspense? Yes, sign us up for that. Both Olivier and Caine managed to earn Oscar nominations, and this movie serves them both.
"The candidate" Robert Redford is back! This time, he plays a sympathetic activist who is introduced as the Democratic candidate for Governor of California by a career political strategist. Redford's character becomes increasingly compromised as his candidacy moves from joke to substantive. The movie won Best Original Screenplay and has an iconic ending.
“Butterflies are free” Goldie Hawn spent years doing free-spirited, hippie stuff, and with a title like "Butterflies Are Free," it's no surprise that that's the kind of role he has here. She plays a woman in San Francisco who falls in love with her blind neighbor against her mother's disapproval. That mother is played by Eileen Heckart, who won an Oscar for this film.
“The Getaway” Steve McQueen (and Ali McGraw) in a movie written by Walter Hill and directed by Sam Peckinpah? You know you're going to get a dirty crime thriller out of those three, but in a good way. It has a "Bonnie and Clyde" vibe to it, but it's more contemplative and a bit slow, so be prepared. It's not an action-packed romp.
“What’s Up, Doc?” You really have to be able to handle the character of Barbra Streisand to enjoy the charade of "What's up, doc?" He's basically live-action Bugs Bunny, which means he's basically an agent of chaos. That feels a little more exhilarating when he's a human and not a cartoon rabbit. And yet, the public loved it, and there are plenty of times when it's clear to see why.
"The Poseidon Adventure" Ah, the days of star-studded disaster movies. Movies like "The Poseidon Adventure" used to be common occurrences, but this one still stands out among those movies. It was the second highest grossing movie of 1972 behind the behemoth "The Godfather," and if you go to see 1972 movies, you should try what moved people.
"Cabaret" The Oscars that "The Godfather" did not win were cleaned by "Cabaret". He took home a whopping eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli and Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey. While it wasn't the Best Picture winner, it was still a great movie.
"The Godfather" Well, the first movie I mentioned was pretty easy to pick. "The Godfather" is considered by many to be the best movie of all time. It won Best Picture at the Academy Awards and was the highest grossing film of 1972. This is a truly iconic work of cinema, featuring an all-time great cast.