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The jeans were tight and the parties were wild, here are the movies that make us wish we lived during this magical decade.
Here are some great movies that are inspired by the 1970s that are worth watching.
The Nice Guys (2016)
Who wouldn’t want to team up with Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe to solve crimes in the 70s Los Angeles? In this Shane Black movie, we get to follow the alcoholic Detective Holland March and hitman Jackson Healy, who definitely looked better there. In addition to having a wide selection of leather jackets and swinging pants, “The Nice Guys” blends action and humor in a wonderful way. And the party they are sneaking up on in The Hills makes one wish that time machines existed for real.
Inherent Vice (2014)
Another movie set in this golden decade where the protagonist is a private detective. The great thing about “Inherent Vice” is that the 70s don’t scream one in the face, it’s just there. It is also a dirtier and more realistic picture of the decade Paul Thomas Anderson shows us. The is a little less distressed and the mascara runs down the cheeks. But somehow, you still get the urge to get a cowboy hat and join Joaquin Phoenix’s character, Doc, when he solves the mystery in Los Angeles.
Almost Famous (2000)
It is impossible to write such a list and not include “Almost Famous”. It almost feels like the movie did such a good job of transporting us to the 70s that no one wanted, or felt a need to make films that depict the decade again until very recently. The film adds a dream skimmer to the whole sex, drugs & rock’n’roll life and we probably all want to go on Stillwater’s tour bus. In addition, the film has perhaps the best soundtrack ever, with songs by Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, and Neil Young, among others.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
John Travolta in the role of John Manero, the king of the disco. Manero is constantly balancing on the boundary between super cool and ridiculous in this movie from 1977. We can all agree that he often tiptoes over and appears like a real idiot. No one can get away with saying things like “Ya know, I work on my hair a long time and you hit it. He hits my hair! ”. But – this is a classic movie with great music. And even though “Saturday Night Fever” doesn’t make us wish we lived that life, you get a little hungry just for one night, suggested Saturday, put on your plateau shoes and shake off the disco floor.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
The action takes place on the last day before the summer vacation at Lee High School. “Dazed and Confused” succeeds perfectly in capturing the 70’s teenage spirit, filled with freedom, celebration, and drugs. It is specifically a scene in this Richard Linklater movie that makes you wish you were part of it. Matthew McConaughey’s character, Wooderson, slides into The Emporium for the Bob Dylan song “Hurricane” and is as incredibly cool as he can be. It wasn’t wrong to be Wooderson, but it was just as wonderful to stand at one of the pool tables, drink a beer and admire him. It is also here that McConaughey’s coined the phrase “alright, alright, alright”.
American Hustle (2013)
Only the hairstyles in this star-studded movie make one wish it was possible to go up to the TV screen and step into it. Or at least the female lead roles, the men’s hairstyles may leave something to be desired. “American Hustle” directed by David O. Russell also contains the deepest earrings ever, they just keep going, going on and on. The first trailer released for the film with Led Zeppelin’s song “Good Times Bad Times” is also terribly good, maybe even better than the movie itself.
The Runaways (2014)
The first female rock band ever can only be described as a bunch of badass ladies. Here we have to follow Joan Jett, Cherie Currie and the others in the band Runaway’s journey from a caravan in The Valley to become world stars. Here too, there is a very good soundtrack with songs by, among others, David Bowie, Sex Pistols and of course The Runaways themselves. After watching “The Runaways” you will want to get a leather jacket, cut your hair and bite someone.