Top Movies of 1977

By | Mar 21, 2009

John Denver expanded his career of being a popular singer/songwriter with Oh, God!. This was his first starring role, but it was his co-star the 80 year old George Burns, playing God, that stole the show.

The Goodbye Girl released in November of 1977 was written by Neil Simon. During the 1960s and 1970s, Simon was a popular writer of Broadway comedies and many of these were adapted by him for film. This movie was one of his original screen production. Richard Dreyfuss was great in his role of a struggling actor and won the Oscar for Best Picture.

A couple films of 1977 really do show the feel of what the 1970s were like. One of those films is Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds as the Bandit and Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Juctice, the Smokey. This movie pushed Reynolds to stardom, recreated Sally Fields and showed that the Guitar Man, Jerry Reed, was also a comic.

Disco was the music of the late 1970s and Saturday Night Fever shows some of the the good and the bad of the Disco Era. Listening to its soundtrack, you hear many of the best songs. From even before the film’s release until the middle of 1978, the songs from Saturday Night Fever populated the popular music charts.

Richard Dreyfuss appeared in two of the most popular movies of 1977, in roles that were complete opposites. In Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind he played an electrical lineman who experiences a close encounter with a UFO and becomes obsessed with them. The out of this world music was composed by John Williams.

Star Wars by many is a movie that changed the industry. The music that blended well, in fact at times enhanced and defined the action was also composed by John Williams. Until the 2008 release of The Dark Knight, Star Wars would remain as either the Number 1 or Number 2 grossing film in the US.


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