My Gritty Dozen 1970’s NYC Crime Films

This list is a result of recently reading author David Gordon’s article on Crime Reads. Like David, I grew up and lived in New York during its grittiest down and dirty days.  It’s a bit ironic that during New York’s ugliest days some of the best films set in the city were made during that time. I was already a movie freak, and while I liked a wide variety of movies I found myself attracted to crime films at a very young age. Two of the earliest I remember seeing on the big screen were Al Capone and Baby Face Nelson. While most parents took their under ten years of age kids to only Disney films, my folks took me to more adult movies too including gangster films.

Without further ado, here are my favorite crimes films from the 1970’s.

 

The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

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Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 

Dog Day

Mean Streets (1973)

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Taxi Driver (1976)

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Klute (1971)

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Shaft (1971)

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (!974) 

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The French Connection (1971)

French

Serpico (1973)

Serpico

Across 110th Street (1972)

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Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

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 Death Wish (1974)

Death

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “My Gritty Dozen 1970’s NYC Crime Films

  1. wonderful post, John. I’m trying to think of another NYC grit film of that era…As I was reading I was thinking, Across 110th Street, but you got that one…Super Fly. Yeah, Super Fly is my addition to your list. Ha!

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  2. Pam, I keep heraring about Super Fly, but I’ve never seen it. Hopefully, TCM or someone will put it on.

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