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Favorite 70's Movies and Music

Updated on July 9, 2015

Favorite mid-'70's Movies, Music, and TV

The 1970s was a fun era--it had it's own kind of music, movies, TV shows, fashion, and uniqueness. It was a good time to be a teenager. Old photos easily pinpoint the '70's due to hairstyles, shoes, cars, leisure suits, sedgefield jeans, or famous "ditto" jeans for teenage girls -- all being give-away clues. Not to mention the disco music that came on the scene in this decade of change and originality.

In addition, many movies and TV programs define this time period as well. I will share a few movies, TV programs, and music favorites which concentrate more in the years 1975 - 1977. Many areas of influence had a profound impact on American culture during this era, including one TV show that seemed to have the greatest force -- All in the Family with Archie Bunker driving the change.

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TV's Effect on Culture

There were some TV programs that molded the culture and how people thought about the world. They had a great impact on how we viewed television and changed our expectations and perceptions.

All in the Family

Archie Bunker's Effect on American Culture

According to St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture, immediate critical reaction to All in the Family ranged from wild praise to apocalyptic denunciation, with little in between. Popular reaction, however, was noncommittal at first but by the beginning of the 1971-72 season, All in the Family was the most popular show in America. In addition to his "pinko" daughter and son-in-law, Archie's equally opinionated black neighbor George Jefferson, his wife's leftist family, his ethnically diverse workplace and his all-too-liberal church became fodder for his conservative cannon. Household saint Edith was herself frequently in the line of Archie's fire, with his repeated imprecation "Stifle yourself, you dingbat!" becoming a national catch phrase. The social worth of the Bunkers' battles became the focus of discussions and commentary in forums ranging from TV Guide to The New Yorker to Ebony, where Archie Bunker was the first white man to occupy the cover. Social scientists and communication scholars joined the debate with empirical studies that alternately proved and disproved that All in the Family's treatment of race, class, and bigotry had a malign effect on the show's viewers and American society.

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All In The Family: The Complete Series

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Archie Bunker Poll

Did you watch All in the Family back in the 70's or only later as reruns?

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Charlies Angels

Charlie's Angels introduced a bit more sexuality to network television programming than was the norm up to this time.

Which Charlie's Angel was your favorite?

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Holmes & Yo-Yo

Then there were TV programs like Holmes and Yo Yo that were short-lived, had little impact, and changed nothing, but were just enjoyable to watch.

TV Poll

Did you ever watch the short-lived TV sit-com Holmes and Yo Yo?

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The 1970s Form a Unique Era All Its Own

As a teenager in the 1970s, this collection of memories symbolizes many of the things my friends and I experienced together. Our town had two walk-in movie theaters and two drive-in theaters and I saw all the movies mentioned here plus many, many more during the decade of the 1970s.

TV took a cultural turn during this period and moved away from the "Leave It to Beaver", "Andy Griffith", "Hazel" family oriented shows to a more racy, controversial format such as those mentioned here with "All in the Family" or "Charlie's Angels". Things definitely were "a changin"! And looking back, I am not totally convinced that it was really for the good in the overall picture for society as a whole. Many from the older generation were often "raising their brow" at what they were witnessing. These changes were probably all set in motion by the free-style living introduced in the previous decade of the 1960s. Then it just continued on into another period when the 1970s became a time where many new fads became the unique and defining style known as "The Seventies".

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From for A Few Movies with Famous Songs from the 1970's

Movies from Around 1977

Movies from Around 1977
Movies from Around 1977

Star Wars

By his friend Steven Spielberg’s recommendation, Lucas hired composer John Williams, who had worked with Spielberg on the film Jaws. And Williams then, in March 1977 conducted the London Symphony Orchestra to record the Star Wars soundtrack. Spielberg’s input ended up making history since the American Film Institute's list of best scores lists the Star Wars soundtrack at number one. Music from the Star Wars movie became famous and is a familiar sound that most people today may easily identify.

Star Wars

Rocky

Rocky's soundtrack was composed by Bill Conti. The main theme song, "Gonna Fly Now", made it to number one on the Billboard Magazines Hot 100 list for one week (from July 2 to July 8, 1977) and the American Film Institute placed it 58th on its AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs. The complete soundtrack was re-released in 1988 by EMI on CD and cassette. Conti was also the composer for Rockys: II, III, V, and Rocky Balboa.

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Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever Poll

Did you ever try dancing like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever?

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The soundtrack album was released on vinyl album (with a gatefold sleeve), 8-track tape, and audio cassette by Arista Records in 1977, with a total running time of 41 minutes (it was later released on compact disc in 1990). The soundtrack album was a commercial success, peaking at #17 on the US Billboard album chart in February 1978 and was certified Gold by the RIAA for 1 million copies shipped. It also peaked at #40 in the UK album charts. Although not included on the original soundtrack album, a 7" single, "Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind", was also released and was a chart hit, peaking at #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in March 1978. The single was later included with the vinyl soundtrack album as a free bonus item, and added as a bonus track to the cassette. Track listing:

A Star is Born

A favorite movie and song with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson

A Star is Born DVD

70's Movie Poll

What is your favorite 70's movie?

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A Few Polls

About some things common in the 1970's

What kind of jeans did you wear in the '70's?

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70's School Poll

Did you graduate from high school during a year in the 1970's?

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Music Poll

Do you still enjoy music from the 1970's?

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Cartoon Poll

Where you a fan of cartoons in the 1970's?

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Casey Kasem Poll

Did you listen to Casey Kasem's American Top 40 Music Countdown?

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Unique Items from the 1970s from eBay

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A Taste of '70's Fashion

Remember these looks?

1970's dress was different than the 1960's Hippie look.

Many people often confuse the style of clothes worn in the 1970's with the "hippie" attire common to the 1960's. There is a definite difference and with a little research you will see that hippies were from the 1960's and an entirely different look was common in the 1970's.

Below is one example of mid to late 1970's dress styles common to this era.

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      Yayuk 2 years ago

      Theoren January 20, 2012 at 9:18 AMI would go to the good side because I would talk with Yoda and my fvriuaote character is Jar Jar Binks. good question Tejas oh and because they have coookies !

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I enjoyed the 70's. BTW, even though I voted for Star Wars I was very pleased to see Car Wash on that list, a very under-rated movie.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      From your list, I enjoyed "Charlie's Angels" and "Rocky" 1 and 2.

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      @esmonaco: You're welcome, thanks for visiting.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Brought back a lot of memories here, I liked all of your polls Thanks for the memories...

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      poutine 3 years ago

      I love the movies "Rocky"

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      @PaigSr: I know what you mean. Even the library doesn't have them all.

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      LOL! Reading this lens brought to mind some funny moments in high school. Now I was born in the late 80s but we would have spirit at school where it was the battle of the grade levels [freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors]. Well, one of the days was called Flash Back and we had to dress in past decade clothes. Apparently, the 70s and 80s were the most popular. There were a select few dressed in clothes from the 20s to 40s but the 70s and 80s were popular. I enjoyed the movies of the time from watching Saturday and Sunday basic programming. The music lives on in skating rinks and in collectors disks. Not sure why but every time I see something from Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction comes to mind.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Cartoons from the 70's. This is where Google - Videos is your friend.

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      Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I still love the music from the 60's and 70's! It brings back such fun memories of dancing.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @Thamisgith: Me too! It was a fun era. Thanks for visiting.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      No doubt, 70's movies and music were great.

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      Cool lens. Brings back some happy memories for me!

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @DIY Mary: I too was a teenager in the 1970s. It was a fun & special time that I enjoy remembering :) Thanks for visiting.

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      DIY Mary 4 years ago

      I was a teenager during the 1970s and your lens really brings back a lot of memories!

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @TurtleDog70: Thanks for visiting, the comment & the like. Glad you had fun with the lens :) The 1970s were a great time!

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      TurtleDog70 4 years ago

      Terrific Lens and a lot of fun to read and interact with. Thanks for posting. Definitely some shows I hadn't heard of (Holmes and Yo Yo) and flicks I didn't think anyone knew about (Lifeguard)... Thanks for the great post! I squid-liked it

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @chezchazz: You're welcome! Yes it was a very different world and I miss many things about it. Thanks for visiting.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the nostalgic look back at a very different world.

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      Alana-r 4 years ago

      Brilliant lens, what a great read.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I really liked this lens. Lots of fond memories were stirred up by it. Thanks.

      TonyB

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Really fun lens - love movies like Rocky, Star Wars and Saturday Night Fever ...and the Bee Gees were amazing song writers :-)

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Great walk down memory lane. As Bob Hope use to say, "Thanks for the memories". LOL. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Music Music Genres 70's Music" neighborhood. In fact, yours is the 1st lens to be featured in this category this year! Whoohoo!

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I do remember when Iwas younger my mom had I think they were called Candies.. they had that corkboard look sandles or weges 9I think that's the namae of the look)

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      JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Such fun, classic movies!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, I remember the 70's and everything featured here quite well. Seems like yesterday. Of course, I only have to look in my closet :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good lens, i like the Star Wars

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up in the 70's and 80's and I remember the 1970s flared jeans, enormous wedged heel shoes and floppy hats. I loved the films, TV and music. Thanks for the memory trip.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      I'm still stuck in the music of my youth... I grew up on the Jersey Shore in the mid-1970s, and I'll take blue jeans, the boardwalk and seaside bars over disco flash.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      The 70s era doesn't always receive the credit it is due. Interestingly those flared jeans,lacy tops and wide brim hats are everywhere again!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      this is one of my favorite topics. I love 60s and 70s tv and movies and still watch them today. I prefer them to what is on tv now.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Reading this brought back so many memories. Blessings!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane! I remember one controversy w/ All in the Family - if I am not mistaken, that show was the first to talk about a toilet, and hear one flush on TV. :) *Blessed!* Hugs, Kath

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for a fun trip down memory lane, I was watching cartoons again with my children and the TV shows, movies and music are still real!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      archie bunker was not practicing political correctness in the 70's and people thought his tirades towards his son-in-law were so funny. actually, i found him funny and i did not give any malice to his words. believe me, archie just want to be funny.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      What a great stroll down memory lane you just gave me. I am still a 70s girl at heart (if not in body - it's shot!).

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      You have found some of my favourite 1970s entertainment.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Lots of great retro fun to be had here - thanks for sharing! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your lens was like going back to the past and I really liked that. Glad I browsed upon your lens this morning before I start work. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Thanks for creating this wonderful time capsule. Love the bell bottoms!

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      DougAllen 5 years ago

      Great Lens. Brought back lots of great memories!

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: You're welcome! It was a fun lens to create. Thanks for the squid like :)

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for the memories! :)