25 best 70s movies of all-time

1976: American actor Sylvester Stallone stars in the boxing drama 'Rocky', the film which launched his career. Beside him is co-star Talia Shire, nee Coppola, sister of director Francis Ford Coppola. The film was directed by John G Avildsen for United Artists. (Photo by Alan Band/Keystone/Getty Images)
1976: American actor Sylvester Stallone stars in the boxing drama 'Rocky', the film which launched his career. Beside him is co-star Talia Shire, nee Coppola, sister of director Francis Ford Coppola. The film was directed by John G Avildsen for United Artists. (Photo by Alan Band/Keystone/Getty Images) /
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“Alien” Screening and Q&A held during Fasten Your Seatbelts: 75 Years of 20th Century Fox held at The Film Society of Lincoln Center on September 5, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
“Alien” Screening and Q&A held during Fasten Your Seatbelts: 75 Years of 20th Century Fox held at The Film Society of Lincoln Center on September 5, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) /

Best 70s movies No. 7: Alien (1979)

Alien is one of a few films of the 70s that I think don’t just think are horror masterpieces, but that I think are masterpieces in film as a whole (spoiler, more is yet to come). Alien, not to be confused with its sequel action film Aliens, is just downright haunting. Many moments in this film provide such a shock and scare value that steal your eyes in a way where you are torn between not looking, but feeling compelled to watch.

There are two standouts in this movie that stick with me just as much as any scene in history, and that’s the chestburster and the death of Ash. The chestburster provided some of the most genuine scares in horror history, and might be one of the best scenes of all-time, and Ash’s death might be one of the hardest to watch moments in all of the movie.

But this movie is also about motherhood and the birthing process as much as it is about anything else. Peeling back the layers of this film you really can understand the deeper dialogue the film was going for. This deeper meaning has allowed Alien to also be one of the most studied films in all of horror.

There’s no surprise this film did so well, and there’s no surprise this film sparked such a following. Sigourney Weaver’s breakout role really provided such a haunting, thrilling, and powerful look into a world that became so exciting to explore. And even if it is starting to overstay its welcome, the original still remains a pure film for the ages.