(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week, we head back nearly half a century for some great crime films of the 1970s!)
Some may try to argue otherwise, but most reasonable film lovers with taste will agree that the best decade for movies was the 1970s. There are obviously fantastic feature films from every year since 1906 – the year the very first feature was produced – but pound for pound, the ’70s remain unbeatable across nearly every genre.
While the decade produced fantastic comedies, horror films, dramas, and more, its record when it comes to the gritty, shifty, and violent world of crooks, thieves, and killers is unmatched. The Godfather (1972), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Hot Rock (1972), Shaft (1971), Get Carter (1971), Freebie and the Bean (1974)… this entire page could be filled with titles of terrific crime-focused movies from the 70s. But those are all ones you’re already aware of – which brings us to this list of the best ’70s crime films you’ve never seen.