What would we do without movies? Go outside? Get some fresh air? Nahhhhhh, we’re good thanks. Films make the world go around, and we’re pretty sure that’s a scientific fact. Sure, scientists and astronomers alike might say that gravitational pull and other sciencey things help this ol’ floating planet to go around, but we don’t buy it. We reckon it’s the bright lights of Hollywood that keep us all going, and keep us as happy as Larry. Incidentally, Larry also really loves movies.
Of course, movies have been around for a while now. They’ve come on leaps and bounds since the days of black and white television and stock animation, and we now have the likes of 3D imaging and special effects to take our favorite stories from zero to one hundred reaaaaaal quick. Thanks to these new developments, some pretty awesome actors and actresses, and filmmakers who certainly know their stuff, films have been able to make their way into everyday life and stake their place in society, In fact, we don’t see them going away anytime soon. However, do you ever think about what the movie world was like the year that you were born? Looking back at the release dates of some of our favorite movies can be a little depressing and we’d like time to slow down just a smidge, but it is pretty remarkable. Some of our fave movies were released so much earlier than we thought, and we were in our teens when our least favorite movie came out! But what about the exact year? Well, these are the movies that were popular the year you were born…
1965 – The Sound of Music
So, we have a really important question to ask you; what are the hills alive with? Of course, we all know the answer! The Sound of Music was released in 1965, but we can almost guarantee those who grew up in the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s also watched the Von Trapp family play goat puppets and yodel just like that Walmart kid. Yep, lay-ee-odl-lay-ee-odl-oo, or something like that. This movie will forever go down in history, mainly for the fact that this film taught us to never make curtains out of floral drapes. That was a look, Maria.
1966 – The Bible: In the Beginning…
Okay, so this one is a little niche, but it’s hard to deny that this movie didn’t make an impression on the cinematic world. John Huston was the main man in this film (excuse the pun) and provided the voice for Noah, the narrator, and God himself. I mean, he was pretty darn talented. As if that wasn’t enough, he also directed the whole thing! Considering this movie was the highest grossing of 1966, you could say he had the whole world in his hands.
1967 – The Graduate
Oh, here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. If you were a graduate in 1967, you probably hoped your Mrs. Robinson would just knock on your door one day and make all of your dreams come true. Alas, only Dustin Hoffman was that lucky. The Graduate followed the life of Benjamin Braddock, who had just graduated from college with no clue as to what he was going to do next (yup, sounds familiar). This year also provided us with the animated thrills of The Jungle Book. Thank you, 1967, you were da best.
1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey
We’re not gonna lie, we love anything to do with space, so it’s fair to say that we were a little obsessed with 2001: A Space Odyssey when it was first released. Although we do mean that we were obsessed with the whole movie, we also mean that we were obsessed with Keir Dullea. It’s basically impossible not to be. Of course, we all knew that this movie wasn’t going to be your average sci-fi thriller, especially since Stanley Kubrick was sat in the director’s chair. Nevertheless, this fight between man and machine certainly got us hooked.
1969 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
At some point in our lives, we’ve always wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl. The cool boots, the huge hat and that random piece of straw between your teeth. It was something we all aspired to be, but something we realized we would never be cool enough to do (*sigh*). Thankfully, we were able to live vicariously through Butch Cassidy and Harry Longabaugh (AKA The Sundance Kid) in this movie, and follow their escapades as they live life on the run and travel to Bolivia. As you do. We’re actually doing that next week. I mean… no we’re not.
1970 – Love Story
Ahhhh, a good ol’ romance. We think it’s fair to say that Love Story is one of the best love stories in cinematic history. Yep, ol’ Billy Shakespeare can give us Romeo and Juliet, but we raise that with Oliver Barrett and Jenny Cavalleri. This romantic love story provided us with some of the most intense emotions, and we weren’t quite sure what to do with them. There was happiness, sadness, anger, and rage, and a whole load of tears. We still don’t know to feel, but we have learned that love means never having to say you’re sorry…
1971 – Fiddler on the Roof
Finish the lyrics: ‘If I were a rich man…’ Yep, it’s just a load of du-du-du’s. You can’t give them a lot for creative flair, but you can’t deny that this song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. The 1971 Fiddler on the Roof movie served as an adaptation of the famous musical, and soon rose to fame for being entertaining, catchy, and pretty darn emotional. We all hoped to have a father just like Tevye after watching this film, and we’re still holding out hope that he will just magically appear on our roof like Father Christmas.
1972 – The Godfather
You know what they say; ‘revenge is a dish best served cold,’ and The Godfather served so much revenge they could start their own ice cold buffet. This iconic movie brought us some of the most quotable references in cinematic history, alongside some enviable clothing choices. Couple that with the fact that there was so much drama we went through 10 buckets of popcorn, and you have a pretty iconic movie. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, The Godfather is arguably the best movie to come out of 1972. We dare you to change our minds.
1973 – The Sting
Paul Newman was back with a sting in 1973, as he starred in this movie set in the Great Depression-era. There are members of a dastardly mob gang, there’s oodles of crime, there’s more gambling than you could bet on, and there are even men in cool suits that we’d definitely like to borrow one day. What more could you want? We certainly don’t want anything else. We’re set. 1973 also brought us The Exorcist, but we don’t know whether we want to thank William Friedkin for that one. *Shivers*
1974 – Blazing Saddles
Aw, even as an rough ol’ cowboy, Gene Wilder was still super cute. Blazing Saddles was the movie of the moment in 1974 and earned a whopping three Oscar nominations! It was a huge hit with fans across the world, and everyone had a copy of this movie in their VHS players. It was basically a crime if you didn’t. Following not far behind, though, was The Towering Inferno. You could say was a blazing suspense (and scared the bejeezus out of us), but we won’t do because that pun is just too punny.
1975 – Jaws
Dun, dun, dun, dun. Yep, just four beats are you’re already hiding behind your pillow and having nightmares about giant teeth. Looking back now, Jaws is pretty bad in terms of graphics and mechanics (because CGI was a mere thought-speck back then), but back in 1975, it was the ultimate horror. And yes, we did avoid going into the sea for a few months after watching this film. So what? Sure, this movie franchise basically ruined our chances of every befriending sharks, but its legendary status will always have a place in our hearts.