The Best Rock N’ Roll Movies From Every Year: 1970 to 1975

The Best Rock N’ Roll Movies From Every Year: 1970 to 1975 | I Love Classic Rock Videos

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The arena of movies had always been fascinated by how well the rock industry handles its fame. Making a clear choice to fuse rock to its own idiosyncrasies, they often develop large popularity among fans of both worlds, gaining standard cult followings, box-office success, and many more. To see how well they were made in the early to mid-’70s, we present to you the best of 5 rock and roll movies from the year 1970 down to 1975.

1970- Let It Be from the Beatles

Let It Be is a documentary about the band’s struggle of making their final album before announcing their controversial breakup in 1970. It features the making of the songs included in their album, along with the footage of the “Fab Four” in a rooftop concert. Although the group’s disagreements did not make it to the final cut, it did, however, gave the audience a glimpse of the ongoing tension among the group that might’ve caused their break-up the following year.

1971 – Harold and Maude

This coming-of-age movie filled with dark humor is the go-to film of director Hal Ashby. It talks about a 20-year-old boy fond of death, befriending, and having romantic feelings from a 79-year-old woman who taught him the importance of living life to the fullest. It also featured some of Cat Stevens’ songs “Don’t Be Shy” and “If You Wanna Sing Out, Sing Out.”

1972- The Harder They Come

Reggae music was not popular in the ‘70s until “The Harder They Come” was released. Actor Jimmy Cliff, who played the main character of Ivanhoe Martin, also sung and produced the songs inside the movie. Up to this date, this is considered the most influential Jamaican movie to ever exist.

1973- Mean Streets

This crime film directed by Martin Scorsese developed an instant classic following from fans. An approach to pop and classic rock, Scorsese gave Rolling Stones, Cream, and the Ronettes the musical score for the movie. This film was also responsible for Robert De Niro’s best supporting actor award from the National Society of Film Critics.

1974- Son of Dracula

There weren’t a lot of rock movies produced this year. But it did gave us a musical film titled Son of Dracula. It starred Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr, with Nilsson’s album joined from the film. “Daybreak” by Nilsson was also featured in the film.

1975- The Rocky Horror Picture Show

And perhaps the most popular among them all came from the 1975 movie remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Originally a musical stage production by Richard O’Brien who also starred in the movie, this movie was considered a “cult classic”. As of today, its legacy and cultural influence helped in shaping the modern world, particularly the loyal movie-goers, fans of rock music, and the LGBTQ family.