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Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) (1977)

When it was first released in May 1977, the omens for Star Wars were not particularly good. The film's leading actors were unknowns, the sci-fi genre was still a niche one, and its director's last effort in that area had been a box office disaster. Rumours from the set were bad, the film constantly strained at its budgetary limits and studio heads considered pulling the plug at one point. The crew meanwhile were openly derisive of this strange space story, wondering what on earth they were working on.
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The French Connection (1971)

Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy “Cloudy” Russo (Roy Scheider) are two undercover cops working for the New York Narcotics Bureau, dealing with small time hoods and drug dealers on the streets of New York. Cloudy is the more sensible and low key of the two; Doyle is a loose cannon with a nose for trouble and the veteran cop's sense for when something's not right.

My Favorite Wife (1940)

In My Favorite Wife, Cary Grant plays successful lawyer Nick Arden, a man who is about to marry his second wife, Bianca (Gail Patrick). But first he has to have his first wife declared legally dead. She has been missing, presumed drowned, for ten years after her ship sank on an anthropological expedition in the Pacific. Arden manages to get the legal issues sorted without too much trouble, promptly marries Bianca, and they set off on their honeymoon to Yosemite. There’s just one problem, Nick's first wife, Ellen (Irene Dunne), isn't really dead. And (wouldn't you know it?) she reappears as soon as he has remarried, now leaving him with two wives (sort of). She rushes off to Yosemite to gatecrash their honeymoon before, it's implied, the marriage is consummated.

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

If there's one thing we can all learn from the cinema of the 1970s, it's never to embark on any kind of luxury travel. The films of the decade were diligent in warning us of the dangers of cruise ships, transcontinental railways and especially airliners. For good measure, they also took care to remind us of the hazards of gold mines, roller coasters, swarms of bees and very tall buildings.

Little Voice (1998)

Laura is a painfully shy young girl. So shy that she can barely answer the telephone, and so quiet that her mother has nicknamed her “L.V.” for “Little Voice”. She lives in a seaside town in the north of England with her brassy, domineering mother (Brenda Blethyn) and memories of her more sensitive, music loving father.

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

A Bridge Too Far tells the story of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history. In September 1944, 35,000 Allied paratroopers were dropped into German-occupied Holland. Their objective was to seize a series of bridges and to hold the highway that leads to the Ruhr, along which 20,000 tanks and vehicles of a British armoured corps would advance into Germany.

Wuthering Heights (1939)

It’s a dark and stormy night on the Yorkshire Moors. A man lost in the snow stumbles upon a gloomy old house, "Wuthering Heights". The man is Lockwood (Miles Mander) a new tenant of the Heathcliff family, the owners of the house. Lockwood asks for shelter during the storm and it is very reluctantly given by its taciturn owner, Mr Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier). At the window of his room, Lockwood thinks he sees the ghostly vision of a woman on the moors.