49. Carrie (1976)
Influential, how? The rise of the shock ending.
Hollywood's first adap of a Stephen King paperback melds high-school teen flick with gory horror.
The shock graveyard ending has been much imitated but this is the original - and still the best: "I knew they were going to do it," said the novelist, "and I still almost shit in my pants!"
Money shot: That grave, that hand...
50. Star Wars (1977)
Influential, how? Cinema gets spectacular.
“It ate the heart and soul of Hollywood,” grumped Paul Schrader.
OK, so Star Wars isn’t Raging Bull. But George Lucas' ubiquitous space-opera is the most popular film ever made - inspiring a whole generation to fall in love with the whole idea of Going To The Movies.
Capturing the heart and dazzling the senses, Star Wars revolutionised CG visual effects, practically invented immersive Dolby Stereo surround-sound and gave audiences something they’d never seen or heard before.
We’re betting Schrader secretly enjoyed it.
Money shot: That unbelievable opening, as a deafening Imperial Starship engulfs the star-sprinkled vastness.
51. Halloween (1978)
InfluentIal, how? The slasher movie comes home.
John Carpenter’s cheap and chilling shocker set the savage style for a new horror sub-genre: the slasher flick.
Steeped in Hawks, Hitchcock and Westworld, it introduced a villain with supernatural implacability and a score that did its own sonic stalking.
And, pre-Blair Witch, it thrived on a budget: at $320,000, Halloween was the top-grossing indie pic of its era.
Changed the face of babysitting, too.
Money shot: Laurie weeps in the foreground while The Shape, who should be dead, gets up...
52. Heaven’s Gate (1980)
InfluentIal, how? The first nail in the coffin of the American auteur movement.
Cimino’s over-long, over-budget Western was a disaster so toxic it bankrupted United Artists, killing its director’s post-Deer Hunter career stone-dead and curbing the creative freedom of the '70s movie brats.
Critics loathed it and audiences avoided it. The film's dark shadow still clouds every blockbuster, every ‘vision’ - a grim warning of what can happen when egos and budgets inflate at the expense of entertainment.
Money shot: The roller skate dance sequence. Size does matter.