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Readers’ Choice: The Essential Boomer Movies

These 10 films resonated with those who grew up in the boomer generation

  • Reader poll Boomer movies, star wars, the Graduate and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Readers' Picks: 10 Movies Boomers Love

    En español | AARP The Magazine asked filmmaker Oliver Stone to select 10 essential movies of the boomer generation. Then we asked readers to come up with their own list. Here are the top flicks you picked, starting with your 10th place selection …
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  • 1971 Warner film Dirty Harry with Clint Eastwood, Reader poll Boomer Movies

    10. 'Dirty Harry'

    Critics remain divided over the politics of Don Siegel’s 1971 cop drama, but you can’t argue with the enduring power of Clint Eastwood’s Magnum-toting detective; he’d reprise the role in four sequels.
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  • UFO SCENE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, Reader poll Boomer Movies

    9. 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'

    Steven Spielberg’s 1977 follow-up to Jaws showcased the director at his Spielberg-iest — it’s an eye-popping fable of benevolent aliens meeting wonder-struck earthlings.
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  • Final scene in the movie Jaws, Reader poll Boomer Movies

    8.' Jaws'

    A sensation in 1975, Steven Spielberg’s shark saga of three men in a too-small boat ushered in the age of the summer blockbuster.
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  • DONALD SUTHERLAND & ELLIOTT GOULD in the 1970 movie  MASH, Reader poll Boomer Movies

    7. 'MASH'

    Robert Altman turned an autobiographical novel about Army surgeons in the Korean War into an anarchic black comedy that spoke to Vietnam-era America.
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  • Ron Howard as Steve drives in the movie AMERICAN GRAFFITI , Reader poll Boomer Movies

    6. 'American Graffiti'

    Where were you in ’62? Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and the girl in the white Thunderbird star in George Lucas’ rock ’n’ roll ode to teenage rites in small-town Southern California.

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  • ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST WITH JACK NICHOLSON, Reader poll Boomer Movies

    5. 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest'

    Milos Forman’s film of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel swept the Oscars in 1975 and gave Jack Nicholson one of his most iconic starring roles.
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  • ALEC GUINNESS MARK HAMILL STAR WARS: EPISODE IV, Reader poll Boomer Movies

    4. 'Star Wars'

    George Lucas’ 1977 space opera launched one of the most profitable franchises in film history and left a Death Star-sized dent in popular culture. — Alamy

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  • BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID 1969 film with Robert Redford and Paul Newman, Reader poll Boomer Movies

    3. 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'

    Paul Newman and Robert Redford, later to star in The Sting, make an affable pair of outlaws in director George Roy Hill’s revisionist Western from 1969.
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  • THE GODFATHER with JAMES CAAN and MARLON BRANDO, Reader poll Boomer Movies

    2. 'The Godfather'

    Francis Ford Coppola’s soaring gangster epic made audiences an offer they couldn’t refuse in 1972. It’s now ranked behind only Citizen Kane in the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest U.S. films. — Alamy

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  • THE GRADUATE  with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, Reader poll Boomer Movies

    1. 'The Graduate'

    Plastics! Mike Nichols’ second film became a touchstone of the emerging youth culture. Little-known fact: Burt Ward, TV’s Robin, was considered for the Dustin Hoffman role. — Alamy

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