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The 10 Best Films of the 1970s

10. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

A roaring, timeless Kipling adventure directed by John Huston and starring the incomparable duo of Sean Connery and Michael Caine, the film is simultaneously a swashbuckling imperialist adventure and a cautionary tale about venturing into dimly understood lands to take advantage of easy pickings there. The scene in which the two old soldiers laugh their way out of doom -- their voices cause an avalanche that seals an unpassable chasm -- is a mini-tutorial on the payoff from looking at the bright side.