Good year for genuinely disturbing horror films. This will be my only best-of list that has a film with Ryan O'Neal on it and a film with Elliott Gould. Won't happen again.
The Day of the Jackal
A cold film about a cold assassin. Riveting. One of my mom's favorites, incidentally.
Don't Look Now
Experimental horror from Nicolas Roeg. Completely unnerves me.
The greatest horror movie ever made.
Live and Let Die
Bizarre mix of Roger Moore-style Bond with blaxploitation. It's campy and over-the-top and ultimately not that good. But it goes so far toward bad that it comes out the other side and starts to entertain. Jane Seymour is beautiful and the theme song ... well, you've heard it.
The Long Goodbye
Altman's take on the hard-boiled detective genre. Funny, scary, and of its time.
Despite the presence of Ryan O'Neal, a beautiful-to-look-at comedy from Peter Bogdanovich. Tatum O'Neal deserved the Oscar she won.
Funny slapstick from Woody Allen about the future.
A star vehicle with twists and turns, and actual moments of gravity. Robert Shaw and Paul Newman both really deliver.
The Three Musketeers
Funny, bawdy swashbuckler. Great cast (Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway in the same movie) and well-orchestrated sword fight scenes.
The Wicker Man
Laughably odd and then the stuff of nightmares. Never remotely boring.