Netflix is Honoring 50 Years of Cinema by Sharing Classic Films from 1974
The streaming giant Netflix is paying tribute to movies from 1974. It is hard to believe it has been 50 years since many of these iconic films were first released and now is a great time to revisit the classics or introduce them to a new generation. Netflix has launched a new content row called “Milestone Movies: The Anniversary Collection” featuring some of the best movies from ’74 (that Netflix has the rights to, of course).
The collection includes Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Black Belt Jones, Blazing Saddles, California Split, Chinatown, The Conversation, Death Wish, The Gambler, The Great Gatsby, It’s Alive, The Little Prince, The Lords of Flatbush, The Parallax View, and The Street Fighter (Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken).
Film sequels, slashers and satires — chances are we wouldn't have had them without these few Hollywood megahits from 1974.
Netflix plans to do the same for the anniversary of more recent films too. In April, the content will move towards celebrating films from 1984, in July it will celebrate films from 1994, and in October, films from 2004 will be featured. Many of these films were first distributed by Paramount, Sony, or Warner Bros., who all have contracts with Netflix. While some of these films, including Blazing Saddles, have been called controversial in recent years, there is no doubting the historical significance of such movies and how beloved they remain with audiences.
While the titles will be available to stream on Netflix in the United States, they will also be featured at in-person screenings in March at New York’s Paris Theater, L.A.’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, and Bay Theater in Pacific Palisades. Check out all of the movies in the collection here, and tell us which movie you’ll be streaming first!
If you’re itching to watch more films with big anniversaries this year, be sure to check out our comprehensive list:
Among other things, this year marks the 85th anniversary of the remarkable number of classics produced in 1939, like The Wizard of Oz. And there are plenty of other notable film anniversaries in 2024.