''Midnight Cowboy'' is a 1965 novel by James Leo Herlihy, adapted into a 1969 film directed by John Schlesinger and starring Creator/JonVoight and Creator/DustinHoffman. This article deals primarily with the movie.

Joe Buck is a dishwasher in a rural Texas diner. [[CountryMouse He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer]]. One day, he decides to dress like a rodeo cowboy and move to New York, hoping to prostitute himself to wealthy women. He burns through his savings very quickly, unable to hustle, and is taken in by Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, a small-time con man with a bad leg and pneumonia. They scrape by as best they can, hoping to escape to Florida one day...

The movie garnered quite a bit of controversy upon its release, being given an [[UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications "X" rating]] by the [[MoralGuardians MPAA]] (though this was reduced to an "R" the following year). It is seen as one of the defining movies of the late '60s.

!!''Midnight Cowboy'' contains examples of:

* BigApplesauce
* TheBigRottenApple
* CampGay
* CoolestClubEver
* DiesWideOpen
* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery
* DontYouDarePityMe
* DownerEnding
* DriveInTheater: The film opens with a shot of the "[[EverythingIsBigInTexas Big Tex]] Drive-In".
* EverybodyMustGetStoned
* GayCowboy: Much to Joe's embarrassment, his studly cowboy persona utterly fails to win over any New York women, and only attracts men. Rizzo even flat-out tells him that only gay men like cowboys, but Joe still insists on the outfit because it makes him feel good.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Rizzo and Joe. Though not without a fair bit of hoyay, as Rizzo has a few fantasy dream sequences of the two of them running along a sunny beach together.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold
* ImagineSpot
* IncurableCoughOfDeath
* IronicNurseryTune
* {{Jerkass}}: Rizzo, a good deal of the time.
* LargeHam: O'Daniel.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Everybody's Talkin'", used for Joe Buck.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Joe experiences this with Shirley.
* MindScrew: The flashbacks to Joe Buck's past in Texas make a lot more sense if you've read [[AdaptationDisplacement the book,]] where the situations are described in depth.
* NakedInMink
* NewAgeRetroHippie
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In the "I'm walkin' here" scene. Hoffman yells it in his real accent, before resuming his character's accent. He also stops limping briefly, despite his character having a crippled leg.
* OneHeadTaller: Rizzo and Joe Buck.
* RapeAsDrama: The flashbacks of [[spoiler: "Crazy Annie" and Joe Buck getting gang raped.]]
* RealSongThemeTune: Music/HarryNilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'".
* RedLightDistrict: 42nd Street.
* ShoutOut: Joe Buck keeps a poster of Creator/PaulNewman as Film/{{Hud}} in his Times Square hotel room.
** During the opening credits Joe walks past a defunct movie theater advertising the Creator/JohnWayne flick ''Film/TheAlamo'' on its dilapidated marquee.
* SignatureLine: "I'm walkin' here! I'm walkin' here!"
* SlipperySoap: Dropped by Joe in the very first scene.
* SmokingHotSex: Subverted. Joe Buck and Shirley smoke out of frustration, after [[TheLoinsSleepTonight he is hit with erectile dysfunction]].
* SomethingElseAlsoRises
* TooDumbToLive: Joe Buck sure loves handing out money to people who ask.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks