YMMV / Midnight Cowboy

  • Adaptation Displacement: James Leo Herlihy's novel got good reviews in 1965 but didn't sell too well and was largely forgotten by the time the film came out.
  • Award Snub: Both Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight were nominated for Best Actor, only to lose to John Wayne (True Grit). The film still won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, though. And Sylvia Miles was nominated Best Supporting Actress.
    • In the film, there's a scene where Voight speaks admiringly of John Wayne. Oh, the irony...
  • Awesome Music: The instrumental title theme, composed by John Barry and featuring the melancholy harmonica of Toots Thielemans, is touching all by itself.
  • Ho Yay: Rizzo and Joe Buck.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Sylvia Miles as Cass. She's only got five minutes or so of screen time, but made enough of an impression to snag an Oscar nomination.
    • Also: Jennifer Salt (screenwriter Waldo's daughter) as Crazy Annie, John McGiver as O'Daniel, Brenda Vaccaro as Shirley, Barnard Hughes as Towny.
    • Not to mention Bob Balaban as the young man who fellates Joe in the movie theater.
  • Retroactive Recognition: M. Emmet Walsh and Bob Balaban make their film debuts.
  • Tear Jerker: Often and throughout. Ratzo and Joe's entire relationship is a prolonged and simultaneously heartwarming example.