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Just about every 35mm SLR ever made fits that description.
Three that will more than suit your needs are http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Film-Cameras/1689/FM10.html http://promaster.com/products/products.asp?product=5364 http://www.vivitar.com/products/8/professional-and-slr/34/v3800-50
This camera has been called the finest 35mm SLR ever produced, but it's probably overkill for a class: http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Film-Cameras/1799/F6.html
You haven't stated the exact model, but some SLR's have horizontally operating shutters and others use a vertically operating shutter. What you've described is a fault with a vertical shutter.
It's not a DIY fix, but regardless of your Minolta model it's not cost effective to get a professional repair. The fault is either a failed shutter assembly which must be replaced (will be either difficult or impossible to obtain a complete spare, but as most verticals were made by Seiko it's sometimes possible to adapt one intended for another make/model) or your fault will be due to dried-out, gummed up, lubricant films which need to be cleaned of and replaced (a CLA service = Clean, Lubricate, Adjust).
Given that many film SLR's and most other film cameras are now virtually worthless, it may not seem sensible to invest in a CLA. But a freshly serviced model should be good for many more years of service providing nothing breaks or wears out. By contrast, digital models cost hundreds/thousands of dollars and very few are still in working order after six years.
You may be better off to source a known functional SLR (I've had plenty from FreeCycle/Freegle) and then have that CLA'd instead.
I have had the same problem with unloading film, i had to take the whole camera in to the shop to have them open it in a darkroom and develop the film. Seems will have to do that from now on but at least got film back.
I am not familiar with Nikons; however, Minolta and Canon SLR film camera's film compartments are opened by lifting up on the film rewind mechanism on the top left side of the camera.
If the Nikons are designed like Minolta and Canon, there will be a small tab to push in at the bottom of the camera. This releases the film and allows it to be rewound. At the top left will be a small rewind lever that is used to do the rewind. The part of the camera that the rewind lever is attached to is pulled up to open the back of the camera.
If this is an SLR style camera, you need to press a small silver button on the bottom while pulling up on the rewinder knob. If it's automatic, there is a button you have to press on the side latch before you are able to open the film chamber. Some newer cameras will not allow you to open the back unless the film has been rewound, so you may need to insert a battery to rewind the film before you can open the latch.
If i remember correctly there should be a button on the bottom of the camera opposite side of the film winder if you press that button it will release the tension on the film and allow you to reel the film back into the film canistor.BE CAREFUL when reeling it back in because you can reel the whole roll back into the film canistor, when you think your getting towards the end go SLOW you will feal the reel loosen up alot.that means that the film has let go of the other side STOP and you can open the case without exposong your film.GOOD LUCK if this helps rate me or leave some more info.Thanks.