Best Action Movies of 1973

1.

The Day of the Jackal

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

An international assassin known as ‘The Jackal’ is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill President Charles de Gaulle, with a dedicated gendarme on the assassin’s trail.

Starring: Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale, Olga Georges-Picot, Delphine Seyrig, Eric Porter, Michel Auclair, Anton Rodgers, Raymond Gérôme, Derek Jacobi, Jean Sorel ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1973-05-15
2.

Enter the Dragon

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Starring: Bruce Lee, Angela Mao, John Saxon, Sek Kin, Ahna Capri, Jim Kelly, Robert Wall, Betty Chung, Bolo Yeung, Geoffrey Weeks ..
Directed by: Robert Clouse
Release date: 1973-08-17
3.

Magnum Force

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

"Dirty" Harry Callahan is a San Francisco Police Inspector on the trail of a group of rogue cops who have taken justice into their own hands. When shady characters are murdered one after another in grisly fashion, only Dirty Harry can stop them.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Tim Matheson, Kip Niven, Robert Urich, Felton Perry, Margaret Avery, Tony Giorgio ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1973-12-23
4.

The Three Musketeers

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

The young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king's musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out they are musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu, who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. D'Artagnan must also juggle affairs with the charming Constance Bonancieux and the passionate Lady De Winter, a secret agent for the cardinal.

Starring: Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Geraldine Chaplin, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Spike Milligan ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1973-12-11
5.

Westworld

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

In a futuristic resort, wealthy patrons can visit recreations of different time periods and experience their wildest fantasies with life-like robots. But when Richard Benjamin opts for the wild west, he gets more than he bargained for when a gunslinger robot goes berserk.

Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold, Alan Oppenheimer, Victoria Shaw, Dick Van Patten, Linda Gaye Scott, Steve Franken, Michael T. Mikler ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1973-11-21
6.

Live and Let Die

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

James Bond must investigate a mysterious murder case of a British agent in New Orleans. Soon he finds himself up against a gangster boss named Mr. Big.

Starring: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James, Julius Harris, Geoffrey Holder, David Hedison, Gloria Hendry, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1973-07-05
7.

Coffy

4.3
6.8/10 IMDB

After her younger sister gets involved in drugs and is severely injured by contaminated heroin, a nurse sets out on a mission of vengeance and vigilante justice, killing drug dealers, pimps, and mobsters who cross her path.

Starring: Pam Grier, Robert DoQui, Sid Haig, Booker Bradshaw, William Elliott, Allan Arbus, Linda Haynes, Barry Cahill, Lee de Broux, Ruben Moreno ..
Directed by: Jack Hill
Release date: 1973-06-13
8.

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

4.1
5.5/10 IMDB

The fifth and final episode in the Planet of the Apes series. After the collapse of human civilization, a community of intelligent apes led by Caesar lives in harmony with a group of humans. Gorilla General Aldo tries to cause an ape civil war and a community of human mutants who live beneath a destroyed city try to conquer those whom they perceive as enemies. All leading to the finale.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Austin Stoker, Severn Darden, Claude Akins, Paul Williams, Richard Eastham, Lew Ayres, Bobby Porter, Noah Keen ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1973-06-15
9.

The Crazies

3.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Citizens of a small town are infected by a biological weapon that causes its victims to become violently insane. As uninfected citizens struggle to survive, the military readies its own response.

Starring: Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones, Lynn Lowry, Lloyd Hollar, Richard Liberty, Richard France, Harry Spillman, Bill Thunhurst, Stephen Liska ..
Directed by: George A. Romero
Release date: 1973-03-16
10.

Dillinger

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

The life of American public enemy number one who was shot by the police in 1934. After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger's bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk hero. Escaping from jail he finds Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson have joined the gang and pretty soon he is Public Enemy Number One. Now the G-men really are after him.

Starring: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Cloris Leachman, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis, John P. Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, John Martino, Roy Jenson ..
Directed by: John Milius
Release date: 1973-07-20

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