Best Comedy Movies of 1973

1.

The Sting

6.7
8.3/10

Set in the 1930s this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1973-12-25
2.

Paper Moon

5.8
8.1/10

During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman, Jessie Lee Fulton
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 1973-05-09
3.

The Last Detail

5.4
7.6/10

Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Carol Kane
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Release date: 1973-12-11
4.

American Graffiti

5.3
7.5/10

A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Harrison Ford
Directed by: George Lucas
Release date: 1973-08-01
5.

Sleeper

5.3
7.3/10

Miles Monroe, a clarinet-playing health food store proprietor, is revived out of cryostasis 200 years into a future world in order to help rebels fight an oppressive government regime.

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory, Brian Avery
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1973-12-17
6.

The Three Musketeers

5.1
7.3/10

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
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1973-12-11
7.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

3.9
7.7/10
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie... and the Peanuts gang to share them with. This is going to be the greatest Thanksgiving ever! The fun begins when Peppermint Patty invites herself and her pals to Charlie Brown's house for a REALLY big turkey party. Good grief! All our hero can cook is cold cereal and maybe toast. Is Charlie Brown doomed? Not when Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock chip in to save the (Thanksgiving) Day. With such good friends, Charlie Brown - and all of us - have so many reasons to be thankful.
Starring: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Stephen Shea, Christopher DeFaria
Directed by: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Release date: 1973-11-20
8.

O Lucky Man!

3.9
7.8/10

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe.

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe, Helen Mirren
Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Release date: 1973-03-25
9.

Theatre of Blood

3.9
7.2/10

A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

Starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1973-03-15
10.

The Paper Chase

3.7
7.2/10

A first-year law student struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of a stern professor.

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman, Graham Beckel, James Naughton
Directed by: James Bridges
Release date: 1973-10-16
11.

Heavy Traffic

3.7
6.7/10

An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

Starring: Joseph Kaufmann, Frank De Kova, Terry Haven, Mary Dean Lauria, Jacqueline Mills
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1973-08-08
12.

A Touch of Class

3.4
6.5/10

Steve, a happily married American man living in London meets Vicki, an English divorcée and run off to Marbella for a rollicking week of sex. They then return to London to set up a cozy menage, despite the fact that he loves his wife and children, and now realize that he and Vicki have also fallen in love.

Starring: George Segal, Glenda Jackson, Paul Sorvino, K Callan, Cec Linder
Directed by: Melvin Frank
Release date: 1973-01-01
13.

Hard Labour

3.1
7.4/10
Hard Labour
A quiet and put-upon house cleaner breaks her silence.
Starring: Liz Smith, Clifford Kershaw, Polly Hemingway, Bernard Hill, Alison Steadman
Directed by: Mike Leigh
Release date: 1973-03-12
14.

Hail

3.1
7.0/10
Hail
A presidential advisor discovers that the President has assembled a secret army of vigilantes to suppress dissent and is setting up concentration camps in which to imprison protestors, hippies and other "social undesirables."
Starring: Dan Resin, Richard B. Shull, Dick O'Neill, Ellen Faison
Directed by: Fred Levinson
Release date: 1973-07-27
15.

Carry On Girls

3.1
5.6/10

Local councillor Sidney Fiddler persuades the Mayor to help improve the image of their rundown seaside town by holding a beauty contest. But formidable Councillor Prodworthy, head of the local women's liberation movement, has other ideas. It's open warfare as the women's lib attempt to sabotage the contest.

Starring: Sid James, Barbara Windsor, Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, Bernard Bresslaw
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1973-11-09
16.

Tales That Witness Madness

3.0
5.7/10

Dr Tremayne is an enigmatic Psychiatrist running an asylum housing four very special cases. Visited by colleague Nicholas, Tremayne explains his amazing and controversial theories as to why each of the four patients went mad...cue four distinct tales each with a different set of characters.

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Georgia Brown, Donald Houston, Russell Lewis
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1973-01-01
17.

Steptoe and Son Ride Again

3.0
6.8/10

Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Always on the lookout for ways to improve his lot, Harold invests his father's life savings in a greyhound who is almost blind and can't see the hare. When the dog loses a race and Harold has to pay off the debt, he comes up with another bright idea. Collect his father's life insurance. To do this his father must pretend to be dead.

Starring: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Diana Dors, Bill Maynard, Milo O'Shea
Directed by: Peter Sykes
Release date: 1973-05-01
18.

The Cheerleaders

3.0
5.5/10

A group of cheerleaders from the local high school decide to show their school spirit for their football team by sleeping with the opponents the night before the game so that they can be so worn out the opposition won't be able to play.

Starring: Stephanie Fondue, Denise Dillaway, Jovita Bush, Brandy Woods, Richard Meatwhistle
Directed by: Paul Glickler
Release date: 1973-03-01
19.

Slither

3.0
6.2/10
Slither
While searching for a small fortune of embezzled money, an ex-con, a small-time bandleader, his doting wife and a kooky drifter find themselves being followed. Their chase takes them to trailer camps, bingo halls, laundromats and ultimately, a showdown with a group of unconventional bad guys.
Starring: James Caan, Peter Boyle, Sally Kellerman, Louise Lasser, Allen Garfield
Directed by: Howard Zieff
Release date: 1973-03-07
20.

The World's Greatest Athlete

2.9
5.7/10
The World's Greatest Athlete
Stuck with a feeble sports department, college coach Sam Archer (John Amos) faces the ax unless he can reverse the school's athletic fortunes. An African vacation with his assistant (Tim Conway) answers Archer's prayers when he spots the athletically gifted Nanu (Jan-Michael Vincent). Sam counts on Nanu's remarkable abilities to put the team back on the winning track. This upbeat farce boasts an impressive cast of comedians.
Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, Tim Conway, John Amos, Roscoe Lee Browne, Dayle Haddon
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Release date: 1973-02-14

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