Best Crime Movies of 1970

1.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

4.5
7.1/10 IMDB

Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. One thing hasn't changed however: Holmes' crime-solving talents. Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. The investigation proves strange indeed, involving six missing midgets, villainous monks, a Scottish castle, the Loch Ness monster, and covert naval experiments. Can the sleuths make sense of all this and solve the mystery

Starring: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Geneviève Page, Christopher Lee, Tamara Toumanova, Clive Revill, Irene Handl, Mollie Maureen, Stanley Holloway, Catherine Lacey ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1970-10-29
2.

Wanda

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Wanda, after a string of abusive relationships, abandons her family and seeks solace in the company of a petty criminal.

Starring: Barbara Loden, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes, Jerome Thier, Michael Higgins, Marian Thier, Valerie Mamches, Nicholas T. Proferes ..
Directed by: Barbara Loden
Release date: 1970-09-01
3.

The Honeymoon Killers

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Martha Beck, an obese nurse who is desperately lonely, joins a "correspondence club" and finds a romantic pen pal in Ray Fernandez. Martha falls hard for Ray, and is intent on sticking with him even when she discovers he's a con man who seduces lonely single women, kills them and then takes their money. She poses as Ray's sister and joins Ray on a wild killing spree, fueled by her lingering concern that Ray will leave her for one of his marks.

Starring: Shirley Stoler, Tony Lo Bianco, Mary Jane Higby, Doris Roberts, Kip McArdle, Marilyn Chris, Dortha Duckworth, Barbara Cason, Ann Harris, Mary Breen ..
Directed by: Leonard Kastle
Release date: 1970-02-04
4.

Performance

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Young gangster Chas Devlin seeks refuge from the mob in a basement belonging to a reclusive, fading rock star Turner.

Starring: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michèle Breton, Ann Sidney, John Bindon, Johnny Shannon, Anthony Valentine, Kenneth Colley, Stanley Meadows ..
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell
Release date: 1970-08-03
5.

Multiple Maniacs

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A traveling sideshow called the Cavalcade of Perversion draws in and terrorizes unsuspecting spectators. The leader of the troupe of misfits is Lady Divine, who goes out for blood after discovering her lover's affair.

Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Cookie Mueller, Edith Massey, Susan Lowe, Rick Morrow, Howard Gruber, Paul Swift ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1970-04-10
6.

Cotton Comes to Harlem

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Harlem's African-American population is being ripped off by the Rev. Deke O'Malley, who dishonestly claims that small donations will secure parcels of land in Africa. When New York City police officers Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson look into O'Malley's scam, they learn that the cash is being smuggled inside a bale of cotton. However, the police, O'Malley, and lots of others find themselves scrambling when the money goes missing.

Starring: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart, Judy Pace, Redd Foxx, Emily Yancy, John Anderson, Lou Jacobi, Eugene Roche, J.D. Cannon ..
Directed by: Ossie Davis
Release date: 1970-05-27
7.

The Walking Stick

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her life she is truly happy. This happiness is short lived, however, as little by little she discovers her partner has been lying to her about his past. It is soon revealed that he and his friends have been planning to rob the auction house that she works for and they require her inside knowledge in order to pull off the crime.

Starring: David Hemmings, Samantha Eggar, Emlyn Williams, Phyllis Calvert, Ferdy Mayne, Francesca Annis, Bridget Turner, Dudley Sutton, John Woodvine, David Savile ..
Directed by: Eric Till
Release date: 1970-06-05
8.

Bloody Mama

2.9
5.7/10 IMDB

Sexually abused as a young girl, Kate "Ma" Barker (Shelley Winters) grows into a violently powerful woman by the 1930s. She lovingly dominates her grown sons, and grooms them into a pack of tough crooks. The boys include the cruel Herman (Don Stroud), who still shares a bed with Ma; Fred (Robert Walden), an ex-con who fell in love with a fellow prisoner; and Lloyd (Robert De Niro), who gets high on whatever's handy. Together they form a deadly, bizarre family of Depression-era bandits.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Bruce Dern, Robert De Niro, Pat Hingle, Don Stroud, Diane Varsi, Clint Kimbrough, Robert Walden, Alex Nicol, Pamela Dunlap ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1970-03-24
9.

Scream and Scream Again

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

A serial killer, who drains his victims for blood is on the loose in London, the Police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist.

Starring: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Judy Huxtable, Alfred Marks, Michael Gothard, Christopher Matthews, Anthony Newlands, Julian Holloway, Judy Bloom ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1970-02-13
Best Crime Movies of 1970 : Loot
10.

Loot

2.9
5.5/10 IMDB

Based on the play by 'Joe Orton' this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately (?) one of them works in a funeral parlour and they have a coffin to spare.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, Lee Remick, Hywel Bennett, Milo O'Shea, Roy Holder, Dick Emery, Joe Lynch, John Cater, Aubrey Woods, Enid Lowe ..
Directed by: Silvio Narizzano
Release date: 1970-05-01

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