Best Crime Movies of 1970

1.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

5.1
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.

Performance

4.3
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
3.

Joe

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Ad executive Bill Compton confronts and murders his daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend. Wandering into a local bar, Bill encounters a drunken, bigoted factory worker with a bloodlust, Joe Curran. When Bill confesses the murder to Joe, the two strike up an uneasy alliance, leading to a wild adventure.

Starring: Peter Boyle, Susan Sarandon, Dennis Patrick, Audrey Caire, Patrick McDermott, Tim Lewis, Estelle Omens, Bob O'Connell, K Callan, Marlene Warfield ..
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Release date: 1970-07-15
4.

The Honeymoon Killers

3.6
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, Donald Volkman
Release date: 1970-02-04
5.

Multiple Maniacs

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem.

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

3.4
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.

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A wealthy, fatherless British clan kidnaps bums and hippies and forces them to participate in an elaborate role-playing game in which they are the perfect family; those who refuse or attempt escape are ritualistically murdered.

Starring: Michael Bryant, Ursula Howells, Pat Heywood, Vanessa Howard, Robert Swann, Imogen Hassall, Michael Ripper, Hugh Armstrong, Howard Trevor ..
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1970-02-12
8.

The Walking Stick

3.2
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: 1970-04-15
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9.

Something For Everyone

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

An opportunistic young man working as a servant to a European countess uses his sexual talents to better his station in life.

Starring: Michael York, Angela Lansbury, Anthony Higgins, Jane Carr, Heidelinde Weis, Wolfried Lier, Despo Diamantidou, Eva Maria Meineke, Wolfried Lier, Klaus Havenstein ..
Directed by: Hal Prince
Release date: 1970-07-22
10.

Zig Zag

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

A dying man frames himself for murder so his widow can collect the reward.

Starring: George Kennedy, Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach, Steve Ihnat, William Marshall, Charlene Holt, Joe Maross, Dana Elcar, Walter Brooke, Anita O'Day ..
Directed by: Richard A. Colla
Release date: 1970-05-01

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