Best Crime Movies of 1971

1.

Dirty Harry

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon, Andrew Robinson, John Larch, John Mitchum, Mae Mercer, Lyn Edgington, Ruth Kobart ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1971-07-14
2.

The French Connection

5.6
7.7/10 IMDB

Tough narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frédéric de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot, Harold Gary, Arlene Farber ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1971-10-09
3.

Straw Dogs

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

David Sumner, a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy, an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ostracized by the brutish men of the village, including Amy's old flame, Charlie. Eventually the taunts escalate, and two of the locals rape Amy. This sexual assault awakes a shockingly violent side of David.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T. P. McKenna, Del Henney, Jim Norton, Donald Webster, Ken Hutchison, Len Jones, Sally Thomsett ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1971-12-23
4.

Get Carter

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Jack Carter is a small-time hood working in London. When word reaches him of his brothers death, he travels to Newcastle to attend the funeral. Refusing to accept the police report of suicide, Carter seeks out his brother’s friends and acquaintances to learn who murdered his sibling and why.

Starring: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne, Tony Beckley, Bryan Mosley, Geraldine Moffat, Petra Markham, George Sewell, Alun Armstrong ..
Directed by: Mike Hodges
Release date: 1971-03-03
Best Crime Movies of 1971 : Play Misty for Me
5.

Play Misty for Me

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, John Larch, Donna Mills, Jack Ging, Irene Hervey, James McEachin, Clarice Taylor, Don Siegel, Duke Everts ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1971-11-03
6.

Shaft

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell, Lawrence Pressman, Victor Arnold, Sherri Brewer, Rex Robbins, Camille Yarbrough ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks
Release date: 1971-06-25
Best Crime Movies of 1971 : Columbo: Murder by the Book
7.

Columbo: Murder by the Book

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery.

Starring: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner, Barbara Colby, Lynette Mettey, Bernie Kuby, Hoke Howell, Haven Earle Haley ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
Best Crime Movies of 1971 : Sacco & Vanzetti
8.

Sacco & Vanzetti

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions.

Starring: Gian Maria Volonté, Riccardo Cucciolla, Cyril Cusack, Rosanna Fratello, Geoffrey Keen, Milo O’Shea, William Prince, Claude Mann, Armenia Balducci, Sergio Fantoni ..
Directed by: Giuliano Montaldo
Release date: 1971-03-16
Best Crime Movies of 1971 : Ransom for a Dead Man
9.

Ransom for a Dead Man

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

A brilliant tort attorney gets rid of her boring husband by faking his kidnapping and keeping the ransom. The FBI may be fooled, but not Columbo.

Starring: Peter Falk, Lee Grant, John Fink, Harold Gould, Patricia Mattick, Paul Carr, Jed Allan, Charles Macaulay, Hank Brandt, Jean Byron ..
Directed by: Richard Irving
Release date: 1971-03-01
10.

10 Rillington Place

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

The story of British serial killer John Christie, who committed most or all of his crimes in the titular terraced house, and the miscarriage of justice involving Timothy Evans.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, Judy Geeson, Pat Heywood, Isobel Black, Miss Riley, André Morell, Robert Hardy, Phyllis MacMahon, Gabrielle Daye ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1971-02-10

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