Best Crime Movies of 1973

1.

The Sting

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

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, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, John Heffernan, Dana Elcar, Jack Kehoe ..
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1973-12-25
2.

Papillon

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon, Anthony Zerbe, Robert Deman, Woodrow Parfrey, Bill Mumy, George Coulouris, Ratna Assan ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1973-12-13
3.

Serpico

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.

Starring: Al Pacino, John Randolph Jones, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire, Cornelia Sharpe, James Tolkan, M. Emmet Walsh, Tony Roberts, Allan Rich, F. Murray Abraham ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1973-12-05
4.

Paper Moon

5.8
8.1/10 IMDB

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, P.J. Johnson, Jessie Lee Fulton, James N. Harrell, Noble Willingham, Randy Quaid, Desmond Dhooge ..
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 1973-05-09
5.

Badlands

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.

Starring: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Ramon Bieri, Warren Oates, Alan Vint, Charles Fitzpatrick, Gary Littlejohn, John Carter, Bryan Montgomery, Terrence Malick ..
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release date: 1973-10-15
6.

The Long Goodbye

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.

Starring: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, David Arkin, Warren Berlinger, Jim Bouton, Henry Gibson, Jo Ann Brody, Jack Knight ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1973-03-07
7.

Charley Varrick

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Charley Varrick robs a bank in a small town with his friends, but instead of obtaining a small amount of money, they discover they stole a very large amount of money belonging to the mob. Charley must now come up with a plan to not only evade the police but the mob as well.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr, Andrew Robinson, Sheree North, Norman Fell, Benson Fong, Woodrow Parfrey, William Schallert, Jacqueline Scott ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1973-09-19
8.

Soylent Green

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly, Stephen Young, Mike Henry, Lincoln Kilpatrick ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1973-04-18
9.

Coffy

4.2
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
10.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

An aging hood is about to go back to prison. Hoping to escape his fate, he supplies information on stolen guns to the feds, while simultaneously supplying arms to his bank robbing chums.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats, Alex Rocco, Joe Santos, Mitchell Ryan, Peter MacLean, Kevin O'Morrison, Marvin Lichterman ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1973-06-26

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