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

5.8
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.

Paper Moon

5.8
8.0/10 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
4.

Serpico

5.6
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
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.

Mean Streets

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, Cesare Danova, Victor Argo, George Memmoli, Lenny Scaletta, Jean Bell ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1973-10-02
8.

Magnum Force

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

"Dirty" Harry Callahan is a San Francisco Police Inspector on the trail of a group of rogue cops who have taken justice into their own hands. When shady characters are murdered one after another in grisly fashion, only Dirty Harry can stop them.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Tim Matheson, Kip Niven, Robert Urich, Felton Perry, Margaret Avery, Tony Giorgio ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1973-12-23
9.

Charley Varrick

4.6
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
10.

Coffy

4.3
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

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