Best Crime Movies of 1974

1.

The Godfather: Part II

7.1
9.0/10 IMDB

In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo, G. D. Spradlin, Richard Bright ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1974-12-20
2.

Chinatown

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Roman Polanski, Diane Ladd, Roy Jenson, Richard Bakalyan, James Hong ..
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1974-06-20
3.

The Conversation

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger.

Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr, Allen Garfield, Elizabeth MacRae, Robert Duvall, Michael Higgins ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1974-04-07
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4.

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Starring: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Héctor Elizondo, Earl Hindman, James Broderick, Dick O'Neill, Lee Wallace, Tom Pedi, Jerry Stiller ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1974-10-02
5.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

Starring: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Helmut Dantine, Emilio Fernández, Kris Kristofferson, Chano Urueta, Donnie Fritts, Jorge Russek ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1974-08-07
6.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organise a daring new heist.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach, Gary Busey, George Kennedy, Roy Jenson, Gene Elman, Burton Gilliam, Claudia Lennear ..
Directed by: Michael Cimino
Release date: 1974-05-23
7.

The Longest Yard

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' semi-pro football team to a national championship.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Bernadette Peters, Michael Conrad, Mike Henry, James Hampton, Richard Kiel, John Steadman, Harry Caesar ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1974-08-21
8.

The Parallax View

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.

Starring: Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Paula Prentiss, Kenneth Mars, Kelly Thordsen, Earl Hindman, Anthony Zerbe, Walter McGinn, Jim Davis ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1974-06-14
9.

The Sugarland Express

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin lose their baby to the state of Texas and resolve to do whatever it takes to get him back. Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of jail, and the two steal their son from his foster home, in addition to taking a highway patrolman hostage. As a massive dragnet starts to pursue them across Texas, the couple become unlikely folk heroes and even start to bond with the captive policeman.

Starring: Goldie Hawn, William Atherton, Ben Johnson, Louise Latham, Gregory Walcott, Bill Thurman, Steve Kanaly, Jessie Lee Fulton, A.L. Camp, Michael Sacks ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1974-04-05
10.

Female Trouble

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progression from bratty schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas.

Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Susan Walsh, Michael Potter, Ed Peranio, Paul Swift ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1974-10-04

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