Best Crime Movies of 1974


The Godfather Part II

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


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

The Conversation

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 is 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

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

7.6/10 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, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman, James Broderick, Dick O'Neill, Lee Wallace, Tom Pedi, Jerry Stiller ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1974-10-02

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

7.4/10 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: 1974-08-01

The Longest Yard

7.1/10 IMDB

In this rough-and-tumble yarn, filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prison, 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

Death Wish

6.9/10 IMDB

After his wife is murdered by street punks, a pacifistic New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad, prowling the streets for would-be muggers after dark.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia, Steven Keats, William Redfield, Stuart Margolin, Stephen Elliott, Kathleen Tolan, Robert Kya-Hill, Jeff Goldblum ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1974-07-24

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

7.0/10 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

The Parallax View

7.1/10 IMDB

An ambitious reporter gets in trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines.

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
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : The Sugarland Express

The Sugarland Express

6.7/10 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

Foxy Brown

6.5/10 IMDB

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Starring: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter, Kathryn Loder, Sid Haig, Juanita Brown, Colleen Brennan, Harry Holcombe, Conrad Bachmann ..
Directed by: Jack Hill
Release date: 1974-04-05

The Yakuza

7.2/10 IMDB

Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman, Richard Jordan, Keiko Kishi, Eiji Okada, James Shigeta, Ky?suke Machida, Christina Kokubo ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1974-12-21

Female Trouble

7.1/10 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

Mr. Majestyk

6.7/10 IMDB

A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Al Lettieri, Linda Cristal, Lee Purcell, Paul Koslo, Taylor Lacher, Frank Maxwell, Alejandro Rey, Jordan Rhodes, Bert Santos ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1974-07-17

Gone in 60 Seconds

6.4/10 IMDB

Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed "Eleanor", in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute.

Starring: H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda, James McIntyre, George Cole, Ronald Halicki, Markos Kotsikos, Butch Stockton, Phil Woods, Parnelli Jones ..
Directed by: H.B. Halicki, Steve Peterson
Release date: 1974-07-28

The Gambler

7.1/10 IMDB

New York City English professor Axel Freed outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him.

Starring: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton, Morris Carnovsky, Jacqueline Brookes, Burt Young, Carmine Caridi, Vic Tayback, Steven Keats, London Lee ..
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Release date: 1974-10-02

Thieves Like Us

7.0/10 IMDB

Bowie, a youthful convicted murderer, and bank robbers Chicamaw and T-Dub escape from a Mississippi chain gang in the 1930s. They hole up with a gas station attendant and continue robbing banks. Bowie, who is injured in an auto accident, takes refuge with the daughter of the gas station attendant, Keechie. They become romantically involved but their relationship is strained by Bowie's refusal to turn his back on crime. The film is based on the novel Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson. The novel is also the source material for the 1949 film They Live by Night, directed by Nicholas Ray.

Starring: Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck, Bert Remsen, Louise Fletcher, Ann Latham, Tom Skerritt, Al Scott, John Roper, Mary Waits ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1974-02-11

Truck Turner

6.9/10 IMDB

Truck Turner and his partner Jerry, who make their living as bounty hunters in Los Angeles, are hired to hunt down Gator, a pimp who has skipped bail.

Starring: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase, Nichelle Nichols, Sam Laws, Paul Harris, Charles Cyphers, John Kramer, Scatman Crothers ..
Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan
Release date: 1974-06-26


6.6/10 IMDB

A terrorist demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he has planted aboard a trans-Atlantic cruise ship.

Starring: Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, David Hemmings, Anthony Hopkins, Shirley Knight, Ian Holm, Clifton James, Roy Kinnear, Caroline Mortimer, Mark Burns ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1974-09-25

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

6.6/10 IMDB

Down-on-their-luck racers Larry and Deke steal from a supermarket manager to buy a car that will help them advance their racing chances. Their escape does not go as planned when Larry's one-night stand, Mary, tags along for the ride.

Starring: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey, Eugene Daniels, Lynn Borden, Janear Hines, Elizabeth James, Adrianne Herman, T.J. Castronova ..
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1974-05-17
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : Murder in the First Person Singular

Murder in the First Person Singular

6.2/10 IMDB

A murder plot by a terminally ill English teacher, to capitalize on the double indemnity clause in his life insurance, hires one of his students to do the deed.

Starring: William Windom, John David Carson, Tannis G. Montgomery, Martha Scott, Noah Keen, Renée Lippin, Jim Storm, Renata Vanni, Hal Riddle ..
Directed by: Wes Kenney
Release date: 1974-06-10

Freebie and the Bean

6.6/10 IMDB

Two San Francisco detectives want to bring down a local hijacking boss. But they'll have to get to him before a hitman does.

Starring: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen, Mike Kellin, Paul Koslo, Linda Marsh, John Garwood, Alex Rocco, Valerie Harper ..
Directed by: Richard Rush
Release date: 1974-12-25

Willie Dynamite

6.4/10 IMDB

Willie Dynamite is a pimp who operates in New York City. Willie was a big success as a pimp, but now, just as fast as he rose to the top, he has hit bottom. A former prostitute who has become a social worker tries to get Willie to clean up his life while it is still possible.

Starring: Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala, Joyce Walker, Roger Robinson, George Murdock, Albert Hall, Norma Donaldson, Juanita Brown, Royce Wallace ..
Directed by: Gilbert Moses
Release date: 1974-01-23

Melvin Purvis G-Man

6.0/10 IMDB

Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.

Starring: Dale Robertson, Harris Yulin, Dick Sargent, Margaret Blye, Matt Clark, David Canary, Elliott Street, John Karlen, Steve Kanaly, Woodrow Parfrey ..
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Release date: 1974-04-09

The Black Windmill

6.3/10 IMDB

A British agent's son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of diamonds. The agent finds out that he can't even count on the people he thought were on his side to help him, so he decides to track down the kidnappers himself.

Starring: Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, Delphine Seyrig, Clive Revill, John Vernon, Joss Ackland, Catherine Schell, Joseph O'Conor, Denis Quilley, Derek Newark ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1974-05-17
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : Busting


6.4/10 IMDB

Two Los Angeles vice squad officers find themselves up against their corrupt superiors when they try to bring a crime boss to justice. During the course of their investigation, the two cops disguise themselves as gay men and raid a gay bar.

Starring: Elliott Gould, Robert Blake, Allen Garfield, Antonio Fargas, Michael Lerner, Sid Haig, Ivor Francis, William Sylvester, Logan Ramsey, Richard X. Slattery ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1974-02-27


6.2/10 IMDB

A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Adrienne Corri, Linda Hayden, Natasha Pyne, Michael Parkinson, Barry Dennen, Ellis Dayle, Catherine Willmer ..
Directed by: Jim Clark
Release date: 1974-05-22


6.2/10 IMDB

Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements of the police department dealing in confiscated drugs.

Starring: John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager, David Huddleston, Al Lettieri, Julian Christopher, Julie Adams, Roger E. Mosley ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1974-01-04


6.3/10 IMDB

After one of its members witnesses a political assassination, an outlaw motorbike gang becomes the target of a string of murders, prompting a cop to join their ranks to determine who is responsible.

Starring: Ken Shorter, Sandy Harbutt, Deryck Barnes, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward, Vicente Gil, Dewey Hungerford, James Bowles, Bindi Williams, Bill Hunter ..
Directed by: Sandy Harbutt
Release date: 1974-01-01


6.4/10 IMDB

A man living in rural Wisconsin takes care of his bed-ridden mother, who is very domineering and teaches him that all women are evil. After she dies he misses her, so a year later he digs her up and takes her home. He learns about taxidermy and begins robbing graves to get materials to patch her up, and inevitably begins looking for fresher sources of materials. Based closely on the true story of Ed Gein.

Starring: Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner, Marcia Diamond, Brian Smeagle, Arlene Gillen, Robert McHeady, Marian Waldman, Micki Moore ..
Directed by: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby
Release date: 1974-02-02

11 Harrowhouse

6.3/10 IMDB

A small time diamond merchant jumps at the chance to supervise the purchase and cutting of a large first class diamond. But when the diamond is stolen from him, he is blackmailed into pulling off a major heist at the Diamond Exchange, located at 11 Harrowhouse.

Starring: Charles Grodin, Candice Bergen, James Mason, Trevor Howard, John Gielgud, Helen Cherry, Peter Vaughan, Cyril Shaps, Leon Greene, Jack Watson ..
Directed by: Aram Avakian
Release date: 1974-09-26

The Marseille Contract

5.9/10 IMDB

An important drug lord settled in Marseille is suspected of having ordered the killing of an American agent, but it is impossible to impute him due to his political influences, so the dead agent's boss decides to hire the services of a hitman to kill him.

Starring: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, James Mason, Maurice Ronet, Alexandra Stewart, Maureen Kerwin, Catherine Rouvel, Marcel Bozzuffi, Patrick Floersheim, André Oumansky ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1974-09-04
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : Screamer


6.6/10 IMDB

A young American girl on her way to visit friends in rural England is brutally attacked and raped. After spending the next few months in a mental institution trying to recover from her ordeal, she is released into the care of her friends. The police assure her that they have the man responsible in custody, and she begins to rest easy. That is until she sees her attacker wandering the streets of the town. After planning her revenge she follows the man and kills him. This, she thinks, is the end of her ordeal. That is until the man she thinks she has killed arrives at the house she is staying in.

Starring: Pamela Franklin, Donal McCann, Frances White, Jim Norton, Derek Smith, Wolfe Morris, Peter Howell, Stephen Bateman, Ambrosine Phillpotts, Michael Hall ..
Directed by: Shaun O'Riordan
Release date: 1974-11-02
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : Mission: Monte Carlo

Mission: Monte Carlo

6.3/10 IMDB

Two episodes of the TV series "The Persuaders" joined into a movie. Two playboys investigate crimes along the French Riviera.

Starring: Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, Terence Alexander, Annette Andre, Susan George, Laurence Naismith, Harold Goldblatt, Lionel Blair, Leslie Crawford, Jean Driant ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker, Basil Dearden
Release date: 1974-01-01

Sugar Hill

5.8/10 IMDB

When her boyfriend is brutally murdered, after refusing to be shaken down by the local gangsters running their protection racket, Sugar Hill, decides not to get mad, but BAD! Calling upon the help of aged voodoo queen Mama Maitresse, Sugar entreats her to call upon Baron Zamedi, the Lord of the Dead, for help in gaining a gruesome revenge. In exchange for her soul, the Dark Master raises up a zombie army to do her bidding. The bad guys who thought they were getting away clean are about to find out that they're DEAD wrong.

Starring: Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Betty Anne Rees, Richard Lawson, Zara Cully, Charles Robinson, Larry Don Johnson, Rick Hagood, Ed Geldart ..
Directed by: Paul Maslansky
Release date: 1974-02-01

And Then There Were None

5.7/10 IMDB

Ten people are invited to a hotel for a weekend getaway by a Mr. U. N. Owen, who mysteriously isn't in attendance. When the group gets together for their first dinner, a record is played in which Mr. Owen accuses each guest of committing various unpunished crimes, which sets off a series of murders in the hotel.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Richard Attenborough, Charles Aznavour, Herbert Lom, Stéphane Audran, Gert Fröbe, Adolfo Celi, Alberto de Mendoza, Maria Rohm ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1974-09-24

Big Bad Mama

5.7/10 IMDB

Mama and daughters get forced by circumstances into bootlegging and bank robbing, and travel across the country trailed by the law.

Starring: Angie Dickinson, Tom Skerritt, William Shatner, Susan Sennett, Robbie Lee, Noble Willingham, Dick Miller, Tom Signorelli, Joan Prather, Royal Dano ..
Directed by: Steve Carver
Release date: 1974-09-19
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : Buster and Billie

Buster and Billie

6.9/10 IMDB

Dimwitted but sweet high school girl of easy virtue and the most popular boy in the school share an improbable romance.

Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, Joan Goodfellow, Pamela Sue Martin, Clifton James, Robert Englund, Dell C. Payne, Mark Pendergraft, David Paul Dean, Jessie Lee Fulton, J.B. Joiner ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie, Sidney Sheldon
Release date: 1974-08-21

The Klansman

5.2/10 IMDB

A small southern town has just been rocked by a tragedy: a young woman has been violently raped. The white town fathers immediately declare that the attacker had to be black, and place the blame on Garth, a young black man. Assuming that the men in white sheets aren't intent on holding a fair and impartial trial, Garth takes to the woods as the Klansmen lynching party hunts him down.

Starring: Richard Burton, Lee Marvin, Cameron Mitchell, O.J. Simpson, Lola Falana, David Huddleston, Luciana Paluzzi, Linda Evans, Jeannie Bell, Hoke Howell ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1974-10-25
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : The Death Squad

The Death Squad

5.2/10 IMDB

When petty criminals start turning up murdered, a detective discovers they are being killed by a group of his fellow officers who think the criminals were treated too leniently by the courts.

Starring: Robert Forster, Michelle Phillips, Claude Akins, Mark Goddard, Melvyn Douglas, George Murdock, Stephen Young, Kenneth Tobey, Bert Remsen, Jesse Vint ..
Directed by: Harry Falk
Release date: 1974-01-08
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : Shoot First, Die Later

Shoot First, Die Later

6.6/10 IMDB

Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the department but on a lower rung; he isn't jealous of his son, but rather proud of him, little knowing that he's a crooked cop. A series of events leads the young detective to ask his father for a favor (he wants a certain police report that is desired by the syndicate) and it doesn't take long for the detective's father to realize his son is on the take... which leads to numerous complications.

Starring: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Delia Boccardo, Raymond Pellegrin, Gianni Santuccio, Vittorio Caprioli, Aldo Valletti, Lella Cattaneo ..
Directed by: Fernando Di Leo
Release date: 1974-07-12

Bank Shot

5.4/10 IMDB

A bank temporarily housed in a mobile home while a new building is built, looks like an easy target to break into. On the other hand, why not steal the whole bank, and rob it in a safer location.

Starring: George C. Scott, Joanna Cassidy, Sorrell Booke, Clifton James, Bob Balaban, Bibi Osterwald, G. Wood, Frank McRae, Don Calfa, Liam Dunn ..
Directed by: Gower Champion
Release date: 1974-07-31
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : A Quiet Day in Belfast

A Quiet Day in Belfast

6.7/10 IMDB

Andrew Angus Dalrymple's realistic portrait of a British soldier, his Irish lover and her twin sister amidst the strife of Northern Ireland.

Starring: Barry Foster, Margot Kidder, Sean McCann, Leo Leyden, Mel Tuck, Gillie Fenwick, Joyce Campion, Sean Mulcahy, Emmet Bergin, Donald Reynolds ..
Directed by: Milad Bessada
Release date: 1974-05-17

Sunday in the Country

6.2/10 IMDB

Three vicious thugs are on the run in rural America after robbing a local bank. They seek refuge at the home of a reclusive farmer, but he is prepared for their arrival and holds them at gunpoint. Unable to let them simply wait for the law, he decides to take them into into his cellar and torture them a little before the police arrive.

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Michael J. Pollard, Hollis McLaren, Louis Zorich, Cec Linder, Vladimír Valenta, Al Waxman, Tim Henry, Murray Westgate, Ralph Endersby ..
Directed by: John Trent
Release date: 1974-11-22
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : Betrayal


5.9/10 IMDB

Wealthy widow Helen Mercer hires a young woman, Gretchen Addison, to act as her personal assistant and companion. Unfortunately, Helen is a poor judge of character, as Gretchen is part of a murderous extortionist duo with her boyfriend, Jay. However, Gretchen has second thoughts when she develops genuine affection for Helen. When Gretchen informs Jay that she wants to call off their plot, he refuses and carries on with the plan. Now both Helen and Gretchen may be in grave danger.

Starring: Amanda Blake, Tisha Sterling, Dick Haymes, Sam Groom, Lucille Benson, Britt Leach, Edward Marshall, Rene Bond, Ted Gehring, Dennis Cross ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1974-12-03
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : The Super Cops

The Super Cops

6.6/10 IMDB

The true story of two New York City cops. Greenberg & Hantz fought the system, became detectives and were known on the streets as "Batman & Robin".

Starring: Ron Leibman, David Selby, Sheila Frazier, Pat Hingle, Barton Heyman, Dan Frazer, Joseph Sirola, Arny Freeman, Bernard Kates, Alex Colon ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks
Release date: 1974-03-20
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : Smile Jenny, You're Dead

Smile Jenny, You're Dead

6.7/10 IMDB

Harry Orwell has been retired from the force ever since he caught a bullet that lodged inoperably in his back. But that doesn’t mean the man called Harry O is out of the action. Moonlighting as a private sleuth, fighting off daily back pain and typically traveling by public bus instead of his own car (“It gives a man a chance to think”), he’s on the trail of the lowlife who murdered his pal’s son-in-law. It won’t be the only time the killer strikes before Harry closes in. David Janssen (The Fugitive) portrays dogged detective Harry in the telefilm that was the second of two pilots preceding his memorable Harry O series. Among the highlights: young Jodie Foster as Liberty, the wise-beyond-her-years homeless waif Harry befriends.

Starring: David Janssen, Andrea Marcovicci, John Anderson, Jodie Foster, Howard Da Silva, Tim McIntire, Zalman King, Clu Gulager, Martin Gabel, Barbara Leigh ..
Directed by: Jerry Thorpe
Release date: 1974-02-03

Black Eye

5.5/10 IMDB

An ex-police officer operating a private detective business comes face to face with a syndicate-backed dope ring.

Starring: Fred Williamson, Rosemary Forsyth, Teresa Graves, Floy Dean, Richard Anderson, Cyril Delevanti, Richard X. Slattery, Larry D. Mann, Bret Morrison, Frank Ashmore ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1974-05-17

Man on a Swing

6.6/10 IMDB

A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only to the police, he suspects that the man may be more involved in the case than he lets on.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Joel Grey, Dorothy Tristan, Elizabeth Wilson, George Voskovec, Ron Weyand, Peter Masterson, Lane Smith, Joe Ponazecki, Christopher Allport ..
Directed by: Frank Perry
Release date: 1974-02-24
Best Crime Movies of 1974 : The Dion Brothers

The Dion Brothers

6.8/10 IMDB

Two rural West Virginia brothers leave home, rob an armored car and become fugitives.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Frederic Forrest, Margot Kidder, Barry Primus, Richard Romanus, Denny Miller, Clay Tanner, Robert Phillips, Owen Orr, Jack Starrett ..
Directed by: Jack Starrett
Release date: 1974-06-16

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