Best Crime Movies of 1976

1.

Taxi Driver

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feed his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, Leonard Harris, Diahnne Abbott, Gino Ardito, Martin Scorsese ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1976-02-09
2.

Murder by Death

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Lionel Twain invites the world's five greatest detectives to a 'dinner and murder'. Included are a blind butler, a deaf-mute maid, screams, spinning rooms, secret passages, false identities and more plot turns and twists than are decently allowed.

Starring: Peter Falk, Eileen Brennan, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, David Niven, Maggie Smith, Truman Capote, James Coco, Nancy Walker, Estelle Winwood ..
Directed by: Robert Moore
Release date: 1976-06-23
3.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Cosmo Vittelli, the proprietor of a sleazy, low-rent Hollywood cabaret, has a real affection for the women who strip in his peepshows and the staff who keep up his dingy establishment. He also has a major gambling problem that has gotten him in trouble before. When Cosmo loses big-time at an underground casino run by mobster Mort, he isn't able to pay up. Mort then offers Cosmo the chance to pay back his debt by knocking off a pesky, Mafia-protected bookie.

Starring: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips, Morgan Woodward, John Kullers, Al Ruban, Azizi Johari, Virginia Carrington, Meade Roberts ..
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Release date: 1976-02-15
4.

Assault on Precinct 13

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.

Starring: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Tony Burton, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes, Peter Bruni, John J. Fox, Marc Ross ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1976-11-05
5.

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Charles Dreyfus, who has finally cracked over inspector Clouseau's antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Lesley-Anne Down, Burt Kwouk, Colin Blakely, Leonard Rossiter, André Maranne, Byron Kane, Howard K. Smith, Dick Crockett ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1976-12-15
6.

Family Plot

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Spiritualist Blanche Tyler is asked to locate a missing heir, whom she pursues with her cab driver boyfriend George Lumley, an unemployed actor. The man they seek, Arthur Adamson, is posing as a legitimate jeweler while kidnapping wealthy people for a ransom in diamonds, and is assisted by his girlfriend, Fran.

Starring: Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, William Devane, Ed Lauter, Cathleen Nesbitt, Katherine Helmond, Warren J. Kemmerling, Edith Atwater, William Prince ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1976-04-09
7.

Silver Streak

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty, Clifton James, Ray Walston, Stefan Gierasch, Len Birman, Valerie Curtin ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1976-12-03
8.

Helter Skelter

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

The investigation of two horrific mass murders leads to the capture and trial of the psychotic pseudo-hippie Charles Manson and his "family".

Starring: George DiCenzo, Steve Railsback, Nancy Wolfe, Marilyn Burns, Christina Hart, Cathey Paine, Alan Oppenheimer, Rudy Ramos, Sondra Blake, George Garro ..
Directed by: Tom Gries
Release date: 1976-04-01
9.

Mikey and Nicky

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.

Starring: Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty, Rose Arrick, Carol Grace, William Hickey, Sanford Meisner, Joyce Van Patten, M. Emmet Walsh, Elaine May ..
Directed by: Elaine May
Release date: 1976-12-21
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10.

No Deposit, No Return

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Two rich children devise a way to escape their grandfather and visit their mother. Unfortunately for two hapless safe crackers, they become part of the plan.

Starring: Kim Richards, Brad Savage, Barbara Feldon, Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, David Niven, Vic Tayback, Herschel Bernardi, John Williams, Charles Martin Smith ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1976-02-05

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