Best Drama Movies of 1974

1.

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
Best Drama Movies of 1974 : Clarence Darrow
2.

Clarence Darrow

3.6
8.4/10 IMDB

The taped performance of Henry Fonda's one-man show was aired as "IBM Presents Clarence Darrow" on September 4, 1974, on NBC.

Starring: Henry Fonda ..
Directed by: John Rich
Release date: 1974-09-04
Best Drama Movies of 1974 : The Gathering Storm
3.

The Gathering Storm

3.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Winston Churchill's life in the years leading up to World War II.

Starring: Richard Burton, Virginia McKenna, Robert Hardy, Ian Bannen, Robin Bailey, Geoffrey Bayldon, Robert Beatty, Patsy Byrne, Steve Plytas, Ian Ogilvy ..
Directed by: Herbert Wise
Release date: 1974-11-29
4.

Memories Within Miss Aggie

3.1
6.3/10 IMDB

The only thing missing from Aggie's life...was Aggie. In the middle of nowhere lives middle aged Aggie, with her wheelchair bound companion Richard. As snow falls outside, Aggie tries desperately to remember the circumstances under which they met. As she plays through in her mind a series of possible scenarios, only to dismiss each as a false past, she inadvertently begins to reveal an increasingly dark portrait of her true self, leading to the unexpected and shocking reality of her relationship with Richard.

Starring: Deborah Ashira, Patrick L. Farrelly, Kim Pope, Mary Stuart, Darby Lloyd Rains, Eric Edwards, Harry Reems, Ralph Herman, Christopher Kersen, Leo Zorba ..
Directed by: Gerard Damiano
Release date: 1974-05-01
5.

Two

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

In this drama, a Vietnam veteran flees an Army discharge hospital. The fugitive then kidnaps a young woman and takes her to a remote mountain cabin. The woman convinces him to free her if she stays for two days. During that time, the two begin to get closer until he travels to town for supplies and ends up robbing a bank. The woman is terribly upset with him and forces him to return the cash. Tragedy for the fugitive ensues, and the young woman ends up having learned a valuable lesson.

Starring: Sara Venable, Douglas Travis ..
Directed by: Charles Trieschmann
Release date: 1974-09-02
Best Drama Movies of 1974 : Road Movie
6.

Road Movie

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Gil and Hank are two independent truckers who run into problems when they are forced to pay off traffic managers to get loads. They also have to pay off highway cops when their rigs are overweight and bank loans but consider themselves lucky just to be able to keep up the interest payments. Add to that a small, frizzy-wigged highway hooker named Janice, who tempts them with her lurid charms.

Starring: Robert Drivas, Regina Baff, Barry Bostwick, David Bauer, Barton Heyman, Laura Esterman ..
Directed by: Joseph Strick
Release date: 1974-02-03
Best Drama Movies of 1974 : It's Good to Be Alive
7.

It's Good to Be Alive

3.1
7.0/10 IMDB

This movie details the struggles of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella to adapt to life in a wheelchair following his crippling automobile accident in 1959. Cinematographer Ted Voigtlander was Emmy-nominated.

Starring: Paul Winfield, Louis Gossett Jr., Ruby Dee, Ramon Bieri, Ketty Lester, Julian Burton, Lloyd Gough, Eric Woods, Joe De Santis, Len Lesser ..
Directed by: Michael Landon
Release date: 1974-02-22
Best Drama Movies of 1974 : Petersen
8.

Petersen

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Tony Petersen, a married electrician and ex-footballer, goes to university to study English. Petersen is odd man out at the uni. He receives extracurricular help from his stuffy professor's beautiful lecturer wife in her office. Their get-togethers there are quite rootine. The professor is also seeing one of his students after class. Petersen and the professor's wife talk about having a baby. But then she accepts an appointment to Oxford, provoking a rage in Petersen...

Starring: Jack Thompson, Jacki Weaver, Wendy Hughes, John Ewart, Belinda Giblin, Arthur Dignam, Charles Tingwell, Helen Morse, Christine Amor, Kate Ferguson ..
Directed by: Tim Burstall
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1974 : The Morning After
9.

The Morning After

3.0
7.6/10 IMDB

A successful public relations man's refusal to admit his alcoholism jeopardizes his career, his family and his life. ABC Movie of the Week.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Lynn Carlin, Don Porter, Linda Lavin, Jewel Blanch, Sam Gilman, Joshua Bryant, Richard Derr, Robert Hover, Carolyn Ames ..
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Release date: 1974-02-13
Best Drama Movies of 1974 : Girl Boss: Diamond Showdown
10.

Girl Boss: Diamond Showdown

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Keiko Aizawa a vengeance-crazed vixen sets out on a journey to avenge the death of her older sister.

Starring: Reiko Ike, Mitsuko Aoi, Katsumasa Uchida ..
Directed by: Ikuo Sekimoto
Release date: 1974-01-15

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