Best Drama Movies of 1974

1.

The Godfather: Part II

7.2
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.

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
3.

Lenny

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner, Stanley Beck, Frankie Man, Rashel Novikoff, Guy Rennie, Michele Yonge, Kathryn Witt, Ted Sorel ..
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Release date: 1974-11-10
4.

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
5.

The Towering Inferno

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

At the opening party of a colossal—but poorly constructed—office building, a massive fire breaks out, threatening to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, O.J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1974-12-14
6.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

5.1
7.3/10 IMDB

After her husband dies, Alice and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make a new life for herself as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as waitress in a small diner.

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Alfred Lutter, Harvey Keitel, Diane Ladd, Lelia Goldoni, Billy Green Bush, Jodie Foster, Valerie Curtin, Vic Tayback ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1974-12-09
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.

Earthquake

4.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Geneviève Bujold, Richard Roundtree, Marjoe Gortner, Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Victoria Principal ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1974-11-15

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