Best Movies of 1973

1.

The Exorcist

6.5

12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1973-12-26
2.

Robin Hood

6.1

With King Richard off to the Crusades, Prince John and his slithering minion, Sir Hiss, set about taxing Nottingham's citizens with support from the corrupt sheriff - and staunch opposition by the wily Robin Hood and his band of merry men.

Starring: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Peter Ustinov, Pat Buttram, Ken Curtis
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1973-11-08
3.

The Sting

5.9

Set in the 1930s this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1973-12-25
4.

Papillon

5.8

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon, Anthony Zerbe
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1973-12-13
5.

Badlands

5.5

Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.

Starring: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Ramon Bieri, Warren Oates, Alan Vint
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release date: 1973-10-15
6.

The Day of the Jackal

5.5

An international assassin known as ‘The Jackal’ is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill President Charles de Gaulle, with a dedicated gendarme on the assassin's trail.

Starring: Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale, Olga Georges-Picot, Delphine Seyrig, Eric Porter
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1973-05-15
7.

The World at War

5.5
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Release date: 1973-10-31
8.

The Long Goodbye

5.5

Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.

Starring: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, David Arkin
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1973-03-07
9.

High Plains Drifter

5.5

A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan, Jack Ging
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1973-04-19
10.

The Last Detail

5.4

Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Carol Kane
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Release date: 1973-12-11
11.

Enter the Dragon

5.4

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Starring: Bruce Lee, Angela Mao, John Saxon, Sek Kin, Ahna Capri
Directed by: Robert Clouse
Release date: 1973-08-17
12.

American Graffiti

5.3

A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams
Directed by: George Lucas
Release date: 1973-08-01
13.

The Wicker Man

5.3

Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.

Starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, Robin Hardy
Directed by: Robin Hardy
Release date: 1973-12-01
14.

Mean Streets

5.3

A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1973-10-02
15.

Sleeper

5.3

Miles Monroe, a clarinet-playing health food store proprietor, is revived out of cryostasis 200 years into a future world in order to help rebels fight an oppressive government regime.

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory, Brian Avery
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1973-12-17
16.

Magnum Force

5.2

"Dirty" Harry Callahan is a San Francisco Police Inspector on the trail of a group of rogue cops who have taken justice into their own hands. When shady characters are murdered one after another in grisly fashion, only Dirty Harry can stop them.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Tim Matheson
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1973-12-23
17.

The Way We Were

5.2

Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles, Patrick O'Neal
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1973-10-17
18.

Don't Look Now

5.2

Laura and John, grieved by a terrible loss, meet in Venice, where John is in charge of the restoration of a church, two mysterious sisters, one of whom gives them a message sent from the afterlife.

Starring: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania, Massimo Serato
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
Release date: 1973-12-03
19.

The Three Musketeers

5.1

The young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king's musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out they are musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu, who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. D'Artagnan must also juggle affairs with the charming Constance Bonancieux and the passionate Lady De Winter, a secret agent for the cardinal.

Starring: Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Faye Dunaway
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1973-12-11
20.

Soylent Green

5.1

In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1973-04-19

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