Best Movies of 1974

1.

The Godfather: Part II

7.1

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
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1974-12-20
2.

Chinatown

6.6

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
Directed by: Roman Polański
Release date: 1974-06-20
3.

Young Frankenstein

6.5

A young neurosurgeon inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback, a pretty lab assistant and the elderly housekeeper. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather was delusional, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Release date: 1974-12-15
4.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

6.1

Five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

Starring: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1974-10-01
5.

A Woman Under the Influence

5.8

Mabel Longhetti, desperate and lonely, is married to a Los Angeles municipal construction worker, Nick. Increasingly unstable, especially in the company of others, she craves happiness, but her extremely volatile behavior convinces Nick that she poses a danger to their family and decides to commit her to an institution for six months. Alone with a trio of kids to raise on his own, he awaits her return, which holds more than a few surprises.

Starring: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands, Katherine Cassavetes
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Release date: 1974-09-19
6.

The Conversation

5.6

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
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1974-04-07
7.

Blazing Saddles

5.5

A town—where everyone seems to be named Johnson—stands in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, robber baron Hedley Lemar sends his henchmen to make life in the town unbearable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor, so Hedley convinces him to send the town the first black sheriff in the west.

Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Release date: 1974-02-07
8.

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

5.5

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, Héctor Elizondo, Earl Hindman
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1974-10-02
9.

Phantom of the Paradise

5.4

In this rock opera hybrid of Phantom of the Opera and Faust, fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Leach wants to sing it, Phoenix, for the grand opening of his rock palace, The Paradise. After Swan sends Leach to prison for trespassing, Leach endures a freak accident which leaves him disfigured and plans his revenge on both Swan and The Paradise, becoming the Phantom of the Paradise.

Starring: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, George Memmoli
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1974-10-31
10.

Murder on the Orient Express

5.3

In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

Starring: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1974-11-24
11.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

5.2

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
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1974-08-14
12.

Black Christmas

5.2

A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.

Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Marian Waldman
Directed by: Bob Clark
Release date: 1974-10-11
13.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

5.1

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
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1974-12-09
14.

The Towering Inferno

5.1

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
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1974-12-14
15.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

5.1

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
Directed by: Michael Cimino
Release date: 1974-05-23
16.

Death Wish

5.1

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
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1974-07-24
17.

The Longest Yard

5.0

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, Michael Conrad, James Hampton
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1974-08-21
18.

The Sugarland Express

4.9

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, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks, William Atherton, Gregory Walcott
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1974-04-05
19.

The Man with the Golden Gun

4.8

A golden bullet has 007 engraved on it as it smashes into the secret service headquarters. The bullet came from the professional killer Scaramanga who has yet to miss a target and James Bond begins a mission to try and stop him.

Starring: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Hervé Villechaize
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1974-12-01
20.

The Great Gatsby

4.7

Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

Starring: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Sam Waterston
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1974-03-27

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