Best 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.

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
3.

Young Frankenstein

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

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, Teri Garr, Gene Hackman, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn, Oscar Beregi Jr. ..
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Release date: 1974-12-15
4.

The Conversation

6.3
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 is 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
5.

Blazing Saddles

6.1
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Liam Dunn, George Furth, Burton Gilliam ..
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Release date: 1974-02-07
6.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

6.0
7.4/10 IMDB

When Sally hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

Starring: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, Robert Courtin ..
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1974-10-01
7.

Murder on the Orient Express

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

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, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1974-11-22
8.

A Woman Under the Influence

5.7
8.1/10 IMDB

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, Matthew Labyorteaux, Matthew Cassel, Christina Grisanti, O.G. Dunn, Mario Gallo ..
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Release date: 1974-09-19
9.

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

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, Hector Elizondo, Earl Hindman, James Broderick, Dick O'Neill, Lee Wallace, Tom Pedi, Jerry Stiller ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1974-10-02
10.

The Man with the Golden Gun

5.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Cool government operative James Bond searches for a stolen invention that can turn the sun's heat into a destructive weapon. He soon crosses paths with the menacing Francisco Scaramanga, a hitman so skilled he has a seven-figure working fee. Bond then joins forces with the swimsuit-clad Mary Goodnight, and together they track Scaramanga to a tropical isle hideout where the killer-for-hire lures the slick spy into a deadly maze for a final duel.

Starring: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Hervé Villechaize, Clifton James, Richard Loo, Soon-Tek Oh, Marc Lawrence, Bernard Lee ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1974-12-01
11.

Lenny

5.3
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 establishment 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
12.

Phantom of the Paradise

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

Starring: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, George Memmoli, Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor, Peter Elbling, Jennifer Ashley, Janit Baldwin ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1974-10-31
13.

The Front Page

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

A journalist suffering from burn-out wants to finally say goodbye to his office – but his boss doesn’t like the idea one bit.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia, David Wayne, Allen Garfield, Austin Pendleton, Charles Durning, Herb Edelman, Martin Gabel ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1974-11-01
14.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

5.2
7.4/10 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, Santiago Eduardo Urueta, Donnie Fritts, Jorge Russek ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1974-08-01
15.

Black Christmas

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, James Edmond, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle, Lynne Griffin ..
Directed by: Bob Clark
Release date: 1974-10-11
16.

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
17.

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
18.

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
19.

Death Wish

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

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, Stuart Margolin, Stephen Elliott, Kathleen Tolan, Robert Kya-Hill, Jeff Goldblum ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1974-07-24
20.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

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, George Kennedy, Roy Jenson, Gene Elman, Burton Gilliam, Claudia Lennear ..
Directed by: Michael Cimino
Release date: 1974-05-23
21.

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
22.

The Odessa File

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually finds himself involved with the powerful organisation of former SS members—called ODESSA—as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deeper and eventually discovers a link between the SS-Captain, ODESSA and his own family.

Starring: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Mary Tamm, Maria Schell, Derek Jacobi, Peter Jeffrey, Klaus Löwitsch, Kurt Meisel, Hannes Messemer, Garfield Morgan ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1974-10-17
23.

The Sugarland Express

4.8
6.7/10 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
24.

The Four Musketeers

4.8
6.9/10 IMDB

The Four Musketeers defend the queen and her dressmaker from Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Christopher Lee, Geraldine Chaplin, Faye Dunaway, Roy Kinnear, Michael Gothard, Nicole Calfan ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1974-10-31
25.

The Year Without a Santa Claus

4.7
7.8/10 IMDB

Feeling forgotten by the children of the world, old St. Nick decides to skip his gift-giving journey and take a vacation. Mrs. Claus and two spunky little elves, Jingle and Jangle, set out to see to where all the season's cheer has disappeared. Aided by a magical snowfall, they reawaken the spirit of Christmas in children's hearts and put Santa back in action.

Starring: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden, Rhoda Mann, Bradley Bolke, Ron Marshall, Colin Duffy, Christine Winter ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1974-12-10
26.

The Great Gatsby

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

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, Lois Chiles, Scott Wilson, Howard Da Silva, Roberts Blossom, Edward Herrmann ..
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1974-03-27
27.

Foxy Brown

4.6
6.5/10 IMDB

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Starring: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter, Kathryn Loder, Sid Haig, Juanita Brown, Colleen Brennan, Harry Holcombe, Conrad Bachmann ..
Directed by: Jack Hill
Release date: 1974-04-05
28.

The Yakuza

4.5
7.2/10 IMDB

Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman, Richard Jordan, Keiko Kishi, Eiji Okada, James Shigeta, Ky?suke Machida, Christina Kokubo ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1974-12-21
29.

Dark Star

4.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A low-budget, sci-fi satire that focuses on a group of scientists whose mission is to destroy unstable planets. 20 years into their mission, they have battle their alien mascot, that resembles a beach ball, as well as a "sensitive" and intelligent bombing device that starts to question the meaning of its existence.

Starring: Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Adam Beckenbaugh, Nick Castle, Joe Saunders, Cookie Knapp, Alan Sheretz, John Carpenter ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1974-04-01
30.

Earthquake

4.4
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: 1974-01-01
31.

Female Trouble

4.4
7.1/10 IMDB

The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progression from bratty schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas.

Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Susan Walsh, Michael Potter, Ed Peranio, Paul Swift ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1974-10-04
32.

Mr. Majestyk

4.2
6.7/10 IMDB

A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Al Lettieri, Linda Cristal, Lee Purcell, Paul Koslo, Taylor Lacher, Frank Maxwell, Alejandro Rey, Jordan Rhodes, Bert Santos ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1974-07-17
33.

Animals Are Beautiful People

4.2
8.2/10 IMDB

Animals Are Beautiful People (aka Beautiful People) is a 1974 nature documentary about the wildlife in Southern Africa. It was filmed in the Namib Desert, the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango River and Okavango Delta. It was produced for cinema and has a length of slightly more than 90 minutes.

Starring: Paddy O'Byrne ..
Directed by: Jamie Uys
Release date: 1974-11-14
34.

Airport 1975

4.2
5.7/10 IMDB

When an in-flight collision incapacitates the pilots of an airplane bound for Los Angeles, stewardess Nancy Pryor is forced to take over the controls. From the ground, her boyfriend Alan Murdock, a retired test pilot, tries to talk her through piloting and landing the 747 aircraft. Worse yet, the anxious passengers — among which are a noisy nun and a cranky man — are aggravating the already tense atmosphere.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Karen Black, Gloria Swanson, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Susan Clark, Helen Reddy, Linda Blair, Dana Andrews, Roy Thinnes ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1974-10-18
35.

Zardoz

4.2
5.8/10 IMDB

In the far future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Starring: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton, Sally Anne Newton, Niall Buggy, Bosco Hogan, Jessica Swift, Bairbre Dowling, Christopher Casson ..
Directed by: John Boorman
Release date: 1974-02-06
Best Movies of 1974 : Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
36.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

Rabbit is tired of Tigger always bouncing him, so he gets Pooh and Piglet together to come up with an idea to get the bounce out of Tigger. Then, Tigger and little Roo go out for a bounce and get caught in a tree.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Clint Howard, Dori Whitaker, Paul Winchell, Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy, Timothy Turner ..
Directed by: John Lounsbery
Release date: 1974-09-20
37.

Gone in 60 Seconds

4.1
6.4/10 IMDB

Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed "Eleanor", in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute.

Starring: H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda, James McIntyre, George Cole, Ronald Halicki, Markos Kotsikos, Butch Stockton, Phil Woods, Parnelli Jones ..
Directed by: H.B. Halicki, Steve Peterson
Release date: 1974-07-28
38.

That's Entertainment!

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart ..
Directed by: Jack Haley Jr.
Release date: 1974-06-21
39.

Phase IV

4.0
6.5/10 IMDB

Arizona ants mock the food chain on their way to a desert lab to get two scientists and a woman.

Starring: Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport, Lynne Frederick, Alan Gifford, Robert Henderson, Helen Horton, David Healy ..
Directed by: Saul Bass
Release date: 1974-09-01
40.

Harry and Tonto

4.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Harry is a retired teacher in his 70s living in the Upper West Side of New York City where his late wife and he raised his children--where he's lived all his life. When the building he lives in is torn down to make way for a parking garage, Harry and his beloved cat Tonto begin a journey across the United States, visiting his children, seeing a world he never seemed to have the time to see before, making new friends, and saying goodbye to old friends.

Starring: Art Carney, Herbert Berghof, Ellen Burstyn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Larry Hagman, Chief Dan George, Melanie Mayron, Philip Bruns, Josh Mostel, Arthur Hunnicutt ..
Directed by: Paul Mazursky
Release date: 1974-08-12
41.

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

When several young girls are found dead, left hideously aged and void of blood, Dr Marcus suspects vampirism. He enlists the help of the Vampire Hunter. Mysterious and powerful, Kronos has dedicated his life to destroying the evil pestilence. Once a victim of its diabolical depravity, he knows the vampire's strengths and weaknesses as well as the extreme dangers attached to confronting the potent forces of darkness.

Starring: Horst Janson, John Cater, Caroline Munro, John Carson, Shane Briant, Lois Daine, Ian Hendry, Wanda Ventham, William Hobbs, Brian Tully ..
Directed by: Brian Clemens
Release date: 1974-04-07
Best Movies of 1974 : Frankenstein: The True Story
42.

Frankenstein: The True Story

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Victor Frankenstein witnesses his creation turn uncontrollable after he's duped by his associate, Dr. Polidori.

Starring: James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Nicola Pagett, Michael Sarrazin, Michael Wilding, Tom Baker, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Agnes Moorehead ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1974-09-19
Best Movies of 1974 : Benji
43.

Benji

3.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Benji is a stray who has nonetheless worked his way into the hearts of a number of the townspeople, who give him food and attention whenever he stops by. His particular favorites are a pair of children who feed and play with him against the wishes of their parents. When the children are kidnapped, however, the parents and the police are at a loss to find them. Only Benji can track them down, but will he be in time? If he can save the day, he may just find the permanent home he's been longing for.

Starring: Patsy Garrett, Allen Fiuzat, Cynthia Smith, Peter Breck, Frances Bavier, Terry Carter, Edgar Buchanan, Tom Lester, Christopher Connelly, Deborah Walley ..
Directed by: Joe Camp
Release date: 1974-10-17
Best Movies of 1974 : California Split
44.

California Split

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Carefree single guy Charlie Waters rooms with two lovely prostitutes, Barbara Miller and Susan Peters, and lives to gamble. Along with his glum betting buddy, Bill Denny, Charlie sets out on a gambling streak in search of the ever-elusive big payday. While Charlie and Bill have some lucky moments, they also have to contend with serious setbacks that threaten to derail their hedonistic betting binge.

Starring: George Segal, Elliott Gould, Ann Prentiss, Gwen Welles, Edward Walsh, Joseph Walsh, Bert Remsen, Barbara London, Barbara Ruick, Jay Fletcher ..
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1974-08-07
Best Movies of 1974 : The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
45.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

3.8
7.8/10 IMDB

In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110. She tells him her story dating back to her earliest memories before slavery ended. In between the chapters of her life, the present-day struggles of Blacks in Bayonne, urged on by Jimmy, are dramatized.

Starring: Cicely Tyson, Richard Dysart, Eric Brown, Joel Fluellen, Will Hare, Katherine Helmond, David Hooks, Elinora B. Johnson, Warren Kenner, Dudley Knight ..
Directed by: John Korty
Release date: 1974-01-31
Best Movies of 1974 : Italianamerican
46.

Italianamerican

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese interviews his mother and father about their life in New York and family history back in Sicily.

Starring: Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese, Martin Scorsese ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1974-01-01
47.

Claudine

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Claudine is a single mother in New York City who endures an exhausting commute to the suburbs where she works as a maid for wealthy families. In one carefully tended white community, she meets Roop, a charismatic but irresponsible garbage collector. Romance quickly ensues, but Claudine doubts that their relationship is good for her six children, and Rupert, despite his good nature, is reluctant to take on fatherhood.

Starring: Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Tamu Blackwell, David Kruger, Yvette Curtis, Eric Jones, Socorro Stephens, Elisa Loti, Adam Wade ..
Directed by: John Berry
Release date: 1974-04-22
48.

Conrack

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.

Starring: Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Madge Sinclair, Tina Andrews, Antonio Fargas, Ruth Attaway, James O'Rear, Gracia Lee, C.P. MacDonald, Hume Cronyn ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1974-03-27
Best Movies of 1974 : It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
49.

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

3.7
7.5/10 IMDB

Charlie Brown, Linus and the entire Peanuts gang are off on a lively Easter egg hunt. They suspect they've spotted the Easter Bunny … but the trouble is, he looks a lot like a certain beagle who's near and dear to Charlie Brown's heart. Is it truly the Easter Bunny, or is it just the irrepressible Snoopy playing a trick on the kids?

Starring: Todd Barbee, Melanie Kohn, Stephen Shea, Linda Ercoli, Lynn Mortensen, Bill Melendez, Jimmy Ahrens ..
Directed by: Phil Roman
Release date: 1974-04-09
Best Movies of 1974 : 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
50.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Starring: Joel Grey, George Gobel, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1974-12-08

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