Best Mystery 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
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.

Murder on the Orient Express

5.3
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
4.

Black Christmas

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

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, Andrea Martin, James Edmond, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle, Lynne Griffin ..
Directed by: Bob Clark
Release date: 1974-10-11
5.

The Yakuza

3.8
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, Kyôsuke Machida, Christina Kokubo ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1974-12-21
6.

Madhouse

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Adrienne Corri, Linda Hayden, Natasha Pyne, Michael Parkinson, Barry Dennen, Ellis Dayle, Catherine Willmer ..
Directed by: Jim Clark
Release date: 1974-03-01
7.

Sweet Movie

3.1
6.2/10 IMDB

The winner of the Miss World Virginity contest marries, escapes from her masochistic husband and ends up involved in a world of debauchery.

Starring: Carole Laure, Pierre Clémenti, Anna Prucnal, Sami Frey, John Vernon, Jane Mallett, Roy Callender, Marpessa Dawn, Don Arioli, Otto Muehl ..
Directed by: Dušan Makavejev
Release date: 1974-06-12
8.

The Beast Must Die

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Wealthy big game hunter Tom Newcliffe has tracked and killed practically every type of animal in the world. But one creature still evades him, the biggest game of all - a werewolf.

Starring: Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Anton Diffring, Ciaran Madden, Michael Gambon, Charles Gray, Tom Chadbon, Sam Mansary, Andrew Lodge ..
Directed by: Paul Annett
Release date: 1974-04-01
9.

Ten Little Indians

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Ten people are invited to a hotel for a weekend getaway by a Mr. U. N. Owen, who mysteriously isn't in attendance. When the group gets together for their first dinner, a record is played in which Mr. Owen accuses each guest of committing various unpunished crimes, which sets off a series of murders in the hotel.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Richard Attenborough, Charles Aznavour, Herbert Lom, Stéphane Audran, Gert Fröbe, Adolfo Celi, Alberto de Mendoza, Maria Rohm ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1974-09-24
10.

The Cars That Ate Paris

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

After the death of his brother on the road, unemployed and unstable drifter Arthur Waldo stays for a while in the rural Australian town of Paris as the guest of the mayor, who hopes he will become a permanent member of the Paris population. Arthur soon realizes the quaint hamlet has a sinister secret: they orchestrate car accidents and rob the victims. Survivors are brought to the local hospital, lobotomized, and used for a local doctor's experiments.

Starring: John Meillon, Terry Camilleri, Kevin Miles, Max Gillies, Rick Scully, Danny Adcock, Bruce Spence, Kevin Golsby, Chris Haywood, Peter Armstrong ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1974-10-10

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