Best Mystery Movies of 1974

1.

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
2.

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
3.

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
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4.

‘Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Described (rather cheekily) by director Michael Snow as a musical comedy, this deft probing of sound/image relationships is one of his wittiest, most entertaining and philosophically stimulating films. In his words, the film “derives its form and the nature of its possible effects from its being built from the inside, as it were, with the actual units of such a film, i.e. the frame and the recorded syllable. Thus its ‘dramatic’ element derives not only from a representation of what may involve us generally in life but from considerations of the nature of recorded speech in relation to moving light-images of people.’”

Starring: Kevin Wenzel, Munro Ferguson, Jim Murphy, Jonas Mekas, Harry Gantt, Joyce Wieland, Barry Gerson, Helene Kaplan, Bob Cowan, Ping Chong ..
Directed by: Michael Snow
Release date: 1974-11-05
5.

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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

And then there were none

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
9.

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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10.

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Pride comes before a fall in John Bowen' adaptation of MR James' tale of a treasure hunt with a sticky end. Michael Bryant plays The Reverend Somerton whose self-assured intellectual arrogance masks a naked greed.

Starring: Michael Bryant, Sheila Dunn, Anne Blake, Frank Mills, Virginia Balfour, Paul Lavers, John Herrington, Peggy Aitchison ..
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Release date: 1974-12-23

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