Best Thriller 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.

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
3.

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

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
10.

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
11.

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
12.

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
13.

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
14.

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
15.

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
16.

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
17.

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
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : I'm the Girl He Wants to Kill
18.

I'm the Girl He Wants to Kill

3.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Returning home to her flat, Ann Rogers passes a stranger leaving the building. A few moments later she discovers her neighbor lying dead in the hallway, the latest victim of a serial killer. Ann could be able to identify the killer, but the killer also knows her face and knows he needs to silence the witness...

Starring: Julie Sommars, Robert Lang, Tony Selby, Ken Jones, Anthony Steel, Trisha Hooker, Geoffrey Whitehead, Susan Tracy, Colin Haigh, Annette Woollett ..
Directed by: Shaun O'Riordan
Release date: 1974-03-18
19.

It's Alive

3.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Lenore Davis and her husband Frank are about to have their second child. As she gives birth, the newborn baby vanishes and leaves behind five dead bodies. It's up to the police and Frank to figure out where their mutated child has gone.

Starring: John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell, Michael Ansara, William Wellman Jr., Robert Emhardt, James Dixon, Shamus Locke, Patrick McAllister ..
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Release date: 1974-04-26
20.

Truck Turner

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Truck Turner and his partner Jerry, who make their living as bounty hunters in Los Angeles, are hired to hunt down Gator, a pimp who has skipped bail.

Starring: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase, Nichelle Nichols, Sam Laws, Paul Harris, Charles Cyphers, John Kramer, Scatman Crothers ..
Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan
Release date: 1974-06-26
21.

Juggernaut

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A terrorist demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he has planted aboard a trans-Atlantic cruise ship.

Starring: Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, David Hemmings, Anthony Hopkins, Shirley Knight, Ian Holm, Clifton James, Roy Kinnear, Caroline Mortimer, Mark Burns ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1974-09-25
22.

Bad Ronald

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

When awkward teen Ronald Wilby accidentally kills a young girl whose sister rejected his affections, his overbearing mother decides to hide him from the law by creating a concealed room in their home for him to live.

Starring: Scott Jacoby, Pippa Scott, John Larch, Dabney Coleman, Kim Hunter, John Fiedler, Linda Watkins, Cindy Fisher, Cindy Eilbacher, Lisa Eilbacher ..
Directed by: Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1974-10-23
23.

The California Kid

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A sadistic small-town sheriff has a habit of deliberately forcing speeders to their deaths on the mountain roads leading into town. The brother of one of the victims rolls into town in his hot rod to investigate his brother's death.

Starring: Martin Sheen, Vic Morrow, Michelle Phillips, Stuart Margolin, Nick Nolte, Janit Baldwin, Gary Morgan, Frederic Downs, Don Mantooth, Joe Estevez ..
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Release date: 1974-09-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Diagnosis: Murder
24.

Diagnosis: Murder

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A psychiatrist plots to murder his wife so he can be with his mistress, but his wife mysteriously disappears before he can carry out his plan.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Jon Finch, Judy Geeson, Dilys Hamlett, Tony Beckley, Jane Merrow, Colin Jeavons, David Trevena, Adrian Cairns, Daphne Neville ..
Directed by: Sidney Hayers
Release date: 1974-01-01
25.

Frightmare

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

In 1957, Dorothy and Edmund Yates were committed to an institution for the criminally insane, she for acts of murder and cannibalism and he for covering up her crimes. Fifteen years later, they are pronounced fit for society and released. However, in Dorothy's case the doctors may have jumped the gun a bit. Edmund and eldest daughter, Jackie, try to discover just how far Mother's bloodlust has taken her. Meanwhile, youngest daughter Debbie begins to explore the crazy roots of her family tree as fully as possible.

Starring: Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Deborah Fairfax, Paul Greenwood, Kim Butcher, Fiona Curzon, Jon Yule, Trisha Mortimer, Pamela Fairbrother, Edward Kalinski ..
Directed by: Pete Walker
Release date: 1974-11-05
26.

The Black Windmill

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A British agent's son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of diamonds. The agent finds out that he can't even count on the people he thought were on his side to help him, so he decides to track down the kidnappers himself.

Starring: Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, Delphine Seyrig, Clive Revill, John Vernon, Joss Ackland, Catherine Schell, Joseph O'Conor, Denis Quilley, Derek Newark ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1974-05-17
27.

In the Steps of a Dead Man

3.3
7.4/10 IMDB

When a young soldier suddenly dies, his parents and his girlfriend are naturally shocked and upset by the news. Several months later a young man turns up at the parent's house claiming to be their dead son's best friend. They welcome him and invite him to stay for a while. They also introduce him to their son's girlfriend and she is similarly impressed by him. It is later discovered, however, that he is not what he appears to be and may have had a hand in their son's death.

Starring: John Nolan, Richard Vernon, Denise Buckley, Faith Brook, Skye Aubrey, Derek Anders, Christopher Benjamin, Anne Robson, John Garvin, Robert Marsh ..
Directed by: Shaun O'Riordan
Release date: 1974-05-27
28.

Madhouse

3.3
6.2/10 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: 1974-05-22
29.

Deranged

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

A man living in rural Wisconsin takes care of his bed-ridden mother, who is very domineering and teaches him that all women are evil. After she dies he misses her, so a year later he digs her up and takes her home. He learns about taxidermy and begins robbing graves to get materials to patch her up, and inevitably begins looking for fresher sources of materials. Based closely on the true story of Ed Gein.

Starring: Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner, Marcia Diamond, Brian Smeagle, Arlene Gillen, Robert McHeady, Marian Waldman, Micki Moore ..
Directed by: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby
Release date: 1974-02-02
30.

The Midnight Man

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

An ex-convict, and ex-cop, finds himself in the midst of drama as a murder, of a female student, is commited at the university where he works as a night watchman. He is reluctantly drawn into the criminal investigation and eventually becomes a suspect in the case. Will he be able to find the real murderer and clear his own name, or not?

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Cameron Mitchell, Morgan Woodward, Harris Yulin, Robert Quarry, Joan Lorring, Lawrence Dobkin, Ed Lauter, Mills Watson ..
Directed by: Roland Kibbee, Burt Lancaster
Release date: 1974-03-07
31.

Stone

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

After one of its members witnesses a political assassination, an outlaw motorbike gang becomes the target of a string of murders, prompting a cop to join their ranks to determine who is responsible.

Starring: Ken Shorter, Sandy Harbutt, Deryck Barnes, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward, Vicente Gil, Dewey Hungerford, James Bowles, Bindi Williams, Bill Hunter ..
Directed by: Sandy Harbutt
Release date: 1974-01-01
32.

Vampyres

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A duo of bisexual female vampires prey on passing motorists, whom they seduce and murder in the English countryside.

Starring: Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Murray Brown, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner, Michael Byrne, Karl Lanchbury, Margaret Heald, Douglas Jones, Gerald Case ..
Directed by: José Ramón Larraz
Release date: 1974-01-01
33.

The Marseille Contract

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

An important drug lord settled in Marseille is suspected of having ordered the killing of an American agent, but it is impossible to impute him due to his political influences, so the dead agent's boss decides to hire the services of a hitman to kill him.

Starring: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, James Mason, Maurice Ronet, Alexandra Stewart, Maureen Kerwin, Catherine Rouvel, Marcel Bozzuffi, Patrick Floersheim, André Oumansky ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1974-09-04
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Screamer
34.

Screamer

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

A young American girl on her way to visit friends in rural England is brutally attacked and raped. After spending the next few months in a mental institution trying to recover from her ordeal, she is released into the care of her friends. The police assure her that they have the man responsible in custody, and she begins to rest easy. That is until she sees her attacker wandering the streets of the town. After planning her revenge she follows the man and kills him. This, she thinks, is the end of her ordeal. That is until the man she thinks she has killed arrives at the house she is staying in.

Starring: Pamela Franklin, Donal McCann, Frances White, Jim Norton, Derek Smith, Wolfe Morris, Peter Howell, Stephen Bateman, Ambrosine Phillpotts, Michael Hall ..
Directed by: Shaun O'Riordan
Release date: 1974-11-02
35.

Gold

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Rod Slater is the newly appointed general manager of the Sonderditch gold mine, but he stumbles across an ingenious plot to flood the mine, by drilling into an underground lake, so the unscrupulous owners can make a killing in the international gold market.

Starring: Roger Moore, Susannah York, Ray Milland, John Gielgud, Bradford Dillman, Tony Beckley, Simon Sabela, Marc Smith, John Hussey, Bernard Horsfall ..
Directed by: Peter R. Hunt
Release date: 1974-06-08
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Live Again, Die Again
36.

Live Again, Die Again

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

After being cryogenically frozen for more than 30 years, a woman wakes to find her husband an old man and her children older than she is. Her daughter has also developed a psychotic obsession with her and may be out to kill her.

Starring: Cliff Potts, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Mills, Mike Farrell, Geraldine Page, Vera Miles, Lurene Tuttle, Stewart Moss, Irene Tedrow, Peter Bromilow ..
Directed by: Richard A. Colla
Release date: 1974-02-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Reflections of Murder
37.

Reflections of Murder

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

The wife and mistress of the abusive headmaster of a boy's school plot and carry out his murder. They dump his body in the murky swimming pool at the school and await for it to surface. After several days, some unusual circumstances point to clues that he is not dead after all.

Starring: Tuesday Weld, Joan Hackett, Sam Waterston, Lucille Benson, Michael Lerner, R. G. Armstrong, Ed Bernard, William Turner, Lance Kerwin, Sandra Coburn ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1974-11-24
38.

'Gator Bait

3.0
5.4/10 IMDB

Desiree lives deep in the swamp and supports herself and her siblings by poaching. Ben and deputy Billy hope to get a little sexual comfort from the "Cajun swamp rat" when they catch Desiree trapping 'gators, and give chase. Desiree outsmarts them but Billy accidentally shoots Ben and tells his sheriff dad that Desiree did it. Ben's dad and sons join them in the search party and quickly get out of control. Soon the hunters become the hunted as Desiree exacts her revenge for their violence against her family.

Starring: Claudia Jennings, Sam Gilman, Douglas Dirkson, Clyde Ventura, Don Baldwin, Bill Thurman, Janit Baldwin, Tracy Sebastian, Ben Sebastian ..
Directed by: Beverly Sebastian, Ferd Sebastian
Release date: 1974-10-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Callan
39.

Callan

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

David Callan, secret agent, is called back to the service after his retirement, to handle the assasination of a german businessman, but Callan refuses to co-operate until he finds out why this man is marked for death.

Starring: Edward Woodward, Eric Porter, Carl Möhner, Catherine Schell, Peter Egan, Russell Hunter, Kenneth Griffith, Michael Da Costa, Veronica Lang, Clifford Rose ..
Directed by: Don Sharp
Release date: 1974-01-01
40.

The Terminal Man

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

As the result of a head injury, brilliant computer scientist Harry Benson begins to experience violent seizures. In an attempt to control the seizures, Benson undergoes a new surgical procedure in which a microcomputer is inserted into his brain. The procedure is not entirely successful.

Starring: George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, Michael C. Gwynne, William Hansen, Jill Clayburgh, Norman Burton, James B. Sikking, Matt Clark ..
Directed by: Mike Hodges
Release date: 1974-06-19
41.

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
42.

Ransom

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

Following a series of bomb attacks in London, a group of terrorists seize Britain's ambassador to Scandinavia. With the ambassador now a hostage in his residence, another group hijacks an airliner at the capital's airport, announcing that the passengers will not be freed until their demands are met. Colonel Nils Tahlvik, Scandinavia's resourceful and ruthless head of security, seeks to take an uncompromising stance against the terrorists yet his attempts meet resistance from unknown forces at every turn...

Starring: Sean Connery, Ian McShane, Jeffry Wickham, Isabel Dean, Robert Harris, James Maxwell, William Fox, Colin Prockter, Christopher Ellison, Preston Lockwood ..
Directed by: Caspar Wrede, Casper Wrede
Release date: 1974-12-06
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Savages
43.

Savages

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Ben Campbell, a 22 year old gas station attendant in a small desert town, is looking to make some extra money. He is surprised when Madec, a wealthy lawyer, asks him to be his guide on a hunting trip in the desert. When Madec accidentally shoots a prospector, he is fearful of what it will do his reputation and decides to eliminate the only witness, Ben, who is forced to go on the run. In addition to being hunted by Madec, Ben must also contend with the harsh desert elements. But if he does make it back to town alive, will anyone believe his story?

Starring: Andy Griffith, Sam Bottoms, Noah Beery Jr., James Best, Randy Boone, Jim Antonio, James Chandler ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1974-09-11
44.

The Trial of Billy Jack

2.9
4.5/10 IMDB

After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film, the Freedom School expands and flourishes under the guidance of Jean Roberts. The utopian existence of the school is characterized by everything ranging from "yoga sports" to muckracking journalism. The diverse student population airs scathing political exposes on their privately owned television station. The narrow-minded townspeople have different ideas about their brand of liberalism. Billy Jack is released and things heat up for the school. Students are threatened and abused and the Native Americans in the neighboring village are taunted and mistreated. After Billy Jack undergoes a vision quest, the governor and the police plot to permanently put an end to their liberal shenanigans, leaving it up to Billy Jack to save the day.

Starring: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Victor Izay, Teresa Kelly, Sara Lane, Geo Anne Sosa, Riley Hill, Sparky Watt, Gus Greymountain, Sacheen Littlefeather ..
Directed by: Tom Laughlin
Release date: 1974-11-13
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Cry Panic
45.

Cry Panic

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

A man accidentally runs over and kills a pedestrian outside a small town. He begins to suspect that the locals, including the sheriff, are keeping secrets about the victim.

Starring: John Forsythe, Earl Holliman, Ralph Meeker, Norman Alden, Claudia McNeil, Anne Francis, Eddie Firestone, Harry Basch, Gene Tyburn, Jason Wingreen ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1974-02-06
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Shoot First, Die Later
46.

Shoot First, Die Later

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the department but on a lower rung; he isn't jealous of his son, but rather proud of him, little knowing that he's a crooked cop. A series of events leads the young detective to ask his father for a favor (he wants a certain police report that is desired by the syndicate) and it doesn't take long for the detective's father to realize his son is on the take... which leads to numerous complications.

Starring: Luc Merenda, Richard Conte, Delia Boccardo, Raymond Pellegrin, Gianni Santuccio, Vittorio Caprioli, Aldo Valletti ..
Directed by: Fernando Di Leo
Release date: 1974-07-12
47.

The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer

2.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Clifford Swimmer, an angry and abusive man cruel to his wife and son, wants out if his marriage. With the help of a scientist he clones a replacement who takes over as head of the family while the real Clifford travels the world. The clone turns out to be a gentle and sensitive husband and father, a complete opposite of the original, and the wife and son come to love him. When the real Clifford comes back and finds his family happy with the clone he becomes angry and jealous and things take a deadly turn.

Starring: Peter Haskell, Sheree North, Lance Kerwin, William Bassett, Keene Curtis, Sharon Farrell, John Karlen ..
Directed by: Lela Swift
Release date: 1974-11-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Ride in a Pink Car
48.

Ride in a Pink Car

2.8
5.7/10 IMDB

A man, thought to be dead, returns to his hometown in Florida. He finds his wife re-married and the town now ruled by corrupt forces.

Starring: Glenn Corbett, John Carroll, Erni Benet, William Kerwin, Lennie Dee, Edward Faulkner, Big John Hamilton, Ivy Jones, Bill Thurman, Doug Vance ..
Directed by: Robert J. Emery
Release date: 1974-06-21
49.

The Klansman

2.8
5.1/10 IMDB

A small southern town has just been rocked by a tragedy: a young woman has been violently raped. The white town fathers immediately declare that the attacker had to be black, and place the blame on Garth, a young black man. Assuming that the men in white sheets aren't intent on holding a fair and impartial trial, Garth takes to the woods as the Klansmen lynching party hunts him down.

Starring: Richard Burton, Lee Marvin, Cameron Mitchell, O.J. Simpson, Lola Falana, David Huddleston, Luciana Paluzzi, Linda Evans, Jeannie Bell, Hoke Howell ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1974-10-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1974 : Sunday in the Country
50.

Sunday in the Country

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Three vicious thugs are on the run in rural America after robbing a local bank. They seek refuge at the home of a reclusive farmer, but he is prepared for their arrival and holds them at gunpoint. Unable to let them simply wait for the law, he decides to take them into into his cellar and torture them a little before the police arrive.

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Michael J. Pollard, Hollis McLaren, Louis Zorich, Cec Linder, Vladimír Valenta, Al Waxman, Tim Henry, Murray Westgate, Ralph Endersby ..
Directed by: John Trent
Release date: 1974-11-22

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