Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971

1.

Duel

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Traveling businessman David Mann angers the driver of a rusty tanker while crossing the California desert. A simple trip turns deadly, as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell, Gene Dynarski, Lucille Benson, Tim Herbert, Charles Seel, Shirley O'Hara, Alexander Lockwood ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-11-13
2.

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

4.3
8.3/10 IMDB

The Walton family is preparing for Christmas in the early 1930s. It's Christmas Eve, and they are waiting for Daddy Walton to come home from his job in the city some 50 miles away. Since he is late, everyone is worried and over the radio the mother and grandparents hear about an overturned bus and hurt travelers but keep this news from the rest of the family. The story is really a coming of age story about the oldest son John-Boy who must cut down the tree with his grandfather since his father isn't home and is eventually told about his missing father and sets out to find him. An all round heartwarming story, especially if you are a fan of The Waltons. A simple story about a simple family in simple times. Great family entertainment!

Starring: Patricia Neal, Richard Thomas, Edgar Bergen, Ellen Corby, Dorothy Stickney, Josephine Hutchinson, William Windom, Cleavon Little, Andrew Duggan, David Huddleston ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1971-12-19
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Columbo: Murder by the Book
3.

Columbo: Murder by the Book

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery.

Starring: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner, Barbara Colby, Lynette Mettey, Bernie Kuby, Hoke Howell, Haven Earle Haley ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Neon Ceiling
4.

The Neon Ceiling

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

A housewife and her teenage daughter, fleeing their boring lives, stop in a diner in the California desert. She runs up against the diner's owner, a gruff, beer-drinking artist whose life's work is the neon sculptures he creates and attaches to the ceiling.

Starring: Gig Young, Lee Grant, Denise Nickerson, Herb Edelman, William Smithers, Robert Pratt, James McEachin ..
Directed by: Frank Pierson
Release date: 1971-02-08
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Cat in the Hat
5.

The Cat in the Hat

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

In a marvelously animated version of one of the most beloved of all Dr. Seuss tales, two youngsters find themselves at home with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon. But when the magical, mischievous Cat in the Hat arrives on the scene, they're all cat-apulted into a day of rousing, romping, outlandish antics they - and you - will never forget!

Starring: Allan Sherman, Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin, Tony Frazier, Gloria Camacho, Thurl Ravenscroft, Gene Morford ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1971-07-04
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Dead Weight
6.

Dead Weight

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness.

Starring: Peter Falk, Eddie Albert, Suzanne Pleshette, Kate Reid, John Kerr, Val Avery, Timothy Carey, Clete Roberts, Ron Castro, Glen Vernon ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1971-10-27
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Frank Sinatra: In Concert at Royal Festival Hall
7.

Frank Sinatra: In Concert at Royal Festival Hall

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

Frank Sinatra: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall was an CBS musical television special starring Frank Sinatra broadcast on February 4, 1971, of a concert given by Sinatra at London's Royal Festival Hall on November 16, 1970. The special was directed by Bill Miller, and produced by Harold Davison. Sinatra was introduced on stage by Grace Kelly. Kelly had starred alongside Sinatra in the 1956 film High Society, the last film she made before her marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Sinatra had been follicularly challenged for many years, hence all the hats in publicity stills, album covers etc. TV directors were forbidden to photograph him from the back because of this. However, at this concert, Sinatra had completed a very successful hair transplant and deliberately turned his back on the main audience a couple of times to acknowledge the audience sitting backstage, along with running his hand over the back of his head to draw attention to his new coiffure.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly ..
Directed by: Bill Miller
Release date: 1971-02-04
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Snow Goose
8.

The Snow Goose

3.3
8.2/10 IMDB

Based upon Paul Gallico's delicate novel, Patrick Garland's Golden Globe winning The Snow Goose is a stark and hauntingly beautiful drama set amongst the striking scenery of the Essex salt marshes during the early years of WWII. A bearded Richard Harris leads the modest cast with his sensitive portrayal of tormented soul Philip Rhayader, a lonely misshapen man shunned by society but with a great love of life; Harris isnt overly bitter of his treatment and expresses his compassion through his paintings and love of the waterfowl that surround him. Harris is ably supported by the waiflike Jenny Agutter as Frith, who radiates the requisite amount of youthful innocence and naivety, and won a best supporting actress Emmy Award for her performance.

Starring: Jenny Agutter, Richard Harris, Graham Crowden, Freda Bamford, Noel Johnson, William Marlowe, Ludmilla Nova, Declan Mulholland, Keith Smith, Julian Somers ..
Directed by: Patrick Garland
Release date: 1971-11-15
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Diana!
9.

Diana!

3.3
8.4/10 IMDB

Diana! is American singer Diana Ross' first solo TV special, which aired on ABC on April 18, 1971. The program was choreographed by David Winters of West Side Story fame, who at that time choreographed all of Ross' stage and TV shows. The special also featured appearances by Danny Thomas and Bill Cosby, plus performances by The Jackson 5, and also included Jackson 5 lead singer Michael Jackson's solo debut.

Starring: Diana Ross, Bill Cosby, Danny Thomas, Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson ..
Directed by: Kip Walton
Release date: 1971-04-18
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : A Little Game
10.

A Little Game

3.2
6.4/10 IMDB

A hostile youngster who will stop at nothing to break up his mother's marriage is suspected of homicide, and his stepfather fears that he may be the boy's next victim.

Starring: Diane Baker, Ed Nelson, Howard Duff, Katy Jurado, Mark Gruner, Christopher Shea, Helen Kleeb ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1971-10-31
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Mean Justice
11.

Mean Justice

3.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Moreno (Bronson) is a tough ranch hand on the vast half million acre Garret Ranch. Rich in timber, gas, cattle and oil, the ranch is a major employer of rough rugged cowboys in northern New Mexico. Unexpectedly, Moreno has been accused , and tried for the murder of the daughter of the Garret ranch's popular foreman (Denver Pyle). As luck turns against the Garret ranch, each man endures struggles against nature, competitors, and each other in order to keep the operation profitable.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Ryan O'Neal, Denver Pyle, Richard Egan, Terry Moore, Anne Seymour, Oliver McGowan, Paul Tripp, Vic Perrin ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1971-02-08
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : In Broad Daylight
12.

In Broad Daylight

3.1
6.8/10 IMDB

A newly blind actor discovers his wife is cheating on him with his best friend and hatches a plot to murder her and frame his friend for it.

Starring: Richard Boone, Suzanne Pleshette, Stella Stevens, John Marley, Fred Beir, Whit Bissell, Paul Smith, Dan Spelling, Barbara Dodd, Wally Taylor ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1971-10-16
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : A Death of Innocence
13.

A Death of Innocence

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

A mother travels to New York to see her daughter who is awaiting trial for murder. The mother is totally convinced of her daughter's innocence and does all she can to help her. As the trial progresses however, the mother begins to have doubts.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Arthur Kennedy, Tisha Sterling, John Randolph, Ann Sothern, Harold Gould, Doreen Lang, Antoinette Bower, Peggy McCay, Richard Bright ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1971-11-26
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : If Tomorrow Comes
14.

If Tomorrow Comes

3.1
6.7/10 IMDB

In California, a young Caucasian girl and a Japanese-American boy defy local prejudices and secretly marry on Dec. 7, 1941, minutes before Pearl Harbor is attacked.

Starring: Patty Duke, Frank Michael Liu, Anne Baxter, James Whitmore, Pat Hingle, Mako, John McLiam, Beulah Quo, Michael McGreevey, Kay Stewart ..
Directed by: George McCowan
Release date: 1971-12-07
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Dr. Cook's Garden
15.

Dr. Cook's Garden

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A young doctor returns to his New England home town after a long absence. He visits with the town's kindly old physician, Dr. Cook, a man he has admired since childhood. However, he soon finds out that the old doctor isn't quite what he seems to be, and the young doctor finds his life in danger.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Frank Converse, Blythe Danner, Barnard Hughes, Thomas Barbour, Fred Burrell, Staats Cotsworth, Bethel Leslie, Abby Lewis, Carol Morley ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1971-01-19
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Death of Me Yet
16.

The Death of Me Yet

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

The editor of a small-town newspaper has his past unexpectedly catch up with him: he finds out that a Soviet agent who knew him when he was a spy has been sent to the U.S. to kill him.

Starring: Doug McClure, Darren McGavin, Rosemary Forsyth, Richard Basehart, Meg Foster, Dana Elcar, Jean Allison, Stephen Dunne, Scottie MacGregor, Allen Jaffe ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1971-10-26
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Sheriff
17.

The Sheriff

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A rape case opens racial divisions in a small town. A black sheriff and his white deputy investigate allegations that a wealthy white businessman raped a black college student.

Starring: Ossie Davis, Kaz Garas, Kyle Johnson, Edward Binns, Lynda Day George, Moses Gunn, Ross Martin, Ruby Dee, Brenda Sykes, John Marley ..
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1971-03-30
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Last Child
18.

The Last Child

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

In a badly-overpopulated future, where each couple is only allowed one child and where people over 65 are forbidden medical care under a very draconian set of laws, a young couple, pregnant with their second child (the first died shortly after birth) enlist the help of an elderly former US Senator to help them escape to Canada.

Starring: Michael Cole, Janet Margolin, Harry Guardino, Van Heflin, Ed Asner, Kent Smith, Michael Larrain, Philip Bourneuf, James A. Watson, Jr, Barbara Babcock ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1971-10-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Love Hate Love
19.

Love Hate Love

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Ryan O'Neal plays Russ Emery, a glib engineer who steals the heart of a fashion model named Sheila Blunden. She in turn leaves her jet setter fiance who turns out to be a psychotic who will not let go of Sheila that easily.

Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Lesley Ann Warren, Henry Jones, Peter Haskell, Carol Speed, Jeff Donnell, Jack Mullaney, Stanley Adams, Shannon Farnon, Ryan MacDonald ..
Directed by: George McCowan
Release date: 1971-02-09
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Stalls of Barchester
20.

The Stalls of Barchester

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Scholar Dr. Black's seemingly mundane assignment of sorting through the assets of the Barchester Cathedral library takes an eerie turn when he comes across the papers of the late Archdeacon, who plotted to gain his position through murder. However, he soon comes to discover something truly horrific about the wooden choir stalls in the church, which are tied to a famous local tree and a sinister local legend.

Starring: Robert Hardy, Clive Swift, Thelma Barlow, Will Leighton, Harold Bennett, Penny Service, Martin Hoyle, Erik Chitty, David Pugh, Ambrose Coghill ..
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Release date: 1971-12-24
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Death Takes a Holiday
21.

Death Takes a Holiday

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

Starring: Yvette Mimieux, Monte Markham, Myrna Loy, Bert Convy, Melvyn Douglas, Kerwin Mathews, Priscilla Pointer, Austin Willis, Colby Chester, Maureen Reagan ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1971-10-23
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate
22.

Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Four elderly ladies with a lot of time on their hands get the idea to create a fictional "girl" for a computer dating service. However, things take a turn for the worse when their description of the "girl" attracts a psychopath.

Starring: Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy, Mildred Natwick, Sylvia Sidney, John Beradino, Vince Edwards, Larry D. Mann, Barbara Davis, Gary Vinson, Paul Smith ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1971-11-09
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Dames at Sea
23.

Dames at Sea

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Dames at Sea is a musical with book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise. The musical is a parody of large, flashy 1930s Busby Berkeley-style movie musicals in which a chorus girl, newly arrived off the bus from the Midwest to New York City, steps into a role on Broadway and becomes a star. It originally played Off-Off-Broadway in 1966 at the Caffe Cino and then played Off-Broadway, starring newcomer Bernadette Peters, beginning in 1968 for a successful run. The television version was broadcast on the Bell System Family Theater on NBC on November 15, 1971. The cast had extra chorus girls and boys, and there were full production numbers, turning into the very thing it was spoofing. Ann Miller was singled out for praise, especially when "she was allowed to tap out her brassy...temperamental star..."

Starring: Ann-Margret, Harvey Evans, Fred Gwynne, Anne Meara, Ann Miller, Dick Shawn ..
Directed by: Martin Charnin, Walter C. Miller
Release date: 1971-11-15
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove
24.

The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Three kids think they see a sea monster in the calm waters of Strawberry Cove, and set out to find what's behind the mystery.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Agnes Moorehead, Larry D. Mann, Bill Zuckert, Parley Baer, Skip Homeier, Kelly Thordsen, Annie McEveety, Jimmy Bracken, Patrick Creamer ..
Directed by: Jack Shea
Release date: 1971-10-30
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Failing of Raymond
25.

The Failing of Raymond

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

On the day before she retires, a teacher discovers that a student she had flunked ten years previously is out to kill her.

Starring: Jane Wyman, Dean Stockwell, Dana Andrews, Paul Henreid, Murray Hamilton, Katey Sagal, Tim O'Connor, Priscilla Pointer, Mary Jackson, Adrienne Marden ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1971-09-27
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : A Taste of Evil
26.

A Taste of Evil

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone is deliberately trying to drive her insane.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Parkins, Roddy McDowall, William Windom, Arthur O'Connell, Bing Russell, Dawn Frame ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1971-10-11
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Murder Once Removed
27.

Murder Once Removed

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Television thriller in which a scheming doctor murders once for love and then has to kill again to cover it up.

Starring: John Forsythe, Richard Kiley, Reta Shaw, Wendell Burton, Joseph Campanella, Barbara Bain, Laurence Haddon ..
Directed by: Charles S. Dubin
Release date: 1971-10-29
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Hitched
28.

Hitched

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

The adventures of a newly married teenage couple in the Old West.

Starring: Sally Field, Tim Matheson, Kathleen Freeman, Denver Pyle, Neville Brand, John Fiedler, Slim Pickens, Bo Svenson, Don Knight, Sid Haig ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1971-03-31
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Terror in the Sky
29.

Terror in the Sky

2.7
5.6/10 IMDB

On a transcontinental flight, the flight crew suffer from food poisoning and become incapacitated. Now it's up to one of the passengers to safely land the plane.

Starring: Leif Erickson, Doug McClure, Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn, Lois Nettleton, Jack Ging, Sam Melville, Leonard Stone, Sidney Clute, Christopher Dark ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1971-09-17
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Yuma
30.

Yuma

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A down-and-dirty town is forced to shape up when a new marshal (Clint Walker) comes to town. However, when a scheme is launched to destroy the lawman's authority, he must discover the perpetrators and preserve his reputation.

Starring: Clint Walker, Barry Sullivan, Kathryn Hays, Morgan Woodward, Peter Mark Richman, Bing Russell, Bruce Glover, Robert Phillips, Miguel Alejandro, Rudy Diaz ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1971-03-02
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Revenge!
31.

Revenge!

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

A deranged mother avenges herself on the man she thinks seduced her daughter by imprisoning him in a cage in her basement.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Stuart Whitman, Bradford Dillman, Carol Eve Rossen, Roger Perry, Gary Clarke, Leslie Charleson, Johnny Scott Lee, George Burrafato, Pelly Sutton ..
Directed by: Jud Taylor
Release date: 1971-11-06
32.

The Automobile

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

An ex-prostitute, feeling an emptiness in her life, decides to fill it by buying a car.

Starring: Anna Magnani, Vittorio Caprioli, Christian Hay, Donato Castellaneta, Milla Johansson ..
Directed by: Alfredo Giannetti
Release date: 1971-10-10
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Paper Man
33.

Paper Man

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

A prank that starts with a group of college students creating a fictitious person so they can get a credit card develops into a plot that leaves three of them dead.

Starring: Dean Stockwell, Stefanie Powers, Tina Chen, Elliott Street, James Stacy, James Olson, Jason Wingreen, Dan Barton, Robert Patten, Suzanne Taylor ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1971-11-12
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story
34.

Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Harvey Wallinger is one of Nixon's aides who rises through the ranks to become the "real" power behind the president.

Starring: Woody Allen, David Ackroyd, Conrad Bain, Diane Keaton, Reed Hadley, Jean De Baer, Court Benson, Milo Boulton, Jean David, Dan Frazer ..
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1971-12-31
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Black Noon
35.

Black Noon

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Reverend John Keyes and his wife, Lorna, on their way to a new congregation out west, break down in the desert and are rescued by the residents of a nearby town. At first warm and welcoming, the townspeople become more and more solicitous of John and insistent that he stay on as their minister, against the wishes of Lorna, who goes unheeded and slowly becomes deathly ill. Will John realize the danger before it is too late?

Starring: Roy Thinnes, Yvette Mimieux, Ray Milland, Henry Silva, Gloria Grahame, Lynn Loring, Leif Garrett, Buddy Foster, Hank Worden, William Bryant ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1971-11-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Do You Take This Stranger?
36.

Do You Take This Stranger?

2.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A social climber/con artist schemes to inherit one million dollars by trading identities with a dying man.

Starring: Gene Barry, Lloyd Bridges, Diane Baker, Joseph Cotten, Sidney Blackmer, Susan Oliver, Arthur Malet ..
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Release date: 1971-01-17
37.

They Call It Murder

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

A small-town district attorney is saddled with several major investigations, including a gambler's murder and a possible insurance scam.

Starring: Jim Hutton, Lloyd Bochner, Jo Ann Pflug, Robert J. Wilke, Edward Asner, William Elliott, Miriam Colón, Jessica Walter, Carmen Mathews, Leslie Nielsen ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1971-12-17
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Five Desperate Women
38.

Five Desperate Women

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Five young women vacation together at a resort on an isolated island. They are the resort's only customers and, aside from the boat captain who brought them here and the resort's handyman, Wylie, the island's only inhabitants. When one of the women is found dead, the others begin to fear the captain, who's been acting strangely. Wylie and the captain argue over the identity of the murderer, each accusing the other, and a fight erupts. Alarmed, the women attempt to leave the island, but the boat -- their only means of escape -- explodes and sinks before they can board it. Then Wylie comes to their aid, claiming to have killed the boat captain in self-defense and telling the women they're safe. But are they?

Starring: Robert Conrad, Anjanette Comer, Bradford Dillman, Joan Hackett, Denise Nicholas, Stefanie Powers, Julie Sommars, Connie Sawyer, Beatrice Manley ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1971-09-28
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Rank and File
39.

The Rank and File

2.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Ken Loach production for The Wednesday Play; a fictionalised account of the Pilkingtons Glass strike in St Helens, 1970.

Starring: Peter Kerrigan, Neville Smith, Bill Dean, Tommy Summers, Joan Flood, Johnny Gee, Mike Hayden, Bert King, Ernie Mack, Michael Forrest ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 1971-05-20
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Trackers
40.

The Trackers

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A rancher comes home and finds that his son has been murdered and his daughter kidnapped by a bandit gang. He hires a professional tracker with a reputation for finding his quarry to help him find the gang and rescue his daughter.

Starring: Sammy Davis Jr., Ernest Borgnine, Julie Adams, Connie Kreski, Jim Davis, William Katt, Norman Alden, Gary Marshall, Arthur Hunnicutt, Leo Gordon ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1971-12-15
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Congratulations, It's a Boy!
41.

Congratulations, It's a Boy!

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A bachelor's life is interrupted by the appearance of a teenager who claims to be his son.

Starring: Bill Bixby, Diane Baker, Karen Jensen, Jack Albertson, Ann Sothern, Darrell Larson, Jeff Donnell, Tom Bosley, Robert H. Harris, Judy Strangis ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1971-09-21
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Death Lends A Hand
42.

Death Lends A Hand

2.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Columbo matches wits against Investigator Brimmer, a former cop turned private sleuth who tries to blackmail a client's wife. When she refuses, he accidentally kills her and it's up to Frank Columbo to nail him.

Starring: Peter Falk, Robert Culp, Ray Milland, Pat Crowley, Brett Halsey, Don Keefer, Lieux Dressler, Len Wayland ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1971-10-06
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : What's a Nice Girl Like You...?
43.

What's a Nice Girl Like You...?

2.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A Bronx working girl is drawn into an elaborate extortion plot after being kidnapped by a gang of sophisticated con men who force her, because of her remarkable resemblance, to impersonate a wealthy socialite. Based on E.V. Cunningham's (Howard Fast's) novel, "Shirley."

Starring: Brenda Vaccaro, Jack Warden, Roddy McDowall, Jo Anne Worley, Edmond O'Brien, Vincent Price, Morgan Sterne, Michael Lerner, Gino Conforti, Arthur Batanides ..
Directed by: Jerry Paris
Release date: 1971-12-18
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Columbo: Murder By the Book
44.

Columbo: Murder By the Book

2.5
7.6/10 IMDB

When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery. Columbo is on the scene (even if he’s not on the same page).

Starring: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Barbara Colby, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner, Lynette Mettey, Bernie Kuby, Marcia Wallace ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Escape
45.

Escape

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A scientist's experiment could lead to the first man-made, functioning, living organism. An elite escape artist-private investigator is working to stop him.

Starring: Christopher George, William Windom, Avery Schreiber, John Vernon, Gloria Grahame, William Schallert, Marlyn Mason, Huntz Hall, Mark Tapscott, George Clifton ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1971-04-06
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring
46.

Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Dennie has returned from a year among the hippies to her superficial, image-conscious suburban family. She must face their disapproval of her actions. They refuse to even try to understand. She must also deal with an ex-lover, and a beloved young sister who is following in her footsteps, wanting the idealistic hippie life but making some rash decisions in the process.

Starring: Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, Lane Bradbury, David Carradine, Jackie Cooper, Jean Byron, Clarke Gordon, Harry Lauter, Eve McVeagh, Barry Russo ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1971-02-16
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Cider with Rosie
47.

Cider with Rosie

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

An enchanting tale of childhood in a sleepy Cotswold village during and immediately after the First World War.

Starring: Rosemary Leach, Stephen Grendon, Philip Hawkes, Peter Chandler, Andrew Webber, Jonathan Green, Frances Lee, Tania Robinson, Louisa Martin, Freda Dowie ..
Directed by: Claude Whatham
Release date: 1971-12-25
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : A Howling in the Woods
48.

A Howling in the Woods

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A disillusioned housewife on a vacation in the woods is disturbed by her husband continually trying to get her to come home and, more ominously, a mysterious howling at night.

Starring: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, John Rubinstein, Vera Miles, Tyne Daly, Ruta Lee, George Murdock, Ford Rainey, Bill Vint, Karl Swenson ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1971-11-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Hacksaw
49.

Hacksaw

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A girl goes on vacation to the mountains where she finds a wild horse named Hacksaw. With a little help, she captures the stud and it doesn't take long until the man who helped her starts wagon racing, since Hacksaw refuses to have any man or woman on his back.

Starring: Tab Hunter, Ray Teal, Victor Millan, Russ McCubbin, George Barrows, Christine Austin, John Prendergast ..
Directed by: Larry Lansburgh
Release date: 1971-09-26
50.

Earth II

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

In the near future, a space station dubbed Earth II is built for the purpose of scientific research and world peace. However, that peace is shattered when the Chinese send up a nuclear bomb that is orbiting just a few miles away from the station. Can the crew disarm the bomb before it detonates, not only destroying the station but setting off World War III?

Starring: Gary Lockwood, Scott Hylands, Hari Rhodes, Anthony Franciosa, Mariette Hartley, Gary Merrill, Inga Swenson, Edward Bell, Lew Ayres ..
Directed by: Tom Gries
Release date: 1971-11-28

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