The Best '70s Horror Movies Films
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The Best '70s Horror Movies

List Criteria: Only horror films released between 1970 and 1979

List of the best '70s horror movies, ranked by horror buffs, film buffs, and Ranker buffs. President Richard Nixon’s resignation, the age of disco, the end of the Vietnam War, the oil crisis, the Camp David Accords – for most, these are the highlights of the 1970s decade. For others, it was The Exorcist, Halloween, and Dawn of the Dead. What were the best horror films of the '70s?
 
Let’s face it: some of the movies from this decade were just, well, cheesy. Fortunately, others have stood the test of time as being some of the greatest horror movies of all time. Whether you’re in the mood for more of a realistic thriller, a cheesy girl’s night kind of flickm or a horror movie that was based on actual events, there’s a horror movie on this list that will make your night.
 
This list discusses the best horror movies of the '70s, including: Alien, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Wicker Man. Vote for your favorite 1970s horror movies, and please add any that we missed.

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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  2. 2
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    - 31

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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  3. 3
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    - 27

    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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  4. 4
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    - 27

    added by dee123 John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

    ) open
  5. 5
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    - 35

    most listed Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

    ) open
  6. 6
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    - 33

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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  7. 7
    + 54
    - 28

    added by RonPierce Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

    ) open
  8. 8
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    ranked high on reranks & added by MichaelCoughlin Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

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  9. 9
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    added by RonPierce James Mason, Lew Ayres, Bonnie Bedelia

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  10. 10
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    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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  11. 11
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    ranked low on reranks Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  12. 12
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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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  13. 13
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    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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  14. 14
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    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Clive Revill

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  15. 15
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    Vincent Price, Joanna Lumley, Caroline Munro

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  16. 16
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    ranked low on reranks & added by dee123 Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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  17. 17
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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Jeramie Rain

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    added by dee123 Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

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    Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Ava Gardner

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  20. 20
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    added by MichaelCoughlin John Sayles, Keenan Wynn, Kevin McCarthy

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  21. 21
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    often listed & added by MichaelCoughlin Barbara Steele, Vlasta Vrána, Joe Silver

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    often listed & added by MichaelCoughlin Alfred Hitchcock, Anna Massey, Jon Finch

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MichaelCoughlin Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MichaelCoughlin Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry

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    added by MichaelCoughlin Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

    ) open
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    added by MichaelCoughlin Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Rachel Roberts

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  27. 27
    + 14
    - 6

    added by MichaelCoughlin Gene Hackman, Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman

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  28. 28
    + 13
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    added by MichaelCoughlin William Holden, Lance Henriksen, Lee Grant

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    added by MichaelCoughlin Tina Louise, Katharine Ross, Mary Stuart Masterson

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    added by dee123 Bette Davis, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith

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    Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste

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    + 7
    - 1

    added by MichaelCoughlin Michael Ansara, John P. Ryan, William Wellman Jr.

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    + 10
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    added by MichaelCoughlin Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Billy Van Zandt

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    + 5
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    added by JamesArmstrong Ernest Borgnine, Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester

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    added by dee123 Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Forrest

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  36. 36
    + 24
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    Brooke Shields, Lillian Roth, Linda Miller

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    + 23
    - 22

    Christopher Lee, Patrick Troughton, Wendy Hamilton

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  38. 38
    + 6
    - 2

    added by JamesArmstrong Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, William Marshall

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  39. 39
    + 6
    - 2

    added by MichaelCoughlin Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

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  40. 40
    + 6
    - 2

    added by MichaelCoughlin Sam Elliott, Ray Milland, Joan Van Ark

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    added by JohnPlanthaber Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott

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  42. 42
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    added by MichaelCoughlin Camille Keaton, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleeman

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  43. 43
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    added by MichaelCoughlin Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith

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    added by dee123 Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Alan Manson

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    added by dee123 Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Nicholas Campbell

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  46. 46
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    added by MichaelCoughlin Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

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  47. 47
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    added by MichaelCoughlin Mia Farrow, Paul Nicholas, Brian Rawlinson

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    added by MichaelCoughlin Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Robert Foxworth

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    added by MichaelCoughlin Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Olympia Dukakis

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    added by MichaelCoughlin Julie Christie, Robert Vaughn, Fritz Weaver

    ) open
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