The Best '70s Horror Movies Films

The Best '70s Horror Movies

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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 old scary 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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  1. 1
    + 264
    - 51
    The Exorcist


    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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  2. 2
    + 233
    - 62


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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  3. 3
    + 203
    - 38
    Jaws

    added by dee123
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  4. 4
    + 218
    - 54
    Alien


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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  5. 5
    + 188
    - 61
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    most listed
    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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  6. 6
    + 167
    - 55
    Carrie

    added by dee123
    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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  7. 7
    + 176
    - 66
    The Omen


    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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  8. 8
    + 158
    - 63
    Dawn of the Dead


    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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  9. 9
    + 119
    - 49
    Salem's Lot

    added by RonPierce
    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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  10. 10
    + 92
    - 33
    The Amityville Horror

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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  11. 11
    + 113
    - 59
    Phantasm

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

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  12. 12
    + 74
    - 31

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

    ;
  13. 13
    + 74
    - 41
    The Wicker Man

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

    ;
  14. 14
    + 96
    - 63
    The Last House on the Left


    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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  15. 15
    + 57
    - 31
    When a Stranger Calls

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

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  16. 16
    + 89
    - 64
    The Hills Have Eyes


    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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  17. 17
    + 82
    - 63
    Black Christmas


    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

    ;
  18. 18
    + 87
    - 67
    Suspiria


    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

    ;
  19. 19
    + 69
    - 50
    The Legend of Hell House


    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin

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  20. 20
    + 55
    - 26
    Young Frankenstein

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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  21. 21
    + 40
    - 25
    The Night Stalker

    added by newworkera
    Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville

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  22. 22
    + 51
    - 28
    I Spit on Your Grave

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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  23. 23
    + 56
    - 52
    The Abominable Dr. Phibes


    Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

    ;
  24. 24
    + 46
    - 31
    Jaws 2

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

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  25. 25
    + 34
    - 19
    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    added by JamesArmstrong
    Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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  26. 26
    + 61
    - 42
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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  27. 27
    + 33
    - 30
    The Stepford Wives

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

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  28. 28
    + 50
    - 52
    Burnt Offerings

    added by dee123
    Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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  29. 29
    + 47
    - 49
    The Sentinel


    Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

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  30. 30
    + 52
    - 54
    Don't Look Now


    Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste

    ;
  31. 31
    + 24
    - 12

    added by the-dark-angel
    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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  32. 32
    + 16
    - 4
    Tales from the Crypt

    added by Muttley Dastardly
    Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson

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  33. 33
    + 34
    - 40
    Piranha

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

    ;
  34. 34
    + 41
    - 36
    Damien: Omen II

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    William Holden, Lee Grant, Lance Henriksen

    ;
  35. 35
    + 29
    - 22
    Willard

    added by JamesArmstrong
    Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester, Bruce Davison

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  36. 36
    + 26
    - 19
    Magic

    added by newworkera
    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

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  37. 37
    + 19
    - 11
    Dracula

    added by CraigAlarm
    Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

    ;
  38. 38
    + 29
    - 30
    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith

    ;
  39. 39
    + 35
    - 49
    Deep Red

    often listed & added by dee123
    Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

    ;
  40. 40
    + 28
    - 24
    Prophecy

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Robert Foxworth

    ;
  41. 41
    + 43
    - 43
    The Crazies

    added by dee123
    Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty

    ;
  42. 42
    + 25
    - 21
    King Kong

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

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  43. 43
    + 11
    - 4
    Trilogy of Terror

    added by Arachnae Fae
    Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison

    ;
  44. 44
    + 28
    - 25
    The Fury

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

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  45. 45
    + 20
    - 17
    Eraserhead

    added by CraigAlarm
    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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  46. 46
    + 35
    - 37
    Don't Be Afraid of the Dark


    Jim Hutton, Kim Darby, Barbara Anderson

    ;
  47. 47
    + 24
    - 23
    It's Alive

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

    ;
  48. 48
    + 22
    - 34
    Shivers

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Barbara Steele, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

    ;
  49. 49
    + 38
    - 43
    Scars of Dracula


    Christopher Lee, Patrick Troughton, Wendy Hamilton

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  50. 50
    + 38
    - 43
    Race with the Devil


    Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit

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