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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    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    added by dee123 Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

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    added by dee123 John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

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    added by RonPierce James Mason, Lew Ayres, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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

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    Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste

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    Vincent Price, Joanna Lumley, Caroline Munro

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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    Brooke Shields, Lillian Roth, Linda Miller

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    added by dee123 Bette Davis, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith

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    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Clive Revill

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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Jeramie Rain

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    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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    added by dee123 Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Forrest

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    Christopher Lee, Patrick Troughton, Wendy Hamilton

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    added by dee123 Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Alan Manson

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    added by JohnPlanthaber Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott

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    Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Ava Gardner

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    added by dee123 Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

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    Jim Hutton, Kim Darby, Barbara Anderson

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    added by JohnPlanthaber Clint Howard, R. G. Armstrong, Haywood Nelson

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    added by dee123 Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Nicholas Campbell

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    John Carradine, Patrick O'Neal, Candy Darling

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    Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit

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    Alan Ormsby, Jeff Gillen, Paul Cronin

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    Lesley-Anne Down, Ingrid Pitt, Maurice Denham

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    Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Mary Collinson

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    Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley, Peter Cushing

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    Dawn Wells, Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine

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    Christopher Lee, Peter Sallis, Roy Kinnear

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    Kyle Richards, Mel Ferrer, Robert Englund

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    Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure

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    new! & added by JohnPlanthaber Ida Lupino, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker

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    added by JohnPlanthaber John Saxon, Burt Young, David Huffman

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    John Ratzenberger, Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack

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    James Earl Jones, Richard Burton, Max von Sydow

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    Carol Needham, Vicki Michelle, Patricia Haines

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    Three on a Meathook Charles Kissinger, Sherry Steiner, Madelyn Buzzard

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    Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Mira Pawluk

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    Orson Welles, Daniel Pilon, Jean-Pierre Cassel

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