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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    Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge

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  2. 2
    + 155
    - 36

    Sandy Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, P. J. Soles

    ) open buy at  
  3. 3
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    John Hurt, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt

    ) open buy at  
  4. 4
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    - 40

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    Gunnar Hansen, William Vail, John Henry Faulk

    ) open buy at  
  5. 5
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    - 34

    Lee Remick, Billie Whitelaw, Leo McKern

    ) open buy at  
  6. 6
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    ranked low on reranks & added by dee123
    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb

    ) open buy at  
  7. 7
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    added by dee123
    Betty Buckley, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving

    ) open buy at  
  8. 8
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    Howard Smith, David Crawford, Marty Schiff

    ) open buy at  
  9. 9
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    added by RonPierce
    Ed Flanders, David Soul, Lance Kerwin

    ) open buy at  
  10. 10
    + 44
    - 9

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Margot Kidder, Helen Shaver, Rod Steiger

    ) open buy at  
  11. 11
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    added by RonPierce
    Angus Scrimm, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister

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  12. 12
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    - 7

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst, Ron O'Neal

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  13. 13
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    - 7

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Philip Kaufman

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  14. 14
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Edward Woodward, Lesley Mackie, Roy Boyd

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  15. 15
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    Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Martha Gibson

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  16. 16
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    Vincent Price, Hugh Griffith, Joanna Lumley

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  17. 17
    + 51
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    James Whitworth, John Steadman, Dee Wallace

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  18. 18
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    Steve Miner, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

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    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Clive Revill

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    Alida Valli, Flavio Bucci, Jessica Harper

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    Darren McGavin, Ralph Meeker, Charles McGraw

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Tina Louise, Katharine Ross, Peter Masterson

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    added by dee123
    Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart

    ) open buy at  
  24. 24
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    Leopoldo Trieste, Massimo Serato, Giorgio Trestini

    ) open buy at  
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    Arthur Kennedy, Christopher Walken, Burgess Meredith

    ) open buy at  
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Kevin McCarthy, Belinda Balaski, Keenan Wynn

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    added by dee123
    Bruno di Luia, Franco Vaccaro, Dario Argento

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Billie Whitelaw

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Barry Coe, Jeffrey Kramer, Billy Van Zandt

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    added by JamesArmstrong
    Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Roland Topor

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    Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Tim Curry

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Scott Jacoby, Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen

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  34. 34
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman

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  35. 35
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Gunter Kleeman, Eron Tabor, Anthony Nichols

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  36. 36
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Lee Grant, Sylvia Sidney, Leo McKern

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    added by dee123
    Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty, Will MacMillan

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  38. 38
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    Brooke Shields, Mildred Clinton, Linda Miller

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  39. 39
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Sharon Farrell, John P. Ryan, Michael Ansara

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Robert Foxworth, Tom McFadden, Armand Assante

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    added by JamesArmstrong
    Bruce Davison, Sondra Locke, Ernest Borgnine

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  42. 42
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Carrie Snodgress, John Cassavetes, Amy Irving

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    David Leland, Christopher Lee, Anouska Hempel

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Melvyn Douglas, Isabelle Adjani, Jo Van Fleet

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    added by newworkera
    Ann-Margret, David Ogden Stiers, Burgess Meredith

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    added by dee123
    Gretchen Corbett, Mariclare Costello, Barton Heyman

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  47. 47
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Olympia Dukakis, Margot Kidder, Barnard Hughes

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    added by JohnPlanthaber
    Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Jon Van Ness

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    Loretta Swit, R. G. Armstrong, Warren Oates

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    added by JamesArmstrong
    Adolph Caesar, Denise Nicholas, Leanna Johnson Heath

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