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

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  2. 2
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    Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge

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  3. 3
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    John Hurt, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt

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  4. 4
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    Betty Buckley, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving

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  5. 5
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    Gunnar Hansen, William Vail, John Henry Faulk

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  6. 6
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    Lee Remick, Billie Whitelaw, Leo McKern

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    John Searle, Steven Spielberg, Carl Gottlieb

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  8. 8
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    Howard Smith, David Crawford, Marty Schiff

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  9. 9
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    Angus Scrimm, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister

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  10. 10
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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Philip Kaufman

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  11. 11
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    Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst, Ron O'Neal

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    Margot Kidder, Helen Shaver, Rod Steiger

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    Edward Woodward, Lesley Mackie, Roy Boyd

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  14. 14
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    Ed Flanders, David Soul, Lance Kerwin

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  15. 15
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    Vincent Price, Hugh Griffith, Joanna Lumley

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  16. 16
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    James Whitworth, John Steadman, Dee Wallace

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  17. 17
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    Steve Miner, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

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    Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Martha Gibson

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    Alida Valli, Flavio Bucci, Jessica Harper

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    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Clive Revill

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    Tina Louise, Katharine Ross, Peter Masterson

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    Darren McGavin, Ralph Meeker, Charles McGraw

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    Arthur Kennedy, Christopher Walken, Burgess Meredith

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    Leopoldo Trieste, Massimo Serato, Giorgio Trestini

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    Bruno di Luia, Franco Vaccaro, Dario Argento

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    Kevin McCarthy, Belinda Balaski, Keenan Wynn

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    Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

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    Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Billie Whitelaw

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    Barry Coe, Jeffrey Kramer, Billy Van Zandt

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    Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Tim Curry

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    Scott Jacoby, Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen

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    Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Roland Topor

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    Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman

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    Lee Grant, Sylvia Sidney, Leo McKern

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    Gunter Kleeman, Eron Tabor, Anthony Nichols

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    Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart

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    Sharon Farrell, John P. Ryan, Michael Ansara

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    Brooke Shields, Mildred Clinton, Linda Miller

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    Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty, Will MacMillan

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    David Leland, Christopher Lee, Anouska Hempel

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    Robert Foxworth, Tom McFadden, Armand Assante

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    Olympia Dukakis, Margot Kidder, Barnard Hughes

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    Gretchen Corbett, Mariclare Costello, Barton Heyman

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    Bruce Davison, Sondra Locke, Ernest Borgnine

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    Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Jon Van Ness

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    Carrie Snodgress, John Cassavetes, Amy Irving

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    Ann-Margret, David Ogden Stiers, Burgess Meredith

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    Loretta Swit, R. G. Armstrong, Warren Oates

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    Adolph Caesar, Denise Nicholas, Leanna Johnson Heath

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    Vincent Price, Arthur Lowe, Milo O'Shea

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