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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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

  2. 2
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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

  4. 4
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    most listed
    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

  6. 6
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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

  7. 7
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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    The Omen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

  9. 9
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    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

  10. 10
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    Salem's Lot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by RonPierce
    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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    Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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    The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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    The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    The Wicker Man Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

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    When a Stranger Calls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    When a Stranger Calls Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

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    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

  18. 18
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    Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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    The Legend of Hell House is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    The Legend of Hell House Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin

  20. 20
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    Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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    Nosferatu the Vampyre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by JamesArmstrong
    Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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    The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville

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    I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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    The Abominable Dr. Phibes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

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    Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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    Jaws 2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

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    Burnt Offerings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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    Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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

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    The Stepford Wives is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Katharine Ross

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    The Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    The Sentinel Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

  32. 32
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    Don't Look Now is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Don't Look Now Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste

  33. 33
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    Trilogy of Terror is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by Arachnae Fae
    Trilogy of Terror Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison

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    Piranha is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

  35. 35
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    Magic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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

  36. 36
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    The Little Girl Who Lives Down... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith

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    Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Eraserhead Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

  38. 38
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    Willard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by JamesArmstrong
    Willard Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester, Bruce Davison

  39. 39
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    Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Robert Foxworth

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    It's Alive is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Michael Ansara, William Wellman Jr., John P. Ryan

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    Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Jim Hutton, Kim Darby, Barbara Anderson

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    Dracula is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

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    Deep Red is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by dee123
    Deep Red Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

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    The Crazies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty

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    Shivers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Shivers Barbara Steele, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

  46. 46
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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    King Kong Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

  47. 47
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    The Fury is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    The Fury Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

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    Damien: Omen II is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    William Holden, Lee Grant, Lance Henriksen

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    Scars of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Scars of Dracula Christopher Lee, Patrick Troughton, Wendy Hamilton

  50. 50
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    Let's Scare Jessica to Death is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

    added by dee123
    Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Alan Manson

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