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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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

    ) open
  2. 2
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    - 35


    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 92
    - 31

    added by dee123
    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

    ) open
  4. 4
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    - 38

    most listed
    Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

    ) open
  5. 5
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    - 30


    Gregory Peck, Patrick Troughton, Lee Remick

    ) open
  6. 6
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    - 38


    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 64
    - 34

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

    ) open
  8. 8
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    - 15

    ranked high on reranks & added by MichaelCoughlin
    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

    ) open
  9. 9
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    - 18

    ranked low on reranks & added by RonPierce
    James Mason, Lew Ayres, Bonnie Bedelia

    ) open
  10. 10
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    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

    ) open
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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

    ) open
  12. 12
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    Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 34
    - 25


    Vincent Price, Joanna Lumley, Caroline Munro

    ) open
  14. 14
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    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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  15. 15
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    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Jeramie Rain

    ) open
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    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Clive Revill

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  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks & added by dee123
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

    ) open
  18. 18
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    Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Ava Gardner

    ) open
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    Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Barbara Steele, Vlasta Vrána, Joe Silver

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    often listed & added by MichaelCoughlin
    John Sayles, Keenan Wynn, Kevin McCarthy

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    often listed & added by MichaelCoughlin
    Alfred Hitchcock, Anna Massey, Jon Finch

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MichaelCoughlin
    Rod Steiger, Margot Kidder, James Brolin

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MichaelCoughlin
    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland

    ) open
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Rachel Roberts

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Gene Hackman, Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Camille Keaton, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleeman

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    William Holden, Lance Henriksen, Lee Grant

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    - 11

    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Billy Van Zandt

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    added by dee123
    Bette Davis, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith

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

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    Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste

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    added by dee123
    Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty

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    added by newworkera
    Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Larry Linville

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    Brooke Shields, Lillian Roth, Linda Miller

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  37. 37
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Michael Ansara, John P. Ryan, William Wellman Jr.

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  38. 38
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Robert Foxworth

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Olympia Dukakis

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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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  42. 42
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith

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    added by JohnPlanthaber
    Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

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    added by dee123
    Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Forrest

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  46. 46
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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Sam Elliott, Ray Milland, Joan Van Ark

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    added by MichaelCoughlin
    Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

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    added by JamesArmstrong
    Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Klaus Kinski

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    Alan Ormsby, Jeff Gillen, Paul Cronin

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    Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit

    ) open
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