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


    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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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


    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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


    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


    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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

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    James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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

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    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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    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


    Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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    The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

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    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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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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    Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

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

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    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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


    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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


    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin

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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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    The Abominable Dr. Phibes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

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    Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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    The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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    Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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

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    Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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

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    Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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


    Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

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

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    Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Katharine Ross

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


    Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste

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

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    Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison

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    The Little Girl Who Lives Down... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith

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

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

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    Piranha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

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

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    Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

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

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    Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

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

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    Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester, Bruce Davison

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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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    Damien: Omen II is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    William Holden, Lee Grant, Lance Henriksen

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

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    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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

    often listed & added by MichaelCoughlin
    Barbara Steele, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

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

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    Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty

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

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    Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

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

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    Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

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    The Fury is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies

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    Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

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    Race with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit

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    Scars of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies


    Christopher Lee, Patrick Troughton, Wendy Hamilton

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