70s movies The Best '70s Horror Movies

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List Rules 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 Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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

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The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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Salem's Lot David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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

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

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

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Tales from the Crypt Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson

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The Wicker Man Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

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

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Black Christmas Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies
Fright Night Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon

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

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Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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I Spit on Your Grave Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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

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The Night Stalker Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville

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Jaws 2 Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

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Trilogy of Terror Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison

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Magic Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

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Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

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Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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The Stepford Wives Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Katharine Ross

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Dracula Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

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Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

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

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

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Let's Scare Jessica to Death Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Alan Manson

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Eraserhead Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown Dawn Wells, Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine

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Alice, Sweet Alice Brooke Shields, Lillian Roth, Linda Miller

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Prophecy Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Robert Foxworth

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Deep Red Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

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King Kong Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

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Damien: Omen II William Holden, Lee Grant, Lance Henriksen

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The Crazies Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty

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The Sentinel Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

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Shivers Barbara Steele, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

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Sisters Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Olympia Dukakis

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Theatre of Blood Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Harry Andrews

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Tourist Trap Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott