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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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Horror Movies
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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648 153
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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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508 173
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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547 151
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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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512 160
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dee123 added Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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440 163
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dee123 added Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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418 153
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The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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362 179
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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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306 131
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MichaelCoughlin added The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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318 134
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RonPierce added Salem's Lot David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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252 150
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RonPierce added Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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175 70
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Muttley Dastardly added Tales from the Crypt Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson

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206 140
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MichaelCoughlin added The Wicker Man Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

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229 161
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The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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238 156
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The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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168 127
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MichaelCoughlin added When a Stranger Calls Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

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199 157
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Black Christmas Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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208 138
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MichaelCoughlin added 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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150 116
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MichaelCoughlin added I Spit on Your Grave Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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158 130
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The Legend of Hell House Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin

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121 89
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newworkera added The Night Stalker Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville

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107 73
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CraigAlarm added Dracula Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

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118 119
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dee123 added Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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87 67
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Arachnae Fae added Trilogy of Terror Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison

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128 122
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The Abominable Dr. Phibes Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

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109 87
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JamesArmstrong added Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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

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

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MichaelCoughlin added Jaws 2 Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

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

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96 122
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MichaelCoughlin added Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

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

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

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118 101
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MichaelCoughlin added Damien: Omen II William Holden, Lee Grant, Lance Henriksen

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

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dee123 added Let's Scare Jessica to Death Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Alan Manson

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CraigAlarm added Eraserhead Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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JamesArmstrong added Theatre of Blood Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Harry Andrews

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85 113
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dee123 added Deep Red Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

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94 109
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dee123 added The Crazies Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty

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

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75 87
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MichaelCoughlin added Prophecy Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Robert Foxworth

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Muttley Dastardly added Rabid Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Susan Roman

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67 92
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MichaelCoughlin added Shivers Barbara Steele, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

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JamesArmstrong added Willard Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester, Bruce Davison

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88 119
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The Sentinel Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

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81 85
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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Jim Hutton, Kim Darby, Barbara Anderson

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MichaelCoughlin added It's Alive Michael Ansara, William Wellman Jr., John P. Ryan

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dee123 added The Brood Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle