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List Rules Vote up the 1970s horror movies that freaked you out and gave you nightmares for weeks, months, or even every decade since.

The 1970s were an influential decade during which major historical events occurred – not to mention the many awesome horror movies that were released during this era! This is a list of horror movies of the 1970s, from The Exorcist to Jaws, ranked by how utterly terrifying they were to audiences then and now. With groundbreaking special effects and creative minds behind the pen and camera, the '70s produced some of movie history’s all-time greatest and scariest horror movies.

Whether you’re looking for a realistic flick based on true (or supposedly true) events or a completely fictional movie, there’s sure to be a great fitting movie on this list for you! The movies featured on this list are some of the scariest ones of all time – who doesn’t shiver at the thought of a little girl’s head turning 360 degrees because she’s been demon possessed, or get a little nervous at the idea of swimming in shark-infested waters, trying to escape as quickly as possible?

This list features the scariest horror movies from the 70s, including: Jaws, Alien, The Hills Have Eyes, When a Stranger Calls, and The Last House on the Left. Vote up your favorite horror movie from the 70s or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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

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Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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

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

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

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Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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The Wicker Man Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

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

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Black Christmas Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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The Changeling George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas, Barry Morse

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

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Trilogy of Terror Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison

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Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter

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Duel Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

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Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

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Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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

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The Crazies Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty

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

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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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Gargoyles Scott Glenn, Cornel Wilde, Bernie Casey

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Deep Red Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

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Willard Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester, Bruce Davison

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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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

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

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The Brood Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle

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

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Magic Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

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Asylum Charlotte Rampling, Britt Ekland, Peter Cushing

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The Sentinel Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

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Rabid Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Susan Roman

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The Legend of Boggy Creek Jeff Crabtree, Willie E. Smith

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The Fury Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

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The Other John Ritter, Victor French, Diana Muldaur

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Shivers Barbara Steele, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

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The Tenant Roman Polanski, Shelley Winters, Isabelle Adjani

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The Car Kim Richards, James Brolin, Kyle Richards

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Sisters Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Olympia Dukakis

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Martin Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Forrest