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The Best '70s Horror Movies

Updated November 10, 2020 46.2k votes 3.5k voters 85.6k views111 items

List RulesVote up your favorite horror films that were released between 1970 and 1979

This list of the best '70s horror movies are 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. But which ones these '70s horror films is the best horror films of the 1970s?

Let’s face it: some of the movies from this decade were just, well, cheesy. Fortunately, others classic '70s hororr movies 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 to see which one makes it to the top.

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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

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    Salem's Lot

    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland

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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman

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    The Last House on the Left

    Martin Kove, Steve Miner

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    The Devils

    Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed
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    Phantasm

    Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin

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    Don't Look Now

    Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie

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    House

    Kimiko Ikegami, Haruko Wanibuchi

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    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

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    Tales from the Crypt

    Joan Collins, Peter Cushing

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    Theatre of Blood

    Vincent Price, Diana Rigg

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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

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    Eraserhead

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates

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    Duel

    Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott

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    The Legend of Hell House

    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough
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    Trilogy of Terror

    Karen Black, George Gaynes

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