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The Best '70s Horror Movies

Updated November 10, 2020 45.1k votes 3.6k voters 86.6k 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
    1,418
    278

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt
    1,172
    283

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards
    1,310
    383

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss
    1,082
    333

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick
    913
    283

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns
    1,055
    370

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek
    969
    347

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree
    774
    353

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Salem's Lot

    David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia
    743
    289

    Released1979

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum
    293
    118

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland
    542
    335

    Released1973

    Directed byRobin Hardy

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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman
    488
    305

    Released1977

    Directed byWes Craven

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    The Last House on the Left

    Martin Kove, Steve Miner
    452
    290

    Released1972

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Phantasm

    Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin
    582
    335

    Released1979

    Directed byDon Coscarelli

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    The Devils

    Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed
    98
    31

    Released1971

    Directed byKen Russell

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    House

    Kimiko Ikegami, Haruko Wanibuchi
    101
    30

    Released1977

    Directed byNobuhiko Obayashi

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    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder
    658
    357

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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    Don't Look Now

    Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie
    347
    238

    Released1973

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli
    550
    287

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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    Tales from the Crypt

    Joan Collins, Peter Cushing
    479
    211

    Released1972

    Directed byFreddie Francis

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    Theatre of Blood

    Vincent Price, Diana Rigg
    249
    148

    Released1973

    Directed byDouglas Hickox

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    Eraserhead

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates
    310
    219

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    #210 of 245 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#358 of 743 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#217 of 306 The Greatest Movie Themes

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    Duel

    Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott
    260
    141

    Released1971

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    When a Stranger Calls

    Carol Kane, Charles Durning
    363
    288

    Released1979

    Directed byFred Walton

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    The Legend of Hell House

    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough
    334
    229

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn Hough