films 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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717 178
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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695 159
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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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474 174
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dee123 added Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

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538 187
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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576 159
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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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544 171
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dee123 added Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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449 159
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The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

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388 186
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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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327 144
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MichaelCoughlin added The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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341 140
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RonPierce added Salem's Lot David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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268 159
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RonPierce added Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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192 77
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Muttley Dastardly added Tales from the Crypt Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson

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217 151
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MichaelCoughlin added The Wicker Man Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

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253 163
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The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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239 171
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The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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179 135
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MichaelCoughlin added When a Stranger Calls Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

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209 167
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Black Christmas Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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223 152
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MichaelCoughlin added The Rocky Horror Picture Show Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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227 164
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Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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166 124
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MichaelCoughlin added I Spit on Your Grave Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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170 138
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The Legend of Hell House Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin

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131 96
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newworkera added The Night Stalker Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville

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101 74
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Arachnae Fae added Trilogy of Terror Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison

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125 125
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dee123 added Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

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113 80
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CraigAlarm added Dracula Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

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136 130
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The Abominable Dr. Phibes Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

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115 94
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JamesArmstrong added Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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117 115
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MichaelCoughlin added The Stepford Wives Tina Louise, Mary Stuart Masterson, Katharine Ross

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

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

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106 96
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The Town That Dreaded Sundown Dawn Wells, Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine

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126 125
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Don't Look Now Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste

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103 101
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MichaelCoughlin added The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith

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MichaelCoughlin added Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

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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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90 99
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CraigAlarm added Eraserhead Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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90 119
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dee123 added Deep Red Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

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86 73
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JamesArmstrong added Theatre of Blood Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Harry Andrews

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97 118
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dee123 added The Crazies Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty

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92 112
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Alice, Sweet Alice Brooke Shields, Lillian Roth, Linda Miller

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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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69 101
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MichaelCoughlin added Shivers Barbara Steele, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

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86 85
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JamesArmstrong added Willard Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester, Bruce Davison

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89 126
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The Sentinel Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

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

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MichaelCoughlin added Frenzy Alfred Hitchcock, Anna Massey, Bernard Cribbins

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David Mase added Duel Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell