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The Best Movies of 1973  

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List of the best movies of 1973, with movie trailers when available. 1973 was a tough year for martial arts fans, as Bruce Lee died before Enter the Dragon was released to theaters. These top movies of 1973 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from Charlotte's Web to The Exorcist - but each film was released in 1973. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1973 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1973 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

The list you're viewing has a variety of movies, like Serpico and American Graffiti, in it.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1973?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1973?"

1973 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1973. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1973 aren't just one persons opinion.

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Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers
American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin ...more

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Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more

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Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn
Paper Moon is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. Screenwriter Alvin Sargent adapted the script from the novel Addie Pray by Joe ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman
High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, written by Ernest Tidyman, and produced by Robert Daley for The Malpaso Company and Universal Studios. ...more

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Burt Reynolds, Laura Dern, Ned Beatty
White Lightning is a 1973 American action film from United Artists starring Burt Reynolds as Gator McKlusky. The film, directed by Joseph Sargent and written by William W. Norton, also starred ...more
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Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Vic Tayback
Papillon is a 1973 prison film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the best-selling autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. The film stars Steve McQueen as Henri ...more

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Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung
Enter the Dragon is a 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Robert Clouse; starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon and Jim Kelly. The film was released on 26 July 1973 in Hong Kong. He was ...more

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Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had ...more

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Joe Don Baker, Noah Beery, Jr.
Walking Tall is a 1973 American action semi-biopic film of Sheriff Buford Pusser, a former professional wrestler-turned-lawman in McNairy County, Tennessee. It starred Joe Don Baker as Pusser. ...more
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Ciccio Ingrassia, Magali Noël, Pupella Maggio
Amarcord is a 1973 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale about Titta, an adolescent boy growing up among an eccentric cast of ...more

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Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward
The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and ...more

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#111 of 769 The Best Horror Movies of All Time #57 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #63 of 146 The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy
Serpico is a 1973 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer Frank ...more

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John Wayne, George Kennedy, Scott Walker
Cahill U.S. Marshal is a 1973 American Western film in Technicolor starring John Wayne as a driven lawman in a black hat. The film was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and filmed on location in ...more

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Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel
Mean Streets is a 1973 film directed by Martin Scorsese and co-written by Scorsese and Mardik Martin. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. It was released by Warner Bros. on October ...more

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Jane Seymour, Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto
This film is the eighth spy film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions, and the first to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Produced by Albert R. ...more

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Lindsay Wagner, Edward Herrmann, John Houseman
The Paper Chase is a 1973 film starring Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman, directed by James Bridges. Based on John Jay Osborn, Jr.'s 1970 novel, The Paper Chase, it tells the ...more
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Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson
Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more

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#103 of 599 The Best Animated Films Ever #946 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #134 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Walter Matthau, Norman Fell, Don Siegel
Charley Varrick is a 1973 crime film directed by Don Siegel and starring Walter Matthau, Andrew Robinson, Joe Don Baker and John Vernon. The film was based on the novel The Looters by John H.
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Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook
Magnum Force is a 1973 American action film and the second to feature Clint Eastwood as maverick cop Harry Callahan after the 1971 film Dirty Harry. Ted Post, who also directed Eastwood in the ...more

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#70 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #84 of 181 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #165 of 307 The Best Movies for Men

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Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Gilda Radner
The Last Detail is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson, with a screenplay adapted by Robert Towne from a 1970 novel of the same name by Darryl ...more

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John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Ricardo Montalbán
The Train Robbers is a 1973 Western Technicolor film starring John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor and Ben Johnson. The movie was written and directed by Burt Kennedy. Rod Taylor is billed above ...more

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Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck
Sleeper is a 1973 futuristic comic science fiction film, written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, and directed by Allen. The plot involves the adventures of the owner of a health food store ...more

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#917 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #596 of 992 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #133 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek
Badlands is a 1973 American film written and directed by Terrence Malick, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. Warren Oates and Ramon Bieri are also featured. Malick has a small speaking ...more

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#80 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #20 of 106 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time #188 of 207 The Best Adventure Movies

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Don't Look Now Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste
Don't Look Now is a 1973 independent British-Italian film directed by Nicolas Roeg. It is a thriller adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier. Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland star ...more

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#115 of 257 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #243 of 769 The Best Horror Movies of All Time #91 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Eileen Brennan
Scarecrow is a 1973 road movie starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino.

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