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The Best Movies of 1973

Updated September 4, 2020 7.3k votes 406 voters 10.4k views107 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1973.

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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  • High Plains Drifter1
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    High Plains Drifter

    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis

    Released1973

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, written...  more
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  • American Graffiti2
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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written...  more
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  • Papillon3
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    Papillon

    Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen

    Released1973

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Papillon is a 1973 prison film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the best-selling...  more
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  • The Exorcist4
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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted...  more
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  • White Lightning5
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    White Lightning

    Burt Reynolds, Laura Dern

    Released1973

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    White Lightning is a 1973 American action film from United Artists starring Burt Reynolds as...  more
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  • Walking Tall6
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    Walking Tall

    Joe Don Baker, Noah Beery

    Released1973

    Directed byPhil Karlson

    Walking Tall is a 1973 American action semi-biopic film of Sheriff Buford Pusser, a former...  more
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  • Live and Let Die7
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    Live and Let Die

    Jane Seymour, Roger Moore

    Released1973

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    This film is the eighth spy film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions,...  more
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  • Enter the Dragon8
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    Enter the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan

    Released1973

    Directed byRobert Clouse

    Enter the Dragon is a 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Robert Clouse;...  more
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  • Magnum Force9
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    Magnum Force

    Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers

    Released1973

    Directed byTed Post

    Magnum Force is a 1973 American action film and the second to feature Clint Eastwood as...  more
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  • The Sting10
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by...  more
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  • Westworld11
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    Westworld

    Yul Brynner, James Brolin

    Released1973

    Directed byMichael Crichton

    Westworld is a 1973 science fiction western-thriller film written and directed by novelist...  more
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  • Serpico12
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    Serpico

    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch

    Released1973

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Serpico is a 1973 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo...  more
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  • Soylent Green13
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    Soylent Green

    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1973

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and...  more
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  • Paper Moon14
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    Paper Moon

    Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid

    Released1973

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Paper Moon is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by...  more
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  • The Three Musketeers15
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    The Three Musketeers

    Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee

    Released1973

    Directed byRichard Lester

    The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was...  more
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  • The Wicker Man16
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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland

    Released1973

    Directed byRobin Hardy

    The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by...  more
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  • Cahill U.S. Marshal17
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    Cahill U.S. Marshal

    John Wayne, George Kennedy

    Released1973

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Cahill U.S. Marshal is a 1973 American Western film in Technicolor starring John Wayne as a...  more
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  • Dillinger18
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    Dillinger

    Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Dillinger is a 1973 gangster film about the life and criminal exploits of notorious bank...  more
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  • Scarecrow19
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    Scarecrow

    Al Pacino, Gene Hackman

    Released1973

    Directed byJerry Schatzberg

    Scarecrow is a 1973 road movie starring Gene Hackman and Al Pacino....  more
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  • Sleeper20
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    Sleeper

    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

    Released1973

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Sleeper is a 1973 futuristic comic science fiction film, written by Woody Allen and Marshall...  more
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  • The Last Detail21
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    The Last Detail

    Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid

    Released1973

    Directed byHal Ashby

    The Last Detail is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack...  more
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  • Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid22
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    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

    Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1973

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James...  more
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  • The Train Robbers23
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    The Train Robbers

    John Wayne, Ann-Margret

    Released1973

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    The Train Robbers is a 1973 Western Technicolor film starring John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod...  more
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  • Charlotte's Web24
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions...  more
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  • Charley Varrick25
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    Charley Varrick

    Walter Matthau, Norman Fell

    Released1973

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Charley Varrick is a 1973 crime film directed by Don Siegel and starring Walter Matthau,...  more
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