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The Best Movies of 1974 

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List of the best movies of 1974, with movie trailers when available. 1974 was the year that actors Chevy Chase and Jeff Goldblum made their big screen debuts These top movies of 1974 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1974. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1974 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1974 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Movies here include everything from The Godfather Part II to Blazing Saddles.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1974?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1974?"

1974 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1974. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1974 aren't just one persons opinion.
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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1974
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more

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#104 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #318 of 373 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

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Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman ...more

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#99 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #35 of 394 The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

Released: 1974

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by Tracy Keenan Wynn based on a story by producer Albert S. Ruddy, the film follows inmates at a prison ...more

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#76 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #20 of 181 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.

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Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

Released: 1974

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more

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Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson, Christopher Guest

Released: 1974

Directed by: Michael Winner

This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Brian Garfield. The film was directed by Michael Winner and stars Charles Bronson as a man who ...more

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#128 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys #16 of 50 50 Movies That Contained Future Stars

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Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen ...more

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Christopher Lee, Roger Moore, Britt Ekland

Released: 1974

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth spy film in the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. A loose adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel of ...more

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#423 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys #214 of 233 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

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O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1974

Directed by: Irwin Allen, John Guillermin

The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The picture was directed by John ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey

Released: 1974

Directed by: Michael Cimino

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 American film written and directed by Michael Cimino and starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis.

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The Texas Chain Saw Mass... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1974
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

Released: 1974

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more

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Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack Clayton

The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Jack Clayton and produced by David Merrick, from a screenplay ...more
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Ellen Burstyn, Larry Hagman, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Released: 1974

Directed by: Paul Mazursky

Harry and Tonto is a 1974 road movie written by Paul Mazursky and Josh Greenfeld and directed by Mazursky. It features Art Carney as Harry in an Academy Award-winning performance. Tonto is his ...more

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Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal, Lee Purcell

Released: 1974

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

Mr. Majestyk is a 1974 American action film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charles Bronson. The film is from an original screenplay written by Elmore Leonard. The title character's ...more

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#335 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #14 of 40 The Best Cop Movies of the 1970s

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Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw

Released: 1974

Directed by: Joseph Sargent

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent, produced by Edgar J. Scherick, and starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and ...more

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Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen ...more

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Helen Hayes, Stefanie Powers, Keenan Wynn

Released: 1974

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Herbie Rides Again is a 1974 comedy film. It is the sequel to The Love Bug, released six years earlier, and the second in a series of movies made by Walt Disney Productions starring an ...more

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Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mark Robson

Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The plot concerns the struggle for survival after a catastrophic earthquake destroys most of the city ...more

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#156 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #14 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn

Released: 1974

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

The Parallax View is a 1974 American political thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula, and starring Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels and Paula Prentiss. The film was ...more

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#189 of 321 The Best Political Films Ever Made #214 of 377 The Greatest Suspense Movies

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Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1974

Directed by: Richard Lester

The Four Musketeers is a 1974 Richard Lester film that is a sequel to The Three Musketeers, and covers the second half of Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers. Fifteen years later, the cast and ...more

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Jon Voight, Derek Jacobi, Maximilian Schell

Released: 1974

Directed by: Ronald Neame

The Odessa File is a 1974 thriller film adaptation of the novel The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth, about a struggle between a young German reporter and the ODESSA, an organization for ...more

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James Woods, James Caan, Lauren Hutton

Released: 1974

Directed by: Karel Reisz

The Gambler is a 1974 drama film written by James Toback and directed by Karel Reisz. It stars James Caan, Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton. Toback wrote it as a fictional story using his own ...more
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Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

Released: 1974

Directed by: Bob Clark

Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore. It stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman ...more

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Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger

Released: 1974

Directed by: Luchino Visconti

Conversation Piece is a 1974 film by Italian director Luchino Visconti. The film features an international cast including the American actor Burt Lancaster, the Austrian Helmut Berger and the ...more