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The Best Movies of 1974

Updated September 4, 2020 6.4k votes 345 voters 10.3k views110 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1974.

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 II1
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    The Godfather Part II

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford...  more

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  • Young Frankenstein2
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    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene...  more

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  • The Longest Yard3
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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by...  more

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  • Blazing Saddles4
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    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring...  more

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  • Death Wish5
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    Death Wish

    Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson

    Released1974

    Directed byMichael Winner

    This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name...  more

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  • The Man with the Golden Gun6
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    The Man with the Golden Gun

    Christopher Lee, Roger Moore

    Released1974

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth spy film in the James Bond series and the second to...  more

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  • Chinatown7
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    Chinatown

    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

    Released1974

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a...  more

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  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot8
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    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

    Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges

    Released1974

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 American film written and directed by Michael Cimino and...  more

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  • The Conversation9
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    The Conversation

    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Conversation is a 1974 American psychological thriller film written, produced and directed...  more

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  • Murder on the Orient Express10
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    Murder on the Orient Express

    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman

    Released1974

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert...  more

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  • The Towering Inferno11
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    The Towering Inferno

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman

    Released1974

    Directed byIrwin Allen, John Guillermin

    The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen...  more

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  • Vampyres12
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    Vampyres

    Anulka Dziubinska, Bessie Love

    Released1974

    Directed byJosé Ramón Larraz

    Vampyres is a 1974 British erotic/lesbian vampire horror film directed by José Ramón Larraz....  more
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre13
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote...  more

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  • Earthquake14
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    Earthquake

    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner

    Released1974

    Directed byMark Robson

    Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The...  more

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  • Mr. Majestyk15
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    Mr. Majestyk

    Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal

    Released1974

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Mr. Majestyk is a 1974 American action film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charles...  more

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  • Herbie Rides Again16
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    Herbie Rides Again

    Helen Hayes, Stefanie Powers

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Herbie Rides Again is a 1974 comedy film. It is the sequel to The Love Bug, released six years...  more

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  • Benji17
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    Benji

    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier

    Released1974

    Directed byJoe Camp

    This tail-wagging tale begins as Benji visits his pals Cindy and Paul, whose father Paul...  more

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  • The Four Musketeers18
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    The Four Musketeers

    Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee

    Released1974

    Directed byRichard Lester

    The Four Musketeers is a 1974 Richard Lester film that is a sequel to The Three Musketeers,...  more

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  • Huckleberry Finn19
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    Huckleberry Finn

    Harvey Korman, Paul Winfield

    Released1974

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    Huckleberry Finn is the 1974 musical film version of Mark Twain's American classic, The...  more

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  • Swept Away20
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    Swept Away

    Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato

    Released1974

    Directed byLina Wertmüller

    Swept Away is a 1974 Italian adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Lina...  more

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  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three21
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    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau

    Released1974

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph...  more

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  • Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too22
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    Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery

    Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is a 1974 animated feature from Disney released as a double...  more

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  • The Great Gatsby23
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    The Great Gatsby

    Robert Redford, Mia Farrow

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Clayton

    The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and...  more
  • The Black Windmill24
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    The Black Windmill

    Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence

    Released1974

    Directed byDon Siegel

    The Black Windmill is a 1974 British spy thriller directed by Don Siegel and starring Michael...  more
  • Airport 197525
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    Airport 1975

    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Smight

    Airport 1975 is a 1974 disaster film and the first sequel to the successful 1970 film Airport....  more

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