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The Best Karen Black Movies 

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List of the best Karen Black movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Karen Black's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Karen Black movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Karen Black movies will be at the top of the list. Karen Black has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Karen Black movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Karen Black films to end the squabble once and for all.

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Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Altman are among those who directed Karen Black at one point or another during their careers in the film industry.

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Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

Released: 1976

Directed by: Dan Curtis

Burnt Offerings is a 1976 mystery horror film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Robert Marasco. Directed by Dan Curtis, the film stars Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Lee H. ...more

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Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison

Released: 1975

Directed by: Dan Curtis

Trilogy of Terror is a made-for-television anthology horror film, first aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on March 4, 1975. The film, directed by Dan Curtis, starred Karen Black. All three ...more
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Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy, Linda Blair

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack Smight

Airport 1975 is a 1974 disaster film and the first sequel to the successful 1970 film Airport. It stars Charlton Heston and Karen Black and is directed by Jack Smight.

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Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Sally Struthers

Released: 1970

Directed by: Bob Rafelson

Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 American drama film written by Carole Eastman and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. The film stars Jack Nicholson, with Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite, ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

Released: 1976

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Family Plot is a 1976 American dark comedy/thriller film that was the final film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film was based on Victor Canning's novel The Rainbird Pattern, which Ernest ...more

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Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Julie Christie

Released: 1975

Directed by: Robert Altman

Nashville is a 1975 American musical drama film directed by Robert Altman. A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is ...more

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Donald Sutherland, Burgess Meredith, Jackie Earle Haley

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Schlesinger

The Day of the Locust is a 1975 American drama film directed by John Schlesinger, and starring William Atherton, Karen Black, and Donald Sutherland. The screenplay by Waldo Salt is based on the ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda

Released: 2012

Directed by: Dennis Hopper, Dustin Rikert

Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers who travel through ...more

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Cher, Kathy Bates, Karen Black

Released: 1982

Directed by: Robert Altman

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean is a 1982 comedy drama film adaptation of Ed Graczyk's 1976 play of the same name. The Broadway and screen versions were directed by Robert ...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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Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Zombie

House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film directed by Rob Zombie. Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up ...more

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Tom Berenger, Karen Black, Susan Strasberg

Released: 1978

Directed by: George Kaczender

In Praise of Older Women is George Kaczender’s twelfth feature film. It was written by Stephen Vizinczey, Paul Gottlieb and Barrie Wexler. The story happens in Hungary during and after World War ...more
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O. J. Simpson, James Brolin, Elliott Gould

Released: 1977

Directed by: Peter Hyams

Capricorn One is a 1978 government conspiracy thriller film about a Mars landing hoax. It was written and directed by Peter Hyams and produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment. It stars Elliott ...more

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Karen Black, Laraine Newman, Louise Fletcher

Released: 1986

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Invaders from Mars is a 1986 science fiction horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper from a screenplay by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby. It is a remake of the 1953 science fiction film Invaders from ...more

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Gene Hackman, Kris Kristofferson, Karen Black

Released: 1972

Directed by: Bill L. Norton

Cisco Pike is a 1972 drama written and directed by Bill L. Norton. It stars Kris Kristofferson as a musician fallen on hard luck who turns to dealing marijuana as a means of income. The film ...more

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Karen Black, Garrett Morris, Ami Dolenz

Released: 1991

Directed by: Tony Randel

Children of the Night is a 1991 horror film directed by Tony Randel.
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Naomi Watts, Karen Black, Mark Salling

Released: 1996

Directed by: Greg Spence

Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering is the fourth film in the Children of the Corn horror series. It was released in 1996, and directed by Greg Spence. The film stars Naomi Watts and Karen ...more
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Karen Black, Sara Rue, John Doe

Released: 2001

Directed by: Todd Stephens

Gypsy 83 is a 2001 drama film, written and directed by Todd Stephens, about two young goths, Gypsy and Clive, who travel to New York for an annual festival celebrating their idol, Stevie Nicks.

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Karen Black, Jill Kelly, Rhonda Shear

Released: 1993

Directed by: Donald G. Jackson

The Return of the Roller Blade Seven is a martial arts based film, released in 1993. The film is the second of two sequels to the film The Roller Blade Seven. The first sequel, The Legend of the ...more
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Karen Black, Rip Torn, Geraldine Page

Released: 1966

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

You're a Big Boy Now is a 1966 film starring Elizabeth Hartman, Geraldine Page, Peter Kastner, Rip Torn, Karen Black, and Julie Harris. It was written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based ...more
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Jon Favreau filmography, Shawnee Smith, Mary Stuart Masterson

Released: 1997

Directed by: George Hickenlooper

Dogtown is a 1997 drama film by George Hickenlooper about life in the small Missouri town of Cuba, Missouri starring Mary Stuart Masterson, Jon Favreau, Rory Cochrane, Harold Russell, and ...more
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Karen Black, Jill Kelly, Rhonda Shear

Released: 1992

Directed by: Donald G. Jackson

The Legend of the Roller Blade Seven is a 1992 martial arts cult film that was directed by Donald G. Jackson, and was produced by and stars Scott Shaw.
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Karen Black, Jill Kelly, Rhonda Shear

Released: 1991

Directed by: Donald G. Jackson

The Roller Blade Seven is a 1991 cult martial arts film directed by Donald G. Jackson and starring Scott Shaw.
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Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Robert Ryan

Released: 1973

Directed by: John Flynn

The Outfit is a 1973 crime film directed by John Flynn. It stars Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker and Robert Ryan. Flynn's screenplay is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by ...more
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Christopher Plummer, Karen Black, Robin Gammell

Released: 1973

Directed by: Harvey Hart

The Pyx is a 1973 Canadian supernatural thriller film starring Karen Black and Christopher Plummer. It is based on the 1959 book of the same title by Montreal author John Buell.