Graveyard Shift The Scariest 1970s Horror Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the 1970s horror movies that freaked you out and gave you nightmares for weeks, months, or even every decade since.

The 1970s were an influential decade during which major historical events occurred – not to mention the many awesome horror movies that were released during this era! This is a list of horror movies of the 1970s, from The Exorcist to Jaws, ranked by how utterly terrifying they were to audiences then and now. With groundbreaking special effects and creative minds behind the pen and camera, the '70s produced some of movie history’s all-time greatest and scariest horror movies.

Whether you’re looking for a realistic flick based on true (or supposedly true) events or a completely fictional movie, there’s sure to be a great fitting movie on this list for you! The movies featured on this list are some of the scariest ones of all time – who doesn’t shiver at the thought of a little girl’s head turning 360 degrees because she’s been demon possessed, or get a little nervous at the idea of swimming in shark-infested waters, trying to escape as quickly as possible?

This list features the scariest horror movies from the 70s, including: Jaws, Alien, The Hills Have Eyes, When a Stranger Calls, and The Last House on the Left. Vote up your favorite horror movie from the 70s or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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200 59
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Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

156 38
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

182 55
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Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

163 54
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

134 43
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Carrie John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

106 44
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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

123 58
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The Omen Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner

87 39
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The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

96 46
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The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

80 43
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

67 38
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Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

67 45
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Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

61 44
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When a Stranger Calls Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

59 48
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Black Christmas Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey

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57 44
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The Wicker Man Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward

25 12
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matt-stokes added The Changeling George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas, Barry Morse

40 33
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dee123 added Trilogy of Terror Karen Black, George Gaynes, Gregory Harrison

40 31
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The Legend of Hell House Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin

51 48
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Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter

36 32
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Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

22 16
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JbLee added Duel Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

30 30
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dee123 added Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed

35 35
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Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

31 33
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dee123 added The Crazies Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty

28 29
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dee123 added The Abominable Dr. Phibes Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

31 31
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Alice, Sweet Alice Brooke Shields, Lillian Roth, Linda Miller

24 27
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dee123 added The Town That Dreaded Sundown Dawn Wells, Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine

32 34
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It's Alive Michael Ansara, William Wellman Jr., John P. Ryan

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28 31
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dee123 added The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith

14 14
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JbLee added Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Jim Hutton, Kim Darby, Barbara Anderson

28 31
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Deep Red Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia

15 14
Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest 1970s Horror Movies
JbLee added Gargoyles Scott Glenn, Cornel Wilde, Bernie Casey

28 31
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Magic Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

13 12
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JbLee added Willard Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester, Bruce Davison

28 32
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Don't Look Now Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Leopoldo Trieste

33 40
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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

24 31
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dee123 added Let's Scare Jessica to Death Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Alan Manson

25 31
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The Brood Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle

22 29
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Rabid Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Susan Roman

20 27
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Asylum Charlotte Rampling, Britt Ekland, Peter Cushing

20 30
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lostshadow added The Sentinel Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

18 29
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dee123 added The Legend of Boggy Creek Jeff Crabtree, Willie E. Smith

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20 31
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The Other John Ritter, Victor French, Diana Muldaur

16 28
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Shivers Barbara Steele, Joe Silver, Vlasta Vrána

18 31
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The Tenant Roman Polanski, Shelley Winters, Isabelle Adjani

16 29
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The Fury Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

15 30
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Sisters Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Olympia Dukakis

6 16
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JbLee added The Car Kim Richards, James Brolin, Kyle Richards

13 29
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Martin Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Forrest