70s The Best Thrillers Of The 70's  

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List Rules Any movie which can be classified as a thriller and was made or was first released in the 1970s.

Thrillers can come in all shapes and sizes and from different genres. The 70s was a great decade for them. What your favorite?

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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
William Friedkin The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was ...more

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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Fred Zinnemann The Day of the Jackal is a 1973 Anglo-French thriller film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale. Based on the 1971 novel The Day of the Jackal by Frederick ...more

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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
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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Escape from Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Don Siegel Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 American prison film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood. It is based on true events. It dramatizes possibly the only successful escape attempt ...more

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The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
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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Duel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Steven Spielberg Duel is a 1971 television thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Richard Matheson, based on Matheson's short story of the same name. It stars Dennis Weaver as a terrified ...more

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Marathon Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
John Schlesinger Marathon Man is a 1976 suspense/thriller film directed by John Schlesinger. It was adapted by William Goldman from his novel of the same name and stars Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy ...more

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Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
John Boorman Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their ...more

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Don Siegel Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco ...more

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Robert Wise The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert Wise. Based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film ...more

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The Taking of Pelham One Two T... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
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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The China Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
James Bridges The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, ...more

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Get Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Mike Hodges Get Carter is a 1971 British film directed by Mike Hodges and starring Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne and Bryan Mosley. The screenplay was adapted by Hodges from Ted ...more

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All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Alan J. Pakula All the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl ...more

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Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Ted Post Magnum Force is a 1973 American action film and the second to feature Clint Eastwood as maverick cop Harry Callahan after the 1971 film Dirty Harry. Ted Post, who also directed Eastwood in the ...more

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Coma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Michael Crichton Coma is a 1978 suspense film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Robin Cook. The film rights were acquired by director Michael Crichton, and the movie was produced by Martin Erlichmann ...more

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Three Days of the Condor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Sydney Pollack Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. The screenplay by ...more

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Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Clint Eastwood Play Misty for Me is a 1971 American psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, in his directorial debut. Jessica Walter and Donna Mills co-star. The original music ...more

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The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Robert Altman The Long Goodbye is a 1973 neo-noir film directed by Robert Altman and based on Raymond Chandler's 1953 novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Leigh Brackett, who cowrote the ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Michael Crichton Westworld is a 1973 science fiction western-thriller film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton and produced by Paul Lazarus III about amusement park robots that become evil after a ...more

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Night Moves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Arthur Penn Night Moves is a 1975 mystery thriller film directed by Arthur Penn. It stars Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, and features early career appearances by Melanie Griffith and James ...more

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Assault on Precinct 13 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
John Carpenter Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 American action thriller film written, directed, scored and edited by John Carpenter. It stars Austin Stoker as a police officer who defends a defunct precinct ...more

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The Seven-Ups is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Philip D'Antoni The Seven-Ups is a 1973 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Roy Scheider as a crusading policeman who is the leader of The Seven-Ups, a squad of ...more

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Soylent Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Richard Fleischer Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, and, in his final film, Edward G. Robinson. The film ...more

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Klute is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Alan J. Pakula Klute is a 1971 crime thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula, written by Andy and Dave Lewis, and starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi and Roy Scheider. It tells ...more

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Sorcerer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
William Friedkin Sorcerer is a 1977 American existential thriller film directed and produced by William Friedkin and starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, and Amidou. The second adaptation of ...more

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Don't Look Now is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Nicolas Roeg Don't Look Now is a 1973 independent British-Italian film directed by Nicolas Roeg. It is a thriller adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier. Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland star ...more

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Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
John Frankenheimer Black Sunday is a 1975 novel by Thomas Harris. It was the first novel by Harris, and achieved only moderate success until it was sold to Hollywood. The novel is a thriller about a plot by ...more

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The Enforcer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
James Fargo The Enforcer is a 1976 American action film and the third in the Dirty Harry film series. Directed by James Fargo, it stars Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan, Tyne ...more

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The Parallax View is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
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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Straw Dogs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Sam Peckinpah Straw Dogs is a 1971 psychological thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. The screenplay by Peckinpah and David Zelag Goodman is based upon Gordon M. ...more

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Raid on Entebbe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Irvin Kershner Raid on Entebbe is a 1977 TV film directed by Irvin Kershner. It is based on an actual event: Operation Entebbe and the freeing of hostages at Entebbe Airport in Entebbe, Uganda on 4 July 1976. ...more

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The Getaway is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Sam Peckinpah The Getaway is a 1972 American action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. The film is based on the Jim Thompson novel of the same name, with the screenplay ...more

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The Stepford Wives is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Bryan Forbes The Stepford Wives is a 1975 science fiction–thriller film based on the 1972 Ira Levin novel of the same name. It was directed by Bryan Forbes with a screenplay by William Goldman, and stars ...more

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The Boys from Brazil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Franklin J. Schaffner The Boys from Brazil is a 1978 British-American thriller film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It stars Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier and features James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen and ...more

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The Odessa File is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
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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Sleuth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Sleuth is a 1972 mystery thriller film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The screenplay by British playwright Anthony Shaffer was based on his 1970 Tony Award-winning play Sleuth. The film stars ...more

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Vanishing Point is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Richard C. Sarafian Vanishing Point is a 1971 American action road movie directed by Richard C. Sarafian and starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, and Dean Jagger. The film is notable for its scenic film locations ...more

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Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Alfred Hitchcock Frenzy is a 1972 British crime thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The penultimate feature film of his extensive career, it is often considered by critics and scholars to be his last ...more

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See No Evil is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Richard Fleischer See No Evil, also known as Blind Terror, is a 1971 British thriller film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Mia Farrow as a recently blinded woman named Sarah.

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Peter Yates The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 crime film directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. The screenplay by Paul Monash was adapted from the novel of the same name by ...more

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The Anderson Tapes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Sidney Lumet The Anderson Tapes is a 1971 American crime film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Sean Connery and featuring Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, and comedian Alan King. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Charley Varrick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Don Siegel Charley Varrick is a 1973 crime film directed by Don Siegel and starring Walter Matthau, Andrew Robinson, Joe Don Baker and John Vernon. The film was based on the novel The Looters by John H.

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Twilight's Last Gleaming is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Robert Aldrich Twilight's Last Gleaming is a 1977 film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark. The film was a West German/US co-production, shot mainly at the Bavaria ...more

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Capricorn One is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
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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The Killer Elite is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Sam Peckinpah The Killer Elite is a 1975 American action thriller film starring James Caan and Robert Duvall and directed by Sam Peckinpah. The screenplay was written by Marc Norman and Stirling Silliphant ...more

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The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
John Sturges The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the ...more

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They Only Kill Their Masters is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
James Goldstone They Only Kill Their Masters is a 1972 mystery film starring James Garner and Katharine Ross, with a supporting cast featuring Hal Holbrook, June Allyson, Tom Ewell, Peter Lawford, Edmond ...more

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The Domino Principle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
Stanley Kramer The Domino Principle is a 1977 thriller film starring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Mickey Rooney and Richard Widmark. The film is based on the novel of the same name and was adapted for the ...more

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The Kremlin Letter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Thrillers Of The 70's
John Huston The Kremlin Letter is an American spy film directed by John Huston, starring Richard Boone, Orson Welles, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Patrick O'Neal and George Sanders. It was released in ...more