Best Films Of 1973

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1. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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80 Metascore

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Votes: 195,987 | Gross: $159.60M

2. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 52,971

3. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

8.0
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82 Metascore

When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 307,765 | Gross: $232.91M

4. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

7.0
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The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster

Votes: 4,746

5. Sisters (1972)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, William Finley

Votes: 11,890

6. Sleeper (1973)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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77 Metascore

A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory

Votes: 35,701

7. Paper Moon (1973)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman

Votes: 27,695 | Gross: $30.93M

8. Day for Night (1973)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 16,093 | Gross: $0.02M

9. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

7.8
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A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 11,771

10. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Votes: 103,771 | Gross: $53.27M

11. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G | 108 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.3
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Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen

Votes: 21,167 | Gross: $24.48M

12. El espíritu de la colmena (1973)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 13,456

13. Amarcord (1973)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

Votes: 32,473

14. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 68,884 | Gross: $115.00M

15. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western

7.4
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An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado

Votes: 14,829

16. Charley Varrick (1973)

PG | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 8,630

17. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats

Votes: 6,604

18. The Last of Sheila (1973)

PG | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Richard Benjamin, James Coburn, James Mason, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 4,032

19. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 83,045 | Gross: $25.00M