My Best Films of 1973

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1.
The Mother and the Whore (1973)
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In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre... (217 mins.)
Director: Jean Eustache
 
2.
O Lucky Man! (1973)
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This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. (178 mins.)
 
3.
Amarcord (1973)
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A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
4.
Badlands (1973)
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An impressionable teen girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend go on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
5.
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
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A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
6.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
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A sensitive seven-year-old girl living in 1940 in a small Spanish village is traumatized after viewing the movie "Frankenstein" and drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
 
7.
Themroc (1973)
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Made without proper language, just gibberish and grunts, this is an absurdist comedy about a man who rejects every facet of normal bourgeois life and turns his apartment into a virtual cave. (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Faraldo
 
8.
The Wicker Man (1973)
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A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
 
9.
Willow Springs (1973)
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A feminist cult survives by robbing and killing passersby, at their remote desert ranch. The North Star... (78 mins.)
 
10.
Scenes from a Marriage (1973 Mini-Series)
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Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage... (283 mins.)
 
11.
...No Lies (1973 Short Film)
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A young filmmaking student turns his camera on a female friend as she gets ready to go out for the night... (16 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Block
 
12.
Touki Bouki (1973)
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Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind. (85 mins.)
 
13.
Fantastic Planet (1973)
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This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. (72 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
 
14.
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a preteen girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
 
15.
The Long Goodbye (1973)
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Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
16.
F for Fake (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about fraud and fakery. (89 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
17.
Juvenile Court (1973 Documentary)
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An unobtrusive and naturalistic examination of the goings-on of a children's court, Memphis Juvenile Court 616. (144 mins.)
 
18.
Photography (1973)
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A photographer and a retoucher are wandering in small villages. They go from house to house offering their services. They try to record the truth, the true faces of these people. (82 mins.)
Director: Pál Zolnay
 
19.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
20.
The Experience (1973)
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(60 mins.)
 
21.
Distant Thunder (1973)
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As food shortages reach catastrophic proportions, Gangacharan attempts to preserve his privileged situation, while his generous wife, Ananga, conversely tries to help and support the community. (101 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
22.
Sanrizuka: Heta buraku (1973)
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Documentary on the life of the farmers of the Heta Village opposing their resettlement due to the construction of the Narita Airport. (146 mins.)
Director: Shinsuke Ogawa
 
23.
Frank Film (1973 Short Film)
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This animated short features two soundtracks - in one, Frank narrates an autobiography,in the other... (9 mins.)
 
24.
Part-Time Work of a Domestic Slave (1973)
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Roswitha is working to carry out illegal abortions, to support her husband and two children. The police discovers her and the husband is arrested. Roswitha gets involved in social work and politics. (91 mins.)
Director: Alexander Kluge
 
25.
Day for Night (1973)
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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. (115 mins.)
 
26.
Paper Moon (1973)
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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. (102 mins.)
 
27.
Serpico (1973)
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The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
28.
Israel, Why (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary examining life in Israel twenty-five years after the birth of the state. (185 mins.)
Director: Claude Lanzmann
 
29.
Mean Streets (1973)
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Following the life of a small-time hood who struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
30.
The Horse (1973 Short Film)
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This critically acclaimed 1973 short is about an aristocratic white farming family who has a horse that is being put away... (14 mins.)
Director: Charles Burnett
 
31.
Giordano Bruno (1973)
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Flying from his enemies in the Catholic Church, the free thinking philosopher, poet and scientist Giordano... (115 mins.)
 
32.
The Castle of Purity (1973)
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The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years... (110 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
33.
The Last Detail (1973)
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Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way. (104 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
34.
Don't Look Now (1973)
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A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
36.
Manson (1973 Documentary)
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Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family... (83 mins.)
 
37.
The Bolero (1973 Documentary)
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The first part of this Academy Award-winning short consists of a behind-the-scenes look at the Los Angeles... (26 mins.)
 
38.
Blume in Love (1973)
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Lawyer Stephen Blume, specialized in divorces, lives a paradoxical situation when, having his own marriage break up... (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
 
39.
Wedding in Blood (1973)
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Lucienne Delamare and Pierre Maury are having an affair. Lucienne's husband Paul is the mayor, and a French deputy... (95 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
40.
My Ain Folk (1973)
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(55 mins.)
Director: Bill Douglas