73 Films From 1973

1973: One of the greatest years for film. The last year before the blockbuster breakouts. Outrageous and funky. Religion and Horror juxtaposed
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1.
Godspell (1973)
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An adaption of the musical, in a modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew. (103 mins.)
Director: David Greene
 
2.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
3.
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
 
4.
The Paper Chase (1973)
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A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor. (113 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Papillon (1973)
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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. (151 mins.)
 
7.
Save the Tiger (1973)
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A disillusioned aging decent man and once proud WWII veteran is dealing with midlife crisis as well as a tough moral dilemma. If he wants his small near-bankrupt clothing company to survive, he has two days to let go of his shaken morals. (100 mins.)
 
8.
Live and Let Die (1973)
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007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. (121 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
9.
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
 
10.
Enter the Dragon (1973)
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. (102 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
 
11.
Serpico (1973)
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An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
12.
Scorpio (1973)
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During the Cold War, the CIA orders free-lance operative Scorpio to assassinate his former CIA mentor Cross and a deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues. (114 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
13.
The Way We Were (1973)
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Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart. (118 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
14.
Sleeper (1973)
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A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
15.
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
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One decade after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike. (93 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
16.
Charlotte's Web (1973)
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A gentle and wise grey spider with a flair for promotion pledges to save a young pig from slaughter for dinner food. (94 mins.)
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
The Last of Sheila (1973)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
19.
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
 
20.
The Train Robbers (1973)
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A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh. (92 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
 
21.
American Graffiti (1973)
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A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. (110 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
22.
Dillinger (1973)
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John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down. (107 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
23.
The Neptune Factor (1973)
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When an underwater ocean lab is lost in a earthquake, an advanced submarine is sent down to find it and encounters terrible danger. (98 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
24.
Magnum Force (1973)
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Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
 
25.
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
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Western story about a defiant wife who leaves her husband to take up riding with outlaws. (114 mins.)
 
26.
The Laughing Policeman (1973)
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In San Francisco, one victim in a mass murder is a police detective. His partner and a new partner investigate in the city's seamy side. (112 mins.)
 
27.
Shaft in Africa (1973)
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P.I. John Shaft is recruited to go undercover to break up a modern slavery ring where young Africans are lured to Paris to do chain-gang work. (112 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
28.
The Three Musketeers (1973)
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A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
29.
High Plains Drifter (1973)
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A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way. (105 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
30.
The Iceman Cometh (1973)
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A salesman with a sudden passion for reform has an idea to sell to his barfly buddies: throw away your pipe dreams. The drunkards, living in a flophouse above a saloon, resent the idea. (239 mins.)
 
31.
The Sting (1973)
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Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
32.
Maurie (1973)
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(113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
 
33.
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
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In London in the 1970s, Scotland Yard police investigators think they have uncovered a case of vampirism... (87 mins.)
Director: Alan Gibson
 
34.
Messiah of Evil (1973)
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A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult. (90 mins.)
Director: Willard Huyck
 
35.
Bruka: Queen of Evil (1973)
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(97 mins.)
 
36.
The Violent Professionals (1973)
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When Milano police lieutenant Giorga's chief is murdered by an organized crime ring, he vows to avenge his boss's death... (104 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
 
37.
It Happened at Nightmare Inn (1973)
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Two sisters running a small hotel in Spain kill female tourists whose morals do not meet their strict religious standards. (83 mins.)
Director: Eugene Martin
 
38.
The Candy Snatchers (1973)
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An abused autistic boy is the sole witness to the kidnapping of a teenage heiress. (94 mins.)
 
39.
Sisters (1972)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
40.
Cannibal Girls (1973)
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A young couple spend the night in a restaurant, only to find out that it is haunted by three dead women who hunger for human flesh. (84 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
41.
The Holy Mountain (1973)
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In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment. (114 mins.)
 
42.
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
 
43.
The Big Feast (1973)
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A group of men go to a villa in the French countryside where they resolve to eat themselves to death. (130 mins.)
Director: Marco Ferreri
 
44.
Sssssss (1973)
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A college student becomes lab assistant to a scientist who is working on a serum that can transform humans into snakes. (99 mins.)
 
45.
Badlands (1973)
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An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
46.
Torso (1973)
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A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf. (89 mins.)
Director: Sergio Martino
 
47.
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)
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Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. It backfires with deadly consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Clark
 
48.
Raw Meat (1972)
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There's something pretty grisly going on under London in the Tube tunnels between Holborn and Russell Square... (87 mins.)
Director: Gary Sherman
 
49.
Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
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A psychiatrist tells stories of four special cases to a colleague. (90 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
 
50.
The Creeping Flesh (1973)
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A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea... (92 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
 
51.
The Return of the Evil Dead (1973)
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500 years after they were blinded and executed for committing human sacrifices, a band of Templar knights... (91 mins.)
 
52.
Baba Yaga (1973)
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A photographer finds herself falling under the spell of a witch. (91 mins.)
Director: Corrado Farina
 
53.
And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)
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England, 1795: the young Catherine has just married Charles Fengriffen and moves into his castle. She becomes the victim of an old curse that lays on the family. On her wedding night she is raped by a ghost and gets pregnant. (91 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
 
54.
Terminal Island (1973)
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It's every man and woman for himself on an island where convicted murderers are dumped, rather than kept in prison. (88 mins.)
 
55.
The Pyx (1973)
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A detective investigating the death of a heroin-addicted prostitute uncovers evidence pointing to the existence of a murderous devil cult. (108 mins.)
Director: Harvey Hart
 
56.
Soylent Green (1973)
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In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO. (97 mins.)
 
57.
The Cannibal Man (1972)
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A young man, Marco, working as a butcher, accidentally kills a taxi driver. His girlfriend Paula wants to go to the police so he has to kill her too... (94 mins.)
 
58.
Curse of the Devil (1973)
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A man whose ancestors executed a witch is turned into a werewolf by modern-day descendants of the executed witch. (73 mins.)
 
59.
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
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Baron Frankenstein works with a mental patient to reanimate the dead. (99 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
60.
The Forgotten (1973)
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A young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients. (89 mins.)
Director: S.F. Brownrigg
 
61.
Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
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The vampire Mamuwalde (Blacula) is stirred by African voodoo, and is forced to kill again. (96 mins.)
Director: Bob Kelljan
 
62.
Theater of Blood (1973)
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A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. (104 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
 
63.
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
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Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer. (95 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
64.
Terror in the Wax Museum (1973)
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The murder of a Wax Museum proprietor and some other strange goings-on in the vicinity prompt a police... (93 mins.)
Director: Georg Fenady
 
65.
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
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Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic... (105 mins.)
Director: Gordon Hessler
 
66.
Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
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Baron Frankenstein creates two "zombies" - one male, one female - planning to mate them in order to create a master race. (95 mins.)
 
67.
Mean Streets (1973)
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A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
68.
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
 
69.
Westworld (1973)
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A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. (88 mins.)
 
70.
My Name Is Nobody (1973)
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A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire. (116 mins.)
Director: Tonino Valerii
 
71.
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.)
 
72.
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
 
73.
Walking Tall (1973)
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Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life. (125 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson