Year by year: 1974

The top 30 films of 1974 (in order)
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1.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
2.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
 
3.
The Conversation (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
 
4.
We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war... (124 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
5.
Scenes from a Marriage (1973 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage... (283 mins.)
 
6.
Amarcord (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town. (123 mins.)
 
7.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them. (94 mins.)
 
8.
Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe... (138 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
9.
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema. (155 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
10.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (106 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
11.
Lenny (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public. (111 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
12.
Arabian Nights (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In this film inspired by the ancient erotic and mysterious tales of Mid-West Asia, the main story concerns... (130 mins.)
 
13.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
14.
Conversation Piece (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reclusive, retired professor is faced with confronting modernity when a group of vulgar youths, led by an obnoxious marchesa, take up residence in his unused upper residence. (126 mins.)
 
15.
The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Watchmaker finds out one day that his son has become a murderer. He tries to understand for whom and why. (105 mins.)
 
16.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
17.
The Longest Yard (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
18.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. (128 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
19.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
20.
The Front Page (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence. (105 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
21.
The Nada Gang (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of anarchist leftist called "Nada" and led by the terrorist Buenaventura Diaz abducts the American... (133 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
22.
Harry and Tonto (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
 
23.
The Truce (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man has to come to terms with his wasted youth, estranged family and grim prospects for the future. (108 mins.)
Director: Sergio Renán
 
24.
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz yearns to make a name for himself in society... (120 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
25.
Rebellion in Patagonia (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1920, some workers of Patagonia, grouped in anarchist and socialist societies, decide to make a strike demanding better working conditions. The situation becomes unsustainable and the government sends the order is restored. (110 mins.)
Director: Héctor Olivera
 
26.
The Sugarland Express (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road. (110 mins.)
 
27.
Lancelot of the Lake (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A million miles away from 'Camelot' or 'Excalibur', this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials... (85 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
28.
Claudine (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In the 1970s Harlem, garbage collector Roop feels intimidated by the idea of dating Claudine who is a single mother of six on welfare. (92 mins.)
Director: John Berry
 
29.
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist. (115 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
 
30.
The Great Gatsby (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love. (144 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton