Most Popular Feature Films Released 1973-01-01 to 1973-12-31


1. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

8.0
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82 Metascore

When a teenage 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: 285,015 | Gross: $204.57M

2. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

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

Votes: 176,257 | Gross: $159.60M

3. Westworld (1973)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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77 Metascore

A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold

Votes: 27,032

4. High Plains Drifter (1973)

R | 105 min | Mystery, Western

7.6
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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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 36,508

5. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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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.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James

Votes: 75,150 | Gross: $35.40M

6. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.5
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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.

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

Votes: 63,987 | Gross: $115.00M

7. The Holy Mountain (1973)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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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.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders, Juan Ferrara

Votes: 23,425 | Gross: $0.06M

8. Robin Hood (1973)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 84,787

9. Mean Streets (1973)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A small-time hood struggles with a moral crisis regarding his friends, family, business, and his conflicting religious beliefs.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson

Votes: 68,011 | Gross: $0.03M

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: 97,215 | Gross: $53.27M

11. Serpico (1973)

R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

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.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire

Votes: 79,584

12. Soylent Green (1973)

PG | 97 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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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.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors

Votes: 44,179

13. The Wicker Man (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery

7.6
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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.

Director: Robin Hardy | Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland

Votes: 47,990 | Gross: $0.06M

14. 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: 77,789

15. The Way We Were (1973)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles

Votes: 16,387

16. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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: 47,466

17. Don't Look Now (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.3
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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.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania

Votes: 34,632

18. Walking Tall (1973)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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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.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

Votes: 3,486

19. Magnum Force (1973)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.2
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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.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul

Votes: 43,465

20. Fantastic Planet (1973)

R | 72 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.8
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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.

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Topart

Votes: 13,408

21. My Name Is Nobody (1973)

PG | 116 min | Western, Comedy

7.5
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A young, easygoing gunman (Hill) worships and competes with an old gunfighter (Fonda) who only wants to retire.

Director: Tonino Valerii | Stars: Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 17,674

22. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel

Votes: 29,285

23. 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: 23,273

24. 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: 19,710 | Gross: $13.20M

25. Charlotte's Web (1973)

G | 94 min | Animation, Family, Musical

6.9
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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.

Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Rex Allen

Votes: 13,430

26. Sleeper (1973)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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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: 33,428

27. 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: 29,515

28. The Long Goodbye (1973)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell

Votes: 18,329

29. Scarecrow (1973)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.4
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72 Metascore

Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth

Votes: 11,387

30. The Last Detail (1973)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young, Clifton James

Votes: 16,295

31. The Three Musketeers (1973)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure

7.3
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A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York

Votes: 12,270

32. The Paper Chase (1973)

PG | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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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.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman, Graham Beckel

Votes: 5,651

33. Anita: Swedish Nymphet (1973)

X | 95 min | Drama

5.3
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Anita is a girl of only 16 years, and while she has developed early physically, to a mature woman, she is psychologically completly ruthless. Her relationship the her parents and her ... See full summary »

Director: Torgny Wickman | Stars: Christina Lindberg, Stellan Skarsgård, Danièle Vlaminck, Michel David

Votes: 1,095

34. La Grande Bouffe (1973)

X | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A group of men hire some prostitutes and go to a villa in the countryside. There, they engage in group sex and resolve to eat themselves to death.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi

Votes: 8,754

35. Sssssss (1973)

PG | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.3
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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.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies-Urich, Richard B. Shull

Votes: 2,370

36. White Lightning (1973)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Crime

6.4
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An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 2,542

37. The Legend of Hell House (1973)

PG | 95 min | Horror

6.9
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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.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill

Votes: 9,079

38. The Stone Killer (1973)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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Top detective Lou Torrey is transferred to Los Angeles and uncovers a plot by a Sicilian mafioso to use Vietnam veterans to murder all his enemies in a rerun of the "Sicilian Vespers" when ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, Jack Colvin, Paul Koslo

Votes: 1,675

39. Heavy Traffic (1973)

X | 77 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Joseph Kaufmann, Beverly Hope Atkinson, Frank DeKova, Terri Haven

Votes: 1,933

40. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

G | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.5
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Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaved humans to live in peace. But warring factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden

Votes: 22,811

41. Sisters (1973)

R | 93 min | Horror, 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: 10,820

42. Coffy (1973)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.9
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A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott

Votes: 6,939

43. The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

5.7
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A down on his luck coach travels to Africa where he spots the world's greatest athlete - a white Tarzan-type. The coach brings him back to the U.S. of A. to compete.

Director: Robert Scheerer | Stars: John Amos, Jan-Michael Vincent, Tim Conway, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 1,096

44. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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: 13,516

45. Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1973)

PG | 73 min | Horror, Thriller

2.7
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Lorraine and Mark enter the world of witchcraft where Mara foretells the future and helps them remember their past lives. When a series of mysterious murders begin to occur, they turn to Dr. Helsford for advice.

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Lila Zaborin, Victor Izay, Tom Pace, Leslie McRay

Votes: 456

46. Lady Snowblood (1973)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza

Votes: 7,726

47. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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87 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 12,075

48. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.8
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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, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker, Douglas Wilmer

Votes: 6,107

49. Belladonna of Sadness (1973)

Unrated | 93 min | Animation, Fantasy

7.5
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70 Metascore

After being banished from her village, a peasant woman makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability.

Director: Eiichi Yamamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama, Shigako Shimegi

Votes: 875

50. Turkish Delight (1973)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Sort of a cross between "Love Story" and an earthy Rembrandt painting, this movie stars Rutger Hauer as a gifted Dutch sculptor who has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Monique van de Ven, Rutger Hauer, Tonny Huurdeman, Wim van den Brink

Votes: 7,802