Best Picture 1974

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1. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

85 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 925,323 | Gross: $57.30M

2. The Great Gatsby (1974)

PG | 144 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

Votes: 21,190

3. Lenny (1974)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama

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.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner, Stanley Beck

Votes: 12,335

4. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

86 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 250,311 | Gross: $29.20M

5. The Conversation (1974)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

86 Metascore

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 83,035 | Gross: $4.42M

6. Proceso a Jesús (1974)

101 min | History

A group of Sephardic Jews actors settles in the city of Toledo (Spain) in order to play a kind of a trial against Jesus, facing the audience, in order to determine whether under the laws of... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Sáenz de Heredia | Stars: Andrés Mejuto, Alfredo Mayo, Lili Muráti, Diana Lorys

Votes: 24

7. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

R | 155 min | Drama, Romance

Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands

Votes: 16,566

8. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach

Votes: 18,087 | Gross: $25.00M

9. Rabid Dogs (1974)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Directors: Mario Bava, Lamberto Bava | Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy

Votes: 3,428

10. Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Votes: 127,464 | Gross: $86.30M

11. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 22,244

12. Il profumo della signora in nero (1974)

Not Rated | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Sylvia, an industrial scientist, is troubled by strange hallucinations related to the tragic suicide of her mother.

Director: Francesco Barilli | Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Maurizio Bonuglia, Mario Scaccia, Jho Jhenkins

Votes: 1,610

13. Tormento (1974)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

A man retorn to Spain afterwards he becames rich man in America. He falls in love with a woman who works as a servant in his cousin's house. Before getting married he realizes that she's had a torrid affair with a priest.

Director: Pedro Olea | Stars: Ana Belén, Francisco Rabal, Javier Escrivá, Concha Velasco

Votes: 91

14. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

PG | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

63 Metascore

In December 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.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery

Votes: 46,060

15. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror

75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 112,352 | Gross: $30.86M

16. Daisy Miller (1974)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In this comedy of manners, Frederick Winterbourne tries to figure out the bright and bubbly Daisy Miller, only to be helped and hindered by false judgments from their fellow friends.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Cloris Leachman, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 919

17. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 25,218 | Gross: $4.05M

18. Cover Up (1974)

R | 88 min | Horror

Edmund and Dorothy Yates are freed after fifteen years in an asylum. Edmund covers up for his wife who is a murderer and a cannibal and Dorothy's daughter Debbie and stepdaughter Jackie, ... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Deborah Fairfax, Paul Greenwood

Votes: 1,653

19. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974)

R | 95 min | Horror

A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers.

Director: Jorge Grau | Stars: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy, Aldo Massasso

Votes: 6,249

20. Watch Out, We're Mad (1974)

G | 101 min | Action, Comedy

After a tied 1st place in a local stunt race, two drivers start a contest to decide who of them will own the prize, a dune buggy. But when a mobster destroys the car, they are determined to get it back.

Director: Marcello Fondato | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Patty Shepard, Deogratias Huerta

Votes: 8,803

21. The Black Windmill (1974)

PG | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A British Agent's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, Delphine Seyrig, Clive Revill

Votes: 2,066

22. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Mia Bendixsen, Alfred Lutter III

Votes: 17,513 | Gross: $17.60M

23. Nuits rouges (1974)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Mystery

The butler of the writer Maxime de Borrego goes to the store of an old lady and tells that his boss probably knows the location of the Templars treasure, expecting to receive a reward. The ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Gayle Hunnicutt, Jacques Champreux, Josephine Chaplin, Ugo Pagliai

Votes: 341

26. La polizia chiede aiuto (1974)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Police investigate apparent suicide of teen girl and uncover details of a teenage prostitution racket. They go on the hunt for a motorcycle riding killer.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Giovanna Ralli, Claudio Cassinelli, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 1,239

27. From Beyond the Grave (1974)

PG | 97 min | Fantasy, Horror

An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael, Diana Dors

Votes: 2,929

28. The Beast Must Die (1974)

PG | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one?

Director: Paul Annett | Stars: Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Charles Gray

Votes: 2,292

30. Dead of Night (1974)

PG | 88 min | Horror

A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus, Henderson Forsythe

Votes: 3,502

31. The Towering Inferno (1974)

PG | 165 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway

Votes: 33,729 | Gross: $116.00M

32. Earthquake (1974)

PG | 123 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene

Votes: 11,774 | Gross: $79.70M

33. Mousey (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

A high school teacher separated from his son plots revenge on his ex-wife.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jean Seberg, John Vernon, Bessie Love

Votes: 171

34. Foxy Brown (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter

Votes: 7,419

35. Hay que matar a B. (1974)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

In a fictitious South American country there's lots of political tension, the labor-unions have all their members on strike. The public demands the return of politician B. from exile. ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Borau | Stars: Darren McGavin, Stéphane Audran, Patricia Neal, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 113

36. Evil of Dracula (1974)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror

A teacher assumes a position at a school that's run by a vampire.

Director: Michio Yamamoto | Stars: Toshio Kurosawa, Mariko Mochizuki, Kunie Tanaka, Shin Kishida

Votes: 194

37. Conversation Piece (1974)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano, Claudia Marsani

Votes: 3,101

38. Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)

R | 89 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An ex-convict, troubled by dreams that he strangles women, is hired as the caretaker on an estate owned by three very strange sisters. Soon after his arrival, a serial killer begins ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Aured | Stars: Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys, Eduardo Calvo, Eva León

Votes: 558

39. The Centerfold Girls (1974)

R | 91 min | Thriller

A depraved religious fanatic sets out to punish all the "immoral" women who have posed for the center-fold of a men's magazine.

Director: John Peyser | Stars: Andrew Prine, Jaime Lyn Bauer, Aldo Ray, Dennis Olivieri

Votes: 467

40. Claudine (1974)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In the 1970s Harlem, garbage collector Roop feels intimidated by the idea of dating Claudine who is a single mother of six on welfare.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Tamu Blackwell

Votes: 1,284

41. Spasmo (1974)

R | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller

Christian (Robert Hoffman) and his girlfriend are taking a walk on a deserted beach when they discover a woman's body lying. A closer look proves that she's alive. The next day Christian ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Adolfo Lastretti

Votes: 1,123

42. Caged Heat (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

In a women's prison, a group of inmates band together to combat the repressive and abusive policies of the warden.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Juanita Brown, Erica Gavin, Roberta Collins, Ella Reid

Votes: 1,669

43. The Front Page (1974)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia

Votes: 10,322 | Gross: $17.30M

44. L'uomo senza memoria (1974)

92 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

An amnesiac man begins to think he may have lived a double life.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Senta Berger, Luc Merenda, Umberto Orsini, Anita Strindberg

Votes: 541

45. The Killer Wore Gloves (1974)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A murder of a man in an airport restroom leads to a series of mysterious killings in London.

Director: Juan Bosch | Stars: Gillian Hills, Ángel del Pozo, Silvia Solar, Stelio Candelli

Votes: 110

46. La noche de los asesinos (1974)

82 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Horror mystery about the residents of a Louisiana castle who are being murdered by a masked killer. When the family arrives for the reading of Marion's will, his wife is strapped to the ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Alberto Dalbés, Evelyne Scott, William Berger, Maribel Hidalgo

Votes: 231

47. Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab (1974)

PG | 98 min | Mystery, Thriller

Ten people are invited to a hotel in the Iranian desert, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Maria Rohm, Adolfo Celi, Stéphane Audran

Votes: 2,171

48. Devil Times Five (1974)

R | 88 min | Horror

When 5 kids get in a bus wreck they start killing people at the lodge who insulted them or was rude to them.

Directors: Sean MacGregor, David Sheldon | Stars: Sorrell Booke, Gene Evans, Taylor Lacher, Joan McCall

Votes: 1,021

49. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Horror

While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves.

Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang | Stars: Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege, Han Chen Wang

Votes: 3,104

50. L'assassino ha riservato nove poltrone (1974)

99 min | Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Patrick Davenant con alcuni familiari e amici si reca, dopo una festa, a visitare un vecchio teatro di proprietà della famiglia, mai usato ma tenuto sempre in ordine. I rapporti tra di loro... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Bennati | Stars: Rosanna Schiaffino, Chris Avram, Eva Czemerys, Lucretia Love

Votes: 427

51. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western