ICM Forum 1974 Nominations

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1. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

92 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: 270,056 | Gross: $29.20M

2. The Conversation (1974)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 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: 88,747 | Gross: $4.42M

3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 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: 1,020,296 | Gross: $57.30M

4. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

R | 155 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

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: 18,576 | Gross: $13.34M

5. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 16,821

6. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 8,816

7. The Man Who Sleeps (1974)

77 min | Drama

A 25-year-old male student in Paris becomes indifferent to the world around him, and subsequently feels a strong sense of alienation and hopelessness.

Director: Bernard Queysanne | Stars: Jacques Spiesser, Ludmila Mikaël

Votes: 2,482

8. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Unrated | 193 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier

Votes: 4,166 | Gross: $0.03M

9. The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

R | 104 min | Comedy

A series of surreal sequences that critique morality and society in a stream of consciousness style.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Adolfo Celi, Michel Piccoli, Monica Vitti

Votes: 12,899 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Edvard Munch (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 210 min | Biography, Drama, History

Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism and established himself as northern Europe's most maligned and controversial artist, ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Geir Westby, Gro Fraas, Kerstii Allum, Eric Allum

Votes: 2,692 | Gross: $0.04M

11. 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: 50,519

12. The Parallax View (1974)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Walter McGinn

Votes: 13,498

13. Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)

104 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Kaoru Yachigusa, Keiko Niitaka, Masumi Harukawa, Kan Mikami

Votes: 1,152

14. The Mouth Agape (1974)

TV-14 | 82 min | Drama

Monique is dying. Around her gather her unfaithful husband, her son, who is like his father, and her daughter-in-law. We observe them playing with life as she dies.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Hubert Deschamps, Philippe Léotard, Monique Mélinand

Votes: 746

15. Orderers (1974)

109 min | Drama, History

A fact-based account of ordinary citizens who found themselves arrested and imprisoned without charge for weeks during the October Crisis in 1970 Quebec.

Director: Michel Brault | Stars: Hélène Loiselle, Jean Lapointe, Guy Provost, Claude Gauthier

Votes: 910

16. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 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 And must survive the terrors of leatherface and his family.

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

Votes: 122,920 | Gross: $30.86M

17. 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: 134,700 | Gross: $86.30M

18. Himiko (1974)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

A freestyle, imagined telling of the life of shaman queen Himiko, who falls in love with her half-brother, making her powers weaken thus putting her position to risk.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Masao Kusakari, Rie Yokoyama, Chôichirô Kawarasaki

Votes: 362

19. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge

Votes: 15,196

20. 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: 36,222 | Gross: $116.00M

21. Hearts and Minds (1974)

R | 112 min | Documentary, History, War

68 Metascore

An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War.

Director: Peter Davis | Stars: Tin Chan, Chau Diem, Ngo Dinh Diem, John Foster Dulles

Votes: 4,970 | Gross: $0.03M

22. 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: 28,132 | Gross: $4.05M

23. Lacombe, Lucien (1974)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1944, an 18-year old boy from small-town France, collaborates with the Nazi-regime and subsequently falls in love with a Jewish girl.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler, Therese Giehse

Votes: 5,736

24. Cockfighter (1974)

R | 83 min | Drama

Southern action drama film about cockfighting.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Warren Oates, Richard B. Shull, Harry Dean Stanton, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 1,847

25. Female Trouble (1974)

NC-17 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 7,140

26. 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: 19,137 | Gross: $18.60M

27. The Society of the Spectacle (1974)

88 min | Documentary

Guy Debord's cinematic analysis of consumer society based on his influential book "La société du spectacle" (1967).

Director: Guy Debord | Stars: Guy Debord, Leonid Brezhnev, Fidel Castro, Jacques Duclos

Votes: 479

28. Foxy Brown (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

46 Metascore

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: 8,092

29. 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.

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

Votes: 3,817

30. Scenes from a Marriage (1974)

PG | 169 min | Drama

Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom

Votes: 2,033

31. The Gambler (1974)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all of his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother, and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this, he cannot stop gambling.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton, Morris Carnovsky

Votes: 3,575

32. Weighed But Found Wanting (1974)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

(Filipino with English subtitles) This landmark film is considered by many to be one of the most important in Philippine cinema. The son of a wealthy man, Junior has everything he could ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Lolita Rodriguez, Lilia Dizon, Eddie Garcia, Hilda Koronel

Votes: 261

33. The Stars Heavenly Home (1974)

105 min | Drama

A woman slowly drinks herself to death as she is physically and emotionally used by one man after another

Director: Jang-ho Lee | Stars: In-suk Ahn, Sung-il Shin, Il-bong Yun

Votes: 52

34. Lenny (1974)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama

61 Metascore

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: 13,300

35. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 14,833

36. Still Life (1974)

93 min | Drama

For more than three decades, aging Iranian Mohamad Sardari (Zadour Bonyadi) has worked as a crossing guard at a desolate train station. Through the years, Mohamad has done little to stifle ... See full summary »

Directors: Houshang Baharlou, Morteza Momayyez, Sohrab Shahid Saless | Stars: Zadour Bonyadi, Mohammed Kani, Hibibollah Safarian, Habib Safaryan

Votes: 686

37. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

The younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz yearns to make a name for himself in society. This film chronicles his short and dubious rise to power, as well ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Micheline Lanctôt, Jack Warden, Randy Quaid

Votes: 1,739

38. The Odessa File (1974)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former S.S. Captain, who commanded a concentration camp during World War II.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell, Mary Tamm

Votes: 9,168

39. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

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: 20,446 | Gross: $25.00M

40. Reason, Debate and a Story (1974)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

In this quest narrative that makes the Odyssey look like a trip to the mall, four men, each peculiar in his own way, embark on a quest to reason with the estranged wife of the protagonist.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Tripti Mitra, Shaonli Mitra, Sugata Burman, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 309

41. Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

74 Metascore

A million miles away from 'Camelot' or 'Excalibur', this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials. Arthur's knights, far from being heroic, are conniving ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Vladimir Antolek-Oresek

Votes: 3,099

42. Morel's Invention (1974)

110 min | Sci-Fi

A castaway arrives on an island. He thinks it's uninhabited, but he sees a palace with also a hidden room. Soon he sees some people walking, dressed with old-fashioned clothes. He is afraid because people don't see him, like a ghost.

Director: Emidio Greco | Stars: Giulio Brogi, Anna Karina, John Steiner, Anna Maria Gherardi

Votes: 295

43. Man on a Swing (1974)

PG | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Joel Grey, Dorothy Tristan, Elizabeth Wilson

Votes: 359

44. Phase IV (1974)

PG | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. ... See full summary »

Director: Saul Bass | Stars: Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, Lynne Frederick, Alan Gifford

Votes: 6,470

45. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)

118 min | Action, Drama, History

The last three days in the life of Ryoma Sakamoto, an imperial loyalist who tried to unite the warring Choshu and Satsuma clans in order to overthrow the Shogunate.

Director: Kazuo Kuroki | Stars: Yoshio Harada, Renji Ishibashi, Rie Nakagawa, Yûsaku Matsuda

Votes: 96

46. The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974)

45 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Walter Steiner, Werner Herzog

Votes: 2,057

47. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

43 Metascore

James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams

Votes: 87,906 | Gross: $20.97M

48. Immoral Tales (1973)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance

An erotic collection of short stories, an anthology comprised of tantalizing tales about sexual desire and its diverse manifestations.

Director: Walerian Borowczyk | Stars: Lise Danvers, Fabrice Luchini, Charlotte Alexandra, Lisbeth Hummel

Votes: 3,475

49. Harry and Tonto (1974)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama