Best movies of 1973

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1. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

93 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: 69,997

10/10

2. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A French convict in the 1930s befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence in the South American penal colony on Devil's Island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Votes: 126,680 | Gross: $53.27M

9/10

3. Paper Moon (1973)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

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: 44,771 | Gross: $30.93M

9/10

4. Scarecrow (1973)

R | 112 min | Drama

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: 16,544 | Gross: $9.00M

9/10

5. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western

53 Metascore

Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado

Votes: 18,910 | Gross: $0.95M

8/10

6. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

81 Metascore

When a 12-year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 378,191 | Gross: $232.91M

8/10

7. High Plains Drifter (1973)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Western

69 Metascore

A gun-fighting 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: 52,724 | Gross: $15.70M

8/10

8. Serpico (1973)

R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 117,246 | Gross: $29.80M

7.5/10

9. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

A secret agent comes to an opium lord's island fortress with other fighters for a martial-arts tournament.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 101,160 | Gross: $25.00M

8/10

10. The Long Goodbye (1973)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam, but in doing so gets implicated in his wife's murder.

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

Votes: 28,981 | Gross: $0.96M

7/10

11. Don't Look Now (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

96 Metascore

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: 52,936 | Gross: $0.98M

7/10

12. The Last Detail (1973)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

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: 23,734 | Gross: $3.19M

7/10

13. Magnum Force (1973)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

58 Metascore

San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is on the trail of vigilante Police Officers 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: 59,150 | Gross: $4.56M

7/10

14. Anna and the Wolves (1973)

100 min | Drama

A British governess comes to an isolated house to take care of the children of a convoluted family.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Fernando Fernán Gómez, José María Prada, José Vivó

Votes: 1,542

7/10

15. Mean Streets (1973)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

96 Metascore

A small-time hood tries to keep the peace between his friend Johnny and Johnny's creditors.

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

Votes: 105,048 | Gross: $3.13M

7/10

16. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

In the aftermath of France allowing Algeria's independence, a group of resentful military veterans hire a professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" to kill President Charles de Gaulle.

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

Votes: 39,340 | Gross: $16.06M

7/10

17. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

97 Metascore

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: 85,776 | Gross: $115.00M

7/10

18. Robin Hood (1973)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

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

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, David Hand | Stars: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 121,043 | Gross: $32.06M

7/10

19. The Holy Mountain (1973)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

76 Metascore

In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a messianic 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: 40,233 | Gross: $0.06M

7/10

20. Scorpio (1973)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield, John Colicos

Votes: 4,399

7/10

21. Night Watch (1973)

PG | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Elizabeth Taylor plays a woman who is a witness to murder...but whose?

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Billie Whitelaw, Robert Lang

Votes: 1,417 | Gross: $1.26M

7/10

22. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

55 Metascore

James Bond is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organisation and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

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

Votes: 102,520 | Gross: $35.38M

7/10

23. The MacKintosh Man (1973)

PG | 98 min | Thriller

A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda, James Mason, Harry Andrews

Votes: 4,432

7/10

24. Westworld (1973)

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

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: 55,373 | Gross: $16.06M

7/10

25. Sleeper (1973)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

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: 42,247 | Gross: $2.91M

6.5/10

26. The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)

124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Józef visits his dying father at a remote mental institution, where time itself doesn't seem to exist, and the line between dreams and memories becomes indistinguishable.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Kondrat, Irena Orska, Halina Kowalska

Votes: 3,894

6.5/10

27. World on a Wire (1973)

Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau

Votes: 5,882

6/10

28. The Way We Were (1973)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

In pre-WWII, McCarthyism, a diametrically opposed couple come together only to find out that geniune friendship and physical attraction is not enough to overcome fundamental societal beliefs.

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

Votes: 23,879

6/10

29. Day for Night (1973)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 21,727 | Gross: $0.02M

6/10

30. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G | 106 min | Drama, History, Musical

64 Metascore

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: 26,301 | Gross: $24.48M

6/10

31. Save the Tiger (1973)

R | 100 min | Drama

A disillusioned war veteran has two days to let go of his shaken morals if he wants his small fashion company to survive.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman, Norman Burton

Votes: 4,906 | Gross: $2.33M

6/10

32. La Grande Bouffe (1973)

NC-17 | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of men go to a villa in the French countryside where they resolve to eat themselves to death.

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

Votes: 12,803

6/10

33. W pustyni i w puszczy (1973)

195 min | Adventure, Family

Fourteen year old Polish boy Stas Tarkowski and eight year old Nel Rawlison from England are kidnapped as the hostages by Arabic fanatics and taken to their religion leader. Then they ... See full summary »

Director: Wladyslaw Slesicki | Stars: Monika Rosca, Tomasz Medrzak, Edmund Fetting, Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz

Votes: 432

6/10



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