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


1. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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58 Metascore

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: 107,850 | Gross: $53.27M

2. 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: 318,489 | Gross: $232.91M

3. 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: 3,163

4. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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: 72,125 | Gross: $115.00M

5. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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55 Metascore

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: 84,531 | Gross: $35.38M

6. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

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: 85,814 | Gross: $25.00M

7. The Sting (1973)

PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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80 Metascore

Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

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

Votes: 209,742 | Gross: $159.60M

8. 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: 29,446 | Gross: $0.06M

9. Serpico (1973)

R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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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: 93,095 | Gross: $29.80M

10. Westworld (1973)

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

7.0
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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: 44,386

11. Mean Streets (1973)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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96 Metascore

A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.

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

Votes: 80,458 | Gross: $0.03M

12. The Wicker Man (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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87 Metascore

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: 56,054 | Gross: $0.06M

13. A Warm December (1973)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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Dr. Matt Younger and his daughter arrive for a month-long visit to London for dirt-bike racing and unexpectedly, a new romance for the widowed Dr. Younger. His new love interest is the ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Ester Anderson, Yvette Curtis, George Baker

Votes: 304

14. 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: 40,353

15. 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: 98,440 | Gross: $32.06M

16. 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: 13,780 | Gross: $22.02M

17. Soylent Green (1973)

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

7.1
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66 Metascore

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: 50,712

18. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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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: 55,728

19. Immoral Tales (1973)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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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: 3,101

20. The Man from Acapulco (1973)

95 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.3
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Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset, Vittorio Caprioli, Hans Meyer

Votes: 3,726

21. The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)

PG | 114 min | Romance, Western

6.2
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Western story about a defiant wife who leaves her husband to take up riding with outlaws.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sarah Miles, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden

Votes: 1,142

22. Paper Moon (1973)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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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: 35,263 | Gross: $30.93M

23. Fantastic Planet (1973)

PG | 72 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

7.8
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On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

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

Votes: 18,472

24. Shamus (1973)

PG | 106 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot. So an offer of $10,000 to finds some diamonds stolen in a daring ... See full summary »

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon, John P. Ryan, Joe Santos

Votes: 943

25. 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: 19,162

26. High Plains Drifter (1973)

R | 105 min | Mystery, Western

7.6
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69 Metascore

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: 42,947 | Gross: $15.70M

27. The Last Detail (1973)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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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: 19,067

28. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.8
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Sinbad and the vizier of Marabia, followed by evil magician Koura, seek the three golden tablets that can gain them access to the ancient temple of the Oracle of All Knowledge.

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

Votes: 7,053

29. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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80 Metascore

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: 33,367 | Gross: $16.06M

30. Magnum Force (1973)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.2
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58 Metascore

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: 49,197

31. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G | 108 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.3
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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: 22,347 | Gross: $24.48M

32. My Name Is Nobody (1973)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Western

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: 20,159

33. Hit! (1973)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama

6.1
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A Federal Agent, whose daughter dies of a heroin overdose, is determined to destroy the drug ring that supplied her. He recruits various people whose lives have been torn apart by the drug ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Paul Hampton, Gwen Welles

Votes: 366

34. Walking Tall (1973)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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60 Metascore

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: 4,195

35. Amarcord (1973)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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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: 34,134

36. 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: 14,974 | Gross: $5.23M

37. The Long Goodbye (1973)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam then gets implicated in his wife's murder.

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

Votes: 21,439 | Gross: $0.96M

38. 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: 8,030

39. The Legend of Hell House (1973)

PG | 95 min | Horror

6.8
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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: 10,568

40. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

R | 87 min | Horror

5.6
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In London in the 1970s, Scotland Yard police investigators think they have uncovered a case of vampirism. They call in an expert vampire researcher named Van Helsing (a descendant of the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Coles, William Franklyn

Votes: 4,364

41. La grande bouffe (1973)

NC-17 | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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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: 10,268

42. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western

7.4
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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: 15,723

43. Day for Night (1973)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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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: 17,017 | Gross: $0.02M

44. Theater of Blood (1973)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

7.3
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A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews

Votes: 7,818

45. Sssssss (1973)

PG | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.4
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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: 2,873

46. Scarecrow (1973)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.3
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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: 13,327

47. The Neptune Factor (1973)

G | 98 min | Sci-Fi

4.7
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When an underwater ocean lab is lost in a earthquake, an advanced submarine is sent down to find it and encounters terrible danger.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Walter Pidgeon, Ernest Borgnine, Yvette Mimieux

Votes: 618

48. 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: 9,951

49. Charley Varrick (1973)

PG | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 9,287

50. Ludwig (1973)

PG | 238 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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The reign of the tormented Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from 1864 to 1886.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano

Votes: 3,773



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