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1. 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: 1,032,316 | Gross: $57.30M

2. 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: 125,388 | Gross: $30.86M

3. Death Wish (1974)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia, Steven Keats

Votes: 32,961 | Gross: $22.00M

4. 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: 272,580 | Gross: $29.20M

5. The Street Fighter (1974)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Goichi Yamada, Yutaka Nakajima, Chiyoko Kazama

Votes: 4,284

6. The Yakuza (1974)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

American private-eye Harry Kilmer returns to Japan to rescue a friend's kidnapped daughter from the clutches of the Yakuza.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman

Votes: 6,999

7. 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: 89,491 | Gross: $4.42M

8. 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: 135,649 | Gross: $86.30M

9. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

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: 28,790 | Gross: $4.05M

10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An American bar room pianist and his prostitute girlfriend go on a trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young

Votes: 16,866

11. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully

Votes: 3,279

12. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western

73 Metascore

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

Votes: 118,336 | Gross: $119.50M

13. Return of the Street Fighter (1974)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Takuma "Terry" Tsurugi returns. In this sequel, he sets out to bust up a phony charity put together by the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Claude Gagnon, Yôko Ichiji, Masashi Ishibashi

Votes: 1,699

14. The Streetfighter's Last Revenge (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Terry Sugury is hired to recover one of two tapes containing a formula for making heroin for a price of 200 dollars a pound. But he gets double crossed. So he wants the tape back.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Reiko Ike, Kôji Wada, Tatsuo Endô

Votes: 1,049

15. Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out.

Director: Yoshiyuki Kuroda | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Junko Hitomi, Gorô Mutsumi

Votes: 2,938

16. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

G | 84 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

Ape-like aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 4,935

17. Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

A master swordsman and former soldier and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires.

Director: Brian Clemens | Stars: Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant, Caroline Munro

Votes: 3,772

18. Phase IV (1974)

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

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

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

Votes: 6,545

19. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)

R | 93 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: 6,752

20. Almost Human (1974)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A small-time homicidal maniac kidnaps the daughter of a rich man, prompting a hardened detective to work outside the law to pursue him.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Henry Silva, Laura Belli, Gino Santercole

Votes: 1,912

21. 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: 15,036

22. Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps, among others, as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.

Directors: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby | Stars: Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner

Votes: 4,136

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

R | 89 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: 3,492

24. House of Whipcord (1974)

R | 102 min | Horror

An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he's been cooped up in the house. He is assisted by... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr, Ray Brooks, Ann Michelle

Votes: 1,330

25. Frightmare (1974)

R | 88 min | Horror

After escaping a death sentence for her hideous crimes, a seemingly rehabilitated woman settles in an isolated farmhouse with her husband, only to ache, once more, for blood, and a crash-course in surgery. Is, indeed, her old self back?

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

Votes: 1,886

26. She sha shou (1974)

X | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A young man who has been beaten, abused, humiliated and laughed at all his life finds that he has an unusual empathy with snakes. He can talk to them and they understand him, and eventually... See full summary »

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Kwok-Leung Gan, Lin Lin Li, Chun Chen, Hao Chen

Votes: 280

27. The Bod Squad (1974)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy

Five Western girls are kidnapped by Chinese pirates and sold to a brothel. While they are being trained to become prostitutes, a couple of local citizens take mercy on them and plots their ... See full summary »

Directors: Ernst Hofbauer, Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Hua Yueh, Hui-Ling Liu, Sonja Jeannine, Diane Drube

Votes: 206

28. Foxy Brown (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

46 Metascore

A voluptuous black vigilante 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: 8,182

29. Dark Star (1974)

G | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm

Votes: 20,570

30. It's Alive (1974)

PG | 91 min | Horror

72 Metascore

The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell

Votes: 6,342

31. 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: 3,443

32. Vampyres (1974)

R | 87 min | Horror

Two mysterious women lure various passers-by to their rural mansion in the English countryside and hold them captive in order to feed on them to satisfy their insatiable thirst for blood.

Director: José Ramón Larraz | Stars: Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Murray Brown, Brian Deacon

Votes: 2,816

33. Flesh Gordon (1974)

R | 78 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Emperor Wang (the Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno and sends his mighty "Sex Ray" towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm | Stars: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins, William Dennis Hunt

Votes: 3,647

34. Zardoz (1974)

R | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton

Votes: 18,078

35. Axe (1974)

R | 65 min | Horror, Thriller

Three criminals on a murder spree arrives at a farmhouse, where a girl is living with her paralyzed grandfather.

Director: Frederick R. Friedel | Stars: Leslie Lee, Jack Canon, Ray Green, Frederick R. Friedel

Votes: 1,084

36. Sing gei cha low (1974)

96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man agrees to trade his wife to settle his massive gambling debt but is overcome with remorse and guilt. He attempts suicide but is saved by a beautiful ghost.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Karen Yeh, Wu Chi Liu, Lin Tung

Votes: 70

37. Devil Times Five (1974)

R | 88 min | Horror

After five deranged children are involved in a bus wreck they start killing people at the lodge who insulted them or were rude to them.

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

Votes: 1,168

38. 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: 50,938

39. 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: 3,850

40. Dead of Night (1974)

PG | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

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: 3,955

41. Sunday in the Country (1974)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Three vicious thugs are on the run in rural America after robbing a local bank. They seek refuge at the home of a reclusive farmer, but he is prepared for their arrival and holds them at ... See full summary »

Director: John Trent | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Michael J. Pollard, Hollis McLaren, Louis Zorich

Votes: 369

42. 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: 18,813 | Gross: $13.34M

43. 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: 36,476 | Gross: $116.00M

44. Lorna the Exorcist (1974)

X | 81 min | Horror

A man is tormented by an ex-lover, Lorna, who posseses a strange power over a women, including the man's daughter.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Pamela Stanford, Guy Delorme, Lina Romay, Jacqueline Laurent

Votes: 472

45. Symptoms (1974)

R | 92 min | Horror

A young woman is invited by her girlfriend, who lives in an English country mansion, to stay there with her. The estate, however, isn't quite what it seems--and neither is the friend who issued the invitation.

Director: José Ramón Larraz | Stars: Angela Pleasence, Peter Vaughan, Lorna Heilbron, Nancy Nevinson

Votes: 954

46. 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: 24,330

47. Buster and Billie (1974)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

In a rural 1940s southern town, a socially awkward high school girl is taken advantage of by the boys, because it's the only way she knows to relate to boys. But one, Buster, falls in love ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniel Petrie, Sidney Sheldon | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Joan Goodfellow, Pamela Sue Martin, Clifton James

Votes: 595



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