1970's TV Movies

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1. The Screaming Woman (1972 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 73 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stephens, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 452

2. Incident on a Dark Street (1973 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 96 min | Crime, Drama

A small-time hood is murdered just as he is about to blow the whistle on an organized crime ring.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Olson, David Canary, Robert Pine, Richard S. Castellano

Votes: 145

3. The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 73 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An invisible demon in the cargo hold of a jet airliner terrorizes the passengers.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Chuck Connors, Buddy Ebsen, Tammy Grimes, Lynn Loring

Votes: 783

4. Cry Panic (1974 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 74 min | Mystery, Thriller

A man accidentally runs over and kills a pedestrian outside a small town. He begins to suspect that the locals, including the sheriff, are keeping secrets about the victim.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: John Forsythe, Earl Holliman, Ralph Meeker, Norman Alden

Votes: 140

5. All the Kind Strangers (1974 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 73 min | Horror, Thriller

A couple traveling through a backwoods area are held by a a group of orphans who want them to become their parents. Unfortunately, the kids have a habit of killing adults who refuse that particular honor.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Stacy Keach, Samantha Eggar, John Savage, Robby Benson

Votes: 516

6. The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 96 min | Drama, History, Mystery

In Massachusetts in 1893, Lizzie Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Fionnula Flanagan, Ed Flanders, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 1,273

7. Katherine (1975 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 97 min | Drama

A harrowing look at the 1960s and early 1970s through the eyes of Katherine Alman, a wealthy debutante who slowly, but inexorably spirals down into a fight for the causes that shook a ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Art Carney, Sissy Spacek, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner

Votes: 284

8. Murder on Flight 502 (1975 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Left in the lounge for first-class passengers, a letter warns of murders on Flight 502 -- and the warning is received a day early.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Theodore Bikel, Sonny Bono

Votes: 490

9. Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

15 year old Dawn runs away from what she feels is an intolerable home life. In the big city, she ends up turning to prostitution when she is unable to get a job due to her age. Life at home... See full summary »

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Eve Plumb, Leigh McCloskey, Lynn Carlin, William Schallert

Votes: 296

10. Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The co-pilot and engineer of a passenger jet struggle to keep the plane airborne until it can reach an open airfield after a killer aboard the plane fires a gun at an engine and pilot of the plane.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: David Janssen, Don Meredith, Christopher George, Ray Milland

Votes: 227

11. Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A disaster movie opening with an enormous multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in California. After the opening stunt-filled action, a flashback of the crash victims' lives prior to and ... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Robert Conrad, Sian Barbara Allen, Buddy Ebsen, Herb Edelman

Votes: 307

12. The Death of Richie (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A sensitive but confused teenager feels pressure on him from all directions and turns to drugs, which causes problems for him in school and at home.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Eileen Brennan, Robby Benson, Lance Kerwin

Votes: 284

13. Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model? (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A female private detective goes undercover as a porno actress to find a millionaire's missing daughter.

Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: Barbara Eden, Joseph Mascolo, Joan Hackett, Richard Basehart

Votes: 19

14. Yesterday's Child (1977 TV Movie)

78 min | Drama

A young couple's three-year-old daughter is kidnapped and no trace is ever found of her. Fourteen years later, a young woman claiming to be that girl shows up at the parents' house.

Directors: Corey Allen, Bob Rosenbaum, Jerry Thorpe | Stars: Shirley Jones, Ross Martin, Claude Akins, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 31

15. The Death Squad (1974 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 75 min | Crime, Drama

When petty criminals start turning up murdered, a detective discovers they are being killed by a group of his fellow officers who think the criminals were treated too leniently by the courts.

Director: Harry Falk | Stars: Robert Forster, Michelle Phillips, Claude Akins, Mark Goddard

Votes: 56

16. The Norliss Tapes (1973 TV Movie)

72 min | Horror

An investigative reporter stumbles onto an artist that has made a pact to come back after his death to sculpt a statue of a demon using human blood and clay. Once the demon is awakened he will be granted immortality.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Roy Thinnes, Don Porter, Angie Dickinson, Claude Akins

Votes: 1,038

17. Eric (1975 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama

Athletic youth, aware of his terminal illness, refuses to give up.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Patricia Neal, Claude Akins, Sian Barbara Allen, Mark Hamill

Votes: 104

18. Kiss Me, Kill Me (1976 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

A female investigator in the district attorney's office sets out to track down the person who murdered a young schoolteacher.

Director: Michael O'Herlihy | Stars: Stella Stevens, Michael Anderson Jr., Dabney Coleman, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 38

19. Killer on Board (1977 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

The passengers on a cruise ship are seized by panic when a deadly virus begins killing off passengers and crew.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Claude Akins, Patty Duke, Len Birman, Frank Converse

Votes: 64

20. Night Drive (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Thriller

A housewife is stalked by a psycho after she sees him murder a highway patrol officer.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Valerie Harper, Richard Romanus, Nicholas Pryor, John Quade

Votes: 391

21. The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977 TV Movie)

78 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A houswife, tired of her everyday routine, makes changes in her hair, her wardrobe and her makeup, and begins to take on the personality of a woman who had died five years earlier.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Karen Black, George Hamilton, Robert F. Lyons, Lucille Benson

Votes: 184

22. Murder at the World Series (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Mystery, Sport

A disturbed young man, who had tried out for the Houston Astros baseball team and been rejected, plots to take his revenge by a series of kidnappings.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Lynda Day George, Murray Hamilton, Karen Valentine, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Votes: 63

23. The San Pedro Bums (1977 TV Movie)

73 min | Comedy

Pilot for the short-lived TV series centers on five rough-and-tumble guys living on a leaky boat where they try to collar a gang of waterfront toughs after a robbery of which their buddy was the victim.

Directors: Allen Baron, Barry Shear | Stars: Christopher Murney, Jeffrey Druce, John Mark Robinson, Stuart Pankin

Votes: 23

24. Delta County, U.S.A. (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Story of life in a small southern community, dominated by generational barriers and political intrigue.

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Jim Antonio, Jeff Conaway, Robert Hays, Edward Power

Votes: 24

25. A Real American Hero (1978 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama

Bufford Pusser is the Sheriff of a Tennessee County who must go against a former friend, and a group of women who use an old blue law to segregate a recently freed prostitute. To fight them... See full summary »

Director: Lou Antonio | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Forrest Tucker, Brian Kerwin, Ken Howard

Votes: 218

26. A Last Cry for Help (1979 TV Movie)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama

Sharon appears to be a normal 17-year-old girl with good grades, many friends, and a wonderful personality--and a home life constrained by her parents' pressures on and expectations for her... See full summary »

Director: Hal Sitowitz | Stars: Linda Purl, Shirley Jones, Tony Lo Bianco, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 33

27. Murder by Natural Causes (1979 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Mystery

Allison, the unfaithful wife of a famous mentalist with a heart problem, wants her lover to try to kill her husband by scaring him to death, but the whole thing goes downhill.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Richard Anderson, Katharine Ross, Hal Holbrook, Barry Bostwick

Votes: 479

28. Death Sentence (1974 TV Movie)

Unrated | 74 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A juror on a murder case begins to believe that the man on trial is innocent of the crime - and then discovers that the real killer is her own husband.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Cloris Leachman, Laurence Luckinbill, Nick Nolte, Alan Oppenheimer

Votes: 239

29. Jennifer: A Woman's Story (1979 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

The widow of a wealthy executive battles schemes by factions of the board of directors as she fights to keep control of his shipbuilding company.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Bradford Dillman, Scott Hylands, James Booth

Votes: 59

30. The Child Stealer (1979 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A young woman is granted custody of her children after a divorce. However, her ex-husband kidnaps the children soon afterward, and she can't get any help at all from the authorities.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Beau Bridges, Blair Brown, Cristina Raines, Eugene Roche

Votes: 25

31. Friendly Fire (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, War

When they try to learn how how their son died in Vietnam, the Mullens meet lies and evasion on all sides.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston, Dennis Erdman

Votes: 348

32. Anatomy of a Seduction (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

The story of a divorced woman who begins an affair with the college-age son of her best friend, and the effects it has on her relationship with her own son, who is not much younger than her lover.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Susan Flannery, Jameson Parker, Ed Nelson, Michael LeClair

Votes: 106

33. A Vacation in Hell (1979 TV Movie)

120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

Five tourists, four women and one man, escape from the group in a holiday camp at a tropical place and get lost. They have to find the way back, but problems are still to come.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Priscilla Barnes, Barbara Feldon, Andrea Marcovicci, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 116

34. Survival of Dana (1979 TV Movie)

96 min | Crime, Drama

High school transfer student Dana moves to Los Angeles' suburban Valley district after her North Dakota parents get divorced.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Melissa Sue Anderson, Robert Carradine, Marion Ross, Talia Balsam

Votes: 43

35. Virginia Hill (1974 TV Movie)

74 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Virginia Hill, a former prostitute who was the girlfriend of 1940s killer and gangster Bugsy Siegel.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Dyan Cannon, Harvey Keitel, Allen Garfield, John Vernon

Votes: 105

36. Death Be Not Proud (1975 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Based on the book by famed author John Gunther about the life and early death of his teenage son Johnny, who died from a brain tumor.

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Arthur Hill, Jane Alexander, Robby Benson, Linden Chiles

Votes: 155

37. Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker (1979 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

Teenage Julie Thurston has no wheels, so she hitchhikes to get around. Unfortunately, a psychopath is roaming the highways, picking up young girls and raping them.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Dominique Dunne, Dick Van Patten, Katherine Helmond, James Carroll Jordan

Votes: 125

38. Death Car on the Freeway (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller

An unknown, psychotic driver uses his van to kill unsuspecting female drivers on the freeway.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Shelley Hack, Frank Gorshin, Peter Graves, Harriet Nelson

Votes: 322

39. The Kid from Left Field (1979 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Jackie Robinson "J.R." Cooper is a kid who loves baseball, and also the son of a former major leaguer now down on his luck (and now a vendor working the stands at games).

Director: Adell Aldrich | Stars: Gary Coleman, Robert Guillaume, Gary Collins, Ed McMahon

Votes: 177

40. The Golden Gate Murders (1979 TV Movie)

104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In San Francisco, a police detective, aided by a catholic nun, investigates the case of a priest who falls to his death from the Golden Gate bridge.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: David Janssen, Susannah York, Paul Coufos, Tim O'Connor

Votes: 180

41. The Death of Ocean View Park (1979 TV Movie)

100 min | Thriller

A young woman starts to get visions of a disaster happening at a local amusement park.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Mike Connors, Diana Canova, Perry Lang, Caroline McWilliams

Votes: 126

42. Disaster on the Coastliner (1979 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Action, Drama

A vengeful employee of a computer-controlled railway arranges a head-on collision of passenger trains. Can it be stopped?

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Raymond Burr, Robert Fuller, Pat Hingle

Votes: 414

43. The Streets of L.A. (1979 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama

The true story of an Anglo woman's venture into the Mexican-American barrio to seek restitution from vandals who slashed her tires.

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Joanne Woodward, Robert Webber, Michael C. Gwynne, Audrey Christie

Votes: 22

44. When She Was Bad... (1979 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Stressed by a recent move and being a stay-at-home mom, Teeny takes out her bottled-up rage on her daughter Robbie. Only the help of her friends, family and counselors can stop her from harming Robbie and herself.

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: Cheryl Ladd, Robert Urich, Eileen Brennan, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 96

45. Satan's School for Girls (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A young woman investigating her sister's suicide at a private girls' school finds herself battling a Satanic cult.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Pamela Franklin, Kate Jackson, Lloyd Bochner, Jamie Smith-Jackson

Votes: 1,081

46. Leave Yesterday Behind (1978 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Romance

Paul was injured while playing polo. He then learns that he is paralyzed from the waist down. Feeling despondent, he decides to go to his grandfather's ranch. He meets Marnie a horse ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: John Ritter, Carrie Fisher, Buddy Ebsen, Ed Nelson

Votes: 125

47. The Golden Lady (1979)

TV-14 | 91 min | Action, Thriller

A wealthy industrialist hires Julia Hemingway and her elite team of three female mercenaries to sabotage a deal between his competitor and an oil sheik. They spy, seduce, steal and, when their employer tries to double-cross them, kill.

Director: José Ramón Larraz | Stars: Ina Skriver, Suzanne Danielle, June Chadwick, Anika Pavel

Votes: 46

48. Vampire (1979 TV Movie)

88 min | Horror

Vampire Anton Voytek's lair is disturbed by the ground breaking for a new church. Anton attempts to start a modern life using his hoarded wealth, but finds it's been confiscated by the ... See full summary »

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Jason Miller, Richard Lynch, E.G. Marshall, Kathryn Harrold

Votes: 297