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1. 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: 118,205 | Gross: $119.50M

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: 89,387 | Gross: $4.42M

3. 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: 50,891

4. 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: 36,438 | Gross: $116.00M

5. 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: 24,310

6. The Great Gatsby (1974)

PG | 144 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

Votes: 22,332

7. 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: 20,614 | Gross: $25.00M

8. 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: 16,976

9. 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: 18,789 | Gross: $13.34M

10. 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: 18,069

11. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

A young man named Kaspar Hauser suddenly appears 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: 15,302

12. 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: 15,016

13. 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: 13,612

14. 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: 13,406

15. Earthquake (1974)

PG | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene

Votes: 12,823 | Gross: $79.70M

16. The Front Page (1974)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia

Votes: 11,354 | Gross: $17.30M

17. The Night Porter (1974)

R | 118 min | Drama

After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, Holocaust survivor Lucia and Nazi officer Max, who tortured her, resume their sadomasochistic relationship.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 10,368

18. Watch Out, We're Mad (1974)

G | 101 min | Action, Comedy

After a tied 1st place in a local stunt race, two drivers start a contest to decide who of them will own the prize, a dune buggy. But when a mobster destroys the car, they are determined to get it back.

Director: Marcello Fondato | Stars: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Patty Shepard, Deogratias Huerta

Votes: 9,837

19. 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: 9,216

20. 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: 8,901

21. The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, History

The Four Musketeers defend the queen and her dressmaker from Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Michael York, Raquel Welch, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain

Votes: 9,212 | Gross: $19.10M

22. 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: 7,224

23. 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: 6,994

24. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

Larry Rayder is an aspiring NASCAR driver, Deke Sommers is mechanic. As they feel they collectively are the best, the only thing that is holding them back is money to build the best vehicle... See full summary »

Director: John Hough | Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 5,838

25. Juggernaut (1974)

PG | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A blackmailer demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he placed aboard the transatlantic liner Britannic.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, David Hemmings, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 4,553

26. The Land That Time Forgot (1974)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Fantasy

During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Keith Barron

Votes: 5,082

27. 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: 4,913

28. 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: 4,279

29. 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: 4,215 | Gross: $0.03M

30. 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: 3,847

31. Conversation Piece (1974)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

A reclusive, retired professor is faced with confronting modernity when a group of vulgar youths, led by an obnoxious marchesa, take up residence in his unused upper residence.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano, Claudia Marsani

Votes: 3,557

32. 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: 3,487

33. 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: 3,435

34. 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: 2,933

35. Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

Lady Snowblood is caught in the politics of early 20th century Japan.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Jûzô Itami, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Yoshio Harada

Votes: 2,796

36. Truck Turner (1974)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Blaxploitation film about a former professional football player who becomes a bounty hunter in Los Angeles.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase

Votes: 2,282

37. 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: 2,189

38. The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974)

Not Rated | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Sylvia, an industrial scientist, is troubled by strange hallucinations related to the tragic suicide of her mother.

Director: Francesco Barilli | Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Maurizio Bonuglia, Mario Scaccia, Jho Jhenkins

Votes: 1,944

39. Black Belt Jones (1974)

R | 85 min | Action, Comedy

A Mafia buy out of Papa Byrd's karate school downtown ends in his death. Byrd's daughter, Sydney, refuses to sell, and wants revenge. Byrd's students call the Black Belt Jones for help. Jones reluctantly teams with Sydney in many battles.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Jim Kelly, Gloria Hendry, Scatman Crothers, Eric Laneuville

Votes: 1,908

40. Caged Heat (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

In a women's prison, a group of inmates band together to combat the repressive and abusive policies of the warden.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Juanita Brown, Erica Gavin, Roberta Collins, Ella Reid

Votes: 1,928

41. 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: 1,697

42. Sugar Hill (1974)

PG | 91 min | Action, Crime, Horror

When her boyfriend is murdered by gangsters, Sugar Hill decides not to get mad, but BAD! She entreats voodoo queen Mama Maitresse to call on Baron Samedi, Lord of the Dead, for help with a ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Maslansky | Stars: Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Betty Anne Rees

Votes: 1,495

43. 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: 1,327

44. Sister Street Fighter (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime

Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring responsible for importing heroin from Japan to Hong Kong. When he is identified and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi | Stars: Etsuko Shihomi, Shin'ichi Chiba, Asao Uchida, Sanae Ôhori

Votes: 1,085

45. Willie Dynamite (1974)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways.

Director: Gilbert Moses | Stars: Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala, Joyce Walker

Votes: 861



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