Best Movies of 1974

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Best Movies of 1974
Best Movies of 1974
TOP Movies: The Godfather: Part II (1974), Chinatown (1974), The Longest Yard (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), The Towering Inferno (1974), The Conversation (1974), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Blazing Saddles (1974), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), The Great Gatsby (1974), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Caged Heat (1974), Lenny (1974), Black Christmas (1974), Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Harry and Tonto (1974), The Front Page (1974), The Parallax View (1974), Earthquake (1974).
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The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: epic, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, organized crime, revenge, criminal heroes, melancholy, crime boss, ambition, rise to the top, corrupt politician, cosa nostra ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: cuba, new york, italy, las vegas, sicily ...
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Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, suspense, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, femme fatale, investigation, corruption, rape, domestic violence, police, incest, murder, surveillance, crimes, conspiracy ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean, america ...
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The Longest Yard (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' ...
Style: humorous, intense, inspirational, talky, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american football, prison, sport, football, underdog, prison escape, farce, crime gone awry, greed, unlikely friendships, prison life, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, new jersey, georgia
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Young Frankenstein (1974)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young neurosurgeon inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback, a pretty lab assistant and the elderly housekeeper. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his ...
Style: parody, funny, gothic, humorous, absurd ...
Plot: monster, experiment, farce, mad scientist, castle, frankenstein, laboratory, satire, scientist, hunchback, supernatural, reanimation ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 70s
Place: transylvania, europe, usa
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The Towering Inferno (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: 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.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, tense, realistic ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: catastrophe, survival, disaster, skyscraper, natural disaster, rescue, firefighter, race against time, fire, architect, tragic event, elevator ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california
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The Conversation (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. ...
Style: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, cerebral, neo noir ...
Plot: surveillance, paranoia, conspiracy, spy, character study, wiretap, obsession, murder, loneliness, loner, alienation, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 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.
Style: twists and turns, suspense, thought provoking, suspenseful, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: whodunit, investigation, train, murder mystery, private detective, murder, multiple suspects, justice, crimes, railway, mystery, train travel ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new york, london, istanbul turkey, turkey, former yugoslavia ...
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.
Style: slasher, scary, macabre, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, cannibalism, chainsaw, cannibal, chainsaw murder, masked killer, slaughterhouse, massacre, maniac, hitchhiker, murder, psychopath ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: texas, austin texas, usa
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Blazing Saddles (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A town – where everyone seems to be named Johnson – is in the way of the railroad and, in order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is ...
Style: humorous, parody, funny, light, talky ...
Plot: cowboy, farce, racism, gay slur, cowboys and outlaws, racial slur, absurd humor, small town, sheriff, african american, satire, governor ...
Time: 19th century, 70s, 1870s
Place: los angeles
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A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Mabel, a mother and wife, is on the brink of insanity as her blue-collar husband Nick attempts to understand her plight.
Style: cerebral, art house, thought provoking, sexy, tense ...
Plot: mental illness, marriage, love, working class, psychology, husband wife relationship, construction worker, mental disorder, mental breakdown, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, women ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A recently widowed woman on the road with her precocious young son is determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, road movie, cerebral ...
Plot: self discovery, mother son relationship, suburbs, friendship, character study, widow, waitress, children, diner, road trip, piano, ranch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: arizona, california, phoenix arizona, new jersey, usa
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The Great Gatsby (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession ...
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, sexy, light ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love and romance, infidelity, fall in love, society, love affair, love triangle, obsession, betrayal, romance, bittersweet, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, post world war one, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, long island
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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A golden bullet has 007 engraved on it as it smashes into the secret service headquarters. The bullet came from the professional killer Scaramanga who has yet to miss a target and James Bond begins a mission to try and stop him.
Style: sexy, exciting, humorous, slasher, saga ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: james bond, espionage, assassin, spy, martial arts, 007, car, hitman, secret service, car chase, fight, chase ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: thailand, hong kong, bangkok thailand, beirut lebanon, asia ...
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Caged Heat (1974)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, women's prison, women in prison, sexual abuse, rape, sexploitation, exploitation, prisoner, escape attempt, prison escape, brothel, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
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Lenny (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: drug addiction, judaism, fighting the system, stand up comedian, addiction, drug abuse, civil rights, against the rules, rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s
Place: usa
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Black Christmas (1974)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
Style: slasher, suspense, scary, sexy, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: christmas, serial killer, holiday, murder, sorority, serial murder, violence, mental illness, prank telephone call, psycho killer, mysterious man, holiday horror ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: canada
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Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Music, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Rock Opera version of Phantom Of The Opera with elements of Faust. Record producer Swan steals both the music and the girl (Phoenix) from composer Leach. Disfigured Leach plans revenge on Swan and his rock palace, The Paradise, and becomes The ...
Style: macabre, humorous, scary, gothic, absurd ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: deal with the devil, rock and roll, masked man, vengeance, tragedy, mad scientist, childhood, devil, hopes, musician's life, desire for fame, rock star ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, cincinnati ohio, liverpool
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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 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?
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, neo noir, sinister ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, train, hostage, runaway train, gangsters, mayor, crimes, railway, caper, claustrophobia, subway, visceral ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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Harry and Tonto (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Harry is a retired teacher in his 70s living in the Upper West Side of New York City where his late wife and he raised his children--where he's lived all his life. When the building he lives in is torn down to make way for a parking garage, ...
Style: road movie, thought provoking, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: aging, cat, friendship, redemption, bittersweet, runaway, self discovery, road trip, eviction, honest, police investigation, writers ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city ...
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The Front Page (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A journalist suffering from burn-out wants to finally say goodbye to his office – but his boss doesn’t like the idea one bit.
Style: talky, light, humorous, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: journalism, newspaper, reporter, journalist, media, friends, crimes, workplace, media satire, workplace situations, satire, social satire ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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The Parallax View (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: politics, conspiracy, corruption, investigation, reporter, murder, assassination, political conspiracy, media, political corruption, journalism, senator ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: seattle, los angeles, latin america, washington state, usa
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Earthquake (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Earthquake is a 1974 American disaster film that achieved huge box-office success, continuing the disaster film genre of the 1970s where recognizable all-star casts attempt to survive life or death situations. The plot concerns the struggle for ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, rough, psychotronic ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: natural disaster, disaster, earthquake, survival, catastrophe, chaos, national guard, love triangle, daring rescue, save the day, love affair, forces of nature ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organise a daring new heist.
Style: road movie, humorous, exciting, captivating, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, friendship, treasure hunt, car chase, chase, on the road, crimes, friendship between men, safecracker, car, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, montana
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The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Feeling forgotten by the children of the world, old St. Nick decides to skip his gift-giving journey and take a vacation. Mrs. Claus and two spunky little elves, Jingle and Jangle, set out to see to where all the season's cheer has disappeared. ...
Style: christmas special, semi serious, humorous, feel good
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: christmas, mischievous children, santa claus, winter, sibling relationship, young heroes, rescue, misfit, escapades, youth, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
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The Sugarland Express (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin lose their baby to the state of Texas and resolve to do whatever it takes to get him back. Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of jail, and the two steal their son from his foster home, in addition to taking ...
Style: road movie, suspenseful, light, atmospheric, sexy ...
Audience: kids
Plot: car chase, kidnapping, chase, small town, hostage, prison escape, prison, texas ranger, manhunt, helicopter, on the run, on the road ...
Time: year 1969, 80s, 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: texas, austin texas, california, usa, mexico
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Dark Star (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A low-budget, sci-fi satire that focuses on a group of scientists whose mission is to destroy unstable planets. 20 years into their mission, they have battle their alien mascot, that resembles a beach ball, as well as a "sensitive" and ...
Style: parody, philosophical, surreal, futuristic, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, alien, satire, outer space, space exploration, astronaut, monster, planet, bomb, deep space, aviation, melancholy ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: malibu california
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Female Trouble (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progress from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. She runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single ...
Style: disturbing, erotic, sexy, surreal, humorous ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: absurd violence, juvenile delinquent, absurd humor, gay, female nudity, male nudity, dysfunctional family, kidnapping, murder, satire, surrealism, acid ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: california
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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110. She tells him her story dating back to her earliest memories before slavery ended. In ...
Style: political, epic, non-linear, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: civil rights, slavery, racism, discrimination, flashback, journalist, elderly, african american, social injustice, racist, black american, female protagonist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 19th century, 1860s
Place: southern usa, louisiana, usa
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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.
Style: neo noir, road movie, disturbing, suspense, sexy ...
Plot: brutality, bounty hunter, one man army, gangsters, organized crime, grave, insanity, hitman, murder, prostitution, death, gunfight ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
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California Split (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Down-on-his-luck gambler Bill (George Segal) links up with free spirit Charlie (Elliott Gould) at first to have some fun, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his ...
Style: cynical, talky, gloomy, witty, clever ...
Plot: gambling, poker, transvestism, friendship, casino, female nudity, brutality, honest, gunfight, hotel, greed, gangsters ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, las vegas, los angeles, usa
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