1974 Directorial Debut Movies

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| 1h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.9/5 (with 294 votes)

Emmanuelle, a svelte, naive young woman, is en route to Bangkok where she'll join her new husband. He works for the French Embassy and has a lovely home, several dedicated servants, and an expensive car at his disposal. Once Emmanuelle arrives, her husband and a few friends introduce her to a realm of sexual ecstasy she'd never imagined.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot(1974)

| 1h 55min | Crime, Comedy, Action
3.4/5 (with 212 votes)

With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organise a daring new heist.

Dark Star(1974)

| 1h 23min | Comedy, Science Fiction
3.0/5 (with 223 votes)

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 to battle their alien mascot, that resembles a beach ball, as well as a "sensitive" and intelligent bombing device that starts to question the meaning of its existence.

Directed by John Carpenter - With Dan O'Bannon, Nick Castle, John Carpenter, Brian Narelle

Gone in 60 Seconds(1974)

| 1h 45min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 66 votes)

Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed "Eleanor", in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute.

Directed by H. B. Halicki - With Marion Busia, H. B. Halicki, Jerry Daugirda, Parnelli Jones

The Sugarland Express(1974)

| 1h 50min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 157 votes)

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 a highway patrolman hostage. As a massive dragnet starts to pursue them across Texas, the couple become unlikely folk heroes and even start to bond with the captive policeman.

The Cars That Ate Paris(1974)

| 1h 27min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 35 votes)

After the death of his brother on the road, unemployed and unstable drifter Arthur Waldo stays for a while in the rural Australian town of Paris as the guest of the mayor, who hopes he will become a permanent member of the Paris population. Arthur soon realizes the quaint hamlet has a sinister secret: they orchestrate car accidents and rob the victims. Survivors are brought to the local hospital, lobotomized, and used for a local doctor's experiments.

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter(1974)

| 1h 31min | Adventure, Horror
3.1/5 (with 53 votes)

When several young girls are found dead, left hideously aged and void of blood, Dr Marcus suspects vampirism. He enlists the help of the Vampire Hunter. Mysterious and powerful, Kronos has dedicated his life to destroying the evil pestilence. Once a victim of its diabolical depravity, he knows the vampire's strengths and weaknesses as well as the extreme dangers attached to confronting the potent forces of darkness.

Caged Heat(1974)

| 1h 23min | Action
2.4/5 (with 24 votes)

A young woman is convicted on drug offenses and sent to a women's penitentiary run by a repressed and oppressive female warden. When the prison's sadistic doctor begins conducting illegal "therapeutic" experiments on the inmates, the ladies plot their revenge.

The Lords of Flatbush(1974)

| 1h 26min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 32 votes)

Set in 1958, the coming of age story follows four lower middle-class Brooklyn teenagers known as The Lords of Flatbush. The Lords chase girls, steal cars, shoot pool, get into street fights, and hang out at a local malt shop.


3.1/5 (with 63 votes)

Benji is a stray who has nonetheless worked his way into the hearts of a number of the townspeople, who give him food and attention whenever he stops by. His particular favorites are a pair of children who feed and play with him against the wishes of their parents. When the children are kidnapped, however, the parents and the police are at a loss to find them. Only Benji can track them down, but will he be in time? If he can save the day, he may just find the permanent home he's been longing for.


| 1h 23min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 38 votes)

A man living in rural Wisconsin takes care of his bed-ridden mother, who is very domineering and teaches him that all women are evil. After she dies he misses her, so a year later he digs her up and takes her home. He learns about taxidermy and begins robbing graves to get materials to patch her up, and inevitably begins looking for fresher sources of materials. Based closely on the true story of Ed Gein.


1h 32min | Crime, Drama, Action
3.0/5 (with 17 votes)

Two Los Angeles vice squad officers find themselves up against their corrupt superiors when they try to bring a crime boss to justice. During the course of their investigation, the two cops disguise themselves as gay men and raid a gay bar.

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From Beyond the Grave(1974)

| 1h 37min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
3.4/5 (with 56 votes)

Four customers purchase (or take) items from Temptations Limited, an antiques shop whose motto is "Offers You Cannot Resist". A nasty fate awaits all of them—particularly those who cheat the shop's Proprietor.

Beyond the Door(1974)

| 1h 49min | Horror
2.6/5 (with 22 votes)

Jessica Barrett, wife and mother of two young children, begins to show signs of demonic possession while pregnant with her third child. As she seeks help from her husband and doctor, a mysterious man approaches her and seems to have some answers.

Directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis - With Juliet Mills, Gabriele Lavia, Richard Johnson, Carla Mancini, Elizabeth Turner, Nino Segurini, ...

Games Gamblers Play(1974)

1h 47min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Michael Hui stars as Wen, a convict who's always out to make a quick dollar through gambling. Being behind bars doesn't stop him from making something off of his gambling skills. Samuel Hui co-stars as Chieh,a novice gambler who gets into trouble one day when he tries to steal casino chips from a crooked card dealer Dean Shek). Whilst in jail, Chieh meets Wen and the latter agrees to become his mentor. Can Wen and Chieh make a fortune from their combined skills or will the duo wind up back in prison?


| 1h 34min | Horror
2.5/5 (with 13 votes)

Jonathan Frid portrays a horror novelist who has a recurring nightmare about three figures out of his book who terrorize him and his family and friends during a weekend of fun. Then the dream becomes reality and it never ends.

The Beast Must Die(1974)

| 1h 33min | Horror, Mystery
2.8/5 (with 30 votes)

Wealthy big game hunter Tom Newcliffe has tracked and killed practically every type of animal in the world. But one creature still evades him, the biggest game of all - a werewolf.

Jack and the Beanstalk(1974)

3.2/5 (with 15 votes)

An adventurous young boy named Jack climbs a giant beanstalk to a magical kingdom governed by a greedy, tyrannical giant.

Directed by Gisaburō Sugii

Wedding Trough(1974)

2.9/5 (with 26 votes)

Alone on a farm, a man spends his days tending to his animals, with a particular love for his sow. After an illicit encounter between the two creatures, the pig gives birth. However, tragedy strikes when the man tries to force the newborn piglets to love him as he loves them.

Directed by Thierry Zéno

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams(1974)

3.2/5 (with 10 votes)

After fleeing into the mountains after he is wrongly accused of murder, woodsman "Grizzly Adams" discovers an uncanny bond to the indigenous wildlife of the region after rescuing an orphaned grizzly bear cub whom he adopts and calls "Ben".


2h 2min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 11 votes)

Laxmi lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya, who is a deaf-mute. Both husband and wife work for the wealthy landlord. The landlord's son, Surya, has to cancel his studies and return home to look after the estate, as well as formalize his marriage to Saroj, the girl he was compelled to get married to when he was very young. Shortly thereafter Kishtaya is apprehended stealing toddy from the fields, is severely beaten, left senseless, and when he recovers he absconds, leaving Laxmi alone to fend for herself.

The Sister in Law(1974)

| 1h 25min | Drama
1.6/5 (with 3 votes)

Robert and Edward are brothers involved in a web of adultery and deceit. They share Edward's wife and his mistress and a mission to deliver a package of jewels across the Canadian border, but the mission turns out to be deadly.

Directed by Joseph Ruben - With John Savage

One or the Other of Us(1974)

1h 45min | Thriller, Drama
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Psychological thriller that focuses on the intense conflict between a university professor and a blackmailer.

Amazing Grace(1974)

| 1h 39min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Amazing Grace is a 1974 light comedy featuring black comedienne Moms Mabley as a widow who tries to influence the local mayoral election in Baltimore, Maryland, after she discovers that a black candidate is being used by the incumbent mayor to further his own reelection efforts. Mabley appeared in the film, along with veteran actors Butterfly McQueen and Stepin Fetchit, only a year before her death at the age of 81. The film does not deal with the popular Christian hymn (with words by John Newton) but is a play on Mabley's character, who happens to be named Grace. It has been released on home video.

Montreal Main(1974)

1h 28min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

An open and honest autobiographical account of male sexuality centered on Frank, an unemployed photographer, and his circle of mainly gay friends. He and his best friend, Bozo, attempt to have sex, although they consider themselves straight. But things begin to fall apart when Frank meets and falls in love with Johnny, a 13-year-old boy.

Directed by Frank Vitale - With Frank Vitale, Stephen Lack, Allan Moyle

Dirty O'Neil(1974)

1h 29min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
2.4/5 (with 4 votes)

A police officer has very little work as there is virtually no crime in his small California town...until three hoodlums appear and rape a young woman.

Morel's Invention(1974)

3.1/5 (with 14 votes)

A castaway arrives on an island. He thinks it's uninhabited, but he sees a palace with also a hidden room. Soon he sees some people walking, dressed with old-fashioned clothes. He is afraid because people don't see him, like a ghost.

Down and Dirty Duck(1974)

1h 10min | Animation, Comedy
2.3/5 (with 5 votes)

Willard, a mild mannered insurance adjuster, teams up with a foul-mouthed fowl who takes Willard on a surreal quest to become less uptight - and possibly get laid in the process.

Vellikizhamai Viratham(1974)

Rajan hates snakes as a snake was responsible for his mother's death, but his wife Parvathi worships the snake god. Problems surface between them because of this reason.

Directed by Ramamurthy Thyagarajan - With Sivakumar

27 Down(1974)

1h 58min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Sanjay wanted to study art, but his domineering father, an engine-driver in retirement after a crippling injury, insisted that a railway job, with its security, was the best thing for him. So Sanjay ended up as a train conductor, unhappy with the career forced upon him, and the mechanical, meaningless life that he lives. In the course of his duty on the train, he runs into a working girl, Shalini and feels attracted to her. His father hears about his interest in Shalini, strongly disapproves of it and intervenes in Sanjay's life once again. Unable to stand up to his father, Sanjay soon finds himself married to a village girl. Life becomes even more unbearable for Sanjay. He takes to wandering and seeks comfort in drink and brothels. One final chance comes his way to break loose from his shackles and plan a new life with Shalini.

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