Movies: Popular Movies of 1973

Movies in chronological context: 1973 (MCMLXXIII)was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1973rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 973rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 73rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1970s decade. ()

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The Exorcist(1973)

| 2h 2min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 1,557 votes)

12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.

Directed by William Friedkin - With Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Linda Blair, ...

Robin Hood(1973)

| 1h 23min | Animation, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 931 votes)

With King Richard off to the Crusades, Prince John and his slithering minion, Sir Hiss, set about taxing Nottingham's citizens with support from the corrupt sheriff - and staunch opposition by the wily Robin Hood and his band of merry men.

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman

The Sting(1973)

| 2h 9min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 455 votes)

Set in the 1930s this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.

Directed by George Roy Hill - With Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, ...

Live and Let Die(1973)

| 2h 1min | Adventure, Action, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 381 votes)

James Bond must investigate a mysterious murder case of a British agent in New Orleans. Soon he finds himself up against a gangster boss named Mr. Big.

Directed by Guy Hamilton - With Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, David Hedison, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, ...

Enter the Dragon(1973)

| 1h 39min | Action, Crime, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 335 votes)

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Directed by Robert Clouse - With John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri, Shih Kien, Robert Wall, Bruce Lee, ...


| 2h 31min | Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 328 votes)

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner - With Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon, Bill Mumy, George Coulouris, ...


| 2h 9min | Crime, Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 327 votes)

The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.

Directed by Sidney Lumet - With Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Tony Roberts, M. Emmet Walsh, James Tolkan, ...

Mean Streets(1973)

| 1h 50min | Drama, Crime
3.6/5 (with 305 votes)

A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.

Directed by Martin Scorsese - With Robert De Niro, Richard Romanus, Harvey Keitel, Cesare Danova, David Proval, Amy Robinson, ...

American Graffiti(1973)

| 1h 50min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 249 votes)

A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Directed by George Lucas - With Candy Clark, Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, ...


3.4/5 (with 246 votes)

In a futuristic resort, wealthy patrons can visit recreations of different time periods and experience their wildest fantasies with life-like robots. But when Richard Benjamin opts for the wild west, he gets more than he bargained for when a gunslinger robot goes berserk.

Directed by Michael Crichton - With Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Alan Oppenheimer, Victoria Shaw, Dick Van Patten, ...


| 1h 34min | Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 214 votes)

Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.

Directed by Terrence Malick - With Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri, Terrence Malick, Charles Fitzpatrick, ...

Soylent Green(1973)

| 1h 37min | Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 214 votes)

In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.

Directed by Richard Fleischer - With Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Mike Henry, ...

The Wicker Man(1973)

| 1h 28min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Music
3.6/5 (with 210 votes)

Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.

Directed by Robin Hardy - With Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, Edward Woodward, Lindsay Kemp, ...

High Plains Drifter(1973)

| 1h 45min | Western
3.8/5 (with 200 votes)

A gunfighting stranger comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

Directed by Clint Eastwood - With Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan, Jack Ging, Geoffrey Lewis, ...

Magnum Force(1973)

| 2h 4min | Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 175 votes)

"Dirty" Harry Callahan is a San Francisco Police Inspector on the trail of a group of rogue cops who have taken justice into their own hands. When shady characters are murdered one after another in grisly fashion, only Dirty Harry can stop them.

Directed by Ted Post - With Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Felton Perry, Robert Urich, ...

My Name Is Nobody(1973)

| 1h 57min | Comedy, Western
3.6/5 (with 164 votes)

Jack Beauregard, one of the greatest gunman of the Old West, only wants to retire in peace and move to Europe. But a young gunfighter, known as "Nobody", who idolizes Beauregard, wants him to go out in glory. So he arranges for Jack to face the 150-man gang known as The Wild Bunch and earn his place in history.

Directed by Tonino Valerii, Sergio Leone - With Terence Hill, Henry Fonda, Jean Martin, Geoffrey Lewis, Mario Brega, Benito Stefanelli, ...

The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob(1973)

1h 40min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 162 votes)

In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who's returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert's dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who's about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob.

Directed by Gérard Oury - With Louis de Funès, Marcel Dalio, Renzo Montagnani, Miou-Miou, Suzy Delair, Claude Giraud, ...

Battle for the Planet of the Apes(1973)

| 1h 33min | Action, Science Fiction
2.9/5 (with 157 votes)

The fifth and final episode in the Planet of the Apes series. After the collapse of human civilization, a community of intelligent apes led by Caesar lives in harmony with a group of humans. Gorilla General Aldo tries to cause an ape civil war and a community of human mutants who live beneath a destroyed city try to conquer those whom they perceive as enemies. All leading to the finale.

Directed by J. Lee Thompson - With Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres, Paul Williams, ...


3.5/5 (with 149 votes)

Miles Monroe, a clarinet-playing health food store proprietor, is revived out of cryostasis 200 years into a future world in order to help rebels fight an oppressive government regime.

Directed by Woody Allen - With Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mews Small, Peter Hobbs, Don Keefer, ...

Don't Look Now(1973)

| 1h 50min | Thriller, Drama, Horror
3.6/5 (with 142 votes)

After Laura and John Baxter lose their only child in a horrible drowning, they are greeted by strange sightings of her throughout their everyday lives. When two old ladies approach them in Italy with news that their daughter may still be alive, it seems too good to be true. Perhaps it is...

Directed by Nicolas Roeg - With Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Clelia Matania, Massimo Serato, Renato Scarpa, Giorgio Trestini, ...


2h 3min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 141 votes)

In an Italian seaside town, young Titta gets into trouble with his friends and watches various local eccentrics as they engage in often absurd behavior. Frequently clashing with his stern father and defended by his doting mother, Titta witnesses the actions of a wide range of characters, from his extended family to Fascist loyalists to sensual women, with certain moments shifting into fantastical scenarios.

Directed by Federico Fellini - With Bruno Zanin, Armando Brancia, Pupella Maggio, Giuseppe Ianigro, Nando Orfei, Ciccio Ingrassia, ...

The Holy Mountain(1973)

1h 54min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 119 votes)

A Mexican master leads a Christ figure and other disciples to a mountain of immortal wise men. The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky's flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The Holy Mountain is a spiritual quest for enlightenment pitting illusion against truth. The Alchemist (Jodorowsky) assembles together a group of people from all walks of life to represent the planets in the solar system. The occult adept's intention is to put his recruits through strange mystical rites and divest them of their worldly baggage before embarking on a trip to Lotus Island. There they ascend the Holy Mountain to displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe.

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky - With Alejandro Jodorowsky, Angye Melissa Noboa Leones, Richard Rutowski, David Silva, Juan Ferrara, Blanca Sánchez, ...

Paper Moon(1973)

| 1h 42min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 113 votes)

During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich - With Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman, Randy Quaid, Noble Willingham, ...

Fantastic Planet(1973)

| 1h 12min | Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction
3.9/5 (with 108 votes)

Fantastic Planet tells the story of “Oms”, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags”. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt.

Directed by René Laloux

Jesus Christ Superstar(1973)

| 1h 48min | Drama, History, Music
3.6/5 (with 108 votes)

Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the rock opera of the same name, based on the last weeks before the crucifixion of Jesus. The film was directed by Norman Jewison. Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson were nominated for two 1974 Golden Globe Award for their portrayals of Jesus and Judas, respectively.

Directed by Norman Jewison - With Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Ted Neeley, Barry Dennen, Bob Bingham, Josh Mostel, ...

The Day of the Jackal(1973)

| 2h 23min | Action, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 96 votes)

An international assassin known as ‘The Jackal’ is employed by disgruntled French generals to kill President Charles de Gaulle, with a dedicated gendarme on the assassin's trail.

Directed by Fred Zinnemann - With Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale, Michel Auclair, Derek Jacobi, Jean Martin, Olga Georges-Picot, ...

The Long Goodbye(1973)

| 1h 52min | Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 91 votes)

Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.

Directed by Robert Altman - With Elliott Gould, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, Henry Gibson, David Arkin, Nina, Baroness van Pallandt, ...

Day for Night(1973)

1h 55min | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 83 votes)

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

Directed by François Truffaut - With Nike Arrighi, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese, François Truffaut, ...

Charlotte's Web(1973)

| 1h 34min | Music, Animation, Drama, Kids & Family
3.2/5 (with 71 votes)

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Directed by Charles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

The Way We Were(1973)

| 1h 58min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 69 votes)

Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Directed by Sydney Pollack - With Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles, Patrick O'Neal, Viveca Lindfors, ...
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