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Movies: Popular Movies of 1974

Movies in chronological context: 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1974th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 974th year of the 2nd millennium, the 74th year of the 20th century, and the 5th year of the 1970s decade. Major events in 1974 include the aftermath of the 1973 oil crisis and the resignation of United States President Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal. In the Middle East, the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War determined politics; following Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir's resignation in response to high Israeli casualties, she was succeeded by Yitzhak Rabin. In Europe, the invasion and occupation of northern Cyprus by Turkish troops initiated the Cyprus dispute, the Carnation Revolution took place in Portugal, and Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt resigned following an espionage scandal surrounding his secretary Günter Guillaume. In sports, the year was primarily dominated by the FIFA World Cup in West Germany, in which the German national team won the championship title, as well as The Rumble in the Jungle, a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire. ()

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The Godfather: Part II(1974)

R
| 3h 22min | Drama, Crime
4.3/5 (with 3,834 votes)

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.

Chinatown(1974)

R
| 2h 10min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 1,163 votes)

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 dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

Young Frankenstein(1974)

PG
| 1h 46min | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 1,051 votes)

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 grandfather was delusional, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre(1974)

R
| 1h 23min | Horror
3.7/5 (with 840 votes)

When Sally hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

The Man with the Golden Gun(1974)

PG
| 2h 5min | Adventure, Action, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 592 votes)

Cool government operative James Bond searches for a stolen invention that can turn the sun's heat into a destructive weapon. He soon crosses paths with the menacing Francisco Scaramanga, a hit man so skilled he has a seven-figure working fee. Bond then joins forces with the swimsuit-clad Mary Goodnight, and together they track Scaramanga to a tropical isle hideout where the killer-for-hire lures the slick spy into a deadly maze for a final duel.

Blazing Saddles(1974)

R
| 1h 33min | Western, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 580 votes)

A town—where everyone seems to be named Johnson—stands in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, robber baron Hedley Lemar sends his henchmen to make life in the town unbearable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor, so Hedley convinces him to send the town the first black sheriff in the west.

The Conversation(1974)

PG
| 1h 53min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 455 votes)

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. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger.

Murder on the Orient Express(1974)

PG
| 2h 8min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 393 votes)

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.

The Towering Inferno(1974)

PG
| 2h 45min | Action, Thriller, Drama
3.6/5 (with 261 votes)

At the opening party of a colossal—but poorly constructed—office building, a massive fire breaks out, threatening to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Watch Out, We're Mad(1974)

G
| 1h 42min | Action, Comedy
3.8/5 (with 247 votes)

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.

Death Wish(1974)

R
| 1h 33min | Action
3.5/5 (with 222 votes)

After his wife is murdered by street punks, a pacifistic New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad, prowling the streets for would-be muggers after dark.

Black Christmas(1974)

R
| 1h 38min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 179 votes)

A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.

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Phantom of the Paradise(1974)

PG
| 1h 32min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Music, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 163 votes)

In this rock opera hybrid of Phantom of the Opera and Faust, fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Leach wants to sing it, Phoenix, for the grand opening of his rock palace, The Paradise. After Swan sends Leach to prison for trespassing, Leach endures a freak accident which leaves him disfigured and plans his revenge on both Swan and The Paradise, becoming the Phantom of the Paradise.

The Great Gatsby(1974)

PG
| 2h 24min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 151 votes)

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 and tragedy.

Dark Star(1974)

G
| 1h 23min | Comedy, Science Fiction
3.1/5 (with 137 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 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, Joe Saunders, Nick Castle, John Carpenter

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot(1974)

R
| 1h 55min | Comedy, Crime, Action
3.4/5 (with 133 votes)

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

We All Loved Each Other So Much(1974)

2h 4min | Drama, Comedy
4.3/5 (with 127 votes)

Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war, full of illusions, they settle down. The movie is a the story of the life of these three idealists and how they deal with the inevitable disillusionments of life.

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three(1974)

R
| 1h 44min | Action, Crime, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 124 votes)

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?

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore(1974)

3.5/5 (with 122 votes)

After her husband dies, Alice and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make a new life for herself as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as waitress in a small diner.

A Woman Under the Influence(1974)

R
| 2h 35min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 115 votes)

Mabel Longhetti, desperate and lonely, is married to a Los Angeles municipal construction worker, Nick. Increasingly unstable, especially in the company of others, she craves happiness, but her extremely volatile behavior convinces Nick that she poses a danger to their family and decides to commit her to an institution for six months. Alone with a trio of kids to raise on his own, he awaits her return, which holds more than a few surprises.

Herbie Rides Again(1974)

3.0/5 (with 114 votes)

The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old lady protect her home from a corrupt developer.

Zardoz(1974)

3.0/5 (with 112 votes)

In the far future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Going Places(1974)

R
| 1h 57min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 105 votes)

Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeoisie holds dear, whether it’s cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive hairdresser, joins them as lover, cook, and mother confessor. She’s on her own search for seemingly unattainable sexual pleasure.

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul(1974)

1h 33min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.9/5 (with 97 votes)

Emmi Kurowski, a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic Ali. Their relationship soon develops into something more, and Emmi's family and neighbors criticize their spontaneous marriage. Soon Emmi and Ali are forced to confront their own insecurities about their future.

The Sugarland Express(1974)

PG
| 1h 50min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 95 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.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia(1974)

R
| 1h 53min | Action, Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 93 votes)

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.

The Front Page(1974)

3.7/5 (with 88 votes)

A journalist suffering from burn-out wants to finally say goodbye to his office – but his boss doesn’t like the idea one bit.

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser(1974)

1h 49min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 85 votes)

The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man who wears a black overcoat and top hat who feeds him.

Earthquake(1974)

PG
| 2h 3min | Action, Drama, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 85 votes)

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

Emmanuelle(1974)

NR
| 1h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.6/5 (with 82 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.

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