Movie Releases by Score

Chinatown 1.

Chinatown

June 20, 1974 | R
Jack Nicholson is private-eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extramarital 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 for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown. (Paramount)
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.9
The Godfather: Part II 2.

The Godfather: Part II

December 12, 1974 | R
The sequel to "The Godfather" continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. Coppola tells two stories in Part II: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don. [Paramount Pictures]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.0
A Woman Under the Influence 3.

A Woman Under the Influence

November 18, 1974 | R
Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.0
The Wicker Man 4.

The Wicker Man

August 7, 1974 | R
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.7
The Conversation 5.

The Conversation

April 7, 1974 | PG
Wiretapper Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) becomes concerned about recordings he made for a client.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
California Split 6.

California Split

August 1, 1974 | R
When a casual gambler befriends a professional one, he begins to mirror his life, sending both deeper into the sleazy gambling world where the stakes keep getting bigger.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
Thieves Like Us 7.

Thieves Like Us

February 11, 1974 | R
When two men break out of prison, they join up with another and restart their criminal ways, robbing banks across the South.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 8.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

August 7, 1974 | R
An American bar room pianist and his prostitute girlfriend go on a trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Young Frankenstein 9.

Young Frankenstein

December 15, 1974 | PG
The grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein reluctantly decides to follow in his footsteps in this parody of horror films.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 10.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

October 1, 1974 | R
The story begins with five innocent kids on their way to checkout reports of grave robbing. As Sally, (Burns) her invalid brother Franklin, and three friends head out to inspect the gravesite of her family, they are soon side tracked on the ultimate journey of terror. One by one, they wander into the murderous clutches of Leatherface and his trusty chainsaw. The poster reads: "Who will survive and what will be left of them?" In this case, not much, and what is...well, becomes the main course. (House of Horrors)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
Alice in the Cities 11.

Alice in the Cities

October 8, 1974 | Not Rated
A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 12.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

December 9, 1974 | PG
A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer. Ellen Burstyn won the "Best Actress" Oscar for her performance in this memorable comedy-drama about a widowed mother suddenly forced to take charge of her own life. Director Martin Scorcese guides a wonderful cast including the very young future Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster, singer-actor Kris Kristofferson, Harvey Keitel and Oscar-nominee Diane Ladd. In the early portions of the film, Alice works as a waitress at a diner owned by "Mel" (Vic Tayback), and these scenes served as the springboard for the popular Seventies' TV sit-com, Alice.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.0
The Three Musketeers 13.

The Three Musketeers

March 29, 1974 | PG
A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman 14.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

January 31, 1974 | TV-PG
Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Blazing Saddles 15.

Blazing Saddles

February 7, 1974 | R
The railroad's got to run through the town of Rock Ridge. How do you drive out the townfolk in order to steal their land? Send in the toughest gang you've got...and name a new sheriff who'll last about 24 hours. But that's not really the plot of Blazing Saddles, just the pretext. Once Mel Brooks' lunatic film—that many call his best—gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all. Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dim-witted politico and Madeline Kahn in her Marlene Dietrich send-up that earned her an Academy Award nomination all give this sagebrush saga their lunatic best. And when Blazing Saddles can't contain itself at the finale, it just proves the Old West will never be the same! [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.8
Harry and Tonto 16.

Harry and Tonto

August 12, 1974 | R
When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross-country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
tbd
The Towering Inferno 17.

The Towering Inferno

December 17, 1974 | PG
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.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.2
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 18.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

April 5, 1974 | G
Sinbad and the vizier of Marabia, followed by evil magician Koura, seek the three golden tablets that can gain them access to the ancient temple of the Oracle of All Knowledge.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
tbd
Phantom of the Paradise 19.

Phantom of the Paradise

November 1, 1974 | PG
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.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.2
Dark Star 20.

Dark Star

April 1, 1974 | G
In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
5.1
Black Christmas 21.

Black Christmas

December 20, 1974 | TV-MA
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
6.6
The Parallax View 22.

The Parallax View

June 19, 1974 | R
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.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
tbd
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 23.

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

May 24, 1974 | R
With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
7.0
The Front Page 24.

The Front Page

December 18, 1974 | PG
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.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
tbd
The Longest Yard 25.

The Longest Yard

August 30, 1974 | R
A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
6.9
Lenny 26.

Lenny

December 1, 1974 | R
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.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
7.8
Mr. Majestyk 27.

Mr. Majestyk

July 17, 1974 | PG
A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
tbd
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry 28.

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

May 17, 1974 | PG
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 possible. As such, they decide to rob a supermarket's office of the money in its safe to pursue their dream. On the most part, their robbery is successful, although their plan breaks down in its end phase, which doesn't allow them as much getaway time as they wanted. Another problem they face is an unexpected third person in their getaway, Larry's one night stand Mary Coombs, who doesn't like the fact that Larry ran off on her, although she eventually also says that she doesn't want any of the money. With a police scanner and two-way radio in their souped up Dodge Charger, they try to outrun the police, who have an identification of their vehicle, and a general description of the three. The police pursuit is led by the tenacious Sheriff Everett Franklin, who knows he and his team can catch them, but also knows that the three may be able to get out of the state to "freedom" through a grove of walnut trees, which Larry, Deke and Mary may or may not know. At every literal and figurative turn, Larry needs to show his superiority as a driver, while trying to ditch Mary, who is a little more resourceful in staying with them than he anticipates.
Metascore:
52
User Score:
tbd
Death Wish 29.

Death Wish

July 24, 1974 | R
A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.
Metascore:
51
User Score:
7.1
Airport 1975 30.

Airport 1975

October 18, 1974 | PG
A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.
Metascore:
50
User Score:
tbd
Phase IV 31.

Phase IV

September 1, 1974 | PG
Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them.
Metascore:
49
User Score:
tbd
Daisy Miller 32.

Daisy Miller

May 22, 1974 | G
In this comedy of manners, Frederick Winterbourne tries to figure out the bright and bubbly Daisy Miller, only to be helped and hindered by false judgments from their fellow friends.
Metascore:
48
User Score:
tbd
Foxy Brown 33.

Foxy Brown

April 5, 1974 | R
A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.
Metascore:
46
User Score:
tbd
Zardoz 34.

Zardoz

February 6, 1974 | R
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.
Metascore:
46
User Score:
6.7
The Man with the Golden Gun 35.

The Man with the Golden Gun

December 20, 1974 | PG
James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.
Metascore:
43
User Score:
6.1
The Terminal Man 36.

The Terminal Man

June 19, 1974 | PG
Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain.
Metascore:
41
User Score:
tbd

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