Linda Blair looks up as Regan MacNeil in the 1970s horror film 'The Exorcist.'

Best '70s horror movies

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November 4, 2022
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Best '70s horror movies

Stacker compiled a list of the best '70s horror movies of all time based on our own Stacker score, a weighted index split evenly between IMDb user rating and Metascore. To qualify, the film had to have horror as one of its genres on IMDb, have a Metascore, and have at least 5,000 IMDb user votes. Ties were broken by votes.

 

1 / 50
OMDb

#50. God Told Me To (1976)

- Director: Larry Cohen
- Stacker score: 71.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.2
- Metascore: 55
- Runtime: 91 minutes

2 / 50
OMDb

#49. Demon Seed (1977)

- Director: Donald Cammell
- Stacker score: 72.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.3
- Metascore: 55
- Runtime: 94 minutes

3 / 50
OMDb

#48. Rabid (1977)

- Director: David Cronenberg
- Stacker score: 73.1
- IMDb user rating: 6.3
- Metascore: 56
- Runtime: 91 minutes

4 / 50
OMDb

#47. Burnt Offerings (1976)

- Director: Dan Curtis
- Stacker score: 73.3
- IMDb user rating: 6.4
- Metascore: 48
- Runtime: 116 minutes

5 / 50
OMDb

#46. Phase IV (1974)

- Director: Saul Bass
- Stacker score: 73.4
- IMDb user rating: 6.4
- Metascore: 49
- Runtime: 84 minutes

6 / 50
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#45. The Fury (1978)

- Director: Brian De Palma
- Stacker score: 73.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.3
- Metascore: 64
- Runtime: 118 minutes

7 / 50
OMDb

#44. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

- Director: Wes Craven
- Stacker score: 73.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.3
- Metascore: 64
- Runtime: 90 minutes

8 / 50
OMDb

#43. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

- Director: John D. Hancock
- Stacker score: 74.3
- IMDb user rating: 6.4
- Metascore: 58
- Runtime: 89 minutes

9 / 50
OMDb

#42. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

- Director: Fred Walton
- Stacker score: 74.3
- IMDb user rating: 6.4
- Metascore: 58
- Runtime: 97 minutes

10 / 50
OMDb

#41. Shivers (1975)

- Director: David Cronenberg
- Stacker score: 74.3
- IMDb user rating: 6.4
- Metascore: 58
- Runtime: 87 minutes

11 / 50
OMDb

#40. The Vampire Lovers (1970)

- Director: Roy Ward Baker
- Stacker score: 74.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.4
- Metascore: 63
- Runtime: 91 minutes

12 / 50
OMDb

#39. The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

- Director: Peter Duffell
- Stacker score: 75.1
- IMDb user rating: 6.5
- Metascore: 55
- Runtime: 102 minutes

13 / 50
OMDb

#38. Asylum (I) (1972)

- Director: Roy Ward Baker
- Stacker score: 75.1
- IMDb user rating: 6.4
- Metascore: 65
- Runtime: 88 minutes

14 / 50
OMDb

#37. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

- Director: Alfred Sole
- Stacker score: 75.3
- IMDb user rating: 6.4
- Metascore: 67
- Runtime: 107 minutes

15 / 50
OMDb

#36. Race with the Devil (1975)

- Director: Jack Starrett
- Stacker score: 75.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Metascore: 53
- Runtime: 88 minutes

16 / 50
OMDb

#35. Dracula (1979)

- Director: John Badham
- Stacker score: 76.4
- IMDb user rating: 6.5
- Metascore: 67
- Runtime: 109 minutes

17 / 50
OMDb

#34. Horror Express (1972)

- Director: Eugenio Martín
- Stacker score: 76.5
- IMDb user rating: 6.5
- Metascore: 68
- Runtime: 88 minutes

18 / 50
OMDb

#33. Long Weekend (1978)

- Director: Colin Eggleston
- Stacker score: 76.8
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Metascore: 61
- Runtime: 97 minutes

19 / 50
OMDb

#32. Twins of Evil (1971)

- Director: John Hough
- Stacker score: 76.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Metascore: 62
- Runtime: 87 minutes

20 / 50
OMDb

#31. The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

- Director: Dario Argento
- Stacker score: 77.0
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Metascore: 63
- Runtime: 112 minutes

21 / 50
OMDb

#30. Daughters of Darkness (1971)

- Director: Harry Kümel
- Stacker score: 77.1
- IMDb user rating: 6.5
- Metascore: 74
- Runtime: 87 minutes

22 / 50
OMDb

#29. The Legend of Hell House (1973)

- Director: John Hough
- Stacker score: 77.3
- IMDb user rating: 6.7
- Metascore: 56
- Runtime: 95 minutes

23 / 50
OMDb

#28. Magic (1978)

- Director: Richard Attenborough
- Stacker score: 77.6
- IMDb user rating: 6.8
- Metascore: 49
- Runtime: 107 minutes

24 / 50
OMDb

#27. Phantasm (1979)

- Director: Don Coscarelli
- Stacker score: 78.0
- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Metascore: 72
- Runtime: 89 minutes

25 / 50
OMDb

#26. Zombie (1979)

- Director: Lucio Fulci
- Stacker score: 78.2
- IMDb user rating: 6.8
- Metascore: 54
- Runtime: 91 minutes

26 / 50
OMDb

#25. The Medusa Touch (1978)

- Director: Jack Gold
- Stacker score: 78.7
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Metascore: 49
- Runtime: 109 minutes

27 / 50
OMDb

#24. The Brood (1979)

- Director: David Cronenberg
- Stacker score: 79.1
- IMDb user rating: 6.8
- Metascore: 63
- Runtime: 92 minutes

28 / 50
OMDb

#23. The Stepford Wives (1975)

- Director: Bryan Forbes
- Stacker score: 79.2
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Metascore: 54
- Runtime: 115 minutes

29 / 50
OMDb

#22. The Other (1972)

- Director: Robert Mulligan
- Stacker score: 79.3
- IMDb user rating: 6.8
- Metascore: 65
- Runtime: 108 minutes

30 / 50
OMDb

#21. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

- Director: Nicolas Gessner
- Stacker score: 80.2
- IMDb user rating: 7.0
- Metascore: 53
- Runtime: 91 minutes

31 / 50
OMDb

#20. Sisters (1972)

- Director: Brian De Palma
- Stacker score: 80.9
- IMDb user rating: 6.9
- Metascore: 70
- Runtime: 93 minutes

32 / 50
OMDb

#19. Martin (1976)

- Director: George A. Romero
- Stacker score: 81.8
- IMDb user rating: 7.0
- Metascore: 68
- Runtime: 95 minutes

33 / 50
OMDb

#18. Black Christmas (1974)

- Director: Bob Clark
- Stacker score: 82.5
- IMDb user rating: 7.1
- Metascore: 65
- Runtime: 98 minutes

34 / 50
OMDb

#17. Theater of Blood (1973)

- Director: Douglas Hickox
- Stacker score: 84.2
- IMDb user rating: 7.1
- Metascore: 81
- Runtime: 104 minutes

35 / 50
OMDb

#16. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

- Director: Brian De Palma
- Stacker score: 84.9
- IMDb user rating: 7.3
- Metascore: 67
- Runtime: 91 minutes

36 / 50
OMDb

#15. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

- Director: Jim Sharman
- Stacker score: 85.7
- IMDb user rating: 7.4
- Metascore: 65
- Runtime: 100 minutes

37 / 50
OMDb

#14. Suspiria (1977)

- Director: Dario Argento
- Stacker score: 86.2
- IMDb user rating: 7.3
- Metascore: 79
- Runtime: 92 minutes

38 / 50
OMDb

#13. The Omen (1976)

- Director: Richard Donner
- Stacker score: 86.5
- IMDb user rating: 7.5
- Metascore: 62
- Runtime: 111 minutes

39 / 50
OMDb

#12. Don't Look Now (1973)

- Director: Nicolas Roeg
- Stacker score: 86.8
- IMDb user rating: 7.2
- Metascore: 95
- Runtime: 110 minutes

40 / 50
OMDb

#11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

- Director: Philip Kaufman
- Stacker score: 86.8
- IMDb user rating: 7.4
- Metascore: 75
- Runtime: 115 minutes

41 / 50
OMDb

#10. Eraserhead (1977)

- Director: David Lynch
- Stacker score: 87.0
- IMDb user rating: 7.3
- Metascore: 87
- Runtime: 89 minutes

42 / 50
OMDb

#9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

- Director: Tobe Hooper
- Stacker score: 87.1
- IMDb user rating: 7.4
- Metascore: 78
- Runtime: 83 minutes

43 / 50
OMDb

#8. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

- Director: Werner Herzog
- Stacker score: 87.2
- IMDb user rating: 7.4
- Metascore: 79
- Runtime: 107 minutes

44 / 50
OMDb

#7. Carrie (1976)

- Director: Brian De Palma
- Stacker score: 87.9
- IMDb user rating: 7.4
- Metascore: 85
- Runtime: 98 minutes

45 / 50
OMDb

#6. The Wicker Man (1973)

- Director: Robin Hardy
- Stacker score: 89.1
- IMDb user rating: 7.5
- Metascore: 87
- Runtime: 88 minutes

46 / 50
OMDb

#5. Deep Red (1975)

- Director: Dario Argento
- Stacker score: 89.4
- IMDb user rating: 7.5
- Metascore: 89
- Runtime: 127 minutes

47 / 50
OMDb

#4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

- Director: George A. Romero
- Stacker score: 90.6
- IMDb user rating: 7.8
- Metascore: 71
- Runtime: 127 minutes

48 / 50
OMDb

#3. Halloween (1978)

- Director: John Carpenter
- Stacker score: 91.3
- IMDb user rating: 7.7
- Metascore: 87
- Runtime: 91 minutes

49 / 50
OMDb

#2. The Exorcist (1973)

- Director: William Friedkin
- Stacker score: 94.9
- IMDb user rating: 8.1
- Metascore: 81
- Runtime: 122 minutes

50 / 50
OMDb

#1. Alien (1979)

- Director: Ridley Scott
- Stacker score: 100.0
- IMDb user rating: 8.5
- Metascore: 89
- Runtime: 117 minutes

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