Top Movies 1974

By | Nov 21, 2009

1971 was my coming of age for music. I have related that tidbit of information in the past. However my Coming of Age for Movies didn’t really happen until a couple of years later near the end of 1974 and into 1975. Some of the Top Movies of 1974 I saw as first in a Movie Theatre and others it was on television.

Godfather Part II
The movie was both a sequel as well as a prequel to the Godfather. It tells the story of the rise to power of the young Vito Corleone, this time played by Robert DeNiro as well as the continuing story of the Corleone family. This movie also won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Trial of Billy Jack
The third film in the Billy Jack saga following The Born Losers and Billy Jack.

1974 could be called the year of the Disaster film with 2 films of this genre in the top 4. Earthquake starred a number of famous performers including the lead character played by Charlton Heston. It was based on an original film treatment by Mario Puzo, the Godfather, and features an earthquake in LA.

Young Frankenstein
Comedy was also a king of the box office in 1974 . Young Frankenstein was the brainchild of Mel Brooks, he directed and co-wrote with the film star Gene Wilder. It is considered one of the greatest comedies ever. It was the follow-up of ..

Blazing Saddles
Brooks and Wilder was on a roll in 1974. Their western parody was the number 2 film of 1974.

The Towering Inferno
Irwin Allen was riding high in producing disaster films. The film was adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson and starred Steve McQueen as the Fire Chief fighting the towering blaze and Paul Newman as the building’s architect. Music by the rising film composer John Williams. Williams also was the composer of the music for Earthquake.


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