Best award winning movies with a societal issue from 1974

Check out today’s highest ranked movies with a societal issue from 1974! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies with a societal issue from 1974, based on the crowd's interest and popular searches from the country.

1 Lenny (1974)

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.

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1974-11-10 | Drama

Cast

Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine

Rating

rating icon 7.3
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #21 for
    critically acclaimed
  2. Ranked #38 for
    bawdy
  3. Ranked #50 for
    razzle-dazzle

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2 The Towering Inferno (1974)

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

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1974-12-14 | Action / Drama

Cast

Steve McQueen, Paul Newman

Rating

rating icon 7.015
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #54 for
    matte shot
  2. Ranked #63 for
    Disaster Movie
  3. Ranked #91 for
    critically acclaimed

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3 Chinatown (1974)

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.

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1974-06-20 | Crime / Drama

Cast

Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

Rating

rating icon 7.918
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #25 for
    hardboiled style
  2. Ranked #53 for
    neo-noir
  3. Ranked #68 for
    femme fatale

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4 The Conversation (1974)

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 is in danger.

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1974-04-07 | Crime / Drama

Cast

Gene Hackman, John Cazale

Rating

rating icon 7.526
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #137 for
    critically acclaimed
  2. Ranked #154 for
    mysterious
  3. Ranked #178 for
    tour de force

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5 A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

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.

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1974-11-18 | Drama

Cast

Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands

Rating

rating icon 7.766
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #30 for
    blue-collar
  2. Ranked #71 for
    jittery
  3. Ranked #92 for
    fancy camera work

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6 Conrack (1974)

A young, white school teacher is assigned to Yamacraw Island, an isolated fishing community off the coast of South Carolina, populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.

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1974-03-27 | Drama

Cast

Jon Voight, Paul Winfield

Rating

rating icon 6.7
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #52 for
    callow
  2. Ranked #287 for
    uphill battle
  3. Ranked #331 for
    odd casting

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7 Swept Away (1974)

A spoiled rich woman and a brutish Communist deckhand become stranded alone on a desert island after venturing away from their cruise.

Info

1974-12-18 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato

Rating

rating icon 7.474
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #45 for
    machismo
  2. Ranked #74 for
    prissy
  3. Ranked #75 for
    harridan

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8 The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)

In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110. She tells him her story dating back to her earliest memories before slavery ended. In between the chapters of her life, the present-day struggles of Blacks in Bayonne, urged on by Jimmy, are dramatized.

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1974-01-31 | Drama / TV Movie

Cast

Cicely Tyson, Eric Brown

Rating

rating icon 6.341
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #198 for
    gut-punch
  2. Ranked #261 for
    extremely talented
  3. Ranked #269 for
    like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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9 The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

This Surrealist film, with a title referencing the Communist Manifesto, strings together short incidents based on the life of director Luis Buñuel. Presented as chance encounters, these loosely related, intersecting situations, all without a consistent protagonist, reach from the 19th century to the 1970s. Touching briefly on subjects such as execution, pedophilia, incest, and sex, the film features an array of characters, including a sick father and incompetent police officers.

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1974-09-10 | Comedy

Cast

Adriana Asti, Milena Vukotić

Rating

rating icon 7.471
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #25 for
    impressionistic
  2. Ranked #93 for
    diorama
  3. Ranked #135 for
    symmetry plots

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10 The Godfather Part II (1974)

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.

Info

1974-12-20 | Drama / Crime

Cast

Al Pacino, Robert Duvall

Rating

rating icon 8.577
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #31 for
    like Scarface
  2. Ranked #36 for
    foster father
  3. Ranked #49 for
    deservedly won awards

Trailer

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