The Best Detective Films of the 1970s

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Chinatown

1974    Roman Polanski    Rated R

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Mystery

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The Long Goodbye

1973    Robert Altman    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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Murder on the Orient Express

1974    Sidney Lumet    Rated PG

Detective Film    Ensemble Film    Mystery

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Frenzy

1972    Alfred Hitchcock    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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Murder by Death

1976    Robert Moore    Rated PG

Mystery    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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Night Moves

1975    Arthur Penn    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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Klute

1971    Alan J. Pakula    Rated R

Detective Film    Mystery    Post-Noir

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Shaft

1971    Gordon Parks    Rated R

Action    Blaxploitation    Detective Film

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The Return of the Pink Panther

1975    Blake Edwards    Rated G

Comedy    Crime    Crime Comedy

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Death on the Nile

1978    John Guillermin    Rated PG

Detective Film    Ensemble Film    Mystery

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Family Plot

1976    Alfred Hitchcock    Rated PG

Comedy Thriller    Detective Film    Mystery

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1970    Billy Wilder    Rated PG13

Detective Film    Mystery    Romance

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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

1976    Herbert Ross    Rated PG

Addiction Drama    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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Murder by Decree

1979    Bob Clark    Rated PG

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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The Night Stalker

1972    John Llewellyn Moxey    Not Rated

Detective Film    Horror    Made-for-Television

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Farewell, My Lovely

1975    Dick Richards    Rated R

Detective Film    Mystery    Post-Noir

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God Told Me To

1976    Larry Cohen    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Detective Film

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Breakheart Pass

1975    Tom Gries    Rated R

Detective Film    Hybrid Western    Mystery

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