I'm starting to get towards the end of the My Favorite Era series and as a sort of epilogue to it, I will be going through my top ten films for each of the years covered as well as honorable mentions and guilty pleasures. That's a ways off though so I'll also be covering 1995 to the present as well as some other years I particularly enjoy.
We begin with 1974, right in the middle of the big 70's boom in quality film making.
10. The Street Fighter
9. Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell
8. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
7. Mr. Majestyk
6. Murder on the Orient Express
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
3. Truck Turner
2. The Godfather Part II
1. Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein
I gotta give the top spot to these two. If there was ever a banner year for Mel Brooks, 1974 was it. Two films, two absolute classics. Hell, Coppola made two movies the same year and neither one of them is as good. The Godfather Part II is great but The Conversation is a little too arty for its own good.
1974 was quite the year for movies with a wide variety of releases and quality entries in every single genre. It was probably the last truly typical 70's-esque year for film until Jaws came around the next year and changed everything.