Dave and Chuck the Freak

A number of classic films turn 50 in 2023. These films also prove one very clear point: 1973 was one weird year for cinema!

In 1973, we saw one of the scariest movies ever released (The Exorcist), but we also saw one of the biggest tear-jerkers released (The Way We Were.) The year brought us coming-of-age tales (American Graffiti) and also one of the most bizarre twist endings of all time (Soylent Green.)

Without further ado, here are 26 movies that turn 50 in 2023.

  • The Exorcist

    Released on December 26, 1973.

  • The Sting

    Released on December 25, 1973.

  • American Graffiti

    Released on August 1, 1973.

  • Mean Streets

    Released on October 14, 1973.

  • High Plains Drifter

    Released on April 19, 1973.

  • The Holy Mountain

    Released on November 27, 1973.

  • Enter the Dragon

    Released on August 19, 1973.

  • Soylent Green

    Released on May 9, 1973.

  • Live and Let Die

    Released on June 27, 1973.

  • Robin Hood

    Released on November 8, 1973.

  • Serpico

    Released on December 5, 1973.

  • Westworld

    Released on November 21, 1973.

  • Papillon

    Released on December 16, 1973.

  • The Wicker Man

    Released on December 6, 1973.

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Released on August 15, 1973.

  • Paper Moon

    Released on May 16, 1973.

  • The Long Goodbye

    Released on March 7, 1973.

  • The Way We Were

    Released on October 16, 1973.

  • Coffy

    Released on June 13, 1973.

  • The Three Musketeers

    Released on December 11, 1973.

  • Charlotte’s Web

    Released on March 1, 1973.

  • The Last Detail

    Released on December 12, 1973.

  • The Paper Chase

    Released on October 16, 1973.

  • Badlands

    Released on October 15, 1973.

  • Scarecrow

    Released on April 11, 1973.

  • Wattstax

    Released on February 4, 1973.