Can you answer these 1973 movie questions?

Some you'll remember like yesterday. Others... not so much.


Back before the store even existed, "Blockbuster" was a term used for the highest-grossing movies. It was a concept new to the '70s: popcorn entertainment on a global scale.

1973 was a great year in particular, both for blockbusters and smaller movies as well. Let's see how well you remember the 12 highest-grossing movies of 1973. You might trigger a memory of a long-lost favorite. Be sure to leave your score and your thoughts in the comments section below!

  1. This highest-grossing movie of 1973 won Best Screenplay – Based on Material from Another Medium at the Academy Awards.
  2. This caper film, set in September 1936, features a pair of grifters and was big money movie #2 in '73.
  3. Although it takes place in Modesto, California, this teen movie's theme is universal to any kid who just wants to cruise the town.
  4. This movie was based on the 1969 autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière.
  5. This romantic drama is the second entry on this list for its male lead.
  6. This sixth highest-grossing movie was the second Dirty Harry movie.
  7. This animated feature had George Lindsey voice a vulture.
  8. This vigilante action thriller from '73 has a remake starring The Rock.
  9. Al Pacino plays an NYPD Officer.
  10. This movie's screenplay is based on the 1970 rock opera of the same name with music by Andrew Lloyd Weber.
  11. This John Amos movie is a rare example of a sports film set in the world of track & field.
  12. The 12th highest-grossing movie of 1973 was Bruce Lee's final completed film performance.

Can you answer these 1973 movie questions?

Your Result...

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KrisD 2 months ago
didn't watch Bruce Lee
Dario 2 months ago
11 out of 12. Got No. 1 wrong. 😁😁😁😁😁
Nightshade1972 6 months ago
7/12, but I was only a year old, so I think that's pretty good. :-)
trogg888 7 months ago
I remember when the exorcist came out there were lines around the block to see it and people with weak hearts were warned not to see it.even rumors tss hat people had had heart was pretty disturbing even by todays standards
theoIV 8 months ago
Missed # 7 yet got total buff lol
Cheddar8 8 months ago
10/12 Desperately tried to get into see The Exorcist when I was 13. Probably a good thing we all got turned away. RIP William Friedkin. Saw The Sting instead.
BenSobeleone Cheddar8 2 months ago
Yes indeed, The Sting! Saw that movie with my parents when I was a kid. Just heard the song "The Entertainer" from The Sting on MeTV FM radio recently. Had the 45 record of that.
Kramden62 8 months ago
11/12. Missed #11.

In 1973 I was only 11 and therefore didn't see any of these. But I had heard about most of them. (I *did,* however, see "American Graffiti" when it was re-released in April 1978. It was good.)
Kramden62 Kramden62 8 months ago
I forgot: I also saw "The Exorcist" when it was re-released in 2000. I finally got to see what all the fuss about this movie was about - but it was very suspenseful and great°
daDoctah Kramden62 8 months ago
And certainly having the real Wolfman Jack pop up in person near the end was more impressive than it would have been a few years later when you could catch him every week on "The Midnight Special".
oldmoe51 8 months ago
8/12 not too great not too bad
IndianaRockz 8 months ago
8/12 correct (.......out of 12/12 guesses). I'd imagine all those movies were also watched outdoors during the heydays of outdoor movie theaters.
Dario IndianaRockz 2 months ago
You mean "drive-in movie theaters, don't you?
IndianaRockz Dario 2 months ago
Yes, not sure if there are many around anymore.
trogg888 8 months ago
I really do watch a lot of movies
Michaeljscheibn 8 months ago
11/12 - 1973 is right there with other great movie years- not quite 1939 but right up there- I would love to see TCM program great movie years and just run them all day.
daDoctah Michaeljscheibn 8 months ago
I did that in 2014 for the 50th anniversary convention of a group I belong to. Originally they were just going to set up a movie room and run a bunch of films for people who didn't want to attend any of the other events. I suggested making it 24/7 movies from the year 1964, good, bad or just plain odd, starting with "A Hard Day's Night" (since to me 1964 means Beatlemania).

By the time I was done I had everything from blockbusters like "My Fair Lady" and "Mary Poppins" down to "Spider Baby" and "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians". Even found a couple of documentaries like one about '64 World's Fair and "The T.A.M.I Show".
Wenatchee7 8 months ago
9/12 flash back to grammar school, read the whole question before you answer.
gockionni 8 months ago
9/12 - I remember Serpico being one incredibly intense police drama…I was shook! Can’t watch it again.
BorisK gockionni 8 months ago
Its really tame by today's standards. Almost like a Kojak.
gockionni BorisK 8 months ago
I don’t know about that, there were scenes in that movie that I hope never make it to television but the way tv is going these days, who knows. I found the ferocity of those scenes too severe and real to forget. Wonderful acting and writing but again, a story way too intense for me!
Wendy57 8 months ago
Surprised but happy with my score.
I’ll have a large buttered popcorn, some Hot Tamales, and a coke please ! 🍿🥤
pops1 8 months ago
11 out of 12, I got stumped by #11.
JellyrollJackson 8 months ago
10/12. What trip down memory road ☮️👏
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Dario trogg888 2 months ago
Exactly. 😏
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