9. 'Young Frankenstein'
Mel Brooks had a really amazing 1974. The year began with Blazing Saddles and ended with Young Frankenstein, a parody of the great monster movies of the 1930s. Gene Wilder plays the grandson of the original Dr. Frankenstein that wants nothing to do with his family legacy. But once he travels to Transylvania, he slowly becomes transfixed with the idea of bringing a corpse back to life. Nobody but Wilder could have played the title role. He's as convincing as a mild-mannered physician as he is a cackling mad scientist.