Starring Ellen Burstyn (who was part of the inaugural AFI DWW class) as a mother whose young daughter is possessed by the demon Pazuzu, THE EXORCIST (1973) is director William Friedkin’s terrifying adaptation of the bestselling novel by William Peter Blatty and appears on the American Film Institute’s list of cinema’s most heart-pounding thrillers – with Linda Blair’s young Regan MacNeill ranked among the greatest screen villains of all time.
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