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The year 1972 in film involved several significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

See also: List of 1972 box office number-one films in the United States

The top ten 1972 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1972
Rank Title Distributor Domestic rentals
1 The Godfather Paramount Pictures $86,300,000[1]
2 The Poseidon Adventure 20th Century Fox $42,000,000[1]
3 What's Up, Doc? Warner Bros. Pictures $28,000,000[1]
4 Deliverance $22,500,000[1]
5 Jeremiah Johnson $21,900,000[2]
6 Cabaret Allied Artists $20,250,000[2]
7 Deep Throat Bryanston Distributing Company $20,000,000[2]
8 The Getaway National General Pictures $18,000,000[2]
9 Lady Sings the Blues Paramount Pictures $9,666,000[2]
10 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex United Artists $8,828,000[2]

Awards

Category/Organization 30th Golden Globe Awards
January 28, 1973
26th BAFTA Awards
February 28, 1973
45th Academy Awards
March 27, 1973
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The Godfather Cabaret The Godfather
Best Director Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather
Bob Fosse
Cabaret
Best Actor Marlon Brando
The Godfather
Jack Lemmon
Avanti!
Gene Hackman
The Poseidon Adventure
The French Connection
Marlon Brando
The Godfather
Best Actress Liv Ullmann
The Emigrants
Liza Minnelli
Cabaret
Best Supporting Actor Joel Grey
Cabaret
Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Joel Grey
Cabaret
Best Supporting Actress Shelley Winters
The Poseidon Adventure
Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Eileen Heckart
Butterflies Are Free
Best Screenplay, Adapted Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
The Godfather
Paddy Chayefsky
The Hospital
Peter Bogdanovich and Larry McMurtry
The Last Picture Show
Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
The Godfather
Best Screenplay, Original Jeremy Larner
The Candidate
Best Original Score Nino Rota
The Godfather
Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell
Limelight
Ralph Burns
Cabaret
Best Original Song "Ben"
Ben
N/A "The Morning After"
The Poseidon Adventure
Best Foreign Language Film The Emigrants
The New Land
N/A The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Working Class Goes to Heaven (La classe operaia va in paradiso), directed by Elio Petri, Italy
The Mattei Affair (Il Caso Mattei), directed by Francesco Rosi, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Canterbury Tales (I Racconti di Canterbury), directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy / France

1972 Wide-release movies

United States unless stated

January–March

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1 J. W. Coop Columbia Pictures / Robertson and Associates Cliff Robertson (director/screenplay); Gary Cartwright, Bud Shrake (screenplay); Cliff Robertson, Geraldine Page, Cristina Ferrare, R.G. Armstrong, John Crawford, Wade Crosby, Bruce Kirby, Larry Mahan, R.L. Armstrong, Marjorie Durant Dye, Paul Harper, Son Hooker, Richard Kennedy, Lowell D. Smith Western Live Action
7 Glass Houses Columbia Pictures Alexander Singer (director/screenplay); Judith Singer (screenplay); Bernard Barrow, Jennifer O'Neill, Philip Pine, Eve McVeagh, Deirdre Lenihan, Ann Summers Drama, Romance Live Action
13 The Cowboys Warner Bros. Mark Rydell (director); Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr., William Dale Jennings (screenplay); John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Robert Carradine, Stephen Hudis, A Martinez, Slim Pickens, Lonny Chapman, Charles Tyner, Sarah Cunningham, Allyn Ann McLerie, Matt Clark, Dick Farnsworth, Larry Finley, Tap Canutt, Chuck Courtney, Gary Epper, Tony Epper, Alfred Barker Jr., Nicolas Beauvy, Steve Benedict, Norman Howell Jr., Sean Kelly, Clay O'Brien, Sam O'Brien, Mike Pyeatt, Maggie Costain, Jerry Gatlin, Walter Scott, Wallace Brooks, Charise Cullin, Colette Poeppel, Norman Howell, Rita Hudis, Margaret Kelly, Larry Randles, Jim Burk, Fred Brookfield, Kent Hays, Glenn Randall Jr., Henry Wills, Joe Yrigoyen Western Live Action
14 Cisco Pike Columbia Pictures Bill L. Norton (director/screenplay); Kris Kristofferson, Karen Black, Gene Hackman, Harry Dean Stanton, Viva, Doug Sahm, Roscoe Lee Browne, Joy Bang, Severn Darden, Antonio Fargas, Don Sturdy, Allan Arbus, Wavy Gravy, Lorna Thayer, William Traylor, Richard Stahl, Doodles Weaver Drama Live Action
20 To Find a Man Columbia Pictures / Rastar Buzz Kulik (director); Arnold Schulman (screenplay); Pamela Sue Martin, Darren O'Connor, Lloyd Bridges, Phyllis Newman, Tom Ewell, Tom Bosley, Miles Chapin, Schell Rasten, Antonia Rey, Vicki Sue Robinson, Rutanya Alda Comedy, Drama Live Action
21 Zee and Co. Columbia Pictures / Zee Company Brian G. Hutton (director); Edna O'Brien (screenplay); Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Susannah York, Margaret Leighton, John Standing, Michael Cashman, Richard O'Brien, Mary Larkin, Gino Melvazzi Drama Live Action
26 The Hot Rock 20th Century Fox Peter Yates (director); William Goldman (screenplay); Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand, Moses Gunn, William Redfield, Topo Swope, Zero Mostel, Christopher Guest, Graham Jarvis, Charlotte Rae, Harry Bellaver, Lee Wallace, Gilbert Lewis, George Bartenieff, Ed Bernard, Albert Henderson, Robert Weil, Lynne Gordon, Fred Cook Crime, Comedy, Drama Live Action
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13 Cabaret Allied Artists / ABC Pictures Bob Fosse (director); Jay Allen (screenplay); Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Marisa Berenson, Fritz Wepper, Joel Grey, Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel, Helen Vita, Sigrid von Richthofen, Gerd Vespermann, Ralf Wolter, Ricky Renée, Kathryn Doby, Estrongo Nachama, Oliver Collignon, Mark Lambert Musical, Drama Live Action
14 Pocket Money National General Pictures / First Artists Stuart Rosenberg (director); Terrence Malick (screenplay); Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Strother Martin, Wayne Rogers, Hector Elizondo, Christine Belford, Kelly Jean Peters, Gregory Sierra, Fred Graham, Matt Clark, Claudio Miranda, Terrence Malick Western, Comedy Live Action
26 The New Land (Sweden) Warner Bros. Jan Troell (director/screenplay); Bengt Forslund (screenplay); Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Allan Edwall, Monica Zetterlund, Pierre Lindstedt, Hans Alfredson, Agneta Prytz, Halvar Björk, Tom C. Fouts, Peter Lindgren, Per Oscarsson, Oscar Ljung, Karin Nordström, Eva-Lena Zetterlund Drama, Western Live Action
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8 Tales from the Crypt (U.K.) Metromedia Producers Corporation / Amicus Productions Freddie Francis (director); Milton Subotsky (screenplay); Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Roy Dotrice, Richard Greene, Ian Hendry, Patrick Magee, Barbara Murray, Nigel Patrick, Robin Phillips, Ralph Richardson, Martin Boddey, Chloe Franks, Oliver MacGreevy, Angela Grant, Peter Fraser, David Markham, Robert Hutton, Clifford Earl, Edward Evans, Harry Locke, Geoffrey Bayldon, Robert Rietti, John Barrard, Susan Denny, Frank Forsyth, Manning Wilson, Irene Gawne, Stafford Medhurst, George Herbert Horror Live Action
10 Silent Running Universal Pictures Douglas Trumbull (director); Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino, Steven Bochco (screenplay); Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint, Mark Persons, Cheryl Sparks, Steven Brown, Larry Whisenhunt Sci-Fi Live Action
What's Up, Doc? Warner Bros. / Saticoy Productions Peter Bogdanovich (director); Buck Henry, David Newman, Robert Benton (screenplay); Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Austin Pendleton, Kenneth Mars, Michael Murphy, Stefan Gierasch, Sorrell Booke, Philip Roth, Mabel Albertson, Liam Dunn, John Hillerman, George Morfogen, Graham Jarvis, Randy Quaid, M. Emmet Walsh, Jack Perkins, Gil Perkins, Christa Lang, Don Bexley, John Byner, William Niven, Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Romance, Comedy Live Action
12 Godzilla vs. Gigan – (Japan) Toho Jun Fukuda (director); Shinichi Sekizawa (screenplay); Hiroshi Ishikawa, Tomoko Umeda, Yuriko Hishimi, Minoru Takashima, Zan Fujita, Toshiaki Nishizawa, Kunio Murai, Gen Shimizu, Kuniko Ashihara, Zeko Nakamura, Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Koetsu Omiya, Kanta Ina Action, Adventure, Family Live Action
14 The Godfather Paramount Pictures / Alfran Productions Francis Ford Coppola (director/screenplay); Mario Puzo (screenplay); Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Al Lettieri, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Talia Shire, Gianni Russo, John Cazale, Rudy Bond, Al Martino, Morgana King, Lenny Montana, Johnny Martino, Salvatore Corsitto, Richard Bright, Alex Rocco, Tony Giorgio, Vito Scotti, Victor Rendina, Jeannie Linero, Julie Gregg, Simonetta Stefanelli, Angelo Infanti, Corrado Gaipa, Franco Citti, Saro Urzi, Frank Albanese, Carmine Coppola, Gian-Carlo Coppola, Italia Coppola, Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Randy Jurgensen, Tony King, Paul Lambert, Tony Lip, Tom Rosqui, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Frank Sivero, Joe Spinell, Nick Vallelonga, Ilene Woods Crime, Drama Live Action
15 Slaughterhouse-Five Universal Pictures / Cinema International Corporation George Roy Hill (director); Stephen Geller (screenplay); Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Valerie Perrine, Holly Near, Perry King, Kevin Conway, Friedrich von Ledebur, Ekkehardt Belle, Sorrell Booke, Roberts Blossom, John Dehner, Gary Waynesmith, Richard Schaal, Gilmer McCormick, Stan Gottlieb, Karl-Otto Alberty, Henry Bumstead, Lucille Benson, John Wood, Alexander Allerson, Barbara Frey, Warren Frost, Paul Hansard, Richard Stahl Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi Live Action
17 Pink Flamingos New Line Cinema / Dreamland John Waters (director/screenplay); Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Danny Mills, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Channing Wilroy, Paul Swift, Susan Walsh, Linda Olgierson, Pat Moran, Steve Yeager, George Figgs, Vincent Peranio, Van Smith, Elizabeth Coffey, David E. Gluck, John Waters Comedy, Crime Live Action
22 The Biscuit Eater Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution Vincent McEveety (director); Lawrence Edward Watkin (screenplay); Earl Holliman, Pat Crowley, Lew Ayres, Godfrey Cambridge, Beah Richards, Clifton James, Johnny Whitaker, Mantan Moreland, George Spell, Rolph Van Wolfgang Drama Live Action
Fist of Fury Golden Harvest Lo Wei (director/screenplay); Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, Riki Hashimoto, Robert Baker, Tien Feng, Paul Wei, Fung Ngai, Lo Wei, Huang Tsung-hsing, Han Ying-chieh, James Tien, Maria Yi, Jun Katsumura, Lee Kwan, Jackie Chan, Corey Yuen Action, Drama, Romance, Martial Arts Live Action
23 The Concert for Bangladesh 20th Century Fox / Apple Films Saul Swimmer (director); George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner, Badfinger, Jesse Ed Davis, Kamala Chakravarty, Claudia Lennear, Don Nix, Don Preston, Alla Rakha, Mal Evans, Allen Klein, Phil Spector, The Hollywood Horns, Allan Beutler, Jo Green, Jeany Greene, Marlin Greene, Dolores Hall, Jacky Kelso, Ustad Aliakbar Khan, Lew McCreary, Carl Radie Documentary, Music Live Action
24 The Ten Commandments (re-release) Paramount Pictures / Motion Picture Associates Cecil B. DeMille (director); Aeneas MacKenzie, Jesse L. Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss, Fredric M. Frank (screenplay); Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine, Olive Deering, Douglas Dumbrille, Frank de Kova, Henry Wilcoxon, Eduard Franz, Donald Curtis, Lawrence Dobkin, H.B. Warner, Julia Faye, Joanna Merlin, Fraser Heston, John Miljan, Francis J. McDonald, Ian Keith, Paul De Rolf, Woodrow Strode, Joan Woodbury, Kathy Garver, Cecil B. DeMille, Lisa Mitchell, Noelle Williams, Pat Richard, Joyce Vanderveen, Diane Hall, Abbas El Boughdadly, Tommy Duran, Eugene Mazzola, Ramsay Hill, Esther Brown, Babette Bain Epic, Adventure, Drama, Family Live Action

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12 Fritz the Cat Cinemation Industries / Fritz Productions / Aurica Finance Company / Krantz Films Ralph Bakshi (director/screenplay); Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, Phil Seuling, Ralph Bakshi, John McCurry, Judy Engles, Mary Dean, Charles Spidar Black Comedy Adult Animation
16 The Culpepper Cattle Co. 20th Century Fox Dick Richards (director/screenplay); Eric Bercovici, Gregory Prentiss (screenplay); Gary Grimes, Billy "Green" Bush, Luke Askew, Bo Hopkins, Geoffrey Lewis, Raymond Guth, Wayne Sutherlin, Matt Clark, Anthony James, Charles Martin Smith, Gregory Sierra Western Live Action
28 Buck and the Preacher Columbia Pictures / E & R Productions / Belafonte Enterprises Sidney Poitier (director); Ernest Kinoy (screenplay); Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell, Denny Miller, Nita Talbot, James McEachin, Clarence Muse, Enrique Lucero, Julie Robinson, Lynn Robinson Western Live Action
Five Fingers of Death (Hong Kong) Shaw Brothers Studio Jeong Chang-hwa (director); Chiang Yang (screenplay); Lo Lieh, Wang Ping, Tien Feng, Wang Chin-feng, Tung Lam, Fang Mian, Ku Wen-Chung Martial Arts, Action, Drama, Romance Live Action
30 Vampire Circus (U.K.) 20th Century Fox / Hammer Film Productions Robert Young (director); Judson Kinberg (screenplay); Adrienne Corri, Laurence Payne, Thorley Walters, Lynne Frederick, John Moulder-Brown, Elizabeth Seal, Anthony Higgins, Domini Blythe, Robin Hunter, Robin Sachs, Lalla Ward, David Prowse, Mary Wimbush, David de Keyser, Richard Owens, Robert Tayman, Skip Martin, Christina Paul, Roderick Shaw, Barnaby Shaw, John Bown, Sibylla Kay, Jane Darby, Dorothy Frere, Milovan Vesnitch, Serena, Sean Hewitt Horror Live Action
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4 Play It Again, Sam Paramount Pictures / APJAC Productions Herbert Ross (director); Woody Allen (screenplay); Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy, Susan Anspach, Jennifer Salt, Joy Bang, Viva, Susanne Zenor, Michael Greene, Ted Markland, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Jean De Briac, Mark Goddard, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains Comedy Live Action
12 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Universal Pictures / Robertson and Associates Philip Kaufman (director/screenplay); Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew, R.G. Armstrong, Dana Elcar, Donald Moffat, John Pearce, Matt Clark, Robert H. Harris, Jack Manning, Elisha Cook, Royal Dano, William Callaway, Arthur Peterson, Barry Brown, Liam Dunn, Anne Barton, Valda Hansen, Wayne Sutherlin, Mary-Robin Redd, Craig Curtis, Nellie Burt, Madeleine Taylor Holmes, Herbert Nelson, Erik Holland, Marjorie Durant, Inger Stratton Western Live Action
17 The Honkers United Artists / Brighton Pictures / Levy-Gardner-Laven Steve Ihnat (director/screenplay); Stephen Lodge (screenplay); James Coburn, Lois Nettleton, Slim Pickens, Anne Archer, Richard Anderson, Jim Davis, Ramon Bieri, Teddy Eccles, Mitchell Ryan, Wayne McLaren, John Harmon, Richard O'Brien, Larry Mahan, Joan Huntington, Pitt Herbert, Luther Elmore, Chuck Parkison Jr. Action, Comedy, Drama Live Action
24 The Possession of Joel Delaney Paramount Pictures / Haworth Productions / ITC Entertainment Waris Hussein (director); Grimes Grice, Matt Robinson (screenplay); Shirley MacLaine, Perry King, Michael Hordern, Barbara Trentham, Míriam Colón, Earle Hyman, Lovelady Powell, David Elliott, Lisa Kohane, Edmundo Rivera Álvarez, Teodorina Bello, Robert Burr, Ernesto Gonzalez, Aukie Herger, Marita Lindholm Horror Live Action
Skyjacked Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Walter Seltzer Productions, Inc. John Guillermin (director); Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay); Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, James Brolin, Claude Akins, Jeanne Crain, Susan Dey, Roosevelt Grier, Mariette Hartley, Walter Pidgeon, Ken Swofford, Leslie Uggams, Ross Elliott, Nicholas Hammond, Mike Henry, John Hillerman, Maureen Connell, John Fiedler, Wesley Lau, Roy Engel, Lorna Thayer, Dan White, Natividad Vacío, Jayson William Kane, Toni Clayton, Kelley Miles, Jack Denbo, Joe Canutt, Grahame Pratt Disaster, Action, Drama, Thriller Live Action
25 Chato's Land United Artists / Scimitar Films Michael Winner (director); Gerald Wilson (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland, Richard Basehart, Ralph Waite, Richard Jordan, Victor French, William Watson, Roddy McMillan, Paul Young, Lee Patterson, Peter Dyneley, Hugh McDermott, Sonia Rangan, Raúl Castro, Verna Harvey Western Live Action
Z.P.G. Paramount Pictures / Sagittarius Productions Michael Campus (director); Frank De Felitta, Max Ehrlich (screenplay); Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Don Gordon, Diane Cilento, David Markham, Bill Nagy, Sheila Reid, Aubrey Woods, Birgitte Federspiel, Wayne Rodda, Ditte Maria Wiberg Sci-Fi, Thriller Live Action
26 The Other 20th Century Fox Robert Mulligan (director); Thomas Tryon (screenplay); Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Norma Connolly, Victor French, Lou Frizzell, John Ritter, Jenny Sullivan, Portia Nelson, Jack Collins, Chris Udvarnoky, Martin Udvarnoky, Loretta Leversee, Clarence Crow Horror, Thriller Live Action
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2 The War Between Men and Women National General Pictures / Cinema Center Films Melville Shavelson (director/screenplay); Danny Arnold, James Thurber (screenplay); Jack Lemmon, Barbara Harris, Jason Robards, Herb Edelman, Lisa Gerritsen, Moosie Drier, Severn Darden, Lisa Eilbacher, Lucille Meredith, Ruth McDevitt, John Zaremba, Bill Hickman, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Danny Arnold Comedy, Drama Live Action
4 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Columbia Pictures / Domino Peter Medak (director); Peter Nichols (screenplay); Alan Bates, Janet Suzman, Peter Bowles, Sheila Gish, Joan Hickson, Murray Melvin, Fanny Carby, Constance Chapman, Elizabeth Robillard, Elizabeth Tyrell Black Comedy, Drama Live Action
12 Deep Throat Bryanston Distributing Company Gerard Damiano (director/screenplay); Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Carol Connors, Gerard Damiano, Dolly Sharp, Bill Harrison, William Love, Bob Phillips, Ted Street, John Byron, Jack Birch, Ron Wertheim, Weston Enciso Adult, Comedy Live Action
14 Fillmore 20th Century Fox Richard T. Heffron, Eli F. Bleich (directors); Bill Graham, Santana, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Lamb, Cold Blood, The Rowan Brothers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, It's a Beautiful Day, The Elvin Bishop Group, Boz Scaggs, Papa John Creach, Mike Bloomfield Documentary, Music Live Action
Boxcar Bertha American International Pictures Martin Scorsese (director); Joyce Hooper Corrington, John William Corrington (screenplay); Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey, John Carradine, Victor Argo, Harry Northup, Martin Scorsese, Franklin D. Roosevelt, David Osterhout, Grahame Pratt, 'Chicken' Holleman, Ann Morell, Marianne Dole, Joe Reynolds Romance, Crime, Drama Live Action
16 The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie 20th Century Fox / Palomar Pictures Jack Starrett (director); Anthony Greville-Bell, John Kohn (screenplay); Bonnie Bedelia, Ken Howard, Anthony Zerbe Drama, Thriller Live Action
20 The Assassination of Trotsky (U.K.) Cinerama Releasing Corporation / Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica / Compagnia Internazionale Alessandra Cinematografica / Cinétel Joseph Losey (director); Nicholas Mosley (screenplay); Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Valentina Cortese, Luigi Vannucchi, Jean Desailly, Simone Valère, Duilio Del Prete, Jack Betts, Michael Forest, Claudio Brook, Joshua Sinclair, Giorgio Albertazzi Historical, Drama Live Action
21 Shaft's Big Score! Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Gordon Parks (director); Ernest Tidyman (screenplay); Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joe Mascolo, Wally Taylor, Julius Harris, Rosalind Miles, Joe Santos, Robert Kya-Hill, Thomas Anderson, Frank Adonis, Cihangir Ghaffari, Kathy Imrie, Don Blakely, Angelo Gnazzo, Henry Ferrentino, Melvin Green Jr., Dan Hannafin, Marilyn Hamlin, Kitty Jones, Evelyn Davis Blaxploitation, Action, Crime, Drama Live Action
Beware! The Blob Jack H. Harris Enterprises Inc. Larry Hagman (director); Anthony Harris, Jack Woods (screenplay); Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Marlene Clark, Gerrit Graham, J.J. Johnston, Dick Van Patten, Randy Stonehill, Cindy Williams, Larry Norman, Bill Coontz, Shelley Berman, Godfrey Cambridge, Larry Hagman, Carol Lynley, Burgess Meredith, Danny Goldman, Rockne Tarkington, Sid Haig, Del Close, Robert N. Goodman, Byron Keith, Tiger Joe Marsh, Fred Smoot, Preston Hagman, Conrad Rothmann, John Houser, Patrick McAllister, Margie Adleman Sci-Fi, Comedy, Horror Live Action
Frenzy Universal Pictures Alfred Hitchcock (director); Anthony Shaffer (screenplay); Jon Finch, Alec McCowen, Barry Foster, Billie Whitelaw, Anna Massey, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Bernard Cribbins, Vivien Merchant, Michael Bates, Jean Marsh, Clive Swift, Madge Ryan, Elsie Randolph, John Boxer, Jimmy Gardner, Gerald Sim, Noel Johnson, Rita Webb, Michael Sheard, Richard Stapley, Susan Travers, Joby Blanshard, John Cater, Gerry Cowper, Maxwell Craig, Charles Farrell, Harry Fielder, Drewe Henley, Alfred Hitchcock, Doreen Mantle, Margaret Nolan, Colin Spaull, Fred Wood, Martin Wyldeck Thriller Live Action
The Groundstar Conspiracy Universal Pictures / Hal Roach Studios Lamont Johnson (director); Douglas Heyes (screenplay); George Peppard, Michael Sarrazin, Christine Belford, Cliff Potts, James Olson, Tim O'Connor, James McEachin, Alan Oppenheimer Neo-Noir, Action, Crime, Mystery Live Action
The Revengers National General Pictures / Cinema Center Films / Estudios Churubusco Azteca S.A. Daniel Mann (director); Wendell Mayes (screenplay); William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Woody Strode, Roger Hanin, Susan Hayward, René Koldehoff, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Arthur Hunnicutt, Warren Vanders, Larry Pennell, James Daughton, Scott Holden, John Kelly, Lorraine Chanel, Jorge Luke, Raúl Pérez Prieto, Carlos Amez Rocha Western Live Action
23 Ben Cinerama Releasing Corporation / Bing Crosby Productions Phil Karlson (director); Gilbert Ralston (screenplay); Lee Harcourt Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy, Meredith Baxter, Paul Carr, Kenneth Tobey, James Luisi, Lee Paul, Norman Alden, Scott Garrett, Ric Drasin, Bruce Davison, Kaz Garas, Richard Van Vleet, Arlen Stuart, Ben Crowe, St. Benjamin Drama, Horror, Thriller Live Action
28 Prime Cut National General Pictures / Cinema Center Films Michael Ritchie (director); Robert Dillon (screenplay); Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Angel Tompkins, Gregory Walcott, Sissy Spacek, Howard Platt, Les Lannom, Eddie Egan, Janit Baldwin, William Morey, Clint Ellison, Therese Reinsch, Bob Wilson, Gordon Signer, Gladys Watson, Wayne Savagne Action, Crime, Drama Live Action
29 The Candidate Warner Bros. Michael Ritchie (director); Jeremy Larner (screenplay); Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter, Allen Garfield, Karen Carlson, Quinn Redeker, Michael Lerner, Kenneth Tobey, Jenny Sullivan, Gerald Hiken, Mike Barnicle, Broderick Crawford, George McGovern, Howard K. Smith, Hubert Humphrey, Alan Cranston, John V. Tunney, Terry McGovern, Natalie Wood, Sam Yorty, Jesse M. Unruh, Bill Stout, Morgan Upton, Christopher Pray, Joe Miksak, Tom Dahlgren, Leslie Allen, Van Amberg Drama Live Action
Come Back, Charleston Blue Warner Bros. Mark Warren (director); Peggy Elliott, Bontche Schweig (screenplay); Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Percy Rodriguez, Jonelle Allen, Minnie Gentry, Leonardo Cimino, Philip Michael Thomas, Peter Deanda, Maxwell Glanville, Dick Sabol, Toney Brealond, Tim Pelt, Marcia McBroom, Darryl Knibb, Joseph Ray, Adam Wade, Dorothi Fox Action, Comedy, Crime Live Action
30 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox / APJAC Productions J. Lee Thompson (director); Paul Dehn (screenplay); Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalbán, Natalie Trundy, Hari Rhodes, Severn Darden, Lou Wagner, John Randolph, H.M. Wynant, Buck Kartalian, Paul Comi, Gordon Jump, Asa Maynor, David Chow, John Dennis, Dick Spangler Action, Sci-Fi Live Action

July–September

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2 Cool Breeze Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Penelope Productions Barry Pollack (director/screenplay); Thalmus Rasulala, Jim Watkins, Judy Pace, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Sam Laws, Raymond St. Jacques, Margaret Avery, Pam Grier, Paula Kelly, Wally Taylor, Rudy Challenger, Stewart Bradley, Ed Cambridge, Royce Wallace, Stack Pierce, Biff Elliot, John Lupton Blaxploitation, Crime, Drama Live Action
5 Napoleon and Samantha Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution Bernard McEveety (director); Stewart Raffill (screenplay); Johnny Whitaker, Jodie Foster, Michael Douglas, Will Geer, Arch Johnson, Henry Jones, Vito Scotti, John Crawford, Mary Wickes, Ellen Corby, Rex Holman, John Lupton, Zamba, James MacDonald, Claude Johnson, John Ortega, Monty Margetts Adventure, Drama Live Action
6 Butterflies Are Free Columbia Pictures Milton Katselas (director); Leonard Gershe (screenplay); Goldie Hawn, Eileen Heckart, Edward Albert, Paul Michael Glaser, Michael Warren Comedy, Drama Live Action
12 Now You See Him, Now You Don't Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution Robert Butler (director); Joseph L. McEveety (screenplay); Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, Jim Backus, William Windom, Michael McGreevey, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Bakalyan, Joyce Menges, Alan Hewitt, Kelly Thordsen, Bing Russell, Edward Andrews, George O'Hanlon, John Myhers, Frank Welker, Mike Evans, Pat Delany, Robert Rothwell Sci-Fi, Comedy Live Action
14 Fuzz United Artists / Filmways / Martin Ransohoff Productions Richard A. Colla (director); Evan Hunter (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Tom Skerritt, Yul Brynner, Raquel Welch, James McEachin, Bert Remsen, Steve Ihnat, Peter Bonerz, Don Gordon, Dan Frazer, Norman Burton, Vince Howard, Brian Doyle-Murray, Charles Tyner, Neile Adams, Tamara Dobson, Charles Martin Smith, Robert Jaffe, Stewart Moss, James Victor, Royce D. Applegate, Britt Leach, Peter Elbling, Gary Morgan, Albert Popwell, Gino Conforti, Gerald Hiken, Martine Bartlett, Peter Brocco, Jack Perkins, Dominic Chianese, Richard Stahl, Uschi Digard, Anne Lockhart, Ron Rifkin Action, Comedy, Crime Live Action
Joe Kidd Universal Pictures / The Malpaso Company John Sturges (director); Elmore Leonard (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud, Stella Garcia, James Wainwright, Paul Koslo, Gregory Walcott, Dick Van Patten, Lynne Marta, John Carter, Pepe Hern, Joaquín Martínez, Ron Soble, Pepe Callahan, Clint Ritchie, Chuck Hayward, Steve Eastin, Read Morgan Western Live Action
The Wrath of God Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Ralph Nelson (director/screenplay); Jack Higgins (screenplay); Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella, John Colicos, Victor Buono, Rita Hayworth, Ken Hutchison, Gregory Sierra, Frank Ramirez, Enrique Lucero, Chano Urueta, Aurora Clavel, Pancho Córdova, Ralph Nelson, Paula Pritchett, Jorge Russek, José Luis Parades, Victor Eberg, Guillermo Hernández Adventure, Drama, Western Live Action
19 The Man Paramount Pictures / ABC Circle Films / Lorimar Joseph Sargent (director); Rod Serling (screenplay); James Earl Jones, Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith, Lew Ayres, William Windom, Barbara Rush, Georg Stanford Brown, Janet MacLachlan, Martin E. Brooks, Simon Scott, Patric Knowles, Robert DoQui, Anne Seymour, Edward Faulkner, Philip Bourneuf, Reginald Fenderson, Garry Walberg, Ted Hartley, Charles Lampkin, Lawrence Cook, Vince Howard, Leonard Stone, Howard K. Smith, Jack Benny, Curt Conway, Gilbert Green, Lew Brown, Elizabeth Ross, Barry Russo, Bill Lawrence Drama Live Action
26 Fat City Columbia Pictures / Rastar John Huston (director); Leonard Gardner (screenplay); Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark, Nicholas Colasanto, Art Aragon, Curtis Cokes, Al Silvani, Sixto Rodriguez, Alfred Avila, Billy Walker, Wayne Mahan, Ruben Navarro, Álvaro López Sports, Drama Live Action
30 Deliverance Warner Bros. / Elmer Enterprises John Boorman (director); James Dickey (screenplay); Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Bill McKinney, Herbert "Cowboy" Coward, James Dickey, Billy Redden, Macon McCalman, Seamon Glass, Charley Boorman, Belinda Beatty Adventure, Drama, Thriller Live Action
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1 The Magnificent Seven Ride United Artists / The Mirisch Production Company George McCowan (director); Arthur Rowe (screenplay); Lee Van Cleef, Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan, Luke Askew, Ralph Waite, Mariette Hartley, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., William Lucking, James B. Sikking, Ed Lauter, Allyn Ann McLerie, Gary Busey, Robert Jaffe, Darrell Larson, Carolyn Conwell, Jason Wingreen, Melissa Murphy, Elizabeth Thompson, Ron Stein, Rita Rogers Action, Western Live Action
2 Junior Bonner Cinerama Releasing Corporation / ABC Pictures / Joe Wizan-Booth Gardner Productions / Solar Productions Sam Peckinpah (director); Jeb Rosebrook (screenplay); Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Joe Don Baker, Barbara Leigh, Ben Johnson, Mary Murphy, Bill McKinney, Dub Taylor, Sandra Deel, Don "Red" Barry, Charles H. Gray, Sam Peckinpah, Casey Tibbs Western, Drama Live Action
6 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) United Artists / Jack Rollins-Charles H. Joffe Productions / Brodsky/Gould Productions Woody Allen (director/screenplay); Woody Allen, John Carradine, Lou Jacobi, Louise Lasser, Anthony Quayle, Tony Randall, Lynn Redgrave, Burt Reynolds, Gene Wilder, Jack Barry, Elaine Giftos, Toni Holt, Robert Q. Lewis, Heather MacRae, Pamela Mason, Sidney Miller, Regis Philbin, Titos Vandis, Stanley Adams, Oscar Beregi, Alan Caillou, Don Chuy, Dort Clark, Erin Fleming, Geoffrey Holder, Baruch Lumet, Tom Mack, Jay Robinson, Ref Sanchez, Robert Walden, H.E. West, Norman Alden, William Beckley, Al Silvani Comedy Live Action
9 Snoopy, Come Home National General Pictures / Cinema Center Films / Lee Mendelson/Bill Melendez Productions / Sopwith Productions Bill Melendez (director); Charles M. Schulz (screenplay); Chad Webber, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger, Chris De Faria, Linda Mendelson, Bill Melendez, Shelby Flint, Thurl Ravenscroft, Ray Pohlman, Don Ralke, David Carey, Johanna Baer, Linda Ercoli, Guy Pohlman Musical, Comedy, Drama Animation
22 And Now for Something Completely Different Columbia-Warner Distributors / Playboy Productions / Kettledrum Films / Lownes Productions / Python (Monty) Pictures Ian MacNaughton, Terry Gilliam (directors); Monty Python (screenplay); Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth, Lewis Alexander, The Fred Tomlinson Singers, Lesley Judd, Fred Wood, Artur Axmann, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, King George VI, Richard Nixon, Queen Elizabeth the 2nd Comedy Live Action
23 To Kill a Clown 20th Century Fox / Palomar Pictures George Bloomfield (director/screenplay); I.C. Rapoport (screenplay); Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Heath Lamberts, Eric Clavering Thriller Live Action
25 Blacula American International Pictures / Power Productions William Crain (director); Joan Torres, Raymond Koenig, Richard Glouner (screenplay); William Marshall, Denise Nicholas, Vonetta McGee, Gordon Pinsent, Thalmus Rasulala, Ketty Lester, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Elisha Cook Jr., The Hues Corporation, Emily Yancy, Lance Taylor Sr., Logan Field, Ted Harris, Rick Metzler, Charles Macaulay, Eric Brotherson Blaxploitation, Horror Live Action
30 The Last House on the Left American International Pictures / Hallmark Releasing / Sean S. Cunningham Films / The Night Company / Lobster Enterprises Wes Craven (director/screenplay); Sandra Peabody, David A. Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Lucy Grantham, Marc Sheffler, Cynthia Garr, Gaylord St. James, Marshall Anker, Ada Washington Exploitation, Horror Live Action
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1 Bluebeard Cinerama Releasing Corporation / Gloria Film S.r.l. / Barnabé Productions S.a.r.l. / Geiselgasteig Film GmbH Edward Dmytryk (director/screenplay); Ennio De Concini, Maria Pia Fusco (screenplay); Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, Virna Lisi, Nathalie Delon, Marilù Tolo, Karin Schubert, Agostina Belli, Sybil Danning, Joey Heatherton, Jean Lefebvre, Karl-Otto Alberty, Kurt Großkurth, Sándor Szabó, Dennis Burgess, Mathieu Carrière, Edward Meeks, Doka Bukova, Erica Schramm, Thomas Fischer, Peter Martin Urtel, Mag-Avril Crime, Drama, Thriller Live Action
9 Man of the East United Artists / Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA) / Les Productions Artistes Associés E.B. Clucher (director/screenplay); Terence Hill, Gregory Walcott, Yanti Somer, Harry Carey Jr., Enzo Fiermonte, Riccardo Pizzuti, Salvatore Borghese, Steffen Zacharias, Pupo De Luca, Zach Bell, Dominic Barto, Danika La Loggia, Jean Louis, Alessandro Sperli, Luigi Casellato, Tony Burton, Rigal Suzanne Leone, Kevin Richmond Western Live Action
13 The Ruling Class Embassy Pictures Peter Medak (director); Peter Barnes (screenplay); Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Michael Bryant, Graham Crowden, Nigel Green, William Mervyn, Carolyn Seymour, James Villiers, Hugh Burden, Henry Woolf, Oliver McGreevy, Kay Walsh, Patsy Byrne, Cyril Appleton, Leslie Schofield, Joan Cooper, Declan Mulholland, James Grout, James Hazeldine, Ronald Adam, Llewellyn Rees, Kenneth Benda, Hugh Owens, Griffith Davies, Julian D'Albie Black Comedy Live Action
15 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 20th Century Fox Luis Buñuel (director/screenplay); Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay); Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Bulle Ogier, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Julien Bertheau, Milena Vukotic, Claude Piéplu, Muni, Michel Piccoli, Pierre Maguelon, François Maistre, Jacques Rispal, Amparo Soler Leal, Georges Douking, Maxence Mailfort, Bernard Musson, Maria Gabriella Maione, Christian Baltauss, Alix Mahieux Comedy Live Action
21 Cancel My Reservation Warner Bros. Paul Bogart (director); Robert Fisher, Arthur Marx (screenplay); Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy, Forrest Tucker, Anne Archer, Keenan Wynn, Henry Darrow, Chief Dan George, Doodles Weaver, Betty Ann Carr, Herb Vigran, Pat Morita, Gordon Oliver, Richard Yniguez, Paul Bogart, Johnny Carson, Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Flip Wilson Comedy Live Action
24 Sounder 20th Century Fox / Radnitz/Mattel Productions Martin Ritt (director); Lonne Elder III (screenplay); Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Carmen Matthews, Taj Mahal, James Best, Janet MacLachlan, Jerry Leggio, Eric Hooks, Yvonne Jarrell, Sylvia "Kuumba" Williams, Ted Airhart, Richard Durham, Spencer Bradford, Judge William Thomas Bennett, Reverend Thomas N. Phillips Drama Live Action
26 Solaris Mosfilm Andrei Tarkovsky (director/screenplay); Fridrikh Gorenshtein (screenplay); Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Nikolai Grinko, Olga Barnet, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Sos Sargsyan, Aleksandr Misharin, Yulian Semyonov, Bagrat Oganesyan, Tamara Ogorodnikova, Tatyana Malykh, Vitalik Kerdimun, Olga Kizilova, Georgiy Teykh, Raimundas Banionis Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery Live Action
28 Dracula A.D. 1972 Columbia-Warner Distributors / Hammer Film Productions Alan Gibson (director); Don Houghton (screenplay); Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Stephanie Beacham, Christopher Neame, Marsha Hunt, Caroline Munro, Janet Key, Michael Kitchen, Lally Bowers, Flanagan, Stoneground, Michael Coles, Penny Brahms, William Ellis, Philip Miller, David Andrews, Constance Luttrell, Michael Daly, Artro Morris, Jo Richardson, Brian John Smith Horror Live Action

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8 Bad Company Paramount Pictures Robert Benton (director/screenplay); David Newman (screenplay); Jeff Bridges, Barry Brown, Jim Davis, David Huddleston, John Savage, Jerry Houser, Geoffrey Lewis, Raymond Guth, Ed Lauter, John Quade, Charles Tyner, Ted Gehring, Damon Cofer, Joshua Hill Lewis, Jean Allison, Ned Wertimer, Claudia Bryar, John Boyd Western Live Action
11 Dumbo (re-release) Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution Ben Sharpsteen, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Bill Roberts, Jack Kinney, Samuel Armstrong (directors); Joe Grant, Dick Huemer (screenplay); Edward Brophy, Verna Felton, Cliff Edwards, Herman Bing, Sterling Holloway, The Hall Johnson Choir, Billy Bletcher, Margaret Wright, The King's Men, Noreen Gammill, Dorothy Scott, Sarah Selby, Malcolm Hutton, John McLeish Fantasy, Adventure, Drama Animation
14 Last Tango in Paris United Artists / Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA) / Les Productions Artistes Associés Bernando Bertolucci (director/screenplay); Franco Arcalli, Agnès Varda (screenplay); Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Massimo Girotti, Catherine Allégret, Catherine Breillat, Darling Légitimus, Veronica Lazăr, Gitt Magrini, Luce Marquand, Dan Diament, Catherine Sola, Mauro Marchetti, Peter Schommer, Marie-Hélène Breillat, Armand Abplanalp, Rachel Kesterber, Ramón Mendizábal, Mimi Pinson, Gérard Lepennec, Stéphane Koziak Drama Live Action
18 Run, Cougar, Run Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution Jerome Courtland (director); Louis Pelletier (screenplay); Stuart Whitman, Frank Aletter, Lonny Chapman, Douglas Fowley, Harry Carey Jr., Alfonso Arau Western Live Action
19 When the Legends Die 20th Century Fox Stuart Millar (director); Robert Dozier (screenplay); Richard Widmark, Frederic Forrest, Luana Anders, Vito Scotti, John War Eagle, Garry Walberg, Jack Mullaney, Roy Engel, Rex Holman, Herbert Nelson, John Gruber, Malcolm Curley, Mel Gallagher, Tillman Box, Sondra Pratt Western Live Action
21 Lady Sings the Blues Paramount Pictures / Motown Productions Sidney J. Furie (director); Suzanne de Passe, Chris Clark, Terence McCloy (screenplay); Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, Paul Hampton, Sid Melton, Virginia Capers, Yvonne Fair, Isabel Sanford, Jester Hairston, Lynn Hamilton, Robert Gordy, Paulene Myers, Scatman Crothers, Ned Glass, Milton Selzer, Norman Bartold, Clay Tanner, Bert Kramer, George Wyner, Larry Duran, Darlene Conley, Jayne Kennedy, Victor Morosco, Harry Caesar Biography, Drama Live Action
31 Pancho Villa Scotia International Film Distributors / Granada Films Eugenio Martín (director); Julian Halevy (screenplay); Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Chuck Connors, Anne Francis, José María Prada, Ángel del Pozo, Antonio Casas, Alberto Dalbés, Luis Dávila, Mónica Randall, Walter Coy Western Live Action
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Trouble Man
15 Daisy Town
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17 1776
Asylum
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18 Sisters (Filmex, Los Angeles)
20 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
22 Rage
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3 Horror Express (U.K.)
8 Sleuth (U.K.)
12 Child's Play
Man of La Mancha
The Poseidon Adventure
13 The Getaway
17 Avanti!
The Heartbreak Kid
Pete 'n' Tillie
Travels with My Aunt
Daigoro vs. Goliath (Japan)
18 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
19 Across 110th Street
21 Jeremiah Johnson
22 Snowball Express
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30 Way of the Dragon

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Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Maurice Chevalier 83 France Actor, Singer
8 Wesley Ruggles 82 US Director, Producer
17 Rochelle Hudson 55 US Actress
18 George Mitchell 66 US Actor
19 Richard Fraser 58 Scotland Actor
22 Alec Coppel 74 Australia Screenwriter
24 Jerome Cowan 74 US Actor
27 Herbert Hübner 82 Germany Actor
February 2 Jessie Royce Landis 75 US Actress
7 Walter Lang 75 US Director
19 John Grierson 73 Scotland Director, Producer
20 Walter Winchell 74 US Commentator
March 3 Harold Young 74 US Director, Editor
20 Marilyn Maxwell 51 US Actress
29 J. Arthur Rank 83 England Executive
29 Hal Roach Jr. 53 US Director, Producer
30 Peter Whitney 55 US Actor
April 5 Brian Donlevy 71 Ireland Actor
5 Isabel Jewell 64 US Actress
7 Betty Blythe 78 US Actress
13 Dorothy Dalton 78 US Actress
20 Jorge Mistral 51 Spain Actor
25 George Sanders 65 England Actor
28 Harry Joe Brown 81 US Producer, Director
30 Gia Scala 38 England Actor
May 3 Bruce Cabot 68 US Actor
5 Frank Tashlin 59 US Director
12 Steve Ihnat 37 Czechoslovakia Actor
13 Dan Blocker 43 US Actor
15 Nigel Green 47 South Africa Actor
18 Sidney Franklin 79 US Director, Producer
21 Margaret Rutherford 80 England Actress
25 Charles C. Coleman 70 US Director
June 17 Jean Brochard 79 France Actor
17 Gale Henry 79 US Actress
20 Sidney Lanfield 74 US Director
27 Thomy Bourdelle 81 France Actor
July 3 Hal Walker 76 US Director
6 Brandon deWilde 30 US Actor
10 Harmon Jones 61 Canada Director
19 Sally Benson 74 US Screenwriter
28 Helen Traubel 73 US Actress, Singer
August 7 Joi Lansing 43 US Actress
14 Oscar Levant 65 US Actor
24 D. Ross Lederman 77 US Director
27 Gaby André 52 France Actress
September 11 Max Fleischer 89 US Animator, Director, Producer
12 William Boyd 77 US Actor
14 Lane Chandler 73 US Actor
17 Akim Tamiroff 72 Russia Actor
29 Max Nosseck 70 Germany Director
29 Edward Sloman 86 US Actor
30 Edgar G. Ulmer 68 Austria Director
October 4 Colin Gordon 61 England Actor
9 Miriam Hopkins 69 US Actress
16 Leo G. Carroll 85 England Actor
22 Jack Melford 73 England Actor
24 Claire Windsor 80 US Actor
28 Mitchell Leisen 74 US Director
November 5 Reginald Owen 85 England Actor
7 Tod Andrews 57 Russia Actor
16 Vera Karalli 83 Russia Actress
23 Marie Wilson 56 US Actress
29 Eve Southern 72 US Actress
30 William P. S. Earle 89 US Director
December 6 Janet Munro 38 England Actress
9 William Dieterle 79 Germany Director
9 Louella Parsons 91 US Columnist, Screenwriter
15 Edward Earle 90 Canada Actor
19 Jacques Deval 77 France Director, Screenwriter

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See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Finler, Joel Waldo (2003). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. pp. 358–359. ISBN 978-1-903364-66-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Top 20 Films of 1972 by Domestic Revenue
  3. ^ "Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan". hkmdb.com. September 7, 1972. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  4. ^ 83rd Academy Awards Official Website.