MY TOP 50 FOR 1972by mifunesamurai | created - 15 Jul 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
I'm going to be hated for picking Cabaret over Godfather; Bergman once again digs deep; the Italian worker gets shafted - literally - and Bertolucci gets down and dirty with Brando.
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1. Cabaret (1972)
PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
Votes: 39,910 | Gross: $42.77M
Fosse's uses his unique dancing style in the art of film making...
2. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,287,432 | Gross: $134.97M
A classy b-grade gangster film with plenty of money...
3. The Seduction of Mimi (1972)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
In Sicily, the mine worker Carmelo "Mimí" Mardocheo votes in the Communist Party candidate instead of in the Mafia's one believing that the suffrage is secret. After the elections, he loses... See full summary »
4. Cries & Whispers (1972)
R | 91 min | Drama
When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.
Bergman's continues his genius in the Seventies...
5. Sleuth (1972)
PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.
Oh what fun...
6. Deliverance (1972)
R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
A horrid journey...
7. The Candidate (1972)
PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.
Perfect for Redford...
8. Un Flic (1972)
PG | 98 min | Crime, Thriller
After a shaky first heist, a group of thieves plan to use the loot for an even more elaborate- and more risky- second heist.
Votes: 5,889 | Gross: $0.05M
9. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
Votes: 40,693 | Gross: $36.14M
The diversity of Marlon...
R | 88 min | Comedy
Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court ... See full summary »
Woody camps it up with sex...
11. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.
12. Fritz the Cat (1972)
Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.
Votes: 9,119 | Gross: $25.00M
13. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A couple uses extremely black comedy to survive taking care of a daughter who is nearly completely brain dead. They take turns doing the daughter's voice and stare into the eyes of death ... See full summary »
A tough subject done so well...
14. The Getaway (1972)
PG | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.
Votes: 23,104 | Gross: $36.73M
Peckinpah and McQueen go hand in hand...
PG | 100 min | Drama
From the Pullizer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel, this is the story of Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, Ruth and Matilda. A middle-aged widowed eccentric, Beatrice is looking for ... See full summary »
A classic relic from the early Seventies with Paul Newman perfectly transporting this play onto screen with the help of his wife Joanne Woodward's outstanding performance...
16. The Triple Echo (1972)
R | 90 min | Drama, War
Deserting soldier dresses as a woman to escape detection; liking the female role he goes to a dance with another soldier and is exposed.
A unique Seventies Apted drama with Glenda and Oliver making it perfect...
17. Play It Again, Sam (1972)
PG | 85 min | Comedy, Romance
Love the one-liners...
18. The Cowboys (1972)
GP | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.
Votes: 11,110 | Gross: $7.50M
Rydell gets the best out of Wayne...
19. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.
Huston gets cheeky with Newman in this underrated western gem...
20. The Ruling Class (1972)
R | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.
O'Toole is brilliant and director Medak is so underrated...
21. Roma (1972)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama
A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.
Fun with Fellini in Rome...
22. Junior Bonner (1972)
PG | 100 min | Drama, Western
Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.
A sombre piece from Peckinpah and McQueen...
23. Solaris (1972)
PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
Tarkovskiy does space with art...
24. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.
Votes: 23,263 | Gross: $47.74M
The teaming of Pollack and Redford gets off to a good start...
25. Frenzy (1972)
R | 116 min | Thriller
A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.
Hitchcock goes violent with good effect...
26. The Night Stalker (1972 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Mystery
An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.
Loved it as a child...
27. Play It As It Lays (1972)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama
A Hollywood actress undergoes a psychic breakdown and recalls the traumatic events which led to her stay at a sanitarium.
Fragmented scenes of an actress' declining mental state of being perfectly performed by Weld and captured by director Perry, with Perkins showing what a fascinating performer he was with the right role...
28. Fat City (1972)
PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport
Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Certainly has to be viewed by film buffs...
29. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
PG | 102 min | Comedy
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.
Votes: 30,287 | Gross: $0.20M
Bunuel finally creates what he always wanted to do...
30. The Mechanic (1972)
PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.
Maybe the best of the Bronson and Winner combination...
31. Butterflies Are Free (1972)
PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother, and befriends the freethinking young woman next door.
Goldie is beautiful...
32. Days of 36 (1972)
105 min | Drama, History
It is 1936 in Greece, shortly before the Metaxas' dictatorship. A former drug trafficker and police informer, Sofianos, is in prison because of the assassination of a trade unionist during ... See full summary »
Angelopoulos sharpening his skills...
33. The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
R | 103 min | Drama
A daydreamer convinces his radio personality brother to help fund one of his get-rich-quick schemes.
Nicholson does well...
34. Bad Company (1972)
PG | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A god-fearing Ohio boy dodging the Civil War draft arrives in Jefferson City where he joins up with a hardscrabble group of like runaways heading west.
A young Bridges shows real promise thanks to Benton...
35. What's Up, Doc? (1972)
G | 94 min | Comedy
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.
Bogdanovich has fun with the stars...
36. The Harder They Come (1972)
R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.
Just for the music...
37. Nybyggarna (1972)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Western
A Swedish immigrant family struggle to establish a new life for themselves in the forest of Minnesota in the mid 19th Century.
Slow moving but fascinating to watch thanks to Sydow and Ullmann...
38. Questa specie d'amore (1972)
112 min | Drama
A very special love...
39. The New Centurions (1972)
R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.
Life in the mad Seventies police force...
40. Avanti! (1972)
R | 140 min | Comedy, Romance
A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.
Votes: 7,657 | Gross: $3.30M
Wilder's touch still working...
41. Silent Running (1972)
GP | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.
A little sci-fi gem...
42. Pink Flamingos (1972)
NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime
Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".
Votes: 18,374 | Gross: $0.18M
Perfect Waters trash...
43. Hickey & Boggs (1972)
PG | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.
Culp does well with a Walter Hill script...
44. Ulzana's Raid (1972)
R | 103 min | Adventure, Western
After fierce war chief Ulzana and a small war party jump the reservation bent on murder and terror, an inexperienced young lieutenant is assigned to track him down.
A clunky start with horrid interior photography, but improved once the hunt was on...
45. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
114 min | Comedy
Young Australian, Barry McKenzie, travels to England with his Aunt Edna after his father dies and a request is revealed in his will.
A bogan abroad...
46. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.
Votes: 35,166 | Gross: $84.56M
If it wasn't for the cast...
47. Joe Kidd (1972)
PG | 88 min | Western
An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader.
48. Z.P.G. (1972)
PG | 97 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
In the not too distant future, a very smoggy and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby,... See full summary »
A scary future...
49. Bluebeard (1972)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A World War I pilot whom everybody envies as a "ladykiller" actually is one - after he beds the women he's after, he murders them.
Burton goes dark...
50. Buck and the Preacher (1972)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.
Well done Poitier... Not far behind was the amusing Dr Phibes Rises Again, followed by Andy Warhol's HEAT and the Aussie slasher, NIGHT OF FEAR...