My Top 20 by Year - 1972

Under construction and always in progress.

The Best films from this year (according to IMDb) I've seen (so far).

Out of 161 films 'seen' (ie rated at IMDb).
(Nov 2016)

Notes:
- Features, shorts, docs and TV movies eligible ("A film is a film is a film.").
- TV mini-series are NOT (unless stated otherwise).
- My humble rates added (for films with the same rate just once or twice though).
- Films with the same rate are ordered arbitrarily. Feel free to re-order them at your will.
- When I saw more than 20 excellent films (9/10 or above in my book) from a certain year I'll try and list them ALL. That would make some lists much longer but all the excellentia deserves to be mentioned.

Cinema = cinema (big screen) viewing
TV = TV viewing
PC = download
OL = online viewing
VHS = VHS viewing


Yet to see (among many):

Ludwig (Visconti, 1972)
Ludwig, Requiem für einen jungfräulichen König (Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King, Syberberg, 1972)
Pakeezah (Pure Heart, Amrohi, 1972)
Salomè (Bene, 1972)
Diabel (The Devil, Zulawski, 1972)
Obrazy starého sveta (Pictures of the Old World, Hanák, 1972)
Ragbar (Downpour, Beizai, 1972)
Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (What Have You Done to Solange?, Dallamano, 1972)
Keby som mal pušku (If I Had a Gun, Uher, 1972)
Morgiana (Herz, 1972)
Hôtel Monterey (Akerman, 1972)
...a pozdravuji vlastovky (And Give My Love to the Swallows, Jireš, 1972)
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Newman, 1972)
Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
Os Inconfidentes (The Conspirators, de Andrade, 1972)
Motforestilling (Løchen, 1972)
São Bernardo (Hirszman, 1972)
Pink Flamingos (Waters, 1972)
The Harder They Come (Henzell, 1972)
Non si sevizia un paperino (Don’t Torture a Duckling, Fulci, 1972)
The Visitors (Kazan, 1972)
Tout va bien (Everything's All Right, Godard/Gorin, 1972)
Marjoe (Kernochan/Ho. Smith, 1972, doc)
Uta (Poem, Jissoji, 1972)
Gunki hatameku motoni (Under the Flag of the Rising Sun, Fukasaku, 1972)
Lalie polné (Field Lillies, Havetta, 1972)
Nathalie Granger (Duras, 1972)
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1.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ Cinema (twice). 11/10. ” - miran_kor
 
2.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Cinema. 10/10. ” - miran_kor
 
3.
Solaris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
4.
Cabaret (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (124 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
5.
Images (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality. (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
6.
Deliverance (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (109 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
7.
Savage Messiah (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. (97 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
8.
Der Tod der Maria Malibran (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
This is about the life and myths about famous opera singer Maria Malibran (1808-1836). She died on the stage. (104 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
9.
Four Seasons (1975 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The last collaboration of Artavazd Peleshian and cinematographer Mikhail Vartanov is a film-essay about Armenia's shepherds, about the contradiction and the harmony between man and nature, scored to Vivaldi's Four Seasons. (29 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
10.
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart. (85 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
11.
Matrix III (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(11 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
12.
Liza with a Z (1972 TV Special)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Liza Minnelli stars in a television concert directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. She performs such songs as the title number... (55 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
13.
Street Musique (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Larkin's final animated short mixes live-action black-and-white footage of typical street musicians in the city of Montreal with animation synchronized with the music. (9 mins.)
“ OL. 10/10. ” - miran_kor
 
14.
Red Psalm (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Set in the 1890s on the Hungarian plains, a group of farm workers go on strike in-which they face harsh reprisals and the reality of revolt, oppression, morality and violence. (87 mins.)
Director: Miklós Jancsó
“ PC. 9.5/10. ” - miran_kor
 
15.
Pilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag (1972 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The trial of Yeshua Ha-Notsri is led by prosecutor Pontius Pilate who believes in the innocence of the accused but is forced to sentence him to death. This biblical story is set in present-day Germany. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ PC. 9.5/10 (pending).

Note: Seen under very bad conditions (no translation) so my rate is still 'pending'. Although made for TV this might be just another Cinematic masterpiece by Wajda. ” - miran_kor
 
16.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Cinema. 9/10. ” - miran_kor
 
17.
Roma (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital. (120 mins.)
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
18.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope... (122 mins.)
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
19.
The Dupes (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Set in Iraq (but shot in Syria), this is the story of three men who try to leave their impoverished and hopeless lives to get get work in Kuwait... (107 mins.)
Director: Tewfik Saleh
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
20.
Lucifer Rising (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age. (29 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
21.
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
22.
Hapax Legomena II: Poetic Justice (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
This Experiment is a Scenario who Have 4 Act titled (1-4) Tableau. Poetic Justice is story about lovers who holding camera, Third Tableau is have Middle Shot and other Tableau is on various camera shot. (31 mins.)
Director: Hollis Frampton
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
23.
14441 kvadrat (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The director Karpo Godina was ordered to make a short film glorifying the army, but instead he made a film about making love, not war. The censors hacked it up, but he managed to save one complete copy. (11 mins.)
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
24.
Ballet Adagio (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two ballet dancers perform a dance in ghostly slow motion. (10 mins.)
Director: Norman McLaren
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
25.
Sleuth (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (138 mins.)
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
26.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An arrogant fashion designer falls in love with an icy beauty who wants to be a model. (124 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
27.
State of Siege (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used... (120 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
28.
The Goat Horn (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The film sends us to the 17th century when Bulgaria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Four hoodlums break into the house of the shepherd Karaivan... (105 mins.)
Director: Metodi Andonov
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
29.
The Master and Margaret (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Master and Margaret (1972) is based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. The film is set in the Soviet Union under Stalin... (95 mins.)
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
30.
My Childhood (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The second part (My ain folk) of Bill Douglas' influential trilogy harks back to his impoverished upbringing in early-'40s Scotland... (46 mins.)
Director: Bill Douglas
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
31.
Winnie the Pooh and a Busy Day (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Vinni-Pukh is trying to help his friend donkey with huge depression which happened to be on his birthday (21 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
32.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben... (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
33.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A couple uses extremely black comedy to survive taking care of a daughter who is nearly completely brain dead... (106 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ TV. ” - miran_kor
 
34.
Kwadrat (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(4 mins.)
“ PC. ” - miran_kor
 
35.
UFO's (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A colorful abstract computer animated short film created by Ken Knowlton and Lillian F. Schwartz. (3 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
36.
Butterfly (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The film is devoted to the theme of careful attitude to the nature. It tells us how one of butterflies which are caught by the boy... (10 mins.)
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
37.
The Hot Rock (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it... (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ Cinema. ” - miran_kor
 
38.
Kama Sutra Rides Again (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An animated short from British comedian Bob Godfrey. (9 mins.)
Director: Bob Godfrey
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
39.
Meditation (1972 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An experimental animated short from Jordan Belson which consists of various lights, colors, and images. (7 mins.)
Director: Jordan Belson
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
40.
Film Portrait (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A diary film in which Jerome Hill presents his life and milieu through different scenes, many hand-colored and animated. (81 mins.)
Director: Jerome Hill
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
41.
Specijalni vlakovi (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The story of a group of Yugoslavian "guest-workers" on their train journey to Germany. At Munich's main station, they land up in a basement. When they register, their names are replaced by numbers. (16 mins.)
Director: Krsto Papic
“ OL. ” - miran_kor
 
42.
Zdrijelo (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
(14 mins.)
Director: Zivko Nikolic
“ OL. 9/10. ” - miran_kor