Most Popular Feature Films Released 1972-01-01 to 1972-12-31


1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,158,849 | Gross: $134.82M

2. Deliverance (1972)

R | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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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.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 78,762

3. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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77 Metascore

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti

Votes: 36,264

4. The Mechanic (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn, Jill Ireland

Votes: 8,525

5. Solaris (1972)

PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy

Votes: 54,234

6. Frenzy (1972)

R | 116 min | Thriller

7.5
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Alec McCowen, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 31,067

7. Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.1
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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".

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 16,830 | Gross: $0.18M

8. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

7.9
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80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 36,542 | Gross: $42.77M

9. The Last House on the Left (1972)

X | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.0
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Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

Votes: 25,689

10. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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A man tells his story of how he became unstuck in time and abducted by aliens.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans

Votes: 9,601

11. Fritz the Cat (1972)

Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Judy Engles

Votes: 8,256

12. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.0
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In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 38,528

13. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.6
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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.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee

Votes: 21,490

14. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

Directors: Ronald Neame, Irwin Allen | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Votes: 32,887 | Gross: $93.30M

15. Grave of the Vampire (1972)

PG | 95 min | Horror

5.1
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Kroft, a legendary vampire, returns from sleep. Kroft attacks a couple in a graveyard, raping the woman. The child born feeds only on blood from his mother's breast.

Director: John Hayes | Stars: William Smith, Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters, Diane Holden

Votes: 669

16. Silent Running (1972)

GP | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.7
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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.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 20,747

17. The Getaway (1972)

PG | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.5
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A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers

Votes: 21,018 | Gross: $26.99M

18. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly ... See full summary »

Director: Elaine May | Stars: Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Audra Lindley

Votes: 2,814

19. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Ping Ou Wei

Votes: 23,095

20. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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93 Metascore

A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier

Votes: 27,228 | Gross: $0.20M

21. What's Up, Doc? (1972)

G | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.8
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The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars

Votes: 14,317

22. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes

Votes: 5,543

23. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.1
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The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Votes: 2,799 | Gross: $9.60M

24. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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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 »

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Gene Wilder, Louise Lasser, John Carradine

Votes: 31,133

25. Man of La Mancha (1972)

PG | 132 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

6.6
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The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,992

26. The Cowboys (1972)

GP | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.4
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When his cattle drivers abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his drivers in order to get his herd to market in time to ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst

Votes: 10,271 | Gross: $7.50M

27. The Candidate (1972)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter

Votes: 7,325

28. The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

R | 103 min | Drama

6.6
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'It's Monopoly out there'. Jason Staebler, The King of Marvin Gardens, has gone directly to jail, lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is also a dreamer ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Julia Anne Robinson

Votes: 3,664

29. The Chinese Connection (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi

Votes: 18,602

30. Sleuth (1972)

PG | 138 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.1
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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.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews

Votes: 37,075

31. 1776 (1972)

PG | 141 min | Drama, Family, History

7.6
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A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden

Votes: 6,313

32. The Canterbury Tales (1972)

X | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.5
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Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti

Votes: 4,640

33. Play It Again, Sam (1972)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy

Votes: 19,650

34. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Unrated | 83 min | Action

7.9
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The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Tomoko Mayama, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

Votes: 4,651

35. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.1
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During the depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey

Votes: 6,163

36. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.1
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In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 23,311

37. Cries & Whispers (1972)

R | 91 min | Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin

Votes: 20,026

38. Joe Kidd (1972)

PG | 88 min | Western

6.5
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An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud

Votes: 12,495

39. The Day the Clown Cried (1972)

90 min | Drama

A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Peter Ahlm, Lars Amble, Harriet Andersson

40. Blacula (1972)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

5.6
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An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director: William Crain | Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 4,031

41. Prime Cut (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek, Angel Tompkins

Votes: 3,177

42. Asylum (I) (1972)

PG | 88 min | Horror

6.5
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In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Barbara Parkins, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms, Peter Cushing

Votes: 3,776

43. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and ... See full summary »

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs

Votes: 5,285

44. What? (1972)

X | 112 min | Comedy

5.9
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A young American woman (Sydne Rome) traveling through Italy finds herself in a strange Mediterranean villa where nothing seems right. Her visit becomes an absurd, decadent, oversexed ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Sydne Rome, Hugh Griffith, Romolo Valli

Votes: 2,537

45. Fat City (1972)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Sport

7.5
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Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark

Votes: 5,304

46. Frogs (1972)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

4.2
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A group of hapless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke

Votes: 4,388

47. Ben (1972)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

5.2
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A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 1,510

48. Tales from the Crypt (1972)

PG | 92 min | Horror

7.0
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Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson, Geoffrey Bayldon

Votes: 6,408

49. The Other (1972)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.0
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Down in the farm country of the US twins are born. One of them turns out to be good, while the other becomes rather evil.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky, Martin Udvarnoky

Votes: 4,173

50. Super Fly (1972)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr. | Stars: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris

Votes: 4,381