1977 at the movies

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Films released in 1977 that may have appeared at your local cinema.

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1. Slap Shot (1977)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren

Votes: 30,754 | Gross: $28.00M

2. Cross of Iron (1977)

R | 119 min | Drama, War

A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner

Votes: 22,394

3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 157,985 | Gross: $132.09M

4. A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War

Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 44,573 | Gross: $50.80M

5. The Gauntlet (1977)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince

Votes: 17,735 | Gross: $35.40M

6. Annie Hall (1977)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

92 Metascore

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

Votes: 225,849 | Gross: $39.20M

7. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

R | 118 min | Horror

A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow

Votes: 18,225 | Gross: $30.75M

8. The Deep (1977)

PG | 123 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

In Bermuda, two amateur treasure-hunting divers have a run-in with local criminals when they inadvertently discover the secret cargo of a World War II shipwreck.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Dick Anthony Williams, Robert Shaw

Votes: 9,417 | Gross: $6.84M

9. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

G | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

Director: Sam Wanamaker | Stars: Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting

Votes: 5,647

10. Oh, God! (1977)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy

When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: John Denver, George Burns, Teri Garr, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 7,609 | Gross: $41.69M

11. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

R | 136 min | Drama, Romance

A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton

Votes: 5,816 | Gross: $16.90M

12. High Anxiety (1977)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman

Votes: 17,075 | Gross: $31.06M

13. Semi-Tough (1977)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston

Votes: 2,118 | Gross: $37.19M

14. New York, New York (1977)

PG | 155 min | Drama, Music, Musical

An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Lionel Stander, Barry Primus

Votes: 15,226 | Gross: $13.80M

15. Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

55 Metascore

The Peanuts gang goes to summer camp, and they participate in a river-raft race against some cheating bullies.

Directors: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman | Stars: Duncan Watson, Greg Felton, Stuart Brotman, Gail Davis

Votes: 2,497 | Gross: $3.22M

16. Sorcerer (1977)

PG | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou

Votes: 12,938

17. Bobby Deerfield (1977)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Romance

Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Anny Duperey, Walter McGinn

Votes: 3,241 | Gross: $9.30M

18. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

87 Metascore

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 83,229 | Gross: $7.00M

19. Islands in the Stream (1977)

PG | 104 min | Drama

An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, David Hemmings, Gilbert Roland, Hart Bochner

Votes: 1,099

20. Airport '77 (1977)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland

Votes: 8,063 | Gross: $30.00M

21. Orca (1977)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

A hunter squares off against a killer whale seeking vengeance for the death of its mate.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek

Votes: 8,852 | Gross: $14.72M

22. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

51 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

Votes: 36,269 | Gross: $126.74M

23. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,049,776 | Gross: $322.74M

24. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

55 Metascore

James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel

Votes: 84,632 | Gross: $46.80M

25. The World's Greatest Lover (1977)

PG | 89 min | Comedy

A neurotic baker travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds, to a certain degree.

Director: Gene Wilder | Stars: Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom DeLuise, Fritz Feld

Votes: 1,685

26. The Turning Point (1977)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance

When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 3,615 | Gross: $33.60M

27. The Goodbye Girl (1977)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict

Votes: 10,461 | Gross: $102.00M

28. Pete's Dragon (1977)

G | 128 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

46 Metascore

An orphan boy and his magical dragon come to town with his abusive adoptive parents in pursuit.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 19,497 | Gross: $40.10M

29. For the Love of Benji (1977)

G | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

Benji sniffs out a bogus CIA agent in Athens, Greece.

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Patsy Garrett, Benji, Art Vasil, Allen Fiuzat

Votes: 815 | Gross: $17.73M

30. Which Way Is Up? (1977)

R | 94 min | Comedy

Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Richard Pryor, Lonette McKee, Margaret Avery, Morgan Woodward

Votes: 1,243

31. Wizards (1977)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval

Votes: 8,504 | Gross: $9.00M

32. Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

PG | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In rural Arizona, countless killer tarantulas are migrating through a farm town, killing every living thing in their path. The town's veterinarian will do everything in his power to survive the onslaught.

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos | Stars: William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode, Lieux Dressler

Votes: 3,760 | Gross: $17.00M

33. The Other Side of Midnight (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A Greek tycoon's mistress tries to track down and find her ex-World War II lover.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon, Raf Vallone

Votes: 1,337 | Gross: $24.65M

34. MacArthur (1977)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biopic of General Douglas MacArthur covering his war exploits during WW2 and the Korean War.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Gregory Peck, Dan O'Herlihy, Ed Flanders, Ivan Bonar

Votes: 3,761

35. The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

R | 83 min | Comedy

A series of short, highly irreverent, and often tasteless skits.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Evan C. Kim, Bong Soo Han, Bill Bixby, George Lazenby

Votes: 14,983

36. March or Die (1977)

PG | 107 min | Drama, War, Adventure

During the 1920s, French Foreign Legion Major William Foster's unit is protecting an archaeological dig, but the discovery of an Arab sacred burial site prompts the angry Arab tribes to attack Foster's small garrison.

Director: Dick Richards | Stars: Gene Hackman, Terence Hill, Catherine Deneuve, Max von Sydow

Votes: 2,501 | Gross: $1.00M

37. The Rescuers (1977)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn

Votes: 49,025 | Gross: $71.22M

38. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver, thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars, Jacques Marin

Votes: 5,747

39. Julia (1977)

PG | 117 min | Drama

58 Metascore

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 7,569

40. Heroes (1977)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

35 Metascore

A Vietnam veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder breaks out of a VA hospital and goes on a road trip with a sympathetic traveler to find out what became of the other men in his unit.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Val Avery

Votes: 1,377 | Gross: $33.50M

41. Damnation Alley (1977)

PG | 91 min | Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda, Paul Winfield

Votes: 4,186 | Gross: $8.72M

42. 3 Women (1977)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

Two roommates and physical therapists, one a vain woman and the other a mysterious teenager, share a bizarre relationship.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier

Votes: 11,160

43. 21 Up (1977)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a seven-year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield

Votes: 1,960

44. The American Friend (1977)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain

Votes: 10,555

45. Audrey Rose (1977)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A stranger attempts to convince a happily married couple that their daughter is actually his daughter reincarnated.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Marsha Mason, John Beck, Susan Swift

Votes: 4,650

46. The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

A troubled, rebellious teen drives his rambunctious baseball team out to Houston where they play an exhibition game and the boy meets his estranged father, and hires him as the teams coach.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: William Devane, Jackie Earle Haley, Clifton James, Jimmy Baio

Votes: 2,533 | Gross: $19.10M

47. Black Sunday (1977)

R | 143 min | Drama, Thriller

Black Sunday is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the president of the United States in attendance.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver

Votes: 5,752 | Gross: $15.77M

48. The Car (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

A mysterious black, sleek automobile terrorizes everyone it comes into contact with in a small town in Utah. The local sheriff may be the only person who can stop this menace which has been possessed by pure evil.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 7,243

49. Citizens Band (1977)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Bruce McGill, Roberts Blossom

Votes: 555 | Gross: $0.82M

50. Crossed Swords (1977)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A poor boy and the Prince of Wales exchange identities, but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Mark Lester, Ernest Borgnine

Votes: 1,360