My Best Films of 1972

by g_monte | created - 25 Nov 2011 | updated - 07 May 2017 | Public

Out of 281 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.

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1. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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: 43,789

2. Solaris (1972)

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

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: 64,655

3. 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.

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

Votes: 23,621

4. Der Tod der Maria Malibran (1972)

104 min | Musical, Drama, Comedy

This is about the life and myths about famous opera singer Maria Malibran (1808-1836). She died on the stage.

Director: Werner Schroeter | Stars: Magdalena Montezuma, Christine Kaufmann, Candy Darling, Manuela Riva

Votes: 245

5. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

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: 41,977 | Gross: $36.14M

6. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

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: 1,338,312 | Gross: $134.97M

7. Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

A film diary divided into three episodes. The first part reflects Jonas Mekas of his time as emigrant in 50th century New York, after leaving the home country of Lithuania. The second part ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Jonas Mekas, Adolfas Mekas, Pola Chapelle, Ken Jacobs

Votes: 491

8. State of Siege (1972)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) is kidnapped by ... See full summary »

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber

Votes: 3,392

9. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

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: 31,325 | Gross: $0.20M

10. Nathalie Granger (1972)

83 min | Drama

This art film has no conventional dialog between the main characters. This tells a strangely compelling story of two women in a suburban home who are listening to radio news broadcasts about a missing child in their area.

Director: Marguerite Duras | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Depardieu, Luce Garcia-Ville

Votes: 356

11. We Won't Grow Old Together (1972)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A husband and wife in a loveless marriage struggle to remain ignorant to their failed relationship.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Marlène Jobert, Jean Yanne, Christine Fabréga, Patricia Pierangeli

Votes: 1,210 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Bremer Freiheit: Frau Geesche Gottfried - Ein bürgerliches Trauerspiel (1972 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama

A very stylized TV version of the Fassbinder play. The set consists of a few pieces of furniture in front of a large screen on which coastal scenery is back projected. Geesche is a ... See full summary »

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Wolfgang Schenck, Wolfgang Kieling, Lilo Pempeit

Votes: 188

13. Vive la baleine (1972)

Not Rated | 17 min | Documentary, Short

THREE CHEERS FOR THE WHALE chronicles the history of mankind's relationship with the largest and most majestic of marine mammals, and graphically exposes their slaughter by the fishing ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Marker, Mario Ruspoli | Stars: Casamayor, Valérie Mayoux, Lalan, Emily Hoffman

Votes: 149

14. La cabina (1972 TV Short)

35 min | Short, Drama, Horror

A man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him.

Director: Antonio Mercero | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Agustín González, Goyo Lebrero, Tito García

Votes: 2,844

15. Ludwig (1973)

PG | 238 min | Biography, Drama, History

The reign of the tormented Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from 1864 to 1886.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano

Votes: 3,677

16. Még kér a nép (1972)

87 min | Drama, Musical, War

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.

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: Andrea Drahota, Gyöngyi Bürös, Erzsi Cserhalmi, Mari Csomós

Votes: 1,084

17. Pictures of the Old World (1972)

70 min | Documentary

Pictures of the Old World is an unquestioned masterpiece of European documentary cinema, with existential radicalism that offers a contrast to the shallowness of hundreds of other ... See full synopsis »

Director: Dusan Hanák

Votes: 446

19. 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.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Pierre Lindstedt

Votes: 2,923

20. Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper (1972)

9 min | Short

An experimental film of footage, negatives, flashing lights, and color of a woman shaking out cellophane.

Director: David Rimmer

Votes: 132

21. Tout Va Bien (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

Godard examines the structure of movies, relationships and revolutions through the life of a couple in Paris.

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin | Stars: Yves Montand, Jane Fonda, Vittorio Caprioli, Elizabeth Chauvin

Votes: 2,633

22. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 3,246 | Gross: $12.21M

23. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

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: 41,029 | Gross: $42.77M

24. Take Off (1972)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short

Freaky and not a little transcendent, "Take Off" takes the strip tease well past its usual climax. By sprinkling a little Georges Melies magic over the peep show motif, Gunvor Nelson ... See full summary »

Director: Gunvor Nelson | Star: Ellion Ness

Votes: 32

25. A Well Spent Life (1972)

Not Rated | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A deeply moving tribute to the Texas songster, Mance Lipscomb, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist of all time.

Directors: Les Blank, Skip Gerson | Stars: Mance Lipscomb, Elnora Lipscomb, Hattie Franklin, Alfred Franklin

Votes: 269

26. 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.

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

Votes: 6,269

27. The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)

101 min | Drama, Sport

A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Arthur Brauss, Kai Fischer, Erika Pluhar, Libgart Schwarz

Votes: 1,037

28. Winter Soldier (1972)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, History, War

For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences. Nearly 30 speak, describing atrocities personally committed or witnessed, ... See full summary »

Stars: Rusty Sachs, Joe Bangert, Scott Shimabukuro, Kenneth Campbell

Votes: 855

29. Blaise Pascal (1972 TV Movie)

135 min | Biography, History

Blaise Pascal struggles to understand the natural world around him, in addition to an inner quest for religious faith.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Pierre Arditi, Rita Forzano, Giuseppe Addobbati, Christian De Sica

Votes: 405

31. The Inner Eye (1972)

22 min | Documentary, Short

The life & works of a famous bengali artist named Benode Behari Mukherjee, who lost his eyesight completely, though he was one the pioneers of British Indian modern art.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Binode Bihari Mukherjee, Satyajit Ray

Votes: 87

32. 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.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 4,282

34. The Age of the Medici (1972– )

255 min | Biography, History

This is a lengthy exposition of the social and political history of renaissance Florentine history, told through dramatised conversations between the main participants, particularly Cosimo ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Marcello Di Falco, Virgilio Gazzolo, Adriano Amidei Migliano, Michel Bardinet

Votes: 212

35. My Childhood (1972)

46 min | Biography, Drama

The second part (My ain folk) of Bill Douglas' influential trilogy harks back to his impoverished upbringing in early-'40s Scotland. Cinema was his only escape - he paid for it with the ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Douglas | Stars: Stephen Archibald, Hughie Restorick, Jean Taylor Smith, Karl Fieseler

Votes: 903

36. The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

Hans Epp is a self-destructive man who lives a dissatisfied life. He tries to find meaning as a fruit vendor, but a heart attack impedes his ability to work, which turns his dissatisfaction into despair.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hans Hirschmüller, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch

Votes: 3,603

37. Marjoe (1972)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit, commenting on the showmanship of Evangelism and "the ... See full summary »

Directors: Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith | Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Sarah Kernochan

Votes: 1,251

38. 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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey

Votes: 35,025

39. Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still (1972)

52 min | Documentary

Letter to Jane (1972) is a postscript film to Tout va bien directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin and made under the auspices of the Dziga Vertov Group. Narrated in a ... See full summary »

Directors: Groupe Dziga Vertov, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin | Stars: Marlon Brando, Moshe Dayan, James Dean, Maria Falconetti

Votes: 358

40. Dreamwood (1972)

45 min

Experimental film about a man who embarks on a journey to a mysterious island.

Director: James Broughton | Stars: Henry Taylor, Margo St. James, Diane Nelson, Roger Somers

Votes: 101

41. Salomè (1972)

73 min | Drama

A psychedelic re-telling of the biblical story. Salome is the daughter of the second wife of King Herod. The King is infatuated with her and after she fails to seduce the prophet John (The ... See full summary »

Director: Carmelo Bene | Stars: Carmelo Bene, Lydia Mancinelli, Alfiero Vincenti, Donyale Luna

Votes: 271

42. The Other Side of Underneath (1972)

133 min | Drama

Jane Arden's surreal take on a group of females in a therapy session.

Director: Jane Arden | Stars: Sheila Allen, Jane Arden, Jack Bond, Liz Danciger

Votes: 146