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1. 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.

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

Votes: 11,388 | Gross: $7.50M

2. Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

PG | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

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, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 3,578

3. Daughters of Satan (1972)

R | 90 min | Horror

James Robertson buys a painting depicting witches being burned at the stake, one of whom bears an uncanny resemblance to his wife, Chris. Chris, gradually taken over by the personality of ... See full summary »

Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: Tom Selleck, Barra Grant, Tani Guthrie, Paraluman

Votes: 661

4. Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, History

After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius.

Director: Charlton Heston | Stars: Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, Eric Porter, John Castle

Votes: 624

5. The Special London Bridge Special (1972 TV Movie)

48 min | Comedy, Musical

In 1972, the Arizona State Park bought the London Bridge. Tom Jones (as himself) is magically transported to the bridge's new location where he, befuddled, sings with other celebrities, has adventures, and gets kidnapped by "the villain".

Director: David Winters | Stars: Tom Jones, Jennifer O'Neill, Kirk Douglas, Rudolf Nureyev

Votes: 37

6. Skyjacked (1972)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Charlton Heston, James Brolin, Yvette Mimieux, Claude Akins

Votes: 1,440

7. The Call of the Wild (1972)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Family

A house dog is abducted and brought to the north as a sled dog.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Charlton Heston, Michèle Mercier, Raimund Harmstorf, George Eastman

Votes: 1,280

8. 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: 4,283

9. The Master Touch (1972)

PG | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A just released from prison professional thief decides to do one last high-risk heist, which could settle him for life or land him behind bars again.

Director: Michele Lupo | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Giuliano Gemma, Florinda Bolkan, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 434

10. Embassy (1972)

PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A Russian spy penetrates into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon to try to kill a Soviet defector under asylum there.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Chuck Connors, Marie-José Nat, Ray Milland

Votes: 83

11. 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: 2,925

12. X, Y and Zee (1972)

R | 110 min | Drama

The venomous and amoral wife of a wealthy architect tries, any way she can, to break up the blossoming romance between her husband and his new mistress; a good-natured young widow who holds a dark past.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Susannah York, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 848

13. Pulp (1972)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney, Lionel Stander, Lizabeth Scott

Votes: 1,854

14. 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.

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

Votes: 40,181

15. The Valachi Papers (1972)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

Gangster Joe Valachi is a marked man in the same joint where mob boss Don Vito Genovese is imprisoned and he's forced to co-operate with the DA in exchange for protection.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Jill Ireland, Walter Chiari

Votes: 2,474 | Gross: $20.27M

16. Chato's Land (1972)

PG | 100 min | Western

In 1870s New Mexico, a half-breed kills a bigoted sheriff in self-defense but the posse that eventually hunts him finds itself in dangerous territory.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland

Votes: 3,906

17. The Mechanic (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

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: 10,213

18. The People (1972 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she ... See full summary »

Director: John Korty | Stars: Kim Darby, William Shatner, Diane Varsi, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 381

19. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1972 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 74 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson, try to solve the murder of the heir to the Baskerville fortune.

Director: Barry Crane | Stars: Stewart Granger, Bernard Fox, William Shatner, Anthony Zerbe

Votes: 278

20. 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.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Tuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins, Tammy Grimes, Adam Roarke

Votes: 448

21. 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.

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

Votes: 6,014

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.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson

Votes: 4,340

23. The Getaway (1972)

PG | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

55 Metascore

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: 23,690 | Gross: $36.73M

24. 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.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Votes: 36,007 | Gross: $84.56M

25. Pocket Money (1972)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Western

Broke and in debt, an otherwise honest cowboy gets mixed up in some shady dealings with a crooked rancher.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Strother Martin, Wayne Rogers

Votes: 1,253

26. The War Between Men and Women (1972)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

Two quirky Manhattanites crash into each other at an ophthalmologist's office. Peter is a grouchy cartoonist/author whose vision is failing; divorced mother Theresa is also reluctant to ... See full summary »

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Barbara Harris, Jason Robards, Herb Edelman

Votes: 473

27. Avanti! (1972)

R | 144 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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews

Votes: 7,893 | Gross: $3.30M

30. Another Nice Mess (1972)

PG | 66 min | Comedy

Farce / Spoof Comedy President Nixon and V.P. Agnew , as if they were Laurel and Hardy . done in a black-out style, mainly just an excuse to present gags which allow Rich Little to do his Richard Nixon persona.

Director: Bob Einstein | Stars: Rich Little, Herb Voland, Diahn Williams, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 51

31. 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: 1,338,574 | Gross: $134.97M

32. 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.

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

Votes: 16,130

33. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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: 26,637

34. Two for the Money (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Crime, Drama

Two cops quit the police department to become private detectives, hunt for a killer who has eluded capture for years.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Robert Hooks, Stephen Brooks, Walter Brennan, Catherine Burns

Votes: 36

35. The Shadow of a Gunman (1972 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Donal Davoren is a poet but the folks in his tenement building think he's an IRA gunman laying low. Donal is content to let them think so, Minnie Powell. Donal and his flatmate Seamus end ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Hardy | Stars: Frank Converse, Richard Dreyfuss, Jack MacGowran, Sandra Morgan

Votes: 11

36. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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: 3,162 | Gross: $9.60M

37. When Michael Calls (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman begins receiving ominous phone calls from a relative who died 15 years prior. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line?

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Douglas, Al Waxman

Votes: 558

38. Napoleon and Samantha (1972)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Drama

Two young children, who, rather than part with an old pet lion who was once a circus performer, go on a perilous mountain trek to stay with a recluse friend.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Johnny Whitaker, Will Geer

Votes: 757

39. The Scarecrow (1972 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Just before the Salem Witch Trials, an embittered old woman, who has learned witchcraft, teams up with the Devil, and brings a scarecrow to life as part of her diabolical revenge on the judge who was once her lover.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Nina Foch, Norman Lloyd, Blythe Danner, Pete Duel

Votes: 132

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

R | 88 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

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: 34,433

41. Alfredo, Alfredo (1972)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

Alfredo, a timid young Italian, lusts after and woos the beautiful Maria Rosa. But when he manages to marry her, he discovers life is not nearly so blissful as he expected.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Stefania Sandrelli, Carla Gravina, Saro Urzì

Votes: 735

42. Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972)

G | 88 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A chemistry student invents a spray that makes its wearer invisible. A crook finds out about it, and plans to steal it for himself.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, Jim Backus

Votes: 1,458

43. The Glass House (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A young guard and a college professor convicted of manslaughter both start their first day in prison.

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Vic Morrow, Alan Alda, Clu Gulager, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 510

44. To Kill a Clown (1972)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror

A young hippie couple rent a secluded cabin on the beach in an attempt to re-connect with each other and save their marriage. Unfortunately, the man they rented the cabin from is a ... See full summary »

Director: George Bloomfield | Stars: Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Heath Lamberts, Eric Clavering

Votes: 159

45. Playmates (1972 TV Movie)

74 min | Comedy, Romance

Two divorced men meet and become friends, but unbeknownst to each other, start dating each other's ex-wives.

Director: Theodore J. Flicker | Stars: Alan Alda, Connie Stevens, Barbara Feldon, Doug McClure

Votes: 59

47. Once Upon a Mattress (1972 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

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Directors: Ron Field, Dave Powers | Stars: Carol Burnett, Ken Berry, Jack Gilford, Jane White

Votes: 96

48. Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known as a soon to be spinster if she doesn't marry soon. She isn't looking forward to ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page, Barry Nelson

Votes: 660

49. 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.

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

Votes: 4,172

50. 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.

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

Votes: 8,412

51. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

GP | 108 min