Feature Film, Released between 1972-01-01 and 1972-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



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 in postwar New York City transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant youngest son.

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

Votes: 1,832,760 | Gross: $134.97M

2. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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80 Metascore

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

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

Votes: 109,443 | Gross: $7.06M

3. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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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: 54,168 | Gross: $36.14M

4. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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70 Metascore

Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.

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

Votes: 45,669 | Gross: $84.56M

5. The Last House on the Left (1972)

R | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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68 Metascore

Two teenage girls heading to a rock concert for one's birthday try to score marijuana in the city, where they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychopathic convicts.

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

Votes: 37,544 | Gross: $3.10M

6. Fritz the Cat (1972)

TV-MA | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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54 Metascore

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: 13,066 | Gross: $25.00M

7. The Wrath of God (1972)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

6.0
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Set in the 1920s, several foreigners held by a South American military group are offered possible freedom if they accept to topple a local crazed military leader.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella, Rita Hayworth, John Colicos

Votes: 1,230

8. Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

6.0
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47 Metascore

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: 25,056 | Gross: $0.18M

9. Joe Kidd (1972)

PG | 88 min | Western

6.4
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52 Metascore

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: 18,774

10. Solaris (1972)

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

8.0
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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: 91,226

11. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Music, Musical

7.8
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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: 55,267 | Gross: $42.77M

12. Prime Cut (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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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: 5,283 | Gross: $0.52M

13. Butterflies Are Free (1972)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.2
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A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother and befriends the freethinking young woman next door.

Director: Milton Katselas | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert, Eileen Heckart, Paul Michael Glaser

Votes: 5,281 | Gross: $0.25M

14. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.8
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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: 57,340

15. The Getaway (1972)

PG | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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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: 32,535 | Gross: $36.73M

16. What the Peeper Saw (1972)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.7
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A wealthy author's second wife begins to suspect that her 12 year old stepson may have murdered his mother, who mysteriously died in a bathtub accident.

Directors: James Kelley, Andrea Bianchi | Stars: Mark Lester, Britt Ekland, Hardy Krüger, Lilli Palmer

Votes: 1,238

17. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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58 Metascore

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: 37,421 | Gross: $4.06M

18. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.5
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75 Metascore

A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by the Crow tribe and proves to be a match for their warriors in single combat on the early frontier.

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

Votes: 31,978 | Gross: $47.74M

19. The Mechanic (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.8
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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: 14,252 | Gross: $7.30M

20. Frenzy (1972)

R | 116 min | Thriller

7.4
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92 Metascore

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: 46,011 | Gross: $12.60M

21. Fear Is the Key (1972)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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A man is in radio contact with his family when their airplane is shot down. He wants those responsible and becomes a criminal to get a job as deep sea diver with those salvaging the plane's cargo.

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Barry Newman, Suzy Kendall, John Vernon, Dolph Sweet

Votes: 1,758

22. The Canterbury Tales (1972)

NC-17 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.4
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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: 7,564

23. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

7.8
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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: 43,215 | Gross: $0.20M

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

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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57 Metascore

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: 8,503 | Gross: $16.53M

25. Silent Running (1972)

G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.6
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67 Metascore

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: 29,386 | Gross: $0.69M

26. 1776 (1972)

G | 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: 9,705 | Gross: $6.10M

27. Fist of Fury (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.2
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68 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 30,766 | Gross: $1.29M

28. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

PG | 96 min | Horror

5.9
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Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula from the dead in London in 1972. The Count goes after the descendants of Van Helsing.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham, Christopher Neame

Votes: 6,657

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

G | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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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: 24,242 | Gross: $10.47M

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

R | 88 min | Comedy

6.7
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66 Metascore

Seven stories are trying to answer the question: what is sex? Or maybe they are not trying.

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

Votes: 40,041

31. Cries & Whispers (1972)

R | 91 min | Drama

8.0
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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: 34,289 | Gross: $1.74M

32. The Big Bird Cage (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Anitra Ford, Candice Roman, Teda Bracci

Votes: 2,719

33. The Cowboys (1972)

GP | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.4
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52 Metascore

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: 14,670 | Gross: $16.35M

34. Sleuth (1972)

PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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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: 47,857 | Gross: $4.08M

35. Horror Express (1972)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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68 Metascore

While travelling on the Trans-Siberian Express, an anthropologist and his rival must contain the threat posed by the former's cargo: a prehistoric ape which is the host for a lifeform that is absorbing the minds of the passengers and crew.

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa

Votes: 11,111

36. Sisters (1972)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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A small-time reporter tries to convince the police she saw a murder in the apartment across from hers.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, William Finley

Votes: 18,131 | Gross: $0.35M

37. Fat City (1972)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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88 Metascore

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take different directions.

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

Votes: 9,344

38. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

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

6.8
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66 Metascore

Billy Pilgrim has mysteriously become unstuck in time. He goes on an uncontrollable trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet and back again to the horrors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden.

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

Votes: 13,160 | Gross: $0.57M

39. Tales from the Crypt (1972)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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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: 11,531 | Gross: $1.70M

40. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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74 Metascore

A newlywed man on his honeymoon has second thoughts about his marriage and falls for a different woman.

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

Votes: 4,942 | Gross: $12.21M

41. Love in the Afternoon (1972)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Though he has an adoring wife, a bourgeois man is still tempted to pursue other women.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Bernard Verley, Zouzou, Françoise Verley, Daniel Ceccaldi

Votes: 8,400

42. The Other (1972)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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65 Metascore

A series of gruesome accidents plague a small American farming community in the summer of 1935, encircling two identical twin brothers and their family.

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

Votes: 6,289 | Gross: $0.48M

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

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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73 Metascore

A successful fashion designer abandons a sado-masochistic relationship with her female assistant in favor of a love affair with a beautiful young woman.

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

Votes: 9,861

44. Frogs (1972)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

4.4
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51 Metascore

A group of helpless 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: 6,886 | Gross: $0.48M

45. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.0
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61 Metascore

During the Great 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: 9,727

46. What? (1972)

R | 112 min | Comedy

5.6
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During her Italian vacation, a young and beautiful American tourist finds herself as a guest in a coastal villa inhabited by a bunch of odd people.

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

Votes: 4,019 | Gross: $0.00M

47. Sex and the Lonely Woman (1972)

R | 84 min | Drama

3.2
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An unhappily married woman finds love in the arms of an escaped convict, but her sadistic husband and his diabolical friend have other plans in store.

Director: Ted Leversuch | Stars: Susana Groisman, Sergio Regules, Freddie Deakin, Romulo Boni

Votes: 24

48. Vampire Circus (1972)

PG | 84 min | Horror

6.3
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As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins, John Moulder-Brown

Votes: 4,393

49. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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When a southern Italian town is rocked by a string of child murders, the police and two urban outcasts search for the culprit amid scapegoating within the superstitious community.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas

Votes: 9,569

50. The Chastity Belt (1972)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

5.2
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The Queen of England gives birth to twins. In order to protect the blood line one is kept and the other hidden in a pig sty and is raised to think it's mother is the pig. Lurkalot is the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Kellett | Stars: Frankie Howerd, David Kernan, Nora Swinburne, Godfrey Winn

Votes: 487


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