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: 1,350,016 | Gross: $134.97M

2. 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: 6,916 | Gross: $6.10M

3. The Last House on the Left (1972)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

6.0
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68 Metascore

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: 28,169 | Gross: $3.10M

4. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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82 Metascore

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: 86,306

5. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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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: 42,341 | Gross: $36.14M

6. Super Fly (1972)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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67 Metascore

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: 5,207

7. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, 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: 41,366 | Gross: $42.77M

8. 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.

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

Votes: 36,183 | Gross: $84.56M

9. Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

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: 19,104 | Gross: $0.18M

10. 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, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey

Votes: 35,293

11. The Getaway (1972)

PG | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.5
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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: 23,941 | Gross: $36.73M

12. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

GP | 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: 24,230 | Gross: $47.74M

13. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, 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: 26,845

14. Cries & Whispers (1972)

R | 91 min | Drama

8.1
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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: 23,853

15. The Cowboys (1972)

GP | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.4
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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: 11,465 | Gross: $7.50M

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

G | 94 min | Comedy

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: 16,253

17. The Mechanic (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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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: 10,337

18. Silent Running (1972)

G | 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: 23,482

19. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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: 44,119

20. 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: 21,280

21. Avanti! (1972)

R | 144 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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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: 7,966 | Gross: $3.30M

22. 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: 3,348 | Gross: $3.80M

23. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

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

7.0
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A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

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

Votes: 10,818

24. Sleuth (1972)

PG | 138 min | Mystery, 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: 40,493

25. 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: 9,512 | Gross: $25.00M

26. Joe Kidd (1972)

PG | 88 min | Western

6.5
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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: 14,268

27. Ben (1972)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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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: 1,971

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

R | 88 min | Comedy

6.8
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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: 34,590

29. Night of the Lepus (1972)

PG | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.0
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Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the south-west.

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 3,551

30. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.1
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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: 7,079

31. 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: 7,666

32. Chato's Land (1972)

PG | 100 min | Western

6.7
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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: 3,939

33. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

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: 31,632 | Gross: $0.20M

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

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.1
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49 Metascore

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: 26,840 | Gross: $9.00M

35. The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)

G | 85 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4.9
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A documentary-style drama about the "Fouke Monster", a Bigfoot-type creature that has been sighted in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, Vern Stierman, Chuck Pierce Jr.

Votes: 2,330

36. Sisters (1972)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.

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

Votes: 12,331

37. 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: 3,794

38. For the Love of Ada (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

5.9
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Walter and Ada Bingley are celebrating their first wedding anniversary unaware that their friends and family are planning a surprise party for them.

Director: Ronnie Baxter | Stars: Irene Handl, Wilfred Pickles, Barbara Mitchell, Jack Smethurst

Votes: 72

39. Frogs (1972)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

4.3
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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: 5,022

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

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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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: 6,065

41. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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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: 3,273 | Gross: $12.21M

42. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders.

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

Votes: 6,250

43. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

PG | 96 min | Horror

6.0
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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: 4,418

44. Images (1972)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror

7.2
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Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi, Hugh Millais

Votes: 3,776

45. 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: 4,646

46. Horror Express (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train.

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

Votes: 7,238

47. Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, History

5.9
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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: 634

48. The Big Bird Cage (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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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: 1,713

49. Sweet Sugar (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

5.6
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Prostitute Sugar is set up by a corrupt politician. She is convinced of the futility of appealing her case in the courts and signs on to a chain gang run by the notorious Dr. John who ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Levesque | Stars: Phyllis Davis, Ellaraino, Timothy Brown, Pamela Collins

Votes: 332

50. Season of the Witch (1972)

R | 130 min | Drama

5.5
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40 Metascore

A bored, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Jan White, Raymond Laine, Ann Muffly, Joedda McClain

Votes: 1,785