1967 in film

The year 1967 in film involved some significant events. It is widely considered as one of the most ground-breaking years in film, with "revolutionary" films highlighting the change, including: Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Cool Hand Luke, The Dirty Dozen, In Cold Blood, In the Heat of the Night, The Jungle Book and You Only Live Twice.[1]

List of years in film (table)
In television


  • The prototype for the IMAX large-format-film acquisition and screening system is exhibited at Expo 67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • The MPAA adopts a new logo, which is still used today.
  • July 15 — Seven Arts Productions acquire substantially all the assets and business of Warner Bros. creating Warner Bros.-Seven Arts.
  • August 13 — Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman, premieres. It broke many taboos of its time, such as the visual depiction of violence. It has been considered a landmark film in Hollywood filmmaking, with its groundbreaking and ingenious visual styles. The success of Bonnie and Clyde helped bring forth the New Hollywood era, a period of artistic and commercial renewal.
  • October 18 — Walt Disney's production of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book premieres. It was the last animated feature film to be personally supervised by Disney before his death the previous year. It was also one of the last Disney films to be personally approved by him, along with The Happiest Millionaire and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. The story's moral message of friendship, love, and trust have been embraced by critics and audiences worldwide. The Jungle Book is notable for its realistic character animation and voice casting. The film's soundtrack, which includes the Academy Award-nominated "The Bare Necessities", '"I Wan'na Be Like You", "Trust in Me", and "My Own Home", also contributed to the film's enormous success. It would be the most successful animated film to be made by Disney until The Rescuers, ten years later.
  • December 21 — The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman (in his acting film debut), Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross, premieres. It tells a story of an aimless young man, seduced and betrayed by an older woman, while falling in love with her daughter. The theme of an innocent and confused youth who is exploited, misdirected, seduced (literally and figuratively) and betrayed by a corrupt, decadent, and discredited older generation (that finds its stability in the film's keyword "plastics") was well understood by film audiences and captured the spirit of the times, in light of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the increasing turbulence in American society in the mid-to-late 1960s. Like Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate broke many well-established taboos in American cinema, and represents a new era in groundbreaking achievements in filmmaking.

Highest-grossing films

United States and Canada

1. The Graduate Embassy Pictures $104,642,560[2]
2. The Jungle Book nb1 Disney $73,741,048[3]
3. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Columbia $56,666,667[4]
4. Bonnie and Clyde Warner Bros. $50,700,000[5]
5. The Dirty Dozen MGM $45,300,000[6]
6. Valley of the Dolls 20th Century Fox $44,432,255[7]
7. You Only Live Twice United Artists $43,084,787[8]
8. To Sir, with Love Columbia $42,432,803[9]
9. Thoroughly Modern Millie Universal $34,335,025[10]
10. Camelot Warner Bros. $31,102,578[11]

The Born Losers was released in 1967 and earned $2.25 million in U.S. and Canadian rentals.[12] It was re-released in 1974 and by 1977 it had earned $12.5 million in U.S. and Canadian rentals [13] with a reported total gross of $36,000,000.[14]

nb1The gross listed for The Jungle Book includes the 1978 re-release. The initial release earned rentals of $13 million and was ranked ninth highest-grossing film of the films listed above for 1967 (below Thorough Modern Millie).[15] After the re-release the rentals increased to $27.3 million [16] so the gross for the initial release is likely less than half of that reported above. After later re-releases it has grossed $141 million [17]

Outside North America

The highest-grossing 1967 films in countries outside North America.

India Hamraaz United Producers[18] $6,000,000[n 1]
Soviet Union Kidnapping, Caucasian Style Mosfilm $21,260,000[n 2]


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night - Mirisch, United Artists
Best Director: Mike Nichols - The Graduate
Best Actor: Rod Steiger - In the Heat of the Night
Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Best Supporting Actor: George Kennedy - Cool Hand Luke
Best Supporting Actress: Estelle Parsons - Bonnie and Clyde
Best Foreign Language Film: Closely Watched Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky), directed by Jiří Menzel, Czechoslovakia

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night
Best Actor: Rod SteigerIn the Heat of the Night
Best Actress: Edith EvansThe Whisperers
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture: The Graduate
Best Actor: Richard HarrisCamelot
Best Actress: Anne BancroftThe Graduate
Best Supporting Actor: Richard AttenboroughDoctor Dolittle
Best Supporting Actress: Carol ChanningThoroughly Modern Millie
Best Director: Mike NicholsThe Graduate
Best English Language Foreign Film: The Fox, United Kingdom
Best Foreign Film: Live for Life (Vivre pour vivre), France

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Blowup, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Belle de jour, directed by Luis Buñuel, France / Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Le départ, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, Belgium

1967 film releases

US unless stated





Notable films released in 1967

U.S. unless stated


























Short Film Series



Film debuts


  1. 4.5 crore;[19] 7.5 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1967[20]
  2. 76.54 million Soviet tickets sold,[21] at average ticket price of 25 kopecks,[22] approximately 19.135 million SUR; 0.9 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1961 to 1971[23]


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  3. "The Jungle Book – Releases". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  4. "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  5. "Bonnie and Clyde, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  6. "The Dirty Dozen, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  7. "Valley of the Dolls, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  8. "You Only Live Twice, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  9. "To Sir, With Love, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  10. "Thoroughly Modern Millie, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  11. "Camelot, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  12. "Big Rental Films of 1967," Variety, 3 January 1968, p. 25.
  13. "All-time Film Rental Champs", Variety, January 4, 1978, p. 82
  14. "The Born Losers, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  15. "All-Time Box Office Champs". Variety. January 6, 1971. p. 12.
  16. "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. January 14, 1981. p. 28.
  17. "The Jungle Book, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  18. Hamraaz on IMDb
  19. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/USDpages.pdf#page=3
  21. Кавказская пленница, или Новые приключения Шурика. KinoExpert.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
  22. Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  23. Archive of Bank of Russia http://cbr.ru/currency_base/OldDataFiles/USD.xls
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