1974 in film

The year 1974 in film involved some significant events.

List of years in film (table)
In home video
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
In television
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1974 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1974
RankTitleStudioDomestic gross
1. Blazing Saddles Warner Bros. $119,500,000[1]
2. The Towering Inferno 20th Century Fox $116,000,000[2]
3. The Trial of Billy Jack Warner Bros. $89,000,000[3]
4. Young Frankenstein 20th Century Fox $86,273,333[4]
5. Earthquake Universal $79,666,653[5]
6. The Godfather Part II Paramount $47,542,841[6]
7. Airport 1975 Universal $47,285,152[7]
8. The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Sunn Classic Pictures $45,411,063[8]
9. The Longest Yard Paramount $43,008,075[9]
10. Benji Mulberry Square Releasing $39,552,000[10]

Events

Awards

Category/Organization32nd Golden Globe Awards
January 25, 1975
28th BAFTA Awards
February 18, 1975
47th Academy Awards
April 8, 1975
DramaComedy or Musical
Best FilmChinatownThe Longest YardLacombe, LucienThe Godfather Part II
Best DirectorRoman Polanski
Chinatown
Roman Polanski
Chinatown
Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather: Part II
Best ActorJack Nicholson
Chinatown
Art Carney
Harry and Tonto
Jack Nicholson
The Last Detail / Chinatown
Art Carney
Harry and Tonto
Best ActressGena Rowlands
A Woman Under the Influence
Raquel Welch
The Three Musketeers
Joanne Woodward
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
Ellen Burstyn
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Best Supporting ActorFred Astaire
The Towering Inferno
John Gielgud
Murder on the Orient Express
Robert De Niro
The Godfather: Part II
Best Supporting ActressKaren Black
The Great Gatsby
Ingrid Bergman
Murder on the Orient Express
Ingrid Bergman
Murder on the Orient Express
Best Screenplay, AdaptedChinatown
Robert Towne
Chinatown /
The Last Detail
Robert Towne
The Godfather Part II
Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
Best Screenplay, OriginalChinatown
Robert Towne
Best ScoreThe Little Prince
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
Murder on the Orient Express
Richard Rodney Bennett
The Godfather Part II
Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Conversation, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, directed by Ted Kotcheff, Canada

Notable films released in 1974

United States unless stated

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1974 film releases

United States unless stated

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Births

Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 2Tex Ritter68USActor, Singer
3Gino Cervi72ItalyActor
14Paul Whitsun-Jones50UKActor
31Samuel Goldwyn94PolandProducer, Studio Executive
31Roger Pryor72USActor
February 7Arline Judge61USActress
11Anna Q. Nilsson85SwedenActress
23Florence Rice67USActress
23Harry Ruby79USScreenwriter, Composer
27Orry-Kelly66AustraliaCostume Designer
28Carole Lesley38UKActress
March 3Barbara Ruick43USActress, Singer
5Billy De Wolfe67USActor
7Alberto Rabagliati67ItalyActor, Singer
8Martha Wentworth84USActress, Voice Actress
13Howard St. John68USActor
19Edward Platt58USActor
28Dorothy Fields68USSongwriter
28Francoise Rosay82FranceActress
29Seton I. Miller71USScreenwriter
April 2Douglass Dumbrille84CanadaActor
10Patricia Collinge81IrelandActress
18Betty Compson77USActress
20Peter Lee Lawrence30GermanyActor
24Bud Abbott78USActor
24Agnes Moorehead73USActress
May 18Mary Maguire55AustraliaActress
24Duke Ellington75USComposer
25Donald Crisp91UKActor
June 6Blanche Yurka86USActress
10Lewis R. Foster75USDirector, Screenwriter
17Pamela Britton51USActress
28Frank Sutton50USActor
July 13Joe Flynn48USActor
13Marthe Vinot79FranceActress
  • Le Mort vivant
  • Le Calvaire
27Julián de Meriche65MexicoActor
28Truman Bradley69USActor, Narrator
August 13Ilona Massey64HungaryActress
16Maxwell Reed55IrelandActor
September 6Olga Baclanova78RussiaActress
6Otto Kruger89USActor
14Barbara Jo Allen68USActress
14Warren Hull71USActor
18Edna Best74UKActress
21Jacqueline Susann56USAuthor, Actress
21Walter Brennan80USActor
22Stephanie Bidmead45UKActress
27James R. Webb64USScreenwriter
October 13Ed Sullivan73USActor
November 7Rodolfo Acosta54MexicoActor
13Vittorio De Sica73ItalyActor, Director, Screenwriter
14Johnny Mack Brown70USActor
17Clive Brook87UKActor
25Rosemary Lane61USActress, Singer
December 4Lee Kinsolving36USActor
5Pietro Germi60ItalyActor, Director, Screenwriter
10Paul Richards50USActor
11Reed Hadley63USActor
15Anatole Litvak72UkraineDirector, Producer
21Richard Long47USActor
26Jack Benny80USActor

Film debuts

References

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