1977 in film

Highest-grossing films (US)

The top ten 1977 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1977
RankTitleStudioDomestic gross
1. Star Wars 20th Century Fox $221,280,994[1]
2. Smokey and the Bandit Universal $126,737,428[2]
3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind Columbia $116,395,460[3]
4. Saturday Night Fever Paramount $94,213,184[4]
5. The Goodbye Girl Warner Bros. $82,000,470[5]
6. A Bridge Too Far United Artists $50,750,000[6]
7. The Deep Columbia $47,346,365[7]
8. The Spy Who Loved Me United Artists $46,838,673[8]
9. Oh, God! Warner Bros. $41,687,243[9]
10. Annie Hall United Artists $38,251,425[10]

Events

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Annie Hall – Rollins-Joffe, United Artists
Best Director: Woody AllenAnnie Hall
Best Actor: Richard DreyfussThe Goodbye Girl
Best Actress: Diane KeatonAnnie Hall
Best Supporting Actor: Jason RobardsJulia
Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa RedgraveJulia
Best Foreign Language Film: Madame Rosa (La Vie devant soi), directed by Moshé Mizrahi, France

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: The Turning Point
Best Actor: Richard BurtonEquus
Best Actress: Jane FondaJulia
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture: The Goodbye Girl
Best Actor: Richard DreyfussThe Goodbye Girl
Best Actress (tie): Diane KeatonAnnie Hall
Best Actress (tie): Marsha MasonThe Goodbye Girl
Other
Best Supporting Actor: Peter FirthEquus
Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa RedgraveJulia
Best Director: Herbert RossThe Turning Point
Best Foreign Language Film: A Special Day, Italy

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Father and Master (Padre padrone), directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Ascent (Voskhozhdeniye), directed by Larisa Shepitko, USSR

Notable films released in 1977

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1977 film releases

January–March

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7 The SentinelUniversal PicturesJames B. Harris (director); Jeffrey Konvitz (screenplay); Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, José Ferrer, Martin Balsam, and Ava GardnerLive Action
21 Cross of IronWarner Bros. PicturesSam Peckinpah (director/screenplay); James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James MasonLive Action
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4 Fun with Dick and JaneColumbia PicturesTed Kotcheff (director); David Giler, Jerry Belson, and Mordecai Richler (screenplay); Jane Fonda and George SegalLive Action
Twilight's Last GleamingAllied ArtistsRobert Aldrich (director); Ronald M. Cohen (screenplay); Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Charles Durning, Paul Winfield, and Burt YoungLive Action
Wizards20th Century FoxRalph Bakshi (director/screenplay); Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval, and Steve GraversAnimation
18 ThievesParamount PicturesJohn Berry (director); Herb Gardner (screenplay); Marlo Thomas, Charles Grodin, and Irwin CoreyLive Action
25 Slap ShotUniversal PicturesGeorge Roy Hill (director); Nancy Dowd (screenplay); Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, and Jennifer WarrenLive Action
TentaclesAmerican International PicturesOvidio G. Assonitis (director); Steven W. Carabatsos (screenplay);Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins, Henry Fonda, and Cesare DanovaLive Action
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4 Mr. Billion20th Century FoxJonathan Kaplan (director/screenplay); Terence Hill, Valerie Perrine, Jackie Gleason, Slim Pickens, William Redfield, and Chill WillsLive Action
11 Islands in the StreamParamount PicturesFranklin J. Schaffner (director); Denne Bart Petitclerc (screenplay); George C. Scott, David Hemmings, and Gilbert RolandLive Action
18 The Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohBuena Vista DistributionJohn Lounsbery and Wolfgang Reitherman (directors); Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Vance Gerry, Xavier Atencio, Ken Anderson, Julius Svendsen, Ted Berman, and Eric Cleworth (screenplay); Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler, Junius Matthews, Paul Winchell, Howard Morris, Bruce Reitherman, Jon Walmsley, and Timothy TurnerAnimation
Black SundayParamount PicturesJohn Frankenheimer (director); Ernest Lehman, Kenneth Ross, and Ivan Moffat (screenplay); Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, and Bekim FehmiuLive Action
Airport '77Universal PicturesJerry Jameson (director); Michael Scheff and David Spector (screenplay); Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, James Stewart, George Kennedy, Brenda Vaccaro, Christopher Lee, Darren McGavin, Joseph Cotten, and Olivia de HavillandLive Action
25 EraserheadWarner Bros. PicturesDavid Lynch (director/screenplay); Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, and Jeanne BatesLive Action
The American FriendParamount PicturesWim Wenders (director/screenplay); Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, and Gérard BlainLive Action
The Domino PrincipleITC EntertainmentStanley Kramer (director); Adam Kennedy (screenplay); Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Mickey Rooney, and Richard WidmarkLive Action

April–June

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1 Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure20th Century FoxRichard Williams (director); Max Wilk (screenplay); Claire Williams, Didi Conn, and Mark BakerAnimation
The Eagle Has LandedColumbia PicturesJohn Sturges (director); Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay); Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence, Anthony Quayle, Jean Marsh, Sven-Bertil Taube, Judy Geeson, Siegfried Rauch, John Standing, Treat Williams, and Larry HagmanLive Action
15 Audrey RoseColumbia PicturesRobert Wise (director); Frank De Felitta (screenplay); Marsha Mason, Anthony Hopkins, John Beck, Susan SwiftLive Action
22 Demon SeedWarner Bros. Pictures (United States/Canada) / Cinema International Corporation (international)Donald Cammell (director); Dean Koontz (screenplay); Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, and Gerrit GrahamLive Action
29 3 Women20th Century FoxRobert Altman (director/screenplay); Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Janice RuleLive Action
Annie HallUnited ArtistsWoody Allen (director/screenplay); Marshall Brickman (screenplay); Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Janet Margolin, Shelley Duvall, Christopher Walken, and Colleen DewhurstLive Action
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6 The White BuffaloWarner Bros. PicturesJ. Lee Thompson (director); Richard Sale (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, and Kim NovakLive Action
13 The CarUniversal PicturesElliot Silverstein (director); Dennis Shryack (screenplay); James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Elizabeth Thompson, Ronny CoxLive Action
20 The GreatestColumbia PicturesTom Gries and Monte Hellman (directors); Muhammad Ali (screenplay); Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones, and Robert DuvallLive Action
25 Star Wars20th Century Fox / LucasfilmGeorge Lucas (director / screenplay); Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec GuinnessLive Action
27 Smokey and the BanditUniversal PicturesHal Needham (director); James Lee Barrett, Charles Shyer, Alan Mandel]] (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, and Jackie GleasonLive Action
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3 Fraternity RowParamount PicturesThomas Pope (director); Charles Gary Allison (screenplay); Peter Fox, Gregory Harrison, Scott Newman, Nancy Morgan, and Wendy PhillipsLive Action
Crossed SwordsWarner Bros. PicturesRichard Fleischer (director); George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay); Mark Lester, Ernest Borgnine, Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, and Rex HarrisonLive Action
17 A Bridge Too FarUnited ArtistsRichard Attenborough (director); William Goldman (screenplay); Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Hardy Krüger, Laurence Olivier, Ryan O'Neal, Robert Redford, Maximilian Schell, and Liv UllmannLive Action
Exorcist II: The HereticWarner Bros. PicturesJohn Boorman (director); William Goodhart (screenplay); Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul Henreid, James Earl Jones, and Ned BeattyLive Action
New York, New YorkUnited ArtistsMartin Scorsese (director); Mardik Martin and Earl Mac Rauch (screenplay); Liza Minnelli and Robert De NiroLive Action
24 SorcererUniversal Pictures (U.S.A & Canada) / Paramount Pictures (International)William Friedkin (director); Walon Green (screenplay); Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou, and Ramon BieriLive Action
The RescuersBuena Vista DistributionWolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, and Art Stevens (directors); Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Burny Mattinson, Fred Lucky, Dick Sebast, David Michener, and Ted Berman (screenplay); Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Michelle Stacy, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn, Jim Jordan, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, Bernard FoxAnimation

July–September

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1 Greased LightningWarner Bros. PicturesMichael Schultz (director); Melvin Van Peebles (screenplay); Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, and Pam GrierLive Action
8 The Spy Who Loved MeUnited Artists / Eon ProductionsLewis Gilbert (director); Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum (screenplay); Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, and Curd JürgensLive Action
The Island of Dr. MoreauAmerican International PicturesDon Taylor (director); John Herman Shaner (screenplay); Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera, Richard Basehart, and Nick CravatLive Action
15 I Never Promised You a Rose GardenNew World PicturesAnthony Page (director); Roger Corman (screenplay); Kathleen Quinlan and Bibi AnderssonLive Action
22 MacArthurUniversal PicturesHal Barwood (director); Matthew Robbins (screenplay); Gregory Peck, Ed Flanders, and Dan O'HerlihyLive Action
The DeepColumbia PicturesPeter Yates (director); Peter Benchley (screenplay); Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett, and Eli WallachLive Action
29 OrcaParamount PicturesMichael Anderson (director); Sergio Donati and Robert Towne (screenplay); Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn, Robert Carradine, and Scott WalkerLive Action
The Hills Have EyesNew World PicturesWes Craven (director/screenplay); Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace, Russ Grieve, John Steadman, Michael Berryman, and Virginia VincentLive Action
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5 Grand Theft AutoNew World PicturesRon Howard (director/screenplay); Rance Howard (screenplay); Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Marion Ross, eter Isacksen, Don Steele, and Clint HowardLive Action
March or DieColumbia PicturesDick Richards (director); David Zelag Goodman (screenplay); Gene Hackman, Terence Hill, Max von Sydow, Ian Holm, and Catherine DeneuveLive Action
12 Sinbad and the Eye of the TigerColumbia PicturesSam Wanamaker (director); Ray Harryhausen and Beverley Cross (screenplay); Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting, Jane Seymour, and Patrick TroughtonLive Action
Suspiria20th Century FoxDario Argento (director); Daria Nicolodi (screenplay); Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé, Barbara Magnolfi, Susanna Javicoli, Eva Axén, Alida Valli, and Joan BennettLive Action
26 Race for Your Life, Charlie BrownParamount PicturesBill Melendez (director); Phil Roman(co-director); Charles M. Schulz (screenplay); Duncan Watson, Stuart Brotman, Gail Davis, Liam Martin, Melanie Kohn, Jimmy Ahrens, Kirk Jue, Jordan Warren, Tom Muller, Greg Felton, Joseph Biter, Bill Melendez, Jackson Beck, and Fred Van AmburgAnimation
You Light Up My LifeColumbia PicturesJoseph Brooks (director/screenplay); Didi Conn, Joe Silver, Michael Zaslow, and Melanie MayronLive Action
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2 Another Man, Another ChanceUnited ArtistsClaude Lelouch (director/screenplay); James Caan, Geneviève Bujold, and Francis HusterLive Action
12 Handle with CareParamount PicturesJonathan Demme (director); Paul Brickman (screenplay); Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Bruce McGill, Roberts Blossom, and Richard BrightLive Action
Bobby DeerfieldColumbia Pictures (U.S.A / Canada) / Warner Bros. (International)Sydney Pollack (director); Alvin Sargent (screenplay); Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, and Anny DupereyLive Action
30 A Little Night MusicNew World PicturesHarold Prince (director); Hugh Wheeler (screenplay); Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Rigg, Len Cariou, and Lesley-Anne DownLive Action

October–December

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7 Julia20th Century FoxFred Zinnemann (director); Alvin Sargent (screenplay); Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Rosemary Murphy, Maximilian Schell, and Meryl StreepLive Action
Oh, God!Warner Bros. PicturesCarl Reiner (director); Larry Gelbart (screenplay); George Burns, John Denver, Teri Garr, and Donald PleasenceLive Action
A Piece of the ActionUniversal PicturesSidney Poitier (director); Charles Blackwell (screenplay); Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas, Hope Clarke, Tracy Reed, and Titos VandisLive Action
14 Looking for Mr. GoodbarParamount PicturesRichard Brooks (director / screenplay); Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton, Richard Kiley, and Richard GereLive Action
Starship InvasionsWarner Bros. PicturesEd Hunt (director / screenplay); Robert Vaughn and Christopher LeeLive Action
21 Damnation Alley20th Century FoxJack Smight (director); Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda, Paul Winfield, Jackie Earle HaleyLive Action
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4 HeroesUniversal PicturesJeremy Kagan (director); James Carabatsos (screenplay); Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, and Val AveryLive Action
First LoveParamount PicturesJoan Darling (director); Jane Stanton Hitchcock and David Freeman (screenplay); William Katt, Susan Dey, John Heard, Beverly D'Angelo, and Robert LoggiaLive Action
Pete's DragonBuena Vista DistributionDon Chaffey (director); Malcolm Marmorstein (screenplay); Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Jeff Conaway, Shelley Winters, Jane Kean, Jim Backus, Sean Marshall, and Charlie CallasLive Action / Animation
11 The Turning Point20th Century FoxHerbert Ross (director); Arthur Laurents (screenplay); Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie BrowneLive Action
18 Close Encounters of the Third KindColumbia PicturesSteven Spielberg (director / screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, and François TruffautLive Action
Semi-ToughWarner Bros. PicturesMichael Ritchie (director); Walter Bernstein and Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston, Lotte Lenya, Bert Convy, and Brian DennehyLive Action
25 TelefonUnited ArtistsDon Siegel (director); Peter Hyams and Stirling Silliphant (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, and Donald PleasenceLive Action
The Mouse and His ChildMurakami-Wolf-SwensonFred Wolf (director); Russell Hoban (screenplay); Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, John Carradine, Andy Devine, and Don LakeAnimation
The PackWarner Bros. PicturesRobert Clouse (director / screenplay); Joe Don Baker, Hope Alexander-Willis, Richard B. Shull, R. G. Armstrong, Ned Wertimer, Richard O'Brien, Bibi Besch, Delos V. Smith Jr., Sherry Miles, and Paul WillsonLive Action
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2 The Goodbye GirlWarner Bros. PicturesHerbert Ross (director); Neil Simon (screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, and Quinn CummingsLive Action
Opening NightUniversal PicturesJohn Cassavetes (director / screenplay); Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, and Zohra LampertLive Action
9 EquusUnited ArtistsSidney Lumet (director); Peter Shaffer (screenplay); Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Jenny Agutter, Joan Plowright, and Colin BlakelyLive Action
Saturday Night FeverParamount PicturesJohn Badham (director); Norman Wexler (screenplay); John Travolta and Karen GorneyLive Action
The GauntletWarner Bros. PicturesClint Eastwood (director); Dennis Shryack (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, and Sondra LockeLive Action
16 ABBA: The MovieWarner Bros. PicturesLasse Hallström (director / screenplay); Robert Caswell (screenplay); Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog, Robert Hughes, and Tom OliverLive Action
CandleshoeBuena Vista DistributionNorman Tokar (director); David Swift and Rosemary Anne Sisson (screenplay); Jodie Foster, David Niven, Helen Hayes, and Leo McKernLive Action
The DuellistsParamount PicturesRidley Scott (director); Gerald Vaughan-Hughes (screenplay); Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, and Tom ContiLive Action
21 The ChoirboysUniversal PicturesRobert Aldrich (director); Jennifer Miller (screenplay); Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King, Clyde Kusatsu, Stephen Macht, Tim McIntire, Randy Quaid, Chuck Sacci, Don Stroud, James Woods, and Burt YoungLive Action
High Anxiety20th Century FoxMel Brooks (director / screenplay); Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Ron Carey, Howard Morris, and Dick Van PattenLive Action
25 GrayeagleAmerican International PicturesCharles B. Pierce (director / screenplay); Ben Johnson, Iron Eyes Cody, Lana Wood, Jack Elam, and Alex CordLive Action

Births

Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 3Tom Gries54USDirector
6Niall MacGinnis63IrelandActor
12Henri-Georges Clouzot69FranceDirector, Screenwriter
14Peter Finch60UKActor
18Yvonne Printemps82FranceActress, Singer
26Margaret Hayes60USActress
31Daniel Mainwaring74USScreenwriter
February 3Pauline Starke76USActress
17Edward G. Boyle78CanadaProduction Designer
18Andy Devine71USActor
22Edith Barrett70USActress
27Allison Hayes46USActress
28Eddie "Rochester" Anderson71USActor
March 25Nunnally Johnson79USScreenwriter, Director
27Diana Hyland41USActress
April 17Marjorie Gateson86USActress
19Marion Gering75RussiaDirector
21Gummo Marx83USActor, Agent
28Ricardo Cortez76USActor
May 10Joan Crawford71USActress
15Herbert Wilcox87UKDirector, Producer
21Dorothy Christy70USActress
31William Castle63USProducer, Director
June 2Stephen Boyd45IrelandActor
3Roberto Rossellini71ItalyDirector, Screenwriter
5Luis César Amadori75Italy/ArgentinaDirector, Screenwriter
13Matthew Garber21UKActor
14Alan Reed69USActor
19Geraldine Brooks51USActress
20Abner Biberman68USDirector, Actor
July 2William H. Ziegler67USFilm Editor
22Erik Chitty70UKActor
August 3Alfred Lunt84USActor
14George Oppenheimer77USScreenwriter
16Elvis Presley42USActor, Singer
17Delmer Daves73USScreenwriter, Director
19Groucho Marx86USActor, Screenwriter
19Peter Dyneley56UKActor
21Danny Lockin34USActor
22Sebastian Cabot59UKActor
22Alex Segal62USDirector
29Jean Hagen54USActress
31H. C. Potter72USDirector
September 2Stephen Dunne59USActor
8Zero Mostel62USActor
October 3Tay Garnett83USDirector
5Fred F. Finklehoffe67USScreenwriter
14Bing Crosby74USActor, Singer
31Joan Tetzel56USActress
November 4Betty Balfour74UKActress
9Gertrude Astor90USActress
15William C. McGann84USDirector
18Victor Francen89BelgiumActor
25Richard Carlson65USActor
30Olga Petrova93UKActress, Screenwriter
30Terence Rattigan66UKScreenwriter
December 4Leila Hyams72USActress
18Cyril Ritchard79AustraliaActor
19Jacques Tourneur73FranceDirector
25Charlie Chaplin88UKActor, Director, Screenwriter
26Howard Hawks81USDirector
28Charlotte Greenwood87USActress

Film debuts

References

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  2. "Smokey and the Bandit, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
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  4. "Saturday Night Fever, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  5. "The Goodbye Girl (1977-11-30)". Box office. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
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  8. "The Spy Who Loved Me, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
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