List of American films of 1971

A–B

Title Director Cast Genre/note
$ aka DollarsRichard BrooksWarren Beatty, Goldie Hawncrime, comedyColumbia
200 MotelsTony Palmer, Charles SwensonFrank Zappa, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikelcomedy, musicalUnited Artists
The Anderson TapesSidney LumetSean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Christopher Walken, Martin Balsam, Alan Kingcrime, dramaColumbia
The Andromeda StrainRobert WiseArthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, David Wayne, Paula Kellyscience fictionUniversal. book by Michael Crichton
BananasWoody AllenWoody Allen, Louise LassercomedyUnited Artists
The Barefoot ExecutiveRobert ButlerKurt Russell, Joe Flynncomedy, familyDisney
The Battle of Love's ReturnLloyd KaufmanLloyd Kaufman, Lynn Lowry, Oliver StonecomedyIndependent
Bedknobs and BroomsticksRobert StevensonAngela Lansbury, David Tomlinsonmusical, fantasyDisney
The BeguiledDon SiegelClint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Darlene Carr, Jo Ann HarrisdramaUniversal; remade in 2017
The Big Doll HouseJack HillRoberta Collins, Pam GriersexploitationNew World Pictures
Big JakeGeorge ShermanJohn Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Richard BoonewesternNational General
Billy JackTom LaughlinTom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Kenneth Tobey, Howard HessemanactionWarner Bros. 2 sequels
Bless the Beasts and ChildrenStanley KramerBill Mumy, Barry Robins, Miles ChapindramaColumbia. Based on novel
Blood and LacePhilip GilbertGloria Grahame, Melody PattersonhorrorA.I.P.
Blood ThirstNewt ArnoldRobert Winston, Yvonne Nielson, Judy Dennishorror
Born to WinIvan PasserGeorge Segal, Paula Prentiss, Karen Blackcomedy
Brian's SongBuzz KulikJames Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Shelley Fabares, Jack Wardenbiography, dramamade for TV
Brother JohnJames GoldstoneSidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford DillmandramaColumbia
Bunny O'HareGerd OswaldBette Davis, Ernest Borgninecrime, comedyA.I.P.

C–G

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Cain's CutthroatsKen OsborneJohn Carradine, Scott Bradywesternaka Cain's Way
Carnal KnowledgeMike NicholsJack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Art Garfunkel, Candice Bergen, Rita Morenodramafrom Jules Feiffer play; Ann-Margret Oscar-nominated
ChandlerPaul MagwoodWarren Oates, Leslie Caron, Alex DreierThrillerM.G.M
CatlowSam WanamakerYul Brynner, Richard Crenna, Leonard Nimoywesternfrom Louis L'Amour novel
Chrome and Hot LeatherLee FrostWilliam Smith, Kathrine Baumann, Marvin Gayebiker filmA.I.P.
City Beneath the SeaIrwin AllenStuart Whitmanadventure
science fiction
made for TV; Remake of 1953 film
Clay PigeonLane SlateTelly Savalas, Burgess MeredithactionMGM
Cold TurkeyNorman LearDick Van Dyke, Bob Newhartcomedymusic by Randy Newman
Cry Uncle!John G. AvildsenAllen Garfield, Marcia Jean Kurtzcomedy
Day of the WolvesFerde Grofe, Jr.Richard Egan, Martha Hyer, Jan Murraycrime dramaHyer's final film
The Deadly TrapRené ClémentFaye Dunaway, Frank Langelladramamade in France
The DeserterBurt KennedyBekim Fehmiu, John Huston, Richard Crenna, Ricardo Montalbán, Chuck ConnorswesternDino De Laurentiis production
Diamonds Are ForeverGuy HamiltonSean Connery, Charles Gray, Jill St. JohnSpy/actionUnited Artists
Desperate CharactersFrank D. GilroyShirley MacLaine, Kenneth MarsdramaParamount
Die Screaming, MariannePete WalkerSusan George, Leo Gennhorror
Dirty HarryDon SiegelClint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Reni Santoni, Harry Guardino, John Vernondrama, actionWarner Bros.; first in 5-film series
DocFrank PerryStacy Keach, Faye Dunaway, Harris YulinwesternUnited Artists
Doctors' WivesGeorge SchaeferDyan Cannon, Richard Crenna, Gene HackmandramaColumbia
Dracula vs. FrankensteinAl AdamsonLon Chaney, Jr., J. Carrol NaishhorrorChaney's final horror film
Drive, He SaidJack NicholsonWilliam Tepper, Karen Black, Bruce DerndramaColumbia
DuelSteven SpielbergDennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scottthrillermade for TV
Escape from the Planet of the ApesDon TaylorRoddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Sal Mineoscience fictionPlanet of the Apes sequel
Evel KnievelMarvin J. ChomskyGeorge Hamilton, Sue Lyon, Bert Freedbiography
Fiddler on the RoofNorman JewisonTopol, Norma Crane, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Leonard Frey, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marshmusicalbased on Broadway show; won 3 Oscars
Fools' ParadeAndrew V. McLaglenJames Stewart, Kurt Russell, George Kennedycrime, dramafrom Davis Grubb story
Four Rode OutJohn PeyserSue Lyon, Leslie Nielsenwestern
The French ConnectionWilliam FriedkinGene Hackman, Roy Scheidercrime, dramawon 5 Academy Awards
FrightPeter CollinsonHonor Blackman, Susan GeorgesuspenseAllied Artists
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot StraightJames GoldstoneJerry Orbach, Robert De Nirocomedyfrom Jimmy Breslin novel
Going HomeHerbert LeonardRobert Mitchum, Brenda VaccarodramaMGM
The Grissom GangRobert AldrichKim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony MusantecrimeABC Pictures
A GunfightLamont JohnsonKirk Douglas, Johnny CashwesternNative American-financed

H–M

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Hannie CaulderBurt KennedyRaquel Welch, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Culp, Strother Martin, Jack Elam, Christopher LeewesternParamount
Happy Birthday, Wanda JuneMark RobsonRod Steiger, Don Murray, Susannah Yorkcomedybased on Kurt Vonnegut play
The Hard RideBurt TopperRobert Fulleraction
Harold and MaudeHal AshbyBud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Picklescomedy2 Golden Globe nominations
The Hellstrom ChronicleWalon GreenLawrence Pressmanmockumentary
The Hired HandPeter FondaPeter Fonda, Warren OateswesternUniversal
The HorsemenJohn FrankenheimerOmar Sharif, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jack Palanceadventurebased on Joseph Kessel novel
The HospitalArthur HillerGeorge C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard HughesdramaOscar for screenplay by Paddy Chayevsky
How to Frame a FiggAlan RifkinDon Knotts, Joe Flynn, Yvonne CraigcomedyUniversal
The Hunting PartyDon MedfordGene Hackman, Oliver Reed, Candice BergenwesternUnited Artists
The Incredible 2-Headed TransplantAnthony LanzaBruce Dern, Pat Priestsci-fiAIP
Johnny Got His GunDalton TrumboTimothy Bottoms, Diane Varsi, Donald Sutherlanddrama, warCannes Grand Prix award
KidnappedDelbert MannMichael Caine, Trevor Howard, Donald PleasencedramaAIP
KluteAlan J. PakulaJane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy ScheidermysteryOscar for Fonda
KotchJack LemmonWalter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farrcomedyonly film directed by Lemmon
The Last MovieDennis HopperDennis Hopper, Toni BasildramaUniversal
The Last Picture ShowPeter BogdanovichJeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Randy Quaiddramabased on novel by Larry McMurtry; Oscars for Leachman, Johnson
The Last RunRichard FleischerGeorge C. Scott, Tony Musante, Trish Van DevereactionMGM
LawmanMichael WinnerBurt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Sheree North, J.D. Cannon, Albert Salmi, Robert DuvallwesternUnited Artists
Le MansLee H. KatzinSteve McQueen, Siegfried RauchactionNational General
Let's Scare Jessica to DeathJohn D. HancockZohra Lamperthorror
The Light at the Edge of the WorldKevin BillingtonKirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Samantha EggaradventureMGM; based on Jules Verne novel
Little MurdersAlan ArkinElliott Gould, Marcia Rodd, Doris Roberts, Elizabeth Wilson, Vincent Gardeniacomedy20th Century Fox; written by Jules Feiffer
The Love MachineJack Haley, Jr.Dyan Cannon, John Phillip Law, Robert Ryandramabased on Jacqueline Susann novel
Made for Each OtherRobert B. BeanRenée Taylor, Joseph Bologna, Paul Sorvinoromantic comedywritten by Taylor and Bologna
Man in the WildernessRichard C. SarafianRichard Harris, John Hustonwestern
The Marriage of a Young StockbrokerLawrence TurmanRichard Benjamin, Joanna Shimkus, Adam Westdrama20th Century Fox
McCabe & Mrs. MillerRobert AltmanWarren Beatty, Julie Christie, William Devane, René Auberjonois, Keith CarradinewesternWarner Bros.; Oscar nomination for Christie
The Mephisto WaltzPaul WendkosAlan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkinshorror20th Century Fox
The Million Dollar DuckVincent McEveetyDean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Tony RobertsfamilyDisney
Minnie and MoskowitzJohn CassavetesJohn Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Casselromantic comedyUniversal
Mrs. Pollifax-SpyLeslie H. MartinsonRosalind Russell, Darren McGavinmysteryRussell's final film
Murders in the Rue MorgueGordon HesslerJason Robards, Herbert LomsuspenseAIP
Murphy's WarPeter YatesPeter O'Toolewarbased on Max Catto novel

N–S

Title Director Cast Genre Note
NecromaniaEd WoodMaria Arnold, Ed Woodhorror
A New LeafElaine MayWalter Matthau, Elaine May, James Coco, Jack Weston, Doris Robertscomedy2 Golden Globe nominations
The Night God ScreamedLee MaddenJeanne Crain, Alex Nicol, Daniel Spelling, Michael Sugich, Barbara Hancock, Dawn Cleary, Gary Morganpsychological horrorCinemation Industries
Night of Dark ShadowsDan CurtisKate Jackson, David Selby, Lara ParkermysteryHouse of Dark Shadows sequel
OctamanHarry EssexPier Angeli, Jeff Morrowsci-fiAngeli's final film
The Omega ManBoris SagalCharlton Heston, Rosalind Cash, Anthony Zerbesci-fibased on novel I Am Legend
One More Train to RobVictor McLaglenGeorge Peppard, Diana Muldaur, John VernonwesternUniversal
The Panic in Needle ParkJerry SchatzbergAl Pacino, Kitty Winn, Kiel MartindramaPacino's second film
Pink NarcissusJames BidgoodDon Brooksfantasy
Play Misty for MeClint EastwoodClint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Millsthrillerfirst film directed by Eastwood
Plaza SuiteArthur HillerWalter Matthau, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harriscomedywritten by Neil Simon
Pretty Maids All in a RowRoger VadimRock Hudson, Angie Dickinsonmystery, comedywritten by Gene Roddenberry
Private Duty NursesGeorge ArmitageKatherine Cannon, Robert F. SimonThrillerNew World Pictures
Punishment ParkPeter WatkinsScott Turnermockumentary
The Pursuit of HappinessRobert MulliganMichael Sarrazin, Barbara Hershey, Robert KleindramaColumbia
Raid on RommelHenry HathawayRichard Burton, John Colicos, Wolfgang Preisswar
Red Sky at MorningJames GoldstoneDesi Arnaz, Jr., Catherine Burns, Richard CrennadramaGolden Globe for Arnaz
The Resurrection of Zachary WheelerBob WynnAngie Dickinson, Bradford Dillman, Leslie Nielsensci-fi
The Return of Count YorgaRobert KelljanRobert Quarry, Mariette Hartleyhorrorsequel to 1970 film
A Safe PlaceHenry JaglomJack Nicholson, Tuesday Weld, Orson WellesdramaColumbia
The Sandpit GeneralsHall BartlettTisha Sterlingdrama
See No EvilRichard FleischerMia FarrowsuspenseFilmways
The Seven MinutesRuss MeyerEdy Williams, Yvonne De Carlo, Tom Selleckdramabased on Irving Wallace novel
ShaftGordon ParksRichard Roundtree, Moses Gunncrime, actionOscar for Best Song
Shoot OutHenry HathawayGregory PeckwesternHathaway's next-to-last film
Simon, King of the WitchesBruce KesslerAllyson Ameshorror
Skin GamePaul BogartJames Garner, Louis Gossett, Jr., Susan Clarkwestern, comedyWarner Bros.
Something BigAndrew V. McLaglenDean Martin, Brian Keith, Ben Johnson, Carol White, Honor Blackmanwesternmusic by Burt Bacharach
Sometimes a Great NotionPaul NewmanPaul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckeladventure2 Oscar nominations; based on Ken Kesey novel
Soul to SoulDenis SandersTina Turner, Ike Turner, Carlos Santanadocumentary
Star Spangled GirlJerry ParisSandy Duncan, Tony Robertscomedywritten by Neil Simon
Straw DogsSam PeckinpahDustin Hoffman, Susan George, David Warnerthrillerremade in 2011
Such Good FriendsOtto PremingerDyan Cannon, James Coco, Jennifer O'Neillcomedy, dramaElaine May script
Summer of '42Robert MulliganJennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry HouserdramaWarner Bros.; Oscar for Best Musical Score
SummertreeAnthony NewleyMichael Douglas, Brenda Vaccarodrama
Sunday Bloody SundayJohn SchlesingerGlenda Jackson, Peter Finchdrama4 Oscar nominations
Support Your Local Gunfighter!Burt KennedyJames Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Harry MorgancomedyUnited Artists
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss SongMelvin Van PeeblesMelvin Van Peebles, John Amoscrime dramaCinemation Industries

T–Z

Title Director Cast Genre Note
THX 1138George LucasRobert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Ian Wolfe, Don Pedro Colleyscience fictionWarner Bros., Lucas's first film
T.R. BaskinHerbert RossCandice Bergen, Peter Boyle, James CaandramaParamount
Taking OffMiloš FormanLynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Georgia EngelcomedyUniversal
There's Always VanillaGeorge A. RomeroRaymond Lainedrama
They Might Be GiantsAnthony HarveyGeorge C. Scott, Joanne WoodwardmysteryUniversal; from James Goldman play
The TouchIngmar BergmanElliott Gould, Bibi Andersson, Max von SydowdramaCinerama Corp.
The Touch of SatanTom LaughlinMichael Berryhorror
A Town Called BastardRobert ParrishRobert Shaw, Stella Stevens, Telly Savalaswestern
The Trojan WomenMichael CacoyannisKatharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Irene PapasdramaCinerama Corp.
Two-Lane BlacktopMonte HellmanWarren Oates, James Taylor, Dennis WilsondramaUniversal
Valdez Is ComingEdwin SherinBurt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Jon CypherwesternElmore Leonard story
Vanishing PointRichard C. SarafianBarry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jaggeractionremade in 1997
The Velvet VampireStephanie RothmanCeleste Yarnall, Michael BlodgettHorrorNew World Pictures
VillainMichael TuchnerRichard Burton, Ian McShanecrimeMGM
Von Richthofen and BrownRoger CormanJohn Phillip Law, Don StroudwarUnited Artists
Werewolves on WheelsMichel LevesqueBilly Grayhorror, action
What's the Matter with Helen?Curtis HarringtonDebbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis WeaverthrillerFilmways
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?Ulu GrosbardDustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Barbara HarriscomedyOscar nomination for Harris
Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name?Ernest PintoffRed Buttons, Sam WaterstonmysteryCannon Films
Wild RoversBlake EdwardsWilliam Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden, Joe Don Baker, Tom SkerrittwesternMGM; Edwards' only western
WillardDaniel MannBruce Davison, Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchesterhorrorfollowed by Ben
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryMel StuartGene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrummusical, fantasyParamount; from story by Roald Dahl; remade in 2005
Women in CagesGerardo de LeonPam Grier, Jennifer GanactionNew World Pictures
You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That BeatPeter LockeAllen Garfield, Richard Pryordrama, comedy
YumaTed PostClint Walkerwesternmade for TV
ZachariahGeorge EnglundJohn Rubinstein, Dick Van Patten, Don Johnsonwesternfrom Herman Hesse novel
The Zodiac KillerTom HansonHal Reed, Bob Jones, Ray Lynch, Tom Pittmancrime drama

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