List of American films of 1972

A–C

Title Director Cast Genre Note
1776Peter H. HuntWilliam Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Donald Madden, Ken Howard, John Cullum, Ron Holgate, Blythe DannerMusicalColumbia; adapted from stage musical
Across 110th StreetBarry ShearAnthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Tony FranciosaCrime dramaUnited Artists
Another Nice MessBob EinsteinRich Little, Herb VolandComedy
Avanti!Billy WilderJack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive RevillComedyUnited Artists. Based on Samuel A. Taylor play
Bad CompanyRobert BentonJeff Bridges, Barry BrownWesternParamount
BenPhil KarlsonMeredith Baxter, Joseph CampanellaHorrorsequel to Willard
Behind the Green DoorArtie Mitchell, Jim MitchellMarilyn Chambers, Johnnie KeyesAdult
Beware! The BlobLarry HagmanRobert Walker Jr., Dick Van PattenSci-fi
The Big Bird CageJack HillPam Grier, Anitra Ford, Sid HaigExploitationNew World
The Biscuit EaterVincent McEveetyEarl Holliman, Pat Crowley, Lew AyresDramaDisney
Black GirlOssie DavisPeggy Pettitt, Brock Peters, Ruby DeeDramaCinerama Releasing Corporation
Black GunnRobert Hartford-DavisJim Brown, Martin Landau, Brenda SykesThrillerColumbia
Black RageChris RobinsonTed Cassidy, Phyllis RobinsonDrama
BlaculaWilliam CrainWilliam Marshall, Vonetta McGeeHorrorAIP. Based on Dracula
BluebeardEdward DmytrykRichard Burton, Raquel Welch, Joey Heatherton, Virna Lisi, Nathalie DelonThrillerCinerama Releasing Corporation
BoneLarry CohenYaphet Kotto, Andrew Duggan, Joyce Van PattenCrime dramaNew World
Boxcar BerthaMartin ScorseseBarbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, John Carradine, Bernie CaseyDramaAmerican International
Buck and the PreacherSidney PoitierSidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby DeeWesternColumbia
Butterflies Are FreeMilton KatselasGoldie Hawn, Edward Albert, Eileen Heckart, Paul Michael GlaserComedyColumbia. Oscar for Heckart
CabaretBob FosseLiza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael YorkMusicalAllied Artists; Oscars for Fosse and Minnelli; 8 total
Cancel My ReservationPaul BogartBob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph BellamyComedyWarner Bros.
The CandidateMichael RitchieRobert Redford, Melvyn Douglas, Peter BoyleDramaWarner Bros.; Oscar for screenplay
The Carey TreatmentBlake EdwardsJames Coburn, Jennifer O'NeillMysteryMGM. Based on novel by Michael Crichton
Chato's LandMichael WinnerCharles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Richard Basehart, Ralph Waite, Simon OaklandWesternUnited Artists
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead ThingsBob ClarkAlan Ormsby, Valerie MamchesHorror
Child's PlaySidney LumetJames Mason, Robert Preston, Beau BridgesMysteryParamount
Cisco PikeBill L. NortonKris Kristofferson, Gene Hackman, Karen Black, Harry Dean StantonDramaSony Pictures
Come Back, Charleston BlueMark WarrenGodfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. JacquesComedyWarner Bros. Sequel to Cotton Comes to Harlem
Conquest of the Planet of the ApesJ. Lee ThompsonRoddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalbán, Hari RhodesScience fiction20th Century Fox. 3rd sequel to Planet of the Apes
Cool BreezeBarry PollackThalmus Rasulala, Judy PaceCrimeMGM
CorkyLeonard HornRobert Blake, Charlotte Rampling, Patrick O'Neal, Christopher ConnellyActionMGM
The CowboysMark RydellJohn Wayne, Bruce Dern, Roscoe Lee Browne, Robert Carradine, A MartinezWesternWarner Bros.; became TV series
Cry for Me, BillyWilliam GrahamCliff Potts, Harry Dean StantonWestern dramaWarner Bros.
The Culpepper Cattle Co.Dick RichardsGary Grimes, Billy Green Bush, Luke Askew, Bo HopkinsWestern20th Century Fox

D–G

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Daughters of SatanHollingsworth MorseTom Selleck, Barra GrantHorrorUnited Artists
Deadhead MilesVernon Zimmerman Alan Arkin, Paul BenedictComedyParamount
DealingPaul WilliamsRobert F. Lyons, Barbara Hershey, John LithgowComedy thrillerWarner Bros.
Deep ThroatGerard DamianoLinda Lovelace, Harry ReemsAdult
DeliveranceJohn BoormanJon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny CoxDramaWarner Bros. James Dickey]] novel; 3 Oscar nominations
Dirty Little BillyStan DragotiMichael J. Pollard, Lee PurcellWesternColumbia
The Doberman GangByron ChudnowJulie Parrish, Hal ReedCrime, Actioninspired 2 sequels
Dr. Phibes Rises AgainRobert FuestVincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Beryl Reid, Fiona Lewis, Terry-ThomasHorrorA.I.P.; sequel to The Abominable Dr. Phibes
Dynamite ChickenErnest PintoffRichard Pryor, Al GoldsteinComedy
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon MarigoldsPaul NewmanJoanne Woodward, Nell PottsDrama20th Century Fox. Based on a play by Paul Zindel
Elvis on TourPierre Adidge, Robert AbelElvis PresleyDocumentaryMGM; won Golden Globe for Best Documentary
Endless NightSidney GilliatHayley Mills, Britt EklundMysterybased on a book by Agatha Christie
Every Little Crook and NannyCy HowardVictor Mature, Lynn Redgrave, Maggie BlyeComedyMGM
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)Woody AllenWoody Allen, Gene Wilder, Burt Reynolds, Tony Randall, Louise Lasser, Lynn Redgrave, Heather MacRae, Lou Jacobi, Regis PhilbinComedyUnited Artists. Based on a book by David Reuben
Fat CityJohn HustonJeff Bridges, Stacy Keach, Susan TyrrellDramaColumbia. Based on a novel by Leonard Gardner
FillmoreRichard T. HeffronSantana, Grateful Dead, Jefferson AirplaneDocumentaryConcert film
The Final ComedownOscar WilliamsBilly Dee Williams, Celia Kayeblaxploitation
Five Summer StoriesGreg MacGillivrayEddie AikauDocumentary
Fritz the CatRalph BakshiSkip HinnantAnimated, Adultfirst animated film Rated X
FrogsGeorge McCowanRay Milland, Sam ElliottHorrorAIP
FuzzRichard A. CollaBurt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Yul Brynner, Jack Weston, Tom SkerrittAction comedyUnited Artists
Get to Know Your RabbitBrian De PalmaTom Smothers, Katharine Ross, Orson WellesComedyWarner Bros.
The GetawaySam PeckinpahSteve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Al Lettieri, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers, Jack Dodson, Bo Hopkins, Dub Taylor, Slim PickensCrime dramaNational General Pictures. Based on a novel by Jim Thompson; remade in 1994
Glass HousesAlexander SingerBernard Barrow, Jennifer O'Neill, Deirdre LenihanDramaColumbia
The GodfatherFrancis Ford CoppolaMarlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Richard Castellano, Richard Conte, Sterling Hayden, Al Lettieri, Gianni Russo, Abe Vigoda, John Marley, Alex Rocco, Al MartinoCrime dramaParamount; won 3 Oscars; top-grossing film of 1972; based on novel by Mario Puzo
Grave of the VampireJohn HayesWilliam Smith, Lyn PetersHorror
The Great Northfield Minnesota RaidPhilip KaufmanCliff Robertson, Robert DuvallWesternUniversal
The Great WaltzAndrew L. StoneHorst Buchholz, Mary Costa, Nigel PatrickHistoricalMGM
The Groundstar ConspiracyLamont JohnsonGeorge Peppard, Michael Sarrazin, Christine BelfordCrimeUniversal

H–M

Title Director Cast Genre Note
HammerBruce D. ClarkFred Williamson, Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGeeActionUnited Artists
Hammersmith Is OutPeter UstinovRichard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter UstinovComedyCinerama Corp.
The Heartbreak KidElaine MayCharles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Eddie Albert, Audra LindleyComedy20th Century Fox. Script by Neil Simon; 2 Oscar nominations; remade in 2007
HeatPaul MorrisseyJoe Dallesandro, Sylvia MilesDramaproduced by Andy Warhol
Hickey & BoggsRobert CulpBill Cosby, Robert CulpCrimeUnited Artists
Hit ManGeorge ArmitageBernie Casey, Pam GrierCrimeMGM
Home for the HolidaysJohn Llewellyn MoxeyJessica Walter, Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, Julie Harris, Walter BrennanHorrorABC Circle Films; Made for TV; Remake of 1995 film
The HonkersSteve IhnatJames Coburn, Lois Nettleton, Anne ArcherComedyUnited Artists
The Hot BoxJoe ViolaCarmen Argenziano, Andrea Cagan, Margaret MarkovActionNew World
The Hot RockPeter YatesRobert Redford, George Segal, Zero MostelCrime20th Century Fox. William Goldman script; from book by Donald Westlake
ImagesRobert AltmanSusannah York, René AuberjonoisThrillerColumbia
Irish Whiskey RebellionChester ErskineWilliam Devane, Anne MearaCrimeCinerama Releasing Corporation
J.W. CoopCliff RobertsonCliff Robertson, Geraldine PageWesternColumbia
Jeremiah JohnsonSydney PollackRobert Redford, Will GeerWesternWarner Bros.
Joe KiddJohn SturgesClint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John SaxonWesternUniversal; script by Elmore Leonard
Journey Back to OzHal SutherlandMilton Berle, Herschel Bernardi, Margaret HamiltonAnimationbased on Oz book
Junior BonnerSam PeckinpahSteve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Joe Don Baker, Barbara Leigh, Ben JohnsonWesternCinerama Releasing Corp.
Justin Morgan Had a HorseHollingsworth MorseDon Murray, R.G. ArmstrongFamily westernDisney
Kansas City BomberJerrold FreedmanRaquel Welch, Kevin McCarthyDramaMGM
The King of Marvin GardensBob RafelsonJack Nicholson, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce DernDramaColumbia
Lady Sings the BluesSidney J. FurieDiana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard PryorBiographyParamount. Story of Billie Holiday; 5 Oscar nominations
The Last House on the LeftWes CravenSandra Cassel, David A. HessHorror
Last of the Red Hot LoversGene SaksAlan Arkin, Sally Kellerman, Paula PrentissComedyParamount; based on Neil Simon play
Left Hand of GeminiIan McShane, Richard EganSci-fi
The Legend of Boggy CreekCharles B. PierceWilliam StumppMystery
The Legend of Nigger Charley aka Legend of Black CharleyMartin GoldmanFred Williamson, D'Urville MartinWesternParamount
The Life and Times of Judge Roy BeanJohn HustonPaul Newman, Anthony Perkins, Victoria Principal, Jacqueline Bisset, John Huston, Ava GardnerWestern, BiographyNational General Pictures. Academy Award|Oscar]], Golden Globe for Song
LimboMark RobsonKathleen Nolan, Kate Jackson, Stuart MargolinDramaUniversal
The LimitYaphet KottoYaphet Kotto, Yaphet Kotto, Quinn K. Redeker, Virgil FryeCrimeCannon
Los AmigosPaolo CavaraAnthony Quinn, Franco Nero, Pamela TiffinWesternMGM
The Magnificent Seven RideGeorge McGowanLee Van Cleef, George Kennedy, Stefanie PowersWesternUnited Artiststhird sequel to The Magnificent Seven
The ManJoseph SargentJames Earl Jones, Martin Balsam, Barbara RushDramaParamount. Script by Rod Serling
Man of La ManchaArthur HillerPeter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James CocoMusicalUnited Artists. Based on Dale Wasserman play; 2 Golden Globes
The MechanicMichael WinnerCharles Bronson, Jan-Michael VincentActionUnited Artists; remade in 2011
MelindaHugh A. RobertsonCalvin Lockhart, Vonetta McGeeDramaMGM
Molly and Lawless JohnGary NelsonVera Miles, Sam ElliottWestern

N–S

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Napoleon and SamanthaBernard McEveetyMichael Douglas, Jodie FosterAdventureDisney
NecromancyBert I. GordonOrson Welles, Lee Purcell, Pamela FranklinHorrorCinerama Releasing Corporation
The New CenturionsRichard FleischerGeorge C. Scott, Stacy KeachCrime dramaColumbia. Based on a novel by Joseph Wambaugh
Night Call NursesJonathan KaplanAlana Stewart, Mittie LawrenceThrillerNew World
Night of the LepusWilliam F. ClaxtonStuart Whitman, Janet LeighHorrorMGM
No Drums, No BuglesClyde WareMartin Sheen, Davey DavisonWarCinerama Releasing Corporation
Northeast of SeoulDavid Lowell RichAnita Ekberg, John Ireland, Victor BuonoThrillerCannon
Now You See Him, Now You Don'tRobert ButlerKurt Russell, Joe FlynnSci-fi, ComedyDisney
The OffenceSidney LumetSean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien MerchantDramaUnited Artists
One Is a Lonely NumberMel StuartTrish Van Devere, Monte Markham, Janet LeighDramaMGM
The OtherRobert MulliganUta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, John RitterHorror20th Century Fox; from Tom Tryon novel
Painters PaintingEmile de AntonioAndy Warhol, Willem de KooningDocumentary
Pancho VillaEugenio MartinTelly Savalas, Clint Walker, Chuck ConnorsWesternfilmed in Spain
PaydayDaryl DukeRip Torn, Ahna CapriDramaCinerama Releasing
Pete 'n' TillieMartin RittWalter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Geraldine PageComedy, DramaUniversal; 2 Oscar nominations
Pickup on 101John FloreaJack Albertson, Lesley Ann Warren, Martin SheenDramaAIP
Pink FlamingosJohn WatersDivineComedycult film
A Place Called TodayDon SchainLana Wood, Cheri CaffaroDramaEmbassy
Play It Again, SamHerbert RossWoody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Susan AnspachComedyParamount; based on Allen's play
Play It as It LaysFrank PerryTuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins, Adam RoarkeDramaUniversal; from Joan Didion novel
Pocket MoneyStuart RosenbergPaul Newman, Lee MarvinWestern, ComedyNational General Pictures. Terrence Malick script
Pope JoanMichael AndersonLiv Ullmann, Olivia de HavillandDramaColumbia
Portnoy's ComplaintErnest LehmanRichard Benjamin, Karen Black, Lee GrantComedy, DramaWarner Bros.; from novel by Philip Roth
The Poseidon AdventureRonald NeameGene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Stella Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Carol Lynley, Pamela Sue Martin, Red Buttons, Jack AlbertsonDisaster film, Adventure20th Century Fox. Based on Paul Gallico novel; won 2 Oscars
The Possession of Joel DelaneyWaris HusseinShirley MacLaine, Perry King, Michael HordernHorrorParamount
Prime CutMichael RitchieLee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek, Angel TompkinsDrama, ActionNational General
Private PartsPaul BartelStanley Livingston, Lucille BensonHorrorMGM
RageGeorge C. ScottGeorge C. Scott, Martin SheenDramaWarner Bros.
Red SunTerence YoungCharles Bronson, Ursula AndressWesternNational General
A Reflection of FearWilliam A. FrakerRobert Shaw, Sondra Locke, Sally KellermanDramaColumbia
The RevengersDaniel MannWilliam Holden, Ernest BorgnineWesternNational General
RivalsKrishna ShahJoan Hackett, Robert KleinDramaEmbassy
Run, Cougar, RunJerome CourtlandStuart Whitman, Frank Aletter, Lonny ChapmanDramaDisney
The Salzburg ConnectionLee H. KatzinBarry Newman, Anna Karina, Klaus Maria BrandauerThriller20th Century Fox
SavagesJames IvorySusan Blakely, Sam WaterstonComedy
A Separate PeaceLarry PeerceParker Stevenson, William RoerickDramaParamount
Shaft's Big ScoreGordon ParksRichard Roundtree, Moses GunnCrime dramaMGM. Sequel to Shaft
Silent RunningDouglas TrumbullBruce Dern, Ron RifkinSci-fiUniversal
Sitting TargetDouglas HickoxOliver Reed, Jill St. JohnDramaMGM
SkyjackedJohn GuillerminCharlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, James Brolin, Jeanne Crain, Walter Pidgeon, Roosevelt Grier, Leslie UggamsDisaster filmMGM; Crain's final film
SlaughterJack StarrettJim Brown, Rip Torn, Stella StevensCrime dramaA.I.P.; followed by 1973 sequel
Slaughterhouse-FiveGeorge Roy HillMichael Sacks, Valerie PerrineSci-fi, DramaUniversal. From Kurt Vonnegut novel
Snoopy, Come HomeBill MeléndezVoices of Chad Webber, Robin Kohn, Hilary Momberger, Johanna BaerAnimatedsequel to A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Snowball ExpressNorman TokarNancy Olson, Dean JonesFamilyDisney
SounderMartin RittCicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin HooksDrama20th Century Fox. 4 Oscar nominations; based on novel
Stand Up and Be CountedJackie CooperJacqueline Bisset, Stella Stevens, Steve LawrenceComedyColumbia
Stigma David E. DurstonPhilip Michael ThomasDramaCinerama Releasing Corporation
The Strange Vengeance of RosalieJack Starrett Bonnie Bedelia, Ken HowardThriller20th Century Fox
The Summertime KillerAntonio Isasi-IsasmendiOlivia Hussey, Christopher Mitchum, Karl MaldenCrime drama
Super FlyGordon Parks JuniorRon O'Neal, Julius HarrisCrime dramaWarner Bros. Curtis Mayfield score

T–Z

Title Director Cast Genre Note
They Only Kill Their MastersJames GoldstoneJames Garner. Katharine RossMysteryMGM
The Thing with Two HeadsLee FrostRay Milland, Roosevelt GrierSci-fiAIP
Thumb TrippingQuentin MastersBruce Dern, Meg FosterDramaAvco Embassy
To Find a ManBuzz KulikPamela Sue Martin, Darren O'Connor, Tom BosleyDramaColumbia
To Kill a ClownGeorge BloomfieldAlan Alda, Blythe DannerDrama20th Century Fox
TomorrowJoseph AnthonyRobert Duvall, Peter MastersonDramaHorton Foote script
Travels with My AuntGeorge CukorMaggie Smith, Louis Gossett Jr.ComedyMGM. Based on novel by Graham Greene
Treasure IslandHal SutherlandRichard Dawson, Davy Jones, Dal McKennonAdventureanimated; based on the novel
Treasure IslandJohn HoughOrson Welles, Lionel Stander, Walter SlezakAdventurelive-action; based on the novel
Trick BabyLarry YustKiel Martin, Mel Stewart, Vernee Watson-JohnsonCrimeUniversal
Trouble ManIvan DixonRobert Hooks, Paula KellyCrime drama20th Century Fox. Marvin Gaye score
Ulzana's RaidRobert AldrichBurt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Richard JaeckelWesternUniversal
Unholy RollersVernon ZimmermanClaudia Jennings, Louis QuinnSportsAIP
Up the SandboxIrvin KershnerBarbra Streisand, David SelbyComedyNational General Pictures. Based on Anne Roiphe novel
The VisitorsElia KazanPatrick McVey, Patricia Joyce, James WoodsDramaUnited Artists. Woods' first film
The War Between Men and WomenMelville ShavelsonJack Lemmon, Barbara HarrisComedyNational General
What's Up, Doc?Peter BogdanovichBarbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline KahnComedyWarner Bros. Kahn's first film
When the Legends DieStuart MillarRichard Widmark, Frederic ForrestDrama20th Century Fox
Where Does It Hurt?Rod AmateauPeter Sellers, Jo Ann Pflug, Rick LenzComedyCinerama Releasing Corporation
Wild in the SkyWilliam T. NaudGeorg Stanford Brown, Brandon deWilde, Keenan WynnAction comedyAIP
Winter SoldierBarbara KoppleJohn KerryDocumentary
The Woman HuntEddie RomeroJohn Ashley, Pat Woodell, Sid HaigActionNew World
The Woman Hunter Bernard L. KowalskiBarbara Eden, Robert VaughnMysterymade for TV
The Wrath of GodRalph NelsonRobert Mitchum, Frank Langella, Rita HayworthWesternMGM. Hayworth's final film
You'll Like My MotherLamont JohnsonPatty Duke, Rosemary MurphyHorrorUniversal

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