List of American films of 1973

Highest-grossing

  1. The Exorcist
  2. The Sting
  3. American Graffiti
  4. Papillon
  5. The Way We Were
  6. Magnum Force
  7. Robin Hood
  8. Live and Let Die
  9. Walking Tall
  10. Serpico

A–B

Title Director Cast Genre Note
40 CaratsMilton KatselasEdward Albert, Liv Ullmann, Binnie Barnes, Gene KellyRomantic comedyColumbia. Based on the play
Ace Eli and Rodger of the SkiesJohn ErmanCliff Robertson, Pamela FranklinDrama20th Century Fox
The All-American BoyCharles EastmanJon Voight, Jeanne CooperDramaWarner Bros.
American GraffitiGeorge LucasRichard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin SmithComedyUniversal5 Academy Award nominations; Golden Globe Best Comedy
ArnoldGeorg FenadyStella Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester, Shani WallisHorrorCinerama Releasing Corporation
Arnold's Wrecking Co.Steven E. de SouzaBarbara HencheckComedy
Ash WednesdayLarry PeerceElizabeth Taylor, Henry FondaDramaParamount
The BabyTed PostAnjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna HillHorror
Badge 373Howard KochRobert Duvall, Verna BloomCrimeParamount. Script by Pete Hamill
BadlandsTerrence MalickMartin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren OatesCrime dramaWarner Bros. Malick's first film
Bang the Drum SlowlyJohn D. HancockRobert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardenia, Phil FosterDramaParamount. Based on Mark Harris novel
Battle for the Planet of the ApesJ. Lee ThompsonRoddy McDowall, John Huston, Claude AkinsScience fiction20th Century Fox. 3rd Planet of the Apes sequel
Black CaesarLarry CohenFred Williamson, Gloria HendryCrime dramaAIP. James Brown score
Black SnakeRuss MeyerDavid Prowse, Anouska HempelAdventure
BlackensteinWilliam A. LeveyJohn Hart, Liz RenayBlaxploitation
Blume in LovePaul MazurskyGeorge Segal, Susan Anspach, Kris Kristofferson, Shelley WintersRomantic comedyWarner Bros.
Book of NumbersRaymond St. JacquesRaymond St. Jacques, Philip Michael Thomas, Freda Payne, Hope ClarkeCrimeAVCO Embassy Pictures
The Boy Who Cried WerewolfNathan Juran, Elaine DevryRobert J. WilkeHorrorUniversal
BreezyClint EastwoodWilliam Holden, Kay LenzRomanceUniversal
Brother of the WindJohn MahonDick RobinsonIndependent film

C–G

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Cahill U.S. MarshalAndrew V. McLaglenJohn Wayne, Gary Grimes, George Kennedy, Neville BrandWesternWarner Bros.
The Candy SnatchersGuerdon TruebloodTiffany Bolling, Ben PiazzaExploitationIndependent
Charley and the AngelVincent McEveetyFred MacMurray, Cloris Leachman, Kurt RussellFamilyDisney
Charley One-EyeDon ChaffeyRichard Roundtree, Roy Thinnes, Nigel DavenportWesternParamount. Co-produced with UK
Charley VarrickDon SiegelWalter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, John Vernon, Andrew Robinson, Felicia Farr, Norman Fell, Jacqueline Scott, Sheree NorthCrime dramaUniversal. Based on a novel by John H. Reese
Charlotte's WebCharles A. NicholsVoices of Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Henry Gibson, Pamelyn FerdinAnimatedParamount. From E. B. White story
Cinderella LibertyMark RydellJames Caan, Marsha Mason, Eli WallachDrama20th Century Fox. Golden Globe for Mason; 3 Oscar nominations
Class of '44Paul BogartGary Grimes, Deborah WintersDramaWarner Bros. sequel to Summer of '42
Cleopatra JonesJack StarrettTamara Dobson, Antonio Fargas, Shelley WintersCrime dramaWarner Bros.
CoffyJack HillPam Grier, Booker BradshawCrime dramaAIP
Cops and RobbersAram AvakianJoseph Bologna, Cliff GormanCrime, ComedyUnited Artists. Written by Donald E. Westlake
The CraziesGeorge A. RomeroLynn Lowry, Lane CarrollHorror
The Day of the DolphinMike NicholsGeorge C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino, Fritz WeaverDramaEmbassy Pictures. Script by Buck Henry; 2 Oscar nominations
A Delicate BalanceTony RichardsonKatharine Hepburn, Paul Scofield, Lee RemickDramabased on Edward Albee play
The Deadly TrackersBarry Shear Richard Harris, Rod TaylorWestern
Detroit 9000Arthur MarksAlex Rocco, Hari RhodesCrime drama
The Devil in Miss JonesGerard DamianoGeorgina Spelvin, Harry Reems, Gerard DamianoAdultreleased during Golden Age of Porn; reviewed by Roger Ebert[1]
DillingerJohn MiliusWarren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis, Ben Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Kanaly, Cloris LeachmanBiography, Crime dramastory of John Dillinger
The Doll SquadTed MikelsFrancine York, Anthony EisleyDrama
The Don Is DeadRichard FleischerAnthony Quinn, Angel Tompkins, Robert Forster, Al LettieriCrime dramaUniversal
Don't Be Afraid of the DarkJohn NewlandKim Darby, Jim Hutton, William DemarestHorrormade for TV
Don't Play Us CheapMelvin Van PeeblesEsther RolleComedy
Electra Glide in BlueJames William GuercioRobert BlakeCrime dramaUnited Artists
Emperor of the NorthRobert AldrichLee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith CarradineDramaaka Emperor of the North Pole
Encounter with the UnknownHarry ThomasonRod Serling, Robert GinnavenHorror
Enter the DragonRobert ClouseBruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim KellyMartial artsHong Kong co-production
Executive ActionDavid MillerBurt Lancaster, Will GeerDocudramaon John F. Kennedy`s assassination in 1963
The ExorcistWilliam FriedkinEllen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Lee J. CobbHorrorfrom William Peter Blatty novel; 10 Oscar nominations
Five on the Black Hand SideOscar WilliamsD'Urville Martin, Glynn TurmanComedyUnited Artists
Forced EntryShaun CostelloHarry ReemsAdult
The Forgotten aka Don't Look in the BasementS.F. BrownriggJessie Lee FultonHorror
Frank FilmCaroline Mouris, Frank MourisFrank MourisAnimated
The Friends of Eddie CoylePeter YatesRobert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats, Alex RoccoCrime dramafrom George V. Higgins novel
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerFielder CookIngrid BergmanFamilyfrom E. L. Konigsburg novel
Ganja & HessBill GunnBill Gunn, Duane Jones, Marlene ClarkHorror
GodspellDavid GreeneVictor GarberMusicalbased on stage show
The Golden Voyage of SinbadGordon HesslerJohn Phillip Law, Caroline MunroAdventure
Gordon's WarOssie DavisPaul WinfieldAdventure20th Century Fox

H–M

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Happy Mother's Day, Love GeorgeDarren McGavinPatricia Neal, Cloris Leachman, Bobby DarinThriller
The Harrad ExperimentTed PostJames Whitmore, Tippi Hedren, Don JohnsonDramafrom Robert Rimmer novel
Harry in Your PocketBruce GellerJames Coburn, Michael SarrazinDramaUnited Artists
Heavy TrafficRalph BakshiJoseph Kaufmann, Jamie Farr (voices)AnimatedAdult
Hell Up in HarlemLarry CohenFred Williamson, Julius Harris, Gloria HendryCrime dramaAmerican International
High Plains DrifterClint EastwoodClint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell RyanWesternUniversal
Hit!Sidney J. FurieBilly Dee Williams, Richard PryorActionParamount
The Iceman ComethJohn FrankenheimerLee Marvin, Robert RyanDramafrom Eugene O'Neill play
Idaho TransferPeter FondaKeith CarradineSci-fi
IntervalDaniel MannMerle Oberon, Robert Wolders, Russ ConwayRomanceOberon's final film
Invasion of the Bee GirlsDenis SandersAnitra FordSci-fi
Jesus Christ SuperstarNorman JewisonTed Neeley, Carl AndersonMusicalbased on Broadway show
JeremyArthur BarronRobby Benson, Glynnis O'ConnorRomance
Jonathan Livingston SeagullHall BartlettJames Franciscus, Juliet Millsfrom Richard Bach novella
JoryJorge FonsRobby BensonWestern
Kid BlueJames FrawleyDennis Hopper, Warren Oates, Peter BoyleWestern20th Century Fox
Lady IceTom GriesDonald Sutherland, Jennifer O'NeillCrimeNational General
The Last American HeroLamont JohnsonJeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Ned BeattyBiographystory of Junior Johnson
The Last DetailHal AshbyJack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy QuaidComedy, Drama3 Oscar nominations
The Last of SheilaHerbert RossJames Coburn, Raquel Welch, Dyan Cannon, James Mason, Joan Hackett, Richard Benjamin, Ian McShaneMysteryscript by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim
The Laughing PolicemanStuart RosenbergWalter Matthau, Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett Jr., Joanna Cassidy, Cathy Lee CrosbyCrime dramabased on Swedish novel
Little CigarsChris ChristenberryAngel TompkinsComedy
Live and Let DieGuy HamiltonRoger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane SeymourAction
Lolly-Madonna XXXRichard C. SarafianRod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Jeff BridgesDramabased on a novel by Sue Grafton
The Long GoodbyeRobert AltmanElliott Gould, Sterling Hayden, Henry Gibson, Nina van Pallandt, Jim Bouton, Mark RydellMysterybased on Raymond Chandler novel
Lost HorizonCharles JarrottPeter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, George Kennedy, Michael York, Olivia Hussey, Bobby Van, James Shigeta, Charles Boyer, John GielgudAdventure
Fantasy
Musical
Columbia based on novel by James Hilton; remake of 1937 film
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn ThingAlan J. PakulaMaggie Smith, Timothy BottomsDramaColumbia
LutherGuy GreenStacy Keach, Patrick MageeDrama, Biographystory of Martin Luther
The MackMichael CampusMax Julien, Richard Pryor, Roger E. MosleyCrime dramaAIP
The Mackintosh ManJohn HustonPaul Newman, James MasonThrillerbased on Desmond Bagley novel
Magnum ForceTed PostClint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Tim Matheson, David Soul, Robert UrichCrime dramasequel to Dirty Harry
MansonLaurence MerrickVincent BugliosiDocumentarystory of Charles Manson
MaurieDaniel MannBernie Casey, Bo SvensonSports drama
Mean StreetsMartin ScorseseRobert De Niro, Harvey KeitelDrama1st Scorsese-De Niro pairing
Messiah of Evil aka Dead PeopleWillard HuyckElisha Cook Jr., Anitra FordHorror

N–S

Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Neptune FactorDaniel PetrieBen Gazzara, Yvette Mimieux, Walter PidgeonSci-fi20th Century Fox
The No Mercy ManDaniel VanceSid Haig, Ron ThompsonAction
Oklahoma CrudeStanley KramerGeorge C. Scott, Faye Dunaway, John MillsDramaColumbia
One Little IndianBernard McEveetyJames Garner, Pat Hingle, Vera MilesWesternDisney
The OutfitJohn FlynnRobert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Sheree North, Robert RyanCrime dramafrom Richard Stark novel
The Paper ChaseJames BridgesTimothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John HousemanDramaOscar for Houseman
Paper MoonPeter BogdanovichRyan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline KahnComedyOscar for Tatum O'Neal
PapillonFranklin J. SchaffnerSteve McQueen, Dustin HoffmanAdventurestory of Henri Charrière
Pat Garrett and Billy the KidSam PeckinpahJames Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, John Beck, Slim Pickens, Katy Jurado, Jack Elam, Chill WillsWestern, BiographyMGM
Please Don't Eat My MotherCarl MonsonBuck Kartalian, Rene BondComedy
The Red PonyRobert TottenHenry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Ben JohnsonDrama
Western
Made for TV; Universal; Remake of 1949 film
The Return of Charlie ChanDaryl DukeRoss Martin, Richard HaydnMystery
Robin HoodWolfgang Reithermanvoices of Peter Ustinov, Terry-ThomasAnimated filmSet in 1192
The RoommatesArthur MarksMarki Bey, Pat WoodellThriller
SssssssBernard L. KowalskiStrother MartinHorror
SanteeGary NelsonGlenn FordWesternCrown International Pictures
Save the TigerJohn G. AvildsenJack Lemmon, Jack GilfordDramaOscar for Lemmon
ScarecrowJerry SchatzbergGene Hackman, Al PacinoDramaCannes Grand Prix award
ScorpioMichael WinnerBurt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul ScofieldThriller
Scream Blacula ScreamBob KelljanWilliam Marshall, Pam GrierHorrorsequel to Blacula
SerpicoSidney LumetAl Pacino, John Randolph, Tony RobertsCrime, Biographyfrom Peter Maas book; Golden Globe for Pacino
The Seven-UpsPhilip D'AntoniRoy Scheider, Tony Lo BiancoCrime drama20th Century Fox
Shaft in AfricaJohn GuillerminRichard RoundtreeActionsequel to Shaft
ShamusBuzz KulikBurt Reynolds, Dyan CannonCrime dramaColumbia
ShowdownGeorge SeatonRock Hudson, Dean Martin, Susan ClarkWesternUniversal; Remake of 1963 film
SistersBrian De PalmaMargot Kidder, Jennifer SaltHorror
Slaughter's Big Rip-OffGordon DouglasJim Brown, Ed McMahon, Brock PetersBlaxploitationsequel to 1972 film
SleeperWoody AllenWoody Allen, Diane KeatonSci-fi comedyUnited Artists
SlitherHoward ZieffJames Caan, Sally Kellerman, Peter BoyleCrimeMGM
Some Call It LovingJames B. HarrisZalman King, Richard PryorDrama
Soylent GreenRichard FleischerCharlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Edward G. RobinsonScience fictionRobinson's final film
The Spook Who Sat By the DoorIvan DixonLawrence Cook, J. A. PrestonDramafrom book by Sam Greenlee
Steelyard BluesAlan MyersonJane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Peter BoyleComedyWarner Bros.
Sticks and BonesRobert Downey Sr.Cliff DeYoungDrama
The StingGeorge Roy HillPaul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Eileen Brennan, Ray Walston, Jack Kehoe, Charles Durning, Dana Elcar, Harold Gould, Robert Earl Jones, Dimitra Arliss, Sally KirklandCrime, Comedywon 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture
The Stone KillerMichael WinnerCharles Bronson, Martin Balsam, Paul KosloCrimeColumbia
Summer Wishes, Winter DreamsGilbert CatesJoanne Woodward, Martin Balsam, Sylvia SidneyDrama2 Oscar nominations
SuperdadVincent McEveetyBob Crane, Barbara Rush, Kurt RussellFamilyDisney
Sweet KillCurtis HansonTab Hunter, Isabel Jewell, John ApreaThriller

T–Z

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Terminal IslandStephanie RothmanPhyllis Davis, Marta KristenAction
The Thief Who Came to DinnerBud YorkinRyan O'Neal, Jacqueline Bisset, Warren Oates, Ned Beatty, Jill ClayburghCrime comedyWarner Bros.
The Three MusketeersRichard LesterOliver Reed, Michael York, Richard Chamberlain, Raquel WelchAdventurefrom Alexandre Dumas story
Tom SawyerDon TaylorJodie Foster, Warren OatesMusicalfrom Mark Twain novel
The Train RobbersBurt KennedyJohn Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Bobby VintonWesternWarner Bros.
Two PeopleRobert WisePeter Fonda, Lindsay WagnerDrama
Visions of Eight8 directors1972 Summer OlympicsDocumentary
Walking TallPhil KarlsonJoe Don Baker, Noah Beery Jr.Crime, Actionstory of Buford Pusser
The Way We WereSydney PollackBarbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Susan Blakely, Patrick O'Neal, Lois ChilesRomance6 Oscar nominations; won Golden Globe
The Werewolf of WashingtonMilton Moses GinsbergDean StockwellHorror, Comedy
WestworldMichael CrichtonYul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James BrolinScience fictionMGM; written by Crichton
White LightningJoseph SargentBurt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Bo HopkinsActionfollowed by Gator
Wicked, WickedRichard L. BareDavid Bailey, Tiffany BollingHorror
The World's Greatest AthleteRobert ScheererJohn Amos, Tim Conway, Jan-Michael VincentFamilyDisney

See also

References

  1. Ebert, Roger (June 13, 1973). "The Devil In Miss Jones - Film Review". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
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