Best Action Movies of 1972

1.

The Getaway

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A recently released ex-convict and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes wrong.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Sally Struthers, Slim Pickens, Richard Bright, Jack Dodson, Dub Taylor, Bo Hopkins ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1972-09-20
2.

The Poseidon Adventure

5.2
7.1/10 IMDB

When their ocean liner capsizes at sea, a group of passengers struggle to survive and escape.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Leslie Nielsen, Pamela Sue Martin ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1972-12-13
3.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Hari Rhodes, Severn Darden, Lou Wagner, Natalie Trundy, John Randolph, Asa Maynor, Joyce Haber ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1972-06-29
4.

The New Centurions

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.

Starring: George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander, Scott Wilson, Rosalind Cash, Erik Estrada, Clifton James, Richard E. Kalk, James Sikking, Isabel Sanford ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1972-08-03
5.

Man of La Mancha

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

In the sixteenth century, Miguel de Cervantes, poet, playwright, and part-time actor, has been arrested, together with his manservant, by the Spanish Inquisition. They are accused of presenting an entertainment offensive to the Inquisition. Inside the huge dungeon into which they have been cast, the other prisoners gang up on Cervantes and his manservant, and begin a mock trial, with the intention of stealing or burning his possessions. Cervantes wishes to desperately save a manuscript he carries with him and stages, with costumes, makeup, and the participation of the other prisoners, an unusual defense--the story of Don Quixote.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Ian Richardson, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Brian Blessed, Julie Gregg, Rosalie Crutchley, Gino Conforti ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1972-12-20
6.

The Hot Rock

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Dortmunder and his pals plan to steal a huge diamond from a museum. But this turns out to be only the first time they have to steal it...

Starring: Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand, Moses Gunn, William Redfield, Topo Swope, Charlotte Rae, Graham Jarvis, Christopher Guest ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1972-01-26
7.

Junior Bonner

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

McQueen is Junior Bonner, an aging rodeo champ who returns to his home town to participate in the annual rodeo. He finds his family estranged, does what he can to help, and then moves on ... after some good rodeo riding and a few brawls.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson, Joe Don Baker, Barbara Leigh, Mary Murphy, Sandra Deel, Dub Taylor, Bill McKinney ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1972-08-02
8.

Super Fly

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Super Fly is a cocaine dealer who begins to realize that his life will soon end with either prison or his death. He decides to build an escape from the life by making his biggest deal yet.

Starring: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Charles McGregor, Julius Harris, Polly Niles, Nate Adams, Yvonne Delaine, Henry Shapiro, K.C. ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks Jr.
Release date: 1972-08-04
9.

Shaft's Big Score!

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

John Shaft is back as the lady-loved black detective cop on the search for the murderer of a client.

Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joseph Mascolo, Kathy Imrie, Wally Taylor, Julius Harris, Rosalind Miles, Joe Santos, Angelo Nazzo ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks
Release date: 1972-06-08
10.

Young Winston

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

This historical drama is an account of the early life of British politician Winston Churchill, including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament.

Starring: Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Simon Ward, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Woodward, John Mills, Patrick Magee, James Cosmo ..
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1972-07-20

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