Best Comedy Movies of 1972

1.

What's Up, Doc?

5.5
7.8/10

The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 1972-03-09
2.

Play It Again, Sam

5.5
7.7/10

A mild mannered film critic is dumped by his wife and his ego is crushed. His hero persona is the tough guy played by Humphrey Bogart in many of his movies and the apparition of Bogart begins showing up to give him advice. With the encouragement of his two married friends, he actually tries dating again, with less than satisfactory results, until he relaxes.

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy, Susan Anspach
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Release date: 1972-05-04
3.

Fritz the Cat

4.6
6.3/10

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's.

Starring: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Phil Seuling, Judy Engles
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1972-04-12
4.

Pink Flamingos

4.5
6.1/10

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".

Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Danny Mills
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1972-03-12
5.

Slaughterhouse-Five

4.2
6.9/10

"Listen: Billie Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." Slaughterhouse-Five is an award-winning 1972 film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name. Director Hill faithfully renders for the screen Vonnegut's obsessive story of Pilgrim, who survives the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, then lives simultaneously in his past, present, and future.

Starring: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Valerie Perrine
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1972-03-15
6.

1776

3.9
7.6/10

The film focuses on the representatives of the Thirteen original colonies who participated in the Second Continental Congress. 1776 depicts the three months of deliberation (and, oftentimes, acrimonious debate) that led up to the signing of one of the most important documents in the History of the United States, the Declaration of Independence.

Starring: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Blythe Danner, Donald Madden
Directed by: Peter H. Hunt
Release date: 1972-11-09
7.

Butterflies Are Free

3.9
7.2/10
Butterflies Are Free
Striving to be independent, the blind but determined Don Baker (Edward Albert) moves away from his overprotective mother (Eileen Heckart, who won an Oscar). After settling into his new San Francisco digs, Don meets kooky neighbor Jill Tanner (Goldie Hawn). Don's quick wit and good looks disarm the free-spirited Jill, and before long they're more than just friends. Will Mrs. Baker's incessant meddling destroy Don and Jill's budding relationship?
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert, Eileen Heckart, Paul Michael Glaser, Michael Warren
Directed by: Milton Katselas
Release date: 1972-07-06
8.

The Ruling Class

3.8
7.5/10

When the Earl of Gurney dies in a cross-dressing accident, his schizophrenic son, Jack, inherits the Gurney estate. Jack is not the average nobleman; he sings and dances across the estate and thinks he is Jesus reincarnated. Believing that Jack is mentally unfit to own the estate, the Gurney family plots to steal Jack's inheritance. As their outrageous schemes fail, the family strives to cure Jack of his bizarre behavior, with disastrous results.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne
Directed by: Peter Medak
Release date: 1972-09-13
9.

Avanti!

3.7
7.2/10

A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews, Gianfranco Barra
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1972-12-17
10.

Evil Roy Slade

3.7
7.3/10
Evil Roy Slade
Orphaned and left in the desert as an infant, Evil Roy Slade (John Astin) grew up alone—save for his teddy bear—and mean. As an adult, he is notorious for being the "meanest villain in the West"—so he's thrown for quite a loop when he falls for sweet schoolteacher Betsy Potter (Pamela Austin). There's also Nelson L. Stool (Mickey Rooney), a railroad tycoon, who, along with his dimwitted nephew Clifford (Henry Gibson), is trying to get revenge on Evil Roy Slade for robbing him.
Starring: John Astin, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Henry Gibson, Dick Shawn
Directed by: Jerry Paris
Release date: 1972-02-18
11.

Steptoe and Son

3.6
6.7/10
Steptoe and Son
Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. But Harold, who likes the bright lights in the West End of London, meets a stripper, marries her and takes her home. Albert, of course, is furious and tries every trick he knows to drive the new bride from his household.
Starring: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Carolyn Seymour, Arthur Howard
Directed by: Cliff Owen
Release date: 1972-03-01
12.

Mutiny on the Buses

3.6
6.0/10
Mutiny on the Buses
Bus driver Stan Butler agrees to marry Suzy, much to the anguish of Mum, her son-in-law, Arthur, and daughter Olive. How, they wonder, will they ever manage without Stan's money coming in? Then Arthur is sacked, and Stan agrees to delay the wedding. Meanwhile, he hits on an idea: Arthur should learn to drive a bus. Somehow he does just that, and even gets a job. Stan then blackmails the Depot Manager into giving him the job of driver on the new money-making Special Tours Bus. A great idea ...if only the inspector hadn't taken Stan on his trial run to the Windsor Safari Park
Starring: Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins, Anna Karen, Bob Grant
Directed by: Harry Booth
Release date: 1972-06-02
13.

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

3.6
7.0/10

Outlaw and self-appointed lawmaker, Judge Roy Bean, rules over an empty stretch of the West that gradually grows, under his iron fist, into a thriving town, while dispensing his his own quirky brand of frontier justice upon strangers passing by.

Starring: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, Ned Beatty, Anthony Perkins, Matt Clark
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1972-12-18
14.

The Heartbreak Kid

3.6
6.9/10

Three days into his Miami honeymoon, Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly instead.

Starring: Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Audra Lindley, Eddie Albert
Directed by: Elaine May
Release date: 1972-12-17
15.

Our Miss Fred

3.6
6.8/10
Our Miss Fred
Danny La Rue stars in this 1970s drag comedy as Fred Wimbush, a Shakespearean actor who is drafted into WWII and is appearing in a camp show in France when the Nazis advance. Unless he continues in his female costume, Fred is certain to be shot as a spy. The risque gags and double entendres fly as he attempts to make his escape in the company of a gaggle of randy English schoolgirls.
Starring: Danny La Rue, Alfred Marks, Lance Percival, Lally Bowers, Frances de la Tour
Directed by: Bob Kellett
Release date: 1972-01-01
16.

Up the Sandbox

3.5
6.6/10
Up the Sandbox
A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an explorer's demonstration of tribal fertility music at a party causing strange transformations, and joining terrorists to plant explosives in the Statue of Liberty.
Starring: Barbra Streisand, David Selby, Ariane Heller, Jacobo Morales, Paul Benedict
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1972-12-21
17.

Carry On Abroad

3.4
6.5/10

A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn't been finished being built, and the weather is awful. And there is something strange about the staff. They all look very similar. To top it all off, the weather seems to be having an adverse affect on the Hotel's foundations...

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1972-12-01
18.

Now You See Him, Now You Don't

3.4
6.3/10
Now You See Him, Now You Don't
Dexter Riley is a science student at Medfield College who inadvertently invents a liquid capable of rendering objects and people invisible. Before Dexter and his friends, Debbie and Richard Schuyler, can even enjoy their spectacular discovery, corrupt businessman A.J. Arno plots to get his greedy hands on it. Slapstick hijinks ensue as Dexter and his pals try to thwart the evil Arno before he can use the invisibility spray to rob a bank.
Starring: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, Jim Backus, William Windom
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1972-07-12
19.

Snowball Express

3.4
6.5/10
Snowball Express
When John Baxter inherits a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains, he quits his job in New York and moves the family west to run it. Only to find that the place is a wreck. But together they decide to try to fix it up and run it. But Martin Ridgeway, who wants the property, does everything he can to ensure it will fail.
Starring: Dean Jones, Harry Morgan, Keenan Wynn, Johnny Whitaker, Michael McGreevey
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1972-01-01
20.

Dr. Phibes Rises Again

3.4
6.5/10

The vengeful Doctor rises again, seeking the Scrolls of Life in an attempt to resurrect his deceased wife.

Starring: Vincent Price, Robert Quarry, Valli Kemp, Hugh Griffith, John Thaw
Directed by: Robert Fuest
Release date: 1972-07-01

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