Best Crime Movies of 1972

1.

The Godfather

7.4
9.2/10 IMDB

Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Al Lettieri, Diane Keaton ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1972-03-14
2.

Sleuth

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover – but things aren’t exactly as they seem.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews, Eve Channing, Teddy Martin ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1972-12-10
3.

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
4.

Frenzy

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

After a serial killer strangles several women with a necktie, London police identify a suspect—but he's the wrong man.

Starring: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Vivien Merchant, Billie Whitelaw, Clive Swift, Bernard Cribbins, Jean Marsh ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1972-04-14
5.

The Mechanic

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Arthur Bishop is a veteran hit man who, owing to his penchant for making his targets' deaths seem like accidents, thinks himself an artist. It's made him very rich, but as he hits middle age, he's so depressed and lonely that he takes on one of his victim's sons, Steve McKenna, as his apprentice. Arthur puts him through a rigorous training period and brings him on several hits. As Steven improves, Arthur worries that he'll discover who killed his father.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Jill Ireland, Tak Kubota, Keenan Wynn, Frank De Kova, Linda Ridgeway, James Davidson, Lindsay Crosby, Steve Cory ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1972-10-06
6.

Pink Flamingos

4.6
6.1/10 IMDB

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, Edith Massey, Channing Wilroy, Cookie Mueller, Susan Walsh, Linda Olgeirson ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1972-03-12
7.

Boxcar Bertha

3.7
6.0/10 IMDB

'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a transient woman in Arkansas during the violence-filled Depression of the early '30s, meets up with rabble-rousing union man 'Big' Bill Shelly and the two team up to fight the corrupt railroad establishment. Based on “Sister of the Road,” the 1937 pseudo-autobiography of fictional character Bertha Thompson, written by anarchist physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman.

Starring: Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Barry Primus, Bernie Casey, John Carradine, Victor Argo, David Osterhout, Harry Northup, Joe Reynolds, Marianne Dole ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1972-06-14
8.

Across 110th Street

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

In a daring robbery, some $300,000 is taken from the Italian mob. Several mafiosi are killed, as are two policemen. Lt. Pope and Capt. Mattelli are two New York City cops trying to break the case. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the money. Will the mafia catch them first, or will the police?

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Antonio Fargas, Gloria Hendry, Richard Ward, Burt Young, Robert Sacchi, Paul Benjamin, Gilbert Lewis ..
Directed by: Barry Shear
Release date: 1972-12-19
9.

The Harder They Come

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Ivanhoe Martin arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. He records his first song, "The Harder They Come," but after a bitter dispute with a manipulative producer named Hilton, soon finds himself resorting to petty crime in order to pay the bills. He deals marijuana, kills some abusive cops and earns local folk hero status. Meanwhile, his record is topping the charts.

Starring: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman, Basil Keane, Bob Charlton, Winston Stona, Lucia White, Volair Johnson, Beverly Anderson ..
Directed by: Perry Henzell
Release date: 1972-09-01
10.

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

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