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-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.

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.

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
8.

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
9.

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
10.

The Visitors

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cosy house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez. Mike and Tony are old acquaintances of Bill; a few years back, in Vietnam, they were in the same platoon. They also became opposed parties in a court martial - for a reason that Bill never explained to Martha. What happened in Vietnam, and what is the reason for the presence of Mike and Tony ?

Starring: Patrick McVey, Patricia Joyce, James Woods, Steve Railsback, Chico Martínez ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1972-02-02

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