Best Movies of 1972

1.

The Godfather

7.3

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
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1972-03-14
2.

Sleuth

5.6
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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
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1972-12-10
3.

What's Up, Doc?

5.5

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
4.

Cabaret

5.5

Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles and an impish emcee sound the clarion call to decadent fun, while outside a certain political party grows into a brutal force.

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Release date: 1972-02-13
5.

Deliverance

5.5

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Starring: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Ed Ramey
Directed by: John Boorman
Release date: 1972-07-30
6.

Play It Again, Sam

5.5

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
7.

Jeremiah Johnson

5.4

A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.

Starring: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee, Joaquin Martinez
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1972-09-10
8.

Frenzy

5.4

A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Starring: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey, Alec McCowen
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1972-05-25
9.

A szökés

5.3

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
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1972-12-13
10.

The Poseidon Adventure

5.2

The Poseidon Adventure was one of the first Catastrophe films and began the Disaster Film genre. Director Neame tells the story of a group of people that must fight for their lives aboard a sinking ship. Based on the novel by Paul Gallico.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1972-12-01
11.

Sisters

4.9

Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective arrives at the scene and finds nothing amiss, Grace is forced to take matters into her own hands. Her first move is to recruit private investigator Joseph Larch, who helps her to uncover a secret about Danielle's past that has them both seeing double.

Starring: Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, William Finley, Lisle Wilson
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1972-11-18
12.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask

4.9

A collection of seven vignettes, which each address a question concerning human sexuality. From aphrodisiacs to sexual perversion to the mystery of the male orgasm, characters like a court jester, a doctor, a queen and a journalist adventure through lab experiments and game shows, all seeking answers to common questions that many would never ask.

Starring: Woody Allen, John Carradine, Lou Jacobi, Louise Lasser, Anthony Quayle
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1972-08-06
13.

Joe Kidd

4.7

A band of Mexicans find their U. S. land claims denied and all the records destroyed in a courthouse fire. Their leader, Louis Chama, encourages them to use force to regain their land. A wealthy landowner wanting the same decides to hire a gang of killers with Joe Kidd to track Chama.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud, Stella Garcia
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1972-07-14
14.

Silent Running

4.7

In a future Earth barren of all flora and fauna, the planet's ecosystems exist only in large pods attached to spacecraft. When word comes in that the pods are to be jettisoned into space and destroyed so that the spacecraft can be reused for commercial purposes, most of the crew of the Valley Forge rejoice at the prospect of going home. Not so for botanist Freeman Lowell who loves the forest and its creatures, so decides to take matters into his own hands to protect what he loves.

Starring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint, Steven Brown
Directed by: Douglas Trumbull
Release date: 1972-03-09
15.

The Cowboys

4.6

When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job under Andersen's tutelage; however, neither Andersen nor the boys know that a gang of cattle thieves is stalking them.

Starring: John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Alfred Barker Jr.
Directed by: Mark Rydell
Release date: 1972-01-13
16.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

4.5

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
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1972-06-29
17.

Pink Flamingos

4.5

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
18.

Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

4.5
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Stylish film of the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd in 1971 performing a concert with no audience, in the ancient Roman Amphitheatre in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Songs are interspersed with interviews, and footage of Pink Floyd in the studio working on their next album, the legendary Dark Side of the Moon.
Starring: Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason
Directed by: Adrian Maben
Release date: 1972-08-31
19.

The Last House on the Left

4.3

A disturbed gang of youths kidnap, torture and murder two teenage girls; unbeknownst to the gang, the parents of one of the girls live nearby...

Starring: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 1972-08-30
20.

The Mechanic

4.3

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
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1972-10-06

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