Best Romance Movies of 1972


What's Up, Doc?

7.7/10 IMDB

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, Michael Murphy, Randy Quaid, Liam Dunn, Mabel Albertson, Sorrell Booke ..
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Release date: 1972-03-09


7.8/10 IMDB

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, Marisa Berenson, Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel, Helen Vita, Sigrid von Richthofen, Gerd Vespermann ..
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Release date: 1972-02-13

Play It Again, Sam

7.6/10 IMDB

A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy, Susan Anspach, Jennifer Salt, Joy Bang, Viva, Ted Markland, Michael Greene ..
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Release date: 1972-05-04


7.2/10 IMDB

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, Franco Angrisano, Pippo Franco, Franco Acampora, Giselda Castrini, Raffaele Mottola ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1972-12-17


7.6/10 IMDB

A lonely farmer takes in a pregnant woman and looks after her. After she gives birth, tragedy strikes.

Starring: Robert Duvall, Olga Bellin, Sudie Bond, Richard McConnell, Peter Masterson, William Hawley ..
Directed by: Joseph Anthony
Release date: 1972-04-09

Butterflies Are Free

7.2/10 IMDB

Striving to be independent, the blind but determined Don Baker moves away from his overprotective mother. After settling into his new San Francisco digs, Don meets kooky neighbor Jill Tanner. 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

Boxcar Bertha

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.

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

Lady Sings the Blues

7.0/10 IMDB

Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.

Starring: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, Paul Hampton, Sid Melton, Virginia Capers, Yvonne Fair, Isabel Sanford, Ned Glass ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1972-10-12

The Heartbreak Kid

7.0/10 IMDB

Three days into his Miami honeymoon, Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms his fear 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, Mitchell Jason, William Prince, Augusta Dabney, Doris Roberts, Jack Hausman ..
Directed by: Elaine May
Release date: 1972-12-17
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : A Deep Compassion

A Deep Compassion

6.9/10 IMDB

Step into a rose-colored world of a young blind boy who lives in a fantasy of beauty and sex until an escaped convict turns that world upside-down.

Starring: David Allen, Duane Ferguson, Rick Cassidy, Bob Weaver, Tom Ringo ..
Directed by: Pat Rocco
Release date: 1972-01-01

Trouble Man

6.7/10 IMDB

It seems that masked men are knocking over the floating crap games of Chalky and Pete. Chalky and Pete hire the cool, loose, elegant Mr. T to fix things. Then, the masked manipulators set up the death of a collector for a rival gang lord. It looks like it's up to T to hold a gang war from breaking out, keep the police off his back, and earn his fee from Chalky and Pete.

Starring: Robert Hooks, William Smithers, Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite, Paula Kelly, Gordon Jump, Jeannie Bell, Stack Pierce, Julius Harris ..
Directed by: Ivan Dixon
Release date: 1972-11-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Butterflies


7.6/10 IMDB

The story about the first love.

Starring: Bo?ena Fedorczyk, Gra?yna Michalska, Roman Mosior, Piotr Szczerkowski, Bogdan Izdebski, Mieczys?aw Czechowicz, Ilona Stawinska, Jolanta Bohdal, Ilona Stawi?ska, Mieczys?aw Czechowicz ..
Directed by: Janusz Nasfeter
Release date: 1972-12-20
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Behind the Green Door

Behind the Green Door

5.9/10 IMDB

Gloria is kidnapped and taken to a theater where she is told that she will have "the most exquisite moment of her life." She shares many sexual and intimate experiences on a stage in front of a small masked audience that grows increasingly aroused as the performance progresses.

Starring: Marilyn Chambers, George S. McDonald, Johnnie Keyes, Elizabeth Knowles, Yank Levine, Toni Attell, Ben Davidson, Adrienne Mitchell, Dana Fuller, Dale Meador ..
Directed by: Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell
Release date: 1972-12-17
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : The Ragman's Daughter

The Ragman's Daughter

6.4/10 IMDB

Based on the Alan Sillitoe short story. Tony, a worker at a cheese factory, is also a petty thief. He moves from robbery after robbery until he meets Doris, the daughter of the local ragman. Slowly, he falls in love with her and must decide whether he will stay a thief or start a new life with Doris.

Starring: Simon Rouse, Victoria Tennant, Patrick O'Connell, Brian Murphy, Brenda Peters, Jane Wood, Leslie Sands, Rita Howard, Kevin Richmond, Reginald Marsh ..
Directed by: Harold Becker
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

7.1/10 IMDB

Just before the Salem Witch Trials, an embittered old woman, who has learned witchcraft, teams up with the Devil, and brings a scarecrow to life as part of her diabolical revenge on the judge who was once her lover.

Starring: Nina Foch, Norman Lloyd, Blythe Danner, Will Geer, Gene Wilder, Joan Tompkins, Elisha Cook Jr., Pete Duel, Peter Kastner ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1972-01-10
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Through Dusky Ways

Through Dusky Ways

6.8/10 IMDB

When you're a newly divorced woman with two older children, it is very difficult to "rebuild your life". By chance, Monica meets someone new, but will she be able to seize this new oportunity for happiness?

Starring: Margareta Pogonat, Cornel Coman, Ileana Stana Ionescu, Carmen Galin, Ioana Ciomârtan, Octavian Cotescu, Doina St?nescu ..
Directed by: Lucian Bratu
Release date: 1972-10-02
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Pete 'n' Tillie

Pete 'n' Tillie

6.2/10 IMDB

A fun-loving bachelor woos and weds a secretary, but the bonds of this marriage aren't strong enough to stop his philandering from continuing.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page, Barry Nelson, René Auberjonois, Lee Montgomery, Henry Jones, Kent Smith, Philip Bourneuf, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1972-12-17
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Follow Me!

Follow Me!

6.9/10 IMDB

A strait-laced British banker hires an eccentric private detective to follow his free-spirited American wife, whom he suspects is cheating on him.

Starring: Michael Jayston, Mia Farrow, Adrian Topol, Margaret Rawlings, Annette Crosbie, Dudley Foster, Michael Aldridge, Michael Barrington, Neil McCarthy, Chaim Topol ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1972-07-15
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Boys in the Sand

Boys in the Sand

6.8/10 IMDB

Casey Donovan stars in this dream-like sex fantasy set in New York's notorious Fire Island. First, he crosses paths in the woods with Peter Fisk, then has poolside sex with Danny DiCioccio, before hooking up with Tommy Moore around the house.

Starring: Casey Donovan, Peter Fisk, Danny Di Cioccio, Tommy Moore ..
Directed by: Wakefield Poole
Release date: 1972-02-09

They Only Kill Their Masters

6.2/10 IMDB

An enigmatic young woman has been murdered in a small California coast town. The investigation by the local sheriff uncovers a complex web of relationships centering on the victim; the scattered trail of evidence ranges from a mysterious photograph to the victim's own dog. During the investigation, the sheriff meets and becomes romantically involved with a woman whose connection to the murder is ambiguous.

Starring: James Garner, Katharine Ross, Hal Holbrook, Harry Guardino, June Allyson, Christopher Connelly, Tom Ewell, Peter Lawford, Edmond O'Brien, Arthur O'Connell ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1972-11-22

For the Love of Ada

5.7/10 IMDB

Walter and Ada Bingley are celebrating their first wedding anniversary unaware that their friends and family are planning a surprise party for them.

Starring: Irene Handl, Wilfred Pickles, Barbara Mitchell, Jack Smethurst, Arthur English, Larry Martyn, Veronica Doran, Duggie Brown ..
Directed by: Ronnie Baxter
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Left-Handed


6.7/10 IMDB

Things go awry when a cruisey hustler attempts to seduce his jealous pot dealer's supposedly straight supplier.

Starring: Ray Frank, Robert Rikas, Larry Burns, Teri Reardon, Larry Burns, Al Mineo, Alex Marks, Bob Williams, Warren Carlton, Cindy West ..
Directed by: Jack Deveau, Jaap Penraat
Release date: 1972-06-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Sex and the Other Woman

Sex and the Other Woman

5.1/10 IMDB

A series of vignettes exposing how women manipulate their men into submission.

Starring: Bartlett Mullins, Peggy Ann Clifford, Maggie Wright, Anthony Bailey, Margaret Burton, Kay Adrian, Jeremy Nicholas, Barbara Wendy, Gordon Gale, Jane Cardew ..
Directed by: Stanley A. Long
Release date: 1972-12-30
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : The War Between Men and Women

The War Between Men and Women

6.1/10 IMDB

A sarcastic near-sighted cartoonist, averse to commitment, falls for a single mother of three — the only woman who can stand his strong anti-feminist opinions.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Barbara Harris, Jason Robards, Herb Edelman, Lisa Gerritsen, Lisa Eilbacher, Moosie Drier, Severn Darden, Ruth McDevitt, Leoda Richards ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1972-06-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : All My Darling Daughters

All My Darling Daughters

6.7/10 IMDB

A judge has to deal with his four daughters, his four future sons-in-law and four weddings all on the same day.

Starring: Robert Young, Raymond Massey, Eve Arden, Darleen Carr, Judy Strangis, Sharon Gless, Fawne Harriman, Darrell Larson, Jerry Fogel, Colby Chester ..
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1972-11-22
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Georgia, Georgia

Georgia, Georgia

7.2/10 IMDB

Georgia, a black American singer, comes to Stockholm for a show. She meets an American deserter and soon they have fallen in love. But Georgia's assistant Alberta tell her to stick to her own kind.

Starring: Diana Sands, Dirk Benedict, Minnie Gentry, Terry Whitmore, Diana Kjær, Lars-Erik Berenett, Artie Sheppard, James Thomas Finley Jr., Andrew Bates Jr., Randolph Harroll ..
Directed by: Stig Björkman
Release date: 1972-03-10
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Limbo


6.3/10 IMDB

A ride to the airport unites three women whose husbands are either prisoners or missing in Vietnam.

Starring: Kate Jackson, Katherine Justice, Stuart Margolin, Hazel Medina, Kathleen Nolan, Russell Wiggins, Joan Murphy, Mike Bersell, Kim Nicholas, Ken Kornbluh ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1972-10-31
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Liberty


6.0/10 IMDB

Archie the sailor soldier moves on from buxom stripper Cynthia Joy who picks him up in a strip club, to sexually aggressive Connie, and into anti war hippie Corina.

Starring: Thomas Stone, Shella Bancroft, Candy Samples, Sondra Heyward, Sandy Dempsey, Vin Witherspoon, Bill Clark, Abe Clark, Sandi Huntington, Joe Hewes ..
Directed by: James Wilson
Release date: 1972-03-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : What About Jane

What About Jane

6.2/10 IMDB

This film “strikes a blow for women’s liberation” because it attempts to solve the problems of an attractive, disciplined girl whose marriage to the handsome, athletic, hard-working youth of her dreams turns sour because of his romantic clumsiness and insecurity. Through the friendship of another couple, Jane and her husband learn to be equals in sexual freedom.

Starring: Clair Dia, Martha Strawberry, John Christian, Lee Parsons ..
Directed by: Tom Hanley, Richard Hoyt, Peter Tar-sian
Release date: 1972-01-05
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Lady Caroline Lamb

Lady Caroline Lamb

5.5/10 IMDB

Lady Caroline Lamb, dissatisfied in her marriage, has an affair with the dashing Romantic poet Lord Byron.

Starring: Sarah Miles, Jon Finch, Richard Chamberlain, John Mills, Margaret Leighton, Pamela Brown, Silvia Monti, Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Caterina Boratto ..
Directed by: Robert Bolt
Release date: 1972-11-22
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Sandcastles


6.4/10 IMDB

A young man who dies in an auto accident returns from the dead to meet up with the young woman who tried to save him.

Starring: Herschel Bernardi, Bonnie Bedelia, Mariette Hartley, Gary Crosby, Loretta Leversee, Jan-Michael Vincent, Lloyd Gough, William Long Jr., William Hansen, Mimi Davis ..
Directed by: Ted Post
Release date: 1972-10-17
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

5.7/10 IMDB

This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. Together they flee to Scotland. One day they are making love on a beach when the lighthouse keeper dies. But that's only the beginning of the story.

Starring: Susan Hampshire, Frank Finlay, Michael Petrovitch, Michael Craze, Jack Lambert, Betty Duncan, David Garth, Marcia Fox ..
Directed by: Fred Burnley
Release date: 1972-11-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Sex and the Office Girl

Sex and the Office Girl

4.8/10 IMDB

Sex and the Office Girl purports to show what happens behind closed doors during a late-night office crunch session. Forced to spend the evening at work catching up on filings for a big new account, the office pool quickly finishes its duties but, unlike a typical workplace where everyone would be dashing for the door, decides to stick around and - in true 60s fashion - have a nightcap and an orgy.

Starring: Kay Bryner, Cindy Kinny, Lee Kori, June South, Akdov Tilmig, Mary Worthington ..
Directed by: Ron Clark
Release date: 1972-10-05
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Blood Sabbath

Blood Sabbath

4.1/10 IMDB

A young man named David unknowingly ventures into a land controlled by the powerful witch queen, Alotta, and her coven. Every year the local villagers must offer a child to the queen in order to maintain a pact of peace. But David has fallen in love with a river nymph named Yyala and he cannot have a relationship with her as long as he has a soul. So, he offers his soul to Alotta in exchange for the life of a sacrificial child. Now David and Yyala can be together, but if Yyala ever abandons him, his life belongs to the witch...

Starring: Anthony Geary, Susan Damante, Sam Gilman, Steve Gravers, Dyanne Thorne, Susan Landis, Samra Harvey, Mary Lind, Felice Darvey, Ramona Timberlake ..
Directed by: Brianne Murphy
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Squares


7.7/10 IMDB

A Vassar school dropout meets a hard luck rodeo cowboy.

Starring: Andrew Prine, Gilmer McCormick, Robert Easton, Harriet Medin, Jack Mather, Dean Smith, Tom Hennesy, Tom Basham, William Wintersole ..
Directed by: Patrick J. Murphy
Release date: 1972-01-01


6.7/10 IMDB

Two divorced men meet and become friends, but unbeknownst to each other, start dating each other's ex-wives.

Starring: Alan Alda, Connie Stevens, Barbara Feldon, Doug McClure, Bryan Scott, Eileen Brennan ..
Directed by: Theodore J. Flicker
Release date: 1972-10-04

Class of '74

4.8/10 IMDB

Four young modern women in college set out to explore all that life has to give with various new relationships and to study the ones they have been exposed to in their past.

Starring: Pat Woodell, Marki Bey, Sondra Currie, Barbara Mills, Phillip Terry, Lynn Cartwright, Christopher Beaumont, Luanne Roberts, Gary Clarke, Ron Lawrence ..
Directed by: Mack Bing, Arthur Marks
Release date: 1972-06-14
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : The Couple Takes a Wife

The Couple Takes a Wife

6.7/10 IMDB

Complications ensue when an overworked couple decides to hire a "wife" — someone who can run the household for them with complete autonomy — but she's a little too attractive for comfort.

Starring: Bill Bixby, Paula Prentiss, Myrna Loy, Robert Goulet, Nanette Fabray, Larry Storch, Valerie Perrine, Penny Marshall, Mia Bendixsen, Dana Laurita ..
Directed by: Jerry Paris
Release date: 1972-12-05
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Nurith


6.0/10 IMDB

A romantic drama about Nurith - a young girl who tries to become a singer.

Starring: Yona Elian, Sassi Keshet, Ya'ackov Ben-Sira, Jacques Cohen, Arieh Elias ..
Directed by: George Ovadiah
Release date: 1972-06-06


5.9/10 IMDB

A slick, smooth-talking, womanizing young black DJ falls hard for an enigmatic woman he's just met. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when she is found dead in his apartment. It turns out that she was killed by the local mob, which is trying to frame him for the crime. With the police after him, he calls on some of his old acquaintances to help clear his name and avenge the woman's death.

Starring: Calvin Lockhart, Rosalind Cash, Vonetta McGee, Paul Stevens, Rockne Tarkington, Ross Hagen, Renny Roker, Judyann Elder, Jim Kelly, Jan Tice ..
Directed by: Hugh A. Robertson
Release date: 1972-08-06
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Drop Out Wife

Drop Out Wife

4.3/10 IMDB

A young housewife gets involved in the "swinging" scene and discovers that it isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Starring: Angela Carnon, Terri Johnson, Harvey Shain, Lynn Harris, Douglas Frey, Cory Brandon, Sandy Dempsey, Rick Cassidy, Jane Tsentas, Kathy Hilton ..
Directed by: Stephen C. Apostolof, Harvey Shain
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Mome Ki Gudiya

Mome Ki Gudiya

6.0/10 IMDB

Film starring Ratan Chopra, Tanuja and Prem Nath

Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Every Man Needs One

Every Man Needs One

5.5/10 IMDB

A male chauvinist architect pressured into hiring a feminist as his assistant finds himself falling for her.

Starring: Connie Stevens, Ken Berry, Gail Fisher, Jerry Paris, Steve Franken, Henry Gibson, Jerry Paris, Louise Sorel, Nancy Walker, Carol Wayne ..
Directed by: Jerry Paris
Release date: 1972-12-13
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : The Great Waltz

The Great Waltz

5.1/10 IMDB

A musical based on the life and music of Johann Strauss, Jr.

Starring: Horst Buchholz, Mary Costa, Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Rossano Brazzi, Susan Robinson, George Howe, Vicki Woolf, James Faulkner, Lauri Lupino Lane ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1972-11-01

Glass Houses

5.7/10 IMDB

The film's plot centres around the libidinous sexual shenanigans of a middle-class Californian family, and deftly explores themes such as marital discord, middle age, adultery, and incestuous desire.

Starring: Bernard Barrow, Deirdre Lenihan, Jennifer O'Neill, Ann Summers, Phillip Pine, Clarke Gordon, Hollis Irving ..
Directed by: Alexander Singer
Release date: 1972-01-07
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Run, Jackson, Run

Run, Jackson, Run

4.6/10 IMDB

Starring: Shella Bancroft, Andy Bellamy, Sandy Carey, Alex Elliot, Suzanne Fields, Nancy Martin ..
Directed by: Mark Hunter
Release date: 1972-11-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : Fire in Her Bed!

Fire in Her Bed!

4.5/10 IMDB

Lovely and free-spirited young hippie singer Donna goes to Los Angeles, California to seek fame and success in the Hollywood music scene. Donna records an album and falls in with a party hearty bohemian crowd which leads to the inevitable decadent descent into sex, drugs, and booze. Can Donna get out of this wild lifestyle in time? Or is she destined to meet a grim untimely end?

Starring: Donna Stanley, Barbara Mills, Ann Perry, Rodney Moore, Vic Paulo, Rudy Smith, John Hinks ..
Directed by: Nick Millard
Release date: 1972-06-15

The Experiment

1.2/10 IMDB

Starring: Gerard Broulard, Terri Johnson, John Keith ..
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : The Intimate Rebels

The Intimate Rebels

0.0/10 IMDB

Lovers Mike and Ray can't seem to resist temptation at work or at home. Ray fools around with his beefcake employee at the docks, while Mike can't keep away the countless friends and strangers knocking on his door, looking for a good time.

Starring: Dave Griffith, Van Stuart, Vic Wallis, Max Hart, Roy Kent, Alan Harris, Paul Hart ..
Directed by: Dick Martin
Release date: 1972-03-29
Best Romance Movies of 1972 : The Circle

The Circle

0.0/10 IMDB

Two young lovers, Mary and Tim, deal with pressure, parents and change in this heartfelt drama.

Starring: Jim Bosley, Carol Crittenden, Carol Crittenden, Dianna Ferrua, Tom Gohn, Mary Schram ..
Directed by: Tom Moyer Jr
Release date: 1972-12-12

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