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This science fiction film is considered one of the most influential movies of all time. It is about a group of scientists trying to go to Jupiter and how a computer on board starts taking over. This movie was truly ahead of its time.

2. Barbarella


Another sci-fi movie from this year was Barbarella . Many consider it to be so bad it is good. It stars Jane Fonda as an astronaut from the 41st century. If you want a laugh, check out this movie.


Steve McQueen was a hunk in these days. He was in Bullitt , which was a police thriller that put his character against the mob. It has one of the best chase scenes ever. Do you remember it?

4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


A classic, but not as well known Disney movie. Dick Van Dyke stars in this film where he plays an inventor who turns a broken down car into a fancy vehicle for his kids and they go on a magical, musical adventure together.

5. Funny Girl

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After Funny Girl was a hit on Broadway, Barbara Streisand returned to play her famous role in a movie. She won an Oscar for her performance as Fanny Brice.

6. The Lion in Winter

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Katharine Hepburn tied with Barbara Streisand, winning an Oscar for her role in The Lion in Winter . This was a historical drama about Britain’s King Henry II and his imprisoned wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Anthony Hopkins also starred in this movie and it was his first major role.

7. Night of the Living Dead


If you are a fan of horror movies, you have to watch this classic. At the time, it was scary and gory, but these days it seems kind of funny. However, horror fans really loved this movie and it won several awards.

8. The Odd Couple

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This movie has been remade, but the original odd couple was Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. The film was based on a play and follows two friends who try to live together but are as different as they can possibly be. Hilarious antics ensue.

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Movies turning 50 in 2022 that everyone should see

When you are at the movies, silence is golden. Back in 1972, you could basically only see movies in theaters, and of course, nobody had cell phones either. These days, you can watch films from home, including movies celebrating their golden 50th anniversary in 2022. Here are the 22 movies from 1972 that you should see in 2022 if you haven’t.

“The Godfather”

Well, the first movie to mention was easy enough to choose. “The Godfather” is considered by many to be the greatest film ever. It won Best Picture at the Academy Awards and was the highest-grossing movie of 1972. This is a truly iconic work of film, featuring an all-time great cast.

The Oscars that “The Godfather” wasn’t winning were being cleaned up by “Cabaret.” It took home a whopping eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli and Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey. While it wasn’t the Best Picture winner, it was still a huge film.

“The Poseidon Adventure”

Ah, the days of star-studded disaster movies. Films like “The Poseidon Adventure” used to be common occurrences, but this one still stands out among those films. It was the second-highest-grossing movie of 1972 behind the juggernaut “The Godfather,” and if you are going to watch movies from 1972 you should be sampling what was striking a chord with people.

“What’s Up, Doc?”

You really have to be able to handle Barbra Streisand ’s character to enjoy the farce of “What’s Up, Doc?” She’s basically live-action Bugs Bunny, which means she’s basically an agent of chaos. That feels a little more bracing when it’s a human and not a cartoon rabbit. And yet, audiences loved it, and there are plenty of times when it is clear to see why.

“The Getaway”

Steve McQueen (and Ali McGraw) in a movie written by Walter Hill and directed by Sam Peckinpah? You know you are going to get a grimy crime thriller from those three but in a good way. It’s got “Bonnie and Clyde” vibes but is more contemplative and a bit slow-moving, so be prepared. It’s not an action-packed romp.

“Butterflies are Free”

Goldie Hawn spent years doing the hippy, free-spirit thing, and with a title like “Butterflies Are Free,” it’s unsurprisingly that’s the kind of role she has here. She plays a woman in San Francisco who falls in love with her blind neighbor against his mother’s disapproval. That mother is played by Eileen Heckart, who won an Oscar for this film.

“The Candidate”

Robert Redford is back! This time, he plays a congenial activist who is run as the Democratic candidate for the Governor of California by a career political strategist. Redford’s character compromises more and more as his candidacy goes from a lark to something substantive. The film won Best Original Screenplay and has an iconic ending.

Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in a two-hander that’s somehow a mystery, a comedy, and a thriller? Yeah, sign us up for that. Both Olivier and Caine managed to get Oscar nominations, and this movie serves them both well.

“Lady Sings the Blues”

You’ve got to get a biopic in there whenever you are looking back at a year’s films. They help tell the story of who was on people's minds at the time. “Lady Sings the Blues” finished in the top 10 in the box office, and featured a notable turn by singer-turned-actor Diana Ross as Billie Holliday. It was one beloved singer playing another one, which definitely grabbed attention.

“The Heartbreak Kid”

When people talk about Elaine May’s “What could have been?” directorial career, they are basically talking about “The Heartbreak Kid.” This is the one where things just clicked. You can even forgive the fact she cast her daughter Jeannie Berlin because Berlin is so good in the movie. Of course, in the end, it belongs to Charles Grodin. Feel free to skip the Ben Stiller remake.

John Huston ’s film was a hit at Cannes and is considered one of his best movies, or at least an underrated hit. It’s perhaps Stacy Keach’s best work, and also a strong showing from Jeff Bridges. It’s a movie about an aging boxer and an up-and-coming protégé of his, so you may be able to guess it’s not exactly a chipper film. Still, it’s worth a watch for sports movie fans.

“The Hot Rock”

The third Redford film on the list. He had a big 1972, apparently. And yet, all three of the films have been worth recommending. It’s a heist movie with a plot that can be described succinctly in the title it was released under in the United Kingdom: “How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons.”

“Fist of Fury”

Bruce Lee’s star was soaring around this time, so naturally, we had to include a Lee movie. “Fist of Fury” has an evocative name, not to mention only Lee’s second major role. The Hong Kong action flick is a fine example of Lee’s martial arts abilities, not to mention his acting chops.

“Boxcar Bertha”

Sometimes a movie is worth seeing because of who people turn out to be. “Boxcar Bertha” is one of those. It’s a Roger Corman production, so obviously it has a low budget. However, it’s not without its high points. Why? Because it was directed by a then-unknown named Martin Scorsese . It was his second film, his first since the small “Who’s That Knocking at My Door?” in 1967. The next year he would get to make “Mean Streets” and the rest was history.

Let’s throw a Clint Eastwood Western into the mix. That definitely sounds like 1972 to us. Plus, this movie isn’t merely starring Eastwood as a former bounty hunter. It was also written by the legendary Elmore Leonard.

Blaxploitation films were big in the ‘70s, and “Blacula” is one of the first examples of that era a lot of people think of. Sure, a lot of that is because of the premise. “Blacula” isn’t exactly high art. However, if you’ve been making jokes about the name all these years, why not see what the film is actually like?

When Billy Wilder is directing Jack Lemmon in a comedy, it’s going to have some charms here and there. This isn’t their best collaboration, but that doesn’t mean it is lacking in laughs or fun moments. After all, Lemmon did win a Golden Globe for it.

A musical is also a good choice when sampling a year of movie offerings. “1776” is not the best musical, though it was successful. However, it’s definitely a curiosity. This is, after all, a musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Guys like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin are running around singing and dancing. It’s not exactly done like “Hamilton,” either.

“The Mechanic”

A nasty little action film starring Charles Bronson? That tracks. He plays an assassin that gets mixed up in some things that threaten to turn very wrong for him. They remade the movie with Jason Statham in the Bronson role, another decision that tracks.

“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie”

Luis Bunuel did not make films for everybody. His surrealist movies can be bizarre and alienating, and he’s also the dude who famously sliced that eyeball. And yet, this French-language film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, so apparently, some people were able to get on board.

“Snoopy, Come Home”

We wanted to end on a light, family-friendly note. Sure, the movie wasn’t a hit, but critics at the time loved it. It’s Snoopy. If you like “Peanuts” at all, “Snoopy, Come Home” is worth watching. Notably, it’s also the first appearance of Woodstock.

Chris Morgan is a sports and pop culture writer and the author of the books  The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000  and  The Ash Heap of History . You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisXMorgan .

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B7TY4E Soylent Green Year: 1973 USA Charlton Heston Director: Richard Fleischer. Image shot 2002. Exact date unknown.

I n his later years, Charlton Heston was known as the Reaganite president of the National Rifle Association. But as a younger actor he was a Democrat and a civil-rights activist. He starred in three dystopian science-fiction films, the messages of which are positively left-wing. They all warn of the catastrophic damage that humans can do to the environment.

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The first and best of these was “ Planet of the Apes ” (1968), which ended (spoiler alert) with the revelation that civilisation had been destroyed in a nuclear war. In “The Omega Man” (1971), civilisation had been wiped out again, this time by biological warfare. In “Soylent Green”—released 50 years ago, in 1973—civilisation is hanging on, but the situation is precarious.

Pollution and overpopulation have ravaged the natural world, resources are scarce and climate change has brought on “a heatwave all year long”. The unnerving part is that the story is set in 2022. It is impossible to watch the film today without weighing up how accurate its predictions turned out to be.

Loosely based on “Make Room! Make Room!”, a novel of 1966 by Harry Harrison, “Soylent Green” is a melancholy conspiracy thriller written by Stanley Greenberg and directed by Richard Fleischer. Heston stars as Robert Thorn, a hard-bitten police detective in New York who shares a cluttered flat with his sweet old assistant, played by Edward G. Robinson in his final role (he died before the film was released).

A murder investigation takes Thorn to a plutocrat’s spacious apartment in a fortress-like complex, where he encounters items that, in the world of the movie, are luxuries: soap, fresh apples and, most excitingly of all, air conditioning. “We’ll make it cold like winter used to be,” coos the apartment’s live-in courtesan (Leigh Taylor-Young). The inquiry also takes Thorn towards the truth about Soylent Green, a tasteless foodstuff . It is supposedly made from plankton, but, given that the oceans have been despoiled, it is not.

Considering it was set five decades in the future, “Soylent Green” is remarkably unfuturistic. There are no spaceships or laser guns, just miserable figures shuffling around a dingy brown metropolis. For most people around the world, city life in 2022 was nicer than it is in the film-makers’ imagination, the pandemic notwithstanding. But some elements are too close to reality for comfort: the enmeshing of politics and big business, the separation of rich and poor, and the clashes between the masses and the heavily armed riot police. The relentless, sticky heat may be familiar to modern viewers, too.

The film’s most daringly cynical touch is that New York’s citizens are resigned to the way things are. Nobody thinks that nature might one day recover. Nobody rebels against the corrupt system. Indeed, Thorn himself is happy to be a part of it, as long as he can supplement his income by accepting a few bribes and pilfering a few treats from crime scenes. In its own way, the complacency of the populace in “Soylent Green” is scarier than the mutants in “The Omega Man” and the tyrannical gorillas in “Planet of the Apes”. ■

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Feature Film, Released between 1972-01-01 and 1972-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

1. the godfather (1972).

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty in postwar New York City transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant youngest son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando , Al Pacino , James Caan , Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,883,395 | Gross: $134.97M

2. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight , Burt Reynolds , Ned Beatty , Ronny Cox

Votes: 112,613 | Gross: $7.06M

3. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Marlon Brando , Maria Schneider , Maria Michi , Giovanna Galletti

Votes: 55,242 | Gross: $36.14M

4. Skyjacked (1972)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Charlton Heston , James Brolin , Yvette Mimieux , Claude Akins

Votes: 2,136 | Gross: $2.50M

5. Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

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

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine , David Lochary , Mary Vivian Pearce , Mink Stole

Votes: 25,832 | Gross: $0.18M

6. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Gene Hackman , Ernest Borgnine , Shelley Winters , Red Buttons

Votes: 46,726 | Gross: $84.56M

7. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Music, Musical

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli , Michael York , Helmut Griem , Joel Grey

Votes: 56,513 | Gross: $42.77M

8. Solaris (1972)

PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Natalya Bondarchuk , Donatas Banionis , Jüri Järvet , Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy

Votes: 93,447

9. The Getaway (1972)

PG | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Steve McQueen , Ali MacGraw , Ben Johnson , Sally Struthers

Votes: 33,463 | Gross: $36.73M

10. The Last House on the Left (1972)

R | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

Two teenage girls heading to a rock concert for one's birthday try to score marijuana in the city, where they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychopathic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Sandra Peabody , Lucy Grantham , David Hess , Fred J. Lincoln

Votes: 38,279 | Gross: $3.10M

11. What's Up, Doc? (1972)

G | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

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

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Barbra Streisand , Ryan O'Neal , Madeline Kahn , Kenneth Mars

Votes: 24,836 | Gross: $10.47M

12. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee , Chuck Norris , Nora Miao , Ping-Ou Wei

Votes: 38,422 | Gross: $4.06M

13. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by the Crow tribe and proves to be a match for their warriors in single combat on the early frontier.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford , Will Geer , Delle Bolton , Josh Albee

Votes: 32,743 | Gross: $47.74M

14. Fritz the Cat (1972)

AO | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

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

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Skip Hinnant , Rosetta LeNoire , John McCurry , Judy Engles

Votes: 13,472 | Gross: $25.00M

15. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Fernando Rey , Delphine Seyrig , Paul Frankeur , Bulle Ogier

Votes: 44,296 | Gross: $0.20M

16. What the Peeper Saw (1972)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A wealthy author's second wife begins to suspect that her 12-year-old stepson may have murdered his mother, who mysteriously died in a bathtub accident.

Directors: James Kelley , Andrea Bianchi | Stars: Mark Lester , Britt Ekland , Hardy Krüger , Lilli Palmer

Votes: 1,377

17. The Cowboys (1972)

GP | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Rancher Wil Andersen is forced to hire inexperienced boys as cowhands in order to get his herd to market on time but the rough drive is full of dangers and a gang of cattle rustlers is trailing them.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: John Wayne , Roscoe Lee Browne , Bruce Dern , Colleen Dewhurst

Votes: 15,051 | Gross: $16.35M

18. Beware My Brethren (1972)

R | 92 min | Horror

A religious sect called the Brethren has taken control of widow Birdy Wemys, sending her unstable son, Kenny, into a spiraling descent into madness. No woman is safe when Kenny's religious ... See full summary  »

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis | Stars: Ann Todd , Patrick Magee , Tony Beckley , Madeleine Hinde

19. Silent Running (1972)

G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern , Cliff Potts , Ron Rifkin , Jesse Vint

Votes: 30,066 | Gross: $0.69M

20. What? (1972)

R | 112 min | Comedy

During her Italian vacation, a young and beautiful American tourist finds herself as a guest in a coastal villa inhabited by a bunch of odd people.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni , Sydne Rome , Hugh Griffith , Romolo Valli

Votes: 4,156 | Gross: $0.00M

21. The Rowdyman (1972)

95 min | Drama

A man who refuses to grow up and take responsibility has his world crash down on him when his friends suffer as a result of his antics.

Director: Peter Carter | Stars: Gordon Pinsent , Frank Converse , Will Geer , Linda Goranson

22. Fist of Fury (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee , Nora Miao , James Tien , Maria Yi

Votes: 31,583 | Gross: $1.29M

23. Steptoe & Son (1972)

98 min | Comedy, Romance

Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers. Harold 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.

Director: Cliff Owen | Stars: Wilfrid Brambell , Harry H. Corbett , Carolyn Seymour , Arthur Howard

Votes: 1,740

24. Frenzy (1972)

R | 116 min | Thriller

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

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Jon Finch , Barry Foster , Barbara Leigh-Hunt , Anna Massey

Votes: 46,912 | Gross: $12.60M

25. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski , Ruy Guerra , Helena Rojo , Del Negro

Votes: 58,494

26. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall , Don Murray , Ricardo Montalban , Natalie Trundy

Votes: 33,683 | Gross: $9.81M

27. Sleuth (1972)

PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Laurence Olivier , Michael Caine , Alec Cawthorne , John Matthews

Votes: 48,488 | Gross: $4.08M

28. The Canterbury Tales (1972)

NC-17 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Hugh Griffith , Laura Betti , Ninetto Davoli , Franco Citti

Votes: 7,763

29. Sisters (1972)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A small-time reporter tries to convince the police she saw a murder in the apartment across from hers.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Margot Kidder , Jennifer Salt , Charles Durning , William Finley

Votes: 18,930 | Gross: $0.35M

30. The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newlywed man on his honeymoon has second thoughts about his marriage and falls for a different woman.

Director: Elaine May | Stars: Charles Grodin , Cybill Shepherd , Jeannie Berlin , Audra Lindley

Votes: 5,118 | Gross: $12.21M

31. Cries & Whispers (1972)

R | 91 min | Drama

When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson , Liv Ullmann , Kari Sylwan , Ingrid Thulin

Votes: 35,063 | Gross: $1.74M

32. The Mechanic (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson , Jan-Michael Vincent , Keenan Wynn , Jill Ireland

Votes: 14,650 | Gross: $7.30M

33. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

During the Great Depression, a union leader and a young woman become criminals to exact revenge on the management of a railroad.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Barbara Hershey , David Carradine , Barry Primus , Bernie Casey

Votes: 9,949

34. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Billy Pilgrim has mysteriously become unstuck in time. He goes on an uncontrollable trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet and back again to the horrors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Michael Sacks , Ron Leibman , Eugene Roche , Sharon Gans

Votes: 13,380 | Gross: $0.57M

35. Blacula (1972)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director: William Crain | Stars: William Marshall , Vonetta McGee , Denise Nicholas , Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 7,191 | Gross: $3.00M

36. Super Fly (1972)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr. | Stars: Ron O'Neal , Carl Lee , Sheila Frazier , Julius Harris

Votes: 8,042

37. The Other (1972)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A series of gruesome accidents plague a small American farming community in the summer of 1935, encircling two identical twin brothers and their family.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Uta Hagen , Diana Muldaur , Chris Udvarnoky , Martin Udvarnoky

Votes: 6,525 | Gross: $0.48M

38. Buck and the Preacher (1972)

GP | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West.

Directors: Sidney Poitier , Joseph Sargent | Stars: Sidney Poitier , Harry Belafonte , Ruby Dee , Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 2,366 | Gross: $3.03M

39. Ben (1972)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Lee Montgomery , Joseph Campanella , Arthur O'Connell , Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 3,102 | Gross: $0.77M

40. The Big Bird Cage (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier , Anitra Ford , Candice Roman , Teda Bracci

Votes: 2,827

41. 1776 (1972)

G | 141 min | Drama, Family, History

A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: William Daniels , Howard Da Silva , Ken Howard , Donald Madden

Votes: 9,806 | Gross: $6.10M

42. Frogs (1972)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A group of helpless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Ray Milland , Sam Elliott , Joan Van Ark , Adam Roarke

Votes: 7,065 | Gross: $0.48M

43. Joe Kidd (1972)

PG | 88 min | Western

An ex-bounty hunter reluctantly helps a wealthy landowner and his henchmen track down a Mexican revolutionary leader.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Clint Eastwood , Robert Duvall , John Saxon , Don Stroud

Votes: 19,525

44. Daughter of Dracula (1972)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Mystery

Luisa visits her dying mother at Karlstein Castle. Before she dies, she tells Luisa that the Karlsteins are a family of vampires and that her ancestor, the original Count Karlstein, lies buried in the crypt.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Carmen Yazalde , Anne Libert , Alberto Dalbés , Howard Vernon

45. Fear Is the Key (1972)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man is in radio contact with his family when their airplane is shot down. He wants those responsible and becomes a criminal to get a job as deep sea diver with those salvaging the plane's cargo.

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Barry Newman , Suzy Kendall , John Vernon , Dolph Sweet

Votes: 1,892

46. Tales from the Crypt (1972)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Joan Collins , Peter Cushing , Ralph Richardson , Geoffrey Bayldon

Votes: 11,980 | Gross: $1.70M

47. Fuzz (1972)

PG | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Police in Boston search for a mad bomber trying to extort money from the city.

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Burt Reynolds , Raquel Welch , Jack Weston , Tom Skerritt

Votes: 2,035 | Gross: $0.57M

48. Horror Express (1972)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

While on the Trans-Siberian Express, an anthropologist and his rival must contain the threat posed by the former's cargo: a prehistoric ape which is the host for a parasitic life-form.

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Christopher Lee , Peter Cushing , Alberto de Mendoza , Telly Savalas

Votes: 11,585

49. The Devil (1972)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Horror

During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman, Jakub is saved from the imprisonment by a stranger who wants in return to obtain a list of his fellow ... See full summary  »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Leszek Teleszynski , Wojciech Pszoniak , Malgorzata Braunek , Iga Mayr

Votes: 2,450

50. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

R | 88 min | Comedy

Seven stories are trying to answer the question: what is sex? Or maybe they are not trying.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen , Gene Wilder , Louise Lasser , John Carradine

Votes: 40,511

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