45th Academy Awards (1972)

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1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

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

Votes: 1,473,941 | Gross: $134.97M

Winner - Best Picture Nominated - Best Director for Francis Ford Coppola Winner - Best Actor for Marlon Brando (Declined) Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for James Caan Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for Robert Duvall Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for Al Pacino Winner - Best Adapted Screenplay for Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo Nominated - Best Costume Design for Anna Hill Johnstone Nominated - Best Sound Mixing for Charles Grenzbach, Chris Newman and Richard Portman Nominated - Best Film Editing for William H. Reynolds and Peter Zinner

2. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

80 Metascore

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: 44,686 | Gross: $42.77M

Nominated - Best Picture Winner - Best Director for Bob Fosse Winner - Best Actress for Liza Minnelli Winner - Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for Jay Presson Allen Winner - Best Score (Adaptation and Original Song) Winner - Best Sound Mixing for David Hildyard and Robert Knudson Winner - Best Art Direction Winner - Best Cinematography for Geoffrey Unsworth Winner - Best Film Editing for David Bretherton

3. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

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: 92,875

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Director for John Boorman Nominated - Best Film Editing for Tom Priestley

4. Sounder (1972)

G | 105 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Carmen Mathews

Votes: 3,235

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Actor for Paul Winfield Nominated - Best Actress for Cicely Tyson Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for Lonne Elder III

5. 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: 42,382

Nominated - Best Director for Joseph L. Mankiewicz Nominated - Best Actor for Michael Caine Nominated - Best Actor for Laurence Olivier Nominated - Best Original Score (Dramatic) for John Addison

6. The Ruling Class (1972)

PG | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Hugh Owens

Votes: 5,446

Nominated - Best Actor for Peter O'Toole

7. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Votes: 3,378 | Gross: $9.60M

Nominated - Best Actress for Diana Ross Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Chris Clark, Suzanne de Passe and Terence McCloy Nominated - Best Score (Adaptation and Original Song) Nominated - Best Costume Design for Ray Aghayan, Norma Koch and Bob Mackie Nominated - Best Art Director

8. Travels with My Aunt (1972)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy

At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling meets his Aunt Augusta, an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him along on a whirlwind adventure as she ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Stephens

Votes: 1,719

Nominated - Best Actress for Maggie Smith Winner - Best Costume Design for Anthony Powell Nominated - Best Act Direction Nominated - Best Cinematography for Douglas Slocombe

9. 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: 3,591 | Gross: $12.21M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for Eddie Albert Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Jeannie Berlin

10. Butterflies Are Free (1972)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A blind man moves into his own apartment against the wishes of his overprotective mother and befriends the freethinking young woman next door.

Director: Milton Katselas | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert, Eileen Heckart, Paul Michael Glaser

Votes: 4,285

Winner - Best Supporting Actress for Eileen Heckart Nominated - Best Sound Mixing for Charles T. Knight and Arthur Piantadosi Nominated - Best Cinematography for Charles Lang

11. Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known as a soon to be spinster if she doesn't marry soon. She isn't looking forward to ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page, Barry Nelson

Votes: 744 | Gross: $15.00M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Geraldine Page Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for Julius J. Epstein

12. Fat City (1972)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark

Votes: 6,917

Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Susan Tyrrell

13. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

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: 38,365 | Gross: $84.56M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Shelley Winters Winner - Best Original Song for "The Morning After" Nominated - Best Original Score (Dramatic) for John Williams Nominated - Best Costume Design for Paul Zastupnevich Nominated - Best Sound Mixing for Herman Lewis and Theodore Soderberg Nominated - Best Art Direction Nominated - Best Cinematography for Harold E. Stine Nominated - Best Film Editing for Harold F. Kress

14. The Candidate (1972)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter

Votes: 9,048

Winner - Best Original Screenplay for Jeremy Larner Nominated - Best Sound Mixing for Gene Cantamessa and Richard Portman

15. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

93 Metascore

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: 34,362 | Gross: $0.20M

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière Winner - Best Foreign Language Film (France)

16. Murmur of the Heart (1971)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

As France is nearing the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself torn between a rebellious urge to discover love, and the ever-present, almost dominating affection of his beloved mother.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin, Michael Lonsdale

Votes: 7,984

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Louis Malle

17. Young Winston (1972)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, War

Complex family relationships, as well as a combat experience, form the personality of the future world-known politician.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Simon Ward, Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 1,959 | Gross: $4.69M

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Carl Foreman Nominated - Best Costume Design for Anthony Mendleson Nominated - Best Art Direction

18. Marjoe (1972)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit, commenting on the showmanship of Evangelism and "the ... See full summary »

Directors: Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith | Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Sarah Kernochan

Votes: 1,348

Winner - Best Documentary Feature

19. Bij de beesten af (1972)

G | 104 min | Documentary

Documentary that explores the differences and similarities between human behavior and that of animals.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Anton Koolhaas, Stephen Murray, Alexander Scourby, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 217

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

20. Malcolm X (1972)

PG | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

James Earl Jones narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources.

Director: Arnold Perl | Stars: James Earl Jones, Ossie Davis, John Ali, Muhammad Ali

Votes: 387

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

21. Manson (1973)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family members most notably Squeaky and Sandy (Blue and Red). There is also a history of Manson... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Hendrickson, Laurence Merrick | Stars: Mary Brunner, Vincent Bugliosi, Bruce Davis, Lynette Fromme

Votes: 844

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

22. The Silent Revolution (1972)

40 min | Documentary, Short

The Silent Revolution is a 1972 German documentary film about molecular biology. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Director: Edouard de Laurot

Votes: 9

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

23. This Tiny World (1972)

15 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about antique mechanical toys.

Director: Charles Huguenot van der Linden

Votes: 16

Winner - Best Documentary Short

24. Hundertwassers Regentag (1971)

43 min | Documentary, Short

The film follows artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and presents his workings and his artistic and personal views.

Director: Peter Schamoni | Stars: Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Doris Kunstmann

Votes: 40

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

27. The Tide of Traffic (1972)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Commissioned for the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, the film shows the mixed blessings of the automobile.

Director: Derek Williams

Votes: 5

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

28. The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)

PG-13 | 188 min | Drama, History, War

During WWII in a small village outpost, a commander has his troop replaced by an all female unit. As they finally begin to appreciate one another, German paratroopers are spotted nearby and the realities of war emerge.

Director: Stanislav Rostotskiy | Stars: Andrey Martynov, Irina Dolganova, Elena Drapeko, Ekaterina Markova

Votes: 3,306

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (USSR)

29. I Love You Rosa (1972)

77 min | Drama

The love of Nissim for his widowed sister-in-law, Rosa in the Old City of Jerusalem at the turn of the century. Under (very old) Jewish religious law, Nissim has the duty and obligation to ... See full summary »

Director: Moshé Mizrahi | Stars: Michal Bat-Adam, Gabi Otterman, Moshe Tal, Levana Finkelstein

Votes: 158

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (Israel)

30. Mi querida señorita (1972)

80 min | Romance, Drama

A 43-year-old woman discovers she is actually a man...

Director: Jaime de Armiñán | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Julieta Serrano, Antonio Ferrandis, Enrique Ávila

Votes: 385

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (Spain)

31. The New Land (1972)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Western

A Swedish immigrant family struggle to establish a new life for themselves in the forest of Minnesota in the mid 19th Century.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Pierre Lindstedt

Votes: 3,395

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (Sweden)

32. Ben (1972)

PG | 94 min | 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: 2,265

Nominated - Best Original Song for "Don"

33. The Little Ark (1972)

G | 100 min | Adventure, Family

Two children are trapped in the tower of a church during a flood. Local fishermen attempt to rescue them.

Director: James B. Clark | Stars: Theodore Bikel, Geneviève Ambas, Philip Frame, Max Croiset

Votes: 80

Nominated - Best Original Song for "Come Follow, Follow Me"

34. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs

Votes: 6,725

Nominated - Best Original Song for "Marmalade, Molasses & Honey"

35. The Stepmother (1972)

R | 94 min | Drama

Returning home late one night from a business trip to Mexico, architect Frank Delgado finds the car of wealthy client Alan Richmond in his driveway. Suspecting that his wife Margo and ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Avedis | Stars: Alejandro Rey, John Anderson, Katherine Justice, Larry Linville

Votes: 336

Nominated - Best Original Song for "Strange Are the Ways of Love"

36. Norman Rockwell's World... An American Dream (1972)

G | 25 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A look at artist Norman Rockwell.

Director: Robert Deubel | Star: Norman Rockwell

Votes: 12

Winner - Best Live Action Short

37. Frog Story (1972)

23 min | Short, Fantasy

Another ordinary day in Harry's life, having a few drinks after a long day of work. Then, while walking out of the bar, a distant voice keeps calling him and the voice pleads to the man to ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Satlof | Stars: Raynold Gideon, Gail Case, Pamela Susan Shoop, Cecil Reddick

Votes: 21

Nominated - Best Live Action Short

38. Solo (1972)

G | 26 min | Short

This short story follows a young mountain climber, as he ascends in the beauty of nature. Many challenges face this climber. Is the climb worth his life?

Director: Mike Hoover | Star: Mike Hoover

Votes: 39

Nominated - Best Live Action Short

39. A Christmas Carol (1971 TV Short)

28 min | Animation, Short, Drama

An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Williams | Stars: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, Michael Hordern, Diana Quick

Votes: 1,044

Winner - Best Animated Short

40. Kama Sutra Rides Again (1971)

9 min | Animation, Short

An animated short from British comedian Bob Godfrey.

Director: Bob Godfrey | Stars: Bob Godfrey, L.J. Dickens

Votes: 165

Nominated - Best Animated Short

41. Tup Tup (1972)

10 min | Animation, Short

The quick tempo of life in polluted cities makes patients out of people. Neurosis is an everyday occurrence.

Directors: Nedeljko Dragic, Aldo Raparelli

Votes: 143

Nominated - Best Animated Short

42. Limelight (1952)

G | 137 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find purpose and hope in their lives.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton

Votes: 16,471 | Gross: $1.00M

Winner - Best Original Score (Dramatic) for Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell

43. Images (1972)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi, Hugh Millais

Votes: 4,483

Nominated - Best Original Score (Dramatic) for John Williams

44. Napoleon and Samantha (1972)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Drama

Two young children, who, rather than part with an old pet lion who was once a circus performer, go on a perilous mountain trek to stay with a recluse friend.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Johnny Whitaker, Will Geer

Votes: 798

Nominated - Best Original Score (Dramatic) for Buddy Baker

45. Man of La Mancha (1972)

PG | 132 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews

Votes: 3,638

Nominated - Best Score (Adaptation and Original Song)

46. 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: 7,252 | Gross: $6.10M

Nominated - Best Cinematography for Harry Stradling, Jr.

47. The Hot Rock (1972)

PG | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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...

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand

Votes: 4,608

Nominated - Best Film Editing for Fred W. Berger and Frank P. Keller



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