1972 Chronicle of The Cinema

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1. 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: 48,800

2. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

An arrogant fashion designer falls in love with an icy beauty who wants to be a model.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake, Eva Mattes

Votes: 7,741

3. 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: 45,576 | Gross: $42.77M

4. 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: 27,343

5. 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: 94,032

6. The Devil (1972)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, History, 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: 1,579

7. 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: 35,169 | Gross: $0.20M

8. 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: 7,063

9. 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: 1,510,371 | Gross: $134.97M

10. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

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: 46,838 | Gross: $36.14M

11. 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: 3,512

12. 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: 38,955 | Gross: $84.56M

13. One-Armed Boxer (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

After his schoolmate and master is killed and he loses an arm, student Tien Lung has to learn the art of one-arm boxing.

Director: Jimmy Wang Yu | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Yeh Tien, Hsin Tang, Fei Lung

Votes: 823

15. Boxcar Bertha (1972)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

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: 7,975

16. Caliber 9 (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A former gangster is forced to resume his old lifestyle when his violent, jealous ex-colleagues and the police believe that he knows the location of a stolen cache of $300,000.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf, Frank Wolff

Votes: 3,057

17. 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: 9,217

18. Frenzy (1972)

R | 116 min | Thriller

91 Metascore

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: 38,604 | Gross: $12.60M

19. 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 a (very old) Jewish religious law, Nissim has the duty to marry his childless sister-in-law on the death of his brother.

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

Votes: 165

20. Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

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: 20,829 | Gross: $0.18M

21. The Seduction of Mimi (1972)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

Mimí, forced to leave his family in Sicily, finds a job in a factory in Turin, where he gets involved in an extramarital affair.

Director: Lina Wertmüller | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Turi Ferro, Agostina Belli

Votes: 1,684

22. State of Siege (1972)

Not Rated | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Using the interrogation of a US counterinsurgency agent as a backdrop, the film explores the consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber

Votes: 4,038

23. The Assassination (1972)

PG | 120 min | Thriller

Sadiel, rebel leader in a North African state, takes refuge in Switzerland in the aftermath of a coup. Aware of the threat posed by Sadiel, the ruthless Colonel Kassar contacts the French ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Boisset | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michel Piccoli, Jean Seberg, Gian Maria Volontè

Votes: 463

24. L'udienza (1972)

112 min | Drama, Mystery

A young man from north Italy named Amedeo decides to come to Rome.He has a crazy idea in his head to meet the pope.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Enzo Jannacci, Claudia Cardinale, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 577

25. Roma (1972)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses

Votes: 10,861

26. The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)

101 min | Drama, Sport

A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Arthur Brauss, Kai Fischer, Erika Pluhar, Libgart Schwarz

Votes: 1,410

27. The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Western

The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled robbery of the bank in Northfield, Minnesota.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 1,828

28. The Harder They Come (1972)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

Director: Perry Henzell | Stars: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman

Votes: 5,153

29. 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: 3,680 | Gross: $12.21M

30. 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: 4,684

31. Junior Bonner (1972)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Western

Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson

Votes: 4,932

32. The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)

R | 103 min | Drama

A daydreamer convinces his radio personality brother to help fund one of his get-rich-quick schemes.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Julia Anne Robinson

Votes: 4,642

33. Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Though he has an adoring wife, a bourgeois man is still tempted to pursue other women.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Bernard Verley, Zouzou, Françoise Verley, Daniel Ceccaldi

Votes: 5,772

34. Mirage (1972)

82 min | Drama

A young man inherits a broken down estate at the edge of the Peruvian desert, with no explanation about the former owners or what had become of the once thriving house.

Director: Armando Robles Godoy | Stars: Miguel Angel Flores, Helena Rojo, Hernán Romero, Orlando Sacha

Votes: 75

35. The Old Maid (1972)

85 min | Comedy

A shy thirty year old woman and an aging bachelor find a way to each other, after initial complications.

Director: Jean-Pierre Blanc | Stars: Annie Girardot, Philippe Noiret, Marthe Keller, Edith Scob

Votes: 287

36. 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: 5,503

37. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

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

66 Metascore

A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

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

Votes: 11,642

38. 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: 42,978

39. Super Fly (1972)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

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: 6,045

40. The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Mystery

A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Pierre Richard, Bernard Blier, Jean Rochefort, Mireille Darc

Votes: 6,814

41. Ulzana's Raid (1972)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Western

After fierce war chief Ulzana and a small war party jump the reservation bent on murder and terror, an inexperienced young lieutenant is assigned to track him down.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 4,822

42. We Won't Grow Old Together (1972)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A husband and wife in a loveless marriage struggle to remain ignorant to their failed relationship.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Marlène Jobert, Jean Yanne, Christine Fabréga, Patricia Pierangeli

Votes: 1,372 | Gross: $0.01M

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

G | 94 min | Comedy

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: 18,093

44. 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: 3,487

45. Travels with My Aunt (1972)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy

At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen) meets his Aunt Augusta Bertram (Dame Maggie Smith), an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,767

46. Butterflies Are Free (1972)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.2