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Movies: Popular Movies of 1972

Movies in chronological context: 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1972nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 972nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 72nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1970s decade. Within the context of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) it was the longest year ever, as two leap seconds were added during this 366-day year, an event which has not since been repeated. (If its start and end are defined using mean solar time [the legal time scale], its duration was 31622401.141 seconds of Terrestrial Time (or Ephemeris Time), which is slightly shorter than 1908). ()

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The Godfather(1972)

R
| 2h 55min | Drama, Crime
4.4/5 (with 7,289 votes)

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.

Deliverance(1972)

R
| 1h 49min | Drama, Adventure, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 537 votes)

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.

Solaris(1972)

PG
| 2h 47min | Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 527 votes)

A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out repressed memories and obsessions.

Last Tango in Paris(1972)

NC-17
| 2h 9min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 438 votes)

A recently widowed American begins an anonymous sexual relationship with a young Parisian woman.

The Way of the Dragon(1972)

R
| 1h 40min | Action, Crime
3.7/5 (with 372 votes)

Tang Lung arrives in Rome to help his cousins in the restaurant business. They are being pressured to sell their property to the syndicate, who will stop at nothing to get what they want. When Tang arrives he poses a new threat to the syndicate, and they are unable to defeat him. The syndicate boss hires the best Japanese and European martial artists to fight Tang, but he easily finishes them off.

Directed by Bruce Lee - With Nora Miao, Chuck Norris, Hwang In-shik, Robert Wall, Paul Wei Ping-ao, Bruce Lee, ...

Aguirre, the Wrath of God(1972)

1h 33min | Adventure, Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 353 votes)

A few decades after the destruction of the Inca Empire, a Spanish expedition led by the infamous Aguirre leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon River in search of the lost city of El Dorado. When great difficulties arise, Aguirre’s men start to wonder whether their quest will lead them to prosperity or certain death.

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

R
| 1h 28min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 324 votes)

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.

Cabaret(1972)

PG
| 2h 4min | Music, Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 308 votes)

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.

Fist of Fury(1972)

R
| 1h 48min | Drama, Action, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 304 votes)

Chen Zhen returns to the international compound of China only to learn of his beloved teacher's death. This is compounded by the continual racist harassment by the Japanese population in the area. Unlike his friends, he confronts it head on with his mastery of martial arts while investigating his teacher's murder.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes(1972)

PG
| 1h 28min | Action, Science Fiction
3.1/5 (with 293 votes)

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, a chimpanzee named Caesar resurfaces after almost twenty years of hiding from the authorities, and prepares for a revolt against humanity.

The Poseidon Adventure(1972)

PG
| 1h 57min | Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 287 votes)

When their ocean liner capsizes, a group of passengers struggle to survive and escape.

Frenzy(1972)

R
| 1h 56min | Crime, Thriller, Horror
3.6/5 (with 286 votes)

After a serial killer strangles several women with a necktie, London police identify a suspect—but he's the wrong man.

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie(1972)

1h 41min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 250 votes)

In Luis Buñuel’s deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.

Cries and Whispers(1972)

1h 35min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 223 votes)

As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's attempted suicide, caused by his discovery of her extramarital affair. The self-loathing, suicidal Karin seems to regard her sister with revulsion. Only Anna, the deeply religious maid who lost her young child, seems able to offer Agnes solace and empathy.

The Last House on the Left(1972)

R
| 1h 24min | Horror, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 204 votes)

Two teenage girls try to buy marijuana in the city - where they get kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Play It Again, Sam(1972)

PG
| 1h 25min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 204 votes)

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.

Jeremiah Johnson(1972)

PG
| 1h 48min | Adventure, Western
3.7/5 (with 195 votes)

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.

Sleuth(1972)

PG
| 2h 18min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime
3.9/5 (with 194 votes)

A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover – but things aren’t exactly as they seem.

Silent Running(1972)

G
| 1h 29min | Adventure, Science Fiction
3.2/5 (with 189 votes)

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.

The Getaway(1972)

PG
| 2h 3min | Action, Crime, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 174 votes)

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

Pink Flamingos(1972)

1h 32min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
3.2/5 (with 162 votes)

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".

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe(1972)

1h 30min | Comedy, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 140 votes)

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.

All the Way Boys(1972)

1h 46min | Adventure, Action, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 134 votes)

The "Trinity" crew makes another modern era film. Plata and Salud are pilots ditching aircraft for insurance money. They wind up crashing for real in the jungles of South America. The plot involves "Mr. Big", who is buying the diamonds from the miners for much too little, and has thugs who keep the price down. Of course, Plata and Salud side with the miners.

The Adventures of Pinocchio(1972)

2h 15min | Kids & Family, Drama
3.8/5 (with 118 votes)

Mastro Geppetto is a poor carpenter with no wife and no children. The man is very lonely, and when trading a piece of wood with his colleague Mastro Ciliegia, he decides to build himself a puppet to make him company.

Don't Torture a Duckling(1972)

1h 45min | Horror
3.8/5 (with 118 votes)

A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

What's Up, Doc?(1972)

G
| 1h 34min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 106 votes)

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

Joe Kidd(1972)

PG
| 1h 28min | Western
3.3/5 (with 106 votes)

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.

Fritz the Cat(1972)

R
| 1h 18min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
3.1/5 (with 101 votes)

A swinging, hypocritical college student cat raises hell in a satirical vision of the 1960s.

Directed by Ralph Bakshi

Roma(1972)

R
| 2h 8min | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 92 votes)

A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens.

The Mechanic(1972)

PG
| 1h 40min | Action, Crime, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 88 votes)

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.

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