films The Best Movies of 1972  

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List of the best movies of 1972, with movie trailers when available. 1972 saw the debut of many legendary actors, including Steve Martin and Samuel L. Jackson. These top movies of 1972 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1972. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1972 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1972 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This list contains movies like The Godfather and Deliverance.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1972?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1972?"

1972 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1972. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1972 aren't just one persons opinion.
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The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

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The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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Frenzy Alfred Hitchcock, Anna Massey, Bernard Cribbins

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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Jacqueline Bissett

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Sleuth Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Eve Channing

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Play It Again, Sam Woody Allen, Ingrid Bergman, Diane Keaton

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Cabaret Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey

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Silent Running Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella

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What's Up, Doc? Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn

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Aguirre, the Wrath of God Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Peter Berling

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Jeremiah Johnson Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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The Candidate Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Peter Boyle

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Cries and Whispers Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

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The Magnificent Seven Ride Gary Busey, Stefanie Powers, Lee Van Cleef

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The Cowboys John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

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Tales from the Crypt Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Richardson

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The Mechanic Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn

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The Getaway Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers

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The Night Stalker Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville

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Last Tango in Paris Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud, Catherine Breillat

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Child's Play Beau Bridges, Robert Preston, Tom Leopold

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Fist of Fury Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Nora Miao

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Pink Flamingos John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole

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Junior Bonner Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson

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Dr. Phibes Rises Again Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Joseph Cotten

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Cassel

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Pulp Mickey Rooney, Michael Caine, Dennis Price

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Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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The Ragman's Daughter Victoria Tennant, Simon Rouse, Brian Murphy

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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Alan Bates, Joan Hickson, Janet Suzman

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Joe Kidd Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon

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Fritz the Cat Ralph Bakshi, Rosetta LeNoire, Skip Hinnant

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Boxcar Bertha Martin Scorsese, David Carradine, Barbara Hershey

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Napoleon and Samantha Jodie Foster, Michael Douglas, Mary Wickes

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Innocent Bystanders Stanley Baker

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Lady Sings the Blues Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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Alfredo, Alfredo Dustin Hoffman, Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzì

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The Possession of Joel Delaney Shirley MacLaine, Perry King, Míriam Colón

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Snoopy, Come Home Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria, Linda Ercoli

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon Alec Guinness, Judi Bowker, Peter Firth

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The Flesh and Blood Show Robin Askwith, Candace Glendenning, Patrick Barr

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Images Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois, Cathryn Harrison

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Made Michael Cashman, Carol White, John Castle

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Vampire Circus David Prowse, Lalla Ward, Adrienne Corri

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Get to Know Your Rabbit Orson Welles, Katharine Ross, John Astin

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Fat City Jeff Bridges, Stacy Keach, Candy Clark

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Frogs Sam Elliott, Ray Milland, Joan Van Ark

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Rage Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Lee Remick