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

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Dimos Dicoudis added Child's Play Beau Bridges, Robert Preston, Tom Leopold

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Frenzy Alfred Hitchcock, Anna Massey, Bernard Cribbins

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Deliverance Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty

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

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The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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Jeremiah Johnson Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker, Will Geer

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Sleuth Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Eve Channing

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Cries and Whispers Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson

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The Candidate Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Peter Boyle

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

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

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Cabaret Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey

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

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The Getaway Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers

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Silent Running Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella

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Fist of Fury Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Nora Miao

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Junior Bonner Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson

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

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Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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Joe Kidd Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon

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

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

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The Night Stalker Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville

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Napoleon and Samantha Jodie Foster, Michael Douglas, Mary Wickes

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

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

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Treasure Island Orson Welles, Maria Rohm, Lionel Stander

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Return of the Dragon Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao

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Man of La Mancha Sophia Loren, Peter O'Toole, Brian Blessed

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The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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The New Land Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Monica Zetterlund

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Dimos Dicoudis added The Pied Piper John Hurt, Donovan, Diana Dors

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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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10 9
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Fritz the Cat Ralph Bakshi, Rosetta LeNoire, Skip Hinnant

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Don Murray

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Boxcar Bertha Martin Scorsese, David Carradine, Barbara Hershey

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The Ruling Class Peter O'Toole, Harry Andrews, Alastair Sim

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Slaughterhouse-Five Valerie Perrine, Perry King, John Dehner

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Pocket Money Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, Héctor Elizondo

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Dimos Dicoudis added Alfredo, Alfredo Dustin Hoffman, Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzì

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Dimos Dicoudis added Snoopy, Come Home Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria, Linda Ercoli

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Images Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois, Cathryn Harrison

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Vampire Circus David Prowse, Lalla Ward, Adrienne Corri

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Fat City Jeff Bridges, Stacy Keach, Candy Clark

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Pink Flamingos John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole