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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    The Cowboys

    John Wayne, Bruce Dern

    Released1972

    Directed byMark Rydell

    The Cowboys is a 1972 Western motion picture starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim... more on Wikipedia

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    Deliverance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Deliverance

    Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Deliverance is a 1972 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman,... more on Wikipedia

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    Jeremiah Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Jeremiah Johnson

    Robert Redford, Tanya Tucker

    Released1972

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Jeremiah Johnson is a 1972 western film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford... more on Wikipedia
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    Joe Kidd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Joe Kidd

    Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Joe Kidd is a 1972 American western film starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall, written by... more on Wikipedia

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    The Life and Times of Judge Ro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    Paul Newman, Ava Gardner

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean is a 1972 American western film written by John Milius,... more on Wikipedia

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    Conquest of the Planet of the  is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall

    Released1972

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

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    The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    The Poseidon Adventure

    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens

    Released1972

    Directed byIrwin Allen, Ronald Neame

    The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald... more on Wikipedia

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    The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    The Night Stalker

    Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey

    The Night Stalker is a made for television movie which aired on ABC on January 11, 1972. In it... more on Wikipedia
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    The Magnificent Seven Ride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    The Magnificent Seven Ride

    Gary Busey, Stefanie Powers

    Released1972

    Directed byGeorge McCowan

    The Magnificent Seven Ride is a 1972 western film and is the third and last sequel of the 1960... more on Wikipedia

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    Chato's Land is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Chato's Land

    Charles Bronson, Jack Palance

    Released1972

    Directed byMichael Winner

    Chato's Land is a 1972 western Technicolor film directed by Michael Winner, starring Charles... more on Wikipedia
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    Fist of Fury is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Fist of Fury

    Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan

    Released1972

    Directed byLo Wei

    Fist of Fury, also known as The Chinese Connection and The Iron Hand in the United States, is... more on Wikipedia

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    Napoleon and Samantha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Napoleon and Samantha

    Jodie Foster, Michael Douglas

    Released1972

    Directed byBernard McEveety

    Napoleon and Samantha is a 1972 American adventure drama film directed by Bernard McEveety and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Mechanic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    The Mechanic

    Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent

    Released1972

    Directed byMichael Winner

    The Mechanic is a 1972 American action-thriller film directed by Michael Winner. It stars... more on Wikipedia

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    Return of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Return of the Dragon

    Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris

    Released1972

    Directed byBruce Lee

    Way of the Dragon is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film written, produced and... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Snoopy, Come Home is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Snoopy, Come Home

    Bill Melendez, Christopher DeFaria

    Released1972

    Directed byBill Melendez

    Snoopy, Come Home! is a 1972 animated musical film, released by National General Pictures,... more on Wikipedia

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    Godzilla vs. Gigan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Godzilla vs. Gigan

    Haruo Nakajima, Yuriko Hishimi

    Released1972

    Directed byJun Fukuda

    Godzilla vs. Gigan, released in Japan as Chikyū Kogeki Meirei: Gojira tai Gigan, is a 1972... more on Wikipedia
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    Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Treasure Island

    Orson Welles, Maria Rohm

    Released1972

    Directed byAndrea Bianchi, Antonio Margheriti, John Hough

    Treasure Island is a 1972 adventure film, based on the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis... more on Wikipedia
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    The Getaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    The Getaway

    Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw

    Released1972

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

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    Everything You Always Wanted t is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1972

    Released1972

    Directed byWoody Allen

    This film is a comedy film that is Woody Allen's fourth film as director. It consists of a... more on Wikipedia

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    What's Up, Doc? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    What's Up, Doc?

    Barbra Streisand, Randy Quaid

    Released1972

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    What's Up, Doc? is a 1972 screwball comedy film released by Warner Bros., directed by Peter... more on Wikipedia
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    Sleuth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Sleuth

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

    Released1972

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    Sleuth is a 1972 mystery thriller film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia

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    Play It Again, Sam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Play It Again, Sam

    Woody Allen, Ingrid Bergman

    Released1972

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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    Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Frenzy

    Alfred Hitchcock, Anna Massey

    Released1972

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Frenzy is a 1972 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Anthony... more on Wikipedia
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    Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1972
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    Cabaret

    Liza Minnelli, Michael York

    Released1972

    Directed byBob Fosse

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