Best Movies of 1972

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Best Movies of 1972
Best Movies of 1972
TOP Movies: The Godfather (1972), Cabaret (1972), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Deliverance (1972), Frenzy (1972), Sleuth (1972), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Play It Again, Sam (1972), The Getaway (1972), What's Up, Doc? (1972), The Candidate (1972), The Cowboys (1972), Butterflies Are Free (1972), Fat City (1972), 1776 (1972), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), The Night Stalker (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Ruling Class (1972), Silent Running (1972).
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The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: captivating, serious, family saga, rough, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, greed, pride and honor, criminal heroes, crime boss, gang war, mob boss, crimes, cosa nostra, lawyer ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
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Cabaret (1972)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: 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.
Style: stylized, sentimental, serious, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: cabaret, political unrest, transvestism, love triangle, opposites attract, fascism, politics, bisexuality, world war two, culture clash, german, state affairs ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, new york
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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Poseidon Adventure was one of the first Catastrophe films and began the Disaster Film genre. Director Neame tells the story of a group of people that must fight for their lives aboard a sinking ship. Based on the novel by Paul Gallico.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, girls' night
Plot: ship, survival, adventure, disaster, cruise, sea disaster, catastrophe, race against time, passenger, hysteria, forces of nature, faith ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: atlantic ocean, israel, mediterranean sea
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Deliverance (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 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.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: wilderness, hillbilly, adventure, survivor, rape, canoe, homosexual rape, survival, friendship, rescue, murder, male rape ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
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Frenzy (1972)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, rape, truck, dark humor, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), strangulation, secretary, psychopath, false accusation, ex wife ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: london, england, europe, tower bridge london, scotland yard ...
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Sleuth (1972)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover - but things aren’t exactly as they seem.
Style: twists and turns, psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: mystery, extramarital affair, robbery, riddles and clues, mind game, rivalry, insurance, infidelity, dishonesty, vengeance, game, adultery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: 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.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, meditative, factual ...
Plot: wilderness, native americans, native, survival, hunting, rocky mountains, adventure, mountain man, interracial relations, respect, lone wolves, massacre ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: colorado, usa
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Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: neurotic, talky, witty, humorous, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, workaholic, rejection, satire, love triangle, infidelity, advice, dating, ghost, bittersweet, romance, dumped ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, new york
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The Getaway (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, cynical, neo noir, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, heist, on the run, chase, robbery, bank robbery, betrayal, infidelity, crimes, criminal heroes, couples, disorder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america, el paso texas ...
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What's Up, Doc? (1972)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two researchers have come to San Francisco to compete for a research grant in Music. One seems a bit distracted, and that was before he meets her. A strange woman seems to have devoted her life to confusing and embarrassing him. At the same time a ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: chase, hotel, love triangle, judge, jewelry, love and romance, screwball, opposites attract, disorder, couples, fall in love, verbal byplay ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, prehistoric times, 1930s
Place: san francisco, usa, plymouth, california
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The Candidate (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 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.
Style: witty, thought provoking, realistic, cynical, talky ...
Plot: politics, election, campaign, u.s. senator, idealism, rise to the top, americana, state affairs, democrat, liberal, republican, satire ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san diego california, san francisco, latin america
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A collection of seven vignettes, which each address a question concerning human sexuality.
Style: sexy, parody, sex comedy, sexual, humorous ...
Plot: zoophilia, bestiality, satire, mad scientist, couples, perversion, rabbi, promiscuity, experiment gone awry, king, sheep, sodomy ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: new york
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The Cowboys (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: When his cattlemen abandon him for the gold fields, rancher Wil Andersen is forced to take on a collection of young boys as his cowboys in order to get his herd to market in time to avoid financial disaster. The boys learn to do a man's job ...
Style: captivating, serious, harsh, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: cattle, desert, vengeance, buddies, on the road, gold, crimes, gunfight, murder, teenage boy, heroes, rancher ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: montana, california, texas
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Butterflies Are Free (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Striving to be independent, the blind but determined Don Baker (Edward Albert) moves away from his overprotective mother (Eileen Heckart, who won an Oscar). After settling into his new San Francisco digs, Don meets kooky neighbor Jill Tanner (Goldie ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, captivating, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: blindness, fall in love, neighbor, disability, romance, opposites attract, couple relations, parents and children, family relations, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, blind man ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles, new jersey, new york
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Fat City (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, boxing, comeback, athlete's life, sport, ambition, rivalry, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing match, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
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1776 (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The film focuses on the representatives of the Thirteen original colonies who participated in the Second Continental Congress. 1776 depicts the three months of deliberation (and, oftentimes, acrimonious debate) that led up to the signing of one of ...
Style: humorous, surreal, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: congress, slavery, politics, district attorney, political unrest, head of state, state affairs, love and romance, dancing, u.s. president, marriage, doctor ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1930s
Place: massachusetts, pennsylvania, usa, philadelphia, new jersey ...
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Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: "Listen: Billie Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." Slaughterhouse-Five is an award-winning 1972 film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name. Director Hill faithfully renders for the screen Vonnegut's obsessive story ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, tense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: time travel, world war two, assassination, sent to the future, family relations, parents and children, alien encounter, space and aliens, war, vandalism, pow, grudge ...
Time: future, 20th century, 1940s, year 1945, 50s ...
Place: new england, philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania, pacific ocean ...
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The Night Stalker (1972)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Wisecracking reporter Carl Kolchak investigates a string of gruesome murders in Las Vegas. It seems that each victim has been bitten in the neck and drained of all their blood. Kolchak is sure that it is a vampire. He's hot on the trail, but ...
Style: serious, tense, scary, suspenseful, psychotronic
Plot: vampire, investigation, stalking, police investigation, serial killer, supernatural, murder, politics, mysterious character, crimes, obsessive quest, amateur detective ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: nevada, las vegas, usa
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Tales from the Crypt (1972)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Five people find themselves in a tomb. The Crypt keeper explains why they are there through a series of frightening stories. Based on the classic comic book.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, murder, psychopath, desire, dog, talking to the dead, afterlife, vengeance, dark humor, christmas, santa claus, graphic violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future
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The Ruling Class (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 154 min.
Story: When the Earl of Gurney dies in a cross-dressing accident, his schizophrenic son, Jack, inherits the Gurney estate. Jack is not the average nobleman; he sings and dances across the estate and thinks he is Jesus reincarnated. Believing that Jack is ...
Style: witty, humorous, surreal, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: satire, dark humor, delusion, country estate, crimes, mental illness, schizophrenia, split personality, misfit, mistaken identity, disorder, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, victorian era
Place: england, britain, europe, london
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Silent Running (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: captivating, serious, light, tragic ending, psychedelic ...
Plot: space travel, space station, spacecraft, space and aliens, outer space, robot, distopia, environmentalism, fighting the system, biosphere, factory, androids and robots ...
Time: future
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Sounder (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, prison, dog, interracial relations, racism, against the odds, school, prisoner of war camp, great depression, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
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The Last House on the Left (1972)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Mari and Phyllis go to the "big city" to see their favorite band BloodLust. Along the way they meet up with newly escaped convict Krug and his gang.
Style: disturbing, slasher, suspenseful, bleak, sadistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, youth, abduction, serial killer, woman in danger, crimes, psychopath, life is a bitch, revenge, violence spree, sheriff, confined ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, connecticut
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Sisters (1972)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective arrives at the scene and finds nothing amiss, Grace is ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, gloomy ...
Plot: twins, murder, model, mystery, hallucination, insanity, amateur detective, psychopath, witness, police, neighbor, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, quebec, tokyo
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The Mechanic (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, lone hero, sniper, assassin, friendship, map, assassination, drug smuggling, gangsters, crimes, teachers and students, apprentice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: naples italy, los angeles, ireland
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Pink Flamingos (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: disturbing, sexy, sexual, witty, rough ...
Plot: perversion, transvestism, mother son incest, obsession, incestuous sex, strong sexual content, arson, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual perversion, vandalism, dehumanization, zoophilia ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, maryland, baltimore, california
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Snoopy Come Home (1972)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: When Snoopy receives a letter from his original owner Lila, he goes to visit her in the hospital while Charlie Brown and the gang are on the lookout for him. Suddenly, Snoopy feels that he must go live with Lila, but must say goodbye to all his ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: hospital, friendship, american football, family, adventure, bittersweet, gang, animal life, disorder, friends, young heroes, partners ...
Time: 80s
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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
Style: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: rebellion, revolution, distopia, monkey, gorilla, time travel, space and aliens, post apocalypse, astronaut, survival, nuclear holocaust, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future, near future, year 1983 ...
Place: usa, tokyo, los angeles
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Joe Kidd (1972)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, heroes, steam train, gunfighter, cowboy, chase, gangsters, destiny, crimes, lone wolves, leadership, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 19th century
Place: new mexico, usa, arizona, california, texas ...
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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Three days into his Miami honeymoon, Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly instead.
Style: talky, humorous, witty, clever, suspense ...
Plot: honeymoon, marriage, wedding, infidelity, love triangle, newlywed, bittersweet, couple relations, unfulfilled love, parents and children, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: miami, florida, usa, europe, germany ...
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