1974 in film

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The year 1974 in film involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

Top grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Director Actors Gross
1. Blazing Saddles Warner Bros. Mel Brooks Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks and Dom DeLuise $119,500,000[1]
2. The Towering Inferno 20th Century Fox / Warner Bros. John Guillermin Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Fred Astaire $116,000,000[2]
3. Young Frankenstein 20th Century Fox Mel Brooks Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman $86,273,333[3]
4. Earthquake Universal Mark Robson Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Richard Roundtree, and Geneviève Bujold $79,666,653[4]
5. The Godfather Part II Paramount Francis Ford Coppola Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, John Cazale, and Morgana King $57,300,000[5]
6. Airport 1975 Universal Jack Smight Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Myrna Loy, and Martha Scott $47,285,152[6]
7. The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Sunn Classic Richard Friedenberg Dan Haggerty and Denver Pyle $45,411,063[7]
8. The Longest Yard Paramount Robert Aldrich Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter and Michael Conrad $43,008,075[8]
9. Benji Mulberry Square Releasing Joe Camp Higgins, Patsy Garrett and Peter Breck $39,552,000[9]
10. Herbie Rides Again Disney Robert Stevenson Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers, Keenan Wynn and Herbie $38,229,000[10]
11. Murder on the Orient Express Paramount Sidney Lumet Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Wendy Hiller, Rachel Roberts, and Vanessa Redgrave $35,733,867[11]
12. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Bryanston Tobe Hooper Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen and John Larroquette $30,859,000[12]
13. Freebie and the Bean Warner Bros. Richard Rush James Caan and Alan Arkin $30,000,000[13]
14. Chinatown Paramount Roman Polanski Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway John Huston, Burt Young, Perry Lopez, and John Hillerman $29,200,000[14]
15. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry 20th Century Fox John Hough Peter Fonda and Susan George $28,401,735[15]
16. The Great Gatsby Paramount Jack Clayton Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern, Lois Chiles, and Karen Black $26,533,200[16]
17. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot United Artists Michael Cimino Clint Eastwood Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis $25,000,000[17]
18. Lenny United Artists Bob Fosse Dustin Hoffman and Valerie Perrine $23,244,000[18]
19. Death Wish Paramount Michael Winner Charles Bronson and Hope Lange $22,000,000[19]
20. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Warner Bros. Martin Scorsese Ellen Burstyn, Alfred Lutter, Kris Kristofferson, Jodie Foster, and Harvey Keitel $21,044,810[20]
21. The Man with the Golden Gun United Artists Guy Hamilton Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Hervé Villechaize, James Cossins, Clifton James and Bernard Lee $21,000,000[21]
22. The Groove Tube Levitt-Pickman Ken Shapiro Ken Shapiro, Richard Belzer and Chevy Chase $20,447,000[22]
23. That's Entertainment! Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Jack Haley, Jr. Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald O'Connor, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney, and Peter Lawford $19,100,000[23]
24. Macon County Line American International Richard Compton Alan Vint and Cheryl Waters $18,800,000[24]
25. The Front Page Universal Billy Wilder Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Charles Durning, David Wayne, Susan Sarandon, and Carol Burnett $15,000,000[25]

Awards[edit]

Category/Organization 32nd Golden Globe Awards
January 25, 1975
28th BAFTA Awards
February 18, 1975
47th Academy Awards
April 8, 1975
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Chinatown The Longest Yard Lacombe, Lucien The Godfather Part II
Best Director Roman Polanski
Chinatown
Roman Polanski
Chinatown
Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather: Part II
Best Actor Jack Nicholson
Chinatown
Art Carney
Harry and Tonto
Jack Nicholson
The Last Detail / Chinatown
Art Carney
Harry and Tonto
Best Actress Gena Rowlands
A Woman Under the Influence
Raquel Welch
The Three Musketeers
Joanne Woodward
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
Ellen Burstyn
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Best Supporting Actor Fred Astaire
The Towering Inferno
John Gielgud
Murder on the Orient Express
Robert De Niro
The Godfather: Part II
Best Supporting Actress Karen Black
The Great Gatsby
Ingrid Bergman
Murder on the Orient Express
Ingrid Bergman
Murder on the Orient Express
Best Screenplay, Adapted Chinatown
Robert Towne
Chinatown /
The Last Detail
Robert Towne
The Godfather: Part II
Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
Best Screenplay, Original Chinatown
Robert Towne
Best Score The Little Prince
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
Murder on the Orient Express
Richard Rodney Bennett
The Godfather: Part II
Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Conversation, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, directed by Ted Kotcheff, Canada

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box Office Information for Blazing Saddles". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Information for The Towering Inferno". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Box Office Information for Young Frankenstein". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Box Office Information for Earthquake". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Box Office Information for The Godfather: Part II". The Numbers. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Box Office Information for Airport 1975". The Numbers. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Box Office Information for The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams". The Numbers. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Box Office Information for The Longest Yard". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Box Office Information for Benji". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Box Office Information for Herbie Rides Again". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Box Office Information for Murder on the Orient Express". The Numbers. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Box Office Information for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ Freebie and the Bean, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  14. ^ "Box Office Information for Chinatown". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  16. ^ The Great Gatsby, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  17. ^ Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  18. ^ Top 20 Films of 1974 by Domestic Revenue. Box Office Report via Internet Archive. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  19. ^ "Death Wish, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  20. ^ Box Office Information for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The Wrap. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  21. ^ The Man with the Golden Gun, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  22. ^ The Groove Tube, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  23. ^ That's Entertainment!, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  24. ^ Macon County Line, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  25. ^ The Front Page, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved July 7, 2012.