1976 in film

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The year 1976 in film involved some significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

The top ten 1976 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1976
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Rocky United Artists $117,235,147[1]
2. To Fly! National Air and Space Museum $86,600,000[2]
3. A Star Is Born Warner Bros. $80,000,000[3]
4. All the President's Men Warner Bros. $70,600,000[4]
5. The Omen 20th Century Fox $60,922,980[5]
6. In Search of Noah's Ark Schick Sunn Classic Pictures $55,700,000[6]
7. King Kong Paramount Pictures $52,614,445[7]
8. Silver Streak 20th Century Fox $51,079,064[8]
9. The Enforcer Warner Bros. $46,236,000[9]
10. Midway Universal Pictures $43,220,000[10]


  • March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas' Star Wars science fiction film. In one of the most lucrative business decisions in film history, Lucas declines his directing fee of $500,000 in exchange for complete ownership of merchandising and sequel rights.
  • April 1 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show is officially re-released as a midnight movie at the Waverly Theater (Now the IFC Center) in Greenwich Village in New York City, starting through the run and still being shown in there as of 2013 all around the world.[11]


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Rocky - Chartoff-Winkler, United Artists
Best Director: John G. Avildsen - Rocky
Best Actor: Peter Finch - Network (first actor to win posthumously)
Best Actress: Faye Dunaway - Network
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Robards - All the President's Men
Best Supporting Actress: Beatrice Straight - Network
Best Foreign Language Film: Noirs et blancs en couleur (Black and White in Color), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Ivory Coast / France / W. Germany / Switzerland

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Rocky
Best Actor: Peter Finch - Network
Best Actress: Faye Dunaway - Network
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: A Star Is Born
Best Actor: Kris Kristofferson - A Star Is Born
Best Actress: Barbra Streisand - A Star Is Born
Best Director: Sidney Lumet - Network
Best Foreign Language Film: Face to Face, Sweden

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson, directed by Robert Altman, United States

Notable films released in 1976[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated #


















Notable deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Cinematic Notability Notable Films
January 12 Agatha Christie 85 Screenwriter Witness for the Prosecution, Murder on the Orient Express
23 Paul Robeson 77 Actor, Soundtrack Show Boat
29 Michael Gwynn 59 Actor Cleopatra, Jason and the Argonauts, Village of the Damned, The Fall of the Roman Empire
February 4 Roger Livesey 69 Actor, Soundtrack Stairway to Heaven, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
11 Lee J. Cobb 64 Actor, Director, Soundtrack 12 Angry Men, The Exorcist, On the Waterfront, How the West Was Won, Coogan's Bluff, Exodus, Call Northside 777
12 Sal Mineo 37 Actor, Soundtrack Rebel Without a Cause, The Longest Day, Giant, Exodus
24 Peter Madden 71 Actor From Russia with Love, Doctor Zhivago, Mohammad, Messenger of God, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Exodus, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
26 Frieda Inescort 75 Actress A Place in the Sun,
March  ? Campbell Singer 66/67 Actor The Square Peg, On the Beat
14 Busby Berkeley 80 Director, Musical Numbers The Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street
17 Luchino Visconti 69 Director, Writer The Leopard, The Damned, Death in Venice
20 Michael Goodliffe 61 Actor The Man with the Golden Gun, Peeping Tom, A Night to Remember, Von Ryan's Express, Sink the Bismarck!, Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N., The Night of the Generals
April 4 George Pastell 53 From Russia with Love, Khartoum, The Mummy, Moulin Rouge
5 Howard Hughes 70 Producer, Director Scarface, Hell's Angels, The Outlaw, His Kind of Woman, The Conqueror, Macao, Jet Pilot, The Front Page, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
12 Paul Ford 74 Actor The Music Man, Advise and Consent, The Matchmaker, A Big Hand for the Little Lady, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
25 Carol Reed 69 Director, Producer, Writer The Third Man, Oliver, Mutiny on the Bounty
26 Sid James 62 Actor, Soundtrack The Lavender Hill Mob, A King in New York, Carry On... Up the Khyber, Carry On Camping, Trapeze, Carry On Cleo, Carry On Doctor, Carry On Abroad
26 Neil McCallum 46 Actor, Producer, Writer The Longest Day, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Thunderbirds Are Go
29 Thelma Connell 63 Film editor Alfie, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Hill, In Which We Serve, Green for Danger, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Blind Terror, The Belles of St Trinian's, The Deadly Affair, Island of Terror, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
June 5 Violet Wilkey 73 Actress The Birth of a Nation, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
6 Victor Varconi 85 Actor, Writer, Director The Sea Hawk, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Samson and Delilah, Roberta
9 Sybil Thorndike 93 Actress, Soundtrack Stage Fright, The Prince and the Showgirl, Major Barbara, Shake Hands with the Devil
28 Stanley Baker 48 Actor The Guns of Navarone, The Cruel Sea, Zulu, Robbery
July 12 James Wong Howe 76 Cinematographer Fantasia, The Thin Man, Sweet Smell of Success, Hud, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Seconds, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
August 6 William Mervyn 64 Actor The Ruling Class, Operation Crossbow, Murder Ahoy!, The Railway Children, Carry On Henry, Carry On Again Doctor, Hot Millions
17 William Redfield 49 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Death Wish, Fantastic Voyage
19 Alastair Sim 75 Scrooge, Green for Danger, An Inspector Calls
September 10 Dalton Trumbo 70 Writer, Actor, Director Spartacus, Roman Holiday, Papillon, Always, The Way We Were, Johnny Got His Gun, Gun Crazy, Exodus, Lonely Are the Brave, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, I Married a Witch, Kitty Foyle, Hawaii
October 14 Edith Evans 88 Actress, Soundtrack Tom Jones, The Nun's Story, Scrooge, The Importance of Being Earnest, Look Back in Anger, The Slipper and the Rose, The Chalk Garden, The Queen of Spades, Fitzwilly
November 15 Jean Gabin 72 Actor, Producer, Soundtrack La Grande Illusion, Port of Shadows
22 Rupert Davies 60 Actor The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Witchfinder General, Waterloo, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, The Oblong Box, Frightmare, Curse of the Crimson Altar, Seven Days to Noon
28 Rosalind Russell 69 Actress, Soundtrack, Producer His Girl Friday, The Women, Auntie Mame, Picnic, Gypsy
December 3 Mary Nash 92 Actress, Soundtrack The Philadelphia Story, The Little Princess
8 Cathy Downs 50 Actress My Darling Clementine, The Dark Corner, State Fair, The Amazing Colossal Man, The She Creature, The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues
12 Jack Cassidy 49 Actor The Eiger Sanction, Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, Bunny O'Hare, The Chapman Report
20 Walter Fitzgerald 80 Actor Around the World in 80 Days, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, The Fallen Idol, Treasure Island, In Which We Serve, The Cruel Sea, H.M.S. Defiant, The Small Back Room, The Cockleshell Heroes

Film debuts[edit]


  1. ^ "Rocky, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "To Fly!, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "A Star Is Born, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "All the President's Men, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Omen, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "In Search of Noah's Ark, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "King Kong, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Silver Streak, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Enforcer, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Midway, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ rock Horror Picture Show film booking in Feb 2011