List of American films of 1976

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A list of American films released in 1976.

Rocky won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Rocky was also the highest-grossing American film released during 1976.


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Title Director Cast Genre/Note
Across the Great Divide Stewart Raffill Heather Rattray Family
Alice, Sweet Alice Alfred Sole Linda Miller, Brooke Shields Horror
All the President's Men Alan J. Pakula Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Hal Holbrook, Stephen Collins, Jane Alexander, Martin Balsam on Watergate; 8 Oscar nominations
Assault on Precinct 13 John Carpenter Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Charles Cyphers Action
At the Earth's Core Kevin Connor Doug McClure Science fiction
Baby Blue Marine John D. Hancock Jan-Michael Vincent, Glynnis O'Connor, Richard Gere Drama
The Bad News Bears Michael Ritchie Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Chris Barnes, Jackie Earle Haley, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten, Brandon Cruz Comedy
The Bette Midler Show Tom Trbovich Bette Midler, Sharon Redd, Ula Hedwig, Charlotte Crossley Comedy
The Big Bus James Frawley Stockard Channing, Joseph Bologna, John Beck Comedy
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings John Badham Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor Comedy, Sports
Black Shampoo Greydon Clark John R. Daniels, Tanya Boyd, Joe Ortiz Drama
The Blank Generation Ivan Kral, Amos Poe Richard Hell, Patti Smith Group, Ramones, Television Documentary
Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw Mark L. Lester Lynda Carter, Marjoe Gortner Drama
Bound for Glory Hal Ashby David Carradine, Ronny Cox Biography
Breaking Point Bob Clark Bo Svenson, Robert Culp, John Colicos Crime drama
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson Robert Altman Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster, Harvey Keitel, Joel Grey Western, Comedy
Burnt Offerings Dan Curtis Karen Black, Bette Davis, Oliver Reed Horror

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Cannonball Paul Bartel David Carradine, Robert Carradine, Veronica Hamel Action similar to Gumball Rally (below)
Car Wash Michael Schultz Antonio Fargas, Franklyn Ajaye, George Carlin Comedy Grammy-winning soundtrack
Carrie Brian De Palma Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, William Katt, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, P.J. Soles, John Travolta Horror from Stephen King story; 2 Oscar nominations
Chesty Anderson, USN Ed Forsyth Shari Eubank, Fred Willard, Scatman Crothers Comedy Eubank's last film
Deadly Hero Ivan Nagy Don Murray, James Earl Jones, Lilia Skala Crime Thriller
Diary of the Dead Arvin Brown Héctor Elizondo, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Salome Jens Thriller from Ruth Rendell novel
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde William Crain Bernie Casey Horror
Drive-In Massacre Stu Segall Bruce Kimball Horror 74 minutes long
Drum Steve Carver Warren Oates, Ken Norton, Pam Grier Action sequel to Mandingo
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Melvin Frank Goldie Hawn, George Segal Comedy 20th Century Fox
Embryo Ralph Nelson Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera, Diane Ladd Sci-fi horror
The Enforcer James Fargo Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Bradford Dillman Thriller third in Dirty Harry series
Family Plot Alfred Hitchcock Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane Suspense Hitchcock's final film
The First Nudie Musical Bruce Kimmel Cindy Williams, Diana Canova Musical comedy cameo by Ron Howard
The Food of the Gods Bert I. Gordon Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ida Lupino Horror from H.G. Wells novel
Freaky Friday Gary Nelson Jodie Foster, Barbara Harris Comedy remade in 2003
From Noon till Three Frank D. Gilroy Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland Western
The Front Martin Ritt Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Andrea Marcovicci Comedy, Drama story of show-biz blacklist
Futureworld Richard T. Heffron Blythe Danner, Peter Fonda, Arthur Hill, Yul Brynner Science fiction sequel to Westworld
Gable and Lombard Sidney J. Furie James Brolin, Jill Clayburgh Biography, Romance Clark Gable, Carole Lombard
God Told Me To Larry Cohen Tony LoBianco, Sandy Dennis Science fiction
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday Don Taylor Lee Marvin, Oliver Reed, Robert Culp, Kay Lenz Western
Grizzly William Girdler Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel Horror
The Gumball Rally Charles Bail Gary Busey, Tim McIntire, Michael Sarrazin Action similar to Cannonball (above)
Gus Vincent McEveety Edward Asner, Don Knotts Comedy Walt Disney

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Harlan County, USA Barbara Kopple W.A. Boyle Documentary Academy Award winner
Harry and Walter Go to New York Mark Rydell James Caan, Elliott Gould, Diane Keaton Comedy 20th Century Fox
Hawmps! Joe Camp Slim Pickens, Denver Pyle Comedy Benji Films
Hollywood Boulevard Joe Dante, Allan Arkush Mary Woronov, Dick Miller Comedy Dante's first film
Hot Potato Oscar Williams Jim Kelly Action
The Human Tornado Cliff Roquemore Rudy Ray Moore, Ernie Hudson Action
I Will, I Will... for Now Norman Panama Elliott Gould, Diane Keaton, Paul Sorvino Comedy
J. D.'s Revenge Arthur Marks Louis Gossett, Jr., Glynn Turman Horror American International
Jackson County Jail Michael Miller Yvette Mimieux, Tommy Lee Jones Drama
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie John Cassavetes Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel Crime drama
King Kong John Guillermin Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Charles Grodin Adventure remake of 1933 film
King Kung Fu Lance D. Hayes John Balee, John D. Hayes Comedy
The Last Hard Men Andrew V. McLaglen Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Barbara Hershey Prison drama
The Last Tycoon Elia Kazan Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Ray Milland, Theresa Russell, Jack Nicholson Drama F. Scott Fitzgerald story
Leadbelly Gordon Parks Roger E. Mosley Biography story of famed bluesman
Lifeguard Daniel Petrie Sam Elliott, Anne Archer, Kathleen Quinlan Drama Paramount
Lipstick Lamont Johnson Margaux Hemingway, Mariel Hemingway Drama Mariel's first film
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Nicolas Gessner Martin Sheen, Jodie Foster Thriller from Laird Koenig novel
Logan's Run Michael Anderson Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Peter Ustinov, Farrah Fawcett, Richard Jordan Science fiction 3 Oscar nominations

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Mako: The Jaws of Death William Grefe Richard Jaeckel, Jennifer Bishop Thriller
Marathon Man John Schlesinger Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane Thriller William Goldman novel
Massacre at Central High Rene Daalder Andrew Stevens, Robert Carradine Thriller
A Matter of Time Vincente Minnelli Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Liza Minnelli Fantasy Maurice Druon novel
Mean Johnny Barrows Fred Williamson Fred Williamson, Elliott Gould Crime drama
The Memory of Justice Marcel Ophüls Documentary
Midway Jack Smight Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford War on Battle of Midway
Mikey and Nicky Elaine May Peter Falk, John Cassavetes Drama
The Missouri Breaks Arthur Penn Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson Western Thomas McGuane story
Mother, Jugs & Speed Peter Yates Raquel Welch, Bill Cosby, Harvey Keitel Comedy
Murder by Death Robert Moore Peter Falk, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness Comedy Neil Simon script
The Mysterious Monsters Robert Guenette Documentary
Network Sidney Lumet Peter Finch, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Beatrice Straight, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty Drama 4 Academy Awards
The Next Man Richard C. Sarafian Sean Connery, Cornelia Sharpe Thriller
Next Stop, Greenwich Village Paul Mazursky Shelley Winters, Lenny Baker, Christopher Walken Comedy, Drama music by Dave Brubeck
Nickelodeon Peter Bogdanovich Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Stella Stevens Comedy
No Deposit, No Return Norman Tokar David Niven, Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, Barbara Feldon Comedy Buena Vista Films
Obsession Brian De Palma Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow Thriller Paul Schrader script
Ode to Billy Joe Max Baer, Jr. Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor Drama Bobbie Gentry song
The Omen Richard Donner Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner Horror David Seltzer novel
One Summer Love Gilbert Cates Beau Bridges, Susan Sarandon, James Noble Romance
The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sam Bottoms, John Vernon Western Forrest Carter novel
The Return of a Man Called Horse Irvin Kershner Richard Harris Western A Man Called Horse sequel
Rich Man, Poor Man Bill Bixby, David Greene, Boris Sagal Nick Nolte, Peter Strauss, Susan Blakely, Ed Asner, Robert Reed, Fionnula Flanagan, Van Johnson, Bill Bixby, Kim Darby, Kay Lenz Drama Irwin Shaw novel; won 4 Emmy awards
The Ritz Richard Lester Rita Moreno, F. Murray Abraham Comedy Terrence McNally play
Robin and Marian Richard Lester Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn Adventure based on Robin Hood
Rocky John G. Avildsen Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith Drama Oscar for Best Picture

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea Lewis John Carlino Sarah Miles, Kris Kristofferson Drama from Yukio Mishima novel
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Herbert Ross Robert Duvall, Alan Arkin, Nicol Williamson, Laurence Olivier Mystery Sherlock Holmes; based on Nicholas Meyer novel
The Shaggy D.A. Robert Stevenson Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette Family Walt Disney
The Shootist Don Siegel John Wayne, James Stewart, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard Western Wayne's final film
Silent Movie Mel Brooks Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Marty Feldman, Sid Caesar Comedy only 1 word spoken
Silver Streak Arthur Hiller Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh Comedy 1st Wilder-Pryor pairing
Sky Riders Douglas Hickox James Coburn, Susannah York, Robert Culp Action
Snuff Michael Findlay Splatter film
The Song Remains the Same Peter Clifton Led Zeppelin Concert film
Sparkle Sam O'Steen Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara Musical
Squirm Jeff Lieberman Don Scardino, Jean Sullivan Horror
A Star is Born Frank Pierson Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey Musical remake of 1937, 1954 films
Stay Hungry Bob Rafelson Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger Comedy drama
St. Ives J. Lee Thompson Charles Bronson, Jacqueline Bisset, John Houseman Action
Swashbuckler James Goldstone Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Geneviève Bujold Adventure
The Swiss Conspiracy Jack Arnold David Janssen, Ray Milland Drama Germany/USA film
Sybil Daniel Petrie Sally Field, Joanne Woodward, Brad Davis Drama
Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd Drama Won Cannes Palme D'or
That's Entertainment, Part II Gene Kelly Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly Documentary sequel
To Fly! Greg MacGillivray Documentary
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Charles B. Pierce Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells Horror
Track of the Moon Beast Richard Ashe Leigh Drake Science fiction
Tracks Henry Jaglom Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell Drama
Treasure of Matecumbe Vincent McEveety Robert Foxworth, Joan Hackett, Peter Ustinov Family
Tunnel Vision Neal Israel Ron Silver, Howard Hesseman, Roger Bowen Comedy Anthology
Two-Minute Warning Larry Peerce Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Jack Klugman, David Janssen, Beau Bridges, Marilyn Hassett, Gena Rowlands Thriller from novel by George La Fountaine, Jr.
Up! Russ Meyer Raven De La Croix, Kitten Natividad Comedy
Velvet Smooth Michael L. Fink, Johnnie Hill Mystery
Victory at Entebbe Marvin J. Chomsky Anthony Hopkins, Elizabeth Taylor, Burt Lancaster, Richard Dreyfuss, Julius Harris, Linda Blair, Kirk Douglas, Helen Hayes Drama made for TV; 4 Emmy nominations
Vigilante Force George Armitage Kris Kristofferson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Victoria Principal Action
W.C. Fields and Me Arthur Hiller Rod Steiger, Valerie Perrine, Jack Cassidy Biography from Carlotta Monti book
Welcome to L.A. Alan Rudolph Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Harvey Keitel Drama
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Michael Winner Bruce Dern, Madeline Kahn, Art Carney Comedy

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