List of American films of 1973

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A list of American films released in 1973.
The Sting won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The highest-grossing film of the year was The Exorcist.

Highest-grossing[edit]

  1. The Exorcist
  2. The Sting
  3. American Graffiti
  4. Papillon
  5. The Way We Were
  6. Magnum Force
  7. Robin Hood
  8. Live and Let Die
  9. Walking Tall
  10. Serpico

A–B[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
40 Carats Milton Katselas Edward Albert, Liv Ullmann, Binnie Barnes, Gene Kelly Romantic comedy based on the play
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies John Erman Cliff Robertson, Pamela Franklin Drama 20th Century Fox
The All-American Boy Charles Eastman Jon Voight Drama Warner Bros.
The Alpha Caper Robert Lewis Henry Fonda, Leonard Nimoy, Larry Hagman Crime made for TV
American Graffiti George Lucas Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Paul Le Mat Comedy 5 Academy Award nominations; Golden Globe Best Comedy
Arnold's Wrecking Co. Steven E. de Souza Barbara Hencheck Comedy
The Baby Ted Post Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill Horror
Badlands Terrence Malick Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates Crime drama Malick's first film
Bang the Drum Slowly John D. Hancock Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardenia Drama based on Mark Harris novel
Battle for the Planet of the Apes J. Lee Thompson Roddy McDowall, John Huston, Claude Akins Science fiction 4th Planet of the Apes sequel
Black Caesar Larry Cohen Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry Crime drama James Brown score
Black Snake Russ Meyer David Prowse, Anouska Hempel Adventure
Blackenstein William A. Levey John Hart, Liz Renay Horror
Blume in Love Paul Mazursky George Segal, Susan Anspach, Kris Kristofferson, Shelley Winters Romantic comedy Warner Bros.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Nathan Juran Robert J. Wilke Horror
Breezy Clint Eastwood William Holden, Kay Lenz Romance Universal
Brother of the Wind John Mahon Dick Robinson Independent film

C–G[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Cahill U.S. Marshal Andrew V. McLaglen John Wayne, Gary Grimes, George Kennedy, Neville Brand Western Warner Bros.
The Candy Snatchers Guerdon Trueblood Tiffany Bolling Exploitation
Charley and the Angel Vincent McEveety Fred MacMurray, Cloris Leachman, Kurt Russell Family Disney
Charley Varrick Don Siegel Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr, Andrew Robinson, John Vernon, Jacqueline Scott, Sheree North Crime drama based on a novel by John H. Reese
Charlotte's Web Charles A. Nichols Voices of Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde Animated from E. B. White story
Cinderella Liberty Mark Rydell James Caan, Marsha Mason, Eli Wallach Drama 3 Oscar nominations
Class of '44 Paul Bogart Gary Grimes Drama sequel to Summer of '42
Cleopatra Jones Jack Starrett Tamara Dobson, Antonio Fargas, Shelley Winters Crime drama Warner Bros.
Coffy Jack Hill Pam Grier Crime drama AIP
Cops and Robbers Aram Avakian Joseph Bologna, Cliff Gorman Crime, Comedy written by Donald E. Westlake
The Crazies George A. Romero Lynn Lowry, Lane Carroll Horror
The Day of the Dolphin Mike Nichols George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino, Fritz Weaver Drama script by Buck Henry; 2 Oscar nominations
A Delicate Balance Tony Richardson Katharine Hepburn, Paul Scofield, Lee Remick Drama based on Edward Albee play
Detroit 9000 Arthur Marks Alex Rocco, Hari Rhodes Crime drama
Dillinger John Milius Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis, Ben Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, Cloris Leachman Biography, Crime drama story of John Dillinger
The Don Is Dead Richard Fleischer Anthony Quinn, Angel Tompkins, Robert Forster, Al Lettieri Crime drama Universal
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark John Newland Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, William Demarest Horror made for TV
Don't Play Us Cheap Melvin Van Peebles Esther Rolle Comedy
Electra Glide in Blue James William Guercio Robert Blake Crime drama United Artists
Emperor of the North Robert Aldrich Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine Drama aka Emperor of the North Pole
Enter the Dragon Robert Clouse Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly Martial arts Hong Kong co-production
Executive Action David Miller Burt Lancaster, Will Geer Docudrama on John F. Kennedy`s assassination in 1963
The Exorcist William Friedkin Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb Horror from William Peter Blatty novel; 10 Oscar nominations
Five on the Black Hand Side Oscar Williams D'Urville Martin Comedy
The Forgotten aka Don't Look in the Basement S.F. Brownrigg Jessie Lee Fulton Horror
Frank Film Caroline Mouris, Frank Mouris Frank Mouris Animated
The Friends of Eddie Coyle Peter Yates Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats, Alex Rocco Crime drama from George V. Higgins novel
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Fielder Cook Ingrid Bergman Family from E. L. Konigsburg novel
Godspell David Greene Victor Garber Musical based on stage show
Gordon's War Ossie Davis Paul Winfield Adventure

H–M[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Happy Mother's Day, Love George Darren McGavin Patricia Neal, Cloris Leachman, Bobby Darin Thriller
The Harrad Experiment Ted Post James Whitmore, Tippi Hedren, Don Johnson Drama from Robert Rimmer novel
Harry in Your Pocket Bruce Geller James Coburn, Michael Sarrazin Drama United Artists
Heavy Traffic Ralph Bakshi Joseph Kaufmann, Jamie Farr (voices) Animated Adult
Hell Up in Harlem Larry Cohen Fred Williamson, Julius Harris, Gloria Hendry Crime drama American International
High Plains Drifter Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan Western Universal
Hit! Sidney J. Furie Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor Action
The Iceman Cometh John Frankenheimer Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan Drama from Eugene O'Neill play
Idaho Transfer Peter Fonda Keith Carradine Sci-fi
Interval Daniel Mann Merle Oberon, Robert Wolders, Russ Conway Romance Oberon's final film
Invasion of the Bee Girls Denis Sanders Anitra Ford Sci-fi
Jesus Christ Superstar Norman Jewison Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson Musical based on Broadway show
Jeremy Arthur Barron Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor Romance
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Hall Bartlett James Franciscus, Juliet Mills from Richard Bach novella
Jory Jorge Fons Robby Benson Western
Kid Blue James Frawley Dennis Hopper, Warren Oates, Peter Boyle Western 20th Century Fox
Lady Ice Tom Gries Donald Sutherland, Jennifer O'Neill Crime
The Last American Hero Lamont Johnson Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty Biography story of Junior Johnson
The Last Detail Hal Ashby Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid Comedy, Drama 3 Oscar nominations
The Last of Sheila Herbert Ross James Coburn, Raquel Welch, Dyan Cannon, James Mason, Joan Hackett, Richard Benjamin, Ian McShane Mystery script by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim
The Laughing Policeman Stuart Rosenberg Walter Matthau, Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett, Jr., Joanna Cassidy, Cathy Lee Crosby Crime drama based on Swedish novel
Little Cigars Chris Christenberry Angel Tompkins Comedy
Lolly-Madonna XXX Richard C. Sarafian Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges Drama based on a novel by Sue Grafton
The Long Goodbye Robert Altman Elliott Gould, Sterling Hayden, Henry Gibson, Nina van Pallandt, Jim Bouton, Mark Rydell Mystery based on Raymond Chandler novel
Lost Horizon Charles Jarrott Liv Ullmann, Olivia Hussey, Peter Finch, Sally Kellerman, Charles Boyer, Michael York, John Gielgud, George Kennedy, Bobby Van Musical, Fantasy based on novel by James Hilton; remake of 1937 film
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing Alan J. Pakula Maggie Smith, Timothy Bottoms Drama Columbia
Luther Guy Green Stacy Keach, Patrick Magee Drama, Biography story of Martin Luther
The Mack Michael Campus Max Julien, Richard Pryor, Roger E. Mosley Crime drama AIP
The Mackintosh Man John Huston Paul Newman, James Mason Thriller based on Desmond Bagley novel
Magnum Force Ted Post Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Tim Matheson, David Soul, Robert Urich Crime drama sequel to Dirty Harry
Manson Laurence Merrick Vincent Bugliosi Documentary story of Charles Manson
Maurie Daniel Mann Bernie Casey, Bo Svenson Sports drama
Mean Streets Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel Drama 1st Scorsese-De Niro pairing
Messiah of Evil aka Dead People Willard Huyck Elisha Cook, Jr., Anitra Ford Horror

N–S[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Neptune Factor Daniel Petrie Ben Gazzara, Yvette Mimieux, Walter Pidgeon Sci-fi 20th Century Fox
The No Mercy Man Daniel Vance Sid Haig, Ron Thompson Action
Oklahoma Crude Stanley Kramer George C. Scott, Faye Dunaway, John Mills Drama Columbia
One Little Indian Bernard McEveety James Garner, Pat Hingle, Vera Miles Western Disney
The Outfit John Flynn Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Sheree North, Robert Ryan Crime drama from Richard Stark novel
The Paper Chase James Bridges Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman Drama Oscar for Houseman
Paper Moon Peter Bogdanovich Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn Comedy Oscar for Tatum O'Neal
Papillon Franklin J. Schaffner Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman Adventure story of Henri Charrière
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Sam Peckinpah James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Slim Pickens, Katy Jurado, Jack Elam, Chill Wills, John Beck, Richard Jaeckel, Jason Robards Western, Biography MGM
Please Don't Eat My Mother Carl Monson Buck Kartalian, Rene Bond Comedy
Robin Hood Wolfgang Reitherman voices of Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas Animated film Set in 1192
SSSSSSS Bernard L. Kowalski Strother Martin Horror
Save the Tiger John G. Avildsen Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford Drama Oscar for Lemmon
Scarecrow Jerry Schatzberg Gene Hackman, Al Pacino Drama Cannes Grand Prix award
Scorpio Michael Winner Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield Thriller
Scream Blacula Scream Bob Kelljan William Marshall, Pam Grier Horror sequel to Blacula
Serpico Sidney Lumet Al Pacino, John Randolph, Tony Roberts Crime, Biography based on book by Peter Maas; Golden Globe for Pacino
The Seven-Ups Philip D'Antoni Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco Crime drama 20th Century Fox
Shaft in Africa John Guillermin Richard Roundtree Action sequel to Shaft
Shamus Buzz Kulik Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon Crime drama
Showdown George Seaton Dean Martin, Rock Hudson, Susan Clark Western Universal
Sisters Brian De Palma Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt Horror
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off Gordon Douglas Jim Brown, Ed McMahon, Brock Peters Blaxploitation sequel to 1972 film
Sleeper Woody Allen Woody Allen, Diane Keaton Sci-fi comedy United Artists
Slither Howard Zieff James Caan, Sally Kellerman, Peter Boyle Crime
Some Call It Loving James B. Harris Zalman King, Richard Pryor Drama
Soylent Green Richard Fleischer Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Edward G. Robinson Science fiction Robinson's final film
The Spook Who Sat By the Door Ivan Dixon Lawrence Cook Drama
Steelyard Blues Alan Myerson Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Peter Boyle Comedy Warner Bros.
Sticks and Bones Robert Downey, Sr. Cliff DeYoung Drama
The Sting George Roy Hill Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Eileen Brennan, Ray Walston, Jack Kehoe, Charles Durning, Dana Elcar, Harold Gould, Robert Earl Jones, Dimitra Arliss, Sally Kirkland Crime, Comedy won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture
The Stone Killer Michael Winner Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, Paul Koslo Crime Columbia
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Gilbert Cates Joanne Woodward, Martin Balsam, Sylvia Sidney Drama 2 Oscar nominations
Superdad Vincent McEveety Bob Crane, Barbara Rush, Kurt Russell Family Disney
Sweet Kill Curtis Hanson Tab Hunter, Isabel Jewell, John Aprea Thriller

T–Z[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Terminal Island Stephanie Rothman Phyllis Davis, Marta Kristen Action
The Thief Who Came to Dinner Bud Yorkin Ryan O'Neal, Jacqueline Bisset, Warren Oates, Ned Beatty, Jill Clayburgh Crime comedy Warner Bros.
The Three Musketeers Richard Lester Oliver Reed, Michael York, Richard Chamberlain, Raquel Welch Adventure from Alexandre Dumas story
Tom Sawyer Don Taylor Jodie Foster, Warren Oates Musical from Mark Twain novel
The Train Robbers Burt Kennedy John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Bobby Vinton Western Warner Bros.
Two People Robert Wise Peter Fonda, Lindsay Wagner Drama
Visions of Eight 8 directors 1972 Summer Olympics Documentary
Walking Tall Phil Karlson Joe Don Baker, Noah Beery, Jr. Crime, Action story of Buford Pusser
The Way We Were Sydney Pollack Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Susan Blakely, Patrick O'Neal, Lois Chiles Romance 6 Oscar nominations; won Golden Globe
The Werewolf of Washington Milton Moses Ginsberg Dean Stockwell Horror, Comedy
Westworld Michael Crichton Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin Science fiction MGM; written by Crichton
White Lightning Joseph Sargent Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins Action followed by Gator
Wicked, Wicked Richard L. Bare David Bailey, Tiffany Bolling Horror
The World's Greatest Athlete Robert Scheerer John Amos, Tim Conway, Jan-Michael Vincent Family Disney

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