List of American films of 1971

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This is a list of American films released in 1971.

The 44th Academy Awards were presented April 10, 1972 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies were co-hosted by Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jack Lemmon. The French Connection won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The other nominees were A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler on the Roof, The Last Picture Show and Nicholas and Alexandra.


A–B[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre/note
$ aka Dollars Richard Brooks Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn crime, comedy Columbia
200 Motels Tony Palmer, Charles Swenson Frank Zappa, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel comedy, musical United Artists
The Anderson Tapes Sidney Lumet Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Christopher Walken, Alan King crime, drama Columbia
The Andromeda Strain Robert Wise Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, David Wayne, Paula Kelly science fiction book by Michael Crichton
Bad Man's River Eugenio Martin Lee Van Cleef, Gina Lollobrigida western
Bananas Woody Allen Woody Allen, Louise Lasser comedy United Artists
The Barefoot Executive Robert Butler Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn comedy, family Disney
The Battle of Love's Return Lloyd Kaufman Lloyd Kaufman, Lynn Lowry, Oliver Stone comedy
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Robert Stevenson Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson musical, fantasy Disney
The Beguiled Don Siegel Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman drama Universal
The Big Doll House Jack Hill Roberta Collins, Pam Grier sexploitation
Big Jake George Sherman John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Richard Boone western National General
Billy Jack Tom Laughlin Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Kenneth Tobey, Howard Hesseman action 2 sequels
Bless the Beasts and Children Stanley Kramer Bill Mumy, Barry Robins, Miles Chapin drama novel by Glendon Swarthout
Blood Thirst Newt Arnold Robert Winston, Yvonne Nielson, Judy Dennis horror
Born to Win Ivan Passer George Segal, Paula Prentiss, Karen Black comedy
Brian's Song Buzz Kulik James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Shelley Fabares, Jack Warden biography, drama made for TV
Brother John James Goldstone Sidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman drama Columbia
Bunny O'Hare Gerd Oswald Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine comedy A.I.P.

C–G[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Cain's Cutthroats Ken Osborne John Carradine, Scott Brady western aka Cain's Way
Carnal Knowledge Mike Nichols Ann-Margret, Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel, Rita Moreno drama from Jules Feiffer play
Catlow Sam Wanamaker Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna, Leonard Nimoy western from Louis L'Amour novel
Clay Pigeon Lane Slate Telly Savalas, Burgess Meredith action
Cold Turkey Norman Lear Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart comedy music by Randy Newman
Cry Uncle! John G. Avildsen Allen Garfield, Marcia Jean Kurtz comedy
Day of the Wolves Ferde Grofe, Jr. Richard Egan, Martha Hyer, Jan Murray crime drama Hyer's final film
The Deadly Trap Rene Clement Faye Dunaway, Frank Langella drama made in France
The Deserter Burt Kennedy Bekim Fehmiu, John Huston, Richard Crenna, Ricardo Montalban, Chuck Connors western Dino De Laurentiis production
Desperate Characters Frank D. Gilroy Shirley MacLaine, Kenneth Mars drama Paramount
Die Screaming, Marianne Pete Walker Susan George, Leo Genn horror
Dirty Harry Don Siegel Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Reni Santoni, Harry Guardino, John Vernon drama, action first in 5-film series
Doc Frank Perry Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway, Harris Yulin western United Artists
Doctors' Wives George Schaefer Dyan Cannon, Richard Crenna, Gene Hackman drama Columbia
Dracula vs. Frankenstein Al Adamson Lon Chaney, Jr., J. Carrol Naish horror Chaney's final horror film
Drive, He Said Jack Nicholson William Tepper, Karen Black, Bruce Dern drama Columbia
Duel Steven Spielberg Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott thriller made for TV
Escape from the Planet of the Apes Don Taylor Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Sal Mineo science fiction Planet of the Apes sequel
Evel Knievel Marvin J. Chomsky George Hamilton, Sue Lyon, Bert Freed biography
Fiddler on the Roof Norman Jewison Topol, Norma Crane musical won 3 Academy Awards
Fools' Parade Andrew V. McLaglen James Stewart, Kurt Russell, George Kennedy crime, drama from Davis Grubb story
Four Rode Out John Peyser Sue Lyon, Leslie Nielsen western
The French Connection William Friedkin Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider crime, drama won 5 Academy Awards
Fright Peter Collinson Honor Blackman, Susan George suspense Allied Artists
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight James Goldstone Jerry Orbach, Robert De Niro comedy from Jimmy Breslin novel
Gas-s-s-s Roger Corman Ben Vereen, Talia Shire comedy AIP
Going Home Herbert Leonard Robert Mitchum, Brenda Vaccaro drama MGM
The Grissom Gang Robert Aldrich Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante crime ABC Pictures
A Gunfight Lamont Johnson Kirk Douglas, Johnny Cash western Native American-financed

H–M[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Hannie Caulder Burt Kennedy Raquel Welch, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Culp, Strother Martin, Jack Elam, Christopher Lee western Paramount
Happy Birthday, Wanda June Mark Robson Rod Steiger, Don Murray, Susannah York comedy based on Kurt Vonnegut play
The Hard Ride Burt Topper Robert Fuller action
Harold and Maude Hal Ashby Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles comedy 2 Golden Globe nominations
The Hellstrom Chronicle Walon Green Lawrence Pressman mockumentary
The Hired Hand Peter Fonda Peter Fonda, Warren Oates western Universal
The Horsemen John Frankenheimer Omar Sharif, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jack Palance adventure based on Joseph Kessel novel
The Hospital Arthur Hiller George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes drama Oscar for screenplay by Paddy Chayevsky
How to Frame a Figg Alan Rifkin Don Knotts, Joe Flynn, Yvonne Craig comedy
The Hunting Party Don Medford Gene Hackman, Oliver Reed, Candice Bergen western United Artists
The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant Anthony Lanza Bruce Dern, Pat Priest sci-fi AIP
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo Timothy Bottoms, Diane Varsi, Donald Sutherland drama, war Cannes Grand Prix award
Klute Alan J. Pakula Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider mystery Oscar for Fonda
Kotch Jack Lemmon Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr comedy only film directed by Lemmon
The Last Movie Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper, Toni Basil drama Universal
The Last Picture Show Peter Bogdanovich Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Randy Quaid drama based on novel by Larry McMurtry; Oscars for Leachman, Johnson
The Last Run Richard Fleischer George C. Scott, Tony Musante, Trish Van Devere action MGM
Lawman Michael Winner Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Sheree North, J.D. Cannon, Albert Salmi, Robert Duvall western United Artists
Le Mans Lee H. Katzin Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch action National General
Let's Scare Jessica to Death John D. Hancock Zohra Lampert horror
The Light at the Edge of the World Kevin Billington Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Samantha Eggar adventure MGM; based on Jules Verne novel
Little Murders Alan Arkin Elliott Gould, Marcia Rodd, Doris Roberts, Elizabeth Wilson, Vincent Gardenia comedy 20th Century Fox; written by Jules Feiffer
The Love Machine Jack Haley, Jr. Dyan Cannon, John Phillip Law, Robert Ryan drama based on Jacqueline Susann novel
Made for Each Other Robert B. Bean Renée Taylor, Joseph Bologna, Paul Sorvino romantic comedy 20th Century Fox
Man in the Wilderness Richard C. Sarafian Richard Harris, John Huston western
The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker Lawrence Turman Richard Benjamin, Joanna Shimkus, Adam West drama 20th Century Fox
McCabe & Mrs. Miller Robert Altman Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, William Devane, Rene Auberjonois, Keith Carradine western Warner Bros.; Oscar nomination for Christie
The Mephisto Waltz Paul Wendkos Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins horror 20th Century Fox
The Million Dollar Duck Vincent McEveety Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Tony Roberts family Disney
Minnie and Moskowitz John Cassavetes John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel romantic comedy Universal
Mrs. Pollifax-Spy Leslie H. Martinson Rosalind Russell, Darren McGavin mystery Russell's final film
Murphy's War Peter Yates Peter O'Toole war based on Max Catto novel

N–S[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Necromania Ed Wood Maria Arnold, Ed Wood horror
A New Leaf Elaine May Walter Matthau, Elaine May, James Coco, Jack Weston, Doris Roberts comedy 2 Golden Globe nominations
The Night God Screamed Lee Madden Jeanne Crain, Alex Nicol, Daniel Spelling, Michael Sugich, Barbara Hancock, Dawn Cleary, Gary Morgan psychological horror independent production Cinemation Industries release
Night of Dark Shadows Dan Curtis Kate Jackson, David Selby, Lara Parker mystery House of Dark Shadows sequel
Octaman Harry Essex Pier Angeli, Jeff Morrow sci-fi Angeli's final film
The Omega Man Boris Sagal Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash, Anthony Zerbe sci-fi based on novel I Am Legend
One More Train to Rob Victor McLaglen George Peppard, Diana Muldaur, John Vernon western Universal
The Panic in Needle Park Jerry Schatzberg Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Kiel Martin drama Pacino's second film
Pink Narcissus James Bidgood Don Brooks fantasy
Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills thriller first film directed by Eastwood
Plaza Suite Arthur Hiller Walter Matthau, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris comedy written by Neil Simon
Pretty Maids All in a Row Roger Vadim Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson mystery, comedy written by Gene Roddenberry
Punishment Park Peter Watkins Scott Turner mockumentary
The Pursuit of Happiness Robert Mulligan Michael Sarrazin, Barbara Hershey, Robert Klein drama Columbia
Raid on Rommel Henry Hathaway Richard Burton, John Colicos, Wolfgang Preiss war
Red Sky at Morning James Goldstone Desi Arnaz, Jr., Catherine Burns, Richard Crenna drama Golden Globe for Arnaz
The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler Bob Wynn Angie Dickinson, Bradford Dillman sci-fi
A Safe Place Henry Jaglom Jack Nicholson, Tuesday Weld, Orson Welles drama Columbia
The Sandpit Generals Hall Bartlett Tisha Sterling drama
See No Evil Richard Fleischer Mia Farrow suspense Filmways
The Seven Minutes Russ Meyer Edy Williams, Yvonne De Carlo, Tom Selleck drama based on Irving Wallace novel
Shaft Gordon Parks Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn crime, action Oscar for Best Song
Shoot Out Henry Hathaway Gregory Peck, James Gregory, Jeff Corey, Susan Tyrrell western Hathaway's next-to-last film
Simon, King of the Witches Bruce Kessler Allyson Ames horror
Skin Game Paul Bogart James Garner, Louis Gossett, Jr., Susan Clark western, comedy Warner Bros.
Something Big Andrew V. McLaglen Dean Martin, Brian Keith, Ben Johnson, Honor Blackman western music by Burt Bacharach
Sometimes a Great Notion Paul Newman Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckel adventure based on Ken Kesey novel
Soul to Soul Denis Sanders Tina Turner, Ike Turner, Carlos Santana documentary
Star Spangled Girl Jerry Paris Sandy Duncan, Tony Roberts comedy written by Neil Simon
Straw Dogs Sam Peckinpah Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, David Warner thriller remade in 2011
Such Good Friends Otto Preminger Dyan Cannon, James Coco, Jennifer O'Neill comedy, drama Elaine May script
Summer of '42 Robert Mulligan Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser drama Warner Bros.; Oscar for Best Musical Score
Summertree Anthony Newley Michael Douglas, Brenda Vaccaro drama
Sunday Bloody Sunday John Schlesinger Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch drama 4 Oscar nominations
Support Your Local Gunfighter! Burt Kennedy James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Harry Morgan comedy United Artists
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Melvin Van Peebles Melvin Van Peebles, John Amos crime drama Cinemation Industries

T–Z[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
THX 1138 George Lucas Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Ian Wolfe, Don Pedro Colley science fiction Lucas's first film
T.R. Baskin Herbert Ross Candice Bergen, Peter Boyle, James Caan drama Paramount
Taking Off Miloš Forman Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Georgia Engel comedy Universal
There's Always Vanilla George A. Romero Raymond Laine drama
They Might Be Giants Anthony Harvey George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward mystery Universal; from James Goldman play
The Touch Ingmar Bergman Elliott Gould, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow drama Cinerama Releasing Corporation
The Touch of Satan Tom Laughlin Michael Berry horror
A Town Called Bastard Robert Parrish Robert Shaw, Stella Stevens, Telly Savalas western
The Trojan Women Michael Cacoyannis Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas drama Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Two-Lane Blacktop Monte Hellman Warren Oates, James Taylor, Dennis Wilson drama Universal
Valdez Is Coming Edwin Sherin Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Jon Cypher western Elmore Leonard story
Vanishing Point Richard C. Sarafian Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger action remade in 1997
Von Richthofen and Brown Roger Corman John Phillip Law, Don Stroud war United Artists
Werewolves on Wheels Michel Levesque Billy Gray horror, action
What's the Matter with Helen? Curtis Harrington Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver thriller Filmways
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Ulu Grosbard Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Barbara Harris comedy Oscar nomination for Harris
Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? Ernest Pintoff Red Buttons, Sam Waterston mystery Cannon Films
Wild Rovers Blake Edwards William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden, Joe Don Baker, Tom Skerritt western MGM; Edwards' only western
Willard Daniel Mann Bruce Davison, Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester horror followed by Ben
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Mel Stuart Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum musical, fantasy Paramount; from story by Roald Dahl; remade in 2005
Women in Cages Gerardo de Leon Pam Grier action
You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat Peter Locke Allen Garfield, Richard Pryor drama, comedy
Zachariah George Englund John Rubinstein, Dick Van Patten, Don Johnson western from Herman Hesse novel
The Zodiac Killer Tom Hanson Hal Reed, Bob Jones, Ray Lynch, Tom Pittman crime drama

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