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, Ned Beatty, Lindsay Crouse Drama, Biographical adaptation of book; 8 Oscar nominations
Assault on Precinct 13 John Carpenter Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Charles Cyphers Action remade in 2005
At the Earth's Core Kevin Connor Doug McClure Sci-fi
Baby Blue Marine John D. Hancock Jan-Michael Vincent, Glynnis O'Connor, Katherine Helmond, Richard Gere Drama Columbia
The Bad News Bears Michael Ritchie Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Chris Barnes, Jackie Earle Haley, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten, Brandon Cruz Comedy 2 sequels, then remade in 2005
The Bette Midler Show Tom Trbovich Bette Midler, Sharon Redd, Ula Hedwig, Charlotte Crossley Comedy Concert tour
The Big Bus James Frawley Stockard Channing, Joseph Bologna, John Beck, Sally Kellerman, Richard Mulligan, Jose Ferrer, Murphy Dunne Comedy Paramount
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings John Badham Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor Comedy, Sports from William Brashler book
Black Heat Al Adamson Timothy Brown, Russ Tamblyn Action
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, Melinda Dillon, Randy Quaid, Gail Strickland Biography story of Woody Guthrie; 2 Oscars
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, Will Sampson, Joel Grey, Pat McCormick, Geraldine Chaplin Western, Comedy United Artists
Burnt Offerings Dan Curtis Karen Black, Bette Davis, Oliver Reed Horror U.A.

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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 Atlas Films
Creature from Black Lake Joy N. Houck, Jr. Jack Elam Horror
Death Journey Fred Williamson Action
Death Machines Paul Kyriazi
Deadly Hero Ivan Nagy Don Murray, James Earl Jones, Lilia Skala Thriller Avco Embassy
Diary of the Dead Arvin Brown Héctor Elizondo, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Salome Jens Thriller from Ruth Rendell novel
Dixie Dynamite Lee Frost Warren Oates, Christopher George Action Dimension Pictures
Dogs Burt Brinckerhoff Horror
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde William Crain Bernie Casey Horror
Drive-In Massacre Stu Segall Bruce Kimball Horror 74 minutes
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
The Eagle Has Landed John Sturges Michael Caine, Robert Duvall Drama Sturges' final film
Eat My Dust Charles B. Griffith Ron Howard Action New World Pictures
Embryo Ralph Nelson Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera, Diane Ladd Sci-fi horror Cine Artists
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, Cathleen Nesbitt, Ed Lauter Suspense Hitchcock's final film
Fighting Mad Jonathan Demme Peter Fonda Action
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 with Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis
From Noon till Three Frank D. Gilroy Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland Western from Gilroy's novel
The Front Martin Ritt Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Andrea Marcovicci, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy Comedy, Drama story of show-biz blacklist
Futureworld Richard T. Heffron Blythe Danner, Peter Fonda, Arthur Hill, Yul Brynner Sci-fi sequel to Westworld
Gable and Lombard Sidney J. Furie James Brolin, Jill Clayburgh Biography story of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard
Gang Wars Barry Rosen
Gator Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds, Lauren Hutton, Jack Weston Action United Artists
God Told Me To Larry Cohen Tony LoBianco, Sandy Dennis, Deborah Raffin Horror
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday Don Taylor Lee Marvin, Oliver Reed, Robert Culp, Kay Lenz Western American International
Grizzly William Girdler Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel Horror Columbia
The Gumball Rally Charles Bail Gary Busey, Tim McIntire, Michael Sarrazin Action similar to Cannonball (above)
Gus Vincent McEveety Edward Asner, Don Knotts Comedy 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 Warner Bros.
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 20th Century Fox
J. D.'s Revenge Arthur Marks Louis Gossett, Jr., Glynn Turman Horror A.I.P.
Jackson County Jail Michael Miller Yvette Mimieux, Tommy Lee Jones Drama New World
Killer Force Val Guest Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda Crime
The Killer Inside Me Burt Kennedy Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrrell Crime drama remade in 2010
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, Michael Parks Western 20th Century Fox
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
Mansion of the Doomed Michael Pataki Horror
Marathon Man John Schlesinger Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, Marthe Keller, William Devane, Fritz Weaver Thriller Paramount; novel by William Goldman
Massacre at Central High Rene Daalder Andrew Stevens, Robert Carradine Thriller
Mastermind Alex March Zero Mostel Comedy filmed in 1969
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, Robert Wagner, Cliff Robertson, James Coburn War Universal; based on Battle of Midway
Mikey and Nicky Elaine May Peter Falk, John Cassavetes Drama Paramount
The Missouri Breaks Arthur Penn Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Harry Dean Stanton, Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd Western United Artists; from Tom McGuane story
The Monkey Hustle Arthur Marks Yaphet Kotto, Rosalind Cash Action
Mother, Jugs & Speed Peter Yates Raquel Welch, Bill Cosby, Harvey Keitel Comedy 20th Century Fox
Moving Violation Charles S. Dubin Stephen McHattie, Kay Lenz Crime comedy
Murder by Death Robert Moore Peter Falk, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, James Coco, James Cromwell, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, Truman Capote Comedy Columbia; screenplay by Neil Simon
The Mysterious Monsters Robert Guenette Documentary
Network Sidney Lumet Peter Finch, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Beatrice Straight, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty Drama MGM; winner of 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 Columbia
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 Away Sidney Hayers Elke Sommer, Bradford Dillman Drama
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, Bill McKinney, Sondra Locke, Joyce Jameson Western Warner Bros.; from a 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 made for TV from Irwin Shaw novel; won 4 Emmy awards
The Ritz Richard Lester Rita Moreno, F. Murray Abraham, Kaye Ballard, Jerry Stiller Comedy from a play by Terrence McNally
Robin and Marian Richard Lester Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn Adventure based on Robin Hood
Rocky John G. Avildsen Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton Drama United Artists; Oscar for Best Picture; 10 nominations; 6 sequels

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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
Scorchy Howard Avedis Connie Stevens Action A.I.P.
Secrets of the Gods William Sachs Rosko (narrated by) Documentary
The Sell Out Peter Collinson Richard Widmark, Oliver Reed Drama Warner Bros.
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Herbert Ross Robert Duvall, Alan Arkin, Nicol Williamson, Samantha Eggar, Laurence Olivier Mystery Sherlock Holmes; based on Nicholas Meyer novel
The Shaggy D.A. Robert Stevenson Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette Family Disney
Shoot Harvey Hart Cliff Robertson, Ernest Borgnine Drama Avco Embassy
The Shootist Don Siegel John Wayne, James Stewart, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Harry Morgan, Scatman Crothers, Hugh O'Brian, Richard Boone, Sheree North Western Paramount; Wayne's final film
Silent Movie Mel Brooks Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Marty Feldman, Sid Caesar, Bernadette Peters, Marcel Marceau, Anne Bancroft, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, James Caan Comedy 20th Century Fox; only 1 word spoken
Silver Streak Arthur Hiller Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty, Clifton James Crime comedy 1st Wilder-Pryor pairing; Fox
A Small Town in Texas Jack Starrett Crime
Sky Riders Douglas Hickox James Coburn, Susannah York, Robert Culp Action 20th Century Fox
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 Warner Bros.
Squirm Jeff Lieberman Don Scardino, Jean Sullivan Horror
A Star is Born Frank Pierson Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey Musical, drama remake of 1937, 1954 films
Stay Hungry Bob Rafelson Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger Comedy drama United Artists
St. Ives J. Lee Thompson Charles Bronson, Jacqueline Bisset, John Houseman Action Warner Bros.
Swashbuckler James Goldstone Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Geneviève Bujold Adventure Warner Bros.
Sweet Revenge Jerry Schatzberg Stockard Channing, Sam Waterston Drama
The Swiss Conspiracy Jack Arnold David Janssen, Ray Milland Drama Germany/USA film
Sybil Daniel Petrie Sally Field, Joanne Woodward, Brad Davis Drama made for TV; won 4 Emmy awards
Target of an Assassin Peter Collinson Anthony Quinn Drama
Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks Drama Cannes Palme D'or
That's Entertainment, Part II Gene Kelly Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly Documentary MGM, sequel to 1974 film
To Fly! Greg MacGillivray Documentary
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Charles B. Pierce Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells Horror A.I.P.
Track of the Moon Beast Richard Ashe Leigh Drake Sci-fi
Tracks Henry Jaglom Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell Drama
Treasure of Matecumbe Vincent McEveety Robert Foxworth, Joan Hackett, Peter Ustinov Family Disney
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, Walter Pidgeon, Gena Rowlands Thriller from novel by George La Fountaine, Jr.
Up! Russ Meyer Raven De La Croix, Kitten Natividad Adult 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, Helmut Berger, 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 United Artists
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 United Artists
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Michael Winner Bruce Dern, Madeline Kahn, Art Carney Comedy Paramount

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