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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.


  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


Title Director Cast Genre Note
40 Carats Milton Katselas Edward Albert, Liv Ullmann, Binnie Barnes, Gene Kelly Romantic comedy Columbia. Based on the play
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies John Erman Cliff Robertson, Pamela Franklin, Bernadette Peters Drama 20th Century Fox
The Affair Gilbert Cates Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Bruce Davison, Jamie Smith-Jackson Drama, Romance Made for TV
The All-American Boy Charles Eastman Jon Voight, Jeanne Cooper Drama Warner Bros.
American Graffiti George Lucas Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith Comedy Universal. 5 Academy Award nominations; Golden Globe Best Comedy
Arnold Georg Fenady Stella Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester, Shani Wallis Horror Cinerama
Ash Wednesday Larry Peerce Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda, Helmut Berger Drama Paramount
The Baby Ted Post Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill Horror Independent
Badge 373 Howard Koch Robert Duvall, Verna Bloom, Henry Darrow Crime Paramount. Script by Pete Hamill
Badlands Terrence Malick Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates Crime drama Warner Bros. Malick's first film
Bang the Drum Slowly John D. Hancock Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster Drama Paramount. Based on Mark Harris novel
Battle for the Planet of the Apes J. Lee Thompson Roddy McDowall, John Huston, Claude Akins Science fiction 20th Century Fox. 3rd Planet of the Apes sequel
Beyond Atlantis Eddie Romero Patrick Wayne, John Ashley, Leigh Christian Sci-fi Independent
Black Caesar Larry Cohen Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, D'Urville Martin  Crime drama AIP. James Brown score
Black Mama White Mama Eddie Romero Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Lynn Borden Thriller AIP
Black Snake Russ Meyer David Prowse, Anouska Hempel, Percy Herbert Adventure Independent
Blackenstein William A. Levey John Hart, Liz Renay, Andrea King Blaxploitation Independent
Blume in Love Paul Mazursky George Segal, Susan Anspach, Kris Kristofferson, Shelley Winters Romantic comedy Warner Bros.
Book of Numbers Raymond St. Jacques Raymond St. Jacques, Philip Michael Thomas, Freda Payne, Hope Clarke Crime Embassy
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Nathan Juran Kerwin Mathews, Elaine Devry, Robert J. Wilke Horror Universal
Breezy Clint Eastwood William Holden, Kay Lenz, Marj Dusay Romance Universal


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, Ben Piazza, Dolores Dorn Exploitation Independent
The Cat Creature Curtis Harrington Meredith Baxter, David Hedison, Gale Sondergaard Horror Made for TV
Charley and the Angel Vincent McEveety Fred MacMurray, Cloris Leachman, Kurt Russell Family Disney
Charley One-Eye Don Chaffey Richard Roundtree, Roy Thinnes, Nigel Davenport Western Paramount. Co-produced with UK
Charley Varrick Don Siegel Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, John Vernon, Andrew Robinson, Felicia Farr, Norman Fell, Jacqueline Scott, Sheree North Crime drama Universal. Based on a novel by John H. Reese
Charlotte's Web Charles A. Nichols Voices of Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Henry Gibson, Pamelyn Ferdin Animated Paramount. From E. B. White story
Cinderella Liberty Mark Rydell James Caan, Marsha Mason, Eli Wallach Drama 20th Century Fox. Golden Globe for Mason; 3 Oscar nominations
Class of '44 Paul Bogart Gary Grimes, Deborah Winters, Jerry Houser Drama Warner Bros. sequel to Summer of '42
Cleopatra Jones Jack Starrett Tamara Dobson, Antonio Fargas, Shelley Winters Crime drama Warner Bros.
Coffy Jack Hill Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, William Elliott Crime drama AIP
Cops and Robbers Aram Avakian Joseph Bologna, Cliff Gorman, Delphi Lawrence Crime, Comedy United Artists. Written by Donald E. Westlake
The Crazies George A. Romero Lynn Lowry, Richard Liberty, Will McMillan Horror Independent
The Day of the Dolphin Mike Nichols George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino, Fritz Weaver Drama Embassy Pictures. Script by Buck Henry; 2 Oscar nominations
A Delicate Balance Tony Richardson Katharine Hepburn, Paul Scofield, Lee Remick Drama American Film Theatre. Based on Edward Albee play
The Deadly Trackers Barry Shear Richard Harris, Rod Taylor, Neville Brand Western Warner Bros.
Detroit 9000 Arthur Marks Alex Rocco, Hari Rhodes, Vonetta McGee Crime drama Independent
The Devil in Miss Jones Gerard Damiano Georgina Spelvin, Harry Reems, Gerard Damiano Adult released during Golden Age of Porn; reviewed by Roger Ebert[1]
Dillinger John Milius Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis, Ben Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Kanaly, Cloris Leachman Biography, Crime drama AIP. Story of John Dillinger
The Doll Squad Ted Mikels Francine York, Anthony Eisley, Anthony Eisley Action Independent
The Don Is Dead Richard Fleischer Anthony Quinn, Angel Tompkins, Robert Forster, Al Lettieri Crime drama Universal
Double Indemnity Jack Smight Richard Crenna, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Webber, Samantha Eggar Crime Drama Universal; Made for TV; Remake of 1944 film
Electra Glide in Blue James William Guercio Robert Blake, Mitchell Ryan, Jeannine Riley Crime drama United Artists
Emperor of the North Robert Aldrich Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine Drama 20th Century Fox
Enter the Dragon Robert Clouse Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly Martial arts Warner Bros. Hong Kong co-production
Executive Action David Miller Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan Will Geer Drama National Genera. On John F. Kennedy`s assassination in 1963
The Exorcist William Friedkin Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Lee J. Cobb Horror Warner Bros. .F|from William Peter Blatty novel; 10 Oscar nominations
Five on the Black Hand Side Oscar Williams Clarice Taylor, D'Urville Martin, Glynn Turman Comedy United Artists
Fly Me Cirio Santiago Pat Anderson, Lenore Kasdorf, Richard Young Action New World
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 Paramount. From George V. Higgins novel
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Fielder Cook Ingrid Bergman, Johnny Doran, Madeline Kahn Family Independent. From E. L. Konigsburg novel
Ganja & Hess Bill Gunn Bill Gunn, Duane Jones, Marlene Clark Horror Independent
Genesis II John Llewellyn Moxey Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy, Percy Rodrigues Sci-fi Made for TV
Godspell David Greene Victor Garber, David Haskell, Gilmer McCormick Musical Columbia. Based on stage show
Gordon's War Ossie Davis Paul Winfield, Carl Lee, David Downing Adventure 20th Century Fox
Group Marriage Stephanie Rothman Victoria Vetri, Claudia Jennings Comedy Independent
Guns of a Stranger  Robert Hinkle Marty Robbins, Chill Wills, Dovie Beams Western Universal


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Happy Mother's Day, Love George Darren McGavin Patricia Neal, Cloris Leachman, Bobby Darin Thriller Independent
The Harrad Experiment Ted Post James Whitmore, Tippi Hedren, Don Johnson Drama Cinerama. From Robert Rimmer novel
Harry in Your Pocket Bruce Geller James Coburn, Michael Sarrazin, Trish Van Devere Drama United Artists
Heavy Traffic Ralph Bakshi Joseph Kaufmann, Jamie Farr (voices) Animated AIP.
Hell Up in Harlem Larry Cohen Fred Williamson, Julius Harris, Gloria Hendry Crime drama AIP
Hex Leo Garen Keith Carradine, Tina Herazo, Hilary Thompson Western 20th Century Fox
High Plains Drifter Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan Western Universal
Hijack Leonard Horn David Janssen, Keenan Wynn, Lee Purcell Action, Drama, Thriller Made for TV
Hit! Sidney J. Furie Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Gwen Welles Action Paramount
I Escaped from Devil's Island William Witney Jim Brown, Christopher George, James Luisi Action United Artists
The Iceman Cometh John Frankenheimer Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan Drama American Film Theatre. From Eugene O'Neill play
Idaho Transfer Peter Fonda Keith Carradine, Kelley Bohanon Sci-fi Independent
Interval Daniel Mann Merle Oberon, Robert Wolders, Claudio Brook Romance Embassy. Oberon's final film
Invasion of the Bee Girls Denis Sanders Anitra Ford, William Smith, Victoria Vetri Sci-fi Independent
Jesus Christ Superstar Norman Jewison Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman Musical Universal. Based on Broadway show
Jeremy Arthur Barron Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Leonardo Cimino Romance United Artists
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Hall Bartlett James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, Dorothy McGuire Drama Paramount. From Richard Bach novella
Jory Jorge Fons Robby Benson, Claudio Brook, John Marley Western Embassy
Kid Blue James Frawley Dennis Hopper, Warren Oates, Peter Boyle Western 20th Century Fox
The Killing Kind Curtis Harrington Ann Sothern, John Savage, Ruth Roman Horror Independent
Lady Ice Tom Gries Donald Sutherland, Jennifer O'Neill, Robert Duvall Crime National General
The Last American Hero Lamont Johnson Jeff Bridges, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty Biography 20th Century Fox. Story of Junior Johnson
The Last Detail Hal Ashby Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid Comedy, Drama Columbia. 3 Oscar nominations
The Last of Sheila Herbert Ross James Coburn, Raquel Welch, Dyan Cannon, James Mason, Joan Hackett, Richard Benjamin, Ian McShane Mystery Warner Bros. 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 20th Century Fox. Based on Swedish novel
Little Cigars Chris Christenberry Angel Tompkins, Jerry Maren Comedy AIP
Little Laura and Big John Luke Moberly Fabian Forte, Karen Black, Paul Gleason Crime Crown International
Live and Let Die Guy Hamilton Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour Action United Artists
Lolly-Madonna XXX Richard C. Sarafian Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges Drama MGM. 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 United Artists. Based on Raymond Chandler novel
Lost Horizon Charles Jarrott Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, George Kennedy, Michael York, Olivia Hussey, Bobby Van, James Shigeta, Charles Boyer, John Gielgud Adventure
Columbia 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 American Film Theatre. 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 Warner Bros. Based on Desmond Bagley novel
Magnum Force Ted Post Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Tim Matheson, David Soul, Robert Urich Crime drama Warner Bros. Sequel to Dirty Harry
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Richard C. Sarafian Burt Reynolds, Sarah Miles, Lee J. Cobb Western MGM
Marco Seymour Robbie Desi Arnaz Jr., Jack Weston, Zero Mostel Historical adventure Cinerama 
Maurie Daniel Mann Bernie Casey, Bo Svenson, Maidie Norman Sports drama National General
Mean Streets Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Amy Robinson Drama Warner Bros. 1st Scorsese-De Niro pairing
Messiah of Evil Willard Huyck Elisha Cook Jr., Anitra Ford, Michael Greer Horror Independent


Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Naked Ape Donald Driver Johnny Crawford, Victoria Principal, Diana Darrin Comedy Universal
A Name for Evil Bernard Girard Samantha Eggar, Robert Culp, Mike Lane Horror Cinerama
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, Richard X. Slattery Action Cannon
Oklahoma Crude Stanley Kramer George C. Scott, Faye Dunaway, John Mills, Jack Palance Comedy, Drama, Western 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 MGM. From Richard Stark novel
The Paper Chase James Bridges Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman Drama 20th Century Fox. Oscar for Houseman
Paper Moon Peter Bogdanovich Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn Comedy Universal. Oscar for Tatum O'Neal
Papillon Franklin J. Schaffner Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman Adventure Allied Artists. Story of Henri Charrière
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Sam Peckinpah James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, John Beck, Slim Pickens, Katy Jurado, Jack Elam, Chill Wills Western, Biography MGM
Please Don't Eat My Mother Carl Monson Buck Kartalian, Rene Bond Comedy Independent
Robin Hood Wolfgang Reitherman Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Brian Bedford Animated film Disney. Set in 1192
The Roommates Arthur Marks Marki Bey, Pat Woodell, Roberta Collins Thriller Independent
Sssssss Bernard L. Kowalski Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies Horror Universal
Santee Gary Nelson Glenn Ford, Michael Burns, Dana Wynter Western Crown International
Savage! Cirio H. Santiago James Iglehart, Lada Edmund, Jr., Carol Speed Action New World
Save the Tiger John G. Avildsen Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman Drama Paramount. Oscar for Lemmon
Scalawag Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas, Mark Lester, Neville Brand Adventure Paramount
Scarecrow Jerry Schatzberg Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Eileen Brennan Drama Warner Bros. Cannes Grand Prix award
Scorpio Michael Winner Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield Thriller United Artists
Scream Blacula Scream Bob Kelljan William Marshall, Pam Grier, Michael Conrad Horror AIP. Sequel to Blacula
Serpico Sidney Lumet Al Pacino, John Randolph, Tony Roberts Crime, Biography from Peter Maas book; Golden Globe for Pacino
The Seven-Ups Philip D'Antoni Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Larry Haines Crime drama 20th Century Fox
Shaft in Africa John Guillermin Richard Roundtree, Frank Finlay, Neda Arnerić Action MGM. Sequel to Shaft
Shamus Buzz Kulik Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon, John P. Ryan Crime drama Columbia
Showdown George Seaton Rock Hudson, Dean Martin, Susan Clark Western Universal; Remake of 1963 film
Sisters Brian De Palma Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt Horror AIP
The Slams Jonathan Kaplan Jim Brown, Judy Pace, Frank de Kova Action MGM
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off Gordon Douglas Jim Brown, Ed McMahon, Brock Peters Blaxploitation AIP. Sequel to 1972 film
Sleeper Woody Allen Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Bartlett Robinson Sci-fi comedy United Artists
Slither Howard Zieff James Caan, Sally Kellerman, Peter Boyle Crime MGM
Snatched Sutton Roley Howard Duff, Leslie Nielsen, Sheree North, Barbara Parkins, Robert Reed, John Saxon, Tisha Sterling, Anthony Zerbe Crime, Drama, Thriller Made for TV
Some Call It Loving James B. Harris Zalman King, Richard Pryor, Tisa Farrow Drama Independent
The Soul of Nigger Charley Larry Spangler Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, Denise Nicholas Western Paramount
Soylent Green Richard Fleischer Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Edward G. Robinson Science fiction MGM. Robinson's final film
The Spook Who Sat By the Door Ivan Dixon Lawrence Cook, Paula Kelly J. A. Preston Drama United Artists. From book by Sam Greenlee
Stacey Andy Sidaris Anne Randall, Marjorie Bennett, Anitra Ford Action New World
Steelyard Blues Alan Myerson Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Peter Boyle Comedy Warner Bros.
The Sting George Roy Hill Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Eileen Brennan, Crime, Comedy Universal. Won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture
The Stone Killer Michael Winner Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, Paul Koslo Crime Columbia
The Student Teachers Jonathan Kaplan Susan Damante, Dick Miller Comedy New World
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Gilbert Cates Joanne Woodward, Martin Balsam, Sylvia Sidney Drama Columbia. 2 Oscar nominations
Superchick Ed Forsyth Joyce Jillson, Louis Quinn, John Carradine Action Crown International
Superdad Vincent McEveety Bob Crane, Barbara Rush, Kurt Russell Family Disney
Super Fly T.N.T. Ron O'Neal Roscoe Lee Browne, Sheila Frazier, Robert Guillaume Action Paramount
Sweet Jesus, Preacherman Henning Schellerup Roger E. Mosley, William Smith, Michael Pataki Action MGM
Sweet Kill Curtis Hanson Tab Hunter, Isabel Jewell, John Aprea Thriller New World


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Terminal Island Stephanie Rothman Phyllis Davis, Marta Kristen, Barbara Leigh Action Independent
Terror in the Wax Museum Georg Fenady Ray Milland, Elsa Lanchester, Maurice Evans Mystery Cinerama
That Man Bolt David Lowell Rich, Henry Levin Fred Williamson, Miko Mayama, Teresa Graves Action Universal
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 20th Century Fox. From Alexandre Dumas story
Tom Sawyer Don Taylor Jodie Foster, Warren Oates, Celeste Holm Musical United Artists. from Mark Twain novel
Trader Horn Reza Badiyi Rod Taylor, Anne Heywood, Jean Sorel Adventure MGM
The Train Robbers Burt Kennedy John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor, Bobby Vinton Western Warner Bros.
Two People Robert Wise Peter Fonda, Lindsay Wagner, Estelle Parsons Drama Universal
Walking Tall Phil Karlson Joe Don Baker, Noah Beery Jr., Lurene Tuttle Crime, Action Cinerama. Story of Buford Pusser
A Warm December Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier, Ester Anderson, George Baker Drama National General
The Way We Were Sydney Pollack Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Susan Blakely, Patrick O'Neal, Lois Chiles Romance Columbia. 6 Oscar nominations; won Golden Globe
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 United Artists. Followed by Gator
Wicked, Wicked Richard L. Bare David Bailey, Tiffany Bolling, Randolph Roberts Horror MGM
The World's Greatest Athlete Robert Scheerer John Amos, Tim Conway, Jan-Michael Vincent Family Disney
The Young Nurses Clint Kimbrough Jeane Manson, Allan Arbus, Sally Kirkland Thriller New World
Your Three Minutes Are Up Douglas Schwartz Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Janet Margolin  Comedy Cinerama


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Manson Laurence Merrick Vincent Bugliosi Documentary story of Charles Manson
Visions of Eight 8 directors 1972 Summer Olympics Documentary

See also


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger (June 13, 1973). "The Devil In Miss Jones - Film Review". Retrieved May 28, 2018.

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