1974 in film

The year 1974 in film involved some significant events.

List of years in film (table)
In home video
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
In television
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

The top ten 1974 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1974
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross rental
1 The Towering Inferno 20th Century Fox/Warner Bros. $50,000,000[1]
2 Blazing Saddles Warner Bros. $45,200,000[1]
3 Young Frankenstein 20th Century Fox $38,800,000[1]
4 Earthquake Universal Pictures $36,300,000[1]
5 The Trial of Billy Jack Warner Bros. $31,100,000[2]
6 The Godfather Part II Paramount Pictures $30,700,000[1]
7 Airport 1975 Universal Pictures $25,800,000[1]
8 The Longest Yard Paramount Pictures $23,000,000[1]
9 The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Sunn Classic Pictures $21,895,000[3]
10 Murder on the Orient Express Paramount Pictures $19,124,000[3]

EventsEdit

AwardsEdit

Category/Organization 32nd Golden Globe Awards
January 25, 1975
28th BAFTA Awards
February 18, 1975
47th Academy Awards
April 8, 1975
Drama Comedy or Musical
Best Film Chinatown The Longest Yard Lacombe, Lucien The Godfather Part II
Best Director Roman Polanski
Chinatown
Roman Polanski
Chinatown
Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather: Part II
Best Actor Jack Nicholson
Chinatown
Art Carney
Harry and Tonto
Jack Nicholson
The Last Detail / Chinatown
Art Carney
Harry and Tonto
Best Actress Gena Rowlands
A Woman Under the Influence
Raquel Welch
The Three Musketeers
Joanne Woodward
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
Ellen Burstyn
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Best Supporting Actor Fred Astaire
The Towering Inferno
John Gielgud
Murder on the Orient Express
Robert De Niro
The Godfather: Part II
Best Supporting Actress Karen Black
The Great Gatsby
Ingrid Bergman
Murder on the Orient Express
Ingrid Bergman
Murder on the Orient Express
Best Screenplay, Adapted Chinatown
Robert Towne
Chinatown /
The Last Detail
Robert Towne
The Godfather Part II
Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
Best Screenplay, Original Chinatown
Robert Towne
Best Original Score Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
The Little Prince
Richard Rodney Bennett
Murder on the Orient Express
Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola
The Godfather Part II
Nelson Riddle
The Great Gatsby
Best Original Song "I Feel Love"
Benji
N/A "We May Never Love Like This Again"
The Towering Inferno
Best Foreign Language Film Scenes from a Marriage N/A Amarcord

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Conversation, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, directed by Ted Kotcheff, Canada

Notable films released in 1974Edit

United States unless stated

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1974 film releasesEdit

United States unless stated

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BirthsEdit

Notable deathsEdit

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 2 Tex Ritter 68 US Actor, Singer
3 Gino Cervi 72 Italy Actor
14 Paul Whitsun-Jones 50 UK Actor
31 Samuel Goldwyn 94 Poland Producer, Studio Executive
31 Roger Pryor 72 US Actor
February 7 Arline Judge 61 US Actress
11 Anna Q. Nilsson 85 Sweden Actress
23 Florence Rice 67 US Actress
23 Harry Ruby 79 US Screenwriter, Composer
27 Orry-Kelly 66 Australia Costume Designer
28 Carole Lesley 38 UK Actress
March 3 Barbara Ruick 43 US Actress, Singer
5 Billy De Wolfe 67 US Actor
7 Alberto Rabagliati 67 Italy Actor, Singer
8 Martha Wentworth 84 US Actress, Voice Actress
13 Howard St. John 68 US Actor
19 Edward Platt 58 US Actor
28 Dorothy Fields 68 US Songwriter
28 Francoise Rosay 82 France Actress
29 Seton I. Miller 71 US Screenwriter
April 2 Douglass Dumbrille 84 Canada Actor
10 Patricia Collinge 81 Ireland Actress
18 Betty Compson 77 US Actress
20 Peter Lee Lawrence 30 Germany Actor
24 Bud Abbott 78 US Actor
24 Agnes Moorehead 73 US Actress
May 18 Mary Maguire 55 Australia Actress
24 Duke Ellington 75 US Composer
25 Donald Crisp 91 UK Actor
June 6 Blanche Yurka 86 US Actress
10 Lewis R. Foster 75 US Director, Screenwriter
17 Pamela Britton 51 US Actress
28 Frank Sutton 50 US Actor
July 13 Joe Flynn 48 US Actor
13 Marthe Vinot 79 France Actress
27 Julián de Meriche 65 Mexico Actor
28 Truman Bradley 69 US Actor, Narrator
August 13 Ilona Massey 64 Hungary Actress
16 Maxwell Reed 55 Ireland Actor
September 6 Olga Baclanova 78 Russia Actress
6 Otto Kruger 89 US Actor
14 Barbara Jo Allen 68 US Actress
14 Warren Hull 71 US Actor
18 Edna Best 74 UK Actress
21 Jacqueline Susann 56 US Author, Actress
21 Walter Brennan 80 US Actor
22 Stephanie Bidmead 45 UK Actress
27 James R. Webb 64 US Screenwriter
October 13 Ed Sullivan 73 US Actor
November 7 Rodolfo Acosta 54 Mexico Actor
13 Vittorio De Sica 73 Italy Actor, Director, Screenwriter
14 Johnny Mack Brown 70 US Actor
17 Clive Brook 87 UK Actor
25 Rosemary Lane 61 US Actress, Singer
December 4 Lee Kinsolving 36 US Actor
5 Pietro Germi 60 Italy Actor, Director, Screenwriter
10 Paul Richards 50 US Actor
11 Reed Hadley 63 US Actor
15 Anatole Litvak 72 Ukraine Director, Producer
21 Richard Long 47 US Actor
26 Jack Benny 80 US Actor

Film debutsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Finler, Joel Waldo (2003). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. pp. 360–361. ISBN 978-1-903364-66-6.
  2. ^ Rental champs: Rate of return
  3. ^ a b Top 20 Films of 1974 by Domestic Revenue