1977 in film

The year 1977 in film involved some significant events.

List of years in film
In home video
In television

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

The top ten 1977 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1977
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross
1 Star Wars Fox $221,280,994[1]
2 Smokey and the Bandit Universal $126,737,428[2]
3 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Columbia $116,395,460[3]
4 Saturday Night Fever Paramount $94,213,184[4]
5 The Goodbye Girl Warner Bros. $82,000,470[5]
6 A Bridge Too Far United Artists $50,750,000[6]
7 The Deep Columbia $47,346,365[7]
8 The Spy Who Loved Me United Artists $46,838,673[8]
9 Oh, God! Warner Bros. $41,687,243[9]
10 Annie Hall United Artists $38,251,425[10]



Category/Organization 35th Golden Globe Awards
January 28, 1978
31st BAFTA Awards
March 16, 1978
50th Academy Awards
April 3, 1978
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The Turning Point The Goodbye Girl Annie Hall
Best Director Herbert Ross
The Turning Point
Woody Allen
Annie Hall
Best Actor Richard Burton
Richard Dreyfuss
The Goodbye Girl
Peter Finch
Richard Dreyfuss
The Goodbye Girl
Best Actress Jane Fonda
Diane Keaton
Annie Hall
Marsha Mason
The Goodbye Girl
Diane Keaton
Annie Hall
Best Supporting Actor Peter Firth
Edward Fox
A Bridge Too Far
Jason Robards
Best Supporting Actress Vanessa Redgrave
Jenny Agutter
Vanessa Redgrave
Best Screenplay, Adapted Neil Simon
The Goodbye Girl
Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
Annie Hall
Alvin Sargent
Best Screenplay, Original Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
Annie Hall
Best Original Score John Williams
Star Wars
John Addison
A Bridge Too Far
John Williams
Star Wars
Jonathan Tunick
A Little Night Music
Best Original Song "You Light Up My Life"
You Light Up My Life
N/A "You Light Up My Life"
You Light Up My Life
Best Foreign Language Film A Special Day N/A Madame Rosa

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Father and Master (Padre padrone), directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Ascent (Voskhozhdeniye), directed by Larisa Shepitko, USSR

Notable films released in 1977Edit

US unless stated























1977 Wide-release moviesEdit


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Medium
7 The Sentinel Universal Pictures James B. Harris (director); Jeffrey Konvitz (screenplay); Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, José Ferrer, Martin Balsam, and Ava Gardner Live Action
18 Pumping Iron White Mountain Films George Butler (director/screenplay); Charles Gaines (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Franco Columbu, Mike Katz, Ken Waller, Ed Corney, and Serge Nubret Live Action
21 Scalpel United International Pictures / PJ Productions John Grissmer (director/screenplay); Robert Lansing, Judith Chapman, and Sandy Martin Live Action
25 Providence Cinema 5 Distributing Alain Resnais (director); David Mercer (screenplay); Dirk Bogarde, Ellen Burstyn, John Gielgud, David Warner, Elaine Stritch, Cyril Luckham, and Denis Lawson Live Action
28 The Late Show Warner Bros. Robert Benton (director/screenplay); Rodolfo Sonego (screenplay); Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy, Eugene Roche, Joanna Cassidy, John Considine, and Ruth Nelson Live Action
4 Raw Deal Greater Union / Homestead Films Russell Hagg (director); Patrick Edgeworth (screenplay); Gerard Kennedy, Gus Mercurio, Rod Mullinar, Christopher Pate, Hu Pryce, John Cousins, Michael Carman, Norman Yemm, Gary Day, Briony Behets Live Action
9 Fun with Dick and Jane Columbia Pictures Ted Kotcheff (director); David Giler, Jerry Belson, and Mordecai Richler (screenplay); Jane Fonda and George Segal Live Action
Twilight's Last Gleaming Allied Artists Robert Aldrich (director); Ronald M. Cohen (screenplay); Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Charles Durning, Paul Winfield, and Burt Young Live Action
Wizards 20th Century Fox Ralph Bakshi (director/screenplay); Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval, and Steve Gravers Animation
11 Fire Sale 20th Century Fox Alan Arkin (director); Robert Klane (screenplay); Alan Arkin, Rob Reiner, Vincent Gardenia, Anjanette Comer, Kay Medford, Sid Caesar, Byron Stewart Live Action
In Search of Noah's Ark Sunn Classic Pictures James L. Conway (director/screenplay); Charles E. Sellier Jr. (screenplay); Brad Crandall and Vern Adix Live Action
Thieves Paramount Pictures John Berry (director); Herb Gardner (screenplay); Marlo Thomas, Charles Grodin, and Irwin Corey Live Action
20 The Spell Worldvision Enterprises Lee Philips (director); Brian Taggert (screenplay); Lee Grant, Susan Myers, Lelia Goldoni, Helen Hunt, Jack Colvin, and James Olson Live Action
25 Slap Shot Universal Pictures George Roy Hill (director); Nancy Dowd (screenplay); Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, and Jennifer Warren Live Action
Tentacles American International Pictures Ovidio G. Assonitis (director); Steven W. Carabatsos (screenplay);Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins, Henry Fonda, and Cesare Danova Live Action
3 Mr. Billion 20th Century Fox Jonathan Kaplan (director/screenplay); Terence Hill, Valerie Perrine, Jackie Gleason, Slim Pickens, William Redfield, and Chill Wills Live Action
4 Death Weekend American International Pictures / Cinépix Film Properties William Fruet (director/screenplay); Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, Chuck Shamata, Richard Ayres, Kyle Edwards, Don Granberry, Ed McNamara, Michael Kirby, and Richard Donat Live Action
9 The Farmer Columbia Pictures David Berlatsky (director); John Carmody, Janice Eymann, George Fargo, Patrick Regan (screenplay); Lewell Akins, Gary Conway, Michael Dante, Dave Graig, Stratton Leopold, Ray McIver, and George Memmoli Live Action
Islands in the Stream Paramount Pictures Franklin J. Schaffner (director); Denne Bart Petitclerc (screenplay); George C. Scott, David Hemmings, and Gilbert Roland Live Action
11 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Buena Vista Distribution John Lounsbery and Wolfgang Reitherman (directors); Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Vance Gerry, Xavier Atencio, Ken Anderson, Julius Svendsen, Ted Berman, and Eric Cleworth (screenplay); Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler, Junius Matthews, Paul Winchell, Howard Morris, Bruce Reitherman, Jon Walmsley, and Timothy Turner Animation
Black Sunday Paramount Pictures John Frankenheimer (director); Ernest Lehman, Kenneth Ross, and Ivan Moffat (screenplay); Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, and Bekim Fehmiu Live Action
Airport '77 Universal Pictures Jerry Jameson (director); Michael Scheff and David Spector (screenplay); Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, James Stewart, George Kennedy, Brenda Vaccaro, Christopher Lee, Darren McGavin, Joseph Cotten, and Olivia de Havilland Live Action
25 Eraserhead Warner Bros. Pictures David Lynch (director/screenplay); Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, and Jeanne Bates Live Action
The American Friend Paramount Pictures Wim Wenders (director/screenplay); Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, and Gérard Blain Live Action
The Domino Principle ITC Entertainment Stanley Kramer (director); Adam Kennedy (screenplay); Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Mickey Rooney, and Richard Widmark Live Action
27 Jesus of Nazareth ITC Entertainment / RAI / NBC Franco Zeffirelli (director/screenplay); Anthony Burgess, Suso Cecchi d'Amico (screenplay); Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, James Earl Jones, and Peter Ustinov Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Medium
1 Breaker! Breaker! American International Pictures / Paragon Films Inc. / Worldwide Productions Don Hulette (director); Terry Chambers (screenplay); Chuck Norris, George Murdock, Terry O'Connor, Michael Augenstein Live Action
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure 20th Century Fox Richard Williams (director); Max Wilk (screenplay); Claire Williams, Didi Conn, and Mark Baker Animation
The Van Crown International Pictures Sam Grossman (director); Celia Susan Cotelo, Robert J. Rosenthal (screenplay); Stuart Getz, Deborah White, Danny DeVito, Harry Moses, Marcie Barkin, Bill Adler, Stephen Oliver, Connie Lisa Marie Live Action
2 The Eagle Has Landed Columbia Pictures John Sturges (director); Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay); Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence, Anthony Quayle, Jean Marsh, Sven-Bertil Taube, Judy Geeson, Siegfried Rauch, John Standing, Treat Williams, and Larry Hagman Live Action
6 Audrey Rose United Artists Robert Wise (director); Frank De Felitta (screenplay); Marsha Mason, Anthony Hopkins, John Beck, Susan Swift Live Action
8 Demon Seed Warner Bros. Pictures (United States/Canada) / Cinema International Corporation (international) Donald Cammell (director); Dean Koontz (screenplay); Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, and Gerrit Graham Live Action
Rabid Cinépix Film Properties / New World Pictures David Cronenberg (director/screenplay); Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage, and Susan Roman Live Action
15 Jabberwocky Columbia Pictures (United States/Canada) / Warner Bros. (international) Terry Gilliam (director/screenplay); Charles Alverson (screenplay); Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, and Warren Mitchell Live Action
20 Annie Hall United Artists Woody Allen (director/screenplay); Marshall Brickman (screenplay); Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Janet Margolin, Shelley Duvall, Christopher Walken, and Colleen Dewhurst Live Action
3 Women 20th Century Fox Robert Altman (director/screenplay); Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Janice Rule Live Action
27 Between the Lines Midwest Films / Vestron Video Joan Micklin Silver (director); John Heard, Lindsay Crouse, Jeff Goldblum, Gwen Welles, Bruno Kirby, Joe Morton, Marilu Henner, Richard Cox, Michael J. Pollard, Lane Smith, and Raymond J. Barry Live Action
The Man Who Loved Women United Artists François Truffaut (director/screenplay); Michel Fermaud, Suzanne Schiffman (screenplay); Charles Denner, Brigitte Fossey, Nelly Borgeaud, Geneviève Fontanel, Leslie Caron Live Action
6 Andy Warhol's Bad New World Pictures / Factory Films Jed Johnson (director); Pat Hackett, George Abagnalo, Andy Warhol (screenplay); Carroll Baker, Perry King, Susan Tyrrell, Stefania Casini, Cyrinda Foxe, Susan Blond Live Action
The Picture Show Man Village Roadshow Pictures / Umbrella Entertainment / Limelight Productions John Power (director); Joan Long (screenplay); Rod Taylor, John Meillon, John Ewart, Harold Hopkins, Patrick Cargill, Yelena Zigon, Garry McDonald, Sally Conabere, Judy Morris, Gerry Duggan Live Action
The White Buffalo Warner Bros. Pictures J. Lee Thompson (director); Richard Sale (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, and Kim Novak Live Action
13 The Car Universal Pictures Elliot Silverstein (director); Dennis Shryack (screenplay); James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Elizabeth Thompson, Ronny Cox Live Action
17 A Special Day Surf Film Ettore Scola (director/screenplay); Maurizio Costanzo, Ruggero Maccari (screenplay); Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Françoise Berd Live Action
18 Handle with Care Paramount Pictures Jonathan Demme (director); Paul Brickman (screenplay); Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Bruce McGill, Roberts Blossom, and Richard Bright Live Action
Joseph Andrews United Artists / Paramount Pictures Tony Richardson (director); Chris Bryant (screenplay); Ann-Margret, Peter Firth, Michael Hordern, Beryl Reid, Jim Dale, Beryl Reid, and Natalie Ogle Live Action
20 Cross of Iron EMI Films / Constantin Film / AVCO Embassy Pictures Sam Peckinpah (director/screenplay); James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner, Klaus Löwitsch, and Vadim Glowna Live Action
The Greatest Columbia Pictures Tom Gries and Monte Hellman (directors); Muhammad Ali (screenplay); Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones, and Robert Duvall Live Action
25 Star Wars 20th Century Fox / Lucasfilm George Lucas (director/screenplay); Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, and James Earl Jones Live Action
27 Cinderella Group 1 Michael Pataki (director); Frank Ray Perilli (screenplay); Cheryl Smith, Yana Nirvana, Marilyn Corwin, Jennifer Stace, Sy Richardson, Brett Smiley, Kirk Scott, Boris Moris, Pamela Stonebrook, Frank Ray Perilli Live Action
Desperate Living Dreamland / New Line Cinema John Waters (director/screenplay); Liz Renay, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, Jean Hill Live Action
Smokey and the Bandit Universal Pictures Hal Needham (director); James Lee Barrett, Charles Shyer, Alan Mandel (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, and Jackie Gleason Live Action
1 The Grateful Dead Movie Monarch Films Jerry Garcia, Leon Gast (directors); Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart Live Action
3 Fraternity Row Paramount Pictures Thomas Pope (director); Charles Gary Allison (screenplay); Peter Fox, Gregory Harrison, Scott Newman, Nancy Morgan, and Wendy Phillips Live Action
Crossed Swords Warner Bros. Pictures Richard Fleischer (director); George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay); Mark Lester, Ernest Borgnine, Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, and Rex Harrison Live Action
8 The Other Side of Midnight 20th Century Fox Charles Jarrott (director); Herman Raucher (screenplay); Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon, Raf Vallone, Clu Gulager, Christian Marquand, and Michael Lerner Live Action
10 For the Love of Benji Mulberry Square Releasing Joe Camp (director/screenplay); Ben Vaughn (screenplay); Benjean, Patsy Garrett, Cynthia Smith, Allen Fiuzat, Ed Nelson, Peter Bowles, Art Vasil, and Bridget Armstrong Live Action
Grand Theft Auto New World Pictures Ron Howard (director/screenplay); Rance Howard (screenplay); Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Marion Ross, Peter Isacksen, Don Steele, Clint Howard, Rance Howard, and Paul Linke Live Action
15 A Bridge Too Far United Artists Richard Attenborough (director); William Goldman (screenplay); Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Hardy Krüger, Laurence Olivier, Ryan O'Neal, Robert Redford, Maximilian Schell, and Liv Ullmann Live Action
17 Exorcist II: The Heretic Warner Bros. Pictures John Boorman (director); William Goodhart (screenplay); Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul Henreid, James Earl Jones, and Ned Beatty Live Action
The Getting of Wisdom Southern Cross Films Bruce Beresford (director); Eleanor Witcombe (screenplay); Susannah Fowle, Hilary Ryan, Terence Donovan, Patricia Kennedy, Sheila Helpmann, Candy Raymond, Barry Humphries, John Waters Live Action
21 New York, New York United Artists Martin Scorsese (director); Mardik Martin and Earl Mac Rauch (screenplay); Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro Live Action
24 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Buena Vista Distribution Vincent McEveety (director); Arthur Alsberg, Don Nelson (screenplay); Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars, Jacques Marin, Roy Kinnear, Bernard Fox, Eric Braeden, Xavier Saint-Macary, Alan Caillou, Laurie Main, Johnny Haymer, Gérard Jugnot Live Action
The Rescuers Buena Vista Distribution Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, and Art Stevens (directors); Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Burny Mattinson, Fred Lucky, Dick Sebast, David Michener, and Ted Berman (screenplay); Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Michelle Stacy, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn, Jim Jordan, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Pat Buttram, Bernard Fox Animation
Sorcerer Universal Pictures (U.S.A & Canada) / Paramount Pictures (International) William Friedkin (director); Walon Green (screenplay); Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou, and Ramon Bieri Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Medium
1 2001: A Space Odyssey (re-release) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Stanley Kubrick (director/screenplay); Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay); Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Douglas Rain Live Action
Greased Lightning Warner Bros. Pictures Michael Schultz (director); Melvin Van Peebles (screenplay); Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, and Pam Grier Live Action
8 The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training Paramount Pictures Michael Pressman (director); Paul Bickman (screenplay); William Devane, Jackie Earle Haley, Clifton James, Chris Barnes, Erin Blunt, Jimmy Baio, Alfred W. Lutter, Brett Marx, David Pollock Live Action
12 Stroszek Werner Herzog Filmproduktion / ZDF Werner Herzog (director/screenplay); Bruno S., Eva Mattes, and Clemens Scheitz Live Action
13 The Spy Who Loved Me United Artists / Eon Productions Lewis Gilbert (director); Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum (screenplay); Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, and Curd Jürgens Live Action
The Island of Dr. Moreau American International Pictures Don Taylor (director); John Herman Shaner (screenplay); Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera, Richard Basehart, and Nick Cravat Live Action
14 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden New World Pictures Anthony Page (director); Roger Corman (screenplay); Kathleen Quinlan and Bibi Andersson Live Action
15 The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington Cannon Films William A. Levey (director); Bob Kaufman (screenplay); Joey Heatherton, George Hamilton, Ray Walston, Jack Carter, Louisa Moritz, Rip Taylor, and Phil Foster Live Action
MacArthur Universal Pictures Hal Barwood (director); Matthew Robbins (screenplay); Gregory Peck, Ed Flanders, and Dan O'Herlihy Live Action
The Last Remake of Beau Geste Universal Pictures Marty Feldman (director/screenplay); Sam Bobrick (screenplay); Marty Feldman, Michael York, Ann-Margret, Peter Ustinov, James Earl Jones, Trevor Howard, Henry Gibson, Roy Kinnear, Spike Milligan, Terry-Thomas Live Action
17 The Deep Columbia Pictures Peter Yates (director); Peter Benchley (screenplay); Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett, and Eli Wallach Live Action
22 One on One Warner Bros. Lamont Johnson (director); Robby Benson and Jerry Segal (screenplay); Robby Benson, Annette O'Toole, G. D. Spradlin, Lamont Johnson, Melanie Griffith, Hector Morales, Gail Strickland, Cory Faucher, Charles Fleischer Live Action
Orca Paramount Pictures Michael Anderson (director); Sergio Donati and Robert Towne (screenplay); Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn, Robert Carradine, and Scott Walker Live Action
The Hills Have Eyes New World Pictures Wes Craven (director/screenplay); Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace, Russ Grieve, John Steadman, Michael Berryman, and Virginia Vincent Live Action
29 House Toho Nobuhiko Obayashi (director); Chiho Katsura (screenplay); Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Ai Matubara, Kumiko Oba, Mieko Sato, Eriko Tanaka, Masayo Miyako, and Yōko Minamida Live Action
Walking Tall: Final Chapter American International Pictures Jack Starrett (director); Howard B. Kreitsek, Samuel A. Peeples (screenplay); Bo Svenson, Lurene Tuttle, Forrest Tucker, Leif Garrett, and Dawn Lyn Live Action
3 Brothers Warner Bros. / Edward Lewis Productions / Soho Productions Bernie Casey, Vonetta McGee, Ron O'Neal, John Lehne, Stu Gilliam, Renny Roker, Owen Pace, Dwan Smith, and Martin St. Judge Live Action
5 March or Die Columbia Pictures Dick Richards (director); David Zelag Goodman (screenplay); Gene Hackman, Terence Hill, Max von Sydow, Ian Holm, and Catherine Deneuve Live Action
10 The Kentucky Fried Movie United Film Distribution Company John Landis (director); Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker (screenplay); Bill Bixby, George Lazenby, Evan C. Kim, Bong Soo Han, Donald Sutherland, Henry Gibson, Barry Dennen, Agneta Eckemyr Live Action
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Astral Films / Cinema International Corporation / American International Pictures Nicolas Gessner (director); Laird Koenig (screenplay); Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, and Scott Jacoby Live Action
12 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Columbia Pictures Sam Wanamaker (director); Ray Harryhausen and Beverley Cross (screenplay); Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting, Jane Seymour, and Patrick Troughton Live Action
14 Outlaw Blues Warner Bros. Richard T. Heffron (director); Bill L. Norton (screenplay); Peter Fonda, Susan Saint James, John Crawford, James T. Callahan, Michael Lerner, Steve Fromholz, Richard Lockmiller, Matt Clark, Gene Rader, Jerry Greene, Dave Helfert, Jeffrey Friedman (politician), James N. Harrell Live Action
Suspiria 20th Century Fox Dario Argento (director); Daria Nicolodi (screenplay); Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé, Barbara Magnolfi, Susanna Javicoli, Eva Axén, Alida Valli, and Joan Bennett Live Action
17 That Obscure Object of Desire Greenwich Film Productions / Les Films Galaxie / InCine / GEF-CCFC Luis Buñuel (director/screenplay); Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay); Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau, André Weber, and Milena Vukotic Live Action
18 Journey Among Women Greater Union / Ko-An Film Productions Tom Cowan (director/screenplay); John Weiley, Dorothy Hewett (screenplay); Jeune Pritchard, Nell Campbell, Diana Fuller, Lisa Peers, Jude Kuring, Robyn Moase, Michelle Johnson, Rose Lilley, Lillian Crombie, Therese Jack, Kay Self, Helenka Link, Ralph Cotterill, Martin Phelan, Tim Elliot Live Action
24 Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown Paramount Pictures Bill Melendez (director); Phil Roman (co-director); Charles M. Schulz (screenplay); Duncan Watson, Stuart Brotman, Gail Davis, Liam Martin, Melanie Kohn, Jimmy Ahrens, Kirk Jue, Jordan Warren, Tom Muller, Greg Felton, Joseph Biter, Bill Melendez, Jackson Beck, and Fred Van Amburg Animation
Thunder and Lightning 20th Century Fox Corey Allen (director); William Hjortsberg (screenplay); Sterling Holloway, Patrick Cranshaw, Charles Napier, George Murdock, Ron Feinberg, David Carradine, Kate Jackson Live Action
26 Joyride American International Pictures Joseph Ruben (director/screenplay); Peter Rainer (screenplay); Desi Arnaz, Jr., Robert Carradine, Melanie Griffith, Anne Lockhart Live Action
31 The War of the Worlds (re-release) Paramount Pictures Byron Haskin (director); Barré Lyndon (screenplay); Gene Barry and Ann Robinson Live Action
You Light Up My Life Columbia Pictures Joseph Brooks (director/screenplay); Didi Conn, Joe Silver, Michael Zaslow, and Melanie Mayron Live Action
11 The Haunting of Julia Astral Films / Cinema International Corporation Richard Loncraine (director); Dave Humphries (screenplay); Mia Farrow, Keir Dullea, Tom Conti, Jill Bennett, Robin Gammell, Cathleen Nesbitt, Anna Wing, Edward Hardwicke Live Action
16 THX-1138 (re-release) Warner Bros. George Lucas (director/screenplay); Walter Murch (screenplay); Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie, Ian Wolfe Live Action
21 Shock Waves Lawrence Friedricks Enterprises / Zopix Company Ken Wiederhorn (director/screenplay); Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Brooke Adams, Fred Buch, Jack Davidson, Luke Halpin, D. J. Sidney, Don Stout Live Action
22 Soldier of Orange Tuschinski Film Distribution / The Rank Organisation / The International Picture Show Company Paul Verhoeven (director/screenplay); Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, Kees Holierhoek, Gerard Soeteman (screenplay); Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Derek de Lint, and Edward Fox Live Action
28 Another Man, Another Chance United Artists Claude Lelouch (director/screenplay); James Caan, Geneviève Bujold, Francis Huster, Susan Tyrrell, Jennifer Warren Live Action
Short Eyes Film League Robert M. Young (director); Miguel Piñero (screenplay); Bruce Davison, Jose Perez, Joseph Carberry, Nathan George, Don Blakely, Tito Goya, Shawn Elliott, Bob Maroff, Miguel Piñero, Luis Guzmán, Freddy Fender Live Action
29 Bobby Deerfield Columbia Pictures (U.S.A / Canada) / Warner Bros. (International) Sydney Pollack (director); Alvin Sargent (screenplay); Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, and Anny Duperey Live Action
30 A Little Night Music New World Pictures Harold Prince (director); Hugh Wheeler (screenplay); Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Rigg, Len Cariou, and Lesley-Anne Down Live Action


Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Medium
1 The Yellow Handkerchief Shochiku Yoji Yamada (director/screenplay); Yoshitaka Asama (screenplay); Ken Takakura, Chieko Baisho, Tetsuya Takeda, Kaori Momoi, Hachirō Tako, Hisao Dazai, Mari Okamoto, and Kiyoshi Atsumi Live Action
2 Julia 20th Century Fox Fred Zinnemann (director); Alvin Sargent (screenplay); Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Rosemary Murphy, Maximilian Schell, and Meryl Streep Live Action
Roseland Cinema Shares International Distribution James Ivory (director); Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay); Teresa Wright, Lou Jacobi, Geraldine Chaplin, Helen Gallagher, Joan Copeland, Christopher Walken, Conrad Janis, Lilia Skala Live Action
7 Oh, God! Warner Bros. Pictures Carl Reiner (director); Larry Gelbart (screenplay); George Burns, John Denver, Teri Garr, and Donald Pleasence Live Action
A Piece of the Action Universal Pictures Sidney Poitier (director); Charles Blackwell (screenplay); Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas, Hope Clarke, Tracy Reed, and Titos Vandis Live Action
Rolling Thunder American International Pictures John Flynn (director); Paul Schrader, Heywood Gould (screenplay); William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, James Best, Dabney Coleman, and Luke Askew Live Action
14 The Chicken Chronicles AVCO Embassy Pictures Frank Simon (director); Paul Diamond (screenplay); Phil Silvers, Ed Lauter, Steve Guttenberg, Lisa Reeves, Gino Baffa, Meridith Baer, Branscombe Richmond, Jon Gries, Raven De La Croix Live Action
Starship Invasions Warner Bros. Pictures Ed Hunt (director / screenplay); Robert Vaughn and Christopher Lee Live Action
16 Alambrista! First Run Features Robert M. Young (director / screenplay); Domingo Ambriz, Trinidad Silva, Linda Gillen, Ned Beatty, and Jerry Hardin Live Action
19 Equus United Artists Sidney Lumet (director); Peter Shaffer (screenplay); Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Jenny Agutter, Joan Plowright, and Colin Blakely Live Action
Looking for Mr. Goodbar Paramount Pictures Richard Brooks (director / screenplay); Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton, Richard Kiley, and Richard Gere Live Action
21 Damnation Alley 20th Century Fox Jack Smight (director); Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda, Paul Winfield, Jackie Earle Haley Live Action
Ruby Dimension Pictures Curtis Harrington (director); George Edwards, Steve Krantz, Barry Schneider (screenplay); Piper Laurie, Stuart Whitman, Roger Davis, Janit Baldwin, Paul Kent, Len Lesser Live Action
28 Valentino United Artists Ken Russell (director/screenplay); Mardik Martin (screenplay); Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Michelle Phillips, Carol Kane, Felicity Kendal, Seymour Cassel, Huntz Hall Alfred Marks, David de Keyser, and Linda Thorson Live Action
2 Madame Rosa Warner Bros. Pictures Moshé Mizrahi (director/screenplay); Simone Signoret, Michal Bat-Adam, Samy Ben-Youb, Gabriel Jabbour, and Geneviève Fontanel Live Action
3 Pete's Dragon Buena Vista Distribution Don Chaffey (director); Malcolm Marmorstein (screenplay); Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Jeff Conaway, Shelley Winters, Jane Kean, Jim Backus, Sean Marshall, and Charlie Callas Live Action / Animation
4 Heroes Universal Pictures Jeremy Kagan (director); James Carabatsos (screenplay); Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, and Val Avery Live Action
First Love Paramount Pictures Joan Darling (director); Jane Stanton Hitchcock and David Freeman (screenplay); William Katt, Susan Dey, John Heard, Beverly D'Angelo, and Robert Loggia Live Action
Which Way Is Up? Universal Pictures Michael Schultz (director); Carl Gottlieb, Cecil Brown (screenplay); Richard Pryor, Lonette McKee, Margaret Avery, Morgan Woodward, Marilyn Coleman, and BeBe Drake-Hooks Live Action
6 Black Joy ITC Entertainment Anthony Simmons (director); Jamal Ali (screenplay); Norman Beaton, Trevor Thomas, Floella Benjamin, Dawn Hope, Oscar James, Paul J. Medford, and Vivian Stanshall Live Action
14 The Turning Point 20th Century Fox Herbert Ross (director); Arthur Laurents (screenplay); Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne Live Action
16 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Columbia Pictures Steven Spielberg (director / screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, and François Truffaut Live Action
18 The Mouse and His Child Murakami-Wolf-Swenson Fred Wolf (director); Russell Hoban (screenplay); Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, John Carradine, Andy Devine, and Don Lake Animation
The Pack Warner Bros. Pictures Robert Clouse (director / screenplay); Joe Don Baker, Hope Alexander-Willis, Richard B. Shull, R. G. Armstrong, Ned Wertimer, Richard O'Brien, Bibi Besch, Delos V. Smith Jr., Sherry Miles, and Paul Willson Live Action
Planet of Dinosaurs Cineworld Pictures James Shea (director); Jim Aupperle, Ralph Lucas (screenplay); James Whitworth, Pamela Bottaro, Louie Lawless, Harvey Shain, Charlotte Speer, Chuck Pennington, Derna Wylde, Max Thayer, Mary Appleseth Live Action
Semi-Tough United Artists Michael Ritchie (director); Walter Bernstein and Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston, Lotte Lenya, Bert Convy, and Brian Dennehy Live Action
27 The Hobbit Rankin/Bass / Topcraft / ABC Video Enterprises Arthur Rankin Jr. / Jules Bass (directors); Romeo Muller (screenplay); Orson Bean, Richard Boone, Hans Conried, John Huston, Otto Preminger, Cyril Ritchard, Brother Theodore, Paul Frees, Jack DeLeon, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Glenn Yarbrough, Thurl Ravenscroft Animation
30 The Goodbye Girl Warner Bros. Pictures Herbert Ross (director); Neil Simon (screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, and Quinn Cummings Live Action
Scott Joplin Universal Pictures / Motown Productions Jeremy Kagan (director); Christopher Knopf (screenplay); Billy Dee Williams, Clifton Davis, Margaret Avery, Eubie Blake, Godfrey Cambridge, and Art Carney Live Action
9 The Disappearance Hemdale Film Corporation Stuart Cooper (director); Paul Mayersberg (screenplay); Donald Sutherland, Francine Racette, David Hemmings, John Hurt, and David Warner Live Action
13 Goodbye Emmanuelle Parafrance Films/ Warner Bros. Pictures / Columbia Pictures François Leterrier (director); Monique Lange, François Leterrier, Emmanuelle Arsan (screenplay); Sylvia Kristel, Umberto Orsini, Alexandra Stewart, Jean-Pierre Bouvier, Olga Georges-Picot, and Charlotte Alexandra Live Action
The Last Wave McElroy & McElroy / South Australian Film Corporation / Australian Film Commission Peter Weir (director/screenplay); Tony Morphett, Petru Popescu (screenplay); Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, Gulpilil, and Nandjiwarra Amagula Live Action
16 Candleshoe Buena Vista Distribution Norman Tokar (director); David Swift and Rosemary Anne Sisson (screenplay); Jodie Foster, David Niven, Helen Hayes, and Leo McKern Live Action
Saturday Night Fever Paramount Pictures John Badham (director); Norman Wexler (screenplay); John Travolta and Karen Gorney Live Action
Telefon United Artists Don Siegel (director); Peter Hyams and Stirling Silliphant (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, and Donald Pleasence Live Action
18 The World's Greatest Lover 20th Century Fox Gene Wilder (director/screenplay); Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom DeLuise, Fritz Feld, Ronny Graham, and Danny DeVito Live Action
21 The Gauntlet Warner Bros. Pictures Clint Eastwood (director); Dennis Shryack (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, and Sondra Locke Live Action
22 The Choirboys Universal Pictures Robert Aldrich (director); Jennifer Miller (screenplay); Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King, Clyde Kusatsu, Stephen Macht, Tim McIntire, Randy Quaid, Chuck Sacci, Don Stroud, James Woods, and Burt Young Live Action
Summer City Intertropic films / Avalon Film Corporation Studio Christopher Fraser (director); Phil Avalon (screenplay); Mel Gibson, John Jarratt, Phil Avalon, Steve Bisley, James Elliott, Abigail, and Ward "Pally" Austin Live Action
25 The Duellists Paramount Pictures / Enigma Productions / National Film Finance Consortium Ridley Scott (director); Gerald Vaughan-Hughes (screenplay); Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, and Tom Conti Live Action
High Anxiety 20th Century Fox Mel Brooks (director / screenplay); Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Ron Carey, Howard Morris, and Dick Van Patten Live Action
Opening Night Universal Pictures John Cassavetes (director / screenplay); Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, and Zohra Lampert Live Action
26 ABBA: The Movie Warner Bros. Pictures Lasse Hallström (director / screenplay); Robert Caswell (screenplay); Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog, Robert Hughes, and Tom Oliver Live Action
28 Grayeagle American International Pictures Charles B. Pierce (director / screenplay); Ben Johnson, Iron Eyes Cody, Lana Wood, Jack Elam, and Alex Cord Live Action


Notable deathsEdit

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 3 Tom Gries 54 US Director
6 Niall MacGinnis 63 Ireland Actor
12 Henri-Georges Clouzot 69 France Director, Screenwriter
14 Peter Finch 60 UK Actor
18 Yvonne Printemps 82 France Actress, Singer
26 Margaret Hayes 60 US Actress
31 Daniel Mainwaring 74 US Screenwriter
February 3 Pauline Starke 76 US Actress
17 Edward G. Boyle 78 Canada Production Designer
18 Andy Devine 71 US Actor
22 Edith Barrett 70 US Actress
27 Allison Hayes 46 US Actress
28 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson 71 US Actor
March 25 Nunnally Johnson 79 US Screenwriter, Director
27 Diana Hyland 41 US Actress
April 17 Marjorie Gateson 86 US Actress
19 Marion Gering 75 Russia Director
21 Gummo Marx 83 US Actor, Agent
28 Ricardo Cortez 76 US Actor
May 10 Joan Crawford 71 US Actress
15 Herbert Wilcox 87 UK Director, Producer
21 Dorothy Christy 70 US Actress
31 William Castle 63 US Producer, Director
June 2 Stephen Boyd 45 Ireland Actor
3 Roberto Rossellini 71 Italy Director, Screenwriter
5 Luis César Amadori 75 Italy/Argentina Director, Screenwriter
13 Matthew Garber 21 UK Actor
14 Alan Reed 69 US Actor
19 Geraldine Brooks 51 US Actress
20 Abner Biberman 68 US Director, Actor
July 2 William H. Ziegler 67 US Film Editor
22 Erik Chitty 70 UK Actor
August 3 Alfred Lunt 84 US Actor
14 George Oppenheimer 77 US Screenwriter
16 Elvis Presley 42 US Actor, Singer
17 Delmer Daves 73 US Screenwriter, Director
19 Groucho Marx 86 US Actor, Screenwriter
19 Peter Dyneley 56 UK Actor
21 Danny Lockin 34 US Actor
22 Sebastian Cabot 59 UK Actor
22 Alex Segal 62 US Director
29 Jean Hagen 54 US Actress
31 H. C. Potter 72 US Director
September 2 Stephen Dunne 59 US Actor
8 Zero Mostel 62 US Actor
October 3 Tay Garnett 83 US Director
5 Fred F. Finklehoffe 67 US Screenwriter
14 Bing Crosby 74 US Actor, Singer
31 Joan Tetzel 56 US Actress
November 4 Betty Balfour 74 UK Actress
9 Gertrude Astor 90 US Actress
15 William C. McGann 84 US Director
18 Victor Francen 89 Belgium Actor
25 Richard Carlson 65 US Actor
30 Olga Petrova 93 UK Actress, Screenwriter
30 Terence Rattigan 66 UK Screenwriter
December 4 Leila Hyams 72 US Actress
18 Cyril Ritchard 79 Australia Actor
19 Jacques Tourneur 73 France Director
25 Charlie Chaplin 88 UK Actor, Director, Screenwriter
26 Howard Hawks 81 US Director
28 Charlotte Greenwood 87 US Actress

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