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Highest-grossing films (US)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 Domestic gross
1. Star Wars 20th Century 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]

EventsEdit

AwardsEdit

Notable films released in 1977Edit

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1977 film releasesEdit

January–MarchEdit

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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
21 Cross of Iron Warner Bros. Pictures Sam Peckinpah (director/screenplay); James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason Live Action
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4 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
18 Thieves Paramount Pictures John Berry (director); Herb Gardner (screenplay); Marlo Thomas, Charles Grodin, and Irwin Corey 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
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4 Mr. Billion 20th Century Fox Jonathan Kaplan (director/screenplay); Terence Hill, Valerie Perrine, Jackie Gleason, Slim Pickens, William Redfield, and Chill Wills Live Action
11 Islands in the Stream Paramount Pictures Franklin J. Schaffner (director); Denne Bart Petitclerc (screenplay); George C. Scott, David Hemmings, and Gilbert Roland Live Action
18 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 Tim Burton (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

April–JuneEdit

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1 Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure 20th Century Fox Richard Williams (director); Max Wilk (screenplay); Claire Williams, Didi Conn, and Mark Baker Animation
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
15 Audrey Rose Columbia Pictures Robert Wise (director); Frank De Felitta (screenplay); Marsha Mason, Anthony Hopkins, John Beck, Susan Swift Live Action
22 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
29 3 Women 20th Century Fox Robert Altman (director/screenplay); Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Janice Rule Live Action
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
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6 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
20 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, and Alec Guinness Live Action
27 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
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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
17 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
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
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 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
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

July–SeptemberEdit

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1 Greased Lightning Warner Bros. Pictures Michael Schultz (director); Melvin Van Peebles (screenplay); Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, and Pam Grier Live Action
8 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
15 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden New World Pictures Anthony Page (director); Roger Corman (screenplay); Kathleen Quinlan and Bibi Andersson Live Action
22 MacArthur Universal Pictures Hal Barwood (director); Matthew Robbins (screenplay); Gregory Peck, Ed Flanders, and Dan O'Herlihy Live Action
The Deep Columbia Pictures Peter Yates (director); Peter Benchley (screenplay); Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset, Nick Nolte, Louis Gossett, and Eli Wallach Live Action
29 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
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5 Grand Theft Auto New World Pictures Ron Howard (director/screenplay); Rance Howard (screenplay); Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Marion Ross, eter Isacksen, Don Steele, and Clint Howard Live Action
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
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
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
26 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
You Light Up My Life Columbia Pictures Joseph Brooks (director/screenplay); Didi Conn, Joe Silver, Michael Zaslow, and Melanie Mayron Live Action
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2 Another Man, Another Chance New World Pictures Claude Lelouch (director/screenplay); James Caan, Geneviève Bujold, and Francis Huster Live Action
12 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
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

October–DecemberEdit

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7 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
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
14 Looking for Mr. Goodbar Paramount Pictures Richard Brooks (director / screenplay); Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton, Richard Kiley, and Richard Gere Live Action
Starship Invasions Warner Bros. Pictures Ed Hunt (director / screenplay); Robert Vaughn and Christopher Lee 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
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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
Pete's Dragon (1977 film) 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
11 The Turning Point 20th Century Fox Herbert Ross (director); Arthur Laurents (screenplay); Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne Live Action
18 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Columbia Pictures Steven Spielberg (director / screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, and François Truffaut Live Action
Semi-Tough Warner Bros. Pictures 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
25 Telefon United Artists Don Siegel (director); Peter Hyams and Stirling Silliphant (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, and Donald Pleasence Live Action
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
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2 The Goodbye Girl Warner Bros. Pictures Herbert Ross (director); Neil Simon (screenplay); Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, and Quinn Cummings Live Action
Opening Night Universal Pictures John Cassavetes (director / screenplay); Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, and Zohra Lampert Live Action
9 Equus United Artists Sidney Lumet (director); Peter Shaffer (screenplay); Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Jenny Agutter, Joan Plowright, and Colin Blakely Live Action
Saturday Night Fever Paramount Pictures John Badham (director); Norman Wexler (screenplay); John Travolta and Karen Gorney Live Action
The Gauntlet Warner Bros. Pictures Clint Eastwood (director); Dennis Shryack (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, and Sondra Locke Live Action
16 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
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
The Duellists Paramount Pictures Ridley Scott (director); Gerald Vaughan-Hughes (screenplay); Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, and Tom Conti Live Action
21 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
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
25 Grayeagle American International Pictures Charles B. Pierce (director / screenplay); Ben Johnson, Iron Eyes Cody, Lana Wood, Jack Elam, and Alex Cord Live Action

BirthsEdit

Notable deathsEdit

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 3 Tom Gries 54 USA 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 USA Actress
31 Daniel Mainwaring 74 USA Screenwriter
February 3 Pauline Starke 76 USA Actress
17 Edward G. Boyle 78 Canada Production Designer
18 Andy Devine 71 USA Actor
22 Edith Barrett 70 USA Actress
27 Allison Hayes 46 USA Actress
28 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson 71 USA Actor
March 25 Nunnally Johnson 79 USA Screenwriter, Director
27 Diana Hyland 41 USA Actress
April 17 Marjorie Gateson 86 USA Actress
19 Marion Gering 75 Russia Director
21 Gummo Marx 83 USA Actor, Agent
28 Ricardo Cortez 76 USA Actor
May 10 Joan Crawford 71 USA Actress
15 Herbert Wilcox 87 UK Director, Producer
21 Dorothy Christy 70 USA Actress
31 William Castle 63 USA 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 USA Actor
19 Geraldine Brooks 51 USA Actress
20 Abner Biberman 68 USA Director, Actor
July 2 William H. Ziegler 67 USA Film Editor
22 Erik Chitty 70 UK Actor
August 3 Alfred Lunt 84 USA Actor
14 George Oppenheimer 77 USA Screenwriter
16 Elvis Presley 42 USA Actor, Singer
17 Delmer Daves 73 USA Screenwriter, Director
19 Groucho Marx 86 USA Actor, Screenwriter
19 Peter Dyneley 56 UK Actor
21 Danny Lockin 34 USA Actor
22 Sebastian Cabot 59 UK Actor
22 Alex Segal 62 USA Director
29 Jean Hagen 54 USA Actress
31 H. C. Potter 72 USA Director
September 2 Stephen Dunne 59 USA Actor
8 Zero Mostel 62 USA Actor
October 3 Tay Garnett 83 USA Director
5 Fred F. Finklehoffe 67 USA Screenwriter
14 Bing Crosby 74 USA Actor, Singer
31 Joan Tetzel 56 USA Actress
November 4 Betty Balfour 74 UK Actress
9 Gertrude Astor 90 USA Actress
15 William C. McGann 84 USA Director
18 Victor Francen 89 Belgium Actor
25 Richard Carlson 65 USA Actor
30 Olga Petrova 93 UK Actress, Screenwriter
30 Terence Rattigan 66 UK Screenwriter
December 4 Leila Hyams 72 USA 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 USA Director
28 Charlotte Greenwood 87 USA Actress

Film debutsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Star Wars' B.O. History". Variety. May 17, 1999. p. 30.
  2. ^ "Smokey and the Bandit, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Saturday Night Fever, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "The Goodbye Girl (1977-11-30)". Box office. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "A Bridge Too Far (1977) , Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  7. ^ "The Deep, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Spy Who Loved Me, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  9. ^ "Oh, God!". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Annie Hall, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  11. ^ "Don Bluth The Disney Years: The Rescuers". cataroo.com. Retrieved 3 April 2017.