List of American films of 1971

This is a list of American films released in 1971.

On April 10, 1972, at the 44th Academy Awards, The French Connection won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The other nominees were A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler on the Roof, The Last Picture Show and Nicholas and Alexandra.


A–BEdit

Title Director Cast Genre/note
200 Motels Tony Palmer, Charles Swenson Frank Zappa, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel comedy, musical United Artists
The Anderson Tapes Sidney Lumet Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Christopher Walken, Martin Balsam, Alan King crime, drama Columbia
The Andromeda Strain Robert Wise Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, David Wayne, Paula Kelly science fiction Universal. book by Michael Crichton
Bananas Woody Allen Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalbán comedy United Artists
The Barefoot Executive Robert Butler Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn comedy, family Disney
The Battle of Love's Return Lloyd Kaufman Lloyd Kaufman, Lynn Lowry, Oliver Stone comedy Independent
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Robert Stevenson Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson musical, fantasy Disney
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me Jeffrey Young Barry Primus, David Downing, Susan Tyrrell Drama Paramount
The Beguiled Don Siegel Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Darlene Carr, Jo Ann Harris drama Universal; remade in 2017
Believe in Me Stuart Hagmann Michael Sarrazin, Jacqueline Bisset Drama MGM
The Big Doll House Jack Hill Roberta Collins, Pam Grier sexploitation New World Pictures
Big Jake George Sherman John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Richard Boone western National General
Billy Jack Tom Laughlin Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Kenneth Tobey, Howard Hesseman action Warner Bros. 2 sequels
Black Noon Bernard L. Kowalski Roy Thinnes, Yvette Mimieux Horror, Western Made for TV
Bless the Beasts and Children Stanley Kramer Bill Mumy, Barry Robins, Miles Chapin drama Columbia. Based on novel
Blood and Lace Philip Gilbert Gloria Grahame, Melody Patterson horror A.I.P.
Blood Thirst Newt Arnold Robert Winston, Yvonne Nielson, Judy Dennis horror Independent
Born to Win Ivan Passer George Segal, Paula Prentiss, Karen Black comedy United Artists
Boys in the Sand Wakefield Poole Casey Donovan, Peter Fisk, Danny Di Cioccio Adult Poolemar.
The Boy Friend Ken Russell Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian comedy MGM. Made in Britain.
Brian's Song Buzz Kulik James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Shelley Fabares, Jack Warden biography, drama Columbia. Originally made for TV; remade in 2001 under the same name.
The Bridge in the Jungle Pancho Kohner John Huston, Katy Jurado, Charles Robinson Adventure United Artists
Brother John James Goldstone Sidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman drama Columbia
B.S. I Love You Steven Hilliard Stern Peter Kastner, Joanna Cameron, Louise Sorel Comedy 20th Century Fox
Bunny O'Hare Gerd Oswald Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Cassidy crime, comedy AIP

C–GEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Cain's Cutthroats Ken Osborne John Carradine, Scott Brady, Don Epperson western Independent
Carnal Knowledge Mike Nichols Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Art Garfunkel, Candice Bergen, Rita Moreno drama Embassy. From Jules Feiffer play; Ann-Margret Oscar-nominated
Chandler Paul Magwood Warren Oates, Leslie Caron, Alex Dreier Thriller MGM
Catlow Sam Wanamaker Yul Brynner, Richard Crenna, Leonard Nimoy western MGM. From Louis L'Amour novel
The Christian Licorice Store James Frawley Beau Bridges, Maud Adams, Gilbert Roland Drama National General
Chrome and Hot Leather Lee Frost William Smith, Kathrine Baumann, Marvin Gaye biker film AIP
City Beneath the Sea Irwin Allen Stuart Whitman, Rosemary Forsyth, Robert Colbert adventure
science fiction
Warner Bros. Made for TV; Remake of 1953 film
Clay Pigeon Lane Slate Telly Savalas, Robert Vaughn, Burgess Meredith action MGM
A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri, Miriam Karlin drama Warner Bros.
Cold Turkey Norman Lear Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Pippa Scott comedy United Artists. Music by Randy Newman
Cry Uncle! John G. Avildsen Allen Garfield, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Debbi Morgan comedy Independent
Day of the Wolves Ferde Grofe, Jr. Richard Egan, Martha Hyer, Jan Murray crime drama Independent. Hyer's final film
The Deserter Burt Kennedy Bekim Fehmiu, John Huston, Richard Crenna, Ricardo Montalbán, Chuck Connors western Paramount Dino De Laurentiis production
Desperate Characters Frank D. Gilroy Shirley MacLaine, Kenneth Mars, Sada Thompson drama Paramount
Diamonds Are Forever Guy Hamilton Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood action United Artists
Dirty Harry Don Siegel Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Reni Santoni, Harry Guardino, John Vernon drama, action Warner Bros.; first in 5-film series
Doc Frank Perry Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway, Harris Yulin western United Artists
Doctors' Wives George Schaefer Dyan Cannon, Richard Crenna, Gene Hackman drama Columbia
Dollars Richard Brooks Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Gert Fröbe crime, comedy Columbia
Dracula vs. Frankenstein Al Adamson Lon Chaney, Jr., J. Carrol Naish, Regina Carrol horror Independent. Chaney's final horror film
Drive, He Said Jack Nicholson William Tepper, Karen Black, Bruce Dern drama Columbia
Duel Steven Spielberg Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Carey Loftin thriller Universal. Originally made for TV
Escape from the Planet of the Apes Don Taylor Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Sal Mineo science fiction 20th Century Fox. Planet of the Apes sequel
Evel Knievel Marvin J. Chomsky George Hamilton, Sue Lyon, Bert Freed biography Independent
Fiddler on the Roof Norman Jewison Topol, Norma Crane, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Leonard Frey, Rosalind Harris, Michele Marsh musical United Artists. Based on Broadway show; won 3 Oscars
Fools' Parade Andrew V. McLaglen James Stewart, Kurt Russell, George Kennedy crime, drama Columbia. From Davis Grubb story
Four Rode Out John Peyser Sue Lyon, Leslie Nielsen, María Martín western MGM. Co-production with Spain
The French Connection William Friedkin Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey crime, drama 20th Century Fox. Won 5 Academy Awards
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight James Goldstone Jerry Orbach, Leigh Taylor-Young, Robert De Niro comedy MGM. From Jimmy Breslin novel
The Gatling Gun Robert Gordon Guy Stockwell, BarBara Luna, Woody Strode Western Independent
Going Home Herbert B. Leonard Robert Mitchum, Brenda Vaccaro, Sally Kirkland drama MGM
The Grissom Gang Robert Aldrich Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante crime Cinerama
A Gunfight Lamont Johnson Kirk Douglas, Johnny Cash, Karen Black western Paramount

H–MEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Hannie Caulder Burt Kennedy Raquel Welch, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Culp, Strother Martin, Jack Elam, Christopher Lee western Paramount
Happy Birthday, Wanda June Mark Robson Rod Steiger, Don Murray, Susannah York comedy Columbia. Based on Kurt Vonnegut play
The Hard Ride Burt Topper Robert Fuller, Sherry Bain, Tony Russel action AIP
Harold and Maude Hal Ashby Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles comedy Paramount. 2 Golden Globe nominations
The Hellstrom Chronicle Walon Green Lawrence Pressman mockumentary Independent
The Hired Hand Peter Fonda Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom western Universal
The Horsemen John Frankenheimer Omar Sharif, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jack Palance adventure Columbia. Based on Joseph Kessel novel
The Hospital Arthur Hiller George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes drama United Artists. Oscar for screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky
How to Frame a Figg Alan Rifkin Don Knotts, Joe Flynn, Yvonne Craig comedy Universal
The Hunting Party Don Medford Gene Hackman, Oliver Reed, Candice Bergen western United Artists
The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant Anthony Lanza Bruce Dern, Pat Priest sci-fi AIP
Jennifer on My Mind Noel Black Michael Brandon, Tippy Walker, Steve Vinovich Drama United Artists
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo Timothy Bottoms, Diane Varsi, Donald Sutherland drama, war Cinemation. Cannes Grand Prix award
Kidnapped Delbert Mann Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Donald Pleasence drama AIP
Klute Alan J. Pakula Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider mystery Warner Bros. Oscar for Fonda
Kotch Jack Lemmon Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr comedy Cinerama Only film directed by Lemmon
The Last Movie Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper, Toni Basil, Julie Adams drama Universal
The Last Picture Show Peter Bogdanovich Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Randy Quaid drama Columbia. Based on novel by Larry McMurtry; Oscars for Leachman, Johnson
The Last Rebel Larry G. Spangler Joe Namath, Jack Elam, Woody Strode Western Columbia
The Last Run Richard Fleischer George C. Scott, Tony Musante, Trish Van Devere action MGM
Lawman Michael Winner Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Sheree North, J.D. Cannon, Albert Salmi, Robert Duvall western United Artists
Le Mans Lee H. Katzin Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch action National General
Let's Scare Jessica to Death John D. Hancock Zohra Lampert, Kevin O'Connor, Gretchen Corbett horror Paramount
The Light at the Edge of the World Kevin Billington Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Samantha Eggar adventure MGM; based on Jules Verne novel
Little Murders Alan Arkin Elliott Gould, Marcia Rodd, Doris Roberts, Elizabeth Wilson, Vincent Gardenia comedy 20th Century Fox; written by Jules Feiffer
The Love Machine Jack Haley, Jr. Dyan Cannon, John Phillip Law, Robert Ryan drama Columbia. Based on Jacqueline Susann novel
Made for Each Other Robert B. Bean Renée Taylor, Joseph Bologna, Paul Sorvino romantic comedy 20th Century Fox. Written by Taylor and Bologna
Making It John Erman Kristoffer Tabori, Carol Arthur, Bob Balaban Drama 20th Century Fox
Man and Boy E.W. Swackhamer Bill Cosby Western Columbia
Man in the Wilderness Richard C. Sarafian Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon western Warner Bros.
The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker Lawrence Turman Richard Benjamin, Joanna Shimkus, Adam West drama 20th Century Fox
McCabe & Mrs. Miller Robert Altman Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, William Devane, René Auberjonois, Keith Carradine western Warner Bros.; Oscar nomination for Christie
The Mephisto Waltz Paul Wendkos Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins horror 20th Century Fox
The Million Dollar Duck Vincent McEveety Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Tony Roberts family Disney
Minnie and Moskowitz John Cassavetes John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel romantic comedy Universal
Mrs. Pollifax-Spy Leslie H. Martinson Rosalind Russell, Darren McGavin, Nehemiah Persoff mystery United Artists. Russell's final film
Murders in the Rue Morgue Gordon Hessler Jason Robards, Herbert Lom suspense AIP
My Old Man's Place Edwin Sherin Arthur Kennedy, Mitchell Ryan, William Devane Drama Cinerama

N–SEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Necromania Ed Wood Maria Arnold, Ed Wood horror Independent
A New Leaf Elaine May Walter Matthau, Elaine May, James Coco, Jack Weston, Doris Roberts comedy Paramount. 2 Golden Globe nominations
The Night God Screamed Lee Madden Jeanne Crain, Alex Nicol, Daniel Spelling, Michael Sugich, Barbara Hancock, Dawn Cleary, Gary Morgan psychological horror Cinemation Industries
Night of Dark Shadows Dan Curtis Kate Jackson, David Selby, Lara Parker mystery MGM. House of Dark Shadows sequel
Octaman Harry Essex Pier Angeli, Jeff Morrow sci-fi Independent. Angeli's final film
The Omega Man Boris Sagal Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash, Anthony Zerbe sci-fi Warner Bros. Based on novel I Am Legend
One More Train to Rob Victor McLaglen George Peppard, Diana Muldaur, John Vernon western Universal
The Organization Don Medford Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Sheree North Crime United Artists.
The Panic in Needle Park Jerry Schatzberg Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Kiel Martin drama 20th Century Fox. Pacino's second film
Pink Narcissus James Bidgood Don Brooks, Charles Ludlam fantasy Independent
Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills thriller Universal. First film directed by Eastwood
Plaza Suite Arthur Hiller Walter Matthau, Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris comedy Paramount. Written by Neil Simon
Pretty Maids All in a Row Roger Vadim Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas Mystery comedy MGM. Written by Gene Roddenberry
Private Duty Nurses George Armitage Katherine Cannon, Robert F. Simon Thriller New World Pictures
Punishment Park Peter Watkins Scott Turner mockumentary Independent
The Pursuit of Happiness Robert Mulligan Michael Sarrazin, Barbara Hershey, Robert Klein drama Columbia
Raid on Rommel Henry Hathaway Richard Burton, John Colicos, Wolfgang Preiss war Universal
Red Sky at Morning James Goldstone Desi Arnaz, Jr., Catherine Burns, Richard Crenna drama Universal. Golden Globe for Arnaz
The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler Bob Wynn Angie Dickinson, Bradford Dillman, Leslie Nielsen sci-fi Independent
The Return of Count Yorga Robert Kelljan Robert Quarry, Mariette Hartley horror AIP. Sequel to 1970 film
A Safe Place Henry Jaglom Jack Nicholson, Tuesday Weld, Orson Welles drama Columbia
The Sandpit Generals Hall Bartlett Tisha Sterling, Dorival Caymmi, John Rubinstein drama AIP
Scandalous John Robert Butler Brian Keith, Alfonso Arau, Michele Carey Comedy drama Disney
The Seven Minutes Russ Meyer Edy Williams, Yvonne De Carlo, Tom Selleck drama 20th Century Fox. Based on Irving Wallace novel
Shaft Gordon Parks Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn crime, action MGM. Oscar for Best Song
Shoot Out Henry Hathaway Gregory Peck, Pat Quinn, Susan Tyrrell western Universal. Hathaway's next-to-last film
Simon, King of the Witches Bruce Kessler Allyson Ames horror Independent
The Ski Bum Bruce D. Clark Zalman King, Charlotte Rampling, Dimitra Arliss Drama Embassy
Skin Game Paul Bogart James Garner, Louis Gossett, Jr., Susan Clark western, comedy Warner Bros.
Something Big Andrew V. McLaglen Dean Martin, Brian Keith, Ben Johnson, Carol White, Honor Blackman western National General. Music by Burt Bacharach
Sometimes a Great Notion Paul Newman Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckel adventure Universal. 2 Oscar nominations; based on Ken Kesey novel
Soul to Soul Denis Sanders Tina Turner, Ike Turner, Carlos Santana documentary Independent
Star Spangled Girl Jerry Paris Sandy Duncan, Tony Roberts comedy Paramount. Written by Neil Simon
The Steagle Paul Sylbert Richard Benjamin, Chill Wills, Cloris Leachman Comedy Embassy
Straw Dogs Sam Peckinpah Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, David Warner Thriller Cinerama. Remade in 2011
Such Good Friends Otto Preminger Dyan Cannon, James Coco, Jennifer O'Neill comedy, drama Paramount Elaine May script
Summer of '42 Robert Mulligan Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser drama Warner Bros.; Oscar for Best Musical Score
Summertree Anthony Newley Michael Douglas, Brenda Vaccaro, Barbara Bel Geddes drama Columbia
Support Your Local Gunfighter! Burt Kennedy James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Harry Morgan comedy United Artists
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Melvin Van Peebles Melvin Van Peebles, John Amos crime drama Cinemation Industries

T–ZEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
THX 1138 George Lucas Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Ian Wolfe, Don Pedro Colley science fiction Warner Bros., Lucas's first film
T.R. Baskin Herbert Ross Candice Bergen, Peter Boyle, James Caan drama Paramount
Taking Off Miloš Forman Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Georgia Engel comedy Universal
There's Always Vanilla George A. Romero Raymond Laine drama Independent
They Might Be Giants Anthony Harvey George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward mystery Universal; from James Goldman play
The Todd Killings Barry Shear Robert F. Lyons, Richard Thomas, Belinda Montgomery Thriller National General
The Touch Ingmar Bergman Elliott Gould, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow drama Cinerama
The Touch of Satan Tom Laughlin Michael Berry horror Independent
A Town Called Bastard Robert Parrish Robert Shaw, Stella Stevens, Telly Savalas western Independent
T.R. Baskin Herbert Ross Candice Bergen, Peter Boyle, James Caan Drama Paramount
The Trojan Women Michael Cacoyannis Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas drama Cinerama
Two-Lane Blacktop Monte Hellman Warren Oates, James Taylor, Dennis Wilson drama Universal
Valdez Is Coming Edwin Sherin Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Jon Cypher western United Artists. Elmore Leonard story
Vanishing Point Richard C. Sarafian Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger action 20th Century Fox. Remade in 1997
The Velvet Vampire Stephanie Rothman Celeste Yarnall, Michael Blodgett Horror New World Pictures
Villain Michael Tuchner Richard Burton, Ian McShane crime MGM
Von Richthofen and Brown Roger Corman John Phillip Law, Don Stroud, Corin Redgrave war United Artists
Wake in Fright Ted Kotcheff Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty Thriller United Artists
Welcome to the Club Walter Shenson Jack Warden, Kevin O'Connor, Al Mancini Comedy Columbia
Werewolves on Wheels Michel Levesque Billy Gray, Stephen Oliver, Barry McGuire horror, action Independent
What's the Matter with Helen? Curtis Harrington Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver thriller United Artists
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Ulu Grosbard Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Barbara Harris comedy National General. Oscar nomination for Harris
Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? Ernest Pintoff Red Buttons, Sam Waterston mystery Cannon Films
Wild Rovers Blake Edwards William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden, Joe Don Baker, Tom Skerritt western MGM; Edwards' only western
Willard Daniel Mann Bruce Davison, Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester horror Cinerama. Followed by Ben
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Mel Stuart Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum musical, fantasy Paramount; from story by Roald Dahl; remade in 2005
Women in Cages Gerardo de Leon Pam Grier, Jennifer Gan, Roberta Collins action New World Pictures
You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat Peter Locke Allen Garfield, Richard Pryor drama, comedy Independent
The Young Graduates Robert Anderson Bruno Kirby, Dennis Christopher Drama Crown International
Zachariah George Englund John Rubinstein, Dick Van Patten, Don Johnson western Cinerama. From Herman Hesse novel
The Zodiac Killer Tom Hanson Hal Reed, Bob Jones, Ray Lynch, Tom Pittman crime drama Independent

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