1971 in Film
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1971 in Film

The year 1971 in film involved some significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1971 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1971
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Fiddler on the Roof United Artists $75,600,000[1]
2. The French Connection 20th Century Fox $51,700,000[2]
3. Diamonds Are Forever United Artists $43,819,547[3]
4. Dirty Harry Warner Bros. $35,976,000[4]
5. Billy Jack Warner Bros. $32,500,000[5]
6. Summer of '42 Warner Bros. $32,063,634[6]
7. The Last Picture Show Columbia Pictures $29,133,000[7]
8. Carnal Knowledge Embassy Pictures $28,623,000[8]
9. A Clockwork Orange Warner Bros. $26,589,355[9]
10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks Walt Disney Productions $17,871,174[10]


  • February 8 - Bob Dylan's hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New York's Academy of Music. The film includes footage from Dylan's 1966 UK tour.
  • The first permanent IMAX projection system is installed at Ontario Place's "Cinesphere" in Toronto.
  • April 23 - Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song becomes the highest-grossing independent film of 1971.


Category/Organization 29th Golden Globe Awards
February 6, 1972
26th BAFTA Awards
February 26, 1973
44th Academy Awards
April 10, 1972
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The French Connection Fiddler on the Roof Cabaret The French Connection
Best Director William Friedkin
The French Connection
Bob Fosse
William Friedkin
The French Connection
Best Actor Gene Hackman
The French Connection
Chaim Topol
Fiddler on the Roof
Gene Hackman
The French Connection
Gene Hackman
The French Connection
Best Actress Jane Fonda
The Boy Friend
Liza Minnelli
Jane Fonda
Best Supporting Actor Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Best Supporting Actress Ann-Margret
Carnal Knowledge
Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Best Screenplay, Original The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
The Hospital
Paddy Chayefsky
Best Screenplay, Adapted The Last Picture Show
Peter Bogdanovich and Larry McMurtry
The French Connection
Ernest Tidyman
Best Score Shaft
Isaac Hayes
The Godfather
Nino Rota
Isaac Hayes

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Go-Between, directed by Joseph Losey, United Kingdom

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini), directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy / W. Germany

1971 film releases

U.S.A. unless stated





Notable films released in 1971

U.S.A. unless stated


Short film series


Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 5 Douglas Shearer 71 Canada Sound Engineer
5 Fanfulla 57 Italy Actor
15 John Dall 52 USA Actor
20 Broncho Billy Anderson 90 USA Actor, Director, Writer
25 Isobel Lennart 55 USA Screenwriter
February 3 Jay C. Flippen 71 USA Actor
22 Frédéric Mariotti 87 France Actor
26 Fernandel 67 France Actor
March 5 Winnie Lightner 71 USA Actress
8 Harold Lloyd 87 USA Actor, Director, Writer
8 Borden Chase 71 USA Screenwriter
12 Roy Glenn 56 USA Actor
12 Tor Johnson 67 Sweden Actor
15 Bebe Daniels 70 USA Actress
21 Nan Wynn 55 USA Singer, Actress
23 Basil Dearden 60 UK Director
30 Werner Peters 52 Germany Actor
April 9 Paulette Noizeux 83 France Actress
20 Cecil Parker 73 UK Actor
21 Edmund Lowe 81 USA Actor
28 John Tansey 69 USA Actor, Director
May 1 Glenda Farrell 66 USA Actress
26 John Longden 71 UK Actor
27 Chips Rafferty 62 Australia Actor
28 Audie Murphy 45 USA Actor
June 8 Piero Gherardi 61 Italy Production, Costume Designer
9 Harold Lloyd Jr. 40 USA Actor
10 Michael Rennie 61 UK Actor
14 Kenneth Macpherson 69 Scotland-Italy Film-maker
18 Thomas Gomez 65 USA Actor
July 6 Louis Armstrong 69 USA Actor, Musician
11 Carleton G. Young 64 USA Actor
17 Cliff Edwards 76 USA Actor, Singer
19 Norman Reilly Raine 77 USA Screenwriter
23 Van Heflin 60 USA Actor
August 3 Ernst Eklund 81 Sweden Actor
15 Paul Lukas 80 Hungary Actor
16 Spyros Skouras 78 Greece Producer, Studio Executive
17 Horace McMahon 65 USA Actor
September 7 Spring Byington 84 USA Actress
10 Pier Angeli 39 Italy Actress
11 Bella Darvi 42 Poland Actress
October 11 Chester Conklin 85 USA Actor
12 Fritz Achterberg 90 Germany Actor
13 Phoebe Ephron 57 USA Screenwriter
19 Betty Bronson 64 USA Actress
24 Cheryl Walker 53 USA Actress
26 Vincent Coleman 71 USA Actor
November 2 Martha Vickers 46 USA Actress
4 Ann Pennington 77 USA Actress
17 Gladys Cooper 82 UK Actress
19 Stuart Gilmore 70 USA Editor, Director
26 Bengt Ekerot 51 Sweden Actor
December 12 Frank Wolff 43 USA Actor
13 Dita Parlo 63 Poland Actress
18 Diana Lynn 45 USA Actress
26 Robert Lowery 58 USA Actor
28 Max Steiner 83 Austria Composer
30 Dorothy Comingore 58 USA Actress
31 Marin Sais 81 USA Actress

Film debuts


  1. ^ Block, Alex Ben; Wilson, Lucy Autrey, eds. (2010). George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-By-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061778896.
    • Fiddler on the Roof: p.527. $75.6 million (Initial Release Domestic Box office)
  2. ^ "The French Connection, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Diamonds Are Forever, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Dirty Harry, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Billy Jack". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved 2014.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Summer of '42, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "The Last Picture Show, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Carnal Knowledge, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "A Clockwork Orange, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2012.

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