1974 in Film
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1974 in Film

The year 1974 in film involved some significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

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

Highest-grossing films of 1974
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Blazing Saddles Warner Bros. $119,500,000[1]
2. The Towering Inferno 20th Century Fox / Warner Bros. $116,000,000[2]
3. The Trial of Billy Jack Warner Bros. $89,000,000[3]
4. Young Frankenstein 20th Century Fox $86,273,333[4]
5. Earthquake Universal Pictures $79,666,653[5]
6. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three United Artists $61,984,039
7. The Godfather Part II Paramount Pictures $47,542,841[6]
8. Airport 1975 Universal Pictures $47,285,152[7]
9. The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Sunn Classic Pictures $45,411,063[8]
10. The Longest Yard Paramount Pictures $43,008,075[9]



Category/Organization 32nd Golden Globe Awards
January 25, 1975
28th BAFTA Awards
February 18, 1975
47th Academy Awards
April 8, 1975
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Chinatown The Longest Yard Lacombe, Lucien The Godfather Part II
Best Director Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather: Part II
Best Actor Jack Nicholson
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 Score The Little Prince
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
Murder on the Orient Express
Richard Rodney Bennett
The Godfather: Part II
Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota

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 1974

U.S.A. unless stated


1974 film releases

U.S.A. unless stated






Notable deaths

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

Film debuts


  1. ^ "Box Office Information for Blazing Saddles". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Box Office Information for The Towering Inferno". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Box Office Information for The Trial of Billy Jack". The Numbers. Retrieved 2014.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Box Office Information for Young Frankenstein". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Box Office Information for Earthquake". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Box Office Information for The Godfather Part II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Box Office Information for Airport 1975". The Numbers. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "Box Office Information for The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams". The Numbers. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "Box Office Information for The Longest Yard". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011.

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