The year 1969 in film involved some significant events, with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid dominating the U.S. box office and becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time and Midnight Cowboy, a film rated X, winning the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Events

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 20th Century Fox Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross $102,308,889[1]
2. Midnight Cowboy United Artists Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman $44,785,053[2]
3. Easy Rider Columbia Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson $41,728,598[3]
4. Hello, Dolly! 20th Century Fox Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford $33,208,099[4]
5. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Columbia Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Dyan Cannon, Elliott Gould $31,897,253[5]
6. Paint Your Wagon Paramount Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood $31,678,778[6]
7. True Grit Paramount John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby $31,132,592[7]
8. Cactus Flower Columbia Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn $25,889,208[8]
9. Goodbye, Columbus Paramount Richard Benjamin, Ali MacGraw $22,939,805[9]
10. On Her Majesty's Secret Service United Artists George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas $22,774,493[10]
11. Winning Universal Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Wagner $14,644,335[11]
12. Z Cinema V Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand $14,283,305[12]
13. The Sterile Cuckoo Paramount Liza Minnelli, Wendell Burton $13,982,357[13]
14. The Stewardesses Sherpix Inc. Christina Hart, Monica Gayle $13,500,000[14]
15. Run, Angel, Run! Fanfare Films William Smith $13,000,000[15]
16. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Cinerama Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Gig Young, Susannah York, Red Buttons $12,600,000[16]
17. A Boy Named Charlie Brown National General Pictures Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin, Glenn Gilger, Andy Pforsich, Erin Sullivan $12,000,000[17]
18. The Wild Bunch Warner Bros. William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan $10,500,000[18]
19. Sweet Charity Universal Shirley MacLaine $8,000,000[19]
20. The Undefeated 20th Century Fox John Wayne, Rock Hudson $8,000,000[20]
21. Where Eagles Dare MGM Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood $7,100,000[21]
22. Alice's Restaurant United Artists Arlo Guthrie, James Broderick $6,300,000[22]
23. Take the Money and Run Cinerama Woody Allen, Janet Margolin $6,080,000[23]
24. Topaz Universal Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon $6,000,000[24]
25. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 20th Century Fox Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin $6,000,000[25]
26. If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium United Artists Suzanne Pleshette, Ian McShane $6,000,000[26]
27. Once Upon a Time in the West Paramount Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson $5,321,508[27]

Films released

  1. The Wild Bunch

Action films released in 1969

  1. Goyokin
  2. Hitokiri
  3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  4. Return of the One-Armed Swordsman

Romance films released in 1969

  1. My Night at Maud's

The Classic Movies of 1969

  1. The Diamond Arm

Actor's debuts

Awards

Academy Awards:

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Musical or comedy:
Other
Best Director: Charles JarrottAnne of the Thousand Days

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

If...., directed by Lindsay Anderson, United Kingdom

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Not awarded

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Rani Radovi (Early Works), directed by Želimir Žilnik, Yugoslavia

Births

Deaths

References

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  17. "Big Rental Films of 1970", Variety, 6 January 1971 pg 11.
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  23. "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, 31 May 1973 pg 3.
  24. Box Office Information for Topaz. The Numbers. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  25. "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15.
  26. Box Office Information for If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. The Numbers. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  27. Box Office Information for Once Upon a Time in the West. The Numbers. Retrieved September 12, 2013.

Further reading

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