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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

  • Last year for prize giving at the Venice Film Festival until it is revived in 1980. From 1969 to 1979, the festival is non-competitive.
  • Al Pacino's film debut (Me, Natalie)
  • Elvis Presley's film career ends with the release of Change of Habit.
  • On August 9, Sharon Tate, the 26-year-old actress, model and Roman Polanski's wife, is murdered by Charles Manson's followers
  • On June 22, Judy Garland dies at age 47 of a drug overdose in London.

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:
  • Best Picture: Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Best Actor: John Wayne – True Grit
  • Best Actress: Geneviève BujoldAnne of the Thousand Days
Musical or comedy:
  • Best Picture: The Secret of Santa Vittoria
  • Best Actor: Peter O'TooleGoodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Best Actress: Patty DukeMe, Natalie
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

  • January 1 – Mr. Lawrence, American voice actor, comedian, writer, storyboard artist, animator and director
  • January 14 – Jason Bateman, American actor
  • January 17 – James Waterston, American actor
  • February 8
    • Brian Krause, American actor
    • Mary McCormack, American actress
  • February 11 – Jennifer Aniston, American actress
  • March 1 – Javier Bardem, Spanish actor
  • April 2 – Ajay Devgan, Indian actor
  • April 6 – Paul Rudd, American actor
  • April 23 – Byron Thames, American actor
  • April 25 – Renée Zellweger, American actress
  • May 14 – Cate Blanchett, Australian actress
  • May 25 – Anne Heche, American actress
  • June 1 – Teri Polo, American actress
  • June 28 – Tichina Arnold, American actress
  • July 21 – Godfrey, American actor, comedian
  • July 24 – Jennifer Lopez, American actress, singer
  • August 4 – Vlad Ivanov, Romanian actor
  • August 18
  • August 28 – Jack Black, American actor, comedian, musician
  • September 25 – Catherine Zeta-Jones, Welsh actress
  • September 29 – Erika Eleniak, American actress
  • October 15 – Dominic West, English actor
  • October 19 – Trey Parker, American actor, creator of South Park
  • November 4 – Matthew McConaughey, American actor
  • November 13 - Gerard Butler, Scottish actor
  • December 21 – Julie Delpy, French actress

Deaths

  • January 1 – Barton MacLane, 66, American actor, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • January 3 – Howard McNear, 63, American actor, Anatomy of a Murder, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • January 4 – Violet and Daisy Hilton, 60, English conjoined twins, actresses, appeared in film Freaks
  • January 8 – Leslie Goodwins, 69, English director, The Mummy's Curse, Mexican Spitfire
  • February 2 – Boris Karloff, 81, English actor, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Frankenstein
  • February 5 – Thelma Ritter, 66, American actress, Rear Window, All About Eve
  • February 9 – Gabby Hayes, 83, American actor, The Man from Utah, In Old Oklahoma
  • February 11 – James Lanphier, 48, American actor, The Pink Panther, The Party
  • February 27 – John Boles, 73, American actor, Frankenstein, Stella Dallas
  • March 18 – Barbara Bates, 43, American actress, The Caddy, All About Eve
  • April 23 – Krzysztof Komeda, 37, Polish composer, Rosemary's Baby, The Fearless Vampire Killers
  • May 24 – Mitzi Green, 48, American actress, Lost in Alaska, Skippy
  • March 25 – Alan Mowbray, 72, British actor, Terror by Night, My Darling Clementine
  • May 27 – Jeffrey Hunter, 42, American actor, The Searchers, King of Kings
  • June 2 – Leo Gorcey, 51, American actor, Ghost Chasers, Spook Busters
  • June 8 – Robert Taylor, 57, American actor, Quo Vadis, Ivanhoe
  • June 10 – Frank Lawton, 64, English actor, A Night to Remember, The Devil-Doll
  • June 13 – Martita Hunt, 70, English actress, Becket, Great Expectations
  • June 19 – Natalie Talmadge, 73, American silent screen actress, Our Hospitality, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • June 20 – Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 29, Austrian experimental filmmaker, Satisfaction
  • June 22 – Judy Garland, 47, American actress, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis
  • July 5 – Leo McCarey, 72, American director, An Affair to Remember, Going My Way
  • July 7 - Erskine Sanford, 83, American actor, Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons
  • July 8 – Gladys Swarthout, 68, American singer, Romance in the Dark, Give Us This Night
  • August 1 – Donald Keith, 65, American actor, The Plastic Age, Parisian Love
  • August 9 – Sharon Tate, 26, American actress, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Valley of the Dolls
  • August 14 – Sigrid Gurie, 58, American actress, Algiers, The Adventures of Marco Polo
  • August 15 – William Goetz, 66, American producer, studio executive, Sayonara, Les Misérables
  • August 26 – Martin Miller, 69, Czech actor, 55 Days at Peking, The Pink Panther
  • October 12 – Sonja Henie, 57, Norwegian actress, former Olympic ice skater, Sun Valley Serenade, One in a Million
  • October 15 – Rod La Rocque, 70, American actor, Meet John Doe, The Shadow Strikes
  • November 5 – Lloyd Corrigan, 69, American actor, Son of Paleface, The Thin Man Goes Home
  • December 16 – Luis Enrique Vergara, 47, Mexican filmmaker, House of Evil, Isle of the Snake People
  • December 22 – Ilse Steppat, 52, German actress, On Her Majesty's Secret Service

References

  1. "Box Office Information for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  2. "Box Office Information for Midnight Cowboy". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  3. "Box Office Information for Easy Rider". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  4. "Box Office Information for Hello, Dolly!". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  5. "Box Office Information for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  6. "Box Office Information for Paint Your Wagon". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  7. "Box Office Information for True Grit". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  8. "Box Office Information for Cactus Flower". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  9. "Goodbye, Columbus, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  10. "Box Office Information for On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  11. "Winning, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  12. "Box Office Information for Z". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  13. "Box Office Information for The Sterile Cuckoo". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  14. "The Stewardesses, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  15. "Box Office Information for Run, Angel, Run!". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  16. "Box Office Information for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  17. "Big Rental Films of 1970", Variety, 6 January 1971 pg 11.
  18. "Box Office Information for The Wild Bunch". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  19. "Sweet Charity, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  20. "The Undefeated, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  21. "Where Eagles Dare, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  22. "Box Office Information for Alice's Restaurant". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  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.

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