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.
- 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.)
|1.||Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid||20th Century Fox||Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross||$102,308,889|
|2.||Midnight Cowboy||United Artists||Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman||$44,785,053|
|3.||Easy Rider||Columbia||Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson||$41,728,598|
|4.||Hello, Dolly!||20th Century Fox||Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford||$33,208,099|
|5.||Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice||Columbia||Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Dyan Cannon, Elliott Gould||$31,897,253|
|6.||Paint Your Wagon||Paramount||Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood||$31,678,778|
|7.||True Grit||Paramount||John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby||$31,132,592|
|8.||Cactus Flower||Columbia||Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn||$25,889,208|
|9.||Goodbye, Columbus||Paramount||Richard Benjamin, Ali MacGraw||$22,939,805|
|10.||On Her Majesty's Secret Service||United Artists||George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas||$22,774,493|
|11.||Winning||Universal||Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Robert Wagner||$14,644,335|
|12.||Z||Cinema V||Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand||$14,283,305|
|13.||The Sterile Cuckoo||Paramount||Liza Minnelli, Wendell Burton||$13,982,357|
|14.||The Stewardesses||Sherpix Inc.||Christina Hart, Monica Gayle||$13,500,000|
|15.||Run, Angel, Run!||Fanfare Films||William Smith||$13,000,000|
|16.||They Shoot Horses, Don't They?||Cinerama||Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Gig Young, Susannah York, Red Buttons||$12,600,000|
|17.||A Boy Named Charlie Brown||National General Pictures||Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin, Glenn Gilger, Andy Pforsich, Erin Sullivan||$12,000,000|
|18.||The Wild Bunch||Warner Bros.||William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan||$10,500,000|
|19.||Sweet Charity||Universal||Shirley MacLaine||$8,000,000|
|20.||The Undefeated||20th Century Fox||John Wayne, Rock Hudson||$8,000,000|
|21.||Where Eagles Dare||MGM||Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood||$7,100,000|
|22.||Alice's Restaurant||United Artists||Arlo Guthrie, James Broderick||$6,300,000|
|23.||Take the Money and Run||Cinerama||Woody Allen, Janet Margolin||$6,080,000|
|24.||Topaz||Universal||Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon||$6,000,000|
|25.||The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie||20th Century Fox||Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin||$6,000,000|
|26.||If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium||United Artists||Suzanne Pleshette, Ian McShane||$6,000,000|
|27.||Once Upon a Time in the West||Paramount||Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson||$5,321,508|
Action films released in 1969
Romance films released in 1969
The Classic Movies of 1969
- Bob Balaban – Midnight Cowboy
- Sam Elliott – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Farrah Fawcett – Love Is a Funny Thing
- Melanie Griffith – Smith!
- Ian McKellen – Thank You All Very Much
- Al Pacino – Me, Natalie
- Arnold Schwarzenegger – Hercules in New York
- M. Emmet Walsh – Midnight Cowboy
- Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy - Hellman-Schlesinger, United Artists
- Best Director: John Schlesinger, Midnight Cowboy
- Best Actor: John Wayne – True Grit
- Best Actress: Maggie Smith – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
- Best Supporting Actor: Gig Young, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
- Best Supporting Actress: Goldie Hawn, Cactus Flower
- Best Foreign Language Film: Z, directed by Costa-Gavras, Algeria
Golden Globe Awards:
- Best Picture: Anne of the Thousand Days
- Best Actor: John Wayne – True Grit
- Best Actress: Geneviève Bujold – Anne of the Thousand Days
- Musical or comedy:
- Best Picture: The Secret of Santa Vittoria
- Best Actor: Peter O'Toole – Goodbye, Mr. Chips
- Best Actress: Patty Duke – Me, Natalie
- Best Director: Charles Jarrott – Anne 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
- 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
- Christian Slater, American actor
- Edward Norton, American actor
- 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
- 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
- "Box Office Information for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for Midnight Cowboy". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for Easy Rider". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for Hello, Dolly!". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for Paint Your Wagon". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for True Grit". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for Cactus Flower". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Goodbye, Columbus, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Winning, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for Z". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for The Sterile Cuckoo". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "The Stewardesses, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for Run, Angel, Run!". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Big Rental Films of 1970", Variety, 6 January 1971 pg 11.
- "Box Office Information for The Wild Bunch". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "Sweet Charity, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "The Undefeated, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "Where Eagles Dare, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "Box Office Information for Alice's Restaurant". The Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, 31 May 1973 pg 3.
- Box Office Information for Topaz. The Numbers. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
- "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15.
- Box Office Information for If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. The Numbers. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
- Box Office Information for Once Upon a Time in the West. The Numbers. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
- 1969: The Year Everything Changed by Rob Kirkpatrick. Skyhorse Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-60239-366-0.