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The year 1974 in film involved some significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

See also: List of 1974 box office number-one films in the United States

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 Godfather Part II Paramount Pictures $47,542,841[6]
7. Airport 1975 Universal Pictures $47,285,152[7]
8. The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Sunn Classic Pictures $45,411,063[8]
9. The Longest Yard Paramount Pictures $43,008,075[9]
10. Benji Mulberry Square Releasing $39,552,000[10]

Events

Awards

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
Chinatown
Roman Polanski
Chinatown
Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather: Part II
Best Actor Jack Nicholson
Chinatown
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

  1. The Godfather Part II
  2. A Woman Under the Influence
  3. Chinatown

Romance films released in 1974

  1. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Births

  • January 5 - Daisy Bates, actress
  • January 30 - Christian Bale, English actor
  • February 9
    • Amber Valletta, American model and actress
    • Erra Fazira, Malaysian actress
  • March 24 - Alyson Hannigan, actress
  • April 24 - Jennifer Paz, Filipino actress
  • April 28 - Penélope Cruz, actress
  • May 21 - Fairuza Balk, actress
  • June 25 - Karisma Kapoor, Indian actress
  • July 8 - Tami Erin, American actress
  • July 22 - Franka Potente, actress
  • July 30 - Hilary Swank, actress
  • August 7 - Michael Shannon, actor
  • August 15 - Natasha Henstridge, Canadian actress
  • August 20 - Amy Adams, American actress
  • August 23 - Ray Park, English actor
  • September 10 - Ryan Phillippe, American actor
  • September 19 - Victoria Silvstedt, Swedish actress and model
  • October 17 - Matthew Macfadyen, English actor
  • October 28 - Joaquin Phoenix, Puerto Rican-born actor
  • November 11 - Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
  • November 16 - Chloë Sevigny, American actress
  • December 1 - Erica Rivas, Argentinian actress
  • December 7 - Habieb Naseer, Bollywood director
  • December 17
    • Sarah Paulson, American actor
    • Giovanni Ribisi, American actor

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 2 Tex Ritter 68 USA Actor, Singer
  • Trouble in Texas
  • Where the Buffalo Roam
3 Gino Cervi 72 Italy Actor
  • Becket
  • Black Eagle
14 Paul Whitsun-Jones 50 UK Actor
  • The Moonraker
  • The Masque of the Red Death
31 Samuel Goldwyn 94 Poland Producer, Studio Executive
February 7 Arline Judge 61 USA Actress
  • The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
  • Pigskin Parade
11 Anna Q. Nilsson 85 Sweden Actress
23 Florence Rice 67 USA Actress
  • At the Circus
  • Double Wedding
28 Carole Lesley 38 UK Actress
  • Woman in a Dressing Gown
  • Three on a Spree
March 3 Barbara Ruick 43 USA Actress
  • Carousel
  • The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
5 Billy De Wolfe 67 USA Actor
  • Dixie
  • Tea for Two
7 Alberto Rabagliati 67 Italy Actor, Singer
  • The Barefoot Contessa
  • Street Angel
13 Howard St. John 68 USA Actor
  • Born Yesterday
  • Li'l Abner
19 Edward Platt 58 USA Actor
April 2 Douglass Dumbrille 84 Canada Actor
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • The Ten Commandments
10 Patricia Collinge 81 Ireland Actress
18 Betty Compson 77 USA Actress
  • The Docks of New York
  • The Miracle Man
20 Peter Lee Lawrence 30 Germany Actor
24 Bud Abbott 78 USA Actor
  • Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
  • Little Giant
24 Agnes Moorehead 73 USA Actress
May 18 Mary Maguire 55 Australia Actress
  • The Outsider
  • Sergeant Murphy
24 Duke Ellington 75 USA Composer
  • Paris Blues
  • Anatomy of a Murder
25 Donald Crisp 91 UK Actress
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • National Velvet
June 10 Lewis R. Foster 75 USA Director, Screenwriter
  • Manhandled
  • Hong Kong
17 Pamela Britton 51 USA Actress
  • Anchors Aweigh
  • D.O.A.
28 Frank Sutton 50 USA Actor
  • Marty
  • Town Without Pity
July 13 Joe Flynn 48 USA Actor
  • McHale's Navy
  • The Barefoot Executive
13 Marthe Vinot 79 France Actress
  • Le Mort vivant
  • Le Calvaire
August 13 Ilona Massey 64 Hungary Actress
  • Invisible Agent
  • Love Happy
September 6 Olga Baclanova 78 Russia Actress
6 Otto Kruger 89 USA Actor
  • High Noon
  • Magnificent Obsession
14 Barbara Jo Allen 68 USA Actress
  • Girl Rush
  • Lake Placid Serenade
14 Warren Hull 71 USA Actor
  • Star Reporter
  • Mandrake the Magician
18 Edna Best 74 UK Actress
21 Jacqueline Susann 56 USA Author, Actress
21 Walter Brennan 80 USA Actor
  • The Westerner
  • Rio Bravo
22 Stephanie Bidmead 45 UK Actress
  • Invasion
  • Running Scared
27 James R. Webb 64 USA Screenwriter
October 13 Ed Sullivan 73 USA Actor
  • Bye Bye Birdie
  • The Singing Nun
November 13 Vittorio De Sica 73 Italy Actor, Director, Screenwriter
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Miracle in Milan
14 Johnny Mack Brown 70 USA Actor
  • Coquette
  • Our Dancing Daughters
25 Rosemary Lane 61 USA Actress
  • Four Wives
  • The Boys from Syracuse
December 5 Pietro Germi 60 Italy Actor, Director, Screenwriter
  • Divorce, Italian Style
  • Seduced and Abandoned
10 Paul Richards 50 USA Actor
11 Reed Hadley 63 USA Actor
  • The Baron of Arizona
  • Big House, U.S.A.
15 Anatole Litvak 72 Ukraine Director, Producer
  • The Snake Pit
  • Anastasia
21 Richard Long 47 USA Actor
  • House on Haunted Hill
  • The Stranger
26 Jack Benny 80 USA Actor
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Broadway Melody of 1936

Film debuts

References

  1. "Box Office Information for Blazing Saddles". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  2. "Box Office Information for The Towering Inferno". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  3. "Box Office Information for The Trial of Billy Jack". The Numbers. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  4. "Box Office Information for Young Frankenstein". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  5. "Box Office Information for Earthquake". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  6. "Box Office Information for The Godfather Part II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  7. "Box Office Information for Airport 1975". The Numbers. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  8. "Box Office Information for The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams". The Numbers. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  9. "Box Office Information for The Longest Yard". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  10. "Box Office Information for Benji". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 28, 2011.

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