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1975 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In home video
In television

The year 1975 in film involved some significant events, with Steven Spielberg's thriller Jaws topping the box office.


  • Highest-grossing films (U.S.) 1
  • Events 2
  • Awards 3
  • Awards 4
  • Notable films released in 1975 5
  • Births 6
  • Notable deaths 7
  • Film debuts 8
  • References 9

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1975 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1975
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Jaws Universal Pictures $260,000,000[1]
2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 20th Century Fox $112,892,319[2]
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest United Artists $108,981,275[3]
4. Dog Day Afternoon Warner Bros. $50,000,000[4]
5. Shampoo Columbia Pictures $49,407,734[5]
6. The Return of the Pink Panther United Artists $41,833,347[6]
7. Funny Lady Columbia Pictures $39,000,000[7]
8. The Apple Dumpling Gang Walt Disney Productions $36,853,000[8]
9. Aloha, Bobby and Rose Columbia Pictures $35,000,000[9]
10. The Other Side of the Mountain Universal Pictures $34,673,100[10]


  • March 26 - The film version of The Who's Tommy premieres in London.
  • May - In order to create the necessary special effects for his film, Industrial Light and Magic.
  • August 14 - The cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show premieres in London.
  • Jaws becomes the first movie to gross $100 million in US theatrical rentals, setting the standard for future blockbusters.
  • November 23 - Sneak Previews, the first American film review show, premieres and launches the careers of critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. They will remain a team, and a staple among film critics, through various programs for the next twenty-four years.


Academy Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Chronicle of the Years of Fire (Chronique des années de braise), directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, Algeria

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Adoption (Örökbefogadás), directed by Márta Mészáros, Hungary


Category/Organization 33rd Golden Globe Awards
January 24, 1976
29th BAFTA Awards
February 29, 1976
48th Academy Awards
March 29, 1976
Musical or Comedy Drama
Best Film The Sunshine Boys One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Director Miloš Forman
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Stanley Kubrick
Barry Lyndon
Miloš Forman
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Actor Walter Matthau
The Sunshine Boys
Jack Nicholson
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Al Pacino
Dog Day Afternoon /
The Godfather Part II
Jack Nicholson
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Actress Ann-Margret
Louise Fletcher
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ellen Burstyn
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Louise Fletcher
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Best Supporting Actor Richard Benjamin
The Sunshine Boys
Fred Astaire
The Towering Inferno
George Burns
The Sunshine Boys
Best Supporting Actress Brenda Vaccaro
Once Is Not Enough
Diane Ladd
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Lee Grant
Best Screenplay, Adapted One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Robert Getchell
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman
Best Screenplay, Original Dog Day Afternoon
Frank Pierson

Notable films released in 1975

U.S.A. unless stated



























Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Arthur Pierson 73 Norway/USA Director, Actor
9 Pierre Fresnay 77 France Actor
18 Gertrude Olmstead 77 USA Actress
24 Larry Fine 72 USA Actor
27 Bill Walsh 61 USA Screenwriter, Producer
February 1 Richard Wattis 62 UK Actor
11 Maria Balcerkiewiczówna 71 Poland Actress
17 George Marshall 83 USA Director
20 Robert Strauss 61 USA Actor
20 Lillian Fontaine 88 UK Actress
March 4 Renée Björling 76 Sweden Actress
7 Ben Blue 73 Canada/USA Actor
8 George Stevens 70 USA Director, Producer
9 Shirley Ross 62 USA Actress
14 Susan Hayward 57 USA Actress
April 3 Mary Ure 42 UK Actress
10 Marjorie Main 85 USA Actress
13 Larry Parks 60 USA Actor
14 Fredric March 77 USA Actor
15 Richard Conte 65 USA Actor
15 William Hartnell 67 UK Actor
May 4 Moe Howard 77 USA Actor
June 4 Evelyn Brent 75 USA Actress
6 Larry Blyden 49 USA Actor
28 Rod Serling 50 USA Screenwriter
July 2 James Robertson Justice 68 UK Actor
August 23 Hank Patterson 86 USA Actor
September 9 John McGiver 61 USA Actor
24 Clive Morton 71 UK Actor
27 Mark Frechette 27 USA Actor
October 18 Al Lettieri 47 USA Actor
24 Martin Boddey 68 UK Actor
31 Joseph Calleia 78 Malta/USA Actor, Singer
November 2 Pier Paolo Pasolini 53 Italy Director, Screenwriter, Actor
4 Sheila Ryan 54 USA Actress
5 Annette Kellerman 88 Australia Actress
December 9 William A. Wellman 79 USA Director
13 Cyril Delevanti 88 UK Actor
20 William Lundigan 61 USA Actor
24 Bernard Herrmann 64 USA Composer

Film debuts


  1. ^ , Box Office Information"Jaws".  
  2. ^ , Box Office Information"The Rocky Horror Picture Show".  
  3. ^ , Box Office Information"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".  
  4. ^ , Box Office Information"Dog Day Afternoon".  
  5. ^ , Box Office Information"Shampoo".  
  6. ^ , Box Office Information"The Return of the Pink Panther".  
  7. ^ , Box Office Information"Funny Lady".  
  8. ^ , Box Office Information"The Apple Dumpling Gang".  
  9. ^ "Aloha, Bobby and Rose, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Other Side of the Mountain, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
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