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1976 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In home video
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The year 1976 in film involved some significant events.


  • Highest-grossing films (U.S.) 1
  • Events 2
  • Awards 3
  • Notable films released in 1976 4
  • 1976 film releases 5
    • January–March 5.1
    • April–June 5.2
    • July–September 5.3
    • October–December 5.4
  • Births 6
  • Notable deaths 7
  • Film debuts 8
  • References 9

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1976 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:
Highest-grossing films of 1976
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Rocky United Artists Pictures $117,235,147[1]
2. To Fly! National Air and Space Museum $86,600,000[2]
3. A Star Is Born Warner Bros. $80,000,000[3]
4. All the President's Men Warner Bros. $70,600,000[4]
5. The Omen 20th Century Fox Film Corporation $60,922,980[5]
6. In Search of Noah's Ark Sunn Classic Pictures $55,700,000[6]
7. King Kong Paramount Pictures $52,614,445[7]
8. Silver Streak 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation $51,079,064[8]
9. The Enforcer Warner Bros. $46,236,000[9]
10. Midway Universal Studios / Cinema International Corporation $43,220,000[10]


  • March 22 - Filming begins on Star Wars science fiction film. In one of the most lucrative business decisions in film history, Lucas declines his directing fee of $500,000 in exchange for complete ownership of merchandising and sequel rights.
  • April 1 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show is officially re-released as a midnight movie at the Waverly Theater (Now the IFC Center) in Greenwich Village in New York City, starting through the run and still being shown in there as of 2013 all around the world.[11]


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Rocky - Chartoff-Winkler, United Artists
Best Director: John G. Avildsen - Rocky
Best Actor: Peter Finch - Network (first actor to win posthumously)
Best Actress: Faye Dunaway - Network
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Robards - All the President's Men
Best Supporting Actress: Beatrice Straight - Network
Best Foreign Language Film: Noirs et blancs en couleur (Black and White in Color), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Ivory Coast / France / W. Germany / Switzerland

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Rocky
Best Actor: Peter Finch - Network
Best Actress: Faye Dunaway - Network
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: A Star Is Born
Best Actor: Kris Kristofferson - A Star Is Born
Best Actress: Barbra Streisand - A Star Is Born
Best Director: Sidney Lumet - Network
Best Foreign Language Film: Face to Face, Sweden

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson, directed by Robert Altman, United States

Notable films released in 1976

U.S.A. unless stated #

















1976 film releases






Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Walter Janssen 88 Germany Actor
12 Agatha Christie 85 UK Writer
23 Paul Robeson 77 USA Actor, Singer
29 Michael Gwynn 59 UK Actor
February 4 Roger Livesey 69 UK Actor
11 Lee J. Cobb 64 USA Actor
12 Sal Mineo 37 USA Actor
13 John Lounsbery 64 USA Animator
24 Peter Madden 71 UK Actor
26 Frieda Inescort 75 UK Actress
March 14 Busby Berkeley 80 USA Director, Choreographer
17 Luchino Visconti 69 Italy Director, Writer
20 Michael Goodliffe 61 UK Actor
April 4 George Pastell 53 Cyprus Actor
5 Howard Hughes 70 USA Director, Producer
11 Liam Dunn 59 USA Actor
12 Paul Ford 74 USA Actor
21 Léonide Moguy 75 Russia Director, Writer
25 Carol Reed 69 UK Director, Writer
26 Neil McCallum 46 Canada Actor
26 Sid James 62 UK Actor
29 Thelma Connell 63 UK Film Editor
June 5 Violet Wilkey 73 USA Actress
6 Victor Varconi 85 Hungary Actor
9 Sybil Thorndike 93 UK Actress
10 Adolph Zukor 103 USA Producer, Studio Executive
28 Stanley Baker 48 UK Actor
July 7 Norman Foster 72 USA Director
12 James Wong Howe 76 China Cinematographer
August 2 Fritz Lang 85 Germany Director, Writer
6 William Mervyn 64 UK Actor
17 William Redfield 49 USA Actor
18 Luigi Serventi 91 Italy Actor
28 Alastair Sim 75 UK Actor
September 10 Dalton Trumbo 70 USA Actor
October 14 Edith Evans 88 UK Actress
November 15 Jean Gabin 72 France Actor
22 Rupert Davies 60 UK Actor
28 Rosalind Russell 69 USA Actress
December 3 Mary Nash 92 USA Actress
8 Cathy Downs 50 USA Actress
12 Jack Cassidy 49 USA Actor
20 Walter Fitzgerald 80 UK Actor

Film debuts


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