1975 in Film
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1975 in Film

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

Highest-grossing films

North America

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

Highest-grossing films of 1975 (North America)
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1 Jaws Universal Pictures $190,000,000[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]


The highest-grossing 1975 films from countries outside of North America.

Country Title Studio Gross
India Sholay United Producers $35,800,000[n 1]
Soviet Union Afonya Mosfilm $21,300,000[n 4]



Awards ceremonies

Notable awards

Category/Organization Golden Globe Awards
January 24, 1976
BAFTA Awards
February 29, 1976
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 Milo? Forman
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Stanley Kubrick
Barry Lyndon
Milo? 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

Films released

Note: U.S. releases unless stated.





Notable films released in 1975

Note: U.S. releases unless stated




























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
21 Marie Lohr 84 Australia 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 3 Edward H. Griffith 86 USA Director
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
15 John H. Auer 68 Hungary Director, Producer
15 Arthur Crabtree 74 UK Director, Screenwriter
19 Harry Lachman 88 USA Director
22 Cass Daley 59 USA Actress, Singer
25 Michele Girardon 36 France Actress
April 3 Mary Ure 42 UK Actress
5 Inez Courtney 67 USA 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
22 Mary Philips 74 USA Actress
May 4 Moe Howard 77 USA Actor
9 Philip Dorn 73 Netherlands Actor
June 3 Ozzie Nelson 69 USA Actor
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
20 Richard Gaines 70 USA Actor
28 Alfred L. Werker 78 USA Director
August 2 Jean Yarbrough 73 USA Director
7 Phyllis Povah 82 USA Actress
23 Sidney Buchman 73 USA Screenwriter
23 Hank Patterson 86 USA Actor
25 Joseph Kane 81 USA Director
29 Bob Baker 64 USA Actor
September 9 John McGiver 61 USA Actor
19 Pamela Brown 58 UK Actress
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
17 Kay Johnson 70 USA Actress
December 9 William A. Wellman 79 USA Director
13 Cyril Delevanti 88 UK Actor
14 Arthur Treacher 81 UK Actor
20 William Lundigan 61 USA Actor
21 Rowland V. Lee 84 USA Director
24 Bernard Herrmann 64 USA Composer

Film debuts


  1. ^ Sholay: INR30 crore at Indian box office,[11] 8.3759 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1975[12]
  2. ^ 62.2 million Soviet tickets sold,[13] average ticket price of 25 kopecks[14]
  3. ^ 0.73 Soviet rubles per US dollar in 1975[15]
  4. ^ Afonya in Soviet Union: 15.55 million SUR[n 2] (US$21.3 million)[n 3]


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