1967 in film

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The year 1967 in film involved some significant events. It is widely considered as one of the most ground-breaking years in film, with "revolutionary" films highlighting the change, including: Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Cool Hand Luke, The Dirty Dozen, In Cold Blood, In the Heat of the Night, The Jungle Book and You Only Live Twice.[1]

Highest-grossing films[edit]

North America[edit]

The top ten 1967 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1967
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross rental
1 The Graduate United Artists/Embassy Pictures $43,100,000[2]
2 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Columbia Pictures $25,500,000[2]
3 Bonnie and Clyde Warner Bros. $22,000,000[2]
4 The Dirty Dozen Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $20,100,000[2]
5 Valley of the Dolls 20th Century Fox $20,000,000[2]
6 To Sir, with Love Columbia Pictures $19,100,000[2]
7 You Only Live Twice United Artists/Eon Productions $18,000,000[2]
8 Thoroughly Modern Millie Universal Pictures $14,700,000[2]
9 The Jungle Book Walt Disney/Buena Vista Distribution $13,000,000[2]
10 Camelot Warner Bros. $12,300,000[2]

Outside North America[edit]

The highest-grossing 1967 films in countries outside North America.

Country Title Studio Gross
India Hamraaz United Producers[3] $6,000,000[n 1]
Soviet Union Kidnapping, Caucasian Style Mosfilm $21,260,000[n 2]


  • The prototype for the IMAX large-format-film acquisition and screening system is exhibited at Expo 67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • The MPAA adopts a new logo, which is still used today.
  • July 15 — Seven Arts Productions acquire substantially all the assets and business of Warner Bros. creating Warner Bros.-Seven Arts.
  • August 13 — Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman, premieres. It broke many taboos of its time, such as the visual depiction of violence. It has been considered a landmark film in Hollywood filmmaking, with its groundbreaking and ingenious visual styles. The success of Bonnie and Clyde helped bring forth the New Hollywood era, a period of artistic and commercial renewal.
  • October 18 — Walt Disney's production of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book premieres. It was the last animated feature film to be personally supervised by Disney before his death the previous year. It was also one of the last Disney films to be personally approved by him, along with The Happiest Millionaire and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. The story's moral message of friendship, love, and trust have been embraced by critics and audiences worldwide. The Jungle Book is notable for its realistic character animation and voice casting. The film's soundtrack, which includes the Academy Award-nominated[clarification needed] "The Bare Necessities", '"I Wan'na Be Like You", "Trust in Me", and "My Own Home", also contributed to the film's enormous success. It would be the most successful animated film to be made by Disney until The Rescuers, ten years later.
  • December 21The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman (in his acting film debut), Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross, premieres. It tells a story of an aimless young man, seduced and betrayed by an older woman, while falling in love with her daughter. The theme of an innocent and confused youth who is exploited, misdirected, seduced (literally and figuratively), and betrayed by a corrupt, decadent, and discredited older generation (that finds its stability in the film's keyword "plastics") was well understood by film audiences and captured the spirit of the times, in light of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the increasing turbulence in American society in the mid-to-late 1960s. Like Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate broke many well-established taboos in American cinema, and represents a new era in groundbreaking achievements in filmmaking.


Category/Organization 25th Golden Globe Awards
February 12, 1968
40th Academy Awards
April 10, 1968
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film In the Heat of the Night The Graduate In the Heat of the Night
Best Director Mike Nichols
The Graduate
Best Actor Rod Steiger
In the Heat of the Night
Richard Harris
Rod Steiger
In the Heat of the Night
Best Actress Edith Evans
The Whisperers
Anne Bancroft
The Graduate
Katharine Hepburn
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Best Supporting Actor Richard Attenborough
Doctor Dolittle
George Kennedy
Cool Hand Luke
Best Supporting Actress Carol Channing
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Estelle Parsons
Bonnie and Clyde
Best Screenplay, Adapted Stirling Silliphant
In the Heat of the Night
Stirling Silliphant
In the Heat of the Night
Best Screenplay, Original William Rose
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Best Original Score Frederick Loewe
Alfred Newman and Ken Darby
Elmer Bernstein
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Best Original Song "If Ever I Would Leave You"
"Talk to the Animals"
Doctor Dolittle
Best Foreign Language Film Live for Life Closely Watched Trains

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Blowup, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Belle de jour, directed by Luis Buñuel, France / Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Le départ, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, Belgium

1967 film releases[edit]

US unless stated





Notable films released in 1967[edit]

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Short film series[edit]



Film debuts[edit]


  1. ^ 4.5 crore;[4] 7.5 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1967[5]
  2. ^ 76.54 million Soviet tickets sold,[6] at average ticket price of 25 kopecks,[7] approximately 19.135 million SUR; 0.9 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1961 to 1971[8]


  1. ^ Harris, Mark (2009). Pictures at a revolution : five movies and the birth of the new Hollywood. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0143115038.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Finler, Joel Waldo (2003). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. pp. 358–359. ISBN 978-1-903364-66-6.
  3. ^ Hamraaz at IMDb
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/USDpages.pdf#page=3
  6. ^ Кавказская пленница, или Новые приключения Шурика. KinoExpert.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
  7. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  8. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia http://cbr.ru/currency_base/OldDataFiles/USD.xls