- Altman's M.A.S.H.
- Wadleigh's Woodstock sets a new style for concert musicals
- Sony sells Portapak half-inch portable videotape system. Video movement begins
- Bananas marks the feature film debut of Woody Allen. Its also the debut of Sylvester Stallone.
- Cable television continues its rapid expansion, showing Hollywood movies without commercials
- The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Cann. It becomes the most profitable film to date
- Marlon Brando makes one of the most controversial films, Last Tango In Paris. It is one of the few X-rated films to be critically acclaimed.
- Home Box Office (HBO) becomes the first premium pay cable station.
- American Graffiti, directed by George Lucas becomes a launching block for stars Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Bob Hopkins, Paul Le Mat and Susan Sommers.
- The Exorcist marks renewed interest in horror and shock effects in film
- To maximize profits from weekend audiences, the industry decide to move major film opening from mid-week to fridays.
- Steven Speilberg makes his directorial debut with The Sugarland Express.
- In Canada, Oliver Stone debuts as a director in Seizure.
- The Towering Inferno, marks the first time that two studios, Fox and Warner Brothers, collaborated on a film. The movie opens the door to disaster films.
- Mel Brooks makes his first satirical comedy, Blazing Saddles.
- MGM opts out of the film business, sells studio, sets, and costumes.
- Jaws, directed by Steven Speilberg, stars Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, and Roy Scheider. It breaks all box-office records and begins the summer blockbuster trend.
- One Flew Over the Cockoo's Nest, directed by Milos Forman, stars Jack Nicholson, becomes the first film since 1934 to win the top five Oscars.
- Rocky Horror Picture Show becomes an immediate cult hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Altman's Nashville released
- Dolby film sound system introduced
- Sony markets home videotape Betamax system with a sales price of $2000.
- Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is founded my Michael Ovitz. They begin "packaging" talent for movies and will soon help cause the increase in movie costs.
- The Rocky dynasty begins, directed by John G. Avildsen; all sequels directed by Sylvester Stallone.
- Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese, stars Robert de Niro, Cybil Shepard, Harvey Keitel and the teen-aged Jodie Foster.
- Paramount becomes the first studio to release its film library onto Betamax.
- JVC and Matsushita begin selling VHS systems.
- Star Wars, directed by George Lucas, revolutionizes science fiction and special effects.
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind, directed and written by Steven Speilberg.
- Grand Theft Auto, Ron Howard's directorial debut.
- Critical and commercial success of Woody Allen's Annie Hall.
- Saturday Night Fever, stars John Travolta, and begins huge Disco music trend.
- Superman, directed by Richard Donner, starts comic book film trend.
- La Cage aux Folles, directed by Edouard Molinaro, becomes huge French hit.
- Grease becomes one of the biggest grossing musicals ever
- The China Syndrome foreshadows events at Three Mile Island several weeks before the actually occur.
- Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now is finally released
- Miramax films, independent distributor, founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein