Favorite Films of 1979

Updated: 4/26/17

I have watched 80 films with a 1979 release date. I have listed them here ranked from best to worst (in my opinion).
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1.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
2.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
3.
Phantasm (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
 
4.
Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires. (184 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
5.
The Jerk (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis. (94 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
 
6.
Mad Max (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
7.
...and justice for all. (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent. (119 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
8.
The Sacketts (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After the civil war, Tennessee brothers Orrin and Tyrel Sackett are herding cattle out West while Tell Sackett is prospecting for gold in the hills. (240 mins.)
Director: Robert Totten
 
9.
Zulu Dawn (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation. (117 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
 
10.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A flamboyant thief and his gang struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches and to learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to. (100 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
11.
Meatballs (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp. (94 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
12.
Zombie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (91 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
13.
The Muppet Movie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit. (95 mins.)
Director: James Frawley
 
14.
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world. (112 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
15.
Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration. (93 mins.)
Director: Allan Arkush
 
16.
The Warriors (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down. (92 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
17.
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The second stand-up performance of Richard Pryor filmed. (78 mins.)
Director: Jeff Margolis
 
18.
The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Bugs Bunny reflects on his past cartoon exploits. (98 mins.)
 
19.
Hanover Street (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Margaret is a nurse in England during WW2, and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot. (109 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
20.
The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything... (100 mins.)
Director: Bruce Bilson
 
21.
Elvis (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley. (150 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
22.
The Silent Scream (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
During her first semester at college, a co-ed finds housing at a seaside mansion where, following the death of a fellow-student, she becomes entangled in a murder mystery surrounding the property and it's secretive tenants. (87 mins.)
Director: Denny Harris
 
23.
Jack Frost (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love. (48 mins.)
 
24.
1941 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor. (118 mins.)
 
25.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
It is the year 1839. Architect Jonathan Criswell receives a letter from his old friend Roderick Usher asking Jonathan to come and see him... (101 mins.)
Director: James L. Conway
 
26.
The China Syndrome (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant. (122 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
27.
Rocky II (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch. (119 mins.)
 
28.
Fascination (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
This erotic horror film, set in 1905, tells the story of a thief who seeks refuge in a castle owned by two women... (80 mins.)
Director: Jean Rollin
 
29.
North Dallas Forty (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s. (119 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
30.
Search and Destroy (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The members of a Vietnam veteran's old Army unit start turning up murdered. The police soon begin to suspect that he is in fact the killer... (92 mins.)
Director: William Fruet
 
31.
Adventures of the Wilderness Family 3 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The family who went "back to nature" by homesteading in the Colorado Rockies is threatened by possible federal opposition to their mining claims on the land they moved to. (100 mins.)
Director: John Cotter
 
32.
The Brood (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
 
33.
Moonraker (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. (126 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
34.
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again. (97 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
 
35.
Hardcore (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits. (109 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
36.
Beyond the Darkness (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Grief-struck after the death of his wife, a young man attempts to keep her with him forever - by gutting her, stuffing her and replacing her eyes with glass eyes, turning her into a doll. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning. (94 mins.)
Director: Joe D'Amato
 
37.
Nightwing (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico. (105 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
38.
Weasels Rip My Flesh (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
Returning from the planet Venus, an errant NASA spacecraft crashes into the ocean, spilling its radioactive cargo... (67 mins.)
Director: Nathan Schiff
 
39.
Time After Time (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period. (112 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
 
40.
Orphan Train (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1854, there were living on the streets of New York City over 10,000 abandoned orphaned children. Out of this desperate situation was born the orphan Train. This is a fictionalized account, based on actual events. (143 mins.)
 
41.
The Black Hole (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. (98 mins.)
Director: Gary Nelson
 
42.
Dracula (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride. (109 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
43.
Love at First Bite (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle... (96 mins.)
Director: Stan Dragoti
 
44.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (150 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
 
45.
From Here to Eternity (1979 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Soapy look at events of Pearl Harbor just previous to the Japanese attack. (360 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
 
46.
The Miracle Worker (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Devoted teacher Anne Sullivan leads deaf and blind Helen Keller into the light of learnedness. (98 mins.)
Director: Paul Aaron
 
47.
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The adventures of two idiotic outlaw wannabees, Amos and Theodore. (88 mins.)
 
48.
More American Graffiti (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late '60s. (110 mins.)
Director: B.W.L. Norton
 
49.
The Tin Drum (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with... (142 mins.)
 
50.
Van Nuys Blvd. (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A small-town kid hears about the wild nights of cruising the boulevard in Van Nuys, California. He drives out there to check it out, and gets involved with drag racers, topless dancers and bikers. (93 mins.)
Director: William Sachs
 
51.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
52.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder. (132 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
53.
Scavenger Hunt (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
To inherit a fortune, various addressees of a will must compete in a wild scavenger hunt to collect selected items, but cannot be simply bought. (116 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
 
54.
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph... (97 mins.)
 
55.
The Lady Vanishes (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Whilst traveling in pre-war Nazi Germany, a young couple realise a passenger seems to have been kidnapped off their train, but, no other passenger aside from themselves, recalls her. (97 mins.)
Director: Anthony Page
 
56.
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The Castaways finally get permanently rescued and they turn their island home into an exclusive resort. (90 mins.)
Director: Earl Bellamy
 
57.
Savage Weekend (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. Unfortunately they are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask. (88 mins.)
Director: David Paulsen
 
58.
Caligula (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula. (156 mins.)
Director: Tinto Brass
 
59.
Play Motel (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A reporter and his girlfriend investigate deaths surrounding a hotel where several prominent people go to have sex. (90 mins.)
Director: Roy Garrett
 
60.
Captain America (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
A recipient of an experimental body enhancement chemical retaliates against his would be killers as a star spangled superhero. (97 mins.)
Director: Rod Holcomb
 
61.
Penitentiary (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A hitchhiker named Martel Gordone gets in a fight with two bikers over a prostitute, and one of the bikers is killed... (99 mins.)
Director: Jamaa Fanaka
 
62.
Norma Rae (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. (114 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
63.
A Force of One (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
When the detectives of an undercover police unit are being mysteriously killed by a martial artist, a professional kickboxer is hired to assist them. (90 mins.)
Director: Paul Aaron
 
64.
Going in Style (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
65.
Meteor (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The USA must join forces with the USSR in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth. (108 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
66.
Tess (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men. (186 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
67.
The Champ (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J.... (121 mins.)
 
68.
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A prequel of sorts to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid which chronicles the two outlaws' lives in the years before the events portrayed in the 1969 movie. (115 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
69.
The Driller Killer (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
70.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (117 mins.)
 
71.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A newspaper editor decides to send his girlfriend, who is also a reporter on the paper, undercover to try out for the cheerleading team for the Dallas Cowboys in order to do an "insider's" story. (98 mins.)
Director: Bruce Bilson
 
72.
The Clonus Horror (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
Politicians scheme to clone themselves, assuring immortal life. (90 mins.)
 
73.
The Rose (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager. (125 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
74.
10 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A Hollywood composer goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman. (122 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
75.
The In-Laws (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators. (103 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
76.
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The Pittsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners. (102 mins.)
Director: Gilbert Moses
 
77.
The Main Event (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A bankrupt entrepreneur attempts to recoup some of her losses by getting a washed-out boxer she picked up as a tax loss back into the ring - an idea her protégé isn't fond of. (112 mins.)
Director: Howard Zieff
 
78.
The Electric Horseman (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Sonny Steele used to be a rodeo star, but his next appearance is to be on a Las Vegas stage, wearing a suit covered in lights... (121 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
79.
Malibu High (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
When a high school senior is dumped by her boyfriend, her grades fall drastically...to avoid failing... (92 mins.)
Director: Irvin Berwick
 
80.
Dr. Jekyll's Dungeon of Death (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  
The great grandson of the original Dr. Jekyll kidnaps people and experments on them with the aggression serum created by his great grand dad. (88 mins.)
Director: James Wood