Favoritest Movies of 1979

I'm making (I hope...) the most comprehensive favorite movie list ever!!! (No sense in being arbitrary with such a commonly asked question!) So I'm ranking every movie I've ever seen using Paired Comparison Analysis. First, year by year. Then, the top 80th percentile from each year advance to the decade round, and from there the all time round. I'll admit that a number of movies a much younger me saw long ago may be appreciated more or differently now, but in their cases, I only have my reactions at the time to draw upon.
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1.
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
“ The BEST Trek movie. Star Trek's triumphant return to TV, Star Trek Phase II got upgraded into this movie. But, sadly fans seemed to not like Trek in it's purest intended form until it was called Star Trek : The Next Generation; Complete with Ilia being renamed Troi, and William Decker being recycled into William T Riker! ” - Tincage
 
2.
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.)
“ Looney toons are too short to get onto my lists in the year they originally came out, but this 'Greatest hits album' of Looney Toons eases in. ” - Tincage
 
3.
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
 
4.
The Muppet Movie (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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
 
5.
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 distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
6.
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
 
7.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time where Earth is threatened by alien invaders. (89 mins.)
Director: Daniel Haller
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
The Great Train Robbery (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train. (110 mins.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Lathe of Heaven (1980 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs... (105 mins.)
 
15.
Life of Brian (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
 
16.
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 the most infamous prisons in the world. (112 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
American based Federation World Airlines has just acquired a Concorde jet, which will make its inaugural commercial flight from Washington D.C... (113 mins.)
 
19.
Dracula (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Set in 1913 England, the bloodsucking, but handsome, charming and seductive, Count Dracula seeks an immortal bride. (109 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
20.
The Shape of Things to Come (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
In the future, human race sets up colonies on the Moon, when Earth becomes uninhabitable. A madman decides to destroy the Moon colonies with his robots and automated ships and only three people and their robot dog can stop him. (98 mins.)
Director: George McCowan
 
21.
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
 
22.
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.)
 
23.
Hair (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Claude leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly indoctrinated into the youth subculture and subsequently drafted. (121 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
24.
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
 
25.
The Black Stallion (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... (118 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
26.
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
 
27.
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Adventurers return to the overturned ship, seeking a fortune. (114 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
 
28.
C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A young man invents a robot dog that has super strength, x-ray vision and can detect crimes being committed. A greedy businessman tries to steal the invention from him. (89 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
29.
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
 
30.
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
 
31.
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
“ Hey, my parents got divorced! It's like Kramer Vs. Kramer the home game! So, I hate this movie. I hat it almost more than any Duston Hoffman movie... okay I hate Marathon Man more... had a car accident, left me afraid of dentists for almost 20 years. But I can't possiblly like a movie less than this! ” - Tincage
 
32.
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
 
33.
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