My Best Films of 1979

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1.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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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.
Stalker (1979)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
 
3.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
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Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
4.
Killer of Sheep (1978)
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Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep... (83 mins.)
Director: Charles Burnett
 
5.
New Old (1979)
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(67 mins.)
 
6.
Manhattan (1979)
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The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
7.
Hungarian Rhapsody (1979)
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The first chapter of a two-part dramatized history of Hungary, from the turn of the century, to World War II. (103 mins.)
Director: Miklós Jancsó
 
8.
Aurélia Steiner (Melbourne) (1979 Short Film)
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(27 mins.)
 
9.
Panny z Wilka (1979)
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Set in the late '20s. A thirtyish young man, who heads a small factory, faints at the funeral of a close friend... (118 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
10.
Saint Jack (1979)
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Compelling character study, revolving around Jack Flowers (Ben Gazzara), an American hustler trying... (112 mins.)
 
11.
All That Jazz (1979)
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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer. (123 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
12.
Alien (1979)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source planet 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
 
13.
The Patriotic Woman (1979)
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A history teacher and a patriot goes out into the winter landscape carrying a shovel. She comes across a dead soldier killed at the battle of Leningrad. (121 mins.)
Director: Alexander Kluge
 
14.
From the Clouds to the Resistance (1979)
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Two segments. The first one arranges six stories from Cesare Pavese's "Dialoghi con Leucò", taken from classical mythology... (104 mins.)
 
15.
Tale of Tales (1979 Short Film)
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A reflection of Russian history and memory. Norstein creates a visual emotional response to a changing Russia... (29 mins.)
Director: Yu. Norshteyn
 
16.
Best Boy (1979 Documentary)
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In this documentary, the director follows the day-to-day activities of his retarded, middle-aged cousin Philly, over a three-year period. (111 mins.)
Director: Ira Wohl
 
17.
Gal Young Un (1979)
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Gal Young 'Un centers on a spinster woman who lives alone in the woods of north Florida until she is swept off her feet by an opportunistic bootlegger... (105 mins.)
Director: Victor Nunez
 
19.
Wise Blood (1979)
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A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church. (106 mins.)
Director: Jhon Huston
 
20.
For Liberty (1979 Documentary)
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A documentary on last days of Shah's regime, the event ensued after the arson of cinema Rex in Abadan, which lead to final victory of 1979 revolution. (111 mins.)
Director: Hossein Torabi
 
21.
Impostors (1979)
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Three people try to steal an artifact. (110 mins.)
Director: Mark Rappaport
 
22.
I as in Icarus (1979)
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After the recently re-elected President of a fictitious state has been assassinated, one of the members... (120 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
 
23.
Family Nest (1979)
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The breakdown of the relationship of a couple by living in a flat of the husband's parents. (108 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
 
24.
Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia (1979 Documentary)
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(50 mins.)
Director: David Munro
 
25.
The Third Generation (1979)
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A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c... (111 mins.)
 
26.
Asparagus (1979 Short Film)
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(20 mins.)
Director: Suzan Pitt
 
27.
Being There (1979)
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
28.
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
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A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany. (120 mins.)
 
29.
The War at Home (1979 Documentary)
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Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war. (100 mins.)
 
30.
Buffet Froid (1979)
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Black comedy about solitude and dishumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men... (89 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
31.
Aurélia Steiner (Vancouver) (1980 Short Film)
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(48 mins.)
 
32.
Alexandria... Why? (1979)
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"Yahia", a young man living in the cosmopolitan Alexandria during World War II. Between his dreams,... (133 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
33.
Ajándék ez a nap (1979)
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Irén and Attila, a not-so-young couple, are in love. All they want is a flat of their own where they could live together... (83 mins.)
Director: Péter Gothár
 
34.
Messidor (1979)
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Two young women from very different backgrounds journey into the countryside seeking respite from unsatisfactory lives and relationships... (123 mins.)
Director: Alain Tanner
 
35.
Five Evenings (1979)
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Tamara and Sasha were separated during the war. Now (1957) Sasha is visiting Moscow for five days and by chance recognizes the house where Tamara used to live. She is still living there with her nephew Slava. (103 mins.)
 
36.
The Homosexual Century (1979)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Lionel Soukaz
 
37.
Scum (1979)
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Uncompromising story of life in a Borstal prison, a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's (98 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
 
38.
The Battle of Chile: Part III (1979 Documentary)
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Completed two years after _Batalla de Chile: La insurrección de la burguesía, La (1975)_ and _Batalla de Chile: El golpe de estado... (80 mins.)
 
39.
The Wobblies (1979 Documentary)
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THE WOBBLIES boldly investigates a nation torn by naked corporate greed and the red-hot rift between the industrial masters and the rabble-rousing workers in the field and factory. (89 mins.)
 
40.
From a Night Porter's Point of View (1979 Documentary)
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A factory night watchman, who is a fanatic of total control, shares his opinions on various topics. (17 mins.)
 
41.
Origins of a Meal (1979 Documentary)
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(115 mins.)
Director: Luc Moullet
 
42.
Life of Brian (1979)
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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
 
43.
The China Syndrome (1979)
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A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant. (122 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
44.
The Haunting of M. (1979)
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An Eastern European family finds itself haunted by the spirit of a dead suitor. (98 mins.)
Director: Anna Thomas
 
45.
Phantasm (1979)
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A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli