My Best Films of 1978

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1.
The Scenic Route (1978)
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Spins the tale of a woman, her sister, and the man who completes the triangle. Told through such fertile sources as grand opera... (76 mins.)
Director: Mark Rappaport
 
2.
Days of Heaven (1978)
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A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
3.
In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
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This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before... (124 mins.)
 
4.
Gates of Heaven (1978 Documentary)
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A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there. (85 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
5.
The Green Room (1978)
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A French little town, at the end of the twenties. Julien Davenne is a journalist whose wife Julie died a decade ago... (94 mins.)
 
6.
Perceval (1978)
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The exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table. (140 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
7.
Cesarée (1978 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
 
8.
Les mains négatives (1978 Short Film)
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(14 mins.)
 
9.
The Whole Shootin' Match (1978)
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Lloyd (Lou Perry) and Frank (Sonny Davis), two lifelong friends and self-styled entrepreneurs in Austin... (109 mins.)
Director: Eagle Pennell
 
10.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
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Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
 
11.
Vertical Features Remake (1978 Short Film)
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Tongue-in-cheek, early Greenaway short reflects the incredibly meticulous encyclopedic nature of his early films... (44 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
12.
The Last Waltz (1978 Documentary)
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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
13.
Le vent des amoureux (1978 Documentary)
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(71 mins.)
 
14.
Die linkshändige Frau (1978)
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After returning from a business trip in Finland, Bruno (Bruno Ganz) find that his wife Marianne (Edith Clever) wants her husband to leave her alone with their son. A struggle with loneliness and adapting to the new situation ensues. (119 mins.)
Director: Peter Handke
 
15.
Halloween (1978)
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On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
16.
The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1978)
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Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings.... (66 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
 
17.
Grand Opera: An Historical Romance (1978)
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Grand Opera marks a stock-taking of Benning's work and his life, presenting a personal and artistic... (90 mins.)
Director: James Benning
 
18.
Filming 'Othello' (1978 Documentary)
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Essay film shot for TV including Orson Welles reflections on Othello close to the Moviola, a chat with Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir and fragments of a conversation with the audience in Boston after a screening of the film. (84 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
19.
Germany in Autumn (1978)
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Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes... (123 mins.)
 
20.
Autumn Sonata (1978)
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A married daughter who longs for her mother's love gets visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist. (99 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
21.
The Silent Partner (1978)
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A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash. (106 mins.)
Director: Daryl Duke
 
22.
Shadows of a Hot Summer (1978)
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(100 mins.)
 
23.
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
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Solange is depressed: she's stopped smiling, she eats little, she says less. She has fainting fits.... (108 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
25.
The Idlers of the Fertile Valley (1978)
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A father moves with his three sons and their beautiful, hard working servant in a big, old house in the countryside, where a weird drowsiness seems to occupy the four men. Will it be possible for one of them to break free? (118 mins.)
 
26.
Coming Home (1978)
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A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there. (127 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
27.
The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa (1978 Short Film)
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A traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes up to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. (10 mins.)
Director: Caroline Leaf
 
28.
Violette (1978)
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In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences. (124 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
29.
The Meetings of Anna (1978)
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Anna, a detached and diffident director, arrives in Germany to show her latest film; she checks into a hotel... (120 mins.)
Director: Chantal Akerman
 
30.
Straight Time (1978)
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After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules... (114 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
 
31.
Dossier 51 (1978)
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An unnamed French intelligence service spies on and analyzes a French diplomat code name '51' to identify a method to control him. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Deville
 
32.
Liquid Crystals (1978 Short Film)
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A microscopic view of liquid crystals morphing into various shapes. (6 mins.)
Director: Jean Painlevé
 
33.
Graduate First (1978)
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A study of a group of young working class people in a French village, who are embarking upon adult life. The film follows the choices and decisions made for their futures. (86 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
34.
Ten Minutes Older (1978 Documentary)
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A 10 minute long journey of emotions that befall children faces. Fear, Curiosity; a Smile. They all sit in a dark theater. What they see, we don't; we can only guess from their faces. (10 mins.)
Director: Herz Frank
 
35.
Bez znieczulenia (1978)
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A famous Polish journalist presents a problem for the powers-that-be when he displays his full political... (131 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
36.
Wodzirej (1978)
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An ironic look at a climber who decides to do anything, including throwing mud at his best friend, to... (104 mins.)
Director: Feliks Falk
 
37.
The Mongreloid (1978 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: George Kuchar
 
38.
Special Delivery (1978 Short Film)
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A hapless husband neglects to clear the icy walk, which leads to the mailman slipping and breaking his neck. A comedy of errors results from his attempts to hide the body. (7 mins.)
 
39.
Hotel Magnezit (1978 Short Film)
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Documentary about a hostel for workers. An old worker suspected of stealing a motor gets fired from the factory and must leave the hostel. (10 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr