Best films, 1979

All worthwhile films from 1979 ranked
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1.
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
 
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.
Alien (1979)
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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 life-form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
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Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the lam. (140 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
7.
Killer of Sheep (1978)
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Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep... (80 mins.)
Director: Charles Burnett
 
8.
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
 
9.
The Warriors (1979)
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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
 
10.
The Brood (1979)
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A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
 
11.
Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
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A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business. (116 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
12.
The Wanderers (1979)
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Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers... (112 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
13.
Buffet Froid (1979)
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Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men... (89 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
14.
Knockabout (1979)
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Knockabout is Sammo HungÂ's (TVÂ's Martial Law, The Legend Of Zu) brilliant cinematic achievement at merging comedy with kung fu. His meticulous blending of the two ingredients is vividly demonstrated in this film. (92 mins.)
 
15.
Being There (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
16.
Zombie (1979)
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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
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
Magnificent Butcher (1979)
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A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu... (108 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
19.
Que Viva Mexico (1979 Documentary)
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Eisenstein shows us Mexico in this movie, its history and its culture. He believes, that Mexico can become a modern state. (90 mins.)
 
20.
Autumn Marathon (1979)
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School teacher is cheating on his wife and lies about it. (90 mins.)
 
21.
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
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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
 
22.
Quadrophenia (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division... (120 mins.)
Director: Franc Roddam
 
23.
Camera Buff (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town... (117 mins.)
 
24.
Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)
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Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC. (104 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
25.
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
 
26.
...and justice for all. (1979)
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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
 
27.
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
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
Tale of Tales (1979 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A reflection of Russian history and memory. Norstein creates a visual emotional response to a changing Russia... (29 mins.)
Director: Yu. Norshteyn
 
31.
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
 
32.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
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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
 
33.
The Third Generation (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mogul merrily funds terrorists to boost his computer sales, by panicking West German government and industry c... (111 mins.)
 
34.
Ashanti (1979)
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Dr. Anansa Linderby is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task. (118 mins.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
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
 
37.
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
 
38.
Thirst (1979)
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The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them. (93 mins.)
Director: Rod Hardy
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
The Visitor (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
The soul of a young girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between forces of God and the Devil. (108 mins.)
 
41.
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.)
 
42.
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.)
 
43.
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
 
44.
Hair (1979)
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Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embraced into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger, yet he's already been drafted. He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside. (121 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
45.
Twice a Woman (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Woman (Laura) falls in love with girl (Sylvia). They have an affair, but suddenly Sylvia runs off with the ex-husband of Laura... (110 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
 
46.
Fleisch (1979 TV Movie)
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A honeymooning couple stay at a hotel in New Mexico. It all seems normal until an ambulance pulls up and takes the husband away. The wife, with the help of a truck driver, finds the awful secret to the hotel and the ambulance service. (114 mins.)
Director: Rainer Erler
 
47.
Een vrouw als Eva (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Young mother of two Eva is send on holiday to France by her husband to relief her stress. There she meets lesbian Liliane who lives in a commune. (113 mins.)
 
48.
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