Universal Pictures Films of 1978

by LuminousCarcass | created - 28 Nov 2013 | updated - 29 Nov 2013 | Public

This list contains the films produced and distributed by Universal Pictures in 1978. List in order of when films were released in the United States.

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1. September 30, 1955 (1977)

PG | 101 min | Drama

6.7
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When Jimmy's idol, James Dean, dies on September 30, 1955, the small-town Arkansas college undergraduate goes berserk. He and his friends hold a vigil which turns into a drunk and, finally,... See full summary »

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Richard Thomas, Susan Tyrrell, Deborah Benson, Lisa Blount

Votes: 282

2. The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II (1978)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.8
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Several years after the deaths of Dick Buek and her father, Jill Kinmont and her mother leave Los Angeles to spend their summer in their hometown of Bishop, California. They rent a summer ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Marilyn Hassett, Timothy Bottoms, Nan Martin, Belinda Montgomery

Votes: 263 | Gross: $11.57M

3. Blue Collar (1978)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night, when they steal away from ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 5,230

Written and Directed by Paul Schrader; Budget: $1.7 million

4. Skateboard (1978)

PG | 97 min | Drama, Sport

5.3
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A Hollywood agent finds himself in debt to a powerful bookie. To make a fast buck, he creates a team of exceptionally talented skateboarders and enters them in a downhill race. If they win, they will get $20,000.

Director: George Gage | Stars: Allen Garfield, Kathleen Lloyd, Leif Garrett, Richard Van der Wyk

Votes: 194

5. Gray Lady Down (1978)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.2
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A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty

Votes: 2,194

6. House Calls (1978)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Charley is a surgeon who's recently lost his wife; he embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann, a singular woman, closer to his own age... See full summary »

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Art Carney, Richard Benjamin

Votes: 1,477 | Gross: $28.46M

Budget: $6.5 million; Box office: $29,000,000

7. I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.9
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Six teenagers from New Jersey run off to go to a Beatles concert to meet their idols, despite not having tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure, Susan Kendall Newman

Votes: 3,359

Directorial debut of Robert Zemeckis; Box office: $1,944,682

8. FM (1978)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.2
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Q-SKY is the #1 radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play, and running the station the way they want to. It has led them to a ratings success. The interesting radio... See full summary »

Director: John A. Alonzo | Stars: Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras, Cleavon Little

Votes: 685

9. The Greek Tycoon (1978)

R | 107 min | Drama

5.2
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The life of the Greek tycoon Aristotelis Onassis.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Jacqueline Bisset, Raf Vallone, Edward Albert

Votes: 950

Budget: $6.5 million

10. Nunzio (1978)

R | 85 min | Drama

6.9
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Protected by his brother (James Andronica), a mentally impaired Brooklynite (David Proval) pretends he's Superman and becomes a hero.

Director: Paul Williams | Stars: David Proval, James Andronica, Morgana King, Joe Spinell

Votes: 101

11. Jaws 2 (1978)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

5.7
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52 Metascore

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 57,261 | Gross: $102.92M

Budget: $30 million; Box office: $208,900,376

12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

3.9
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Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Peter Frampton, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb

Votes: 5,253 | Gross: $12.90M

Budget: $13 million; Box office: $20,378,470

13. Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

7.6
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79 Metascore

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst

Votes: 96,937 | Gross: $141.60M

Budget: US$3 million; Box office: $141,600,000

14. Almost Summer (1978)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

5.7
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A high-school election gets nasty.

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: Bruno Kirby, Lee Purcell, John Friedrich, Didi Conn

Votes: 179

15. Paradise Alley (1978)

PG | 107 min | Drama

5.8
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Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante, Frank McRae

Votes: 3,817

Box office: $7,185,518

16. The Big Fix (1978)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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An ex-'60s radical now working as a private eye is hired by an old flame to investigate a political smear campaign. The case becomes more dangerous as it unfolds.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow

Votes: 1,131

17. The Wiz (1978)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.3
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An adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz' that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross

Votes: 11,814 | Gross: $21.05M

Budget: $24 million; Box office: $21,049,053

18. Caravans (1978)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, History

6.6
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In 1948, at the U.S. embassy in Zadestan, a young diplomat is ordered to find the missing daughter of an influential American senator.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Michael Sarrazin, Christopher Lee, Jennifer O'Neill

Votes: 608 | Gross: $1.00M

19. Same Time, Next Year (1978)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, Ivan Bonar, Bernie Kuby

Votes: 4,810 | Gross: $19.70M

20. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

8.2
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81 Metascore

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 257,551 | Gross: $48.98M

Budget: $15 million; Box office: $50,000,000

21. The Brink's Job (1978)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.5
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Crime story based on the real armed robbery of the Brink's Building in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17th, 1950.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates

Votes: 2,119 | Gross: $9.40M

Directed by William Friedkin; Box office: $9.4 million

22. Moment by Moment (1978)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

2.9
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A lonely socialite and a young drifter enter into a May-December romance.

Director: Jane Wagner | Stars: Lily Tomlin, John Travolta, Andra Akers, Bert Kramer

Votes: 926 | Gross: $10.96M

Budget: $8 million; Box office: $10,963,824