Most Popular Feature Films Released 1978-01-01 to 1978-12-31


1. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 171,833 | Gross: $181.36M

2. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

7.9
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 159,529 | Gross: $47.00M

3. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

8.2
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73 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: 235,041

4. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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86 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 127,592 | Gross: $134.22M

5. Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

7.6
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82 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 90,871 | Gross: $141.60M

6. Jaws 2 (1978)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

5.7
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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: 52,146 | Gross: $102.92M

7. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

Director: Meir Zarchi | Stars: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols

Votes: 20,287

8. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 54,343 | Gross: $35.00M

9. Dracula's Dog (1978)

R | 90 min | Horror

4.2
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Russian soldiers accidentally unleash the servant of Dracula, as well as his dog, during excavations of Romania. Together, they set out for America, to find the last descendant of the great... See full summary »

Director: Albert Band | Stars: José Ferrer, Michael Pataki, Jan Shutan, Libby Chase

Votes: 854

10. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

8.0
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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.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 90,586

11. Pretty Baby (1978)

R | 110 min | Drama

6.6
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A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye

Votes: 7,425

12. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 37,839

13. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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93 Metascore

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.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Votes: 38,036

14. Watership Down (1978)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson, Michael Graham Cox

Votes: 25,314

15. International Velvet (1978)

G | 127 min | Drama, Family, Sport

5.8
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Velvet's orphaned niece, Sarah, follows her dream of Olympic glory with her horse Arizona Pie.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins, Nanette Newman

Votes: 1,118

16. The Wiz (1978)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.2
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An adaption 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: 10,987 | Gross: $13.00M

17. Piranha (1978)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.9
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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 14,308

18. Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

PG | 114 min | Action, Comedy

6.3
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The San Fernando Valley adventures of trucker turned prize-fighter Philo Beddoe and his pet orangutan Clyde.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo

Votes: 17,564 | Gross: $105.92M

19. The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG | 132 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt

Votes: 24,413

20. Coming Home (1978)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.3
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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.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford

Votes: 9,500

21. The Boys from Brazil (1978)

R | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer

Votes: 20,846

22. Up in Smoke (1978)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Music

7.0
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Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

Directors: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams

Votes: 29,198

23. Death on the Nile (1978)

PG | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Simon MacCorkindale, Jane Birkin

Votes: 19,805

24. Convoy (1978)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama

6.3
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Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young

Votes: 11,390

25. The Inglorious Bastards (1978)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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In 1944, in France, the rogue American soldiers Lieutenant Robert Yeager, Private Fred Canfield, the murderer Tony, the thief Nick and the coward Berle are transported to a military prison.... See full summary »

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Bo Svenson, Peter Hooten, Fred Williamson, Michael Pergolani

Votes: 7,406

26. Heaven Can Wait (1978)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.9
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A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry | Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden

Votes: 14,358

27. California Suite (1978)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine

Votes: 5,032

28. The Fury (1978)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Charles Durning

Votes: 9,645

29. 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: 3,087

30. Coma (1978)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Michael Douglas, Rip Torn, Geneviève Bujold, Elizabeth Ashley

Votes: 13,384

31. The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis

Votes: 6,483

32. Damien: Omen II (1978)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.3
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Damien the Antichrist, now thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.

Directors: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges | Stars: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Robert Foxworth

Votes: 22,512

33. Foul Play (1978)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith, Rachel Roberts

Votes: 10,643

34. Game of Death (1978)

R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.

Directors: Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Colleen Camp, Dean Jagger

Votes: 12,472

35. 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: 5,017 | Gross: $12.90M

36. 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: 4,541

37. Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

PG | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

6.3
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During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Edward Fox, Franco Nero

Votes: 13,680

38. Battlestar Galactica (1978)

PG | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Directors: Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi | Stars: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 6,163

39. The Wild Geese (1978)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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A British banker hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African president from the hands of a corrupt African dictator.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 9,313

40. The Driver (1978)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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"The Driver" is a specialist in a rare business: he drives getaway cars in robberies. His exceptional talent prevented him from being caught yet. After another successful flight from the ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley

Votes: 9,215

41. The Silent Partner (1978)

R | 106 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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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.

Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Céline Lomez

Votes: 3,232

42. Interiors (1978)

PG | 93 min | Drama

7.5
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Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents' sudden, unexpected divorce.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page, Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt

Votes: 14,175

43. Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978)

PG | 93 min | Comedy

5.6
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Stella Johnson is a single mother living in the town of Harper Valley. Now most of the townspeople, particularly on the PTA board, think that she is a little too liberal and liberated for ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard C. Bennett, Ralph Senensky | Stars: Barbara Eden, Ronny Cox, Nanette Fabray, Louis Nye

Votes: 780

44. Autumn Sonata (1978)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Music

8.3
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A married daughter who longs for her mother's love gets visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk

Votes: 15,686

45. 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, 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: 3,492

46. Ice Castles (1978)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.5
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A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater. Only with the help of those who love her can she prove to ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 2,445

47. Starcrash (1978)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

4.1
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An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff

Votes: 3,494

48. F.I.S.T. (1978)

PG | 145 min | Drama

6.4
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Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 5,605

49. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 6,212

50. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape and... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu

Votes: 10,621