Most Popular Feature Films Released 1979-01-01 to 1979-12-31


1. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, War

8.5
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 497,487 | Gross: $83.47M

2. The Warriors (1979)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.7
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, Brian Tyler

Votes: 78,550 | Gross: $22.49M

3. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.5
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83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 642,891 | Gross: $78.90M

4. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

5.3
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Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

Directors: Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 29,352 | Gross: $23.44M

5. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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67 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 165,147 | Gross: $8.75M

6. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 80,994 | Gross: $0.23M

7. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.3
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66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 75,801 | Gross: $70.31M

8. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

PG | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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77 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Votes: 107,758 | Gross: $106.26M

9. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

5.9
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34 Metascore

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen

Votes: 27,158 | Gross: $31.76M

10. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
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75 Metascore

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 300,190 | Gross: $20.05M

11. Manhattan (1979)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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83 Metascore

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.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

Votes: 114,280 | Gross: $45.70M

12. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.4
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48 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 69,290 | Gross: $82.26M

13. Being There (1979)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Votes: 56,207 | Gross: $30.18M

14. Meatballs (1979)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

6.2
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Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham

Votes: 15,922 | Gross: $43.05M

15. Rocky II (1979)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 154,500 | Gross: $6.39M

16. The Jerk (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

7.2
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An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King

Votes: 46,065 | Gross: $73.69M

17. 10 (1979)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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A Hollywood composer goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Dudley Moore, Bo Derek, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber

Votes: 13,146 | Gross: $74.87M

18. Hair (1979)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.6
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Annie Golden

Votes: 29,457 | Gross: $15.28M

19. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau

Votes: 95,479 | Gross: $43.00M

20. The Black Hole (1979)

PG | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.9
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A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.

Director: Gary Nelson | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms

Votes: 19,644

21. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

6.2
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32 Metascore

Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud

Votes: 30,071 | Gross: $86.43M

22. Phantasm (1979)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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72 Metascore

A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

Votes: 25,792 | Gross: $11.99M

23. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Horror

7.6
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Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 26,113

24. ...and justice for all. (1979)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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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.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg

Votes: 25,394

25. Breaking Away (1979)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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91 Metascore

A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 18,741 | Gross: $16.42M

26. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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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.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Votes: 21,607 | Gross: $37.82M

27. The Rose (1979)

R | 125 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.0
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67 Metascore

The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 6,728 | Gross: $29.20M

28. The Muppet Movie (1979)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.6
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74 Metascore

Kermit and his newfound friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.

Director: James Frawley | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 27,394 | Gross: $76.66M

29. Tess (1979)

PG | 186 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin

Votes: 12,316

30. Quadrophenia (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music

7.3
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79 Metascore

Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding, and drugs only to be disappointed.

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Mark Wingett

Votes: 14,303

31. The Wanderers (1979)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.4
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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. Slight comedy, slight High School angst ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, John Friedrich, Toni Kalem

Votes: 8,245 | Gross: $0.01M

32. Time After Time (1979)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.2
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H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, David Warner, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 12,885

33. Bear Island (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

5.9
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On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during WW2, U.N. scientist Larsen sends a distress signal using an emergency NATO frequency and is received by scientific vessel Morning Rose.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee

Votes: 1,602

34. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.9
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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.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 20,373

35. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.6
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach

Votes: 19,137

36. Hardcore (1979)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent

Votes: 6,310

37. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

7.4
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84 Metascore

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Votes: 9,676

38. Norma Rae (1979)

PG | 114 min | Drama

7.4
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61 Metascore

A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle

Votes: 8,481 | Gross: $22.23M

39. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979)

93 min | Comedy

5.7
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Believe it or not even in Smalltown USA there are still people who are unfulfilled and unrelieved in the midst of plenty. Levonna & Lamar could have the perfect relationship if it were not ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Kitten Natividad, Ann Marie, Ken Kerr, June Mack

Votes: 2,505

40. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.6
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A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 7,511 | Gross: $21.41M

41. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady

Votes: 22,333 | Gross: $51.72M

42. Zombie (1979)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.9
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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.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver

Votes: 21,565

43. The Human Factor (1979)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.1
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When a leak of information in the African Section of British Intelligence is discovered security man Daintry is brought in to investigate.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi, Joop Doderer

Votes: 898

44. Stone Cold Dead (1979)

R | 100 min | Crime, Thriller

5.2
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Sergeant Boyd's police search to find a sniper who has been shooting hookers.

Director: George Mendeluk | Stars: Richard Crenna, Paul Williams, Linda Sorensen, Belinda Montgomery

Votes: 235

45. The Villain (1979)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Western

5.4
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"Cactus" Jack Slade (Douglas) is the meanest bad man in the west or so he thinks. When a bank robbery goes awry, he lands in jail facing a hangman's noose! When the corrupt owner of the ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde

Votes: 5,460

46. Laura, les ombres de l'été (1979)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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Sculptor Paul meets a former great love again after a long time -- but is much more impressed by her 15-year-old daughter, Laura, who looks like her mother when Paul was in love with her. ... See full summary »

Director: David Hamilton | Stars: Maud Adams, Dawn Dunlap, James Mitchell, Maureen Kerwin

Votes: 842

47. The In-Laws (1979)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.4
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On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault

Votes: 6,250 | Gross: $38.20M

48. Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Western

5.7
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A prequel of sorts to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) which chronicles the two outlaws' lives in the years before the events portrayed in the 1969 movie.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: William Katt, Tom Berenger, Jeff Corey, John Schuck

Votes: 1,048 | Gross: $5.14M

49. Scum (1979)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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An uncompromising story of life in a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, Julian Firth, John Blundell

Votes: 8,123

50. The Electric Horseman (1979)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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A rodeo star past his prime steal his company's horse and rides off into the desert, with a feisty female reporter accompanying him.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, Willie Nelson

Votes: 6,248 | Gross: $61.80M