Most Popular Feature Films/TV Series Released 1979-01-01 to 1979-12-31


1. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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 life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

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

Votes: 622,385 | Gross: $78.90M

2. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 153 min | Drama, War

8.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
90 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: 484,733 | Gross: $78.80M

3. Moonraker (1979)

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

6.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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: 73,990 | Gross: $62.70M

4. Mad Max (1979)

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

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
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: 161,616

5. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

5.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

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: 28,818 | Gross: $23.44M

6. The Warriors (1979)

R | 92 min | Action, Thriller

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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: 76,910

7. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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: 76,970 | Gross: $0.23M

8. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

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

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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: 67,700 | Gross: $82.30M

9. The Facts of Life (1979–1988)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.

Stars: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon

Votes: 4,328

10. The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)

PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The adventures of the fast-drivin', rubber-burnin' Duke boys of Hazzard County.

Stars: Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle

Votes: 7,430

11. Meatballs (1979)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

6.2
Rate this
    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.

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

Votes: 15,667 | Gross: $43.00M

12. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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: 292,661 | Gross: $0.65M

13. Hair (1979)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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: 28,751

14. Manhattan (1979)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
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: 111,569 | Gross: $45.70M

15. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

PG | 105 min | Drama

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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: 105,019 | Gross: $106.30M

16. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

5.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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: 26,526

17. Phantasm (1979)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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: 24,825

18. Breaking Away (1979)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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: 18,322

19. Rocky II (1979)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
Rate this
    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.

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

Votes: 150,316

20. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.

Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, Mel Blanc

Votes: 5,513

21. 10 (1979)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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: 12,953

22. The Black Hole (1979)

PG | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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: 19,270

23. Hart to Hart (1979–1984)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The globe-trotting adventures of amateur detectives Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander, Lee Wilkof

Votes: 4,029

24. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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: 93,302 | Gross: $36.50M

25. Being There (1979)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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: 54,740

26. The Jerk (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

7.2
Rate this
    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.

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

Votes: 45,172

27. Going in Style (1979)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three friends who are living on the dole decide to organize a bank robbery.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan

Votes: 2,204

28. Knots Landing (1979–1993)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Gary and Valene Ewing, relatives of the Ewing clan of Dallas, arrive in Knots Landing to make a new home for themselves. However, scheming Abby Fairgate-Cunningham later breaks up their marriage when she seduces Gary.

Stars: Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark, Kevin Dobson

Votes: 1,708

29. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

6.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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: 29,250 | Gross: $86.43M

30. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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: 21,790

31. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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: 20,973

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

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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: 24,674

33. Prisoner (1979–1986)

50 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.

Stars: Elspeth Ballantyne, Betty Bobbitt, Sheila Florance, Maggie Kirkpatrick

Votes: 1,366

34. The Wanderers (1979)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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: 8,050 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Dracula (1979)

R | 109 min | Horror, Romance

6.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 7,328

36. The Muppet Movie (1979)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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: 26,918 | Gross: $76.66M

37. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Horror

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle.

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

Votes: 25,198

38. Tess (1979)

PG | 186 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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: 11,992

39. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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: 9,437

40. Benson (1979–1986)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jessica Tate's sharp-tongued former butler, Benson DuBois, moves up in the world, becoming first the governor's "director of household affairs," then the state's budget director, then lieutenant governor and candidate for the executive mansion.

Stars: Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson, Missy Gold

Votes: 2,150

41. Quadrophenia (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
79 Metascore

London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division. Only when he's together with his friends, a 'Mod' ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 13,876

42. Trapper John, M.D. (1979–1986)

60 min | Drama

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Korean War MASH unit veteran operates as Chief Surgeon in a major city hospital with his colleagues.

Stars: Pernell Roberts, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Charles Siebert, Gregory Harrison

Votes: 1,177

43. The Rose (1979)

R | 125 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
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: 6,564 | Gross: $29.20M

44. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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: 19,498

45. Malibu High (1979)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When a high school senior is dumped by her boyfriend, her grades fall drastically...to avoid failing, she begins seducing her male teachers. Thus begins her downward spiral into drug ... See full summary »

Director: Irvin Berwick | Stars: Jill Lansing, Stuart Taylor, Katie Johnson, Wallace Earl Laven

Votes: 538

46. Zombie (1979)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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: 21,129

47. Tourist Trap (1979)

PG | 90 min | Horror

6.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by the owner of the place, who has the power to control his collection of mannequins.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood

Votes: 5,205

48. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 977

49. The Great Train Robbery (1979)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
68 Metascore

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb

Votes: 12,458

50. You Can't Do That on Television (1979–1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Comedy

8.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Sketch TV by young amateur actors in true classic Nick-style. But whatever you do, never admit that you don't know or ask for water.

Stars: Les Lye, Abby Hagyard, Christine McGlade, Lisa Ruddy

Votes: 1,312