Most Popular Feature Films Released 1979-01-01 to 1979-12-31
1. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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 lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 593,991 | Gross: $78.90M
2. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 153 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 470,561 | Gross: $78.80M
3. The Warriors (1979)
R | 92 min | Action, Thriller
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.
4. Caligula (1979)
Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History
Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.
Votes: 28,199 | Gross: $23.44M
9. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
PG | 105 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 101,929 | Gross: $106.30M
13. Manhattan (1979)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 108,677 | Gross: $45.70M
14. The Great Santini (1979)
PG | 115 min | Drama
As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot.
15. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 66,175 | Gross: $82.30M
16. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 90,806 | Gross: $36.50M
19. Hair (1979)
PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embrased 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.
21. Phantasm (1979)
R | 88 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
22. Rocky II (1979)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport
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.
23. The Amityville Horror (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
Votes: 28,634 | Gross: $86.43M
24. Time After Time (1979)
PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
25. A Little Romance (1979)
PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius who enchants them with his storytelling. In an ... See full summary »
27. ...and justice for all. (1979)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
30. Yanks (1979)
R | 138 min | Drama, War
During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, ... See full summary »
32. Quadrophenia (1979)
R | 120 min | Drama, Music
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 »
35. The Black Stallion (1979)
G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport
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 »
36. The Wanderers (1979)
R | 112 min | Drama
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 »
37. The Rose (1979)
R | 125 min | Drama, Music, Romance
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.
Votes: 6,396 | Gross: $29.20M
38. Scavenger Hunt (1979)
PG | 116 min | Comedy
To inherit a fortune, various addressees of a will must compete in a wild scavenger hunt to collect selected items, but cannot be simply bought.
39. Zombie (1979)
R | 91 min | Horror
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.
40. Luna (1979)
R | 142 min | Drama
While touring in Italy, a recently-widowed American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old son to help him overcome his heroin addiction.
41. Hardcore (1979)
R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
46. The Muppet Movie (1979)
G | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.
Votes: 26,269 | Gross: $76.66M
47. The Tin Drum (1979)
R | 142 min | Drama, War
Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up ... See full summary »
48. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979)
93 min | Comedy
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 »
49. The Champ (1979)
PG | 121 min | Drama, Sport
Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J., over whom he got custody after his wife Annie left him seven... See full summary »