1978 Movies (USA)

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1. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

19 Metascore

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: 23,877

2. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

19 Metascore

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: 23,877

3. Piranha (1978)

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

71 Metascore

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: 17,039 | Gross: $6.00M

4. Piranha (1978)

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

71 Metascore

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: 17,039 | Gross: $6.00M

5. A Different Story (1978)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

A homosexual woman marries a gay male friend to prevent his deportation, but they soon fall in love.

Director: Paul Aaron | Stars: Perry King, Meg Foster, Valerie Curtin, Peter Donat

Votes: 284

6. A Distant Thunder (1978)

TV-PG | 76 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The second film, A Thief in the Night being the first, A Distant Thunder continues the story of Patty, a young woman living in the "end times" referred to in biblical prophecy. This action ... See full summary »

Director: Donald W. Thompson | Stars: Patty Dunning, Sally Johnson, Sandy Christen, Thom Rachford

Votes: 270

7. A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)

PG | 107 min | Drama

Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Larry B. Scott, Helen Martin

Votes: 162

8. A Wedding (1978)

PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the scion of a very wealthy family, but reception at the family estate is boycotted by the invited guests.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Carol Burnett, Desi Arnaz Jr., Paul Dooley, Amy Stryker

Votes: 3,028

9. Alien Zone (1978)

PG | 79 min | Horror

A man who is having an affair with a married woman is dropped off on the wrong street when going back to his hotel. He takes refuge out of the rain when an old man invites him in. He turns ... See full summary »

Director: Sharron Miller | Stars: John Ericson, Ivor Francis, Judith Novgrod, Burr DeBenning

Votes: 612

10. Almost Summer (1978)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

A high-school election gets nasty.

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

Votes: 191

11. American Hot Wax (1978)

PG | 91 min | Drama, History, Music

The story of Alan Freed, the pioneering disc jockey who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

Director: Floyd Mutrux | Stars: Tim McIntire, Fran Drescher, Jay Leno, Laraine Newman

Votes: 1,083

13. An Enemy of the People (1978)

G | 103 min | Drama

A scientist stands against an entire town when he discovers their medicinal spa is polluted.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Steve McQueen, Bibi Andersson, Charles Durning, Richard Dysart

Votes: 1,013

14. An Unmarried Woman (1978)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of sixteen years leaves her for a younger woman.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy, Cliff Gorman

Votes: 4,135 | Gross: $24.00M

15. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

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: 105,110 | Gross: $0.20M

16. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

PG | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

9 Metascore

A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated killer tomatoes.

Director: John De Bello | Stars: David Miller, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor, J. Stephen Peace

Votes: 11,451

17. Avalanche (1978)

PG | 91 min | Action, Drama

The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, Robert Forster, Jeanette Nolan

Votes: 1,580

18. Barracuda (1978)

PG | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

Little coastal town is being terrorized by deadly Barracudas.

Directors: Harry Kerwin, Wayne Crawford | Stars: Wayne Crawford, Jason Evers, Roberta Leighton, Cliff Emmich

Votes: 887

19. Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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

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: 7,742

20. Big Wednesday (1978)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

The lives of some California surfers from the early 1960s to the 1970s.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey, Patti D'Arbanville

Votes: 5,537

21. Bloodbrothers (1978)

R | 116 min | Drama

A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Paul Sorvino, Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Gere, Lelia Goldoni

Votes: 748

22. Blue Collar (1978)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

When three workers try to steal from the local union, they discover the corruption of the union instead and decide to blackmail them.

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

Votes: 6,192

23. Brass Target (1978)

PG | 111 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

In 1945, General Patton sends Germany's confiscated gold reserves to Frankfurt, but the Army train is robbed by plotters who also hire a Swiss hitman to kill the General.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Sophia Loren, John Cassavetes, Max von Sydow, George Kennedy

Votes: 1,012 | Gross: $5.01M

24. Buffalo Rider (1978)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

In the 1800s Jake Jones finds a buffalo about to be eaten by coyotes. He rescues the buffalo and raises it. He names the him Samson. Jones decides to break the buffalo and saddle him. ... See full summary »

Directors: John Fabian, Dick Robinson, George Lauris | Stars: C. Lindsay Workman, Rick Guinn, John Freeman, Rich Scheeland

Votes: 357

25. California Suite (1978)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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

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

Votes: 5,993

26. Caravans (1978)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, History

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

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

Votes: 707 | Gross: $1.00M

27. Casey's Shadow (1978)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Casey is a young boy in a family that trains racehorses. His best friend, a foal they call "Casey's Shadow", looks to be a loser, but comes out a champion.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith, Robert Webber, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 485

28. Cheerleaders Beach Party (1978)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Music

Four amorous cheerleaders set out to save their ailing college football team by huddling up on the beach with the rival team...and scoring.

Director: Alex E. Goitein | Stars: Lynn Hastings, Jamie Jensen, Elizabeth Loredan, Gloria Upson

Votes: 205

29. Circle of Iron (1978)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A young martial artist embarks on an adventure, encountering other martial artists in battle until one day he meets an aging blind man who will show him the true meaning of martial arts and life.

Director: Richard Moore | Stars: David Carradine, Jeff Cooper, Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 1,967

30. Coach (1978)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Sport

An Olympic Gold medalist is hired to coach the boys' basketball team. But when Coach Randy Rawlings arrives, the school's sexist principal discovers that he has hired a woman. Blocked from ... See full summary »

Director: Bud Townsend | Stars: Cathy Lee Crosby, Michael Biehn, Keenan Wynn, Channing Clarkson

Votes: 479

31. Coma (1978)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

60 Metascore

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: 15,754

32. Comes a Horseman (1978)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Romance, Western

Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex suitor, Jacob Ewing. She asks for help from her neighbor, Frank Athearn. As Ella and ... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: James Caan, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, George Grizzard

Votes: 2,135

33. Coming Attractions (1978)

R | 84 min | Comedy

Broad satire and buffoonery presented as a series of movie trailers. Among the titles and subjects are: "The Howard Huge Story", "Skate-boarders from Hell", "The Invasion of the Penis ... See full summary »

Director: Ira Miller | Stars: Royce D. Applegate, Lewis Arquette, Tom Baker, Dorothy Van

Votes: 445

34. Coming Home (1978)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, War

61 Metascore

A woman whose husband is fighting in Viet Nam 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: 11,245 | Gross: $32.65M

35. Convoy (1978)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama

47 Metascore

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: 13,676 | Gross: $45.00M

36. Corvette Summer (1978)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

A high school grad and a hooker-in-training try to track down his stolen Corvette.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Mark Hamill, Annie Potts, Eugene Roche, William Bryant

Votes: 2,465 | Gross: $15.50M

37. Damien: Omen II (1978)

R | 107 min | Horror

45 Metascore

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: 26,693 | Gross: $3.88M

38. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

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: 103,458 | Gross: $5.10M

39. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

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: 45,785

40. Death Dimension (1978)

R | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The Pig has a plan to eradicate some people with a freeze bomb that instantly freezes people to death. It is up to Detective Ash to stop him and protect the woman with the secret to the ice... See full summary »

Director: Al Adamson | Stars: Jim Kelly, Harold Sakata, George Lazenby, Terry Moore

Votes: 407

41. Death Drug (1978)

PG-13 | 73 min | Drama

A young man in Los Angeles dreams of striking it big as a singer in the music business. One day he gets signed to a big record contract, but along with the fame and money he develops an addiction to the drug PCP.

Director: Oscar Williams | Stars: Philip Michael Thomas, Vernee Watson, Rosalind Cash, Frankie Crocker

Votes: 117

42. Death Force (1978)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An American Vietnam soldier on his way home is left for dead and is saved by a pair of Japanese stragglers from WWII, who train him in the way of the samurai.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: James Iglehart, Carmen Argenziano, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Jayne Kennedy

Votes: 353

43. Deathsport (1978)

R | 82 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Futuristic Science Fiction about a sport to the death, using "destructocycles".

Directors: Allan Arkush, Nicholas Niciphor, Roger Corman | Stars: David Carradine, Claudia Jennings, Richard Lynch, William Smithers

Votes: 1,227

44. Die Sister, Die! (1978)

PG | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

A man hires a nurse to care for his ailing but nasty and shrewish sister. What he really intends to do, however, is to convince the nurse to join him in a plot to kill her.

Director: Randall Hood | Stars: Jack Ging, Edith Atwater, Antoinette Bower, Kent Smith

Votes: 284

45. Doctor Dracula (1978)

R | 88 min | Horror

An evil hypnotist puts a beautiful woman under his spell.

Directors: Paul Aratow, Al Adamson | Stars: John Carradine, Don 'Red' Barry, Larry Hankin, Geoffrey Land

Votes: 312

46. Every Which Way but Loose (1978)

PG | 114 min | Action, Comedy

41 Metascore

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: 21,190 | Gross: $106.00M

47. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

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: 7,724 | Gross: $20.00M

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

PG | 145 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A rebellious Cleveland warehouse worker rises through the ranks of a trucking industry union to become union president but his organized crime links cause his eventual downfall.

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

Votes: 6,530 | Gross: $20.39M

49. FM (1978)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

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