My Top 20 by Year - 1979

by miran_kor | created - 11 Feb 2014 | updated - 02 Feb 2018 | Public

Under construction and always in progress.

The Best films from this year (according to IMDb) I've seen (so far).

Out of 168 films 'seen' (ie rated at IMDb). (Feb 2018)


  • Features, shorts, docs and TV movies eligible ("A film is a film is a film.").
  • TV mini-series are NOT (unless stated otherwise).
  • My humble rates added (for films with the same rate just once or twice though).
  • Films with the same rate are ordered arbitrarily. Feel free to re-order them at your will.
  • When I saw more than 20 excellent films (9/10 or above in my book) from a certain year I'll try and list them ALL. That would make some lists much longer but all the excellentia deserves to be mentioned.

Cinema = cinema (big screen) viewing TV = TV viewing PC = download OL = online viewing VHS = VHS viewing

Yet to see (among many):

Wise Blood (Huston, 1979) Dimenticare Venezia (To Forget Venice, Brusati, 1979) ...and justice for all. (Jewison, 1979) Tema (The Theme, Panfilov, 1979) Magyar rapszódia (Hungarian Rhapsody, Jancsó, 1979) Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (Christ Stopped at Eboli, Rosi, 1979) Sürü (The Herd, Ökten, 1979) I... comme Icare (I as in Icarus, Verneuil, 1979) Iskanderija... lih? (Alexandria... Why?, Chahine, 1979) Aurélia Steiner (Melbourne) (Duras, 1979, sh) New Old (Clémenti, 1979) Baraye azadi (For Liberty, Torabi, 1979, doc) The Tempest (Jarman, 1979) Don Giovanni (Losey, 1979) L'amour en fuite (Love on the Run, Truffaut, 1979) The Europeans (Ivory, 1979) Ek Din Pratidin (And Quiet Rolls the Dawn, M. Sen, 1979) Real Life (A. Brooks, 1979) The Onion Field (Becker, 1979) The In-Laws (Hiller, 1979) The Jerk (C. Reiner, 1979) Aktorzy prowincjonalni (Provincial Actors, Holland, 1979) Angi Vera (Gábor, 1979) Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro (The Castle of Cagliostro, Miyazaki, 1979) Série noire (Corneau, 1979) Los sobrevivientes (The Survivors, Gutiérrez Alea, 1979) La nuit claire (Hanoun, 1979) Rosszemberek (Bad Guys, Szomjas, 1979) A kis Valentinó (Little Valentino, Jeles, 1979) Allegro barbaro (Jancsó, 1979) Kummatty (Bogeyman, Aravindan, 1979) Dalla nube alla resistenza (From the Clouds to the Resistance, Straub/Huillet, 1979) Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia (D. Munro, 1979, doc) Kataku (House of Flame, Kawamoto, 1979) The Great Santini (Carlino, 1979) Return of the Secaucus Seven (Sayles, 1979) Les soeurs Brontë (The Bronte Sisters, Téchiné, 1979) Arrebato (Rapture, Zulueta, 1979) Best Boy (I. Wohl, 1979, doc) Gal Young Un (V. Nunez, 1979) Impostors (Rappaport, 1979) Twee Vrouwen (Twice a Woman, Sluizer, 1979) Winter Kills (W. Richert, 1979) The Kids Are Alright (J. Stein, 1979) Going in Style (Brest, 1979) The Seduction of Joe Tynan (Schatzberg, 1979) A Little Romance (G. R. Hill, 1979) Bezymyannaya zvezda (An Unnamed Star, Kozakov, 1979) Les petites fugues (Yersin, 1979) The War at Home (G. Silber/B. A. Brown, 1979, doc) Genèse d'un repas (Origins of a Meal, Moullet, 1979, doc) The Wobblies (S. Bird/D. Shaffer, 1979, doc) Grauzone (Zones, Murer, 1979)

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1. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Drama, Music, Musical

72 Metascore

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: 25,066 | Gross: $37.82M

Cinema. 10/10.

2. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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: 101,443 | Gross: $0.23M


3. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

63 Metascore

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: 20,812


4. Manhattan (1979)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 123,619 | Gross: $45.70M


5. Womanlight (1979)

98 min | Drama

Reciprocal consolation. The background of two middle-aged people (Michel and Lydia) is gradually unfolded. Michel's wife is incurably ill. They had agreed that she would take her life on ... See full summary »

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Romy Schneider, Romolo Valli, Lila Kedrova

Votes: 656


6. The Maids of Wilko (1979)

118 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the late '20s. A thirtyish young man, who heads a small factory, faints at the funeral of a close friend. He decides to go home to his aunt and uncle for a while, but gets involved ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Anna Seniuk, Maja Komorowska, Stanislawa Celinska

Votes: 1,037


7. Hair (1979)

PG | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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: 32,842 | Gross: $15.28M


8. The Little Grey Wolf Will Come (1979)

29 min | Animation, Short

Distant, well-worn memories of childhood are inhabited by a little gray wolf. Through astonishing imagery, the memory of all of Russia is depicted.

Director: Yuri Norstein | Star: Aleksandr Kalyagin

Votes: 3,006


10. 10 (1979)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

68 Metascore

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: 14,251 | Gross: $74.87M

Cinema. 10/10 (what else!).

11. Mama Turns 100 (1979)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Ana is alive and married with Antonio; they arrive in the manor in the countryside of Spain where she worked as a nanny many years ago, for the centennial birthday of the matriarch. In ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Amparo Muñoz, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Norman Briski

Votes: 987

TV. 9/10.

12. Siberiade (1979)

206 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story about a very small god-forgotten village in Siberia reflects the history of Russia from the beginning of the century till early 80s. Three generations try to find the land of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitali Solomin, Sergey Shakurov, Natalya Andreychenko

Votes: 1,748


13. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama

A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen

Votes: 11,148


14. Messidor (1979)

123 min | Crime, Drama

Two young women from very different backgrounds journey into the countryside seeking respite from unsatisfactory lives and relationships, but ultimately find that there is no way back to ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Clémentine Amouroux, Catherine Rétoré, Franziskus Abgottspon, Gérald Battiaz

Votes: 343


15. Ajándék ez a nap (1979)

83 min | Drama

Irén and Attila, a not-so-young couple, are in love. All they want is a flat of their own where they could live together. Unfortunately, Hungary in the 70s is no place for dreams.

Director: Péter Gothár | Stars: Cecília Esztergályos, Pál Hetényi, Judit Pogány, Lajos Szabó

Votes: 144


16. Family Nest (1977)

108 min | Drama

The breakdown of the relationship of a couple by living in a flat of the husband's parents.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Laszlone Horvath, László Horváth, Gábor Kun, Gábor Ifj. Kun

Votes: 945


17. Harpya (1979)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

An unknowing man rescues a rather aggressive and demanding harpy.

Director: Raoul Servais | Stars: Will Spoor, Fran Waller Zeper, Sjoert Schwibethus

Votes: 797


18. Dae (1979)

16 min | Documentary, Short

A slice of life of the Roma nomads, dedicated to their festivity called St. George's Day (May 6).

Director: Stole Popov

Votes: 38


19. Scum (1979)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

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: 9,239


20. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

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: 10,836


21. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

PG | 105 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Ted Kramer's wife leaves him, 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: 120,993 | Gross: $106.26M


22. A Perfect Couple (1979)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A repressed, middle-aged divorced U.S. Greek meets a young singer through a dating service and becomes smitten.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Paul Dooley, Marta Heflin, Titos Vandis, Belita Moreno

Votes: 733


23. Novinar (1979)

112 min | Drama

Stressful life of a journalist in the former Yugoslavia.

Director: Fadil Hadzic | Stars: Rade Serbedzija, Fabijan Sovagovic, Stevo Zigon, Mladen Budiscak

Votes: 123


24. Every Child (1979)

6 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

An abandoned baby is repeatedly left on a series of doorsteps in a well to do community, only to be rejected by each in turn until the infant arrives at the one social group that shows any ... See full summary »

Director: Eugene Fedorenko | Stars: Bernard Carez, Sophie Cowling, Raymond Pollender

Votes: 745


25. T.Z. (1979)

9 min | Short

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Director: Robert Breer

Votes: 24


26. Getting Started (1979)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A concert pianist prepares to begin his practising for a major concert coming up. Unfortunately, he has this procrastination problem that prevents him from getting any serious time done, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Condie | Stars: Richard Condie, Jay Brazeau

Votes: 213


27. Pat & Mat (1976–2018)
Episode: Tapety (1979)

Animation, Family

A new wallpaper can change the look of a room. But the wallpaper sticks more to your hands than to where it should.

Director: Lubomir Benes

Votes: 52


28. 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 »

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane

Votes: 2,942 | Gross: $3.93M


29. The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie (1979)

G | 98 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Bugs Bunny reflects on his past cartoon exploits.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Paul Julian, Nicolai Shutorev

Votes: 3,353

Cinema. 9/10.

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