Feature Film, Released between 1979-01-01 and 1979-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. Uncle Marin, the Billionaire (1979)

88 min | Comedy

8.4
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A Romanian peasant, visiting a friend who is working at a hotel on the Black Sea Riviera, is mistaken for a look-alike rich American businessman.

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Amza Pellea, Draga Olteanu Matei, Jean Constantin, Stefan Mihailescu-Braila

Votes: 3,127

2. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

8.4
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94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

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

Votes: 560,648 | Gross: $83.47M

3. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.4
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89 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: 729,902 | Gross: $78.90M

4. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
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77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

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

Votes: 341,011 | Gross: $20.05M

5. Being There (1979)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

A simpleminded, 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: 61,323 | Gross: $30.18M

6. Manhattan (1979)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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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: 123,525 | Gross: $45.70M

7. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Drama, Music, Musical

7.9
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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: 25,026 | Gross: $37.82M

8. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

PG | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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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: 120,859 | Gross: $106.26M

9. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the run.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Rentarô Mikuni, Chôchô Miyako, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 5,291

10. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.8
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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: 11,137

11. Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.7
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71 Metascore

A dashing thief, his gang of desperadoes and an intrepid policeman struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches, and learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue

Votes: 22,962

12. 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: 20,401 | Gross: $16.42M

13. The Warriors (1979)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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65 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: 87,204 | Gross: $22.49M

14. 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: 9,225

15. 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: 30,017 | Gross: $76.66M

16. 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: 32,811 | Gross: $15.28M

17. 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: 106,947 | Gross: $43.00M

18. Junoon (1979)

141 min | Drama

7.6
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Set during the 1857 War of Independence, an obsessed Indian Nawab desires to wed a young Anglo-Indian woman, but the girl's obstinate mother stands between them.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Nafisa Ali, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 448

19. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Horror

7.5
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79 Metascore

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: 29,514

20. A Little Romance (1979)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

7.5
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A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who go to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius, who enchants them with his storytelling. In an attempt... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Thelonious Bernard, Arthur Hill

Votes: 4,811

21. The Wanderers (1979)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.4
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64 Metascore

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: 9,297 | Gross: $0.01M

22. Over the Edge (1979)

PG | 95 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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67 Metascore

A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig, Vincent Spano

Votes: 5,633

23. Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)

G | 108 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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G.I. Gurdjieff is a spiritual teacher and mystic who, after a lifetime study, developed a form of meditation incorporating modern dance.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Dragan Maksimovic, Terence Stamp, Mikica Dimitrijevic, Athol Fugard

Votes: 899

24. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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81 Metascore

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: 24,939 | Gross: $51.72M

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

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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58 Metascore

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: 28,073

26. Alexandria... Why? (1979)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

7.4
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"Yahia", a young man living in the cosmopolitan Alexandria during World War II. Between his dreams, which up to Hollywood, and constraints of his life in the middle class, trying to be a ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Naglaa Fathi, Ahmed Zaki, Farid Shawqi, Mahmoud Al Meleji

Votes: 1,093

27. Heartland (1979)

PG | 96 min | Western, Drama

7.3
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A widow with a young daughter travels to a ranch in Wyoming to manage the household of a rancher. After a while the man and woman develop a relationship that leads to a marriage. But life in the harsh place takes its toll.

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell, Barry Primus, Megan Folsom

Votes: 802

28. Tess (1979)

PG | 170 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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82 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 13,820

29. 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: 15,874

30. Norma Rae (1979)

PG | 114 min | Drama

7.3
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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: 9,576 | Gross: $22.23M

31. The In-Laws (1979)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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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: 7,015 | Gross: $38.20M

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

G | 98 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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Bugs Bunny reflects on his past cartoon exploits.

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

Votes: 3,348

33. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

7.3
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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: 10,828

34. Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1979)

89 min | Comedy

7.2
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Russell Mulcahy (of "Highlander" fame) films British comedy luminaries Peter Cook and Dudley Moore recording their last comedy album featuring two of their most beloved characters, lavatory... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Judy Huxtable, Nicola Austin

Votes: 361

35. 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: 177,284 | Gross: $6.39M

36. Doing Time (1979)

93 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Clement | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde

Votes: 2,400

37. The Jesus Film (1979)

G | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.2
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Jesus of Nazareth,the son of God raised by a Jewish carpenter. Based on the gospel of Luke in the New Testament,here is the life of Jesus from the miraculous virgin birth to the calling of ... See full summary »

Directors: John Krish, Peter Sykes | Stars: Brian Deacon, Rivka Neuman, Alexander Scourby, Niko Nitai

Votes: 1,968

38. The Jerk (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

7.2
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61 Metascore

A simple minded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivety is both his best friend, and worst enemy.

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

Votes: 49,899 | Gross: $73.69M

39. The Great Santini (1979)

PG | 115 min | Drama

7.2
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As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated Marine pilot.

Director: Lewis John Carlino | Stars: Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe, Lisa Jane Persky

Votes: 5,358

40. Hothead (1979)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.2
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The miserable football player becomes a town hero after bringing victory in extremely important game. He uses his fame for revenge to the team star for the previous mockeries.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Patrick Dewaere, France Dougnac, Dorothée Jemma, Maurice Barrier

Votes: 1,489

41. Wise Blood (1979)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Brad Dourif, John Huston, Dan Shor, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 4,631

42. Time After Time (1979)

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

7.1
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69 Metascore

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: 14,300

43. Real Life (1979)

PG | 99 min | Comedy

7.1
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64 Metascore

A film crew sets out to record a year in the life of an average family, but things quickly start going wrong.

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Dick Haynes, Albert Brooks, Matthew Tobin, J.A. Preston

Votes: 2,361

44. Ratataplan (1979)

G | 95 min | Comedy

7.1
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Misadventures of Colombo, an engineer in Milano. He is the only winner of an admission test for a job, and just for this reason he isn't hired. So he becomes a barman, and he discovers a ... See full summary »

Director: Maurizio Nichetti | Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Angela Finocchiaro, Edy Angelillo, Lidia Biondi

Votes: 334

45. My Brilliant Career (1979)

G | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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A young independent woman who lives with her grandmother and aunt in the countryside rebels against being pressured into marriage and chooses to solely focus on having a career as a writer. Nevertheless, two suitors propose to her.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb

Votes: 3,315

46. Going in Style (1979)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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65 Metascore

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: 2,702 | Gross: $26.87M

47. Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1979)

108 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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Running low on fuel, the Battlestar Galactica receives the help of the supposedly lost Battlestar Pegasus which is taking the offensive with the Cylons.

Directors: Vince Edwards, Christian I. Nyby II | Stars: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 1,392

48. A Sense of Freedom (1979)

81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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The life and imprisonment of Glasgow hard man and gangster Jimmy Boyle.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: David Hayman, Jake D'Arcy, Sean Scanlan, Alex Norton

Votes: 393

49. Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.0
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Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Bruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi, Adam LeFevre, Maggie Cousineau

Votes: 1,853 | Gross: $2.00M

50. Saint Jack (1979)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.0
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Jack Flowers, an American hustler in early 1970s Singapore, dreams of building a fortune by running a brothel and returning to the States to lead a life of luxury.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Denholm Elliott, James Villiers, Joss Ackland

Votes: 1,360


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