Feature Film, Released between 1979-01-01 and 1979-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.4
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89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is 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: 762,988 | Gross: $78.90M

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: 586,157 | Gross: $83.47M

3. Mad Max (1979)

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

6.9
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73 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: 186,074 | Gross: $8.75M

4. The Jerk (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

7.2
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61 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 51,742 | Gross: $73.69M

5. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

5.4
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Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

Director: Tinto Brass | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 32,818 | Gross: $23.44M

6. 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: 11,359

7. 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: 91,018 | Gross: $22.49M

8. Meatballs (1979)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

6.2
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60 Metascore

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: 18,556 | Gross: $43.05M

9. 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 Christ, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

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

Votes: 356,698 | Gross: $20.05M

10. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.2
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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: 110,254 | Gross: $0.23M

11. 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: 114,943 | Gross: $43.00M

12. 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: 128,350 | Gross: $45.70M

13. 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: 128,150 | Gross: $106.26M

14. 10 (1979)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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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: 14,832 | Gross: $74.87M

15. The Black Hole (1979)

PG | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.0
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52 Metascore

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: 22,716

16. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

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

6.4
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48 Metascore

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 79,268 | Gross: $82.26M

17. Moonraker (1979)

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

6.3
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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: 87,966 | Gross: $70.31M

18. 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 career of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer

Votes: 26,862 | Gross: $37.82M

19. Phantasm (1979)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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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: 30,970 | Gross: $11.99M

20. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

5.8
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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: 30,632 | Gross: $31.76M

21. 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: 31,596 | Gross: $76.66M

22. Hardcore (1979)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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63 Metascore

A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent

Votes: 8,585

23. Being There (1979)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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83 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: 63,760 | Gross: $30.18M

24. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

6.3
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28 Metascore

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: 34,170 | Gross: $86.43M

25. Rocky II (1979)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

7.3
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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: 185,799 | Gross: $6.39M

26. 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: 2,808 | Gross: $26.87M

27. 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: 26,186 | Gross: $51.72M

28. 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: 31,132

29. 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: 34,107 | Gross: $15.28M

30. Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Music

6.7
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70 Metascore

Ramones fanatic and delinquent Riff Randell battle it out with the strict new principle of Vince Lombardi High School, Miss Togar, with help from the Ramones.

Directors: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante | Stars: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young

Votes: 8,721

31. 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: 14,699

32. 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: 21,120 | Gross: $16.42M

33. Zulu Dawn (1979)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.7
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A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott, Peter Vaughan

Votes: 6,164

34. Hanover Street (1979)

PG | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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32 Metascore

Margaret is a nurse in England during WW2, and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Alec McCowen

Votes: 4,524 | Gross: $3.00M

35. 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: 29,784

36. Zombie (1979)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.9
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54 Metascore

Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately seeks the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver

Votes: 24,754

37. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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63 Metascore

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: 24,402

38. 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: 25,532

39. The Wanderers (1979)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.4
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64 Metascore

The Wanderers is a teenage, Italian gang in Bronx, NYC, 1963. They have their confrontations with other gangs. Drugs and weapons are uncool. Adult life awaits them.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, John Friedrich, Toni Kalem

Votes: 9,763 | Gross: $0.01M

40. 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: 16,638

41. Luna (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama

6.5
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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.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, Veronica Lazar, Renato Salvatori

Votes: 4,160

42. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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58 Metascore

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 9,267 | Gross: $21.41M

43. Tourist Trap (1979)

PG | 90 min | Horror

6.2
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A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.

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

Votes: 7,816

44. 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: 9,792

45. The Rose (1979)

R | 125 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.0
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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: 7,630 | Gross: $29.20M

46. North Dallas Forty (1979)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

6.9
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80 Metascore

A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Mac Davis, Dayle Haddon

Votes: 4,551 | Gross: $26.08M

47. Murder by Decree (1979)

PG | 124 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, Susan Clark

Votes: 4,695

48. 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: 11,785

49. H.O.T.S. (1979)

R | 98 min | Comedy

4.6
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College exploitation film focusing on the wild escapades of the women of H.O.T.S. Sorority. The antics include but are certainly not limited to a wet t-shirt contest, a sky-diving episode, ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Seth Sindell | Stars: Susan Kiger, Lisa London, Pamela Jean Bryant, Kimberly Cameron

Votes: 1,657

50. The Tin Drum (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama, War

7.5
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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: 21,689


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