Most Popular Feature Films Released 1978-01-01 to 1978-12-31


1. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 196,982 | Gross: $188.76M

2. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

8.1
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81 Metascore

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 272,529 | Gross: $48.98M

3. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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78 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 184,026 | Gross: $47.00M

4. Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

7.6
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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: 101,190 | Gross: $0.20M

5. Jaws 2 (1978)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

5.7
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51 Metascore

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 60,334 | Gross: $102.92M

6. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 142,240 | Gross: $134.22M

7. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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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: 22,750

8. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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59 Metascore

Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 62,481 | Gross: $35.00M

9. Death on the Nile (1978)

PG | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Simon MacCorkindale, Jane Birkin

Votes: 23,623

10. Pretty Baby (1978)

R | 110 min | Drama

6.6
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A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye

Votes: 8,453 | Gross: $5.79M

11. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

8.0
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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: 99,832 | Gross: $5.10M

12. Starcrash (1978)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

3.9
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An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff

Votes: 4,930

13. Watership Down (1978)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson, Michael Graham Cox

Votes: 28,880

14. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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75 Metascore

In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 43,628 | Gross: $24.95M

15. The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG | 132 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt

Votes: 26,679 | Gross: $0.92M

16. Damien: Omen II (1978)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.3
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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: 25,380 | Gross: $3.88M

17. The Wiz (1978)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.3
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An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross

Votes: 12,159 | Gross: $21.05M

18. Piranha (1978)

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

5.9
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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: 16,191 | Gross: $6.00M

19. Convoy (1978)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama

6.3
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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: 13,030 | Gross: $45.00M

20. Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

PG | 114 min | Action, Comedy

6.3
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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: 19,996 | Gross: $106.00M

21. Up in Smoke (1978)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Music

7.0
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57 Metascore

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

Directors: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams

Votes: 32,297 | Gross: $44.36M

22. Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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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: 43,801

23. The Fury (1978)

R | 118 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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A former CIA agent uses the talents of a young psychic to help retrieve his telekinetic son from terrorists, who want to use his mental powers for evil.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Charles Durning

Votes: 11,414

24. The Boys from Brazil (1978)

R | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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40 Metascore

A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer

Votes: 22,743 | Gross: $19.00M

25. Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

PG | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

6.4
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42 Metascore

During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Edward Fox, Franco Nero

Votes: 14,845

26. Heaven Can Wait (1978)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.9
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72 Metascore

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry | Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden

Votes: 16,115 | Gross: $81.64M

27. Legacy of Blood (1978)

Not Rated | 80 min | Horror

3.9
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Horror movie about three wicked sisters and their equally unsavory husbands who all arrive at a remote inn where they mean to attend the reading of their uncle's will. One by one, the heirs... See full summary »

Director: Andy Milligan | Stars: Elaine Boies, Louise Gallandra, Jeannie Cusick, Dale Hansen

Votes: 158

28. Game of Death (1978)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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36 Metascore

A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.

Directors: Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Colleen Camp, Dean Jagger

Votes: 14,299 | Gross: $10.00M

29. Quel maledetto treno blindato (1978)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, War

6.6
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In 1944 France, a group of escaped American military prisoners en route to Switzerland volunteers to steal a Nazi V2 rocket warhead for the Allies.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Bo Svenson, Peter Hooten, Fred Williamson, Michael Pergolani

Votes: 8,035

30. Drunken Master (1978)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy

7.6
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Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Yuen Siu-Tien), a master of drunken martial arts.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 30,276

31. Coming Home (1978)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.3
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61 Metascore

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam 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: 10,691 | Gross: $32.65M

32. Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu

Votes: 12,151

33. Felicity (1978)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance

5.3
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Young Felicity lives in a monastic school. The only way to live out her sexual fantasies is together with her girlfriend Jenny. But then she receives an invitation to her sister in ... See full summary »

Director: John D. Lamond | Stars: Glory Annen, Chris Milne, Joni Flynn, Jody Hanson

Votes: 715

34. Goin' South (1978)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

6.3
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52 Metascore

Due to the lack of men after the Civil War, a small western town allows a bachelorette with ulterior motives to save a horse thief from the gallows by marrying him. They must deal with his old gang, the Sheriff, the bank, and each other.

Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi

Votes: 5,348

35. Coma (1978)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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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: 15,031

36. Big Wednesday (1978)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

7.3
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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: 5,221

37. The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis

Votes: 7,172 | Gross: $14.36M

38. The Great Train Robbery (1978)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.0
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68 Metascore

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb

Votes: 13,430 | Gross: $13.03M

39. Autumn Sonata (1978)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Music

8.3
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A married daughter who longs for her mother's love is visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk

Votes: 19,324

40. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

4.0
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Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Peter Frampton, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb

Votes: 5,384 | Gross: $12.90M

41. Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

R | 97 min | Action

7.2
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The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 5,022

42. Hooper (1978)

PG | 99 min | Action, Comedy

6.3
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Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he's still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field, Brian Keith

Votes: 4,964 | Gross: $78.00M

43. The Driver (1978)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenacious detective.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley

Votes: 11,622 | Gross: $4.91M

44. Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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

6.8
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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: 7,270

45. Foul Play (1978)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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45 Metascore

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith, Rachel Roberts

Votes: 11,934 | Gross: $45.00M

46. The Wild Geese (1978)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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A British banker hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African President from the hands of a corrupt African dictator.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 10,354

47. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

PG | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

4.6
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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: 10,918

48. Magic (1978)

R | 107 min | Drama, Horror

6.8
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A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Ed Lauter

Votes: 7,593

49. Same Time, Next Year (1978)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, Ivan Bonar, Bernie Kuby

Votes: 5,028 | Gross: $19.70M

50. Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.7
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65 Metascore

To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once news of his "death" has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 17,783



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