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Movies: Popular Movies of 1978

Movies in chronological context: 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1978th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 978th year of the 2nd millennium, the 78th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1970s decade. ()

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Grease(1978)

PG-13
| 1h 50min | Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 2,127 votes)

Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?

Halloween(1978)

R
| 1h 31min | Horror, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 1,324 votes)

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, Illinois to kill again.

Superman(1978)

PG
| 2h 23min | Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
3.5/5 (with 1,018 votes)

Mild-mannered Clark Kent works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane. Clark must summon his superhero alter-ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor launches a plan to take over the world.

The Deer Hunter(1978)

R
| 3h 3min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 957 votes)

A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.

Dawn of the Dead(1978)

NR
| 2h 7min | Horror
3.8/5 (with 517 votes)

During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Jaws 2(1978)

PG
| 1h 56min | Horror, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 487 votes)

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

Directed by Jeannot Szwarc - With Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo, Great white shark, Barry Coe, ...

Animal House(1978)

R
| 1h 49min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 403 votes)

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.

Midnight Express(1978)

R
| 2h 1min | Drama, Crime
3.9/5 (with 344 votes)

Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the American government, or the "Midnight Express".

French Fried Vacation(1978)

1h 45min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 245 votes)

Holidaymakers arriving in a Club Med camp on the Ivory Coast are determined to forget their everyday problems and emotional disappointments. Games, competitions, outings, bathing and sunburn accompany a continual succession of casual affairs.

Days of Heaven(1978)

PG
| 1h 34min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 219 votes)

In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1978)

3.7/5 (with 218 votes)

The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement", realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched?

The Lord of the Rings(1978)

3.3/5 (with 194 votes)

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

Directed by Ralph Bakshi
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Drunken Master(1978)

PG-13
| 1h 51min | Action, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 187 votes)

A mischievous young man is sent to hone his martial arts skills with an older, alcoholic kung fu master.

Watership Down(1978)

PG
| 1h 28min | Adventure, Animation, Drama
3.6/5 (with 158 votes)

When the warren belonging to a community of rabbits is threatened, a brave group led by Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry and Hazel leave their homeland in a search of a safe new haven.

Up in Smoke(1978)

R
| 1h 26min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 156 votes)

An unemployed pot-smoking slacker and amateur drummer, Anthony Stoner ditches his strict parents and hits the road, eventually meeting kindred spirit Pedro de Pacas. While the drug-ingesting duo is soon arrested for possession of marijuana, Anthony and Pedro get released on a technicality, allowing them to continue their many misadventures and ultimately compete in a rock band contest, where they perform the raucous tune "Earache My Eye.".

Damien: Omen II(1978)

1h 47min | Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 155 votes)

Since the sudden and highly suspicious death of his parents, 12-year-old Damien has been in the charge of his wealthy aunt and uncle (Lee Grant and William Holden). Widely feared to be the Antichrist, Damien relentlessly plots to seize control of his uncle's business empire - and the world. Meanwhile, anyone attempting to unravel the secrets of Damien's sinister past or fiendish future meets with a swift and cruel demise.

Game of Death(1978)

R
| 1h 34min | Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
3.2/5 (with 146 votes)

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

Directed by Bruce Lee, Robert Clouse - With James Tien, Chieh Yuan, Dan Inosanto, Ji Han-jae, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee, ...

Death on the Nile(1978)

2h 20min | Mystery
3.5/5 (with 136 votes)

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?

Piranha(1978)

2.9/5 (with 129 votes)

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Day of the Woman(1978)

R
| 1h 41min | Horror, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 126 votes)

An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

Directed by Meir Zarchi - With Camille Keaton

Every Which Way But Loose(1978)

3.1/5 (with 109 votes)

Philo Beddoe is your regular, easygoing, truck-driving guy. He's also the best bar-room brawler west of the Rockies. And he lives with a 165-pound orangutan named Clyde. Like other guys, Philo finally falls in love - with a flighty singer who leads him on a screwball chase across the American Southwest. Nothing's in the way except a motorcycle gang, and legendary brawler Tank Murdock.

Revenge of the Pink Panther(1978)

PG
| 1h 44min | Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 103 votes)

Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is dead. At least that is what the world—and Charles Dreyfus—believe when a dead body is discovered in Clouseau's car after being shot off the road. Naturally, Clouseau knows differently and, taking advantage of not being alive, sets out to discover why an attempt was made on his life.

The Star Wars Holiday Special(1978)

1.6/5 (with 102 votes)

Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle evil Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet - in time for Life Day, their most important day of the year!

Odds and Evens(1978)

1h 50min | Comedy, Crime
3.5/5 (with 94 votes)

This movie is about a navy Lieutenant named Johnny Firpo who is ordered to work with the Miami Police force to help stop a gang of crooked card sharks. He needs the help of a pro gambler-now retired named Charlie Firpo. Charlie won't help Johnny, so Johnny steals Charlies transfer truck and he then agrees to help him. They both find out that they are half brothers. Johnny convinces Charlie that their father is "Blind" and need to raise $ 100,000 for an eye operation. So Charlie becomes a gambler again just to raise the money.

Autumn Sonata(1978)

1h 33min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 88 votes)

After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional night, the pair reopen the wounds of the past. Charlotte gets another shock when she finds out that her mentally impaired daughter, Helena, is out of the asylum and living with Eva.

The Boys from Brazil(1978)

3.3/5 (with 87 votes)

Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

The Driver(1978)

R
| 1h 31min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 85 votes)

The Driver specializes in driving getaway cars for robberies. His exceptional talent has prevented him from being caught yet. After another successful flight from the police a self-assured detective makes it his primary goal to catch the Driver. He promises pardons to a gang if they help to convict him in a set-up robbery. The Driver seeks help from The Player to mislead the detective.

Heaven Can Wait(1978)

PG
| 1h 41min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 85 votes)

Joe Pendleton is a quarterback preparing to lead his team to the superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he wasn't ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. A new body must be found, and that of a recently murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant, the murderers, are confused by this development, as he buys the L.A. Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl.

Interiors(1978)

1h 33min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 85 votes)

A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, all bets are off when an ebullient stranger enters the picture.

Coma(1978)

PG
| 1h 53min | Thriller, Mystery, Drama
3.4/5 (with 81 votes)

A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye.

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