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Movies: Popular Movies of 1979

Movies in chronological context: 1979 (MCMLXXIX)was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1979th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 979th year of the 2nd millennium, the 79th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1970s decade. ()

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Alien(1979)

R
| 1h 57min | Horror, Science Fiction
4.1/5 (with 3,815 votes)

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

Apocalypse Now(1979)

R
| 2h 33min | Drama, War
4.1/5 (with 1,966 votes)

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

Life of Brian(1979)

R
| 1h 34min | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 1,076 votes)

Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python's signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian's life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.

Mad Max(1979)

3.4/5 (with 1,058 votes)

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Rocky II(1979)

PG
| 1h 59min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 1,021 votes)

After Rocky goes the distance with champ Apollo Creed, both try to put the fight behind them and move on. Rocky settles down with Adrian but can't put his life together outside the ring, while Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation. Soon enough, the "Master of Disaster" and the "Italian Stallion" are set on a collision course for a climactic battle that is brutal and unforgettable.

Escape from Alcatraz(1979)

PG
| 1h 51min | Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 582 votes)

Escape from Alcatraz tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once - by three men never heard of again.

Manhattan(1979)

R
| 1h 36min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 573 votes)

Manhattan explores how the life of a middle-aged television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

Kramer vs. Kramer(1979)

PG
| 1h 45min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 490 votes)

Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.

Moonraker(1979)

3.1/5 (with 455 votes)

During the transportation of a Space Shuttle a Boeing 747 crashes in the Atlantic Ocean yet when they go to look for the destroyed shuttle it is not there. James Bond investigates the missing mission space shuttle and soon learns that the shuttles owner Hugo Drax wants to kill all of mankind.

The Warriors(1979)

R
| 1h 33min | Action, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 425 votes)

Prominent gang leader Cyrus calls a meeting of New York's gangs to set aside their turf wars and take over the city. At the meeting, a rival leader kills Cyrus, but a Coney Island gang called the Warriors is wrongly blamed for Cyrus' death. Before you know it, the cops and every gangbanger in town is hot on the Warriors' trail.

Directed by Walter Hill, Lawrence Gordon, David Shaber - With Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright, David Patrick Kelly, Marcelino Sánchez, Paul Greco, ...

Star Trek: The Motion Picture(1979)

3.2/5 (with 422 votes)

When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine, and hopefully stop it.

Stalker(1979)

4.1/5 (with 368 votes)

Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep-seated desires are granted.

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French Fried Vacation 2(1979)

1h 30min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 317 votes)

In this sequel to Les Bronzes (1978) summer has passed, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end for Bernard, Nathalie, Gigi, Jerome, Popeye, Jean-Claude, and Christiane.

The Jerk(1979)

R
| 1h 34min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 209 votes)

After discovering he's not really black like the rest of his family, likable dimwit Navin Johnson runs off on a hilarious misadventure in this comedy classic that takes him from rags to riches and back to rags again. The slaphappy jerk strikes it rich, but life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be and, in the end, all that really matters to Johnson is his true love.

Being There(1979)

PG
| 2h 10min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 208 votes)

A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro(1979)

3.8/5 (with 196 votes)

After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills", he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible - and steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro, including the 'damsel in distress' he finds imprisoned there.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

The Amityville Horror(1979)

R
| 1h 57min | Horror
3.2/5 (with 164 votes)

George Lutz and his wife Kathleen, move into their Long Island dream house with their children only for their lives to be turned into a hellish nightmare. The legacy of a murder committed in the house gradually affects the family and a priest is brought in to try and exorcise the demonic presence from their home.

Hair(1979)

PG
| 2h 1min | Comedy, Drama, History, Music
3.7/5 (with 149 votes)

"Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. Claude heads to New York upon receiving his draft notice, leaving the family ranch in Oklahoma. He arrives in New York where he is rapidly indoctrinated into the youth subculture before reporting in for boot camp.

Nosferatu the Vampyre(1979)

PG
| 1h 47min | Drama, Horror
3.8/5 (with 142 votes)

Jonathan Harker, a real state agent, goes to Transylvania to visit the mysterious Count Dracula and formalize the purchase of a property in Wismar. Once Jonathan is caught under his evil spell, Dracula travels to Wismar where he meets the beautiful Lucy, Jonathan's wife, while a plague spreads through the town, now ruled by death.

The Gendarme and the Creatures from Outer Space(1979)

3.1/5 (with 138 votes)

The bungling inspector Cruchot (Funès) finds himself trying to save the residents of St. Tropez from some oil-drinking humanoid aliens. The only way to tell the aliens from the real people, besides their constant thirst for oil-products, is that they sound like empty garbage cans when you touch them. Chaos is ahead.

Phantasm(1979)

R
| 1h 29min | Horror
3.3/5 (with 138 votes)

A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Caligula(1979)

R
| 2h 36min | Drama, History, Romance / Love
2.7/5 (with 134 votes)

The perversion behind imperial Rome, the epic story of Rome's mad Emporer. All the details of his cruel, bizarre reign are revealed right here: His unholy sexual passion for his sister, his marriage to Rome's most infamous prostitute, his fiendishly inventive means of disposing those who would oppose him, and more.

1941(1979)

PG
| 1h 58min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 132 votes)

It's been six days since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Panic grips California, supposedly the next target of the Japanese forces. Everywhere in California, people are suffering from war nerves. Chaos erupts all over the state. An Army Air Corps Captain, a civilian with a deranged sense of Nationalism, civilian defenders, and a Motor Pool crew all end up chasing a Japanese sub planning to attack LA.

The Brood(1979)

R
| 1h 32min | Horror, Science Fiction
3.4/5 (with 127 votes)

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.

The Muppet Movie(1979)

3.5/5 (with 125 votes)

Kermit the Frog is persuaded by agent Dom DeLuise to pursue a career in Hollywood. Along the way, Kermit picks up Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and a motley crew of other Muppets with similar aspirations. Meanwhile, Kermit must elude the grasp of a frog-leg restaurant magnate.

Zombie Flesh Eaters(1979)

1h 31min | Horror
3.3/5 (with 118 votes)

A zombie is found aboard a boat off the New York coast which belongs to a famous scientist. A journalist travels to the Antilles with the daughter of the scientist. They discover a terrifying disease which is turning the islanders into horrifying zombies, who devour human flesh and seem indestructible....

I'm for the Hippopotamus(1979)

1h 35min | Adventure, Action, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 110 votes)

In Africa, Slim and Tom don't like it when a German tyrant starts selling all of the African wildlife to Canadian zoos. Slim and Tom must teach this guy a lesson by beating the hell out of him and his gang.

Directed by Italo Zingarelli - With Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Joe Bugner, Malcolm Kirk

The Black Hole(1979)

3.0/5 (with 97 votes)

The explorer craft USS Palomino is returning to Earth after a fruitless 18-month search for extra-terrestrial life when the crew comes upon a supposedly lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering near a black hole. The ship is controlled by Dr. Hans Reinhardt and his monstrous robot companion, but the initial wonderment and awe the Palomino crew feel for the ship and its resistance to the power of the black hole turn to horror as they uncover Reinhardt's plans.

...And Justice for All(1979)

R
| 1h 59min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 95 votes)

An ethical Baltimore defense lawyer disgusted with rampant legal corruption is asked to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial. But if he doesn't do it, the judge will have him disbarred.

The China Syndrome(1979)

PG
| 2h 2min | Thriller, Drama
3.6/5 (with 89 votes)

While doing a series of reports on alternative energy sources, opportunistic reporter Kimberly Wells witnesses an accident at a nuclear power plant. Wells is determined to publicize the incident, but soon finds herself entangled in a sinister conspiracy to keep the full impact of the incident a secret.

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