1979

Film Decades: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • 10 – directed by Blake Edwards, starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Robert Webber, Brian Dennehy
  • 1941 – directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, John Candy, Tim Matheson, Nancy Allen, Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, Slim Pickens, Treat Williams, Warren Oates, Robert Stack
  • The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians (Artista, dolarii şi ardelenii) – (Romania)
  • The Adolescent – directed by Jeanne Moreau, starring Simone Signoret – France
  • The Adventure of Sudsakorn, the first and only cel-animated feature film from Thailand
  • Adventures of Sinbad
  • Agatha, directed by Michael Apted, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman – (U.K.)
  • Ah! Nomugi Toge (Nomugi Pass) – (Japan)
  • Air Crew (Ekipazh) – (U.S.S.R.)
  • Alien** – directed by Ridley Scott, starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto – US/UK
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – directed by Delbert Mann, starring Richard Thomas & Ernest Borgnine – TV movie
  • All That Jazz, directed by Bob Fosse, starring Roy Scheider, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, John Lithgow, Jessica Lange
  • An Almost Perfect Affair, starring Keith Carradine and Monica Vitti
  • Americathon, starring John Ritter and Harvey Korman
  • The Amityville Horror, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger
  • …And Justice for All – directed by Norman Jewison, starring Al Pacino, John Forsythe, Jack Warden, Christine Lahti, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor
  • Anti-Clock, directed by Jane Arden – (U.K.)
  • Apocalypse Now – directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne, Frederic Forrest
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway
  • Arabian Adventure, starring Christopher Lee and Emma Samms – (U.K.)
  • Ashanti – directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Michael Caine & Peter Ustinov
  • Autumn Marathon (Osenniy marafon) – (U.S.S.R.)
  • Baby Snakes, directed by Frank Zappa
  • Ball Lightning (Kulový blesk) – (Czechoslovakia)
  • Ballad of Tara (Tcherike-ye Tara) – (Iran)
  • Bear Island, starring Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Barbara Parkins
  • Being There, directed by Hal Ashby, starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden
  • The Bell Jar, starring Marilyn Hassett, Julie Harris, Anne Jackson
  • Best Boy, award-winning documentary
  • Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, directed by Irwin Allen, starring Michael Caine, Telly Savalas, Sally Field, Karl Malden, Shirley Jones
  • Birth of the Beatles, directed by Richard Marquand
  • The Bitch, starring Joan Collins – (U.K.)
  • The Black Hole, directed by Gary Nelson, starring Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine, Yvette Mimieux
  • The Black Stallion, directed by Carroll Ballard, starring Mickey Rooney, Hoyt Axton, Teri Garr, Kelly Reno
  • Bloodline – directed by Terence Young, starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, James Mason, Gert Fröbe, Beatrice Straight
  • Bloody Kids – directed by Stephen Frears – (U.K.)
  • Boardwalk, starring Ruth Gordon, Lee Strasberg, Janet Leigh
  • Boulevard Nights, directed by Michael Pressman
  • Breaking Away, directed by Peter Yates, starring Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Paul Dooley
  • Breakthrough, starring Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, Curd Jürgens
  • Les Bronzés font du ski (a.k.a. French Fried Vacation 2), directed by Patrice Leconte – (France)
  • The Brood – directed by David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed & Samantha Eggar – Canada
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray
  • Buffet froid, directed by Bertrand Blier, starring Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet – (France)
  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie
  • Butch and Sundance: The Early Days – directed by Richard Lester, starring Tom Berenger & William Katt
  • The Butterfly Murders (Die bian), directed by Tsui Hark – (Hong Kong)
  • Bye Bye Brazil – (Brazil/France/Argentina)
  • C.H.O.M.P.S., directed by Don Chaffey, starring Wesley Eure, Valerie Bertinelli, Conrad Bain, Red Buttons
  • California Dreaming, starring Glynnis O’Connor, Dennis Christopher, Tanya Roberts
  • Caligula, directed by Tinto Brass, written by Gore Vidal, starring Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O’Toole – (Italy/United States)
  • Camera Buff – directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski – (Poland)
  • The Castle of Cagliostro** – directed by Hayao Miyazaki – Japan
  • The Cat and the Canary, starring Honor Blackman, Carol Lynley, Olivia Hussey – (U.K.)
  • The Champ – directed by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden, Arthur Hill
  • Chapter Two, starring James Caan, Marsha Mason, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper
  • The China Syndrome – directed by James Bridges, starring Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas
  • Christ Stopped at Eboli (Italian: Cristo si è fermato a Eboli), directed by Francesco Rosi, starring Gian Maria Volonté – (Italy/France)
  • City on Fire, starring Susan Clark and Ava Gardner
  • The Concorde … Airport ’79, starring Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy
  • Cuba -directed by Richard Lester, starring Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Chris Sarandon
  • David – West Germany
  • Derek and Clive Get the Horn, starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore – (U.K.)
  • Dirty Ho (Lan tou He), starring Gordon Liu – (Hong Kong)
  • Don Giovanni, directed by Joseph Losey, starring Ruggero Raimondi, John Macurdy, Kiri Te Kanawa – (Italy/France/U.K./West Germany)
  • Dracula, directed by John Badham, starring Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Trevor Eve – (US/UK)
  • Dreamer, starring Tim Matheson
  • Eagle’s Wing – starring Martin Sheen & Sam Waterston – UK
  • The Electric Horseman, directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, John Saxon, Willie Nelson
  • Escape from Alcatraz – directed by Don Siegel, starring Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Fred Ward
  • Escape to Athena – directed by George P. Cosmatos, starring Roger Moore, David Niven, Elliott Gould, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale, Telly Savalas – UK
  • The Europeans – directed by James Ivory, starring Lee Remick, Robin Ellis, Tim Woodward, & Lisa Eichhorn – UK
  • Fast Break, starring Gabe Kaplan and Bernard King
  • Felicity, starring Glory Annen – (Australia)
  • Ffolkes, aka North Sea Hijack, starring Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony
  • Perkins, Michael Parks – (U.K.)
  • The Fifth Musketeer – starring Sylvia Kristel, Ursula Andress, Beau Bridges, Ian McShane, Rex Harrison – Austria/West Germany
  • Firepower – starring Sophia Loren, James Coburn, O.J. Simpson – UK
  • First Case, Second Case – directed by Abbas Kiarostami – Iran
  • The First Great Train Robbery – starring Sean Connery, Lesley-Anne Down, Donald Sutherland – UK
  • A Force of One, starring Chuck Norris and Jennifer O’Neill
  • The Frisco Kid – directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford
  • French Postcards, starring Miles Chapin, David Marshall Grant, Debra Winger
    Gal Young Un, directed by Victor Nuñez
  • The Genealogy – South Korea
  • Going in Style – directed by Martin Brest, starring George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg
  • The Glove, starring John Saxon and Roosevelt Grier
  • Gol Maal (Confusion) – India
  • Goldengirl, starring Susan Anton, James Coburn, Leslie Caron
  • Grass Labyrinth – Japan
  • The Great Santini – starring Robert Duvall, Michael O’Keefe, Blythe Danner, Lisa Jane Persky, Stan Shaw
  • The Great Riviera Bank Robbery – starring Ian McShane – UK
  • Hair – directed by Miloš Forman, starring John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo
  • Hanover Street – directed by Peter Hyams, starring Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer – US/UK
  • Hardcore, directed by Paul Schrader, starring George C. Scott and Peter Boyle
  • Heart of the Forest – Spain
  • Heartland, directed by Richard Pearce, starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell
  • Hot Stuff, directed by and starring Dom DeLuise, with Suzanne Pleshette, Ossie Davis, Jerry Reed
  • The Human Factor – directed by Otto Preminger, starring Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi – UK
  • Hurricane – starring Mia Farrow, Jason Robards, Max von Sydow, Trevor Howard
  • The Hussy – France
  • The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting – directed by Raúl Ruiz – France
  • I as in Icarus – starring Yves Montand – France
  • The In-Laws – directed by Arthur Hiller, starring Alan Arkin & Peter Falk
  • Jack Frost, directed by Rankin/Bass, starring Robert Morse
  • Jaguar – Philippines
  • The Jerk – directed by Carl Reiner, starring Steve Martin & Bernadette Peters
  • Jesus, directed by Peter Sykes and John Krisch, starring Brian Deacon – (Australia/US/UK)
  • Just You and Me, Kid, starring George Burns and Brooke Shields
  • Kaala Patthar (Black Stone), starring Shashi Kapoor – (India)
  • Kassbach – Ein Porträt (Kassbach – A Portrait) – (Austria)
  • The Kids Are Alright, a rockumentary featuring The Who – (U.K.)
  • Knockabout, directed by and starring Sammo Hung – (Hong Kong)
  • Kramer vs. Kramer – directed by Robert Benton, starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, JoBeth Williams, Jane Alexander
  • Lady Oscar – directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catriona MacColl & Patsy Kensit – France/Japan
  • Le Pétomane, starring Leonard Rossiter and Graham Stark
  • The Lady Vanishes, starring Elliott Gould, Cybill Shepherd, Angela Lansbury
  • Last Embrace – directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Roy Scheider & Janet Margolin
  • The Last of the Knucklemen – (Australia)
  • Little House Years
  • A Little Romance – directed by George Roy Hill, starring Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Sally Kellerman – France/United States
  • Little Tragedies – USSR
  • Love and Bullets, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Rod Steiger
  • Love at First Bite, starring George Hamilton and Susan Saint James
  • Love on the Run – directed by François Truffaut – France
  • Lovers and Liars – starring Goldie Hawn & Giancarlo Giannini – Italy/France
  • La Luna, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, starring Jill Clayburgh – (Italy)
  • Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro** – directed by Hayao Miyazaki – Japan
  • Mad Max –  directed by George Miller, starring Mel Gibson & Hugh Keays-Byrne – (Australia)
  • The Magician of Lublin – starring Alan Arkin, Louise Fletcher, Valerie Perrine
  • Magnificent Butcher (Lin shi rong), starring Sammo Hung – (Hong Kong)
  • The Main Event, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal
  • Mamá cumple cien años (Mama Turns 100), directed by Carlos Saura, starring Geraldine Chaplin – (Spain)
  • Manhattan – directed by and starring Woody Allen, with Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, & Anne Byrne
  • A Man, a Woman, and a Bank, starring Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, starring Hanna Schygulla – (West Germany)
  • Maula Jatt – (Pakistan)
  • Meatballs – directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray – Canada
  • The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya) – (U.S.S.R.)
  • Meetings with Remarkable Men, Gurdjieff biography directed by Peter Brook – (U.K.)
  • Meteor – directed by Ronald Neame, starring Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Henry Fonda, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard
  • Monty Python’s Life of Brian** –  directed by Terry Jones, written by & starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Jones, & Michael Palin – (U.K.)
  • Moonraker, directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Roger Moore, with Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel – UK
  • More American Graffiti – starring Candy Clark, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams
  • Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video – starring Michael O’Donoghue, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray
  • The Muppet Movie** – directed by James Frawley, starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, and Jerry Nelson, with Charles Durning, and cameos Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, & Orson Welles
  • Murder by Decree, starring Christopher Plummer (as Sherlock Holmes) and James Mason – (U.K./Canada)
  • My Brilliant Career, directed by Gillian Armstrong, starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill – (Australia)
  • Nightwing, directed by Arthur Hiller, starring Nick Mancuso and Kathryn Harrold
  • Noorie, directed by Manmohan Krishna – (India)
  • Norma Rae – directed by Martin Ritt, starring Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges
  • The North Avenue Irregulars, starring Karen Valentine, Barbara Harris, Susan Clark
  • North Dallas Forty, starring Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, G.D. Spradlin, Dayle Haddon, Bo Svenson, John Matuszak
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre – directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz – West Germany
  • The Odd Angry Shot, starring Bryan Brown – (Australia)
  • The Odd Couple (Bo ming chan dao duo ming qiang), starring Sammo Hung – (Hong Kong)
  • The Onion Field, directed by Harold Becker, starring James Woods, John Savage, Franklyn Seales, Ted Danson
  • Operación Ogro, directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Gian Maria Volonté – (Spain/Italy)
  • Over the Edge, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, starring Matt Dillon
  • The Passage, starring Anthony Quinn, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, Patricia Neal, Kay Lenz
  • A Perfect Couple – directed by Robert Altman, starring Paul Dooley & Marta Heflin
  • Peruvazhiyambalam, directed by Padmarajan – (India)
  • Les petites fugues (The Little Fugitives) – (Switzerland)
  • Phantasm – directed by Don Coscarelli
  • A Pleasure Doing Business, directed by Steven Vagnino, starring Conrad Bain, John Byner, Alan Oppenheimer and Misty Rowe
  • The Plank, directed by and starring Eric Sykes, with Arthur Lowe – (U.K.)
  • The Plumber, directed by Peter Weir, starring Judy Morris – (Australia)
  • Prince Nezha’s Triumph Against Dragon King (Nezha nao hai), an animated film – (China)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda, starring Peter Sellers, Lynne Frederick and Lionel Jeffries
  • The Prize Fighter, starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway
  • Prophecy – directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Richard Dysart, Armand Assante
  • Quadrophenia, directed by Franc Roddam, starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Ray Winstone, with music by The Who – (U.K.)
  • Real Life, directed by and starring Albert Brooks, with Charles Grodin
  • Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
  • Rich Kids, starring Trini Alvarado and John Lithgow
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll High School – produced by Roger Corman, featuring The Ramones
  • Rocky II – directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, with Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young
  • The Rose, directed by Mark Rydell, starring Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest
  • Running, starring Michael Douglas
  • Saint Jack – directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Ben Gazzara
  • Scavenger Hunt – starring Cloris Leachman, Cleavon Little, Vincent Price, Tony Randall
  • Scum, starring Ray Winstone – (U.K.)
  • A Scream from Silence (Mourir à tue-tête) – (Canada)
  • The Seduction of Joe Tynan, starring Alan Alda, Meryl Streep, Melvyn Douglas, Barbara Harris, Rip Torn
  • A Sense of Freedom, directed by John Mackenzie – (U.K.)
    Série noire (Black Series), directed by Alain Corneau – (France)
  • Siberiade, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky – (U.S.S.R)
  • Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness (Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks), directed by Margarethe von Trotta – (West Germany)
  • Skatetown, U.S.A., starring Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormick, Patrick Swayze
  • Something Out of Nothing, directed by Nikola Rudarov, starring Asen Kisimov, Stefan Danailov, Aneta Sotirova – (Bulgaria)
  • Something Short of Paradise – directed by David Helpern, starring Susan Sarandon & David Steinberg
  • Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky – (U.S.S.R.)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture – directed by Robert Wise, starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins
  • Starting Over – directed by Alan J. Pakula, starring Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning
  • Suhaag (a.k.a. Sign of Marriage), starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rekha – (India)
  • The Survivors (Los sobrevivientes) – (Cuba)
  • Take Down, starring Lorenzo Lamas and Maureen McCormick
  • Tale of Tales (Skazka skazok), an animated film – (U.S.S.R.)
  • Tarka the Otter, narrated by Peter Ustinov – (U.K.)
  • The Tempest, directed by Derek Jarman, starring Toyah Willcox – (U.K.)
  • Tess, directed by Roman Polanski, starring Nastassja Kinski – (France/U.K.)
  • That Summer!, starring Ray Winstone – (U.K.)
  • The Theme (Tema), directed by Gleb Panfilov, starring Mikhail Ulyanov, Inna Churikova, Stanislav Lyubshin, and Yevgeni Vesnik. Winner of 1987 Golden Bear – (U.S.S.R.)
  • The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, starring Hanna Schygulla – (West Germany)
  • Those Wonderful Movie Cranks (Báječní muži s klikou), directed by Jiří Menzel – (Czechoslovakia)
  • La Tía Alejandra (Aunt Alejandra) – (Mexico)
  • Tim – starring Mel Gibson & Piper Laurie – Australia
  • Time After Time, directed by Nicholas Meyer, starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen
  • The Tin Drum – directed by Volker Schlöndorff, starring David Bennent – West Germany
  • To Forget Venice (Dimenticare Venezia), directed by Franco Brusati, starring Mariangela Melato and Erland Josephson – (Italy)
  • Tourist Trap, starring Chuck Connors and Tanya Roberts
  • Ultraman – (Japan)
  • Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle – (Japan)
  • Uncle Marin, the Billionaire (Nea Mărin miliardar) – (Romania)
  • Vengeance Is Mine (fukushū suru wa ware ni ari), directed by Shohei Imamura, starring Ken Ogata – (Japan)
  • The Villain, directed by Hal Needham, starring Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • The Visitor – directed by Giulio Paradisi (as Michael J. Paradise), starring John Huston, Paige Conner, Joanne Nail, & Lance Henriksen with Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Sam Peckinpah, & Franco Nero (uncredited)
  • Wanda Nevada, directed by and starring Peter Fonda, with Brooke Shields
  • The Wanderers, starring Ken Wahl and Karen Allen
  • The Warriors, directed by Walter Hill, starring Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, Deborah Van Valkenburgh
  • When a Stranger Calls, starring Charles Durning and Carol Kane
  • Winter Kills – starring Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins
  • Wise Blood – directed by and starring John Huston, with Brad Dourif – United States/West Germany
  • Woman Between Wolf and Dog (Femme entre chien et loup) – (Belgium/France)
  • Woyzeck – directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski & Eva Mattes – West Germany
  • The Wretches Are Still Singing (Τα Κουρέλια Τραγουδάνε Ακόμα), directed by Nikos Nikolaidis – (Greece)
  • Yanks, directed by John Schlesinger, starring Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave – (US/UK)
  • Yesterday’s Hero, directed by Neil Leifer, starring Ian McShane, Suzanne Somers, Adam Faith and Paul Nicholas – (U.K.)
  • Zombi 2, directed by Lucio Fulci, starring Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson – (Italy)
  • Zulu Dawn, starring Peter O’Toole, Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward – (United States/South Africa/Netherlands)