Best Movies of 1978

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Best Movies of 1978
Best Movies of 1978
TOP Movies: Halloween (1978), The Deer Hunter (1978), Days of Heaven (1978), Grease (1978), Midnight Express (1978), Coming Home (1978), Animal House (1978), Superman (1978), Death on the Nile (1978), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Heaven Can Wait (1978), Watership Down (1978), Interiors (1978), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Up in Smoke (1978), Jaws 2 (1978), The Silent Partner (1978), Piranha (1978), Magic (1978).
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Halloween (1978)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In John Carpenter's horror classic, a psychotic murderer, institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, suspense, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, halloween, psychopath, masked killer, violence, small town, psychiatrist, death, murder, violent, strangulation, evil ...
Time: year 1978, 70s, year 1963, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: california, illinois, midwest
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The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 183 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: epic, depressing, bleak, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, russian roulette, anti war, escape, friendship, small town, hunting, suicide, homecoming, male nudity, survival, war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, usa, saigon ...
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Days of Heaven (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: atmospheric, art house, philosophical, psychological, scenic ...
Plot: farmer, love triangle, impossible love, farm, train, harvest, autumn, loneliness, class differences, frustration, society, love ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, pre world war one, turn of the century
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, chicago illinois
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Grease (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 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?
Style: feel good, light, humorous, sentimental, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, kids, date night
Plot: opposites attract, high school, teenage love, coming of age, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, first love, teenager, makeover, dance contest, romance, dating ...
Time: 50s, year 1959, 80s, 20th century, year 1958 ...
Place: california, australia, usa, los angeles
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Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, depressing ...
Plot: prison, torture, brutality, court, lawyer, escape, injustice, prison escape, drug smuggling, escape attempt, convict, justice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1972, year 1975 ...
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey, brooklyn new york city
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Coming Home (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda) decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin (Jon Voight), a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the ...
Style: political, sexy, realistic, emotional, melancholic ...
Plot: vietnam war, paraplegic, love, disability, hospital, military hospital, homecoming, soldier, love triangle, paralysis, female bonding, war hero ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: california, vietnam, usa, los angeles
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Animal House (1978)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 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.
Style: humorous, funny, sex comedy, witty, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, party, fraternity, female nudity, sex, revenge, lust, college freshman, college campus, teenager, rivalry, beer ...
Time: year 1962, 60s, 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania
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Superman (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 143 min.
Story: 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.
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, serious, epic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, space and aliens, double life, alien, save the world, superman character, good versus evil, crime fighter, megalomaniac, adventure, time travel ...
Time: year 1978, 70s, year 1948, 80s, 1940s ...
Place: new york, kansas, california, midwest, usa ...
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Death on the Nile (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: 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?
Style: twists and turns, clever, captivating, sexy, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder mystery, whodunit, murder, private detective, cruise, multiple suspects, investigation, mystery, secrets, mentor, heir, river ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937
Place: egypt, cairo egypt, north africa, africa, england ...
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Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 127 min.
Story: 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.
Style: scary, suspenseful, macabre, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, zombie apocalypse, survival, apocalypse, chaos, shopping mall, infection, siege, epidemic, monster, isolation, post apocalypse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa, philadelphia
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: atmospheric, suspense, disturbing, scary, macabre ...
Plot: alien invasion, alien, body swapping, female nudity, supernatural, monster, biologist, investigation, alien encounter, doppelganger, disaster, body horror ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: funny, sentimental, witty, feel good, touching ...
Audience: kids, date night, family outing
Plot: reincarnation, angel, afterlife, american football, sport, soul transference, supernatural, body swapping, alter ego, secrets, love affair, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
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Watership Down (1978)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 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.
Style: emotional, disturbing, adult animation, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: adventure, rabbit, friendship, survival, journey, family, violence, violent, anthropomorphism, animal life, good versus evil, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england
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Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 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, ...
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, depression, family relations, divorce, character study, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, parenthood, life philosophy, family gatherings, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A film about the life and career of the early rock and roll star.
Style: feel good, humorous, dramatic, suspense, talky ...
Plot: music, musician, rock and roll, rock music, air disaster, rock, rags to riches, price of fame, music business, chase, greed, childhood ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, austin texas, new york, usa
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Up in Smoke (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: funny, humorous, absurd, road movie, parody ...
Plot: marijuana, stoners, weed, drugs, rock and roll, road trip, satire, chase, hitchhiker, farce, slacker, stoner ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977
Place: california, mexico, latin america, asia, vietnam ...
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Jaws 2 (1978)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, suspense, bad ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: shark, ocean, monster, killer shark, shark attack, survival, panic, creature, creature feature, animal attack, death, island ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new england, new york
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The Silent Partner (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Miles Cullen is a bored teller at a bank in a Toronto mall who accidentally learns that his place of business is about to be robbed. Instead of informing his bosses or contacting the police, Miles cleverly devises a way of keeping the cash.
Style: neo noir, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank robbery, heist, female nudity, christmas, erotica, killer, shopping mall, bank teller, chess, holiday, hostage, disorder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
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Piranha (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, scary, rough, macabre ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: piranha, killer fish, summer camp, race against time, resort, survival, animal attack, monster, rescue, experiment, deadly creature, disaster ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
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Magic (1978)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.
Style: scary, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: ventriloquist, evil doll, alter ego, ventriloquist dummy, toys, mental illness, split personality, rise and fall, objects come to life, couple relations, magic, imagination ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
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California Suite (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Style: funny, talky, clever, humorous, witty ...
Plot: hotel, multiple storylines, farce, sarcasm, infidelity, wine, divorce, doctors, brutality, greed, culture clash, crime gone awry ...
Time: 70s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, london, new york, beverly hills ...
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Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: funny, humorous, entertaining, road movie, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: orangutan, biker, road trip, justice, monkey, on the road, happy ending, mentor, camping, motel, gambling, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, san francisco, california, colorado, new mexico
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Blue Collar (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.
Style: suspense, realistic, disturbing, clever, neo noir ...
Plot: union, labor union, female nudity, gangsters, heist, crime gone awry, fighting the system, crimes, working class, factory worker, nudity (full frontal - brief), police investigation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
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Killer of Sheep (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, art house ...
Plot: ghetto, money, friendship, dysfunctional family, human nature, lifestyle, parents and children, couple relations, family life, family problems, gangsters, time travel ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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An Unmarried Woman (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of 16 years leaves her for a younger woman.
Style: sentimental, emotional, humorous, psychological, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: midlife crisis, divorce, female nudity, breakup, mother daughter relationship, starting over, self discovery, romance, betrayal, fall in love, couple relations, marital separation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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The Great Train Robbery (1978)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.
Style: suspense, intense, tense, talky, exciting ...
Plot: heist, train robbery, safecracker, crimes, gold, british, betrayal, gangsters, train travel, master criminal, train, perfect crime ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 70s
Place: england, london, europe
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The Driver (1978)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, heist, car, gambling, witness, on the run, one last job, police detective, crimes, criminal heroes, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Pretty Baby (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a New Orleans hooker, meets a photographer named Bellocq (Keith Carradine) at her brothel one night and, after he photographs her, he befriends her 12-year-old daughter, Violet (Brooke Shields). When Violet is brought on as ...
Style: erotic, sexy, disturbing, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: child prostitution, virginity, innocence lost, loss of virginity, brothel, photographer, girl man relationship, prostitution, underage sex, world war one, coming of age, prostitute ...
Time: 1910s, 90s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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Coma (1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, neo noir, suspense ...
Plot: conspiracy, hospital, investigation, coma, amateur detective, mystery, serial killer, medical, black market, crimes, intern, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, macabre, slasher ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, rape and revenge, revenge, vengeance, sexual abuse, cruelty, brutality, kidnapping, sexual humiliation, sadistic horror, sadism, justice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: england, germany, europe, new york state, new york ...
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