Best Movies of 1979

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Best Movies of 1979
Best Movies of 1979
TOP Movies: Apocalypse Now (1979), Alien (1979), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), All That Jazz (1979), Manhattan (1979), Life of Brian (1979), Rocky II (1979), Being There (1979), Breaking Away (1979), Norma Rae (1979), Tess (1979), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), The Warriors (1979), The Black Stallion (1979), The China Syndrome (1979), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), ...and justice for all. (1979), Time After Time (1979), The Jerk (1979), The Muppet Movie (1979).
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Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, disturbing, epic ...
Plot: anti war, army, vietnam war, mission, military, soldier, jungle, losing-it hero, insanity, unfulfillment, chaos, war ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 60s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, southeast asia
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Alien (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: scary, frightening, suspense, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Plot: alien, space travel, space and aliens, monster, evil alien, outer space, deadly creature, spacecraft, alien encounter, alien monster, survival horror, fear ...
Time: future, distant future, 22nd century
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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 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.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: custody battle, courtroom, divorce, single father, family relations, lawyer, couples, marriage, selfishness, justice, father son relationship, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
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All That Jazz (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Joe Gideon is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theater. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him - his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his ...
Style: surreal, touching, captivating, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: showbiz, music, workaholic, divorce, downfall, dancer's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, charity, lifestyle, performer's life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Manhattan (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Style: intellectual, humorous, sincere, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: adultery, mistress, love triangle, age difference, divorce, crumbling relationship, city life, dating, romance, friendship, love affair, looking for love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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Life of Brian (1979)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: parody, humorous, clever, witty, biting ...
Plot: roman empire, satire, monty python, religion, execution, dungeon, christmas, farce, mistaken identity, weirdo, crucifix, cult ...
Time: 1st century, 1930s
Place: holy land, middle east, palestine, jerusalem
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Rocky II (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: feel good, sincere, rough, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, heroes, championship, comeback, training, sport, graphic violence, athlete's life, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
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Being There (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 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.
Style: witty, thought provoking, realistic, semi serious, political ...
Plot: comedy of errors, politics, president, innocence, lawyer, white house, secret service, businessman, fish out of water, satire, stupidity, professor ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Breaking Away (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one ...
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: working class, coming of age, riding a bicycle, sport, bicycle race, friendship, underdog, bicycle, teenage boy, ambition, adolescence vs adulthood, small town ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, california, new jersey
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Norma Rae (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the ...
Style: touching, uplifting, captivating, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: labor union, small town, working class, fighting the system, against the odds, whistleblower, factory worker, single mother, union, labor, factory, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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Tess (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 186 min.
Story: This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kinski, in a gorgeous breakthrough) is sent by her father to the ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, sincere, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: tragic love, peasant, rape, fall in love, innocence lost, family relations, farmer, marriage, love, revenge, nobility, destiny ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 18th century, 1880s
Place: england, europe, brazil
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: suspense, atmospheric, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, prison, alcatraz, freedom, prison life, convict, island, punishment, warden, confined, partners, escape ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1960, year 1961 ...
Place: san francisco, usa
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The Warriors (1979)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 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' ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gang, street gang, gang war, warrior, gang member, chase, murder, survival, false accusation, vengeance, gangsters, gay slur ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, near future, 80s, future
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
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The Black Stallion (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, exciting, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: horse, rescue, survival, friendship, family relations, horse race, shipwreck, training, poker, stallion, island, adventure ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
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The China Syndrome (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources, who is present at the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: conspiracy, investigation, journalism, media, radiation, politics, nuclear, uncover truth, disaster, swat team, nuclear reactor, reporter ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: 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.
Style: exciting, talky, serious, saga, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: spacecraft, space travel, outer space, teleportation, space opera, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, space station, spacewalk, warp speed, doctors, adventure ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: san francisco
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...and justice for all. (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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.
Style: suspense, realistic, disturbing, captivating, clever ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, fighting the system, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, legal, lawyers and clients, injustice, price of justice, moral dilemma, legal action, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
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Time After Time (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The Wildest Chase Of The Century! London 1893 is home to a killer with a macabre nickname... and also to a visionary genius who would write The Time Machine. But what if H.G. Wells' invention wasn't fiction? And what if Jack the Ripper ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, psychotronic, tense ...
Plot: time machine, time travel, museum, jack the ripper, serial killer, time loop, culture clash, fish out of water, romance, adventure, disorder, existence paradox ...
Time: victorian era, 70s, 19th century, 20th century, year 1997 ...
Place: san francisco, london, california, usa, europe
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The Jerk (1979)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: humorous, clever, cynical, not serious, realistic ...
Plot: farce, fish out of water, fall in love, leaving home, birthday, butler, sniper, coming of age, self discovery, wedding preparations and rituals, salesman, disorder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, los angeles, southern usa, st. louis missouri
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The Muppet Movie (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, not serious, light ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: puppet, hollywood, friendship, passenger, on the road, ambition, gonzo, fame, chaos, muppets, swamp, family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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The Brood (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 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.
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: body horror, mutant, experiment gone awry, transformation, murder, genetically altered, strangulation, attic, surrealism, doctors and patients, dwarf, abusive mother ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
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Hair (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: "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 ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, realistic, thought provoking, sentimental ...
Plot: hippie, vietnam war, counterculture, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, fall in love, anti war, commune, skinny dipping, army, bittersweet, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: oklahoma, new york, manchester, manhattan new york city, washington d.c. ...
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Phantasm (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: 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.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mortician, investigation, small town, murder, good versus evil, family relations, siblings relations, adaptation, crimes, obsessive quest, tall man, mausoleum ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa
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Scum (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the ...
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: rebellion, prison, juvenile delinquency, youth, kids in trouble, gay rape, revenge, corruption, riot, racism, criminal heroes, prison life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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Meatballs (1979)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tripper is the head counselor at a budget summer camp called Camp Northstar. In truth, he's young at heart and only marginally more mature than the campers themselves. Tripper befriends Rudy, a loner camper who has trouble fitting in. As ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: rivalry, summer camp, camp, friends, rich and poor, mischievous children, youth, prank, flirting, mentor, underdog, coming of age ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
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Quadrophenia (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: motorcycle, gang, youth, working class, coming of age, buddies, rock, teenage life, weekend, dancing, music, rocker ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland, woodstock ...
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The Rose (1979)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road.
Style: touching, gloomy, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rock band, alcohol abuse, ambition, rise and fall, blues, music, addiction, drug abuse, bittersweet, strong female presence, sexual content, musical tour ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
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Mad Max (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, bleak, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, apocalypse, post apocalypse, chaos, vengeance, dystopic future, car chase, future dystopia, violence spree, heroes, society, good versus evil ...
Time: future
Place: australia
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Moonraker (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, realistic, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: astronaut, space travel, espionage, james bond, megalomaniac, secret agents, heroes, british secret service, space shuttle, zero gravity, foe turned friend, adventure ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: rio de janeiro, venice, england, brazil, argentina ...
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The Wanderers (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The streets of the Bronx are owned by 60’s youth gangs where the joy and pain of adolescence is lived. Philip Kaufman tells his take on the novel by Richard Price about the history of the Italian-American gang ‘The Wanderers.’
Style: serious, realistic, rough, sentimental, stylized ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: street gang, cheerleader, coming of age, gang, high school, gang war, pregnancy, american football, gangsters, rock and roll, friends, graduation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, 80s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey, california
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