Movie Releases by Score

Apocalypse Now 1.

Apocalypse Now

August 15, 1979 | R
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.8
Breaking Away 2.

Breaking Away

July 20, 1979 | PG
A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.5
Alien 3.

Alien

June 22, 1979 | R
For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Alien returns to the big screen with a digitally remastered special edition of director Ridley Scott's science fiction/horror classic. [Fox]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.0
The Black Stallion 4.

The Black Stallion

October 13, 1979 | G
A boy forges a special friendship with a wild stallion after both are shipwrecked on a deserted island. (MGM)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Being There 5.

Being There

December 19, 1979 | TV-PG
A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.8
Manhattan 6.

Manhattan

March 14, 1979 | R
Manhattan is an extraordinary and funny film that explores the embattled life and loves of a successful New York comedy writer. [MGM]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
The China Syndrome 7.

The China Syndrome

March 16, 1979 | PG
This thriller about the dangers of nuclear power arrived in theaters a mere thirteen days before the disaster at Three Mile Island. In it, a reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a California nuclear power plant.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Picnic at Hanging Rock 8.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

February 2, 1979 | TV-PG
On Valentine's Day 1900, three school girls and a school teacher go missing under mysterious circumstances during a trip to Hanging Rock in Victoria, Australia.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
North Dallas Forty 9.

North Dallas Forty

August 3, 1979 | R
A semi-fictional account of life as a professional football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Nosferatu the Vampyre 10.

Nosferatu the Vampyre

October 1, 1979 | PG
Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.8
Kramer vs. Kramer 11.

Kramer vs. Kramer

December 19, 1979 | PG
Ted Kramer (Hoffman) must raise his son Billy (Henry) on his own after his wife (Streep) leaves him. After a time has passed she returns, wanting custody of the boy.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.4
Monty Python's Life of Brian 12.

Monty Python's Life of Brian

August 17, 1979 | R
Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe them. At it's center is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in a stable next door, who, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistake for the promised messiah, providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and haggling to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion, forever changing our biblical view. [Sony Pictures]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.0
My Brilliant Career 13.

My Brilliant Career

August 17, 1979 | G
A young independent woman who lives with her grandmother and aunt in the countryside rebels against being pressured into marriage and chooses to solely focus on having a career as a writer. Nevertheless, two suitors propose to her.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Escape from Alcatraz 14.

Escape from Alcatraz

June 22, 1979 | PG
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.8
The Muppet Movie 15.

The Muppet Movie

June 22, 1979 | G
After a fateful meeting with a big-time talent agent, Kermit the Frog heads for Hollywood dreaming of show biz. Along the way, Fozzie Bear, the Great Gonzo and the dazzling Miss Piggy join him in hopes of becoming film stars too. But all bets are off when Kermit falls into the clutches of Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), a fast-food mogul seeking to promote his French-fried frog-leg franchise. (Walt Disney)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.3
The Silent Partner 16.

The Silent Partner

March 16, 1979 | R
A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
All That Jazz 17.

All That Jazz

December 20, 1979 | R
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.3
Phantasm 18.

Phantasm

June 1, 1979 | R
A teenage 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.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.9
Dawn of the Dead 19.

Dawn of the Dead

May 24, 1979 | Unrated
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.0
Rock 'n' Roll High School 20.

Rock 'n' Roll High School

August 24, 1979 | PG
A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
tbd
Time After Time 21.

Time After Time

September 28, 1979 | TV-14
H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
tbd
The In-Laws 22.

The In-Laws

June 15, 1979 | PG
On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
tbd
10 23.

10

October 5, 1979 | R
A Hollywood composer (Dudley Moore) goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman (Bo Derek).
Metascore:
68
User Score:
5.8
The Great Train Robbery 24.

The Great Train Robbery

February 2, 1979 | PG
Also known as "The First Great Train Robbery." In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
5.5
Hair 25.

Hair

March 14, 1979 | PG
Claude (Savage), a midwestern boy who's been drafted for the Vietnam War, travels to New York City and meets a group of hippies.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.0
Over the Edge 26.

Over the Edge

May 18, 1979 | PG
A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
tbd
The Rose 27.

The Rose

November 7, 1979 | R
The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star (Bette Midler) who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
tbd
Dracula 28.

Dracula

July 20, 1979 | R
In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
tbd
Moonraker 29.

Moonraker

June 29, 1979 | PG
James Bond, Agent 007, investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
5.7
The Driller Killer 30.

The Driller Killer

June 15, 1979 | Not Rated
An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
tbd
Going in Style 31.

Going in Style

December 25, 1979 | PG
Three senior citizens in their 70s who live together are slowly decaying in endless days with nothing to do but feed the birds. One of them comes up with an idea - rob a bank. They certainly could use the money if they get away with it and if they are caught, what could happen to three old men?
Metascore:
65
User Score:
tbd
The Warriors 32.

The Warriors

February 9, 1979 | R
In 1979 a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down to kill them.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.5
Real Life 33.

Real Life

March 2, 1979 | PG
A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family". However, instead of remaining unobtrusive and letting the family be themselves, he can't keep himself from trying to control every facet of their lives "for the good of the show".
Metascore:
64
User Score:
tbd
The Wanderers 34.

The Wanderers

July 4, 1979 | R
Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Slight comedy, slight High School angst and every bit entertaining with its classic 1950's Rock n' Roll soundtrack such as "Walk Like a Man", "Big Girls Don't Cry" by The Four Seasons and "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels. Focusing around a football game where the different gangs play with and against each other, then at its grand finale, come together in a mass of union to defend their honour and their turf. Nostalgic stuff and above all a Rock n' Roll retrospective on a grand musical era. Timeless.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
tbd
The Electric Horseman 35.

The Electric Horseman

December 21, 1979 | PG
A rodeo star (Robert Redford) past his prime steals his company's horse and rides off into the desert, with an quirky female reporter (Jane Fonda) accompanying him.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
tbd
The Great Santini 36.

The Great Santini

October 26, 1979 | PG
As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated Marine pilot.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
tbd
Fast Company 37.

Fast Company

August 17, 1979 | R
After his sponsor replaces him with his arch rival, a race-car driver decides to steal the car and race it himself.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
tbd
Hardcore 38.

Hardcore

January 1, 1979 | R
A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
6.5
The Brood 39.

The Brood

May 25, 1979 | TV-MA
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.2
The Human Factor 40.

The Human Factor

December 18, 1979 | R
When a leak of information in the African Section of British Intelligence is discovered, security man Daintry is brought in to investigate.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
tbd
Norma Rae 41.

Norma Rae

March 2, 1979 | PG
A young single mother and textile worker (Sally Field) agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
7.4
The Jerk 42.

The Jerk

December 14, 1979 | TV-14
Steve Martin, in his first starring motion picture, plays Navin Johnson, adopted son of a poor black sharecropper family, whose out-there inventions lead him from rags to riches and beyond. Along the way, he falls for a lady motorcycle racer, survives a series of screwball attacks by a deranged killer, and becomes a success by inventing the "Opti-grab". Does it last? All one needs is a paddle ball game and remote control, after all.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
7.1
Rocky II 43.

Rocky II

June 15, 1979 | PG
After club fighter Rocky Balboa goes the distance with the world heavyweight champion, boxing fans clamor for a re-match. But Rocky, having sustained massive injuries in the bout, announces his retirement. Though he tries to make a new life for himself, Rocky realizes that he can't escape his true calling. The ring beckons once more, and the "Italian Stallion" must prepare for the fight of his life. [MGM]
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.1
Meatballs 44.

Meatballs

June 29, 1979 | PG
We are the C.I.T.s so pity us. The kids are brats; the food is hideous. We're gonna smoke and drink and fool around. (We're nookie-bound!) We are the North Star C.I.T.s!
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.6
...and justice for all. 45.

...and justice for all.

October 19, 1979 | R
A lawyer is forced to defend a guilty judge, while defending other innocent clients, and trying to find punishment for the guilty and provide justice for the innocent.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.3
When a Stranger Calls 46.

When a Stranger Calls

October 26, 1979 | R
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
5.6
The Onion Field 47.

The Onion Field

September 19, 1979 | R
An LA police officer is murdered in the onion fields outside of Bakersfield. However, legal loopholes could keep his kidnappers from receiving justice, and his partner is haunted by overwhelming survivor's guilt.
Metascore:
57
User Score:
tbd
A Little Romance 48.

A Little Romance

April 27, 1979 | PG
This 1979 romantic tale captures a young Diane Lane in her screen debut as an American teenager living in Paris, who meets and falls in love with a French teenager (Theolonious Bernard).
Metascore:
52
User Score:
tbd
The Black Hole 49.

The Black Hole

December 21, 1979 | TV-PG
The U.S.S. Cygnus is perched precariously at the edge of a black hole – the vast, empty nothingness where space and time end. Anything that crosses its border enters a universe of the complete unknown. A story of robots and humanoids, human genius and madness, and a spectacular descent into nature's ultimate mystery – The Black Hole. [Disney]
Metascore:
52
User Score:
tbd
Cuba 50.

Cuba

December 21, 1979 | R
A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train General Batista's Army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.
Metascore:
49
User Score:
tbd
Star Trek: The Motion Picture 51.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

December 7, 1979 | G
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.
Metascore:
48
User Score:
6.7
More American Graffiti 52.

More American Graffiti

August 3, 1979 | PG
College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late 1960s.
Metascore:
44
User Score:
tbd
The Champ 53.

The Champ

April 4, 1979 | PG
A former boxer discovers that his biggest battle of all is going to be with his ex-wife, Annie, who returns after abandoning their young son seven years prior.
Metascore:
38
User Score:
tbd
1941 54.

1941

December 14, 1979 | PG
Pandemonium erupts in Los Angeles after the WWII attack on Pearl Harbor in the wartime spoof, 1941. This epic comedy soufflé features lavish special effects and screwball characters in an all-star extravaganza set on the streets of Hollywood. As hysterical Californians prepare for an imagined Japanese invasion, a motley crew of defenders attempt to guard their beloved palm-tree-lined coast. [Universal Pictures]
Metascore:
34
User Score:
5.6
The Amityville Horror 55.

The Amityville Horror

July 27, 1979 | R
Once the scene of a grisly mass murder, a family's dream house turns into a nightmare from hell when the dead come back for revenge.
Metascore:
28
User Score:
6.6
Meteor 56.

Meteor

October 19, 1979 | PG
The U.S. must join forces with the U.S.S.R. in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth.
Metascore:
27
User Score:
tbd
The Villain 57.

The Villain

July 27, 1979 | PG
Facing hanging, a bank robber makes a deal with the corrupt banker to avoid execution in exchange for a dirty assignment.
Metascore:
22
User Score:
tbd

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