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List of the best movies of 1979, with movie trailers when available. In 1979 films like Apocalypse Now had us quoting memorable lines like "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." These top movies of 1979 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1979. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1979 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1979 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

The list you're viewing is made up of movies like Apocalypse Now and Alien.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1979?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1979?"

1979 was a great year for movies, especially for Trekies as Star Trek: The Motion Picture made it's debut. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1979 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1979
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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The Jerk Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner

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The Muppet Movie Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

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The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams

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Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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The Warriors Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend, James Remar

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Rocky II Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

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Life of Brian George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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Being There Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

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Manhattan Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

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...And Justice for All Al Pacino, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor

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Meatballs Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven

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Salem's Lot David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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Norma Rae Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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Breaking Away Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

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Zulu Dawn Peter O'Toole, Bob Hoskins, Burt Lancaster

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North Dallas Forty Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman

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10 Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore

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The China Syndrome Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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Rock 'n' Roll High School Clint Howard, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov

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Buffet froid Gérard Depardieu, Carole Bouquet, Michel Serrault

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Moonraker Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel

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All That Jazz Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

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The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Ruth Buzzi

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Dracula Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

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Time After Time Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen

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The Black Stallion Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

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The Champ Faye Dunaway, Jon Voight, Joan Blondell

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More American Graffiti Harrison Ford, Ron Howard, Mackenzie Phillips

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Last Embrace Christopher Walken, Mandy Patinkin, Roy Scheider

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The Frisco Kid Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder, William Smith

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The Great Santini Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Stan Shaw

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When a Stranger Calls Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

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Banjo the Woodpile Cat Scatman Crothers, Beah Richards, Sparky Marcus

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Hurricane Mia Farrow, Max von Sydow, Jason Robards Jr.

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Document of the Dead George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Ken Foree

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Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorov

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Love at First Bite Susan Saint James, Sherman Hemsley, George Hamilton

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Hardcore George C. Scott, Ed Begley, Jr.

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The Tin Drum Charles Aznavour, Mario Adorf, Daniel Olbrychski

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Hair Beverly DAngelo, Nell Carter, Charlotte Rae

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The North Avenue Irregulars Cloris Leachman, Melora Hardin, Alan Hale

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Real Life Albert Brooks, Harry Shearer, Charles Grodin

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Série Noire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1979
Série Noire Patrick Dewaere, Myriam Boyer, Marie Trintignant

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The Marriage of Maria Braun Hanna Schygulla, Ivan Desny, Klaus Löwitsch