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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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The Jerk Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner

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

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The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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The Muppet Movie Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

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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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Life of Brian George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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Rocky II Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

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

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Meatballs Bill Murray, Kristine DeBell, Matt Craven

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Norma Rae Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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The China Syndrome Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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10 Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore

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North Dallas Forty Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman

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Buffet froid Gérard Depardieu, Carole Bouquet, Michel Serrault

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

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

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Breaking Away Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, Daniel Stern

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Dimos Dicoudis added Banjo the Woodpile Cat Scatman Crothers, Beah Richards, Sparky Marcus

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Dimos Dicoudis added Hurricane Mia Farrow, Max von Sydow, Jason Robards Jr.

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Last Embrace Christopher Walken, Mandy Patinkin, Roy Scheider

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

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

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Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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The Black Stallion Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

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The Tin Drum Charles Aznavour, Mario Adorf, Daniel Olbrychski

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Moonraker Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel

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Série Noire is listed (or ranked) 35 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

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I as in Icarus Yves Montand

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The Brood Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle

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All That Jazz Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider

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Hair Beverly DAngelo, Nell Carter, Charlotte Rae

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

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The Rose Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Harry Dean Stanton

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The In-Laws Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, Ed Begley

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Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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Woyzeck Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Irm Hermann

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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 Frisco Kid Harrison Ford, Gene Wilder, William Smith

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The Champ Faye Dunaway, Jon Voight, Joan Blondell

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Coup de tête Jean Bouise, Patrick Dewaere