Graveyard Shift The Best Horror Movies of 1979  

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List of the best 1979 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror movies that defined the year 1979, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

This list contains movies like Alien and The Brood. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1979, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1979
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle

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David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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Lucio Fulci, Richard Johnson, Tisa Farrow

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Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

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Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Robert Foxworth

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Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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6 2
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Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

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Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott

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5 2
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Shelley Winters, John Huston, Glenn Ford

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5 4
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R. Lee Ermey, Sam Bottoms, Virgil Frye

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4 3
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Vladimir Vysotsky

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4 3
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Abel Ferrara, James O'Hara, Carolyn Marz

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4 3
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David Warner, Strother Martin, Nick Mancuso

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3 2
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Honor Blackman, Carol Lynley, Wendy Hiller

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3 2
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Cinzia Monreale, Kieran Canter, Franca Stoppi

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Ed Grady, Earl Owensby

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3 3
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Hugh Keays-Byrne, Julia Blake, Sigrid Thornton

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2 2
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Michelle Yim

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2 2
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Henry Gibson, Judd Hirsch, John Schuck

23
2 2
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Jean Simmons, Jenny Agutter, Cliff Robertson
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2 2
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Screams of a Winter Night Gil Glasgow, Matt Borel, Mary Agen Cox

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2 2
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The Demon Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Holmes, Zoli Marki