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The Best Movies of 1978

Updated September 4, 2020 7.9k votes 428 voters 12.8k views117 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1978.

List of the best movies of 1978, with movie trailers when available. 1978 saw the premiere of Grease, capturing the hearts of Americans everywhere. These top movies of 1978 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 1978. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1978 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1978 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List ranges from National Lampoon's Animal House to Superman and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1978?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1978?"

1978 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1978. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1978 aren't just one persons opinion.
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    National Lampoon's Animal Hous is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 3
    Hooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Hooper

    Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field

    Released1978

    Directed byHal Needham

    Hooper is a 1978 action-comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, based loosely on the experiences... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 5
    Jaws 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Jaws 2

    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton

    Released1978

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

    Jaws 2 is a 1978 American horror thriller film and the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

    Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

    Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin

    Released1978

    Directed byLou Adler, Tommy Chong

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  • 8
    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    The Deer Hunter

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Cimino

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  • 9
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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  • 10
    Grease is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    Every Which Way but Loose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Every Which Way but Loose

    Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo

    Released1978

    Directed byJames Fargo

    Every Which Way but Loose is a 1978 American adventure comedy film, released by Warner... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Midnight Express is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Midnight Express

    John Hurt, Randy Quaid

    Released1978

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Foul Play is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Foul Play

    Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase

    Released1978

    Directed byColin Higgins

    Foul Play is a 1978 American comic mystery/thriller film written and directed by Colin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    The Buddy Holly Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    The Buddy Holly Story

    Gary Busey, Buddy Miles

    Released1978

    Directed bySteve Rash

    The Buddy Holly Story is a 1978 biographical film which tells the life story of rock musician... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    Force 10 from Navarone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Force 10 from Navarone

    Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach

    Released1978

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Force 10 from Navarone is a 1978 British produced film loosely based on Alistair MacLean's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    The End is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    The End

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1978

    Directed byBurt Reynolds

    The End is a 1978 black comedy-buddy film, directed by and starring Burt Reynolds. The cast... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Drunken Master is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Drunken Master

    Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee

    Released1978

    Directed byYuen Woo-ping

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  • 18
    The Game of Death is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    The Game of Death

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee

    Released1978

    Directed bySammo Hung, Bruce Lee, Robert Clouse

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  • 19
    Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Death on the Nile

    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    I Spit on Your Grave

    Camille Keaton, Richard Pace

    Released1978

    Directed byMeir Zarchi

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  • 22
    Revenge of the Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Revenge of the Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon

    Released1978

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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  • 23
    Convoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Convoy

    Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1978

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Convoy is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    The Boys from Brazil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    The Boys from Brazil

    Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck

    Released1978

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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  • 25
    Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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    Coming Home

    Jane Fonda, Jon Voight

    Released1978

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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