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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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The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more

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National Lampoon's Animal House Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Donald Sutherland National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity ...more

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Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis Midnight Express is a 1978 American-British prison drama film directed by Alan Parker, produced by David Puttnam and starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Paul L. ...more

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. ...more

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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Heaven Can Wait Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It is the second film adaptation of Harry Segall's stageplay of the same name, preceded by Here Comes ...more

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The Buddy Holly Story Gary Busey, Buddy Miles, Paul Mooney The Buddy Holly Story is a 1978 biographical film which tells the life story of rock musician Buddy Holly. It features an Academy Award-winning musical score, adapted by Joe Renzetti and ...more

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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico Dawn of the Dead is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero's Living Dead series, but contains no characters or ...more

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Magic Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith Magic is a 1978 American psychological horror film directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, and Burgess Meredith. The screenplay was by William Goldman, who ...more

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Revenge of the Pink Panther Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon, Robert Loggia Revenge of the Pink Panther is the sixth film in The Pink Panther film series. Released in 1978, it was the last entry released during the lifetime of Peter Sellers, who died in 1980. It is also ...more

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Coming Home Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern. The screenplay by Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones was from a story by Nancy Dowd. The ...more

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The Boys from Brazil Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Steve Guttenberg The Boys from Brazil is a 1978 British-American thriller film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It stars Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier and features James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen and ...more

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Jaws 2 Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry Jaws 2 is a 1978 American horror thriller film and the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and the second installment in the Jaws franchise, which was based on Peter Benchley's novel of the ...more

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Damien: Omen II William Holden, Lee Grant, Lance Henriksen Damien: Omen II is a 1978 American horror film directed by Don Taylor, starring William Holden, Lee Grant, and Jonathan Scott-Taylor. The film was the second installment in The Omen series, set ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added Foul Play Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore Foul Play is a 1978 American comic mystery/thriller film written and directed by Colin Higgins, and starring Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Rachel ...more

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Watership Down John Hurt, Denholm Elliott, Richard Briers Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure drama film written, produced and directed by Martin Rosen and based on the novel of the same name by Richard Adams. It was financed by a ...more

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Death on the Nile Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury Death on the Nile is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer. The film features the Belgian ...more

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Return from Witch Mountain Christopher Lee, Bette Davis, Kim Richards Return from Witch Mountain is the 1978 sequel to Walt Disney Productions' 1975 film, Escape to Witch Mountain. It was written by Malcolm Marmorstein and is based on the novel by Alexander Key. ...more

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Goin' South Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd Goin' South is an American western-comedy film, directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Richard Bradford, Veronica Cartwright, Danny DeVito ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added Pretty Baby Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, Keith Carradine Pretty Baby is a 1978 American historical fiction and drama film directed by Louis Malle, and starring Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, and Susan Sarandon. The screenplay was written by Polly ...more

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The Big Sleep James Stewart, Joan Collins, Robert Mitchum The Big Sleep is a 1978 film, the second film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The picture was directed by Michael Winner and stars Robert Mitchum in his second feature ...more

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Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong Up in Smoke, directed by Lou Adler, is Cheech & Chong's first feature-length film, released in 1978 by Paramount Pictures. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, ...more

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Holocaust Rosemary Harris, Tovah Feldshuh, Michael Moriarty Holocaust is an American television miniseries broadcast in four parts in 1978 on the NBC television network. The series tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the Weiss family ...more

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Force 10 from Navarone Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Robert Shaw Force 10 from Navarone is a 1978 British produced war film loosely based on Alistair MacLean's 1968 novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1961 film, The Guns of Navarone. The parts of ...more

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Drunken Master Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee, Lin Dai Drunken Master is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tien, and Hwang Jang Lee. The film was a success at the Hong Kong box office, ...more

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The Cheap Detective Ann-Margret, James Cromwell, Madeline Kahn The Cheap Detective is a 1978 American satirical comedy film written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore as a follow-up to their successful Murder by Death. It stars Peter Falk as Lou ...more

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Days of Heaven Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams Days of Heaven is a 1978 American drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard and Linda Manz. Set in 1916, it tells the story of Bill ...more

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The Last Waltz The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian rock group the Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as ...more

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The Game of Death Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris Game of Death is an incomplete 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed, written, produced by and starring Bruce Lee, in his final film attempt. Lee died during the making of the film. Over 100 ...more

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Jack Riley, Eric Christmas, Stephen Peace Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 comedy horror film directed, produced, edited, scored and co-written by John DeBello and starring David Miller. The film is a spoof of B movies. Made on a ...more

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Straight Time Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Gary Busey Straight Time is a 1978 film directed by Ulu Grosbard, starring Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton, M. Emmet Walsh, and Kathy Bates.

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Every Which Way but Loose Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon Every Which Way but Loose is a 1978 American adventure comedy film, released by Warner Brothers, produced by Robert Daley and directed by James Fargo. It stars Clint Eastwood in an ...more

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Autumn Sonata Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson Autumn Sonata is a 1978 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann and Lena Nyman. It tells the story of a celebrated classical pianist who ...more

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Interiors Diane Keaton, Sam Waterston, Geraldine Page Interiors is a 1978 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. Featured performers are Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Jordan, Diane Keaton, E. G. Marshall, Geraldine Page, ...more

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La Ballade Des Dalton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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Violette Nozière is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Violette Nozière Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Fabrice Luchini Violette Nozière is a 1978 French crime film directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Isabelle Huppert and Stéphane Audran. The film, based on a true French murder case in 1933, is ...more

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Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele Piranha is a 1978 American B movie about a swarm of killer piranhas. It was directed and co-edited by Joe Dante and starred Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, ...more

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The Lord of the Rings John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 American animated fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It uses a hybrid of traditional cel animation and rotoscoped live action footage. It is ...more

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Gray Lady Down Charlton Heston, Christopher Reeve, David Carradine Gray Lady Down is a 1978 disaster film by Universal Studios starring Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, and is the feature film debut of Christopher Reeve. It ...more

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Eyes of Laura Mars Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Brad Dourif Eyes of Laura Mars is a 1978 thriller film starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones and directed by Irvin Kershner. The screenplay was adapted from a spec script titled Eyes, written by John ...more

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Molière is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Molière Philippe Caubère, Marie-Françoise Audollent, Jonathan Sutton

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Wild Geese Roger Moore, Richard Burton, Richard Harris The Wild Geese is a British 1978 adventure film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen about a group of mercenaries in Africa. It stars Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Krüger. ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added Passion Flower Hotel Nastassja Kinski, Fabiana Udenio, Sean Chapman Passion Flower Hotel is a 1978 coming of age comedy film directed by André Farwagi. It is a liberal adaptation of the novel Passion Flower Hotel and stars Nastassja Kinski as one of the ...more

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Dossier 51 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Dossier 51 François Marthouret, Claude Marcault, Philippe Rouleau

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The End Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Carl Reiner The End is a 1978 black comedy-buddy film, directed by and starring Burt Reynolds. The cast also features Dom DeLuise, Sally Field, Strother Martin, David Steinberg, Joanne Woodward, Norman ...more

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Big Wednesday Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, Barbara Hale Big Wednesday is a 1978 American coming of age film directed by John Milius. Co-written by Milius and Dennis Aaberg, it is loosely based on their own experiences at Malibu and a short story ...more

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Coma Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas, Ed Harris Coma is a 1978 suspense film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Robin Cook. The film rights were acquired by director Michael Crichton, and the movie was produced by Martin Erlichmann ...more

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The Wiz The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum's The ...more