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The Best Movies of 1978  

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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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Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken
The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De ...more
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Superman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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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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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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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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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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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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Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field, Burt Reynolds
Hooper is a 1978 action-comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, based loosely on the experiences of director Hal Needham, a one-time stuntman in his own right. It serves as a tribute to stuntmen and ...more
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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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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
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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Dimos Dicoudis added 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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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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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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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. It is also the last entry to ...more
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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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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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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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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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Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury
This film 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 detective ...more
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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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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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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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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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Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico
This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero's series, but contains no characters or settings from them, ...more
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Dimos Dicoudis added 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