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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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Superman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Donner

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) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Carpenter

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

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Landis

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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Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

Released: 1978

Directed by: Michael Cimino

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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Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

Released: 1978

Directed by: Hal Needham

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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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

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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Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

Released: 1978

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

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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John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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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Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

Released: 1978

Directed by: Lou Adler, 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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Invasion of the Body Sna... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1978

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

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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John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis

Released: 1978

Directed by: Alan Parker

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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Gary Busey, Buddy Miles, Paul Mooney

Released: 1978

Directed by: Steve Rash

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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris

Released: 1978

Directed by: Sammo Hung, Bruce Lee, Robert Clouse

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Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Carl Reiner

Released: 1978

Directed by: Burt Reynolds

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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Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon

Released: 1978

Directed by: James Fargo

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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Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee, Lin Dai

Released: 1978

Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

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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Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1978

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

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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Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young

Released: 1978

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Convoy is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young. The movie is based on the 1975 country and western novelty ...more
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Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Robert Shaw

Released: 1978

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Force 10 from Navarone is a 1978 British produced 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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Dimos Dicoudis added Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore

Released: 1978

Directed by: Colin Higgins

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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Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

Released: 1978

Directed by: George A. Romero

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I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1978
I Spit on Your Grave Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

Released: 1978

Directed by: Meir Zarchi

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Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams

Released: 1978

Directed by: Terrence Malick

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Peter Sellers, Dyan Cannon, Robert Loggia

Released: 1978

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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William Holden, Lee Grant, Lance Henriksen

Released: 1978

Directed by: Don Taylor

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