Top 1978 IMDb Rated Movies

[#1] Autumn Sonata (1978)

After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional night, the pair reopen the wounds of the past. Charlotte gets another shock when she finds out that her mentally impaired daughter, Helena, is out of the asylum and living with Eva.

Genre: Drama

Director:

Cast: Arne Bang-Hansen, Erland Josephson, Eva von Hanno, Georg Løkkeberg,...

Country: France, Germany, Sweden

Duration: 93 min

Release: 1978

Rated: PG

IMDb: 8.2 (28,913 votes)

[#2] The Deer Hunter (1978)

A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.

Genre: Drama, War

Director:

Cast: Amy Wright, Christopher Walken, Chuck Aspegren, Dennis Watlington,...

Country: UK, US

Duration: 184 min

Release: 1978

Rated: R

IMDb: 8.1 (294,098 votes)

[#3] Dawn of the Dead (1978)

During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Genre: Horror

Director:

Cast: Clayton McKinnon, Daniel Dietrich, David Crawford, David Early,...

Country: Italy, US

Duration: 127 min

Release: 1978

Rated: Unrated

IMDb: 7.9 (105,513 votes)

[#4] Days of Heaven (1978)

In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

Genre: Drama, Romance

Director:

Cast: Bob Wilson, Brooke Adams, Doug Kershaw, Frenchie Lemond,...

Country: US

Duration: 94 min

Release: 1978

Rated: PG

IMDb: 7.8 (49,361 votes)

[#5] Halloween (1978)

On a black and unholy Halloween night years ago, little Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold bold. But for the last fifteen years, town residents have rested easy, knowing that he was safely locked away in a mental hospital – until tonight. Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighbourhood to relive his grisly murder again…and again…and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween!

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Director:

Cast: Arthur Malet, Brian Andrews, Charles Cyphers, Donald Pleasence,...

Country: US

Duration: 91 min

Release: 1978

Rated: R

IMDb: 7.8 (214,906 votes)

[#6] Watership Down (1978)

When the warren belonging to a community of rabbits is threatened, a brave group led by Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry and Hazel leave their homeland in a search of a safe new haven.

Genre: Adventure, Animation, Drama

Director:

Cast: Denholm Elliott, Hannah Gordon, Harry Andrews, John Bennett,...

Country: UK

Duration: 88 min

Release: 1978

Rated: PG

IMDb: 7.6 (31,911 votes)

[#7] Midnight Express (1978)

Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the American government, or the "Midnight Express".

Genre: Crime, Drama

Director:

Cast: Bo Hopkins, Brad Davis, Franco Diogene, Gigi Ballista,...

Country: UK, US

Duration: 121 min

Release: 1978

Rated: R

IMDb: 7.6 (69,648 votes)

[#8] Drunken Master (1978)

A mischievous young man is sent to hone his martial arts skills with an older, alcoholic kung fu master.

Genre: Action, Comedy

Director:

Cast: Chiang Kam, Clement Lee Chun-Wa, Dean Shek, Fung Ging-Man,...

Country: Hong Kong

Duration: 111 min

Release: 1978

Rated: PG-13

IMDb: 7.5 (36,733 votes)

[#9] Animal House (1978)

At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Genre: Comedy

Director:

Cast: Bruce McGill, Cesare Danova, DeWayne Jessie, James Daughton,...

Country: US

Duration: 109 min

Release: 1978

Rated: R

IMDb: 7.5 (106,268 votes)

[#10] Eraserhead (1978)

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Director:

Cast: Allen Joseph, Charlotte Stewart, Darwin Joston, Hal Landon Jr.,...

Country: US

Duration: 89 min

Release: 1978

Rated: Not Rated

IMDb: 7.4 (96,108 votes)