Top 1979 IMDb Rated Movies

[#1] Apocalypse Now (1979)

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

Genre: Drama, War

Director:

Cast: Albert Hall, Dennis Hopper, Frederic Forrest, G. D. Spradlin,...

Country: US

Duration: 147 min

Release: 1979

Rated: R

IMDb: 8.4 (571,290 votes)

[#2] Alien (1979)

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

Genre: Horror, Science Fiction

Director:

Cast: Bolaji Badejo, Eddie Powell, Harry Dean Stanton, Helen Horton,...

Country: UK, US

Duration: 117 min

Release: 1979

Rated: R

IMDb: 8.4 (742,910 votes)

[#3] Life of Brian (1979)

Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python's signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian's life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.

Genre: Comedy

Director:

Cast: Carol Cleveland, Charles McKeown, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman,...

Country: UK

Duration: 94 min

Release: 1979

Rated: R

IMDb: 8.1 (347,141 votes)

[#4] Stalker (1979)

Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep-seated desires are granted.

Genre: Drama, Science Fiction

Director:

Cast: Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Alisa Freyndlikh, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Evgeniy Kostin,...

Country: Russia, Soviet Union

Duration: 162 min

Release: 1979

Rated: Not Rated

IMDb: 8.1 (119,447 votes)

[#5] Being There (1979)

A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Director:

Cast: Alice Hirson, David Clennon, Denise DuBarry, Fran Brill,...

Country: Germany, US

Duration: 130 min

Release: 1979

Rated: PG

IMDb: 8.0 (62,062 votes)

[#6] All That Jazz (1979)

Joe Gideon is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theater. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him - his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his bottles of pills keep him going.

Genre: Drama

Director:

Cast: Ann Reinking, Anthony Holland, Ben Vereen, Cliff Gorman,...

Country: US

Duration: 123 min

Release: 1979

Rated: R

IMDb: 7.9 (26,348 votes)

[#7] Manhattan (1979)

Manhattan explores how the life of a middle-aged television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Cast: Anne Byrne Hoffman, Bella Abzug, Damion Sheller, Diane Keaton,...

Country: US

Duration: 96 min

Release: 1979

Rated: R

IMDb: 7.9 (124,799 votes)

[#8] Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.

Genre: Drama

Director:

Cast: Bill Moor, Carol Nadell, Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Parker,...

Country: US

Duration: 105 min

Release: 1979

Rated: PG

IMDb: 7.8 (125,328 votes)

[#9] Breaking Away (1979)

Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even takes up the Italian culture, much to his friends and parents annoyance.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Director:

Cast: Amy Wright, Barbara Barrie, Daniel Stern, Dennis Christopher,...

Country: US

Duration: 100 min

Release: 1979

Rated: PG

IMDb: 7.7 (20,585 votes)

[#10] The Muppet Movie (1979)

A Hollywood agent persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. On his way there he meets his future muppet crew while being chased by the desperate owner of a frog-leg restaurant!

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music

Director:

Cast: Austin Pendleton, Bob Hope, Charles Durning, Dave Goelz,...

Country: US

Duration: 97 min

Release: 1979

Rated: G

IMDb: 7.6 (30,845 votes)