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The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.


Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1979 released films by North American gross are as follows:


Highest-grossing films (international)


Major events

* March 2 – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Buena Vista release their first film since the advent of U.S. movie ratings to not be G-rated, ''Take Down (1979 film), Take Down''. * March 5 – Production begins on ''The Empire Strikes Back''. * March – Frank Price becomes president of Columbia Pictures. * May 25 – ''Alien (film), Alien'', a landmark of the science fiction genre, is released. * May 31 – ''The Muppet Movie'', Jim Henson, Jim Henson's Muppets' first foray into the world of feature-length motion pictures, is released in United Kingdom. * June 11 – John Wayne, a famous Western movie actor, dies at the age of 72 from stomach cancer. * June 29 – ''Moonraker (film), Moonraker'', the 11th film in the James Bond franchise, is released in the United States and goes on to become the highest-grossing film of the year worldwide. * August 15 – ''Apocalypse Now'' is released to worldwide critical acclaim and box office success. Heralded as one of the greatest films ever made to this day. * September 19 – Don Bluth and a group of fellow animators resign from The Walt Disney Company's animation department to set up a rival studio, Don Bluth Productions. * October 3 – Producers Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan purchase the film rights of Batman from DC Comics. It would be another ten years, before a Batman (1989 film), Batman feature film would be fully realized. * November 1 – Production begins on ''Raiders of the Lost Ark''. * December 7 – ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'' debuts in the United States to mixed reviews but blockbuster box office, launching a film franchise that leads to 9 sequels and 3 reboots over the next 37 years. It also leads to the creation of five spin-off television series based upon Gene Roddenberry's creation. * Allied Artists Pictures Corporation, Allied Artists files for bankruptcy.


Awards

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival): :''Apocalypse Now'', directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States :''The Tin Drum'' (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany Berlin Film Festival, Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival): :''David (1979 film), David'', directed by Peter Lilienthal, West Germany


Notable films released in 1979

American films of 1979, United States unless stated


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*''10 (film), 10'', directed by Blake Edwards, starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Robert Webber, Brian Dennehy *''1941 (film), 1941'', directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Nancy Allen (actress), Nancy Allen, Toshiro Mifune, Treat Williams, Warren Oates, Robert Stack


A

*''The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians'' (Artista, dolarii şi ardelenii) – (List of Romanian films#1970s, Romania) *''The Adolescent (film), L'adolescente'' (The Adolescent), directed by Jeanne Moreau, starring Simone Signoret – (French films of 1979, France) *''The Adventure of Sudsakorn'', the first and only cel animation, cel-animated feature film from List of Thai films, Thailand *''Adventures of Sinbad'' *''Agatha (film), Agatha'', directed by Michael Apted, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Ah! Nomugi Toge'' (Nomugi Pass) – (Japanese films of 1979, Japan) *''Air Crew (film), Air Crew'' (Ekipazh) – (Soviet films of 1979, U.S.S.R.) *''Alien (film), Alien'', directed by Ridley Scott, starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto – (American films of 1979, US/British films of 1979, UK) *''All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 film), All Quiet on the Western Front'', a TV film directed by Delbert Mann, starring Richard Thomas (actor), Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine *''All That Jazz (film), All That Jazz'', directed by Bob Fosse, starring Roy Scheider, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, John Lithgow, Jessica Lange *''An Almost Perfect Affair'', starring Keith Carradine and Monica Vitti *''Americathon'', starring John Ritter and Harvey Korman *''The Amityville Horror (1979 film), The Amityville Horror'', directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger *''...And Justice for All (film), ...And Justice for All'', directed by Norman Jewison, starring Al Pacino, John Forsythe, Jack Warden, Christine Lahti, Craig T. Nelson, Jeffrey Tambor *''Anti-Clock'', directed by Jane Arden (director), Jane Arden – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Apocalypse Now'', directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne, Frederic Forrest *''The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again'', starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway *''Arabian Adventure'', starring Christopher Lee and Emma Samms – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Ashanti (1979 film), Ashanti'', directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Michael Caine and Peter Ustinov *''Autumn Marathon'' (Osenniy marafon) – (Soviet films of 1979, U.S.S.R.)


B

*''Baby Snakes'', directed by Frank Zappa *''Ball Lightning (film), Ball Lightning'' (Kulový blesk) – (Czech films of the 1970s, Czechoslovakia) *''Ballad of Tara'' (Tcherike-ye Tara) – (Iranian films of the 1970s, Iran) *''Bear Island (film), Bear Island'', starring Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Barbara Parkins *''Being There'', directed by Hal Ashby, starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden *''The Bell Jar (film), The Bell Jar'', starring Marilyn Hassett, Julie Harris (American actress), Julie Harris, Anne Jackson *''Best Boy (film), Best Boy'', award-winning documentary *''Beyond the Poseidon Adventure'', directed by Irwin Allen, starring Michael Caine, Telly Savalas, Sally Field, Karl Malden, Shirley Jones *''Birth of the Beatles'', directed by Richard Marquand *''The Bitch (film), The Bitch'', starring Joan Collins – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''The Black Hole'', directed by Gary Nelson (director), Gary Nelson, starring Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine, Yvette Mimieux *''The Black Stallion (film), The Black Stallion'', directed by Carroll Ballard, starring Mickey Rooney, Hoyt Axton, Teri Garr, Kelly Reno *''Bloodline (1979 film), Bloodline'', directed by Terence Young (director), Terence Young, starring Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, James Mason, Gert Fröbe, Beatrice Straight *''Bloody Kids'', directed by Stephen Frears – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Boardwalk (film), Boardwalk'', starring Ruth Gordon, Lee Strasberg, Janet Leigh *''Boulevard Nights'', directed by Michael Pressman *''Breaking Away'', directed by Peter Yates, starring Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern (actor), Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Paul Dooley *''Breakthrough (1979 film), Breakthrough'', starring Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, Curd Jürgens *''Les Bronzés font du ski'' (a.k.a. French Fried Vacation 2), directed by Patrice Leconte – (French films of 1979, France) *''The Brood'', directed by David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar – (List of Canadian films, Canada) *''Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (film), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century'', starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray *''Buffet froid'', directed by Bertrand Blier, starring Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet – (French films of 1979, France) *''The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie'' *''Butch and Sundance: The Early Days'', starring Tom Berenger and William Katt *''The Butterfly Murders'' (Die bian), directed by Tsui Hark – (Hong Kong films of 1979, Hong Kong) *''Bye Bye Brazil'' – (Brazilian films of the 1970s, Brazil/French films of 1979, France/Argentine films of 1979, Argentina)


C

*''C.H.O.M.P.S.'', directed by Don Chaffey, starring Wesley Eure, Valerie Bertinelli, Conrad Bain, Red Buttons *''California Dreaming (1979 film), California Dreaming'', starring Glynnis O'Connor, Dennis Christopher, Tanya Roberts *''Caligula (film), Caligula'', directed by Tinto Brass, written by Gore Vidal, starring Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole – (Italian films of 1979, Italy/American films of 1979, United States) *''Camera Buff''. directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski – (Poland) *''The Castle of Cagliostro'' (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro), an anime film by Hayao Miyazaki – (Japanese films of 1979, Japan) *''The Cat and the Canary (1979 film), The Cat and the Canary'', starring Honor Blackman, Carol Lynley, Olivia Hussey – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''The Champ (1979 film), The Champ'', directed by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden, Arthur Hill (Canadian actor), Arthur Hill *''Chapter Two (play), Chapter Two'', starring James Caan, Marsha Mason, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper *''The China Syndrome'', directed by James Bridges, starring Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas *''Christ Stopped at Eboli (film), Christ Stopped at Eboli'' ( it, Cristo si è fermato a Eboli), directed by Francesco Rosi, starring Gian Maria Volonté – (Italian films of 1979, Italy/French films of 1979, France) *''City on Fire (1979 film), City on Fire'', starring Susan Clark and Ava Gardner *''The Concorde ... Airport '79'', starring Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy *''Cuba (film), Cuba'', directed by Richard Lester, starring Sean Connery, Brooke Adams (actress), Brooke Adams, Chris Sarandon


D

*''David (1979 film), David'' – (List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany) – Golden Bear (award), Golden Bear winner *''Derek and Clive Get the Horn'', starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Dirty Ho'' (Lan tou He), starring Gordon Liu – (Hong Kong films of 1979, Hong Kong) *''Don Giovanni (1979 film), Don Giovanni'', directed by Joseph Losey, starring Ruggero Raimondi, John Macurdy, Kiri Te Kanawa – (Italian films of 1979, Italy/French films of 1979, France/British films of 1979, U.K./List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany) *''Dracula (1979 film), Dracula'', directed by John Badham, starring Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Trevor Eve – (American films of 1979, US/British films of 1979, UK) *''Dreamer (1979 film), Dreamer'', starring Tim Matheson


E

*''Eagle's Wing'', starring Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''The Electric Horseman'', directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, John Saxon, Willie Nelson *''Escape from Alcatraz (film), Escape from Alcatraz'', directed by Don Siegel, starring Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Fred Ward *''Escape to Athena'', starring Roger Moore, David Niven, Elliott Gould, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale, Telly Savalas – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''The Europeans (1979 film), The Europeans'', directed by James Ivory, starring Lee Remick, Lisa Eichhorn, Kristin Griffith – (British films of 1979, U.K.)


F

*''Fast Break (film), Fast Break'', starring Gabe Kaplan and Bernard King *''Felicity (film), Felicity'', starring Glory Annen Clibbery, Glory Annen – (Australian films of 1979, Australia) *''North Sea Hijack, Ffolkes'', aka ''North Sea Hijack'', starring Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins, Michael Parks – (U.K.) *''The Fifth Musketeer'', starring Sylvia Kristel, Ursula Andress, Beau Bridges, Ian McShane, Rex Harrison – (Austrian films of the 1970s, Austria/List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany) *''Firepower (film), Firepower'', starring Sophia Loren, James Coburn, O. J. Simpson – (U.K.) *''First Case, Second Case'' (Qazieh, Shekl-e Avval, Shekl-e Dovom), directed by Abbas Kiarostami – (Iranian films of the 1970s, Iran) *''The First Great Train Robbery'', starring Sean Connery, Lesley-Anne Down, Donald Sutherland – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''A Force of One'', starring Chuck Norris and Jennifer O'Neill *''The Frisco Kid'', directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford *''French Postcards'', starring Miles Chapin, David Marshall Grant, Debra Winger


G

*''Gal Young Un'', directed by Victor Nuñez *''The Genealogy'' (Jokbo) – (List of South Korean films of 1979, South Korea) *''Going in Style'', directed by Martin Brest, starring George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg *''The Glove (film), The Glove'', starring John Saxon and Roosevelt Grier *''Gol Maal'' (Confusion) – (Bollywood films of 1979, India) *''Goldengirl'', starring Susan Anton, James Coburn, Leslie Caron *''Grass Labyrinth'' (Kusa Meikyū) – (Japanese films of 1979, Japan) *''The Great Santini'', starring Robert Duvall, Michael O'Keefe, Blythe Danner, Lisa Jane Persky, Stan Shaw *''The Great Riviera Bank Robbery'', starring Ian McShane – (British films of 1979, U.K.)


H

*''Hair (film), Hair'', directed by Miloš Forman, starring John Savage (actor), John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo *''Hanover Street (film), Hanover Street'', directed by Peter Hyams, starring Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer – (American films of 1979, US/British films of 1979, UK) *''Hardcore (1979 film), Hardcore'', directed by Paul Schrader, starring George C. Scott and Peter Boyle *''Heart of the Forest'' (El corazón del bosque) – (Spanish films of 1979, Spain) *''Heartland (film), Heartland'', directed by Richard Pearce (director), Richard Pearce, starring Rip Torn and Conchata Ferrell – Golden Bear (award), Golden Bear winner, Sundance Grand Jury Prize *''Hot Stuff (1979 film), Hot Stuff'', directed by and starring Dom DeLuise, with Suzanne Pleshette, Ossie Davis, Jerry Reed *''The Human Factor (1979 film), The Human Factor'', starring Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Hurricane (1979 film), Hurricane'', starring Mia Farrow, Jason Robards, Max von Sydow, Trevor Howard *''The Hussy'' (La drôlesse) – (French films of 1979, France) *''The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting'' (L'Hypothèse du tableau volé), directed by Raúl Ruiz (director), Raúl Ruiz – (French films of 1979, France)


I

*''I as in Icarus'' (I... comme Icare), starring Yves Montand – (French films of 1979, France) *''The In-Laws (1979 film), The In-Laws'', directed by Arthur Hiller, starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk


J

*''J-Men Forever'', directed by Richard Patterson, starring Peter Bergman, M. G. Kelly, Philip Proctor *''Jack Frost'', directed by Rankin/Bass, starring Robert Morse *''Jaguar (1979 film), Jaguar'' – (Philippine films of the 1970s, Philippines) *''The Jerk'', directed by Carl Reiner, starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters *''Jesus (1979 film), Jesus'', directed by Peter Sykes and John Krisch, starring Brian Deacon – (Australian films of 1979, Australia/American films of 1979, US/British films of 1979, UK) *''Just You and Me, Kid'', starring George Burns and Brooke Shields


K

*''Kaala Patthar'' (Black Stone), starring Shashi Kapoor – (Bollywood films of 1979, India) *''Kassbach – Ein Porträt'' (Kassbach – A Portrait) – (Austrian films of the 1970s, Austria) *''The Kids Are Alright (film), The Kids Are Alright'', a rockumentary featuring The Who – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Knockabout (film), Knockabout'', directed by and starring Sammo Hung – (Hong Kong films of 1979, Hong Kong) *''Kramer vs. Kramer'', directed by Robert Benton, starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep (both won Academy Awards, Oscars), Justin Henry, JoBeth Williams, Jane Alexander


L

*''Lady Oscar (film), Lady Oscar'', starring Catriona MacColl and Patsy Kensit – (French films of 1979, France/Japanese films of 1979, Japan) *''Le Pétomane (film), Le Pétomane'', starring Leonard Rossiter and Graham Stark *''The Lady Vanishes (1979 film), The Lady Vanishes'', starring Elliott Gould, Cybill Shepherd, Angela Lansbury *''Last Embrace'', directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Roy Scheider and Janet Margolin *''The Last of the Knucklemen'' – (Australian films of 1979, Australia) *''A Little Romance'', directed by George Roy Hill, starring Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Sally Kellerman – (French films of 1979, France/American films of 1979, United States) *''Little Tragedies (1979 film), Little Tragedies'' (Malenkie tragedii) – (Soviet films of 1979, U.S.S.R.) *''Love and Bullets (1979 film), Love and Bullets'', directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Rod Steiger *''Love at First Bite'', starring George Hamilton (actor), George Hamilton and Susan Saint James *''Love on the Run (1979 film), Love on the Run'' (L'amour en fuite), directed by François Truffaut – (French films of 1979, France) *''Lovers and Liars'' (Viaggio con Anita), starring Goldie Hawn and Giancarlo Giannini – (Italian films of 1979, Italy/France) *''La Luna (1979 film), La Luna'', directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, starring Jill Clayburgh – (Italian films of 1979, Italy)


M

*''Mad Max'', directed by George Miller (filmmaker), George Miller, starring Mel Gibson – (Australian films of 1979, Australia) *''The Magician of Lublin (film), The Magician of Lublin'', starring Alan Arkin, Louise Fletcher, Valerie Perrine *''Magnificent Butcher'' (Lin shi rong), starring Sammo Hung – (Hong Kong films of 1979, Hong Kong) *''The Main Event (1979 film), The Main Event'', starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal *''Mamá cumple cien años'' (Mama Turns 100), directed by Carlos Saura, starring Geraldine Chaplin – (Spanish films of 1979, Spain) *''Manhattan (1979 film), Manhattan'', directed by and starring Woody Allen, with Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy (actor), Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway *''A Man, a Woman, and a Bank'', starring Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams (actress), Brooke Adams *''The Marriage of Maria Braun'', directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, starring Hanna Schygulla – (List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany) *''Maula Jatt'' – (Pakistani films of 1979, Pakistan) *''Meatballs (film), Meatballs'', directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray – (List of Canadian films, Canada) *''The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed'' (Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya) – (Soviet films of 1979, U.S.S.R.) *''Meetings with Remarkable Men (film), Meetings with Remarkable Men'', Gurdjieff biography directed by Peter Brook – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Meteor (film), Meteor'', directed by Ronald Neame, starring Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Henry Fonda, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard *''Monty Python's Life of Brian'', directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Moonraker (film), Moonraker'', directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Roger Moore (as James Bond), with Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''More American Graffiti'', starring Candy Clark, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams *''Mr. Mike's Mondo Video'', starring Michael O'Donoghue, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray *''The Muppet Movie'', made by Jim Henson, with Charles Durning and Dom DeLuise *''Murder by Decree'', starring Christopher Plummer (as Sherlock Holmes) and James Mason – (British films of 1979, U.K./List of Canadian films, Canada) *''My Brilliant Career (film), My Brilliant Career'', directed by Gillian Armstrong, starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill – (Australian films of 1979, Australia)


N

*''Nightwing (film), Nightwing'', directed by Arthur Hiller, starring Nick Mancuso and Kathryn Harrold *''Noorie'', directed by Manmohan Krishna – (Bollywood films of 1979, India) *''Norma Rae'', directed by Martin Ritt, starring Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges *''The North Avenue Irregulars'', starring Karen Valentine, Barbara Harris (actress), Barbara Harris, Susan Clark *''North Dallas Forty'', starring Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, G. D. Spradlin, Dayle Haddon, Bo Svenson, John Matuszak *''Nosferatu the Vampyre'' (Nosferatu: Phantom der Nach), directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz – (List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany)


O

*''The Odd Angry Shot'', starring Bryan Brown – (Australian films of 1979, Australia) *''Odd Couple (film), The Odd Couple'' (Bo ming chan dao duo ming qiang), starring Sammo Hung – (Hong Kong films of 1979, Hong Kong) *''The Onion Field (film), The Onion Field'', directed by Harold Becker, starring James Woods, John Savage (actor), John Savage, Franklyn Seales, Ted Danson *''Operación Ogro (film), Operación Ogro'', directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Gian Maria Volonté – (Spanish films of 1979, Spain/Italian films of 1979, Italy) *''Over the Edge (film), Over the Edge'', directed by Jonathan Kaplan, starring Matt Dillon


P

*''The Passage (1979 film), The Passage'', starring Anthony Quinn, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, Patricia Neal, Kay Lenz *''A Perfect Couple'', directed by Robert Altman, starring Paul Dooley and Marta Heflin *''Peruvazhiyambalam'', directed by Padmarajan – (Malayalam films of 1979, India) *''Les petites fugues'' (The Little Fugitives) – (List of Swiss films#1970s, Switzerland) *''Phantasm (film), Phantasm'', directed by Don Coscarelli *''A Pleasure Doing Business'', directed by Steven Vagnino, starring Conrad Bain, John Byner, Alan Oppenheimer and Misty Rowe *''The Plank (1979 film), The Plank'', directed by and starring Eric Sykes, with Arthur Lowe – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''The Plumber (1979 film), The Plumber'', directed by Peter Weir, starring Judy Morris – (Australian films of 1979, Australia) *''Prince Nezha's Triumph Against Dragon King'' (Nezha nao hai), an animated film – (Chinese films of the 1970s, China) *''The Prisoner of Zenda (1979 film), The Prisoner of Zenda'', starring Peter Sellers, Lynne Frederick and Lionel Jeffries *''The Prize Fighter'', starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway *''Prophecy (film), Prophecy'', directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Richard Dysart, Armand Assante


Q

*''Quadrophenia (film), Quadrophenia'', directed by Franc Roddam, starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Ray Winstone, with music by The Who – (British films of 1979, U.K.)


R

*''Real Life (1979 film), Real Life'', directed by and starring Albert Brooks, with Charles Grodin *''Richard Pryor: Live in Concert'' *''Rich Kids (film), Rich Kids'', starring Trini Alvarado and John Lithgow *''Rock 'n' Roll High School'', produced by Roger Corman, featuring The Ramones *''Rocky II'', directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, with Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young *''Roller Boogie'', directed by Mark L. Lester, starring Linda Blair, Jim Bray, Albert Insinnia, Jimmy Van Patten, Kimberly Beck, Stoney Jackson, Beverly Garland, Mark Goddard *''The Rose (film), The Rose'', directed by Mark Rydell, starring Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest *''Running (film), Running'', starring Michael Douglas


S

*''Saint Jack (film), Saint Jack'', directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Ben Gazzara *''Scavenger Hunt'', starring Cloris Leachman, Cleavon Little, Vincent Price, Tony Randall *''Scum (film), Scum'', starring Ray Winstone – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''A Scream from Silence'' (Mourir à tue-tête) – (List of Canadian films, Canada) *''The Seduction of Joe Tynan'', starring Alan Alda, Meryl Streep, Melvyn Douglas, Barbara Harris (actress), Barbara Harris, Rip Torn *''A Sense of Freedom'', directed by John Mackenzie (film director), John Mackenzie – (U.K.) *''Série noire (film), Série noire'' (Black Series), directed by Alain Corneau – (French films of 1979, France) *''Siberiade'', directed by Andrei Konchalovsky – (Soviet films of 1979, U.S.S.R) *''Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness'' (Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks), directed by Margarethe von Trotta – (List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany) *''Skatetown, U.S.A.'', starring Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormick, Patrick Swayze *''Something Out of Nothing (film), Something Out of Nothing'', directed by Nikola Rudarov, starring Asen Kisimov, Stefan Danailov, Aneta Sotirova – (Bulgarian films of the 1970s, Bulgaria) *''Stalker (1979 film), Stalker'', directed by Andrei Tarkovsky – (Soviet films of 1979, U.S.S.R.) *''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'', directed by Robert Wise, starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins *''Starting Over (1979 film), Starting Over'', directed by Alan J. Pakula, starring Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning *''Suhaag (1979 film), Suhaag'' (a.k.a. ''Sign of Marriage''), starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rekha – (Bollywood films of 1979, India) *''The Survivors (1979 film), The Survivors'' (Los sobrevivientes) – (List of Cuban films#1970s, Cuba)


T

*''Take Down (1979 film), Take Down'', starring Lorenzo Lamas and Maureen McCormick *''Tale of Tales (1979 film), Tale of Tales'' (Skazka skazok), an animated film – (Soviet films of 1979, U.S.S.R.) *''Tarka the Otter (film), Tarka the Otter'', narrated by Peter Ustinov – (U.K.) *''The Tempest (1979 film), The Tempest'', directed by Derek Jarman, starring Toyah Willcox – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Tess (1979 film), Tess'', directed by Roman Polanski, starring Nastassja Kinski – (French films of 1979, France/British films of 1979, U.K.) *''That Summer!'', starring Ray Winstone – (U.K.) *''The Theme'' (Tema), directed by Gleb Panfilov, starring Mikhail Ulyanov, Inna Churikova, Stanislav Lyubshin, and Yevgeni Vesnik. Winner of 1987 Golden Bear – (List of Soviet films of 1979, U.S.S.R.) *''The Third Generation (1979 film), The Third Generation'' (Die Dritte Generation), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, starring Hanna Schygulla – (List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany) *''Those Wonderful Movie Cranks'' (Báječní muži s klikou), directed by Jiří Menzel – (Czech films of the 1970s, Czechoslovakia) *''La Tía Alejandra'' (Aunt Alejandra) – (Mexican films of 1979, Mexico) *''Tim (film), Tim'', starring Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie – (Australian films of 1979, Australia) *''Time After Time (1979 film), Time After Time'', directed by Nicholas Meyer, starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner (actor), David Warner, Mary Steenburgen *''The Tin Drum (film), The Tin Drum'' (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, starring David Bennent – (List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany) – Palme d'Or winner *''To Forget Venice'' (Dimenticare Venezia), directed by Franco Brusati, starring Mariangela Melato and Erland Josephson – (Italian films of 1979, Italy) *''Tourist Trap (film), Tourist Trap'', starring Chuck Connors and Tanya Roberts


U

*''Ultraman (1979 film), Ultraman'' – (Japanese films of 1979, Japan) *''Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle'' – (Japanese films of 1979, Japan) *''Uncle Marin, the Billionaire'' (Nea Mărin miliardar) – (List of Romanian films#1970s, Romania)


V

*''Vengeance Is Mine (1979 film), Vengeance Is Mine'' (fukushū suru wa ware ni ari), directed by Shohei Imamura, starring Ken Ogata – (Japanese films of 1979, Japan) *''The Villain (1979 film), The Villain'', directed by Hal Needham, starring Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, Arnold Schwarzenegger *''The Visitor (1979 film), The Visitor'', starring John Huston, Glenn Ford, Shelley Winters


W

*''Wanda Nevada'', directed by and starring Peter Fonda, with Brooke Shields *''The Wanderers (1979 film), The Wanderers'', starring Ken Wahl and Karen Allen *''The Warriors (film), The Warriors'', directed by Walter Hill (director), Walter Hill, starring Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, Deborah Van Valkenburgh *''When a Stranger Calls (1979 film), When a Stranger Calls'', starring Charles Durning and Carol Kane *''Winter Kills (film), Winter Kills'', starring Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins *''Wise Blood (film), Wise Blood'', directed by and starring John Huston, with Brad Dourif – (American films of 1979, United States/List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany) *''Woman Between Wolf and Dog'' (Femme entre chien et loup) – (List of Belgian films of the 1970s, Belgium/French films of 1979, France) *''Woyzeck (1979 film), Woyzeck'', directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski and Eva Mattes – (List of German films of the 1970s, West Germany) *''The Wretches Are Still Singing'' (''Τα Κουρέλια Τραγουδάνε Ακόμα''), directed by Nikos Nikolaidis – (Greek films of the 1970s, Greece)


Y-Z

*''Yanks'', directed by John Schlesinger, starring Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave – (American films of 1979, US/British films of 1979, UK) *''Yesterday's Hero'', directed by Neil Leifer, starring Ian McShane, Suzanne Somers, Adam Faith and Paul Nicholas – (British films of 1979, U.K.) *''Zombi 2'', directed by Lucio Fulci, starring Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch (actor), Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson (actor), Richard Johnson – (Italian films of 1979, Italy) *''Zulu Dawn'', starring Peter O'Toole, Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward – (American films of 1979, United States/List of South African films, South Africa/Dutch films of the 1970s, Netherlands)


1979 Wide-release movies


January–March

*January 1979 **January 1 ***''Take Down (1979 film), Take Down'' **January 26 ***''Richard Pryor: Live in Concert'' **January 29 ***''Love on the Run (1979 film), Love on the Run'' *February 1979 **February 2 ***''ABBA: The Movie'' ***''The First Great Train Robbery'' **February 9 ***''Agatha (film), Agatha'' ***''Hardcore (1979 film), Hardcore'' ***''Murder by Decree'' ***''The North Avenue Irregulars'' ***''Quintet (film), Quintet'' ***''The Warriors (film), The Warriors'' **February 11 ***''Elvis (1979 film), Elvis'' **February 23 ***''Fast Break (film), Fast Break'' **February 26 ***''The Passage (1979 film), The Passage'' *March 1979 **March 2 ***''Norma Rae'' ***''The Odd Angry Shot'' ***''Real Life (1979 film), Real Life'' **March 7 ***''Starcrash'' **March 8 ***''The Promise (1979 film), The Promise'' **March 14 ***''Hair (film), Hair'' ***''Tourist Trap (film), Tourist Trap'' ***''Voices (1979 film), Voices'' **March 16 ***''California Dreaming (1979 film), California Dreaming'' ***''The China Syndrome'' ***''The Riddle of the Sands (film), The Riddle of the Sands'' **March 17 ***''Heidi, Girl of the Alps, The Story of Heidi'' **March 21 ***''The Bell Jar (film), The Bell Jar'' **March 23 ***''Boulevard Nights'' **March 28 ***''Phantasm (film), Phantasm''


April–June

*April 1979 **April 4 ***''The Champ (1979 film), The Champ'' **April 6 ***''The Fifth Musketeer'' ***''Love at First Bite'' ***''A Perfect Couple'' **April 12 ***''Hurricane (1979 film), Hurricane'' ***''Mad Max'' **April 13 ***''Firepower (film), Firepower'' **April 20 ***''Ashanti (1979 film), Ashanti'' ***''Tilt (1979 film), Tilt'' **April 25 ***''Manhattan (1979 film), Manhattan'' **April 27 ***''An Almost Perfect Affair'' ***''Dreamer (1979 film), Dreamer'' ***''A Little Romance'' ***''Saint Jack (film), Saint Jack'' *May 1979 **May 1 ***''Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider'' **May 3 ***''Metamorphoses (1978 film), Winds of Change'' **May 4 ***''Last Embrace'' **May 7 ***''La Ballade des Dalton, The Ballad of the Daltons'' **May 11 ***''Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens'' **May 12 ***''Ravagers (film), Ravagers'' **May 14 ***''The Kids Are Alright (film), The Kids Are Alright'' **May 15 ***''Zulu Dawn'' **May 17 ***''Winter Kills (film), Winter Kills'' **May 18 ***''Hanover Street (film), Hanover Street'' ***''Over the Edge (film), Over the Edge'' **May 25 ***''Alien (film), Alien'' ***''Beyond the Poseidon Adventure'' ***''Jaws (film), Jaws'' (re-release) ***''The Prisoner of Zenda (1979 film), The Prisoner of Zenda'' ***''Wanda Nevada'' *June 1979 **June 1 ***''The Brood'' ***''Phantasm (film), Phantasm'' **June 6 ***''Escape to Athena'' **June 8 ***''Players (1979 film), Players'' ***''The Plumber (1979 film), The Plumber'' **June 15 ***''Butch and Sundance: The Early Days'' ***''The Driller Killer'' ***''Goldengirl'' ***''The In-Laws (1979 film), The In-Laws'' ***''The Night the Prowler'' ***''Prophecy (film), Prophecy'' ***''Rocky II'' ***''Walk Proud'' ***''The Water Babies (film), The Water Babies'' **June 22 ***''Escape from Alcatraz (film), Escape from Alcatraz'' ***''The Kirlian Witness'' ***''The Main Event (1979 film), The Main Event'' ***''The Muppet Movie'' ***''Nightwing (film), Nightwing'' **June 27 ***''The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again'' ***''The 36th Chamber of Shaolin'' **June 29 ***''Bloodline (1979 film), Bloodline'' ***''Meatballs (film), Meatballs'' ***''Moonraker (film), Moonraker'' ***''Up from the Depths''


July–September

*July 1979 **''J-Men Forever'' **July 5 ***''Arabian Adventure'' **July 6 ***''Nutcracker Fantasy'' **July 11 ***''The Last of the Knucklemen'' ***''Plague (1979 film), Plague'' **July 13 ***''Breaking Away'' ***''Dracula (1979 film), Dracula'' ***''The Frisco Kid'' ***''The Wanderers (1979 film), The Wanderers'' **July 26 ***''The Europeans (1979 film), The Europeans'' ***''Unidentified Flying Oddball'' **July 27 ***''The Amityville Horror (1979 film), The Amityville Horror'' ***''A Force of One'' ***''The Villain (1979 film), The Villain'' *August 1979 **August 1 ***''North Dallas Forty'' **August 3 ***''The Concorde ... Airport '79'' ***''More American Graffiti'' **August 5 ***''Meetings with Remarkable Men (film), Meetings with Remarkable Men'' **August 10 ***''Americathon'' ***''Hot Stuff (1979 film), Hot Stuff'' ***''Sunburn (1979 film), Sunburn'' **August 15 ***''Apocalypse Now'' ***''Caligula (film), Caligula'' ***''Star Wars (film), Star Wars'' (re-release) **August 17 ***''Monty Python's Life of Brian'' ***''My Brilliant Career (film), My Brilliant Career'' ***''The Prisoner of Zenda (1979 film), The Prisoner of Zenda'' ***''Rich Kids (film), Rich Kids'' ***''The Seduction of Joe Tynan'' **August 24 ***''Rock 'n' Roll High School'' **August 31 ***''City on Fire (1979 film), City on Fire'' *September 1979 **September 7 ***''Patrick (1978 film), Patrick'' **September 14 ***''Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle'' ***''The Tempest (1979 film), The Tempest'' **September 19 ***''The Onion Field (film), The Onion Field'' ***''Yanks'' **September 21 ***''Heartland (film), Heartland'' ***''Mr. Mike's Mondo Video'' **September 28 ***''The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie'' ***''La Luna (1979 film), La Luna'' ***''A Man, a Woman, and a Bank'' ***''Sleeping Beauty (1959 film), Sleeping Beauty'' (re-release) ***''Time After Time (1979 film), Time After Time'' ***''When a Stranger Calls (1979 film), When a Stranger Calls'' ***''Wise Blood (film), Wise Blood''


October–December

*October 1979 **''Siberiade'' **''Skatetown, U.S.A.'' **October 5 ***''10 (film), 10'' ***''Nosferatu the Vampyre'' ***''Starting Over (1979 film), Starting Over'' **October 17 ***''The Black Stallion (film), The Black Stallion'' **October 19 ***''...And Justice for All.'' ***''Avalanche Express'' ***''Chilly Scenes of Winter (film), Chilly Scenes of Winter'' ***''French Postcards'' ***''Jesus (1979 film), Jesus'' ***''Meteor (film), Meteor'' **October 26 ***''Derek and Clive Get the Horn'' ***''The Great Santini'' ***''The Magician of Lublin (film), The Magician of Lublin'' ***''The Lady Vanishes (1979 film), The Lady Vanishes'' **October 31 ***''Tess (1979 film), Tess'' *November 1979 **''A Pleasure Doing Business'' **''The Prize Fighter'' **November 2 ***''Bear Island (film), Bear Island'' ***''Promises in the Dark (film), Promises in the Dark'' ***''Quadrophenia (film), Quadrophenia'' ***''Running (film), Running'' **November 6 ***''Don Giovanni (1979 film), Don Giovanni'' ***''The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh'' **November 7 ***''The Rose (film), The Rose'' **November 8 ***''Eagle's Wing'' **November 14 ***''All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 film), All Quiet on the Western Front'' ***''Boardwalk (film), Boardwalk'' ***''The Cat and the Canary (1979 film), The Cat and the Canary'' ***''The Silent Scream (1979 film), The Silent Scream'' **November 17 ***''Salem's Lot (1979 miniseries), Salem's Lot'' **November 21 ***''Mountain Family Robinson'' ***''The Visitor (1979 film), The Visitor'' **November 23 ***''Birth of the Beatles'' ***''Yesterday's Hero'' *December 1979 **December 7 ***''Love and Bullets (1979 film), Love and Bullets'' ***''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'' ***''Wise Blood (film), Wise Blood'' **December 14 ***''1941 (film), 1941'' ***''Chapter Two (film), Chapter Two'' ***''The Jerk'' ***''The War at Home (1979 film), The War at Home'' **December 19 ***''Being There'' ***''The Human Factor (1979 film), The Human Factor'' ***''Kramer vs. Kramer'' ***''Roller Boogie'' **December 20 ***''All That Jazz (film), All That Jazz'' **December 21 ***''Baby Snakes'' ***''The Black Hole'' ***''Cuba (film), Cuba'' ***''C.H.O.M.P.S.'' ***''The Electric Horseman'' ***''Scavenger Hunt'' **December 25 ***''Going in Style''


Births

* January 1 – Vidya Balan, Indian actress * January 6 - Cristela Alonzo, American comedian, actress, writer and producer * January 8 – Sarah Polley, Canadian actress * January 24 – Tatyana Ali, American actress and singer * January 27 – Rosamund Pike, English actress * February 2 – Shamita Shetty, Indian actress * February 9 – Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress and dancer * February 11 – Brandy Norwood, American actress and singer * February 13 – Mena Suvari, American actress * February 21 **Jordan Peele, American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer **Maryke Hendrikse, Bahamian-born Canadian voice actress **Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress and singer * March 5 - Riki Lindhome, American actress, comedian and musician * March 9 – Oscar Isaac, Guatemalan-American actor * March 10 – Danny Pudi, American actor * March 17 - Stephen Kramer Glickman, Canadian actor, music producer and stand-up comedian * March 24 – Lake Bell, American actress, director and screenwriter * March 25 - Lee Pace, American actor * March 28 - Shakib Khan, Bangladeshi film actor, producer, singer, film organiser and media personalities * April 4 ** Bunko Kanazawa, Japanese actress ** Heath Ledger, Australian actor (d. 2008 in film, 2008) ** Natasha Lyonne, American actress * April 11 – Josh Server, American actor * April 12 – Claire Danes, American actress * April 19 – Kate Hudson, American actress * April 21 – James McAvoy, Scottish actor * April 23 – Jaime King, American actress * May 7 – Yōsuke Kubozuka, Japanese actor * May 9 – Rosario Dawson, American actress * May 22 – Maggie Q, American actress * May 28 – Monica Keena, American actress * June 7 – Anna Torv, Australian actress * June 21 – Chris Pratt, American actor * June 24 – Mindy Kaling, American writer and actress * June 27 – Benjamin Speed, Australian film composer * July 3 – Ludivine Sagnier, French actress * July 6 – Kevin Hart, American actor * July 16 – Jayma Mays, American actress * July 31 – B. J. Novak, American writer and actor * August 3 – Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress * August 6 – Dayahang Rai, Nepalese actor * August 27 – Aaron Paul, American actor * August 31 – Yuvan Shankar Raja, Indian film composer * September 8 – Pink (singer), Pink, American singer and actress * September 11 – Ariana Richards, American actress * October 1 – Marielle Heller, American film director * October 4 – Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress * October 6 – Sareh Bayat, Iranian actress * October 8 – Kristanna Loken, American actress * October 20 - John Krasinski, American actor and filmmmaker * October 29 – Maya Karin, Malaysian actress * November 19 – Barry Jenkins, American film director * December 3 – Tiffany Haddish, American comedian and actress * December 7 - Eric Bauza, Canadian-born American voice actor, stand-up comedian and animation artist * December 11 – Rider Strong, American actor * December 23 – Summer Altice, American model and actress * December 26 – Chris Daughtry, American actor and singer * December 29 - Diego Luna, Mexican actor, director and producer


Notable deaths


Debuts

*Rosanna Arquette – ''More American Graffiti'' *Lorraine Bracco – ''Duos sur canapé'' *Matt Craven – ''Meatballs (film), Meatballs'' *Ted Danson – ''The Onion Field (film), The Onion Field'' *Keith David – ''Disco Godfather'' *Matt Dillon – ''Over the Edge (film), Over the Edge'' *Lisa Eichhorn – ''Yanks'' *Cary Elwes – ''Yesterday's Hero'' *Bruce Greenwood – ''Bear Island (film), Bear Island'' *Danny Glover – ''Escape from Alcatraz (film), Escape from Alcatraz'' *Dennis Haysbert – ''Scoring (film), Scoring'' *Sam J. Jones – ''10 (film), 10'' *Wayne Knight – ''The Wanderers (1979 film), The Wanderers'' *Christine Lahti – ''...And Justice for All (film), ...And Justice for All'' *Diane Lane – ''A Little Romance'' *Hayao Miyazaki (director) – ''The Castle of Cagliostro'' *David Paymer – ''The In-Laws (1979 film), The In-Laws'' *Chris Penn – ''Charlie and the Talking Buzzard'' *Jean Reno – ''The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting'' *Mickey Rourke – ''1941 (film), 1941'' *Jay O. Sanders – ''Starting Over (1979 film), Starting Over'' *Ricky Schroder – ''The Champ (1979 film), The Champ'' *Wallace Shawn – ''Manhattan (1979 film), Manhattan'' *Martin Short – ''Lost and Found (1979 film), Lost and Found'' *Timothy Spall – ''Quadrophenia (film), Quadrophenia'' *Daniel Stern (actor), Daniel Stern – ''Breaking Away'' *Patrick Swayze – ''Skatetown, U.S.A.'' *Christoph Waltz – ''Breakthrough (1979 film), Breakthrough'' *Peter Weller – ''Butch and Sundance: The Early Days'' *Ray Winstone – ''That Summer!'' *JoBeth Williams – ''Kramer vs. Kramer''


References

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