1978 in film

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The year 1978 in film involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

Top grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Grease Paramount John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing and Jeff Conaway $159,978,870[1]
2. Superman Warner Bros. Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Susannah York and Valerie Perrine $134,218,018[2]
3. National Lampoon's Animal House Universal John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Tom Hulce and Donald Sutherland $120,091,123[3]
4. Every Which Way but Loose Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke $104,268,727[4]
5. Heaven Can Wait Paramount Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Dyan Cannon, Charles Grodin, Vincent Gardenia and Jack Warden $98,800,000[5]
6. Hooper Warner Bros. Burt Reynolds and Sally Field $78,000,000[6]
7. Jaws 2 Universal Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton $77,737,272[7]
8. Halloween Compass Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, P. J. Soles, Nancy Kyes and Nick Castle $70,000,000[8]
9. Dawn of the Dead United Film David Emge and Ken Foree $55,000,000[9]
10. The Deer Hunter Universal Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, John Cazale, John Savage and George Dzundza $50,000,000[10]
11. Revenge of the Pink Panther United Artists Peter Sellers $49,579,269[11]
12. Convoy United Artists Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw $45,000,000[12]
13. Foul Play Paramount Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith, Dudley Moore and Billy Barty $44,999,621[13]
14. The End United Artists Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise $44,917,151[14]
15. Up in Smoke Paramount Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong $44,364,244[15]
16. California Suite Columbia Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby $42,913,571[16]
17. Midnight Express Columbia Brad Davis, Randy Quaid, John Hurt, and Irene Miracle $35,000,000[17]
18. Faces of Death Aquarius Michael Carr $35,000,000[18]
19. Coming Home United Artists Jon Voight, Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern and Penelope Milford $32,653,905[19]
20. The Lord of the Rings United Artists voices of Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes and John Hurt $30,471,420[20]
21. House Calls Universal Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson and Art Carney $29,000,000[21]
22. The Cheap Detective Columbia Peter Falk and Madeline Kahn $28,221,552[22]
23. Damien: Omen II 20th Century Fox William Holden and Lee Grant $26,518,355[23]
24. Invasion of the Body Snatchers United Artists Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum $24,946,533[24]
25. An Unmarried Woman 20th Century Fox Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates and Michael Murphy $24,000,000[25]
26. The Fury 20th Century Fox Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes and Charles Durning $24,000,000[26]
27. Beyond and Back Schick Sunn Classic Brad Crandall, Vern Adix and Linda Bishop $23,800,000[27]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Deer Hunter - EMI Films/Cimino, Universal
Best Director: Michael Cimino - The Deer Hunter
Best Actor: Jon Voight - Coming Home
Best Actress: Jane Fonda - Coming Home
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Walken - The Deer Hunter
Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Smith - California Suite
Best Foreign Language Film: Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Preparez vos mouchoirs), directed by Bertrand Blier, France

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Midnight Express
Best Actor: Jon Voight - Coming Home
Best Actress: Jane Fonda - Coming Home
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Heaven Can Wait
Best Actor: Warren Beatty - Heaven Can Wait
Best Actress (tie): Ellen Burstyn - Same Time, Next Year
Best Actress (tie): Maggie Smith - California Suite
Other
Best Director: Michael Cimino - The Deer Hunter
Best Foreign Language Film: Autumn Sonata, Sweden

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'Albero degli zoccoli), directed by Ermanno Olmi, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Trout (Las Truchas), directed by José Luis García Sánchez, Spain
What Max Said (Las Palabras de Max), directed by Emilio Martínez Lázaro, Spain

Notable films released in 1978[edit]

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Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Film debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grease, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Superman, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Animal House, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Every Which Way but Loose, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Heaven Can Wait, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hooper, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jaws 2, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Halloween, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dawn of the Dead, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Deer Hunter, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Revenge of the Pink Panther, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Convoy, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Foul Play, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ "The End, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Up in Smoke, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ "California Suite, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Midnight Express, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Faces of Death, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Coming Home, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  20. ^ "The Lord of the Rings, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  21. ^ "House Calls, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  22. ^ "The Cheap Detective, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Damien: Omen II, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  25. ^ "An Unmarried Woman, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  26. ^ "The Fury, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  27. ^ Beyond and Back, Box Office Information. The Numbers. Retrieved November 29, 2013.