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The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.

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

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Kramer vs. Kramer Columbia Pictures Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander $106,260,000[1]
2. The Amityville Horror American International Pictures James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger $86,432,520[2]
3. Rocky II United Artists Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Burt Young, Tony Burton $85,182,160[3]
4. Apocalypse Now United Artists Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen $83,471,511[4]
5. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount Pictures William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy $82,258,456[5]
6. Alien 20th Century Fox Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton $80,931,801[6]
7. The Muppet Movie ITC Entertainment/Henson Associates Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Charles Durning $76,657,000[7]
8. 10 Warner Bros./Orion Pictures Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Bo Derek $74,865,517[8]
9. The Jerk Universal Pictures Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, M. Emmet Walsh $73,691,419[9]
10. Moonraker United Artists Roger Moore, Michael Lonsdale, Lois Chiles $70,308,099[10]
11. The Electric Horseman Universal Pictures/Columbia Pictures Robert Redford, Jane Fonda $61,801,971[11]
12. The China Syndrome Columbia Pictures Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda $51,718,367[12]
13. Love at First Bite American International Pictures George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson, Dick Shawn $43,900,000[13]
14. Meatballs Paramount Pictures Bill Murray, Chris Makepeace, Kate Lynch $43,046,003[14]
15. Escape from Alcatraz Paramount Pictures Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Fred Ward, Larry Hankin, Roberts Blossom $43,000,000[15]
16. The Main Event First Artists Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal $42,800,000[16]
17. Manhattan United Artists Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep $39,946,780[17]
18. The In-Laws Warner Bros. Peter Falk, Alan Arkin $38,200,000[18]
19. All That Jazz Columbia Pictures/20th Century Fox Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange $37,823,676[19]
20. The Black Stallion United Artists Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr $37,799,643[20]
21. The Black Hole Walt Disney Pictures Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins $35,841,901[21]
22. Starting Over Paramount Pictures Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen $35,649,012[22]
23. 1941 Universal Pictures/Columbia Pictures Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee $34,175,000[23]
24. ...And Justice for All Columbia Pictures Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe $33,300,000[24]
25. The Champ MGM/United Artists Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Rick Schroder $30,441,738[25]
26. Being There United Artists/Lorimar Productions Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden $30,177,511[26]
27. Chapter Two Columbia Pictures James Caan, Marsha Mason, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden $30,000,000[27]
28. Going in Style Warner Bros. George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg $29,900,000[28]
29. The Rose 20th Century Fox Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest $29,174,648[29]
30. North Dallas Forty Paramount Pictures Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning $26,079,312[30]
31. Prophecy Paramount Pictures Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire, Armand Assante $22,673,340[31]
32. The Warriors Paramount Pictures Michael Beck, James Remar and Deborah Van Valkenburgh $22,490,039[32]
33. Norma Rae 20th Century Fox Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman $22,228,000[33]
34. The Bermuda Triangle Sunn Classic Pictures John Huston, Andrés García, Hugo Stiglitz $22,200,000[34]
35. Dracula Universal Pictures Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence $21,000,000[35]
36. La Cage aux Folles United Artists Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault $20,424,259[36]
37. A Force of One American Cinema Releasing Jennifer O'Neill, Chuck Norris, Clu Gulager, Ron O'Neal, Bill Wallace $20,200,000[37]
38. Life of Brian Warner Bros./Orion Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam $20,045,115[38]
39. Breaking Away 20th Century Fox Dennis Christopher, Paul Dooley, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley $20,000,000[39]
40. The Seduction of Joe Tynan Universal Pictures Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Melvyn Douglas $19,595,168[40]

Major events[edit]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer - Jaffe, Columbia
Best Director: Robert Benton - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas - Being There
Best Foreign Language Film: The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Breaking Away
Best Actor: Peter Sellers - Being There
Best Actress: Bette Midler - The Rose
Other
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now
Best Foreign Language Film: La Cage aux Folles (France)

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

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

David, directed by Peter Lilienthal, West Germany

Notable films released in 1979[edit]

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Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 16 Peter Butterworth 59 UK Actor, Writer Oliver!The First Great Train RobberyRobin and MarianNight and the CityA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumMurder, She SaidCarry On... Up the KhyberCarry On CampingThe Day the Earth Caught FireCarry On Screaming!Carry On DoctorCarry On Abroad
25 Dick Crockett 63 USA Stuntman, Actor, Producer Dirty HarrySpartacusBlazing SaddlesDiamonds Are ForeverThe Pink PantherThe Towering InfernoThe PartyIt's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldBatmanThe Pink Panther Strikes AgainThe GetawayThe Return of the Pink PantherThe Thing from Another WorldAround the World in 80 DaysRevenge of the Pink Panther10The Great RaceGuys and DollsEarthquakeThe Hunchback of Notre DameHarperThe HindenburgAcross 110th StreetWhat Did You Do in the War, Daddy?The Notorious Landlady
February 12 Jean Renoir 84 USA Director, Writer, Actor The Rules of the Game
March 1 Dolores Costello 75 USA Actress, Soundtrack The Magnificent AmbersonsLittle Lord FauntleroyThis Is the Army
2 Edith Craig 71 USA Actress After the Thin ManBroadway Bill
6 John Robinson 70 UK Actor Lawrence of ArabiaThe Longest DayGentleman Prefer Blondes
22 Ben Lyon 78 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Writer Hell's AngelsNight NurseIndiscreetI Cover the WaterfrontWine of YouthThe Crooked CircleThe Big TimerLady with a Past
May 26 George Brent 80 USA Actor, Soundtrack Jezebel42nd StreetDark Victory
29 Mary Pickford 87 USA Actress, Producer, Writer Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
June 2 Larisa Shepitko 41 Soviet Union Director WingsThe Ascent
11 John Wayne 72 USA Actor, Producer, Soundtrack The SearchersThe Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceRio BravoThe Longest DayTrue GritStagecoachThe Quiet Man
16 Nicholas Ray 67 USA Director, Writer, Actor Rebel Without a CauseIn a Lonely PlaceJohnny GuitarBigger Than LifeKing of Kings55 Days at PekingThey Live by NightOn Dangerous GroundFlying LeathernecksKnock on Any DoorMacao
21 Julian Orchard 49 UK Actor, Soundtrack, Writer Revenge of the Pink PantherThe Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter BrotherCarry On DoctorThe Slipper and the RoseDon't Lose Your HeadCarry On HenryFollow That Camel
July 8 Michael Wilding 66 UK Actor, Producer Stage FrightWaterlooUnder CapricornIn Which We ServeThe Egyptian
25 Eric Pohlmann 66 Germany Actor The Third ManFrom Russia with LoveThunderballThe Return of the Pink PantherLust for LifeAnastasia
31 Beatrix Lehmann 76 UK Actress The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
August ?? Betty Henderson 72 UK Actress The 39 StepsThe MaggieUpstairs and DownstairsHome to Danger
17 Vivian Vance 70 USA Actress, Soundtrack The Great RaceThe Lorax
30 Jean Seberg 40 USA Actress, Soundtrack, Producer BreathlessAirportPaint Your Wagon
September 2 Felix Aylmer 90 UK Actor BecketHamletThe Life and Death of Colonel BlimpQuo VadisExodusIvanhoeAnastasiaHenry VSeparate TablesThe MummyNight Train to MunichKnights of the Round TableThe Road to Hong KongNo Highway in the SkyCaesar and CleopatraFrom the TerraceThe CitadelThe Chalk GardenSo Long at the FairThe Way to the StarsPrince of FoxesMajor BarbaraEdward, My SonThe Master of Ballantrae
12 Jocelyne LaGarde 54 Tahiti Actress Hawaii
22 Frederick Piper 76 UK Actor The 39 StepsThe Man Who Knew Too MuchBecket
23 Catherine Lacey 75 UK Actress The Lady VanishesThe Private Life of Sherlock HolmesI Know Where I'm Going!
October 15 Geoffrey Moon  ??  ?? Actor Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeThe Hound of the Baskervilles
17 John Stuart 81 UK Actor SupermanVillage of the DamnedSink the Bismarck!The MummyNumber SeventeenThe Revenge of FrankensteinQuatermass 2Young WinstonRoyal FlashParanoiacThe Pleasure GardenThe Naked TruthThe Magic BoxToo Many CrooksFour Sided TriangleMadonna of the Seven MoonsElstree CallingThe Scarlet BladeHindle WakesMine Own ExecutionerMr. Denning Drives NorthL'AtlantideThe Men of Sherwood Forest
30 Graham Ashley 52 UK Actor Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeHennessyAdventures of a Taxi DriverThe Tell-Tale HeartThe Black PantherAdventures of a Private Eye
November 2 Saro Urzi 66 Italy Actor The GodfatherBeat the DevilThe Sucker
8 Sydney Tafler 63 UK Actor The Spy Who Loved MeAlfieThe Lavender Hill MobSink the Bismarck!Passport to PimlicoReach for the SkyFire Maidens from Outer SpaceCarry On RegardlessBerserk!The Cockleshell HeroesCottage to LetMake Mine MinkIt Always Rains on SundayToo Many CrooksA Kid for Two FarthingsThe 7th DawnThe Adventurers
20 Michael Darbyshire  ??  ?? Actor, Soundtrack, Writer Chitty Chitty Bang BangThe Slipper and the Rose
23 Merle Oberon 68 USA Actress, Soundtrack, Producer Wuthering HeightsThe Scarlet Pimpernel
30 Zeppo Marx 64 USA Actor, Special Effects, Director Duck Soup
December 10 Ann Dvorak 68 USA Actress
12 Jon Hall 64 USA Actor, Special Effects, Director The HurricaneCharlie Chan in ShanghaiThe Invisible Man's RevengeInvisible Agent
23 Ernest B. Schoedsack 86 USA Director, Cinematographer, Producer King KongThe Most Dangerous GameMighty Joe YoungThe Son of Kong
24 Michael Collins 58 Canada Actor GoldfingerThe Battle of the River PlateBear Island
25 Joan Blondell 73 USA Actress, Soundtrack GreaseThe Public Enemy

Debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box Office Information for Kramer vs. Kramer". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Information for The Amityville Horror". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Box Office Information for Rocky II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Box Office Information for Apocalypse Now". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Box Office Information for Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Box Office Information for Alien". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Muppet Movie, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Box Office Information for 10". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Box Office Information for The Jerk". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Box Office Information for Moonraker". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 31 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Box Office Information for The Electric Horseman". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Box Office Information for The China Syndrome". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Love at First Bite, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Box Office Information for Meatballs". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Box Office Information for Escape from Alcatraz". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Box Office Information for The Main Event". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Box Office Information for Manhattan". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ "The In-Laws, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  19. ^ "All That Jazz, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ "The Black Stallion, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  21. ^ "The Black Hole, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Starting Over, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  23. ^ "1941, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Box Office Information for ...And Justice for All". The Numbers. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  25. ^ "The Champ, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Being There, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Chapter Two, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Going in Style, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  29. ^ "The Rose, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  30. ^ "North Dallas Forty, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Prophecy, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  32. ^ "The Warriors, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Norma Rae, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  34. ^ "The Bermuda Triangle, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Dracula, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  36. ^ "La Cage aux Folles, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  37. ^ "A Force of One, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Monty Python's Life of Brian, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Breaking Away, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  40. ^ "The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2013.