1978 in film

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1979
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1981
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1979
1980
1981

The year 1978 in film involved some significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

The top ten 1978 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1978
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Grease Paramount Pictures $159,978,870[1]
2. Superman Warner Bros. $134,218,018[2]
3. National Lampoon's Animal House Universal Pictures $120,091,123[3]
4. Every Which Way but Loose Warner Bros. $85,196,485[4]
5. Heaven Can Wait Paramount Pictures $81,640,278[5]
6. Hooper Warner Bros. $78,000,000[6]
7. Jaws 2 Universal Pictures $77,737,272[7]
8. Dawn of the Dead United Film Distribution Company $59,020,957[8]
9. Revenge of the Pink Panther United Artists $49,579,269[9]
10. The Deer Hunter Universal Pictures $48,979,328[10]

Events[edit]

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]

U.S.A. unless stated #

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G

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I-J

K-L

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N-O

P-Q

R

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U-V

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XYZ

Births[edit]

Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 5 Sally Eilers 69 USA Actress
23 Jack Oakie 74 USA Actor
26 Leo Genn 72 UK Actor
27 Oskar Homolka 79 Austria Actor
29 Tim McCoy 86 USA Actor
February 2 Wendy Barrie 69 UK Actress
15 Ilka Chase 77 USA Actress
18 Maggie McNamara 48 USA Actress
24 Franco Arcalli 48 Italy Screenwriter
March 12 John Cazale 42 USA Actor
24 Leigh Brackett 62 USA Screenwriter
25 Hanna Ralph 92 Germany Actress
April 22 Will Geer 76 USA Actor
May 12 Robert Coogan 53 USA Actor
June 20 Mark Robson 64 Canada Director
29 Bob Crane 49 USA Actor
July 14 Jack Woolgar 64 UK Actor
17 Thayer David 51 USA Actor
August 24 Louis Prima 67 USA Actor, Singer
26 Charles Boyer 78 France Director
28 Robert Shaw 51 UK Actor
September 3 Karin Molander 89 Sweden Actress
9 Jack L. Warner 86 Canada Producer, Studio Executive
30 Edgar Bergen 75 USA Actor
October 16 Dan Dailey 62 USA Actor
19 Gig Young 64 USA Actor
30 Brian Hayles 47 UK Screenwriter
November 16 Claude Dauphin 75 France Actor
28 André Morell 69 UK Actor
December 10 Ed Wood 54 USA Director, Screenwriter, Actor
15 Chill Wills 76 USA Actor
19 Duncan Lamont 60 UK Actor

Film debuts[edit]

References[edit]