List of American films of 1978

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A list of American films released in 1978.

The Deer Hunter won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1978. Superman was the highest-grossing film of 1978.



A-B[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre/Note
Almost Summer Martin Davidson Bruno Kirby, Lee Purcell, Didi Conn Comedy Universal
Alucarda Juan Lopez Moctezuma Tina Romero, Susana Kamin, Claudio Brook Horror México
American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince Martin Scorsese Steven Prince, Martin Scorsese Documentary
American Hot Wax Floyd Mutrux Tim McIntire, Fran Drescher, Jay Leno, Laraine Newman, Chuck Berry Comedy, Musical Paramount
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes John De Bello David Miller, George Wilson, Costa Dillon, Eric Christmas Comedy
Avalanche Corey Allen Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, Robert Forster Disaster New World
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan John Berry Tony Curtis, Jackie Earle Haley Comedy 2nd sequel
Battlestar Galactica Richard A. Colla Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene Science fiction pilot for TV series
The Betsy Daniel Petrie Laurence Olivier, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, Katharine Ross, Lesley-Anne Down, Kathleen Beller, Joseph Wiseman, Jane Alexander Drama from a novel by Harold Robbins
The Big Fix Jeremy Kagan Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow, F. Murray Abraham Mystery Universal
Big Wednesday John Milius Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey Drama Warner Bros.
Bloodbrothers Robert Mulligan Paul Sorvino, Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Gere Drama Warner Bros.
Blue Collar Paul Schrader Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto Drama, Crime Universal
Born Again Irving Rapper Dean Jones, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews Drama
The Boys from Brazil Franklin J. Schaffner Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Steve Guttenberg, Uta Hagen, Denholm Elliott, John Dehner, Anne Meara Thriller from a novel by Ira Levin
The Boys in Company C Sidney J. Furie Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens, R. Lee Ermey, James Whitmore, Jr. Drama, War Columbia
The Brink's Job William Friedkin Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands, Paul Sorvino Comedy, Crime Universal
The Buddy Holly Story Steve Rash Gary Busey, Charles Martin Smith, Don Stroud, Conrad Janis Biography, Musical 3 Oscar nominations

C-G[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
California Suite Herbert Ross Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Walter Matthau Comedy written by Neil Simon; Oscar for Smith
Capricorn One Peter Hyams Elliott Gould, Sam Waterston, James Brolin, O. J. Simpson, Brenda Vaccaro, Hal Holbrook Suspense Warner Bros.
Caravans James Fargo Anthony Quinn, Michael Sarrazin, Behrouz Vossoughi Adventure Universal; based on novel by James Michener
Casey's Shadow Martin Ritt Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith, Murray Hamilton Drama Columbia
The Cat from Outer Space Norman Tokar Sandy Duncan, Roddy McDowall, Ken Berry Sci-fi Disney
The Cheap Detective Robert Moore Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Sid Caesar, Dom DeLuise, Stockard Channing, Louise Fletcher, Marsha Mason Comedy written by Neil Simon
The Class of Miss MacMichael Silvio Narizzano Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, Rosalind Cash Drama
Coma Michael Crichton Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Richard Widmark, Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn Thriller MGM; based on Robin Cook novel
Comes a Horseman Alan J. Pakula James Caan, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, George Grizzard, Richard Farnsworth Western United Artists
Coming Home Hal Ashby Jon Voight, Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern Drama Oscars for Voight, Fonda, screenplay
Convoy Sam Peckinpah Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young, Madge Sinclair Action United Artists; based on C.W. McCall song
Corvette Summer Matthew Robbins Mark Hamill, Annie Potts, Danny Bonaduce Action MGM
Covert Action Romolo Guerrieri David Janssen, Arthur Kennedy Drama
The Dain Curse E.W. Swackhamer James Coburn, Héctor Elizondo, Jean Simmons Mystery based on Dashiell Hammett novel
Damien: Omen II Don Taylor William Holden, Lee Grant Horror sequel to The Omen
Dawn of the Dead George A. Romero David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross Horror Night of the Living Dead sequel
Days of Heaven Terrence Malick Richard Gere, Brooke Adams Drama Oscar for cinematography; 4 nominations
Death Dimension Al Adamson Jim Kelly, Harold Sakata, George Lazenby Action
Deathsport Allan Arkush Claudia Jennings, David Carradine Action A.I.P.
The Deer Hunter Michael Cimino Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, John Savage, John Cazale Drama, War Universal; 5 Oscars including Best Picture
A Different Story Paul Aaron Meg Foster, Perry King, Valerie Curtin Drama Embassy
A Distant Thunder Donald W. Thompson Patty Dunning Drama
The Driver Walter Hill Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani Crime drama 20th Century Fox
The End Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Sally Field Comedy United Artists
An Enemy of the People George Schaefer Steve McQueen, Charles Durning, Bibi Andersson Drama based on Henrik Ibsen play
Every Which Way but Loose James Fargo Clint Eastwood, Ruth Gordon, Beverly D'Angelo, Geoffrey Lewis, Sondra Locke Comedy Warner Bros.
Eyes of Laura Mars Irvin Kershner Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif Thriller 20th Century Fox
F.I.S.T. Norman Jewison Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Melinda Dillon, Brian Dennehy, Kevin Conway, Peter Boyle Drama United Artists
FM John A. Alonzo Alex Karras, Cleavon Little, Martin Mull, Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan Comedy Universal
Fedora Billy Wilder William Holden, Marthe Keller, Hildegard Knef, Jose Ferrer, Frances Sternhagen, Stephen Collins Drama United Artists
Fingers James Toback Harvey Keitel, Michael V. Gazzo, Tanya Roberts Drama
Foul Play Colin Higgins Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Dudley Moore, Eugene Roche, Burgess Meredith Comedy Paramount; 6 Golden Globe nominations
The Fury Brian De Palma Kirk Douglas, Amy Irving, John Cassavetes, Andrew Stevens, Charles Durning, Carrie Snodgress Horror 20th Century Fox; based on John Farris novel
Gates of Heaven Errol Morris Lucille Billingsley, Errol Morris Documentary New Yorker Films
Gay USA Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. Footage of 1977 gay pride events Documentary
Girlfriends Claudia Weill Melanie Mayron, Eli Wallach, Bob Balaban, Viveca Lindfors, Christopher Guest Comedy, drama Warner Bros.
Go Tell the Spartans Ted Post Burt Lancaster, Craig Wasson War, Drama Embassy; based on Daniel Ford novel
Goin' South Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, John Belushi, Veronica Cartwright, Christopher Lloyd Comedy, Western Paramount; 1st film of Steenburgen, Belushi
Good Guys Wear Black Ted Post Chuck Norris, Dana Andrews, Anne Archer Action Cinema Releasing
Gray Lady Down David Greene Charlton Heston, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Stacy Keach, Rosemary Forsyth Adventure Universal
Grease Randal Kleiser John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Frankie Avalon, Edd Byrnes, Didi Conn Musical comedy Paramount; based on stage musical; 4 Golden Globe nominations
The Greek Tycoon J. Lee Thompson Anthony Quinn, Jacqueline Bisset Drama Universal

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Halloween John Carpenter Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards Horror inspired Halloween film franchise
Harper Valley PTA Richard C. Bennett Barbara Eden, Nanette Fabray, Ronny Cox Comedy based on a song by Jeannie C. Riley
Heaven Can Wait Warren Beatty, Buck Henry Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Jack Warden, Dyan Cannon, Charles Grodin, James Mason, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia, R.G. Armstrong Comedy, Fantasy Here Comes Mr. Jordan remake; 9 Oscar nominations
High-Ballin' Peter Carter Peter Fonda, Jerry Reed Action A.I.P.
Holocaust Marvin J. Chomsky Meryl Streep, Michael Moriarty, Rosemary Harris Drama TV miniseries for NBC; 4 Emmy awards
Hooper Hal Needham Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jan-Michael Vincent, Brian Keith, Robert Klein, James Best, Adam West Action, comedy Warner Bros.
Hot Lead and Cold Feet Robert Butler Don Knotts, Jim Dale, Darren McGavin, Karen Valentine Western, Comedy Disney
House Calls Howard Zieff Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Art Carney, Richard Benjamin, Candice Azzara Comedy Universal; became a 1979 TV series
I Spit on Your Grave Meir Zarchi Camille Keaton Thriller
I Wanna Hold Your Hand Robert Zemeckis Nancy Allen, Bobby DiCicco, Marc McClure Comedy based on a song by The Beatles
Ice Castles Donald Wrye Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robby Benson Drama Columbia
If Ever I See You Again Joseph Brooks Joseph Brooks, Shelley Hack, Jimmy Breslin Drama Columbia
Interiors Woody Allen Geraldine Page, Diane Keaton, Maureen Stapleton, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Jordan, E. G. Marshall Drama United Artists; 5 Oscar nominations
International Velvet Bryan Forbes Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer Drama, Family National Velvet sequel
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Philip Kaufman Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy Science fiction from Jack Finney book; remake of 1956 film
Jaws 2 Jeannot Szwarc Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Lorraine Gary Thriller Jaws sequel
Jennifer Brice Mack Lisa Pelikan, Nina Foch, Bert Convy Horror
Killer of Sheep Charles Burnett Drama
King of the Gypsies Frank Pierson Eric Roberts, Brooke Shields, Shelley Winters, Susan Sarandon, Sterling Hayden Drama Paramount
Laserblast Michael Rae Kim Milford, Keenan Wynn Science fiction
The Last Waltz Martin Scorsese The Band, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan Documentary United Artists
The Legacy Richard Marquand Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Roger Daltrey Horror Universal
Let Me Die a Woman Doris Wishman Harry Reems, Dr. Leo Wollman Exploitation
The Lord of the Rings Ralph Bakshi Voices of John Hurt, Billy Barty Fantasy, Animated United Artists; from J. R. R. Tolkien book

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Magic Richard Attenborough Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith Suspense Fox; from William Goldman novel
The Magic of Lassie Don Chaffey James Stewart, Mickey Rooney, Pernell Roberts Family Stewart's final film appearance
The Manitou William Girdler Tony Curtis, Ann Sothern, Susan Strasberg Horror Avco Embassy
Maraschino Cherry Radley Metzger Gloria Leonard, Annette Haven, Constance Money Adult film
Mean Dog Blues Mel Stuart Gregg Henry, Kay Lenz, Scatman Crothers Drama A.I.P.
The Medusa Touch Jack Gold Richard Burton, Lee Remick Drama ITC Entertainment
Midnight Express Alan Parker Brad Davis, John Hurt, Randy Quaid Drama, Biography from Billy Hayes book; 6 Oscar nominations
Moment by Moment Jane Wagner Lily Tomlin, John Travolta Drama Universal
Movie Movie Stanley Donen George C. Scott, Art Carney, Ann Reinking, Harry Hamlin, Trish Van Devere, Barry Bostwick, Red Buttons Comedy, Musical Double feature
National Lampoon's Animal House John Landis Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, John Belushi, John Vernon, Peter Riegert, Karen Allen, Verna Bloom, Stephen Furst, Kevin Bacon, Donald Sutherland Comedy Universal Pictures; first film for Riegert, Allen, Furst, Bacon
A Night Full of Rain Lina Wertmüller Giancarlo Giannini, Candice Bergen Romance U.S./Italy production
The Norseman Charles Pierce Lee Majors, Cornel Wilde, Mel Ferrer Adventure A.I.P.
Oliver's Story John Korty Ryan O'Neal, Candice Bergen, Ray Milland Romance sequel to Love Story
Olly Olly Oxen Free Richard Colla Katharine Hepburn, Kevin McKenzie Family
The One and Only Carl Reiner Henry Winkler, Kim Darby Comedy Paramount
Paradise Alley Sylvester Stallone Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Anne Archer Drama Universal
Piranha Joe Dante Bradford Dillman, Barbara Steele, Dick Miller Horror New World Pictures
Planet of Dinosaurs James Shea James Whitworth, Charlotte Speer Sci-fi
Pretty Baby Louis Malle Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, Keith Carradine Drama Paramount
Rabbit Test Joan Rivers Billy Crystal, Doris Roberts, Alex Rocco Comedy Avco Embassy; only film directed by Rivers
Record City Dennis Steinmetz Ed Begley, Jr., Jack Carter, Ruth Buzzi Comedy A.I.P.
Remember My Name Alan Rudolph Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Perkins, Moses Gunn Thriller Columbia
Renaldo and Clara Bob Dylan Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Harry Dean Stanton Concert nearly 4 hours
Return from Witch Mountain John Hough Christopher Lee, Bette Davis, Jack Soo Family Escape to Witch Mountain sequel
Revenge of the Pink Panther Blake Edwards Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Dyan Cannon Comedy Pink Panther sequel
Same Time, Next Year Robert Mulligan Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn Comedy from Bernard Slade play
The Scenic Route Mark Rappaport Randy Danson, Marilyn Jones, Kevin Wade Drama
Sextette Ken Hughes Mae West, Dom DeLuise, Tony Curtis Comedy West's final film
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Michael Schultz Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, George Burns Musical based on Beatles album
Silent Partner Daryl Duke Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York Crime drama Carolco; Canada 1979 Best Picture
Slow Dancing in the Big City John G. Avildsen Paul Sorvino, Anne Ditchburn Drama United Artists
Somebody Killed Her Husband Lamont Johnson Farrah Fawcett, Jeff Bridges Comedy Columbia
Straight Time Ulu Grosbard Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey Crime drama Warner Bros.
Superman Richard Donner Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East Superhero film based on DC Comics character; 3 Oscar nominations
The Swarm Irwin Allen Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, Fred MacMurray, Richard Widmark, Katharine Ross, Bradford Dillman, Richard Chamberlain, Slim Pickens, Lee Grant Disaster film Warner Bros.; final film for MacMurray

T-Z[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Thank God It's Friday Robert Klane Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger, Donna Summer Comedy Columbia
The Force Beyond William Sachs Rosko (narrated by) Documentary re-release of Secrets of the Gods
The Toolbox Murders Dennis Donnelly Cameron Mitchell Horror
Two Solitudes Lionel Chetwynd Stacy Keach, Jean-Pierre Aumont Drama
Uncle Joe Shannon Joseph Hanwright Burt Young, Madge Sinclair Drama United Artists
An Unmarried Woman Paul Mazursky Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy Drama 3 Oscar nominations
Up in Smoke Lou Adler Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Tom Skerritt Comedy Paramount
A Wedding Robert Altman Carol Burnett, Lillian Gish, Mia Farrow, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Lauren Hutton, Geraldine Chaplin, Vittorio Gassman, Howard Duff, Paul Dooley, Dina Merrill Comedy 20th Century Fox
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Ted Kotcheff George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley Comedy Warner Bros.
Who'll Stop the Rain Karel Reisz Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, Michael Moriarty, Anthony Zerbe, Gail Strickland Drama, Action United Artists
The Wiz Sidney Lumet Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Lena Horne Musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz
Wolf Lake Burt Kennedy Rod Steiger, David Huffman, Robin Mattson Thriller
Youngblood Noel Nosseck Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, T. K. Carter Drama AIP
Zero to Sixty Don Weis Darren McGavin, Sylvia Miles, Joan Collins Comedy

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