The 10 Best Movies of 1978 was a film website that was owned by In June 2007 the site’s staff compiled a list of the top 10 films for 1978. Alan Parker’s controversial Midnight Express is placed 2nd while even more surprising is the ranking of musical Grease at number 3. There’s notably no foreign language films among the ten.

1) The Deer Hunter
Director: Michael Cimino

2) Midnight Express
Director: Alan Parker

3) Grease
Director: Randal Kleiser

4) Superman
Director: Richard Donner

5) Halloween
Director: John Carpenter

6) Animal House
Director: John Landis

7) Dawn of the Dead
Director: George Romero

8) Same Time, Next Year
Director: Robert Mulligan

9) Days of Heaven
Director: Terrence Malick

10) Up in Smoke
Director: Lou Adler’s Greatest Films of 1978

In our recent society discussions we were talking about 1978 being a great year for American cinema, particularly given the releases of masterpieces like Days of Heaven and The Deer Hunter. It was also the year that saw the arrival of two of the most seminal and influential films of the horror genre, John Carpenter’s scary slasher classic, Halloween and George E. Romero’s gruesome zombie picture, Dawn of the Dead. Below is Filmsite’s picks for the best of that year. Interestingly the yearly lists on the site do include foreign language entries despite them not being considered for their greatest films of all-time lists. The films are listed in alphabetical order.

(National Lampoon’s) Animal House (1978), 109 minutes, Director: John Landis

The Buddy Holly Story (1978), 113 minutes, Director: Steve Rash

La Cage aux Folles (1978, Fr./It.) (aka Birds of a Feather), 91 minutes, Director: Edouard Molinaro

Coming Home (1978), 126 minutes, Director: Hal Ashby

Dawn of the Dead (1978, It./US), 126 minutes, Director: George A. Romero

Days of Heaven (1978), 95 minutes, Director: Terrence Malick

The Deer Hunter (1978), 183 minutes, Director: Michael Cimino

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978, Fr./Belg.) (Préparez Vos Mouchoirs), 109 minutes, Director: Bertrand Blier

Grease (1978), 110 minutes, Director: Randal Kleiser

Halloween (1978), 90 minutes, Director: John Carpenter

Heaven Can Wait (1978), 100 minutes, Director: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry

The Last Waltz (1978), 117 minutes, Director: Martin Scorsese

Midnight Express (1978, UK/US), 120 minutes, Director: Alan Parker

Superman The Movie (1978), 143 minutes, Director: Richard Donner

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, It.) (aka L’Albero Degli Zoccoli), 186 minutes, D: Ermanno Olmi

An Unmarried Woman (1978), 124 minutes, D: Paul Mazursky

Up in Smoke (1978), 86 minutes, D: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong

Watership Down (1978, UK), 101 minutes, D: Martin Rosen

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Director: George A. Romero Cinematographer: Michael Gornick

Romero’s independently made zombie sequel provides a tongue in cheek attack on the shortcomings of our modern materialistic society by way of hordes of reanimated corpses preying on human flesh. The film follows four Pennsylvanian survivors of the epidemic, caused by an unidentified phenomenon, who barricade themselves inside a suburban shopping mall amid mass hysteria. Combining action, tension, gruesome horror and a surprising amount of humour, Dawn of the Dead manages to move far beyond its low budget, and, thanks to a great cast and clever special effects, is seen as one of the best horror films ever made.

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  • David Emge as Stephen “Flyboy” Andrews
  • Ken Foree as Peter Washington
  • Scott Reiniger as Roger “Trooper” DeMarco
  • Gaylen Ross as Francine “Fran” Parker
  • David Crawford as Dr. James Foster
  • David Early as Mr. Sidney Berman
  • Richard France as Dr. Millard Rausch
  • Howard Smith as TV Commentator
  • Daniel Dietrich as Mr. Dan Givens

Directed by George A. Romero
Produced by Richard P. Rubinstein
Screenplay by George A. Romero
Music by The Goblins, Dario Argento
Cinematography Michael Gornick
Edited by George A. Romero
Running time 127 minutes
Country United States, Italy
Language English

The 10 Best Action Movies of All Time (2015)

In January 2015 Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the 10 best action movies of all-time having polled their readers. The thing that stands out from the results is that each of the entries is from a franchise. Mad Mad 2 seems like a great choice at number one, as it’s  as relentless in it’s action as any you’re likely to find.

10. Die Hard

9. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

8. Raiders of the Lost Ark

7. First Blood

6. Lethal Weapon

5. The Matrix

4. Predator

3. The Bourne Identity

2. Alien

    1. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Director: George Miller Cinematographer: Dean Semler

Having avenged the death of his wife and child in the original film, hardened “Mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) returns to patrol the dusty highways of a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland where he fights off nomadic tribes. However, the cynical drifter begins to recover some humanity when he is drawn into protecting a  community of settlers from a roving band of marauders. The film follows an archetypal “Western” frontier movie motif, but still feels strikingly original thanks to stunning visuals, Gibson’s star performance and an influential comic book style. With a bigger budget than the first instalment, it delivers even more in the way of relentless and disturbing action scenes.

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Mad Max Anthology [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free]
Mad Max Collection (Trilogy) – 3-Disc Set ( Mad Max / Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior / Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome ) ( Mad Max / Mad Max 2 / Mad Max 3 ) [ Blu-Ray, Reg.A/B/C Import – Italy ]
The Road Warrior / Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Double Feature) DVD
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  • Mel Gibson as Max, a former member of the Australian highway patrol called the Main Force Patrol (MFP).
  • Bruce Spence as the Gyro Captain, a wanderer who looks for fuel and supplies. 
  • Mike Preston as Pappagallo, the idealistic leader of the settlers in the barricaded oil refinery. 
  • Max Phipps as the Toadie, the gang crier.
  • Vernon Wells as Wez, a mohawked, leather-clad biker who serves as Lord Humungus’ lieutenant in the gang. 
  • Emil Minty as the Feral Kid, a boy who lives in the wasteland near the refinery settlement.
  • Kjell Nilsson as The Humungus, the violent yet charismatic and articulate leader of a “vicious gang of post-holocaust, motorcycle-riding vandals” who “loot, rape, and kill the few remaining wasteland dwellers”. 
  • Virginia Hey as Warrior Woman, a female member of the settlers who initially distrusts Max.
  • William Zappa as Zetta
  • Arkie Whiteley as The Captain’s Girl, a beautiful young woman among the settlers who rejects the Gyro Captain’s offer to escape together.
  • Steven J. Spears as Mechanic
  • Syd Heylen as Curmudgeon
  • Moira Claux as Big Rebecca, a female warrior among the settlers who wields a bow and arrow.
  • David Downer as Nathan, a member of the settlers who tries to escape the settlement and is fatally wounded by some of Humungus’ bikers.

Directed by George Miller
Produced by Byron Kennedy
Screenplay by Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannant
Music by Brian May
Cinematography Dean Semler
Edited by David Stiven, Michael Balson, Tim Wellburn
Running time 96 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

Evil Dead 2 (1987)

Director: Sam Raimi Cinematographer: Peter Deming

The second of three movies in the Evil Dead series is part horror, part comedy, and follows the lone survivor of the first film, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), who is once again battling an onslaught of horrifying demons at a secluded cabin in the woods. Inventive and full of energy, Evil Dead II is very funny, has better special effects and delivers much more in the way of gore and scares than the original.


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  • Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, a man who travels to the cabin in the woods to spend the weekend with his girlfriend Linda.
  • Sarah Berry as Annie Knowby, Professor Knowby’s daughter who travels to the cabin looking forward to share her discoveries of the Book of the Dead with her father.
  • Dan Hicks as Jake, a white-trash guy who freaks out before the demon.
  • Kassie Wesley as Bobby Joe, Jake’s foul-mouthed, self-centered girlfriend.
  • Ted Raimi as Possessed Henrietta, Annie’s possessed mother.
  • Denise Bixler as Linda, Ash’s girlfriend.
  • Richard Domeier as Professor Ed Getley, Professor Knowby’s associate and Annie’s boyfriend.
  • John Peaks as Professor Knowby, the archaeologist who found the Book of the Dead.
  • Lou Hancock as Henrietta Knowby, Professor Knowby’s wife.
  • William Preston Robertson provides the voice of the Evil Dead, the film’s main antagonist.

Directed by Sam Raimi
Produced by Robert G. Tapert
Screenplay by Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel
Music by Joseph LoDuca
Cinematography Peter Deming
Edited by Kaye Davis
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

22 Jump Street (2014)

Director: Phil Lord Cinematographer: Barry Peterson

The sequel to the 2012 film 21 Jump Street, which was based on the television series of the same name, the plot follows police narcotics officers Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill, also co-writer) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) as they once again go deep undercover, this time at a local college in order to find the supplier of a new drug. Some critics dismissed the film as juvenile and tedious but its also been seen as a notable improvement on the original. For the not so easily offended the film has some outrageously funny moments, enhanced by the two likeable leads and its one of the better examples of American college set comedies.

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21 Jump Street / 22 Jump Street (Jump Street Collection) DVD
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Original Motion Picture Score
22 Jump Street / 21 Jump Street Original Score Limited Edition



  • Jonah Hill as Officer Morton Schmidt / Doug McQuaid
  • Channing Tatum as Officer Greg Jenko / Brad McQuaid
  • Peter Stormare as Ghost
  • Ice Cube as Captain Dickson, Maya’s father
  • Amber Stevens West as Maya
  • Wyatt Russell as Zook Haythe
  • Jillian Bell as Mercedes
  • Jimmy Tatro as Rooster
  • Craig Roberts as Spencer
  • Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy
  • Marc Evan Jackson as Dr. Murphy
  • Kenny and Keith Lucas as Kenny and Keith Yang
  • Queen Latifah as Mrs. Dickson (uncredited)
  • Diplo as Himself
  • Dustin Nguyen as Vietnamese Jesus
  • Richard Grieco as Dennis Booker
  • Dave Franco as Eric Molson (uncredited)
  • Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters (uncredited)
  • H. Jon Benjamin as MCS Football Coach (uncredited)
  • Patton Oswalt as MC State History Professor (uncredited)
  • Bill Hader as Culinary School Villain (uncredited)
  • Anna Faris as Anna (uncredited)
  • Seth Rogen as a Morton Schmidt double (uncredited)

Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum
Screenplay by Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography Barry Peterson
Edited by David Rennie, Keith Brachmann
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Arthur C. Clarke’s list of the best science fiction films of all time (1984)

Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most renowned science fiction writers of the 20th century. He became particularly famous for his collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on the screenplay for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the most influential films of all time. The film was based on Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel,” and led to him developing a big interest in filmmaking. While on the set of director Peter Hyams’ 2010: The Year We Make Contact (a sequel to 2001) in 1984 he was asked to list his favourite science fiction movies of all time. It’s difficult to say whether the films are listed in any particular order.












Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece (Hard Cover)
The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (Hardcover)




The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Director: Robert Wise Cinematographer: Leo Tover

Robert Wise’s entertaining sci-fi classic sees a humanoid alien visitor named Klaatu (Michael Rennie), accompanied by a softly spoken but powerful eight-foot tall robot, Gort, who lands his UFO in Washington D.C., to deliver an important message to Earth’s leaders that will affect the entire human race. Klaatu has come on behalf of Aliens who are feeling threatened by the nuclear proliferation they have viewed on post-war Earth. Reflecting the fear and paranoia of the early cold-war era, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a landmark for the genre that’s superbly crafted, thought provoking and has aged remarkably well.

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Studio Classics Set 18 (Battle for the Planet of the Apes/The Day The Earth Stood Still/The Neptune Factor/The Poseidon Adventure) DVD
Two-Disc Special Edition (DVD)
Iconic Movie Collection: Alien (1979), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), 28 Days Later (2003), The Fly (1958) DVD



  • Patricia Neal as Helen Benson
  • Michael Rennie as Klaatu
  • Billy Gray as Bobby Benson
  • Hugh Marlowe as Tom Stevens
  • Sam Jaffe as Professor Jacob Barnhardt
  • Frances Bavier as Mrs. Barley
  • Lock Martin as Gort
  • Frank Conroy as Mr. Harley
  • Edith Evanson as Mrs. Crockett, landlady (uncredited)
  • Tyler McVey as Brady (uncredited)

Directed by Robert Wise
Produced by Julian Blaustein
Screenplay by Edmund H. North
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography Leo Tover
Edited by William H. Reynolds
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Metropolitan (1990)

Director: Whit Stillman Cinematographer: John Thomas

Stillman’s Oscar nominated low budget comedy of manners concerns the lives of a group of wealthy young socialites during debutante season in Manhattan. In addition to some of their debutante parties, it covers their frequent informal after-hours gatherings at a friend’s Upper East Side apartment, where they discuss life, philosophy, and their fate. They form attachments, romances, and intrigues and react to a radical but less well-to-do newcomer. An ironically comic look at the lives of New York preppies that is recognised as one of the most significant achievements of American independent film of the 1990s.

The Criterion Collection (DVD)
A Whit Stillman Trilogy: Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Barcelona and Metropolitan: A Tales of Two Cities (2 Screenplays) Paperback
Metropolitan POSTER Movie (11 x 17 Inches – 28cm x 44cm) (1990) (Spanish Style A)



  • Carolyn Farina as Audrey Rouget
  • Edward Clements as Tom Townsend
  • Chris Eigeman as Nick Smith
  • Taylor Nichols as Charlie Black
  • Allison Parisi as Jane Clark
  • Dylan Hundley as Sally Fowler
  • Isabel Gillies as Cynthia McLean
  • Bryan Leder as Fred Neff
  • Will Kempe as Rick Von Sloneker
  • Ellia Thompson as Serena Slocum
  • Stephen Uys as Victor Lemley
  • Roger W. Kirby as Man at Bar

Directed by Whit Stillman
Produced by Whit Stillman
Screenplay by Whit Stillman
Music by Jock Davis, Tom Judson, Mark Suozzo
Cinematography John Thomas
Edited by Christopher Tellefsen
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English