My top 10 movies of 1978 are ones that I enjoy watching again and again. My top 10 movies of 1978 are ones that you can still see on television today. These top 10 movies of 1978 are in no particular order. Think about your favorite films of 30 years ago as you read this article.
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection Number 1: Capricorn One
The now disgraced O.J. Simpson plays one of the three astronauts in this “conspiracy theory” film about a staged mission to Mars and the return trip ending in a phony tragedy with the subsequent cover up. This includes the plot to kill the astronauts and the investigative reporter (played by Elliot Gould). The government even uses those black helicopters to do their dirty work. I remember when I watched this movie as a kid the first time how shocking the premise was; that is, would the government lie to the American people about staging outer space missions? The government has lied to us about everything else, so can we even trust them 100 percent regarding the moon landings? My father used to tell me, “Believe nothing that hear, and only half of what you see.” This personal top 10 of movies of 1978 proves that notion!
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection Number 2: Damien Omen II
This film is like a member of the family for me since I’ve seen it practically a zillion times. When I was a kid and saw the previews for this movie, I was scared to death. But after watching the first Omen movie from 1976 when I was older, I obviously wanted to see this one, and it continues the saga of the Antichrist, now a teenager. Just like The Omen, this sequel and one of the top 10 movies of 1978 shows how an Antichrist can come about slowly but surely and realistically. One example: Damien’s uncle (William Holden) runs a corporation (that Damien was set to inherit) that was working on solving the famine problem. In Revelation Chapter 13, it discusses that people will worship the Antichrist because of the signs and wonders that he performs. When I was a kid, I was told in church that this included solving the famine problem.
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection Number 3: Coming Home
Even though Jane Fonda pissed off a lot of Americans for her role in the protesting of the Vietnam War (she was deemed “Hanoi Jane”, and is discussed at 1st Cav Medic here) , she gives a really touching performance as she helps a paralyzed Vietnam Vet (played by Jon Voight) come to grips with his bitterness and pain over what happened to him in the war, while her husband (played masterfully by Bruce Dern) goes to pieces after he returns from the war. Since this was a Rated R movie, I never got to see this of personal top 10 of movies of 1978 that particular year (I was only 11), but I remember that the trailer for the film (on YouTube here) on tv got my attention because of the soft and sad music.
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection Number 4: Grease
This was the first movie that I remember watching over and over again at the movie theatre as a kid, so it’s not surprising it’s one of my top 10 movies of 1978. I just couldn’t resist all the great singing by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, and the rest of the Rydell High School gang. There were so many funny jokes and put downs. Not only that, Grease made me feel like I was being taken back in a time machine to the late 1950’s. Even the beginning and end credits music was riveting to listen to and watch! I’ve never been a big fan of musicals (the only other musical I saw at the theatre as a kid was Fiddler on the Roof, which was boring and long), but this musical captivated me during the summer of 1978.
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection Number 5: The Deer Hunter
Michael Cimino’s epic account of three working class Joes from a steel town who go to Vietnam and the effects on them afterwards is one of the most beautifully and best-scored films movies I’ve ever seen, making it one of my top 10 movies of 1978. What’s really gripping about this movie is that it begins with a slice of life for those blue collar workers as they work and play afterwards, hanging out in the local bar and going hunting. It all seems so normal, yet it’s very deceptive because that normal is going to end and turn into a very rude awakening from life for these guys. One of the most touching movie scenes I’ve ever seen is when the Robert De Niro character goes deer hunting after coming back from Vietnam, and just can’t kill his spotted prey even though he’s got a clear shot at it.
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection 6: Return From Witch Mountain
This is the cheesy sequel to the 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain about two extraterrestrials with “out of this world” abilities, with both movies coming from Walt Disney’s film studio. Jack Soo (who used to be on Barney Miller) is pretty funny in this personal top 10 of movies of 1978 selection as the truant officer who pursues Tia’s (played by Kim Richards) friends as they all try to rescue her brother Tony from the likes of Bette Davis, who wants to use him for her own greedy purposes. Cheesy, yes. Dated special effects by today’s standards, sure. But nonetheless, it’s a fun movie to watch. Even the most cheesy movies of 30 years ago are better than the majority of the trash that’s made today!
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection 7: Every Which Way But Loose
As much as I love the Dirty Harry character, I find this movie starring Clint Eastwood as an “underground” fighter who futilely pursues a bad news woman one movie that really shows how vulnerable he can be as a character. His spaghetti westerns and Dirty Harry pictures paint one picture of the actor, but this particular personal top 10 of movies of 1978 really impressed me because he wasn’t just a sarcastic tough guy. I’m not a big fan of country music, but the country music songs they used in that film were pleasant to my ears, including Eddie Rabbitt’s Every Which Way But Loose rendition and also Charlie Rich’s Behind Closed Doors and I’ll Wake You Up When I Get Home.
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection Number 8: Midnight Express
Maybe it’s because of the fact that I’m a travel writer that I find this movie appealing on one level. Yet I would advise anybody who’s into doing drugs and thinks they can go to some country and try to smuggle out some dope to watch this movie and maybe they’ll think twice about not doing such a stupid thing. The movie did take liberties with the actual truth according to Wikipedia, but it still can have that ability to scare travelers straight! I’ve read Billy Hayes’ book, which the movie is based on, and I gotta tell you that his true escape from the Turkish prison to freedom is even more incredible than the simplified version the film shows.
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection Number 9: The Other Side of the Mountain, Part II
I really like it when they make movies about people who overcome their disabilities. Now, I’ve written concerning my Asperger’s Syndrome here and here. This is the sequel to the 1975 movie The Other Side of the Mountain, which tells the story about skier Jill Kinmont, who became paralyzed and wheelchair-bound after a skiing accident. In this film, she confronts her fears of commitment to another man after she loses her boyfriend. This is one heck of a tear-jerking movie just like the first Other Side of the Mountain film! Like the first movie, this personal top 10 of movies of 1978 shows that people with disabilities have the same kinds of hopes and dreams as “normal” people. You can read an inspirational article about Kinmont at EzineArticles.com here.
Top 10 Movies of 1978 Selection Number 10: Ice Castles
The first poem that I ever received money for was written about this personal top 10 of movies of 1978. You can read it here at Skatefic.com.
What can I say about this movie that I love so much, a love story about a promising Olympic-hopeful figure skater who becomes blind after an accident, and how her boyfriend helps resurrect her attempts to make a comeback. The first time I watched this movie, I believe it was in the fall of 1981 at some friends’ house in their den. They had all gone somewhere, and I stayed there alone for some reason and ended up seeing this movie. The movie is about two hours long, yet that time went by so fast. I call it the “fastest two hour movie” ever (to be exact, its running time is 108 minutes, according to the Internet Movie Database). In the above paragraph, I talk about having Asperger’s Syndrome, of which people with this condition often come across as unfeeling and apathetic to others. Well, seeing Ice Castles makes me instantly sensitive and feeling on an emotional scale to the point of utter crying; and thus, it’s one of my favorite top 10 movies of 1978.