1978 in film

The year 1978 in film involved some significant events.

List of years in film (table)
In home video
In television

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

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. Animal House Universal $120,091,123[3]
4. Every Which Way but Loose Warner Bros. $85,196,485[4]
5. Heaven Can Wait Paramount $81,640,278[5]
6. Hooper Warner Bros. $78,000,000[6]
7. Jaws 2 Universal $77,737,272[7]
8. Revenge of the Pink Panther United Artists $49,579,269[8]
9. The Deer Hunter Universal $48,979,328[9]
10. Halloween Compass International $47,000,000[10]



Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Deer HunterEMI Films/Cimino, Universal
Best Director: Michael CiminoThe Deer Hunter
Best Actor: Jon VoightComing Home
Best Actress: Jane FondaComing Home
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher WalkenThe Deer Hunter
Best Supporting Actress: Maggie SmithCalifornia Suite
Best Foreign Language Film: Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Preparez vos mouchoirs), directed by Bertrand Blier, France

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Midnight Express
Best Actor: Jon VoightComing Home
Best Actress: Jane FondaComing Home
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture: Heaven Can Wait
Best Actor: Warren BeattyHeaven Can Wait
Best Actress (tie): Ellen BurstynSame Time, Next Year
Best Actress (tie): Maggie SmithCalifornia Suite
Best Supporting Actor: John HurtMidnight Express
Best Supporting Actress: Dyan CannonHeaven Can Wait
Best Director: Michael CiminoThe 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

1978 film releases





Notable films released in 1978

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Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 5 Sally Eilers 69 USA Actress
12 Arthur Sheekman 76 USA Screenwriter
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
14 Claude Binyon 72 USA Writer, Director
15 Ilka Chase 77 USA Actress
18 Kathleen Lockhart 83 UK Actress
18 Maggie McNamara 48 USA Actress
24 Franco Arcalli 48 Italy Screenwriter
28 Philip Ahn 72 USA Actor
March 12 John Cazale 42 USA Actor
16 Reb Russell 72 USA Actor
18 Peggy Wood 86 USA Actress
24 Leigh Brackett 62 USA Screenwriter
25 Leslie Fenton 76 UK Actor, Director
25 Jack Hulbert 85 UK Actor
25 Hanna Ralph 92 Germany Actress
31 Astrid Allwyn 72 USA Actress
April 1 Lynne Roberts 56 USA Actress
9 Michael Wilson 63 USA Screenwriter
13 Paul McGrath 74 USA Actor
22 Will Geer 76 USA Actor
May 6 Loyal Griggs 71 USA Cinematographer
11 Philip Ray 79 UK Actor
12 Robert Coogan 53 USA Actor
16 Robert Florey 78 France Director
June 20 Mark Robson 64 Canada Director
29 Bob Crane 49 USA Actor
July 3 James Daly 59 USA Actor
14 Jack Woolgar 64 UK Actor
17 Thayer David 51 USA Actor
19 Agnes Christine Johnston 82 USA Screenwriter
August 5 Queenie Smith 79 USA Actress
24 Louis Prima 67 USA Actor, Singer
26 Charles Boyer 78 France Actor
28 Robert Shaw 51 UK Actor
31 Lee Garmes 80 USA Cinematographer
September 3 Karin Molander 89 Sweden Actress
9 Jack L. Warner 86 Canada Producer, Studio Executive
12 Frank Ferguson 71 USA Actor
18 Ann Shoemaker 87 USA Actress
24 Ruth Etting 80 USA Singer, Actress
30 Edgar Bergen 75 USA Actor, Ventriloquist
October 10 Kathryn McGuire 74 USA Actress
16 Dan Dailey 62 USA Actor
19 Gig Young 64 USA Actor
30 Brian Hayles 47 UK Screenwriter
November 5 Denis O'Dea 73 Ireland Actor
9 Florence Marly 59 Czechoslovakia Actress
16 Claude Dauphin 75 France Actor
20 Robert Alan Aurthur 56 USA Screenwriter
23 June Martel 69 USA Actress
26 Ford Beebe 90 USA Director
27 Susan Shaw 44 UK Actress
28 André Morell 69 UK Actor
December 7 I. Stanford Jolley 78 USA Actor
10 Ed Wood 54 USA Director, Screenwriter, Actor
12 Fay Compton 84 UK Actress
15 Chill Wills 76 USA Actor
19 Duncan Lamont 60 UK Actor
23 Louis de Rochemont 89 USA Producer

Film debuts


  1. ^ "Grease, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "Superman, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Animal House, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "Every Which Way But Loose, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Heaven Can Wait, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  6. ^ "Hooper, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  7. ^ "Jaws 2, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Revenge of the Pink Panther, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "The Deer Hunter, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "Halloween, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Astral Factor (1978), imdb". IMDB. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
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36th Golden Globe Awards

The 36th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 1978, were held on January 27, 1979.

Breaking Up (1978 film)

Breaking Up is a 1978 American TV film. It was directed by Delbert Mann and written by Loring Mandel.

Killer of Sheep

Killer of Sheep is an American drama film edited, shot, written, produced, and directed by Charles Burnett. Shot primarily in 1972 and 1973, it was originally submitted by Burnett to the UCLA School of Film in 1977 as his Master of Fine Arts thesis. It features Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, and Charles Bracy, among others. The film depicts the culture of urban African-Americans in Los Angeles' Watts district, in a film style often likened to Italian neorealism. Critic Dana Stevens described its plot as "a collection of brief vignettes which are so loosely connected that it feels at times like you're watching a non-narrative film." There are no acts, plot arcs or character development, as conventionally defined.

It premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York on November 14, 1978, but did not receive wide release because Burnett had not secured rights to the music used in its production. The music rights were purchased in 2007 at a cost of US $150,000 and the film was restored and transferred from a 16mm to a 35mm print. Killer of Sheep received a limited release 30 years after it was completed, with a DVD release in late 2007.

List of Golden Globe Awards ceremonies

The Golden Globe Award is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented are a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.

List of Japanese films of 1978

A list of films released in Japan in 1978 (see 1978 in film).

List of Spanish films of 1978

A list of films produced in Spain in 1978 (see 1978 in film).

List of Turkish films (alphabetical)

A list of films produced in Turkey and in the Turkish language in alphabetical order. For a list of films by year see List of Turkish films for guidance.

See How She Runs

See How She Runs is a 1978 American TV movie starring Joanne Woodward who won an Emmy for her performance.

The Tiger (1978 film)

Tigar is a 1978 drama film about retired boxing champion Sorga, nicknamed "Tigar". It is in the Serbo-Croatian language, and was made in Yugoslavia.

Broke, his wife leaves him for a wealthier guy. Šorga meets a juvenile thief, Čok, and decides to become his father figure. In the process of changing Čok, Šorga changes himself. The movie was written by Gordan Mihić, directed by Milan Jelić. Tigar is in Eastmancolor, mono sound mix, and runs 103 minutes.

1978 films

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