Best Action Movies of 1979

1.

The Warriors

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

Prominent gang leader Cyrus calls a meeting of New York's gangs to set aside their turf wars and take over the city. At the meeting, a rival leader kills Cyrus, but a Coney Island gang called the Warriors is wrongly blamed for Cyrus' death. Before you know it, the cops and every gangbanger in town is hot on the Warriors' trail.

Starring: Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, Dorsey Wright, David Harris, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Brian Tyler, Steve James, Tom McKitterick, Marcelino Sanchez ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1979-02-09
2.

Mad Max

5.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. After some grisly events at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward, Lisa Aldenhoven, David Bracks, Bertrand Cadart, David Cameron ..
Directed by: George Miller
Release date: 1979-04-12
3.

The Black Hole

4.3
6.0/10 IMDB

The explorer craft USS Palomino is returning to Earth after a fruitless 18-month search for extra-terrestrial life when the crew comes upon a supposedly lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering near a black hole. The ship is controlled by Dr. Hans Reinhardt and his monstrous robot companion, but the initial wonderment and awe the Palomino crew feel for the ship and its resistance to the power of the black hole turn to horror as they uncover Reinhardt's plans.

Starring: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Ernest Borgnine, Yvette Mimieux, Joseph Bottoms, Roddy McDowall, Slim Pickens, Tom McLoughlin, Gary Nelson ..
Directed by: Gary Nelson
Release date: 1979-12-18
4.

The In-Laws

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures from New York to Central America.

Starring: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Richard Libertini, Nancy Dussault, Penny Peyser, Arlene Golonka, Michael Lembeck, Paul L. Smith, Ed Begley Jr., James Hong ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1979-06-15
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5.

The North Avenue Irregulars

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything, no matter how wacky, to get them out.

Starring: Barbara Harris, Susan Clark, Karen Valentine, Michael Constantine, Cloris Leachman, Patsy Kelly, Douglas Fowley, Edward Herrmann, Marjorie Bennett, Bobby Rolofson ..
Directed by: Bruce Bilson
Release date: 1979-02-09
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6.

The Riddle of the Sands

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

In the early years of the 20th Century, two British yachtsmen (Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale) stumble upon a German plot to invade the east coast of England in a flotilla of specially designed barges. They set out to thwart this terrible scheme, but must outwit not only the cream of the German Navy, but the feared Kaiser Wilhelm himself.

Starring: Simon MacCorkindale, Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Alan Badel, J├╝rgen Andersen, Michael Sheard, Olga Lowe, Hans Meyer, Wolf Kahler, Ronald Markham ..
Directed by: Tony Maylam
Release date: 1979-10-02
7.

Hanover Street

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Margaret is a nurse in England during WW2, and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Alec McCowen, Max Wall, Patsy Kensit, Shane Rimmer, Sherrie Hewson, Cindy O'Callaghan, Di Trevis ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1979-11-29
8.

The Passage

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

During WW 2, a Basque shepherd is approached by the underground, who wants him to lead a scientist and his family across the Pyrenees. While being pursued by a sadistic German.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, Patricia Neal, Kay Lenz, Paul Clemens, Christopher Lee, Michael Lonsdale, Robert Rhys, Marcel Bozzuffi ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1979-03-09
9.

Heartland

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Disarmingly realistic in its depiction of the realities of frontier life, Heartland is a strong antidote to the cliches of traditional Westerns. This semi-documentary slice of life is based on the diaries of Elmore Randall Stewart about her days on the Wyoming frontier in the early 20th century. It's a strongly feminist statement about a woman raising her small daughter alone and scrapping for a living by working for a shy Scottish rancher. Director Richard Pearce brings an endearing touch to a film that is helped greatly by the dazzling cinematography of Fred Murphy. Conchata Ferrell and Rip Torn star in this small film that substitutes veracity for a high-powered plot.

Starring: Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell, Barry Primus, Megan Folsom, Lilia Skala, Amy Wright, Jerry Hardin, Mary Boylan, Bob Sirucek, Marvin Berg ..
Directed by: Richard Pearce
Release date: 1979-09-22
10.

Disco Godfather

3.0
5.4/10 IMDB

Retired cop and celebrity DJ Tucker Williams (aka The Disco Godfather) takes to the streets as a dangerous hallucinogenic drug called Angel Dust begins to take hold of the neighborhood.

Starring: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch, Jerry Jones, Lady Reed, Frank Finn, Julius Carry, Hawthorne James, Paunita Nichols ..
Directed by: J. Robert Wagoner
Release date: 1979-09-04

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