Best Action Movies of 1979

1.

Mad Max

5.6
6.9/10 IMDB

In a postapocalyptic future, jaded cop Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is ready to retire. But his world is shattered when a malicious gang murders his family as an act of retaliation, forcing a devastated Max to hit the open road seeking vengeance. As he travels the Australian outback's empty stretches of highway, he tours the bloodstained battlegrounds ruled by marauding bikers who feed on violence.

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
2.

The Warriors

5.5
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: 1979-02-08
3.

Moonraker

4.7
6.3/10 IMDB

After Drax Industries' Moonraker space shuttle is hijacked, secret agent James Bond is assigned to investigate, traveling to California to meet the company's owner, the mysterious Hugo Drax. With the help of scientist Dr. Holly Goodhead, Bond soon uncovers Drax's nefarious plans for humanity, all the while fending off an old nemesis, Jaws, and venturing to Venice, Rio, the Amazon...and outer space.

Starring: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Corinne Cléry, Richard Kiel, Bernard Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, Toshirô Suga ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1979-06-26
4.

The Black Hole

4.4
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
5.

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
6.

Going in Style

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Three senior citizens in their 70s who live together are slowly decaying in endless days with nothing to do but feed the birds. One of them comes up with an idea - rob a bank. They certainly could use the money if they get away with it and if they are caught, what could happen to three old men?

Starring: George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan, Pamela Payton-Wright, Siobhan Keegan, Brian Neville, Constantine Hartofolis, Mary Testa, Jean Shevlin ..
Directed by: Martin Brest
Release date: 1979-12-07
7.

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
Best Action Movies of 1979 : Kalyanaraman
8.

Kalyanaraman

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Kalyanam (Kamal Haasan) is the naive and infantile son of a rich estate owner Chinnadurai ( V S Raghavan) and he is in love with Shenbagam (Sridevi), an ordinary estate worker. The estate manager (Major Sundarrajan) and his cohorts covertly plot to kill Chinnadurai and usurp the property from Kalyanam. Chinnadurai gets killed but before his death reveals to Kalyanam that he has a twin elder brother who lives with his mother in Madras. The manager and his henchmen befool Kalyanam and loot the estate with ease but eventually murder him by throwing him off a cliff when he discovers their true designs. Shenbagam who witnesses the murder turns mentally unstable. However Kalyanam is not finished entirely as his spectre contacts his twin brother Raman (the elder Kamal Haasan) and the rest of the story revolves around how they together seek to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Starring: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Major Sundarrajan, Manorama ..
Directed by: Rangarajan G N
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1979 : Cuba
9.

Cuba

2.9
5.7/10 IMDB

A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train the corrupt General Batista's army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.

Starring: Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Jack Weston, Héctor Elizondo, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam, Denholm Elliott, Danny De La Paz, Lonette McKee, Alejandro Rey ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1979-12-21
Best Action Movies of 1979 : A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
10.

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

An American ex-con who is trying to go straight is persuaded to be the inside man for an audacious bank job in central London.

Starring: Richard Jordan, Oliver Tobias, David Niven, Elke Sommer, Gloria Grahame, Richard Johnson, Brian Protheroe, Brian Croucher, Michael Angelis, Derek Deadman ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1979-01-01

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