Best Comedy Movies of 1978

1.

Grease

6.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?

Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci, Kelly Ward, Jamie Donnelly, Dinah Manoff ..
Directed by: Randal Kleiser
Release date: 1978-07-07
2.

Animal House

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Starring: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Tom Hulce, Cesare Danova, Peter Riegert, Mary Louise Weller, Stephen Furst, James Widdoes ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1978-07-27
3.

Up in Smoke

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

An unemployed pot-smoking slacker and amateur drummer, Anthony Stoner ditches his strict parents and hits the road, eventually meeting kindred spirit Pedro de Pacas. While the drug-ingesting duo is soon arrested for possession of marijuana, Anthony and Pedro get released on a technicality, allowing them to continue their many misadventures and ultimately compete in a rock band contest, where they perform the raucous tune "Earache My Eye."

Starring: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams, Harold Fong, Richard Novo, Jane Moder, Pam Bille, Arthur Roberts, Tom Skerritt ..
Directed by: Lou Adler
Release date: 1978-01-01
4.

Revenge of the Pink Panther

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is dead. At least that is what the world—and Charles Dreyfus—believe when a dead body is discovered in Clouseau's car after being shot off the road. Naturally, Clouseau knows differently and, taking advantage of not being alive, sets out to discover why an attempt was made on his life.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Andrew Sachs, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, Dyan Cannon, Robert Webber, Tony Beckley, Robert Loggia, Paul Stewart, André Maranne ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1978-01-08
5.

Heaven Can Wait

4.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Joe Pendleton is a quarterback preparing to lead his team to the superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he wasn't ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. A new body must be found, and that of a recently-murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant—the murderers—are confused by this development, as he buys the L.A. Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl.

Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, R.G. Armstrong, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia, Joseph Maher ..
Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty
Release date: 1978-06-28
6.

Foul Play

4.7
6.8/10 IMDB

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

Starring: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Dudley Moore, Marilyn Sokol, Brian Dennehy, Marc Lawrence, Rachel Roberts, Frances Bay ..
Directed by: Colin Higgins
Release date: 1978-07-14
7.

Every Which Way But Loose

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Philo Beddoe is your regular, easygoing, truck-driving guy. He's also the best bar-room brawler west of the Rockies. And he lives with a 165-pound orangutan named Clyde. Like other guys, Philo finally falls in love - with a flighty singer who leads him on a screwball chase across the American Southwest. Nothing's in the way except a motorcycle gang, and legendary brawler Tank Murdock.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Beverly D'Angelo, Geoffrey Lewis, Ruth Gordon, Walter Barnes, Bill McKinney, John Quade, Dan Vadis, Roy Jenson ..
Directed by: James Fargo
Release date: 1978-12-19
8.

Convoy

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.

Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young, Madge Sinclair, Seymour Cassel, Franklyn Ajaye, Tommy Bush, Cassie Yates, Bill Coontz ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1978-06-27
9.

Big Wednesday

4.4
7.2/10 IMDB

Three 1960s California surfers fool around, drift apart and reunite years later to ride epic waves.

Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey, Patti D'Arbanville, Lee Purcell, Sam Melville, Reb Brown, Robert Englund, Joe Spinell, Hank Worden ..
Directed by: John Milius
Release date: 1978-05-26
10.

Piranha

4.3
5.9/10 IMDB

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Starring: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Dick Miller, Barbara Steele, Keenan Wynn, Belinda Balaski, Melody Thomas Scott, Bruce Gordon, Barry Brown ..
Directed by: Joe Dante
Release date: 1978-08-03

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