Best Comedy Movies of 1978

1.

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
2.

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
3.

Revenge of the Pink Panther

4.9
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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

Foul Play

4.1
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
8.

Same Time, Next Year

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. Originally a stage play, the two are seen changing, years apart, always in the same room in different scenes. Each of them always appears on schedule, but as time goes on each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on.

Starring: Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, Ivan Bonar, Bernie Kuby ..
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Release date: 1978-04-23
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9.

House Calls

3.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Charley is a surgeon who's recently lost his wife; he embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann, a singular woman, closer to his own age, who immediately and unexpectedly captures his heart.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Art Carney, Richard Benjamin, Candice Azzara, Dick O'Neill, Glenda Jackson, Sally Marr ..
Directed by: Howard Zieff
Release date: 1978-03-15
10.

An Unmarried Woman

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of 16 years leaves her for a younger woman.

Starring: Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy, Cliff Gorman, Patricia Quinn, Kelly Bishop, Novella Nelson, Raymond J. Barry, Lisa Lucas, Linda Miller ..
Directed by: Paul Mazursky
Release date: 1978-05-26

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