Best Comedy Movies of 1979


Life of Brian

8.0/10 IMDB

Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python's signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian's life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terence Bayler, Carol Cleveland, Kenneth Colley, Neil Innes ..
Directed by: Terry Jones
Release date: 1979-08-17


7.8/10 IMDB

Manhattan explores how the life of a middle-aged television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne Hoffman, Karen Ludwig, Michael O'Donoghue, Wallace Shawn, Tisa Farrow ..
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1979-04-25

Being There

8.0/10 IMDB

A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart, Ruth Attaway, David Clennon, Fran Brill, Denise DuBarry ..
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Release date: 1979-12-19

Breaking Away

7.7/10 IMDB

Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even takes up the Italian culture, much to his friends and parents annoyance.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Dennis Christopher, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley, Robyn Douglass, Hart Bochner, Amy Wright, Peter Maloney ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1979-05-24


7.5/10 IMDB

Upon receiving his draft notice and leaving his family ranch in Oklahoma, Claude heads to New York and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to boot camp.

Starring: John Savage, Treat Williams, Annie Golden, Beverly D'Angelo, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus, Richard Bright, Nicholas Ray, Charlotte Rae, Miles Chapin ..
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1979-03-14

The Muppet Movie

7.6/10 IMDB

A Hollywood agent persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. On his way there he meets his future muppet crew while being chased by the desperate owner of a frog-leg restaurant!

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Charles Durning, Austin Pendleton, Edgar Bergen, Milton Berle, Mel Brooks ..
Directed by: James Frawley
Release date: 1979-06-22

The Jerk

7.1/10 IMDB

After discovering he's not really black like the rest of his family, likable dimwit Navin Johnson runs off on a hilarious misadventure in this comedy classic that takes him from rags to riches and back to rags again. The slaphappy jerk strikes it rich, but life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be and, in the end, all that really matters to Johnson is his true love.

Starring: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King, Richard Ward, Carl Gottlieb, Dick Anthony Williams, Bill Macy, M. Emmet Walsh, Dick O'Neill ..
Directed by: Carl Reiner
Release date: 1979-12-14

Time After Time

7.1/10 IMDB

Writer H. G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to modern day San Francisco after the infamous serial killer steals his time machine to escape the 19th century.

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen, Charles Cioffi, Kent Williams, Andonia Katsaros, Patti D'Arbanville, James Garrett, Keith McConnell, Leo Lewis ..
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer
Release date: 1979-08-31

Rock 'n' Roll High School

6.6/10 IMDB

A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.

Starring: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Mary Woronov, Dey Young, Paul Bartel, Dick Miller, Don Steele, Alix Elias, Joey Ramone ..
Directed by: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante
Release date: 1979-04-20

The Frisco Kid

6.3/10 IMDB

Rabbi Avram arrives in Philadelphia from Poland en route to San Francisco where he will be a congregation's new rabbi. An innocent and inexperienced traveller, he is tricked by con men to pay for the trip to go west, then they leave him and his belongings scattered along a deserted road. He is befriended by a stranger, Tommy, who is a bank robber and have many adventures during their journey.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford, Ramon Bieri, Val Bisoglio, George DiCenzo, Leo Fuchs, Penny Peyser, William Smith, Vincent Schiavelli, Jack Somack ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1979-07-06

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

7.2/10 IMDB

A collection of Warner Brothers short cartoon features, "starring" the likes of Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Wile.E.Coyote. These animations are interspersed by Bugs Bunny reminiscing on past events and providing links between the individual animations which are otherwise unconnected. This 1979 feature-length compilation includes several of his best cartoons. Among the 11 shorts shown in their entirety are the classics "Robin Hood Daffy," "What's Opera, Doc?," "Bully for Bugs," and "Duck Amuck". The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie provides a showcase not only for Jones's razor-sharp timing, but for the work of his exceptional crew, which included designer Maurice Noble, writer Mike Maltese, composers Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, and voice actor Mel Blanc.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Paul Julian, Nicolai Shutorev ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Phil Monroe
Release date: 1979-09-30


6.2/10 IMDB

Tripper is the head counselor at a budget summer camp called Camp Northstar. In truth, he's young at heart and only marginally more mature than the campers themselves. Tripper befriends Rudy, a loner camper who has trouble fitting in. As Tripper inspires his young charges to defeat rival Camp Mohawk in the annual Olympiad competition, Rudy plays matchmaker between Tripper and Roxanne, a female counselor at Northstar.

Starring: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham, Kristine DeBell, Sarah Torgov, Jack Blum, Keith Knight, Cindy Girling, Todd Hoffman ..
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Release date: 1979-06-28


6.1/10 IMDB

A Hollywood songwriter goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy blonde newlywed.

Starring: Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Robert Webber, Dee Wallace, Sam J. Jones, Brian Dennehy, Max Showalter, Rad Daly, Nedra Volz ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1979-10-05


5.8/10 IMDB

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, panic grips California, where a military officer leads a mob chasing a Japanese sub.

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Robert Stack, Treat Williams, John Candy ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1979-12-14
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

8.0/10 IMDB

Richard Pryor delivers monologues on race, sex, family and his favorite target—himself, live at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, California.

Starring: Richard Pryor, Jennifer Lee Pryor ..
Directed by: Jeff Margolis
Release date: 1979-01-26

The Electric Horseman

6.4/10 IMDB

A former champion rodeo rider is reduced to using his saddle skills to promote a breakfast cereal in a gaudy Las Vegas show. When he's asked to perform with a $12 million horse that he discovers is being doped to remain docile, he flees into the desert astride the beast in an act of defiance. A story-hungry female reporter gives chase.

Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, Willie Nelson, John Saxon, Wilford Brimley, Allan Arbus, Nicolas Coster, Brendan Kelly, Basil Hoffman ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1979-12-21

The In-Laws

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


7.5/10 IMDB

Horsemouth, a drummer living in a ghetto of Kingston, plans to make money selling records. After his prized motorcycle is stolen, his plans fall through and he's forced to adapt.

Starring: Leroy Wallace, Richard 'Dirty Harry' Hall, Gregory Isaacs, Monica Craig, Marjorie Norman, Jacob Miller, Winston Rodney, Frank Dowding, Robbie Shakespeare, Big Youth ..
Directed by: Monty Diamond, Ted Bafaloukos
Release date: 1979-11-23

A Little Romance

7.4/10 IMDB

A young American girl and a young French boy meet in Paris and fall in love, with the assistance of an old man and his stories.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Thelonious Bernard, Diane Lane, Sally Kellerman, Arthur Hill, Broderick Crawford, David Dukes, Lucienne Legrand, Andrew Duncan, Claudette Sutherland ..
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1979-04-27

North Dallas Forty

6.9/10 IMDB

A semi-fictional account of life as a professional football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

Starring: Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Dayle Haddon, Bo Svenson, Steve Forrest, John Matuszak, G. D. Spradlin, Dabney Coleman, Savannah Smith Boucher ..
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Release date: 1979-08-03

Chilly Scenes of Winter

6.9/10 IMDB

Charles is a bored civil servant struggling through a harsh Utah winter. He spends most of his time reflecting on his romance with Laura, a coworker who left him to return to her husband, an A-Frame salesman.

Starring: John Heard, Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Riegert, Kenneth McMillan, Gloria Grahame, Nora Heflin, Jerry Hardin, Tarah Nutter, Mark Metcalf, Allen Joseph ..
Directed by: Joan Micklin Silver
Release date: 1979-10-19

Going in Style

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
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : Porridge


7.2/10 IMDB

Times are hard for habitual guest of Her Majesty Norman Stanley Fletcher. The new prison officer, Beale, makes MacKay look soft and what's more, an escape plan is hatching from the cell of prison godfather Grouty and Fletcher wants no part of it.

Starring: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Peter Vaughan, Julian Holloway, Geoffrey Bayldon, Christopher Godwin, Barrie Rutter, Daniel Peacock ..
Directed by: Dick Clement
Release date: 1979-08-12

Real Life

7.0/10 IMDB

A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family".

Starring: Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, Joseph Schaffler, Phyllis Quinn, Thelma Leeds, James L. Brooks, Dick Haymes, Lisa Urette, Robert Stirrat ..
Directed by: Albert Brooks
Release date: 1979-03-02

Starting Over

6.4/10 IMDB

After divorcing his ambitious singer wife, a middle-aged man begins a new relationship with a teacher.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen, Jill Clayburgh, Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen, Mary Kay Place, Austin Pendleton, Jay O. Sanders, Kevin Bacon, MacIntyre Dixon ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1979-10-05

Hot Stuff

6.4/10 IMDB

When a police department's burglary task force is facing the possibility of being shut down because of their low conviction rate decides to try a new approach to apprehending their targets. They take over a pawn shop where thieves go to unload their merchandise. They record them as they bring stuff in and get them to tell them where they got it. Eventually they're threatened by the mob.

Starring: Dom DeLuise, Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed, Ossie Davis, Luis Ávalos, Pat McCormick, Peter DeLuise, Rod Ball, Marc Lawrence, Richard Davalos ..
Directed by: Dom DeLuise
Release date: 1979-08-10

Wise Blood

6.9/10 IMDB

A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church.

Starring: Brad Dourif, John Huston, Harry Dean Stanton, Dan Shor, Ned Beatty, Amy Wright, Mary Nell Santacroce, William Hickey, Allan A. Apone ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1979-10-24

The North Avenue Irregulars

6.7/10 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
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : Chop Stix

Chop Stix

6.6/10 IMDB

This Catering Service Delivers Their Goods with a Personal Service! When a young girl inherits a mansion from a mysterious benefactor, she also inherits a $25,000 debt in back taxes. With only a rusty old catering truck to her credit, she goes to her aunt, who runs the city's most prestigious whorehouse to borrow some girls. Serving up a sexy fare of delicacies both culinary and carnal, she makes enough money to pay off the taxes before the estate's lawyer runs off with everything. She celebrates her success with an outrageous orgy at her new restaurant "Chopstix Manor. "

Starring: Samantha Morgan, Serena, Elaine Wells, Dorothy LeMay, Lori Blue, Don Fernando, Jill Morrison, Pat Rhea, Robert McKay, Don Miller ..
Directed by: Maria Lease
Release date: 1979-10-04

The Villain

5.3/10 IMDB

Handsome Stranger has agreed to escort Charming Jones to collect her inheritance from her father. But Avery Jones wants the money, and hires notorious outlaw Cactus Jack to ambush Charming. However, Cactus Jack is not very good at robbing people.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Lynde, Foster Brooks, Ruth Buzzi, Jack Elam, Strother Martin, Ray Bickel, Robert Tessier ..
Directed by: Hal Needham
Release date: 1979-07-26
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : Kate and the Indians

Kate and the Indians

6.0/10 IMDB

Kate, a sexy young student, agrees to join her professors on a lengthy jaunt into the desert. Their expedition leads them into a whole host of surrealistic sexual encounters as they come across the most whacked-out tribe of Indians you've ever seen.

Starring: Kay Parker, Kandi Barbour, Mike Ranger, Jack Shute, Holly Joy, Corn Hole Wallace, R.J. Reynolds, Jennifer West, Bobby Dee, Bobby Reed ..
Directed by: Allen Swift
Release date: 1979-09-20

The Plumber

6.5/10 IMDB

At first simply grating, the presence of a hard-edged, macho plumber who damages more than he repairs and returns day after day soon turns menacing for the intellectual wife of a distracted doctor.

Starring: Ivar Kants, Judy Morris, Robert Coleby, Candy Raymond, Henri Szeps, Yomi Abioudan, Beverley Roberts, Bruce Rosen, Daphne Grey, Meme Thorne ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1979-06-08

Love at First Bite

6.1/10 IMDB

Dracula and Renefield relocate to 70's era New York in search of Cindy Sondheim, the reincarnation of Dracula's one true love, Mina Harker. "Trouble adjusting" is a wild understatement for the Count as he battles Cindy's psychiatrist, Jeffrey Rosenberg, a descendant of Van Helsing, who may almost certainly, possibly, may be in love with Cindy too.

Starring: George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Dick Shawn, Arte Johnson, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Barry Gordon, Ronnie Schell, Stanley Brock ..
Directed by: Stan Dragoti
Release date: 1979-04-26

The Odd Angry Shot

6.6/10 IMDB

A group of Australian SAS regiment soldiers are deployed to Vietnam around 1967/8 and encounter the realities of war, from the numbing boredom of camp life and long range patrols, raids and ambushes where nothing happens, to the the terror of enduring mortar barrages from an unseen enemy. Men die and are crippled in combat by firefights and booby traps, soldiers kill and capture the enemy, gather intelligence and retake ground only to cede it again whilst battling against the bureaucracy and obstinacy of the conventional military hierarchy. In the end they return to civilization, forever changed by their experiences but glad to return to the life they once knew.

Starring: Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, John Jarratt, Bryan Brown, Sharon Higgins, Graeme Blundell, Richard Moir, Peter Drouyn, Ian Gilmour, Graham Rouse ..
Directed by: Tom Jeffrey
Release date: 1979-03-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : A Movie Star's Daughter

A Movie Star's Daughter

7.0/10 IMDB

A shy teen enrolls in a new school and doesn't make friends easily. Then, overnight, everyone wants to be her friend, once it is discovered that her father is a famous movie star.

Starring: Trini Alvarado, Frank Converse, Alexa Kenin, Marcia Rodd, Laura Dean, Jill Andre, Cheryl Arutt, Mark Bendo, Dara Brown, Jennifer Cooke ..
Directed by: Robert Fuest, Gary Nelson
Release date: 1979-10-10
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : Come Under My Spell

Come Under My Spell

5.5/10 IMDB

Bumbling, desperate, and libidinous foreign exchange student Fernando isn't having any luck scoring with the ladies until his best friend Dave hooks him up with a used book on how to seduce women through using hypnotism.

Starring: Liza Dwyer, Fernando Fortes, Blair Harris, Mike Horner, Connie Peterson, Vicky Zederquist, Carlos Tobalina, Marlene Munroe, Carol Lougan, Jesie St. James ..
Directed by: Carlos Tobalina
Release date: 1979-01-01

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

6.0/10 IMDB

Amos and Theodore, the two bumbling outlaw wannabes from The Apple Dumpling Gang, are back and trying to make it on their own. This time, the crazy duo gets involved in an army supply theft case -- and, of course, gets in lots of comic trouble along the way!

Starring: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson, Kenneth Mars, Elyssa Davalos, Jack Elam, Robert Pine, Harry Morgan, Ruth Buzzi, Audrey Totter ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1979-06-27
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : Chapter Two

Chapter Two

6.0/10 IMDB

George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off. And just when things are moving along, the memory of his first wife comes between them.

Starring: James Caan, Marsha Mason, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper, Alan Fudge, Debra Mooney, Marie Reynolds, Isabel Cooley, Imogene Bliss, Barry Michlin ..
Directed by: Robert Moore
Release date: 1979-12-14

The Lady Vanishes

6.0/10 IMDB

On the eve of World War II, zany heiress Amanda Kelly travels by train to Switzerland. While passing through Germany, she meets a sweet elderly lady, who suddenly vanishes. Distraught, she questions her fellow passengers who claim that the woman was never there. Unsure if it's all in her mind or if there's a more sinister plot afoot, Amanda teams up with photographer Robert Condon to discover the truth.

Starring: Cybill Shepherd, Elliott Gould, Angela Lansbury, Herbert Lom, Arthur Lowe, Ian Carmichael, Gerald Harper, Jenny Runacre, Jean Anderson, Madlena Nedeva ..
Directed by: Anthony Page
Release date: 1979-04-30
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : The Plank

The Plank

7.4/10 IMDB

Classic short British comedy, full of stars, about two workmen delivering planks to a building site. This is done with music and a sort of "wordless dialogue" which consists of a few mumbled sounds to convey the appropriate emotion. TV remake of the 1967 short.

Starring: Eric Sykes, Arthur Lowe, Lionel Blair, Henry Cooper, Harry H. Corbett, Bernard Cribbins, Robert Dorning, Diana Dors, Charlie Drake, Jimmy Edwards ..
Directed by: Eric Sykes
Release date: 1979-12-17
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : Little Blue Box

Little Blue Box

5.6/10 IMDB

A self-described horny but faithful husband, disappointed by his wife's frigidity, tries to spice things up with the help of an adult home-movie system sold to him by the lovely Miss Azure and featuring the mysterious Channel 69.

Starring: Jennifer Welles, Lesllie Bovee, Jamie Gillis, Jake Teague, Gloria Leonard, Sharon Mitchell, Ming Toy, John Leslie, Béatrice Harnois, Françoise Beccarie ..
Directed by: Don Walters
Release date: 1979-04-01

Scavenger Hunt

5.8/10 IMDB

An eccentric games inventor dies and leaves behind an inheritance worth hundreds of millions of dollars - which will only be given to the person or team, amongst his family and hired help, who wins a madcap scavenger hunt.

Starring: Richard Benjamin, Cleavon Little, James Coco, Scatman Crothers, Ruth Gordon, Cloris Leachman, Roddy McDowall, Robert Morley, Richard Mulligan, Tony Randall ..
Directed by: Michael Schultz
Release date: 1979-12-21

The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 1979

7.3/10 IMDB

Ten years ago exactly, more or less, give or take a day or two, six young men sat down, or maybe stood, or perhaps some of them just lounged, and wrote the first episode of a new series called Owl Stretching Time. They were called Graham Chapman , John Cleese, Terry Gilliam , Eric Idle,Terry Jones and Michael Palin and later both they and the series became known as Monty Python 's Flying Circus . Today they are the best known British comedy group in the world, famous from Cathay to Kathmandu, from Sydney to Sidcup (except in Japan where the programme is called The Gay Boys' Dragon Show ... say no more). To commemorate their tenth anniversary a BBC team tracked them down in the deserts of Tunisia where they were filming their Life of Brian and almost persuaded them to examine the genesis, the genius and the gender of Monty Python.

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Spike Milligan, Iain Johnstone ..
Release date: 1979-06-20

The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone

6.6/10 IMDB

The Flintstones and the Rubbles win a trip on "Make a Deal or Don't" to Count Rockula's castle in Rocksylvania, where they have an unpleasant meeting with the Count and his servant, Frankenstone.

Starring: Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Gay Autterson, Casey Kasem, Ted Cassidy, John Stephenson, Don Messick, Lennie Weinrib ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1979-10-30

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

5.3/10 IMDB

The Pittsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners.

Starring: Julius Erving, Jonathan Winters, Meadowlark Lemon, Jack Kehoe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Margaret Avery, James Bond III, Michael V. Gazzo, Peter Isacksen, Nicholas Pryor ..
Directed by: Gilbert Moses
Release date: 1979-11-06

J-Men Forever

7.2/10 IMDB

The Lightning Bug has a multi-prong scheme to enslave the earth. First, rock and roll, which the JMen counter with Muzac, then marijuana. Finally, the JMen build a bomb to blow up the moon with, but the Bug beats them to it by self destructing the moon by playing his rock and roll too loud.

Starring: Peter Bergman, Phil Proctor, M.G. Kelly, Jack Angel, Margolyn Curtis, Joan Gerber, Rod Gist, Michael C. Gwynne, Jock Livingston, John H. Mayer ..
Directed by: Richard Patterson
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : The Knowledge

The Knowledge

7.6/10 IMDB

Four men attempt "The Knowledge" examination to qualify as London taxi drivers.

Starring: Mick Ford, Kim Taylforth, Nigel Hawthorne, Michael Elphick, David Ryall, Jonathan Lynn, Maureen Lipman, Lesley Joseph, June Watson, Philippa Howell ..
Directed by: Bob Brooks
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1979 : Impostors


6.9/10 IMDB

One of Mark Rappaport's later narratives (which won the Gold Hugo for Best First Feature at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1979), Impostors is an off-kilter comedy/mystery focused on two magicians trying to find Egyptian jewels, their promiscuous assistant, and a man who loves the assistant.

Starring: Peter Evans, Ellen McElduff, Charles Ludlam, Michael Burg, Randy Danson, Lina Todd ..
Directed by: Mark Rappaport
Release date: 1979-03-16

The Main Event

5.5/10 IMDB

Hillary Kramer, successful Perfume magnate awakes one morning to find that her accountant has robbed her blind and left for South America. Going through all of her remaining assets she finds a boxer, purchased as a tax write off. She decides to take Kid Natural, (Eddie Scanlon) who is much more at home giving driving lessons, into the ring and use him as her key to riches. Eddie thinks this will only get him killed and resists.

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Paul Sand, Whitman Mayo, Patti D'Arbanville, Chu Chu Malave, Richard Lawson, James Gregory, Earl Boen, Kristine DeBell ..
Directed by: Howard Zieff
Release date: 1979-06-22

Escape to Athena

5.6/10 IMDB

During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a Greek island are trying to escape. They not only want their freedom, but also seek an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the summit of the island's mountain.

Starring: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Roundtree, Sonny Bono, Elliott Gould, Anthony Valentine, Siegfried Rauch ..
Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
Release date: 1979-05-21

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