Best Crime Movies of 1978

1.

Midnight Express

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the American government, or the "Midnight Express".

Starring: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Michael Ensign, Paul L. Smith, Norbert Weisser, Mike Kellin, Paolo Bonacelli ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1978-08-31
2.

The Driver

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

The Driver specializes in driving getaway cars for robberies. His exceptional talent has prevented him from being caught yet. After another successful flight from the police a self-assured detective makes it his primary goal to catch the Driver. He promises pardons to a gang if they help to convict him in a set-up robbery. The Driver seeks help from The Player to mislead the detective.

Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley, Matt Clark, Felice Orlandi, Joseph Walsh, Denny Macko, Rudy Ramos, Frank Bruno ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1978-06-08
3.

The First Great Train Robbery

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Starring: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb, Malcolm Terris, Robert Lang, Michael Elphick, Wayne Sleep, Pamela Salem, Gabrielle Lloyd ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1978-12-14
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.

Blue Collar

4.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Fed up with mistreatment at the hands of both management and union brass, and coupled with financial hardships on each man's end, three auto assembly line workers hatch a plan to rob a safe at union headquarters.

Starring: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, Ed Begley Jr., Harry Bellaver, George Memmoli, Lucy Saroyan, Lane Smith, Cliff DeYoung, Borah Silver ..
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Release date: 1978-02-10
Best Crime Movies of 1978 : Columbo: Murder Under Glass
6.

Columbo: Murder Under Glass

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Columbo (Peter Falk) investigates a famous restaurant critic for murder.

Starring: Peter Falk, Louis Jordan, Shera Danese, Mako Iwamatsu, Michael V. Gazzo, Louis Jourdan, Richard Dysart, Larry D. Mann, France Nuyen ..
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1978-01-30
7.

The Silent Partner

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Toronto, Canada. A few days before Christmas, Miles Cullen, a bored teller working at a bank branch located in a shopping mall, accidentally learns that the place is about to be robbed when he finds a disconcerting note on one of the counters…

Starring: Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Céline Lomez, Michael Kirby, Sean Sullivan, John Candy, Gail Dahms-Bonine, Michael Donaghue, Jack Duffy ..
Directed by: Daryl Duke
Release date: 1978-09-07
8.

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

Starring: Tom E. Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Ray Barrett, Jack Thompson, Don Crosby, Angela Punch McGregor, Steve Dodd, Peter Carroll, Ruth Cracknell, Elizabeth Alexander ..
Directed by: Fred Schepisi
Release date: 1978-06-21
9.

Who'll Stop the Rain

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

John, a disillusioned Vietnam War journalist, turns to heroin smuggling. He cons Ray, an equally burnt out veteran into delivering the drugs stateside to his wife. Everything soon falls apart and Ray ends up on the run with John's wife trying to evade crooked narcotics agents.

Starring: Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, Michael Moriarty, Anthony Zerbe, Richard Masur, Ray Sharkey, Gail Strickland, Charles Haid, David Opatoshu, Joaquín Martínez ..
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Release date: 1978-08-02
Best Crime Movies of 1978 : The Brink's Job
10.

The Brink's Job

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In 1950, a group of unlikely criminal masterminds commits the robbery of the century. Led by Tony Pino (Peter Falk), a petty thief fresh out of prison, and Joe McGinnis (Peter Boyle), who specializes in planning lucrative capers, the gang robs Brink's main office in Boston of more than $2 million. However, things begin to go awry when the FBI gets involved, the cops start cracking down on the gang and McGinnis refuses to hand over the loot...

Starring: Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands, Paul Sorvino, Sheldon Leonard, Kevin O'Connor, Gerard Murphy, Patrick Hines ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1978-12-08

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