Best Crime Movies of 1979

1.

Escape From Alcatraz

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

San Francisco Bay, January 18, 1960. Frank Lee Morris is transferred to Alcatraz, a maximum security prison located on a rocky island. Although no one has ever managed to escape from there, Frank and other inmates begin to carefully prepare an escape plan.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward, Paul Benjamin, Larry Hankin, Bruce M. Fischer, Frank Ronzio, Fred Stuthman ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1979-01-25
2.

Scum

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or improve the inmates and actively encouraged a power struggle between the 'tough' new inmate and the 'old hands'.

Starring: Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, Julian Firth, John Blundell, Phil Daniels, John Judd, Philip Jackson, Peter Howell, John Grillo, Ray Burdis ..
Directed by: Alan Clarke
Release date: 1979-09-12
3.

...And Justice for All

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

An ethical Baltimore defense lawyer disgusted with rampant legal corruption is forced to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial under the threat of being disbarred.

Starring: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Christine Lahti, Lee Strasberg, Jeffrey Tambor, Sam Levene, Robert Christian, Thomas G. Waites, Larry Bryggman ..
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1979-10-19
4.

When a Stranger Calls

4.6
6.5/10 IMDB

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Starring: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Beckley, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano, Kirsten Larkin, Ron O'Neal, Heetu, Rachel Roberts ..
Directed by: Fred Walton
Release date: 1979-10-26
5.

Hardcore

4.2
7.1/10 IMDB

A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in the porno pits of Los Angeles.

Starring: George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent, Leonard Gaines, Dave Nichols, Gary Graham, Larry Block, Marc Alaimo, Leslie Ackerman ..
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Release date: 1979-02-09
6.

Over the Edge

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

The music of Cheap Trick, The Cars, and The Ramones highlights this realistic tale of alienated suburban youth on the rampage. Dillon makes his screen debut in this updated, well-done "Rebel Without a Cause." Shelved for several years, the movie was finally released after Dillon made it big. Sleeper with excellent direction and dialogue.

Starring: Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano, Andy Romano, Ellen Geer, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig, Tom Fergus, Harry Northup, Julia Pomeroy, Tiger Thompson ..
Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan
Release date: 1979-11-02
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Porridge
7.

Porridge

3.7
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. The breakout is set for the day of a morale-raising football match between a 'celebrity' football team and the inmates of Slade. Everything is going to plan until Godber is injured on the goal post. In the ensuing confusion, Fletcher finds himself on the wrong side of the prison walls and must now try and break back into prison.

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
8.

Murder by Decree

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes is drawn into the case of Jack the Ripper who is killing prostitutes in London's East End. Assisted by Dr. Watson, and using information provided by a renowned psychic, Robert Lees, Holmes finds that the murders may have its roots in a Royal indiscretion and that a cover-up is being managed by politicians at the highest level, all of whom happen to be Masons.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings, John Gielgud, Donald Sutherland, Geneviève Bujold, Susan Clark, Anthony Quayle, Frank Finlay ..
Directed by: Bob Clark
Release date: 1979-02-01
9.

The North Avenue Irregulars

3.5
6.8/10 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 Crime Movies of 1979 : The Onion Field
10.

The Onion Field

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

An LA police officer is murdered in the onion fields outside of Bakersfield. However, legal loopholes could keep his kidnappers from receiving justice, and his partner is haunted by overwhelming survivor's guilt.

Starring: John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales, Ted Danson, Ronny Cox, David Huffman, Christopher Lloyd, Dianne Hull, Priscilla Pointer, Beege Barkette ..
Directed by: Harold Becker
Release date: 1979-09-09

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