Best Crime Movies of 1979


When a Stranger Calls

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
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Il mammasantissima

Il mammasantissima

5.9/10 IMDB

Don Vincenzo is a well respected boss from Naples, but he protects people from other criminals, like gypsies, loan sharks and Don Bufalo...but as they say in Naples, a Mammasantissima either ends in jail or inside a grave.

Starring: Mario Merola, Malisa Longo, Elio Zamuto, Biagio Pelligra, Marina Viviani, Walter Ricciardi, Fabiola Toledo ..
Directed by: Alfonso Brescia
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : The Prize Fighter

The Prize Fighter

5.7/10 IMDB

"Bags" the boxer (funnyman Tim Conway) and his manager, Shake (Don Knotts), are quite a pair: One is a dim bulb, and the other has a mean streak. Times are tough and they must save their gym, so they line up some moneymaking fights. But when Bags and Shake discover that the bouts have been rigged, they end up with their backs to the wall and must fight back -- literally.

Starring: Don Knotts, Tim Conway, David Wayne, Cisse Cameron, Robin Clarke, Holly Conover, Billy Asher, Alfred E. Covington, Bill Crabb, Kenneth Daniel ..
Directed by: Michael Preece
Release date: 1979-11-02
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Rape Shot: Momoe's Lips

Rape Shot: Momoe's Lips

5.4/10 IMDB

Toru, a down and out tabloid reporter is looking for his next “big” story. In order to get paid decent money in the supermarket rag business, you need to find controversy! The elusive “Momoe” is forbidden fruit, so he sets his sights on Miki Yoko, an up and coming young singing sensation. She’s young and beautiful and Toru thinks her record company is pumping her full of drugs. He will do anything to get a story, even assaulting her and tailing her everywhere she goes. One night, she is kidnapped right in front of him and, with his reporter instincts at work, Toru’s life spirals into a torrid world of sex, drugs, and corruption in the entertainment business. In his quest for a huge story, will he come out unscathed?

Starring: Minako Mizushima, Yûko Asuka, Noriaki Abe, Miyako Yamaguchi, Shinzô Hotta, Kanji Kume, Kazuhiro Shima, Akira Takahashi, Jirô Tanabe, Hiroshi Unayama ..
Directed by: Katsuhiko Fujii
Release date: 1979-06-23
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Napoli... la camorra sfida, la città risponde

Napoli... la camorra sfida, la città risponde

5.7/10 IMDB

Italian crime movie from 1979 directed by Alfonso Brescia.

Starring: Mario Merola, Antonio Sabàto, Jeff Blynn, Liana Trouche, Walter Ricciardi, Benito Artesi, Lucio Montanaro, Franco Angrisano, Rik Battaglia, Sabrina Siani ..
Directed by: Alfonso Brescia
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Blood Rage

Blood Rage

4.9/10 IMDB

A sexually frustrated young man kills hookers.

Starring: Judith Marie-Bergan, Lawrence Tierney, James Johnson, Ian Scott, Jerry McGee, Patrick Hines, Kristen Steen, Irwin Keyes, Rita Ebenhart, Blair Trigg ..
Directed by: Joseph Zito
Release date: 1979-01-01

Malice Aforethought

7.8/10 IMDB

Dr. Edmund Bickleigh is a man who is very careful and very determined. And he is especially determined to not get caught committing the perfect murder of his wife. In the end he succeeds but then finds circumstances are "agin him".

Release date: 1979-03-15
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : The Swap

The Swap

3.4/10 IMDB

A political filmmaker finds himself in Long Island for a weekend where he finds himself entangled with a high-living, jet set crowd. At first it is exciting, but soon he finds himself disillusioned by their shallowness.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jennifer Warren, Jarred Mickey, Terrayne Crawford, Martin J. Kelley, Anthony Charnota, Lisa Blount, Sybil Danning ..
Directed by: Jordan Leondopoulos
Release date: 1979-10-12
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Cocaine Cowboys

Cocaine Cowboys

2.9/10 IMDB

A rock band is on the brink of super-stardom. Until now they've juggled their music career with cocaine smuggling. The musicians and their manager wish to sever ties with organized-crime, leave the drug world behind and concentrate on music. They are coerced into doing one last job for the Mob. They lose the $2 million of cocaine and find themselves marked men unless they can fulfill their obligations.

Starring: Jack Palance, Tom Sullivan, Andy Warhol, Suzanna Love, Pete Huckabee ..
Directed by: Ulli Lommel
Release date: 1979-10-03
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Samurai


6.9/10 IMDB

Lee Cantrell, a young San Francisco attorney by day, at night becomes a samurai warrior, and battles a crazed multi-millionaire who is planning to destroy the city with an earthquake machine.

Starring: Joe Penny, Dana Elcar, Beulah Quo, James Shigeta, Charles Cioffi, Geoffrey Lewis, Norman Alden, Morgan Brittany, Ralph Manza, Shane Sinutko ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1979-04-29

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