Best Crime Movies of 1979


Escape from Alcatraz

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: 1979-06-22


7.6/10 IMDB

Powerful, uncompromising drama about two boys' struggle for survival in the nightmare world of Britain's notorious Borstal Reformatory. [This is the feature film version Alan Clarke made after the BBC banned the original before its scheduled TV broadcast (see Scum (1977)].

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

...And Justice for All

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


7.0/10 IMDB

A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in search for his runaway teenage daughter who’s making porno films in the 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

When a Stranger Calls

6.4/10 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

Over the Edge

7.3/10 IMDB

A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada.

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

Murder by Decree

6.8/10 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, Chris Wiggins ..
Directed by: Bob Clark
Release date: 1979-02-01

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 Crime 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

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

The Onion Field

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

The Lady in Red

6.3/10 IMDB

A farm girl's life turns upside down after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She moves to Chicago and becomes trapped in a vicious cycle of prostitution and crime.

Starring: Pamela Sue Martin, Robert Conrad, Louise Fletcher, Robert Hogan, Laurie Heineman, Glenn Withrow, Christopher Lloyd, Dick Miller, Nancy Parsons, Alan Vint ..
Directed by: Lewis Teague
Release date: 1979-07-01
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Murder by Natural Causes

Murder by Natural Causes

7.6/10 IMDB

An elaborate mystery involving a famous mentalist, his unfaithful wife who is trying to literally scare him to death, the best friend of the family, and the wife's ham-actor lover -- not only an intriguing who- (or whether) dunit, but also a literate, adult dramatic puzzle with an endless series of twists.

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Katharine Ross, Richard Anderson, Barry Bostwick, Bill Fiore, Phil Leeds, Eve McVeagh, Jeff Donnell, Victoria Carroll, Judith Marie-Bergan ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1979-02-17

The Evictors

5.4/10 IMDB

In the 1940s, a young couple moves into a remote house near a small town in Louisiana. The house has a history of violence that seems to be repeating itself…

Starring: Vic Morrow, Michael Parks, Jessica Harper, Sue Ane Langdon, Dennis Fimple, Bill Thurman, Jimmy Clem, Harry Thomasson, John H. Meyer, Foster Litton ..
Directed by: Charles B. Pierce
Release date: 1979-04-17
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Love and Bullets

Love and Bullets

5.6/10 IMDB

Jackie Pruit is the girlfriend of notorious gangster Joe Bomposa. When it looks as if Bomposa's goons are threatening Jackie's life, the FBI moves in to protect her, hoping that she'll have incriminating evidence. Veteran agent Charlie Congers is assigned to watch over Jackie, and while it soon becomes apparent that she knows almost nothing about Bomposa that would be of any use to the FBI, he falls in love with her. Bomposa decides it would be more convenient to have Jackie out of the way, ordering her to be executed. Bomposa's henchmen slip through FBI security and murder her, but now they have to answer the angry and vengeful Congers.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Rod Steiger, Henry Silva, Strother Martin, Bradford Dillman, Michael V. Gazzo, Paul Koslo, Val Avery, Sam Chew Jr. ..
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg, John Huston
Release date: 1979-04-05
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : 80 Blocks from Tiffany's

80 Blocks from Tiffany's

7.6/10 IMDB

This 1979 documentary depicts the daily life of gangs in the South Bronx. It deals primarily with two African American and Puerto Rican gangs known as the "Savage Skulls" and the "Savage Nomads".

Starring: Louis Gigante ..
Directed by: Gary Weis
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : The Golden Gate Murders

The Golden Gate Murders

6.5/10 IMDB

An elderly, venerable priest goes over the side of the Golden Gate Bridge and everyone except his nurse, Sister Benecia, believes that it was suicide. Sister Benecia finally manages to convince the police department to assign a detective, the cynical, irascible Paul Silver, to investigate. The "Mad Nun" and the "Mad Cop" become a formidable investigative team -- and much, much more.

Starring: David Janssen, Susannah York, Paul Coufos, Tim O'Connor, Lloyd Bochner, Kim Hunter, Alan Fudge, Kenneth Tigar, Regis Cordic, Sandy Ward ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1979-10-03


5.6/10 IMDB

A hitchhiker named Martel Gordone gets in a fight with two bikers over a prostitute, and one of the bikers is killed. Gordone is arrested and sent to prison, where he joins the prison's boxing team in an effort to secure an early parole and to establish his dominance over the prison's toughest gang.

Starring: Wilbur 'Hi-Fi' White, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Thommy Pollard, Hazel Spears, Donovan Womack, Floyd 'Wildcat' Chatman, Gloria Delaney, Badja Djola, Cepheus Jaxon, Dwaine Fobbs ..
Directed by: Jamaa Fanaka
Release date: 1979-12-01

A Force of One

5.1/10 IMDB

Karate champion Matt Logan is enlisted by the police to train officers in self-defense after narcotics agents are killed by an assailant using the martial arts.

Starring: Chuck Norris, Jennifer O'Neill, Clu Gulager, Ron O'Neal, Bill Wallace, Eric Laneuville, James Whitmore Jr., Clint Ritchie, Pepe Serna, Raymond Vitte ..
Directed by: Paul Aaron
Release date: 1979-06-01

Disco Godfather

5.2/10 IMDB

Retired cop and celebrity DJ Tucker Williams (aka The Disco Godfather) takes to the streets as a dangerous hallucinogenic drug called Angel Dust begins to take hold of the neighborhood.

Starring: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch, Jerry Jones, Lady Reed, Frank Finn, Julius Carry, Hawthorne James, Paunita Nichols, Wesley Gale ..
Directed by: J. Robert Wagoner
Release date: 1979-09-04

A Sense of Freedom

7.0/10 IMDB

The true story of Jimmy Boyle, who was reputed to be Scotland's most violent man.

Starring: David Hayman, Bill Barclay, Martin Black, Alex Norton, Fulton Mackay, Jim Boyce, Monica Brady, Jake D'Arcy, Hector Nicol, Sean Scanlan ..
Directed by: John Mackenzie
Release date: 1979-10-19

Friendships, Secrets and Lies

7.3/10 IMDB

Six former sorority sisters are suspected of murder when a baby's skeleton is found in the ruins of the sorority house.

Starring: Cathryn Damon, Shelley Fabares, Sondra Locke, Tina Louise, Paula Prentiss, Stella Stevens, Loretta Swit, Fran Bennett, Kyle Richards, Cristen Kauffman ..
Directed by: Marlene Laird, Ann Zane Shanks
Release date: 1979-12-03
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Il mammasantissima

Il mammasantissima

6.3/10 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 Ordeal of Patty Hearst

The Ordeal of Patty Hearst

5.8/10 IMDB

The story of the kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst by members of a radical guerrilla organization, as seen by the FBI agent in charge of her case.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Lisa Eilbacher, David Haskell, Stephen Elliott, Dolores Sutton, Felton Perry, Tisa Farrow, Jonathan Banks, Anne De Salvo, Karen Landry ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1979-03-04

A Man, a Woman and a Bank

5.7/10 IMDB

Two novice thieves are plotting to rob a bank in Vancouver. A photographer snaps a shot of one thief as he is carrying the bank building's blueprints. The would-be thief then begins a relationship with the photographer and attempts to retrieve the photos. Meanwhile, the thieves' plot consists of this: one man will enter the bank building after dark, while the other man sits in a van and uses a computer to unlock the building's doors. The final step involves transporting the cash to a freight ship waiting on the docks, for transportation to a money launderer in Macau.

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Paul Mazursky, Allan Kolman, Leigh Hamilton, Kung-Wu Huang, Campbell Lane, Terence Kelly, Nicholas Rice, Fernando Antunes ..
Directed by: Noel Black
Release date: 1979-09-28


4.6/10 IMDB

When her father is murdered, a cosmetics heiress becomes the next target of an unknown killer amid the international jet set.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, Ben Gazzara, Ben Gazzara, Ben Gazzara, James Mason, James Mason ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1979-06-29
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Steel


5.8/10 IMDB

Mike Catton was once a world-renowned construction foreman (at least in the construction world), but an accident left him with a serious fear of heights. Unable to climb the big skyscrapers while under construction, he retired and became a truck driver. But when an old friend needs him to help put up a building, and when the old friend gets harassed and threatened by an Evil Corporate Type, he comes out of retirement and assembles the creme de la creme of the construction world. Together, they race against time to finish the building while the Evil Corporate Type tries to stop them.

Starring: Lee Majors, Jennifer O'Neill, Art Carney, Harris Yulin, George Kennedy, Glynn Rubin, Susan Kingsley, Bea Silvern, Redmond Gleeson, Terry Kiser ..
Directed by: Steve Carver
Release date: 1979-10-21
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : She's Dressed to Kill

She's Dressed to Kill

5.3/10 IMDB

A fashion designer gives a private showing at her mansion over a weekend, but someone starts killing off the models.

Starring: John Rubinstein, Jessica Walter, Connie Sellecca, Jim McMullan, Clive Revill, Gretchen Corbett, Barbara Cason, Cathie Shirriff, Corinne Calvet, Eleanor Parker ..
Directed by: Gus Trikonis
Release date: 1979-12-10
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : The Prize Fighter

The Prize Fighter

5.6/10 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, William Rosenfeld, Alfred E. Covington, Bill Crabb, Kenneth Daniel ..
Directed by: Michael Preece
Release date: 1979-11-02


5.1/10 IMDB

A model and a private eye help a New York insurance investigator on a deadly case in Acapulco.

Starring: Farrah Fawcett, Charles Grodin, Art Carney, Joan Collins, William Daniels, John Hillerman, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Seymour Cassel, Robin Clarke ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1979-08-10
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Naples... The Camorra Challenges, the City Hits Back

Naples... The Camorra Challenges, the City Hits Back

5.9/10 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

Malibu High

5.0/10 IMDB

When a high school senior is dumped by her boyfriend, her grades fall avoid failing, she begins seducing her male teachers. Thus begins her downward spiral into drug addiction and prostitution, and ultimately assassinations for a kingpin mob boss.

Starring: Jill Lansing, Stuart Taylor, Katie Johnson, Wallace Earl, Alex Mann, Tammy Taylor, Garth Pillsbury, John Harmon, John Yates, James Devney ..
Directed by: Irvin Berwick
Release date: 1979-05-01

La banda del polvo maldito

5.2/10 IMDB

A man returns home only to find out his friend is an undercover drug enforcement agent who is trying to dismantle a criminal organization from within.

Starring: Valentín Trujillo, Hilda Aguirre, Armando Silvestre, Antonio de Hud, José David Agrasánchez, Ernesto Solís, Humberto Cabañas, Teresa Velázquez ..
Directed by: Gilberto Martínez Solares
Release date: 1979-12-13
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Concrete Cowboys

Concrete Cowboys

5.0/10 IMDB

Two Montana saddletramps head to Nashville to open up a detective agency. At first, the agency begins on a lark but, soon, they get involved in a case involving a kidnapped singer and an intricate blackmail scheme.

Starring: Tom Selleck, Jerry Reed, Morgan Fairchild, Claude Akins, Roy Acuff, Barbara Mandrell, Lucille Benson, Gene Evans, Randolph Powell, Ray Stevens ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1979-10-17

Cocaine Cowboys

4.2/10 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, Richard Young, Tony Munafo, Richard Bassett, Tzi Ma, Chuck Blackwell ..
Directed by: Ulli Lommel
Release date: 1979-10-05

Pursuit race

6.0/10 IMDB

A life of a driver Stephan Chekmenev turns out to be very lucky: healthy children, loving wife, solid loghouse. But once his fellow-villager perishes in a forest. And Chekmenev, considering himself to be the one to blame, in expectation of an imminent retribution, tries to understand: why and when did he, once having so many friends, become so indifferent towards other peoples lives.

Starring: Mykhaylo Holubovych, Lyudmila Chursina, Lyubov Virolainen, Nikolai Penkov ..
Directed by: Olgerd Vorontsov
Release date: 1979-06-06
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Delirium


4.5/10 IMDB

As a maniac slashes his way through the city, a lone survivor tries to stop his vicious murder spree, only to discover there is far more going on than just murder.

Starring: Turk Cekovsky, Debi Chaney, Terry TenBroek, Barron Winchester, Bob Winters, Garrett Bergfeld, Nick Panouzis, Harry Gorsuch, Chris Chronopolis, Lloyd Schattyn ..
Directed by: Peter Maris
Release date: 1979-07-19

Human Experiments

4.4/10 IMDB

A demented prison doctor performs gruesome shock therapy experiments on inmates.

Starring: Linda Haynes, Geoffrey Lewis, Ellen Travolta, Lurene Tuttle, Mercedes Shirley, Darlene Craviotto, Marie O'Henry, Wesley Marie Tackitt, Cherie Franklin, Aldo Ray ..
Directed by: Gregory Goodell
Release date: 1979-10-19
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : The Paradise Connection

The Paradise Connection

8.4/10 IMDB

A notorious Chicago lawyer leaves his successful practice and goes to Hawaii to locate his missing son who abandoned a promising law career and has become involved in drug smuggling.

Starring: Buddy Ebsen, Marj Dusay, Brian Kerwin, Bonnie Ebsen, Michael Biehn, Paul Lambert, John Colicos, Danny Kamekona, Zulu, Fred Ball ..
Directed by: Michael Preece
Release date: 1979-09-15
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Delta Fox

Delta Fox

6.4/10 IMDB

Woman is kidnaped by hitman who discovers that he is the target of another hitman.

Starring: Richard Lynch, Priscilla Barnes, Richard Jaeckel, Stuart Whitman, John Ireland, Julius Harris, Tracy Sebastian, Damon Reicher, Susan Holloway ..
Directed by: Beverly Sebastian, Ferd Sebastian
Release date: 1979-10-31

Malice Aforethought

8.2/10 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 : Blood Rage

Blood Rage

4.7/10 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
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Stone


7.9/10 IMDB

Dennis Weaver is a Joseph Wambaugh-type novelist cop and Pat Hingle is his hard-nosed superior who wants him to stick to police work or get off the force in this pilot to the short-lived series.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Pat Hingle, Roy Thinnes, Joby Baker, Joey Forman, Kim Hamilton, Vic Morrow, Tom Pedi, David Spielberg, Mel Stewart ..
Directed by: Corey Allen
Release date: 1979-08-26
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : The Great American Girl Robbery

The Great American Girl Robbery

4.7/10 IMDB

A busload containing three cheerleading teams from three different schools who are heading to compete against each other is hijacked by terrorists and the girls are kidnapped.

Starring: Kristine DeBell, Jason Williams, Anthony Lewis, Wally Ann Wharton, Leslie King, Marilyn Joi, Janie Squire, Lenka Novak, Robert Houston, Leon Isaac Kennedy ..
Directed by: Jeff Werner
Release date: 1979-09-01
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : The Swap

The Swap

3.2/10 IMDB

Vito gets out of jail after serving ten years and tries to find out who killed his younger brother.

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

Survival Run

4.5/10 IMDB

A group of teenagers drive out into the desert in search of sex, beer, and general good times. When their van breaks down, they find a group of prospectors who welcome the kids and offer them a place to stay until they can get help. It soon becomes evident, however, that there is more to these prospectors than they claim, and soon the teens are fleeing for their lives.

Starring: Peter Graves, Ray Milland, Vincent Van Patten, Cosie Costa, Robby Weaver, Susan Pratt, Marianne Sauvage, Randi Meryl, Daniel Ades, Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ..
Directed by: Larry Spiegel
Release date: 1979-04-26
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Hart to Hart

Hart to Hart

7.1/10 IMDB

In this pilot film, a friend of Jonathan Hart's is killed in a motor accident just after he has left a health farm, apparently committing suicide. There was no warning of him being troubled so the Harts go undercover to find out what happened at the farm.

Starring: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander, Roddy McDowall, Jill St. John, Eugene Roche, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Lee Bryant, Stella Stevens ..
Directed by: Tom Mankiewicz
Release date: 1979-08-25
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Samurai


6.8/10 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: 1979-04-30
Best Crime Movies of 1979 : Beach Patrol

Beach Patrol

6.7/10 IMDB

Jan Plummer, a policewoman recently transferred from LA narcotics to a beach patrol unit, spots a fugitive drug kingpin on the beach and becomes a target for murder.

Starring: Robin Strand, Jonathan Frakes, Christine De Lisle, Rick Hill, Michael Gregory, Paul Burke, Michael V. Gazzo, Panchito Gómez, Mimi Maynard, Princess O'Mahoney ..
Directed by: Bob Kelljan
Release date: 1979-04-30

Evidence of Power

6.8/10 IMDB

When criminology student Tom Richardson returns home to Hyland for the summer break, he is shocked to learn of a series of horrible deaths and mutilations.

Starring: Steven Carry, Alan Hale Jr., Gordon Jump, Rae LeBlond, James Matz ..
Directed by: Vern Piehl
Release date: 1979-01-01

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