Best Documentary Movies of 1978

1.

The Last Waltz

5.8
8.2/10 IMDB

Martin Scorsese's documentary intertwines footage from "The Band's" incredible farewell tour with probing backstage interviews and featured performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and other rock legends.

Starring: Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1978-05-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1978 : George Carlin: On Location at Phoenix
2.

George Carlin: On Location at Phoenix

4.1
8.2/10 IMDB

Performing at the Celebrity Star Theater in Phoenix on July 23, 1978, Carlin mesmerizes his audience in the second of his 12 HBO specials. The show was originally planned as part of a concert/sketch movie, The Illustrated George Carlin, that never came to fruition.The routines include: Death, Kids & Parents, Newscast #2, Time and Al Sleet, the Hippy-Dippy Weatherman. -- From Amazon.com

Starring: George Carlin, Brenda Carlin ..
Directed by: Marty Callner
Release date: 1978-07-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1978 : Gates of Heaven
3.

Gates of Heaven

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A documentary about the men who run a pet cemetery, and the men and women who bury their pets.

Starring: Lucille Billingsley, Zella Graham, Cal Harberts, Dan Harberts, Phil Harberts, Scottie Harberts, Mike Koewler, Floyd McClure, Ed Quye, Florence Rasmussen ..
Directed by: Errol Morris
Release date: 1978-10-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1978 : American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince
4.

American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Martin Scorsese spends an evening with larger-than-life raconteur Steven Prince—a former drug addict, road manager for Neil Diamond, and actor who memorably played Easy Andy, the gun salesman in TAXI DRIVER—as he recounts stories from his colorful life (one of which later inspired a key scene in PULP FICTION).

Starring: Martin Scorsese, George Memmoli, Steven Prince ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1978-09-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1978 : She Had Her Gun All Ready
5.

She Had Her Gun All Ready

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Two women- one passive and resigned, the other aggressive and domineering - interact in various locations in New York city. The film explores the dynamic between them before ending with a showdown at the roller-coaster on Coney Island.

Starring: Pat Place, Lydia Lunch ..
Directed by: Vivienne Dick
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1978 : The Winds of the Milky Way
6.

The Winds of the Milky Way

3.3
7.7/10 IMDB

Sequel to the "The Waterfowl People". The author interprets the kinship, linguistic and cultural relationships of the Finno-Ugric peoples. Finns, Vepsians, Votes, Setos, Erzya-Mordvinians, Mansi, Hungarians, Sami, Nganasans, and Estonians appear in the film. The film was shot in 1977 on location in northern Finland, Sapmi, Vepsia, Votia, Mordovia, Khantia-Mansia, Hungary, the Taymyr Peninsula, the Setomaa region in Estonia, and on the Estonian islands of Saaremaa and Muhu. Footage was also shot in 1970 in the Nenets Okrug. The second documentary in Lennart Meri's "Encyclopaedia Cinematographica Gentium Fenno - Ugricarum" series.

Directed by: Lennart Meri
Release date: 1978-02-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1978 : Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood
7.

Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood

3.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood, also known as Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, is a documentary film produced by BBC in 1978 on the subject of Hunter S. Thompson, directed by Nigel Finch. The road trip/film pairs Thompson with Finch's fellow Briton the illustrator Ralph Steadman. The party travel to Hollywood via Death Valley and Barstow from Las Vegas, scene of the pair's 1971 collaboration. It contains interviews with Thompson and Steadman, as well as some short excerpts from some of his work.

Starring: Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, Edward Judd, John Dean, Bill Murray, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Nixon, Brian Doyle-Murray, Mel Ferrer, Dean Martin ..
Directed by: Nigel Finch
Release date: 1978-11-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1978 : Renaldo and Clara
8.

Renaldo and Clara

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Filmed in the autumn of 1975 prior to and during Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour – featuring appearances and performances by Ronee Blakley, T-Bone Burnett, Jack Elliott, Allen Ginsberg, Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Hawkins, Roger McGuinn, Joni Mitchell, Mick Ronson, Arlen Roth, Sam Shepard, and Harry Dean Stanton – the film incorporates three distinct film genres: concert footage, documentary interviews, and dramatic fictional vignettes reflective of Dylan's song lyrics and life.

Starring: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Ronnie Hawkins, Jack Elliott, Harry Dean Stanton, Allen Ginsberg, David Mansfield, Helena Kallianiotes, T Bone Burnett, Ronee Blakley ..
Directed by: Bob Dylan
Release date: 1978-01-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1978 : Claymation: Three Dimensional Clay Animation
9.

Claymation: Three Dimensional Clay Animation

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

A look inside the Will Vinton Studio, with specializes in stop-motion animations with clay.

Starring: Susan Shadburne ..
Directed by: Will Vinton
Release date: 1978-05-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1978 : Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna
10.

Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna

3.2
8.1/10 IMDB

Short documentary film on the great and powerful Tom Waits, including clips from live performances and interviews.

Starring: Tom Waits ..
Directed by: Rudi Dolezal, Hannes Rossacher
Release date: 1978-01-01

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