Best Drama Movies of 1978

1.

The Deer Hunter

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.

Starring: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, George Dzundza, Rutanya Alda, Pierre Segui, Amy Wright, Richard Kuss ..
Directed by: Michael Cimino
Release date: 1978-03-09
2.

Midnight Express

6.2
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
3.

Days of Heaven

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

Starring: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Linda Manz, Sam Shepard, Robert J. Wilke, Stuart Margolin, Timothy Scott, Jackie Shultis, Gene Bell, Doug Kershaw ..
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release date: 1978-09-13
4.

Watership Down

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

When the warren belonging to a community of rabbits is threatened, a brave group led by Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry and Hazel leave their homeland in a search of a safe new haven.

Starring: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Michael Graham Cox, John Bennett, Ralph Richardson, Simon Cadell, Terence Rigby, Roy Kinnear, Richard O'Callaghan, Denholm Elliott ..
Directed by: Martin Rosen
Release date: 1978-10-14
5.

Interiors

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

When Eve, an interior designer, is deserted by her husband of many years, Arthur, the emotionally glacial relationships of the three grown-up daughters are laid bare. Twisted by jealousy, insecurity and resentment, Renata, a successful writer; Flyn, a woman crippled by indecision; and Joey, a budding actress; struggle to communicate for the sake of their shattered mother. But when their father unexpectedly falls for another woman, his decision to remarry sets in motion a terrible twist of fate…

Starring: Diane Keaton, Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt, Richard Jordan, E.G. Marshall, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton, Sam Waterston, Missy Hope, Kerry Duffy ..
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1978-08-02
6.

Coming Home

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin, a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the war. Sally and Luke develop a friendship that soon turns into a romance.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Robert Carradine, Robert Ginty, Mary Gregory, Kathleen Miller, Beeson Carroll, Willie Tyler ..
Directed by: Hal Ashby
Release date: 1978-02-15
7.

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
8.

Magic

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Ed Lauter, E.J. André, Jerry Houser, David Ogden Stiers, Lillian Randolph, Joe Lowry, Robert Hackman ..
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1978-11-08
9.

Pretty Baby

4.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Hattie, a New Orleans hooker, meets a photographer named Bellocq at her brothel one night and, after he photographs her, he befriends her 12-year-old daughter, Violet. When Violet is brought on as a working girl by her mother's madam and Hattie skips town to get married, Violet quickly loses her innocence and focuses on reuniting with Bellocq. But a life with Bellocq is compromised for Violet after her mother returns to town.

Starring: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye, Antonio Fargas, Matthew Anton, Diana Scarwid, Barbara Steele, Gerrit Graham, Don Hood ..
Directed by: Louis Malle
Release date: 1978-04-05
10.

The Boys from Brazil

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen, Steve Guttenberg, Denholm Elliott, Rosemary Harris, John Dehner, John Rubinstein ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1978-10-05

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