Best Drama Movies of 1979


Breaking Away

7.7/10 IMDB

Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even takes up the Italian culture, much to his friends and parents annoyance.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Dennis Christopher, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley, Robyn Douglass, Hart Bochner, Amy Wright, Peter Maloney ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1979-05-24


7.3/10 IMDB

Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.

Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Mark Wingett, Timothy Spall, Sting, Ray Winstone, Toyah Willcox, Michael Elphick, Hugh Lloyd ..
Directed by: Franc Roddam
Release date: 1979-09-14

Beauty Becomes the Beast

7.5/10 IMDB

Beauty Becomes the Beast describes a random access world mediated by TV images and shards of popular culture. The film features a powerful performance by Lydia Lunch regressing from adulthood to childhood, hinting at a sexually abusive past. It concerns itself with the position of woman as subject and the way women experience patriarchal law and the heterosexual order.

Starring: Adele Bertei, Lydia Lunch, Klaus Nomi ..
Directed by: Vivienne Dick
Release date: 1979-01-02
Best Drama Movies of 1979 : Sooner or Later

Sooner or Later

7.8/10 IMDB

Thirteen-year-old Jessie is in love with Michael, a 17-year-old guitar instructor and aspiring musician. When she finally captures his interest, she lies and tells him she's 16. But what will Michael do when he discovers the truth?

Starring: Denise Miller, Rex Smith, Judd Hirsch, Barbara Feldon, Lilia Skala, Vivian Blaine, Lynn Redgrave, Morey Amsterdam, Mary-Beth Manning, Mary-Beth Manning ..
Directed by: Bruce Hart
Release date: 1979-03-25

Orphan Train

7.2/10 IMDB

Telling of the story of the Orphan Trains. The first form of foster care in the United States.

Starring: Jill Eikenberry, Kevin Dobson, Glenn Close, Linda Manz ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1979-12-22

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

Act of Violence

7.4/10 IMDB

Divorced career woman's life changes when she is beaten and robbed by a street gang.

Starring: Elizabeth Montgomery, James Sloyan, Sean Frye, Roy Poole, Biff McGuire, Michael Goodwin, Dolph Sweet, Linden Chiles, Ed Bernard, Tom Rosqui ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1979-11-10
Best Drama Movies of 1979 : The Last of the Knucklemen

The Last of the Knucklemen

7.1/10 IMDB

In the tradition of Sunday Too Far Away, this independent film is based on the classic Australian play by John Power. Pic tells the story of a group of miners living in a camp in outback Australia. They swear, brawl, gamble, and drink heavily. Central to the story is the conflict between Tarzan, the authoritarian group leader and cocky loud-mouth wisecracking Pansy. This results in a bare-knuckle punch-up for the movie's denouement.

Starring: Gerard Kennedy, Michael Preston, Peter Hehir, Dennis Miller, Michael Caton, Steve Rackman, Steve Bisley, Stewart Faichney, Gerry Duggan ..
Directed by: Tim Burstall
Release date: 1979-07-01
Best Drama Movies of 1979 : Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love

Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love

7.5/10 IMDB

A young couple is overjoyed when they find out that, after having had two girls, the wife is pregnant again, and this time it will be a son. However, the boy turns out to autistic. Unhappy with the diagnoses and treatments available, they decide to work out their own therapy program for their son.

Starring: James Farentino, Kathryn Harrold, Stephen Elliott, Henry Olek, Kerry Sherman, Erica Yohn, Michael Adams, Arch Archambault, Shelby Balik, Rachel Bard ..
Directed by: Glenn A. Jordan
Release date: 1979-05-14
Best Drama Movies of 1979 : When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?

6.9/10 IMDB

Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture.

Starring: Candy Clark, Marjoe Gortner, Stephanie Faracy, Dixie Harris, Anne Ramsey, Lee Grant, Hal Linden, Peter Firth, Pat Hingle, Leon Russell ..
Directed by: Milton Katselas
Release date: 1979-02-09

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