Best Music Movies of 1978

1.

The Last Waltz

5.8
8.1/10 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
2.

The Wiz

4.2
5.4/10 IMDB

Dorothy Gale, a shy kindergarten teacher, is swept away to the magic land of Oz where she embarks on a quest to return home.

Starring: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Theresa Merritt, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Mabel King, Thelma Carpenter, Stanley Greene ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1978-10-24
3.

The Buddy Holly Story

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

A film about the life and career of the early rock and roll star.

Starring: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis, William Jordan, Maria Richwine, Amy Johnston, Dick O'Neill, Fred Travalena, Neva Patterson ..
Directed by: Steve Rash
Release date: 1978-05-18
4.

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

The story of the rise and fall of the Pre-Fab Four.

Starring: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar, John Halsey, Michael Palin, Mick Jagger, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Bianca Jagger ..
Directed by: Eric Idle, Gary Weis
Release date: 1978-03-22
Best Music Movies of 1978 : She Loves Me
5.

She Loves Me

3.6
8.4/10 IMDB

BBC production of the 1963 Broadway musical which was based on Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 film "The Shop Around The Corner."

Starring: Robin Ellis, Gemma Craven, Peter Sallis, David Kernan, Diane Langton, Derek Smith, Nigel Rathbone, Aubrey Woods, Pamela Cundell, Colin Starkey ..
Directed by: Michael Simpson
Release date: 1978-12-22
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg Castle
6.

Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg Castle

3.5
8.7/10 IMDB

TANNHÄUSER UND DER SÄNGERKRIEG AUF WARTBURG is a grand opera by Richard Wagner in three acts. After experiencing boundless sensuality and freedom with the fun-loving Venus (soprano), the singer Tannhäuser (Tenor) finds it impossible to conform to the cultured setting of his betrothed Elizabeth (soprano), who loves him. During a singing contest, Tannhäuser describes the affair with Venus as the ultimate love experience and because of that, he is cast out from the established society. Thanks to Elizabeth's intervention, he is allowed to undertake a pilgrimage to the Pope to ask for the Holy Father's pardon. If the Pope accepts to forgive him, he would be allowed to take back his place in society. Tannhäuser accepts. But fate will not allow him to meet with his beloved Elizabeth again in this life. This is a recording of the legendary staging by Götz Friedrich for the 1978 Bayreuth Festival conducted by Sir Colin Davis.

Starring: Gwyneth Jones, Spas Wenkoff, Bernd Weikl, Hermann Hans Sotin, Robert Schunk, Franz Mazura, John Pickering, Heinz Feldhoff, Klaus Brettschneider, Irene Hammann ..
Directed by: Thomas Olofsson
Release date: 1978-07-10
Best Music Movies of 1978 : American Hot Wax
7.

American Hot Wax

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock'n'roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950s. Freed was a source of great controversy: criticized by conservatives for corrupting youth with the "devil's music"; hated by racists for promoting African American music for white consumption; persecuted by law enforcement officials and finally brought down by the "payola" scandals.

Starring: Tim McIntire, Fran Drescher, Jay Leno, Laraine Newman, Chuck Berry, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Moosie Drier, Carl Weaver ..
Directed by: Floyd Mutrux
Release date: 1978-03-17
8.

FM

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Q-SKY is the #1 radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play; running the station the way they want to, it has made them a ratings success.

Starring: Martin Mull, Cleavon Little, Norman Lloyd, Eileen Brennan, Michael Brandon, James Keach, Cassie Yates, Alex Karras, Don Dolan, Alex Karras ..
Directed by: John A. Alonzo
Release date: 1978-04-20
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
9.

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

3.4
8.4/10 IMDB

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Caroll Spinney, Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Debbie Chen, Will Lee, Loretta Long ..
Directed by: Jon Stone
Release date: 1978-12-12
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
10.

Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous

3.4
8.7/10 IMDB

Thin Lizzy in concert during their "Live and Dangerous" tour of 1976 in London.

Starring: Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson, Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Thin Lizzy, John Earle, Huey Lewis ..
Directed by: Ken O'Neill
Release date: 1978-06-02
11.

Stony Island

3.3
7.0/10 IMDB

"Stony Island gives you a priceless look back at Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, at a time when very few films were made in within the city at all — and features a legion of legendary Chicago players (Gene Barge, Phil Upchurch, Larry Ball, Richie Davis, Tennyson Stephens, Ronnie Barron, and a young Susanna Hoffs) alongside Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) and Rae Dawn Chong. Telling the story of a group of multiracial R&B performers, and how they’re affected by the death of a veteran musician from their circle, Stony Island is an incredible time capsule, and provides a sweetly funky soundtrack to boot!" -- The Cinefamily

Starring: Richard Davis, Edward Stoney Robinson, Gene Barge, Rae Dawn Chong, Susanna Hoffs, George Englund Jr, Dennis Franz, Billy Preston, Phil Upchurch, Richard Davis ..
Directed by: Andrew Davis
Release date: 1978-11-17
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Renaldo and Clara
12.

Renaldo and Clara

3.2
6.6/10 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 Music Movies of 1978 : Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna
13.

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
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The Water Babies
14.

The Water Babies

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel.

Starring: James Mason, Bernard Cribbins, Billie Whitelaw, Tommy Pender, Samantha Gates, Joan Greenwood, David Tomlinson, Jon Pertwee, David Jason, Una Stubbs ..
Directed by: Lionel Jeffries
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Ringo
15.

Ringo

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

Ringo, stressed out by fame, trades places with a schmuck who looks exactly like him. Then the problems start!

Starring: Ringo Starr, Art Carney, Angie Dickinson, Carrie Fisher, Vincent Price, John Ritter, George Harrison ..
Directed by: Jeff Margolis
Release date: 1978-04-25
16.

Jubilee

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

Queen Elizabeth I visits late 1970s England to find a depressing landscape where life has changed since her time.

Starring: Jenny Runacre, Nell Campbell, Toyah Willcox, Jordan, Ian Charleson, Karl Johnson, Linda Spurrier, Jack Birkett, Hermine Demoriane, Neil Kennedy ..
Directed by: Derek Jarman
Release date: 1978-02-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The Devil and Daniel Mouse
17.

The Devil and Daniel Mouse

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

When a young female mouse makes a deal with the devil to become a rock star and learns the price, her boyfriend has to help her avoid damnation.

Starring: Jim Henshaw, Annabel Kershaw, Martin Lavut, John Sebastian, Valerie Carter, Dianne Lawrence, Martin Lavut, Jim Henshaw, Valerie Carter, John Sebastian ..
Directed by: Clive A. Smith
Release date: 1978-10-05
18.

Thank God It's Friday

2.8
5.4/10 IMDB

It's Friday and everyone is going to the hot new disco. The Commodores are scheduled to play if Floyd shows up with the instruments and Nicole dreams of becoming a disco star. Other characters are there to win the dance contest, or to put a little excitement into a fifth anniversary.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Raymond Vitte, Debra Winger, Valerie Landsburg, Terri Nunn, Chick Vennera, Donna Summer, Mark Lonow, Andrea Howard, Robin Menken ..
Directed by: Robert Klane
Release date: 1978-05-19
19.

KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park

2.7
4.5/10 IMDB

The tale of rock band KISS and their efforts to thwart a diabolical plan by mad scientist Abner Devereaux. Devereaux has found a way to clone humans into robots in his laboratory at an amusement park. It just so happens that he plans to uses the KISS concert as a platform to unleash his plan on the world. KISS must use their special powers to stop him.

Starring: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Paul Daniel Frehley, Peter Criss, Anthony Zerbe, Carmine Caridi, Deborah Ryan, John Dennis Johnston, Lisa Jane Persky, Brion James ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1978-10-28
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Black Sabbath: Never Say Die
20.

Black Sabbath: Never Say Die

2.7
7.5/10 IMDB

1. Symptom Of The Universe 2. War Pigs 3. Snow Blind 4. Never Say Die 5. Black Sabbath 6. Dirty Women 7. Rock And Roll Doctor 8. Electric Funeral 9. Children Of The Grave 10. Paranoid Recorded live in 1978, Never Say Die is a defining moment in Black Sabbath's history. This unique concert is one of Sabbath's final performances with the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

Starring: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward ..
Directed by: Brian Wiseman
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Wiz on Down the Road
21.

Wiz on Down the Road

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

A short promotional film on the making of “The Wiz” (1978). Includes a brief history of Oz portrayals in film and behind the scenes interviews.

Starring: Rob Cohen, Sidney Lumet, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Ted Ross, Nipsey Russell, Marvin Miller ..
Directed by: Elliot Geisinger, Ronald Saland
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Cotton Candy
22.

Cotton Candy

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

An uncool high-schooler forms his own group to beat the local hotshots in a battle of the bands.

Starring: Charles Martin Smith, Clint Howard, Leslie King, Mark Wheeler ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 1978-10-26
23.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

2.3
4.1/10 IMDB

A small town band makes it big, but loses track of their roots, as they get caught up into the big-time machinations of the music biz. Now, they must thwart a plot to destroy their home town. Built around the music of The Beatles, this musical uses some big name groups like Peter Frampton and Aerosmith.

Starring: Peter Frampton, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Frankie Howerd, Paul Nicholas, Donald Pleasence, Sandy Farina, Dianne Steinberg, Steve Martin ..
Directed by: Michael Schultz
Release date: 1978-07-24
24.

Stunt Rock

2.2
5.4/10 IMDB

Australian stuntman Grant Page goes to Los Angeles to work on a television series. He uses his spare time to lend his expertise to rock band Sorcery. Page helps the band develop pyrotechnic magic tricks for their shows, and also recounts to his own exploits as a stuntman and daredevil as well as various stunts by other greats.

Starring: Grant Page, Monique van de Ven, Margaret Gerard, Paul Haynes, Curtis Hyde, Greg Magie, Phil Hartman, Dick Blackburn, Ron Raley, Chris Chalen ..
Directed by: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Disco Fever
25.

Disco Fever

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

Jaded night club owner stages the comeback of an ex-teen idol for revenge.

Starring: Fabian, Casey Kasem, Phoebe Dorin, Susette Carroll, Rick Goldman, Michael Blodgett, George Barris, Shirley Barris, Irwin Schaeffer, Tanya Lemani George ..
Directed by: Lamar Card
Release date: 1978-12-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait
26.

The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait

2.0
8.9/10 IMDB

Richard and Karen Carpenter host a musical celebration of the holiday with celebrity guests Gene Kelly, Georgia Engel, and Jimmy & Kristy McNichol.

Starring: Richard Carpenter, Karen Carpenter, Gene Kelly, Georgia Engel, Jimmy McNichol, Kristy McNichol ..
Directed by: Bob Henry
Release date: 1978-12-19
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Mitzi... What's Hot, What's Not
27.

Mitzi... What's Hot, What's Not

1.9
8.5/10 IMDB

Mitzi Gaynor and her guests Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat), John McCook (The Young and the Restless), and musician Benny Goodman explore trends of the 1970's ranging from Jazz and Disco to Soap Operas and King Tut-mania. Songs include "Satin Doll," "I'm Hip" (with Goodman), "Nice Work if You Can Get it," and "Can't Smile Without You."

Starring: Mitzi Gaynor, Gavin MacLeod, John McCook, Benny Goodman ..
Directed by: Tony Charmoli
Release date: 1978-04-06
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars
28.

The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars

1.9
8.4/10 IMDB

Fall preview special highlighted by original comedy skits and musical performances by the Bay City Rollers and others.

Starring: Les McKeown, Erik Estrada, Scott Baio, Joe Namath, Billy Barty, Louise DuArt, Mickey McMeel, Michael Lembeck, Debra Clinger, Billie Hayes ..
Release date: 1978-09-08
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The New Adventures of Heidi
29.

The New Adventures of Heidi

1.9
4.3/10 IMDB

Heidi leaves the mountains of Switzerland for a trip to New York City.

Starring: Burl Ives, Katy Kurtzman, John Gavin, Marlyn Mason, Sherrie Wills, Sean Marshall, Alex Henteloff, Charles Aidman, Walter Brooke, Amzie Strickland ..
Directed by: Ralph Senensky
Release date: 1978-12-13
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland
30.

Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

The Closing Of Winterland documents the Grateful Dead's landmark New Year's Eve 1978 concert that marked the end of the famed San Francisco Bay Area venue Winterland Aena. The Dead celebrated the closing as an approximately five-hour-long party (complete with breakfast with the audience at dawn) and invited some guests including guitarist John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Ken Kesey as well as actor Dan Aykroyd who provided the midnight countdown.

Starring: Jerry Garcia, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Godchaux, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir ..
Release date: 1978-12-31
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Amahl and the Night Visitors
31.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

1.8
7.9/10 IMDB

One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd boy-turned-beggar and his mother are visited by three strangers. They are the Three Kings, and they are on their way to Bethlehem to visit the Christ Child, who has just been born.

Starring: Teresa Stratas, Robert Sapolsky, Giorgio Tozzi, Willard White, Nico Castel, Michael Lewis, Kate Castle, Peter Walker, John Terry Bates ..
Directed by: Arvin Brown
Release date: 1978-12-24
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978
32.

The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978

1.7
7.7/10 IMDB

For his 1978 Christmas special, the third in as many years, Johnny Cash moved the taping of the Christmas Special to Los Angeles, and, predictably, the program takes on a Hollywood feel. Guests include Kris Kristofferson and singer Rita Coolidge, both friends of the Cash family who perform a heartfelt "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends," and Steve Martin, one of America's hottest new comics at the time. June Carter Cash, as always, performs with her husband, and other family members make appearances in this special as well.

Starring: Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Martin, Carlene Carter, Tara Cash, Rosanne Cash, Cindy Cash, Kathy Cash ..
Directed by: Walter C. Miller
Release date: 1978-12-06
33.

Alice Cooper and Friends

1.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A TV concert special showcasing performances by Alice Cooper and support acts Sha Na Na, The Tubes and Nazareth. Filmed June 19, 1977 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, this special was broadcast in September 1977 on US television.

Starring: Alice Cooper ..
Directed by: Martin Morris
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The Goldie Hawn Special
34.

The Goldie Hawn Special

1.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Goldie Hawn’s second TV special was in 1978, “The Goldie Hawn Special” and it was a sort of comeback for her, after she had been out of the spotlight for over two years. On the TV special she performed show tunes and comedy bits alongside comic legend George Burns, teen idol Shaun Cassidy, television star John Ritter and even the Harlem Globetrotters joined her on the show. The special later went on to be nominated for a primetime Emmy Award.

Starring: Goldie Hawn, George Burns, John Ritter, Shaun Cassidy, Dennis C. Stewart ..
Directed by: Don Mischer
Release date: 1978-03-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Rockpalast - Meat Loaf
35.

Rockpalast - Meat Loaf

1.6
7.3/10 IMDB

Rockpalast series featuring Meat Loaf

Starring: Meat Loaf ..
Release date: 1978-06-11
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Cindy
36.

Cindy

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A revisionist twist on Cinderella with an all-black cast and set in Harlem during WWII. Cindy is a country bumpkin who moves from South Carolina to live with her father and his new family. When her stepmother and two stepsisters refuse to take her to the Sugar Hill Ball, her draft-dodging, chauffeur neighbor whips up a little "magic" and at the ball she catches the eye of the richest man in Harlem.

Starring: Charlayne Woodard, Scoey Mitchell, Mae Mercer, Nell Carter, Alaina Reed Hall, Cleavant Derricks, Clifton Davis, W. Benson Terry, John Hancock, Richard Stahl ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1978-03-24
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Big Apple Birthday
37.

Big Apple Birthday

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Every day is boring and the same to Amy, even her birthday. All the evidence her family puts forth that each day is different she rebuts with well-thought out responses of sameness. She is supposed to visit her Aunt Lucy to pick up her present from her, and instead meets weird characters who insist that her aunt has a beagle named Charlie and that she has turned into a butterfly. Eventually she encounters fairytale folk who thought their lives were normal before the events in their stories occurred. (IMDb)

Starring: Kelly Ellen Collins, Lea Collins, Bill Drew, Warren Ball, Ira Lee Collings, Trini Alvarado, Alex Paez, Jay May, Steven Williams ..
Directed by: Nick De Noia
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The Dancing Princesses
38.

The Dancing Princesses

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A made-for-TV retelling of the story "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," directed by Ben Rea, featuring Jim Dale as the Soldier, Freddie Jones as the destitute King, and Gloria Grahame as the Witch. Significant changes were made to the story, including reducing the number of princesses to six, and the soldier ultimately declining to marry any of the princesses due to their deceitful nature.

Starring: Jim Dale, Gloria Grahame, Freddie Jones, Peter Butterworth, Lesley Collier, Jane Darling, Lavinia Lang, Lorna Nathan, Maureen Willsher, Jane Winchester ..
Directed by: Jon Scoffield
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The Oriental Nightfish
39.

The Oriental Nightfish

1.6
6.0/10 IMDB

The infamous short film that accompanies the Linda McCartney song of the same name.

Starring: Linda McCartney ..
Directed by: Ian Emes
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Eurovision Song Contest 1978
40.

Eurovision Song Contest 1978

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

The Eurovision Song Contest 1978 was the 23rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Paris, France. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Télévision Française 1 (TF1), the contest was held at the Palais des Congrès on Saturday 22 April 1978 and was hosted by French television presenters Denise Fabre and Léon Zitrone. This was the first time that more than one presenter had hosted the contest and the first to have a male presenter since 1956. In addition to hosting, the two presenters also served as commentators for France.

Starring: Denise Fabre, Léon Zitrone ..
Directed by: Bernard Lion
Release date: 1978-04-22
41.

Alex and the Wonderful Doo-Wah Lamp

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Alex is annoyed when he loses out on being picked as class president. When visiting a local antique shop he finds a magic lamp, with three singing Genies, who grant him three magical wishes.

Starring: Alex Paez, Jesse M. Cohen, Robin G. Cooley, Kathy Ingraham, Bill Drew, Ava Haddad, Warren Parker, Elise Stiefel, Phil Black, Dennis Ferden ..
Directed by: Nick De Noia
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : The Things We Did Last Summer
42.

The Things We Did Last Summer

1.5
6.8/10 IMDB

This episodic comedy features the original cast of Saturday Night Live as they present individual skits that describe their summer vacations. Among the highlights is a concert segment featuring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as the Blues Brothers.

Starring: Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris ..
Directed by: Gary Weis
Release date: 1978-10-28
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Mongoloid
43.

Mongoloid

1.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A short film, accompanied by Devo's title track. Insightful editing techniques reveal the dreams, ideals and problems that face a large segment of the American male population.

Directed by: Bruce Conner
Release date: 1978-12-31
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Mongoloid
44.

Mongoloid

1.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A documentary film exploring the manner in which a determined young man overcame a basic mental defect and became a useful member of society. Insightful editing techniques reveal the dreams, ideals and problems that face a large segment of the American male population. Educational. Background music written and performed by the DEVO orchestra.

Starring: Bob Casale, Gerald V. Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Mothersbaugh, Alan Myers ..
Directed by: Bruce Conner
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Sammy Stops the World
45.

Sammy Stops the World

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A man who sells coffee for a living gets his boss's daughter pregnant. This changes his life and eventually leads to his becoming a powerful business tycoon with no moral center. (TCM)

Starring: Sammy Davis Jr., Dennis Daniels, Randon Lo, Marian Mercer ..
Directed by: Mel Shapiro
Release date: 1978-01-01
46.

Metal Messiah

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A bizarre sci-fi rock opera like little else being produced under the banner of Canadian film at the time, Metal Messiah is about an enigmatic metallic-skinned stranger trying to stop society's self-destructive obsession with rock and roll. Anchored in Toronto's live music scene if the late 1970s, this dystopian parable was the feature film debut of local music impresario and director Tibor Takács. Working with screenwriter Stephen Zoller, Takács' film is a crudely crafted, episodic work that plays out like a glam version of Amos Poe's avant-punk NYC flick The Foreigner (1978), but with even more ambition, attempting to scale to the bombastic rock opera heights of films like Phantom of the Paradise (1974) and Tommy (1975). (from: http://www.canuxploitation.com/review/metalmessiah.html)

Starring: Richard Ward Allen, David Hensen, Liane Hogan, John Paul Young ..
Directed by: Tibor Takács
Release date: 1978-04-26
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Hanging On A Star
47.

Hanging On A Star

1.3
5.9/10 IMDB

A struggling rock band is discovered by a gutsy young woman determined to make it as their manager. Certain that the band can be a winner, she convinces the group to give her a shot at making them stars. Surviving a slew of pitfalls -- among them a motorcycle gang and a helicopter pilot named "Crash" -- the band soon discovers that while making it isn't all that easy, getting there is all the fun.

Starring: Lane Caudell, Deborah Raffin, Danil Torppe, Wolfman Jack, Mickey McMeel ..
Directed by: Mike MacFarland
Release date: 1978-11-16
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Elvis Costello and The Attractions: Live on Rockpalast
48.

Elvis Costello and The Attractions: Live on Rockpalast

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Elvis Costello and The Attractions perform live in Koln, Germany.

Starring: Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve, Bruce Thomas, Pete Thomas ..
Release date: 1978-07-02
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Greg Kihn Band: Live at Rockpalast
49.

Greg Kihn Band: Live at Rockpalast

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Greg Kihn Band plays live from AudiMax in Hamburg, Germany, in support of their Next of Kihn LP.

Starring: Greg Kihn, Robbie Dunbar, Steve Wright, Larry Lynch, Steve Wright ..
Release date: 1978-03-14
Best Music Movies of 1978 : Roxette
50.

Roxette

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Documentary profiling young Roxy Music fans - they talk about the band and the music, are seen out and about in Manchester and getting ready for a concert at the Opera House. Includes footage of a tribute band, who due to a lack of musical instruments use household appliances to make music.

Starring: Gary Anderson, Philip Atkinson, Anita Stickland, Sandra Ward, Mick Cummings, Dorothy Harrison, Mark Lowry, Annette Whalley, Margaret Barcoe, John Bracken ..
Directed by: John McManus
Release date: 1978-06-01

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