Best Thriller Movies of 1978

1.

Halloween

6.2
7.8/10 IMDB

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween Night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, Nancy Kyes, Nick Castle, Tony Moran, Will Sandin, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1978-10-24
2.

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
3.

The Wild Geese

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and due for execution. Just when the team has performed a perfect rescue, the multinational does a deal with the vicious dictator leaving the mercenary band to escape under their own steam and exact revenge.

Starring: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger, Stewart Granger, John Kani, Jack Watson, Frank Finlay, Kenneth Griffith, Ronald Fraser ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1978-07-05
4.

Coma

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye.

Starring: Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Richard Widmark, Rip Torn, Lois Chiles, Hari Rhodes, Gary Barton, Frank Downing, Alan Haufrect ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1978-01-06
5.

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
6.

The First Great Train Robbery

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Starring: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb, Malcolm Terris, Robert Lang, Michael Elphick, Wayne Sleep, Pamela Salem, Gabrielle Lloyd ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1978-12-14
7.

Revenge of the Pink Panther

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is dead. At least that is what the world—and Charles Dreyfus—believe when a dead body is discovered in Clouseau's car after being shot off the road. Naturally, Clouseau knows differently and, taking advantage of not being alive, sets out to discover why an attempt was made on his life.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Andrew Sachs, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, Dyan Cannon, Robert Webber, Tony Beckley, Robert Loggia, Paul Stewart, André Maranne ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1978-01-08
8.

Force 10 from Navarone

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Mallory and Miller are back. The survivors of Navarone are sent on a mission along with a unit called Force 10, which is led by Colonel Barnsby. But Force 10 has a mission of their own which the boys know nothing about.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Barbara Bach, Edward Fox, Franco Nero, Carl Weathers, Richard Kiel, Alan Badel, Michael Byrne, Philip Latham ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1978-11-01
9.

The Fury

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harness his extremely powerful psychic abilities.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Charles Durning, Amy Irving, James Belushi, Fiona Lewis, Carrie Snodgress, Andrew Stevens, Carol Eve Rossen, Rutanya Alda ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1978-03-10
10.

Damien: Omen II

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Since the sudden and highly suspicious death of his parents, 12-year-old Damien has been in the charge of his wealthy aunt and uncle (Lee Grant and William Holden). Widely feared to be the Antichrist, Damien relentlessly plots to seize control of his uncle's business empire - and the world. Meanwhile, anyone attempting to unravel the secrets of Damien's sinister past or fiendish future meets with a swift and cruel demise.

Starring: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Robert Foxworth, Lance Henriksen, Elizabeth Shepherd, Nicholas Pryor, Lew Ayres, Sylvia Sidney, Lucas Donat ..
Directed by: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Release date: 1978-06-09

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