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Movies Released in 1979

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This list shows all films released in 1979, including films that went direct-to-video, or only got an international theatrical release. For each film, we use the first date on which it was made available to the public, which might include international theatrical or domestic video releases that were a few days, or sometimes more, earlier than the domestic (US/Canada) theatrical release. All movies announced for release in 1979 are included.

See also: Top 1979 Worldwide - Domestic Release Schedule for 1979 - Most Popular 1979

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Release DateMovieGenreProduction
Budget
Domestic
Box Office
to Date
Trailer

January, 1979

January 1 The Bermuda Triangle   $22,200,000  
Chapter Two Comedy   $30,000,000  
The Concorde: Airport '79   $13,000,000  
The Deer Hunter Drama $15,000,000 $50,000,000  
Dracula Horror   $21,000,000  
A Force of One Action   $20,200,000  
Going in Style   $29,900,000  
Hanover Street Drama   $3,000,000  
Love at First Bite   $43,900,000  
Time After Time   $13,000,000  

February, 1979

February 1 The Glacier Fox Documentary   $3,500,000  
 
February 2 The First Great Train Robbery Action $6,000,000 $391,942  
 
February 9 Agatha Drama   $7,500,000  
Quintet   $0  
The Warriors Action   $22,490,000  

March, 1979

March 1 Dirt Documentary   $9,200,000  
 
March 2 Norma Rae Drama   $22,228,000  
Real Life Comedy   $0  
 
March 9 The Passage Drama   $70,461  
 
March 14 Voices Drama   $27,445  
 
March 16 The China Syndrome Thriller/Suspense   $35,708,042  
 
March 24 Hair   $13,100,000  
 
March 30 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Adventure   $0  
La cage aux folles Comedy   $18,709  

April, 1979

April 4 The Champ Drama   $30,441,738  
 
April 6 A Perfect Couple   $0  
 
April 20 Dawn of the Dead Horror $1,500,000 $5,100,000  
 
April 25 Manhattan Comedy   $39,946,780  
 
April 27 An Almost Perfect Affair Romantic Comedy   $0  
Dreamer   $0  
A Little Romance Romantic Comedy   $0  

May, 1979

May 1 Hot Stuff   $0  
 
May 2 Last Embrace Thriller/Suspense   $381,119  
 
May 18 Winter Kills   $0  
 
May 25 Alien Horror $9,000,000 $80,930,630  
The Prisoner of Zenda Comedy $12,500,000 $7,000,000  
 
May 31 The Brood Horror   $0  

June, 1979

June 1 Phantasm Horror   $0  
Wanda Nevada Adventure   $0  
 
June 8 Players   $0  
 
June 15 Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Western   $0  
Goldengirl   $0  
The In-Laws   $38,200,000  
Prophecy $12,000,000 $22,673,340  
Rocky 2 Action   $85,182,160  
 
June 22 Escape from Alcatraz Drama $8,000,000 $43,000,000  
Lost and Found Comedy   $1,022,374  
The Main Event   $37,198,813  
The Muppet Movie Comedy $8,000,000 $76,657,000  
 
June 29 Meatballs Comedy   $43,000,000  
Moonraker Action $31,000,000 $70,300,000  
Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline   $0  
 
June 30 Dolphin Documentary $170,000 $14,000  

July, 1979

July 13 Breaking Away Drama   $20,000,000  
The Frisco Kid Comedy   $12,000,000  
The Wanderers Drama   $5,017,811  
 
July 20 The Villain   $0  

August, 1979

August 3 The Amityville Horror Horror   $86,432,520  
More American Graffiti Comedy   $8,100,000  
North Dallas Forty   $19,010,710  
 
August 10 Americathon Comedy   $0  
Sunburn   $0  
 
August 15 Apocalypse Now Action $31,500,000 $78,800,000  
 
August 17 The Life of Brian Comedy $4,000,000 $20,008,693  
Rich Kids Drama   $53,064  
The Seduction of Joe Tynan Drama   $19,000,000  

September, 1979

September 7 Nest of Vipers   $0  
 
September 14 City on Fire Action   $0  
The Legacy   $0  
 
September 21 The Onion Field   $0  
 
September 28 A Man, a Woman and a Bank   $0  
When a Stranger Calls   $1,262,052  

October, 1979

October 5 10 Romantic Comedy   $52,134,699  
Luna   $0  
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht Horror   $0  
The Runner Stumbles   $0  
Starting Over   $38,200,000  
 
October 17 The Black Stallion Drama $2,700,000 $37,799,643  
Fukushu Suruwa Wareniari   $13,565  
 
October 19 ...And Justice For All Drama   $33,300,000  
Meteor Action $16,000,000 $8,400,000  
 
October 26 The Great Santini Drama   $7,000,000  

November, 1979

November 2 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Comedy   $12,922  
Running   $0  
 
November 7 The Rose Drama $8,500,000 $29,200,000  

December, 1979

December 7 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Adventure $35,000,000 $82,258,456  
 
December 14 1941 Comedy $32,000,000 $34,175,000  
The Jerk Comedy   $73,691,419  
Wise Blood   $0  
Zulu Dawn   $0  
 
December 16 The Human Factor   $0  
 
December 19 Being There Drama   $30,177,511  
The Electric Horseman   $42,670,138  
Kramer vs. Kramer Drama   $106,260,000  
Roller Boogie Comedy   $775,133  
 
December 20 All That Jazz Drama   $37,823,676  
 
December 21 The Black Hole $20,000,000 $35,841,901  
Cuba Action   $527,540  
 
December 31 Cannibal Holocaust Horror   $0  
Demonoid Horror   $0  
Glory Days   $0  
Lupin the Thrid: The Castle of Cagliostro Adventure   $0  
Racquet Comedy   $0  
Skatetown, U.S.A. Comedy   $0