Best films of 1979

This was a notable year for Russian cinema, with Tarkovsky, Norshteyn, Mikhalkov, and Panfilov all at the top of their game, while Sokurov completed his exquisite debut (only for it to be banned), and we even finally got to see a completed version of Eisenstein’s 1930s Mexican film.

Most need to see: Fad’jal, Siberiade, West Indies, El Super, Mama Turns 100, Life Sentence, No More Easy Life, The Nineteen-Year-Old’s Map, The Patriot, Autumn Marathon, September Vacation, A Priceless Day, The Survivors, Hungarian Rhapsody, Hunter in the Dark, Faratyev’s Fantasies, The Bodyguard, The Herd, Jaguar, Allegro Barbaro, The War at Home, A Decent Life, Grass Labyrinth, The Adolescent, Amy!, The Battle of Chile: Part III, The Man Who Stole the Sun,…

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  • Stalker

    1

  • Doomed Love

    2

  • Apocalypse Now

    3

  • My Brilliant Career

    4

  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    5

  • Being There

    6

  • Camera Buff

    7

  • L'Enfant Secret

    8

  • The Barrier

    9

  • Christ Stopped at Eboli

    10

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    11

  • The Black Stallion

    12

  • Real Life

    13

  • Manhattan

    14

  • Vengeance Is Mine

    15

  • The Lonely Voice of Man

    16

  • Sisters, or The Balance of Happiness

    17

  • Ticket of No Return

    18

  • Family Nest

    19

  • Tess

    20

  • Wise Blood

    21

  • Tale of Tales

    22

  • ¡Que Viva México!

    23

  • Five Evenings

    24

  • The Third Generation

    25

  • Legend of the Mountain

    26

  • Messidor

    27

  • The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting

    28

  • Young Girls of Wilko

    29

  • The Bogeyman

    30

  • Aurélia Steiner (Vancouver)

    31

  • Raining in the Mountain

    32

  • The Theme

    33

  • The Meadow

    34

  • Woyzeck

    35

  • Bush Mama

    36

  • Anti-Clock

    37

  • Saint Jack

    38

  • Nightmares

    39

  • And Quiet Rolls the Dawn

    40

  • The Strangling

    41

  • The Tempest

    42

  • Luka's Jovana

    43

  • Aurélia Steiner (Melbourne)

    44

  • National Class Category Up to 785ccm

    45

  • Demon Pond

    46

  • La rosière de Pessac 79

    47

  • Alien

    48

  • Ballad of Tara

    49

  • From the Clouds to the Resistance

    50

  • Breaking Away

    51

  • Hardcore

    52

  • All That Jazz

    53

  • The Jerk

    54

  • Tall Shadows of the Wind

    55

  • Black Jack

    56

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    57

  • Don Giovanni

    58

  • The Scenic Route

    59

  • Alexandria… Why?

    60

  • Scum

    61

  • Orchestra Rehearsal

    62

  • Chilly Scenes of Winter

    63

  • The Man with the Axe

    64

  • Le Navire Night

    65

  • Gal Young 'Un

    66

  • The Tin Drum

    67

  • Over the Edge

    68

  • Provincial Actors

    69

  • Buffet froid

    70

  • Earth Days Pass By

    71

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    72

  • A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist

    73

  • ...And Justice for All

    74

  • Norma Rae

    75

  • The China Syndrome

    76

  • Zulu Dawn

    77

  • Mad Max

    78

  • Yanks

    79

  • The Elephant God

    80

  • The In-Laws

    81

  • First Case, Second Case

    82

  • The Man to Kill

    83

  • Le Bleu des origines

    84

  • Money Movers

    85

  • Perceval

    86

  • The Thrushes Are Still Singing

    87

  • Escape from Alcatraz

    88

  • Going in Style

    89

  • Impostors

    90

  • Love on the Run

    91

  • The Wanderers

    92

  • The Electric Horseman

    93