Top Ten 1978


It’s the battle of the Vietnam angst movies in 1978, and while the race was tight that year, the years since have proven The Deer Hunter to be the far more moving, intelligent and shrewd of the two films vying for the top slot (the other being Coming Home). I do enjoy Jon Voight’s passionate work as the veteran who experiences the nation’s intolerance upon returning home from his years in battle, but the more soulfully moving work by Robert De Niro in Michael Cimino’s masterpiece gets my vote. Toning down all the emotional disturbance of Taxi Driver, De Niro gives a very quiet performance as a man struggling to accept his world after it has been…

There are no mystery films in this list released in the 1930s.