1979 in Film
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1979 in Film

The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1979 released films by North American gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1979
Rank Title Distributor Gross
1. Kramer vs. Kramer Columbia $106,260,000[1]
2. The Amityville Horror American International Pictures $86,432,520[2]
3. Rocky II United Artists $85,182,160[3]
4. Apocalypse Now $83,471,511[4]
5. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount $82,258,456[5]
6. Alien 20th Century Fox $80,931,801[6]
7. 10 Warner Bros. $74,865,517[7]
8. The Jerk Universal $73,691,419[8]
9. Moonraker United Artists $70,308,099[9]
10. The Muppet Movie Associated Film Distribution $65,200,000[10]

Major events

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer - Jaffe, Columbia
Best Director: Robert Benton - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas - Being There
Best Foreign Language Film: The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Breaking Away
Best Actor: Peter Sellers - Being There
Best Actress: Bette Midler - The Rose
Other
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now
Best Foreign Language Film: La Cage aux Folles (France)

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States
The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

David, directed by Peter Lilienthal, West Germany

Notable films released in 1979

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1979 film releases

January-March

April-June

July-September

October-December

Births

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 11 Jack Soo 61 USA Actor
16 Peter Butterworth 59 UK Actor, Writer
16 Ted Cassidy 46 USA Actor
18 Cyril J. Mockridge 82 UK Composer
25 Dick Crockett 63 USA Stuntman, Actor
February 12 Jean Renoir 84 USA Director, Writer, Actor
16 Louise Allbritton 58 USA Actress
17 William Gargan 73 USA Actor
19 Leigh Jason 74 USA Director
28 Jane Hylton 51 UK Actress
March 1 Dolores Costello 75 USA Actress
2 Edith Craig 71 USA Actress
6 John Robinson 70 UK Actor
9 Barbara Mullen 64 UK Actress
19 John Tate 64 UK Actor Invasion
22 Ben Lyon 78 USA Actor, Writer
24 Yvonne Mitchell 63 UK Actress
April 4 Edgar Buchanan 76 USA Actor
6 Norman Tokar 59 USA Director
10 Nino Rota 67 Italy Composer
24 John Carroll 72 USA Actor
May 6 Rosemary La Planche 55 USA Actress
8 Victor Saville 83 UK Producer, Director
10 Beatrice Campbell 56 UK Actress
11 Joan Chandler 55 USA Actress
26 George Brent 80 USA Actor
29 Mary Pickford 87 USA Actress, Producer, Writer
June 2 Larisa Shepitko 41 Soviet Union Director
2 Jim Hutton 45 USA Actor
6 Jack Haley 80 USA Actor
11 John Wayne 72 USA Actor, Producer, Director
14 David Butler 84 USA Director
16 Nicholas Ray 67 USA Director, Writer, Actor
19 Nick Grinde 86 USA Director
21 Julian Orchard 49 UK Actor, Writer
July 8 Michael Wilding 66 UK Actor, Producer
13 Corinne Griffith 84 USA Actress
22 Kathleen Case 45 USA Actress
25 Eric Pohlmann 66 Germany Actor
26 Virginia Brissac 96 USA Actress
27 Shirley Mason 79 USA Actress
28 George Seaton 68 USA Director
28 Frederick Stafford 51 Czechoslovakia Actor
31 Beatrix Lehmann 76 UK Actress The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
August Betty Henderson 72 UK Actress
6 Kurt Kasznar 65 Austria Actor
10 Dick Foran 69 USA Actor
17 Vivian Vance 70 USA Actress
21 Stuart Heisler 82 USA Director
30 Jean Seberg 40 USA Actress
September 1 Doris Kenyon 81 USA Actress
2 Felix Aylmer 90 UK Actor
12 Jocelyne LaGarde 54 Tahiti Actress Hawaii
17 Willis Goldbeck 80 USA Screenwriter
22 Frederick Piper 76 UK Actor
23 Catherine Lacey 75 UK Actress
26 John Cromwell 91 USA Director
26 Arthur Hunnicutt 69 USA Actor
27 Gracie Fields 81 UK Actress, Singer
October 1 Dorothy Arzner 82 USA Director
3 Dorothy Peterson 81 USA Actress
12 Celia Lovsky 82 Austria Actress
15 Geoffrey Moon     Actor
17 John Stuart 81 UK Actor
30 Graham Ashley 52 UK Actor
November 2 Saro Urzì 66 Italy Actor
5 Amedeo Nazzari 71 Italy Actor
8 Sydney Tafler 63 UK Actor
11 Dimitri Tiomkin 85 Russia Composer
20 Michael Darbyshire 62 UK Actor, Writer
22 George Froeschel 88 USA Screenwriter
23 Merle Oberon 68 USA Actress, Producer
30 Joyce Grenfell 69 UK Actress
30 Zeppo Marx 64 USA Actor, Director
December 5 Jesse Pearson 49 USA Actor Bye Bye Birdie
5 Lesley Selander 70 USA Director
9 James Neilson 70 USA Director
10 Ann Dvorak 68 USA Actress
11 Claire Carleton 66 USA Actress
12 Jon Hall 64 USA Actor, Director
22 George Pollock 72 UK Director
23 Ernest B. Schoedsack 86 USA Director, Cinematographer, Producer
25 Michael Collins 57 Canada Actor
25 Lee Bowman 79 USA Actor
25 Joan Blondell 73 USA Actress

Debuts

References


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