Top Ten By Year: 1978 – Poll Results


Previous Top Ten By Year Polls: 1992, 1958

(Reminder of the Poll rules: Participants could vote for up to 10 films; no more, but certainly less. Order was not required since it had no bearing on the results.)

Thank you so much to everyone who voted in the Top Ten By Year: 1978 Poll! 101 people (including an Oscar nominee!) voted for 133 different films. Our biggest turn-out yet on both counts!

I started conducting these week long polls back in August while finishing up 1992. I had completed several other years for Top Ten By Year up to that point (1935, 1983, 1965, 1943). The primary objective of this project is to discover and rediscover films within the confines of a year in cinema. In my mind the films, taken as a whole, coalesce into one big extended family. For readers, I’ve always hoped that following the progress of the year in question would provoke discussion and/or increased awareness of what’s out there. Being reminded of films you love, films you don’t love, films that you grapple with, and perhaps most importantly, films that weren’t on your radar before and now are. I’m aware that’s a mighty large order to hope for with a measly little blog like mine but a girl can dream, can’t she?

The Poll has been designated as the kick-off event for the comprehensive celebrating to come (1978 Posters post, What I’ll Remember: A Love Letter, 1978 Movie Music Mix, 10 Honorable Mentions, and the Top Ten); an audience participation pre-show if you will. It gets people talking and familiarizing themselves over the chosen year. 1978, many correctly pointed out, is an embarrassment of riches for us horror lovers.

Taking into account the internet’s oversaturation with lists/listicles, I hope it’s clear that this project is anything but tossed off. Seeing what makes the collective top ten is a lot of fun, but may I direct your attention to the full breakdown of votes and the individual ballots? I’ve been up to my eyeballs in 1978 for over 3 months and a ton of films received votes that I’d never even heard of. My hope is that people now have a bunch of goodies to add to their watchlist.

So; surprising? Predictable? Comment or tweet at me your reactions to the results! As for me, the chosen ten are largely expected, although I was sure The 36th Chamber of Shaolin would be on there and it just missed the cut. I also didn’t realize how many people still love Superman. This is the second year in a row (1958 being the first) where a Bergman film made the list. In fact, his is the only solo international production on here (a big difference from the 1958 poll which had 5 countries represented in the 10). By far my biggest revelation here is that Killer of Sheep is a 1978 film! I had always thought of it as 1977 and for that reason it wasn’t on my watchlist. Realizing my mistake, I immediately procured a copy and can’t wait to finally see it. So thank you everyone for pointing that out to me. There are some films I assumed would get more votes than they ultimately did. Chief among them; Up in SmokeIn a Year of 13 Moons, Pretty Baby, The Rutles: All Your Need is Cash, Long Weekend and Five Deadly Venoms. Has nobody seen Pretty Baby, or do you all just not like it? I’m a big fan and hope to write about it a bit for my Honorable Mentions post.

One last observation is that three films that will either make my final cut or honorable mentions post got zero votes.

days of heaven

POLL RESULTS – Top Ten By Year: 1978:
1.  Days of Heaven (Malick, US) – 69 votes
2. Dawn of the Dead (Romero, US/Italy) – 56 votes
3. Halloween (Carpenter, US) – 54 votes
4. The Deer Hunter (Cimino, US) – 41 votes
5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kaufman, US) – 39 votes
6. Superman (Donner, US) – 31 votes
7. Autumn Sonata (Bergman, Sweden) – 30 votes
8. Killer of Sheep (Burnett, US) – 27 votes
9. The Last Waltz (Scorsese, US) – 24 votes
10. The Driver (Hill, US) – 23 votes

The Rest:
19 votes The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Blue Collar
18 votes – Watership Down, National Lampoon’s Animal House
17 votes – Gates of Heaven, Grease
16 votes – Interiors
15 votes – The Fury, Midnight Express
14 votes – Coming Home
13 votes – An Unmarried Woman
10 votes – Heaven Can Wait
9 votes – In a Year of 13 Moons, Empire of Passion, Straight Time, The Shout
8 votes – Girlfriends
7 votes – Drunken Master
6 votes – Jubilee, Perceval le Gallois, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Five Deadly Venoms
5 votes – La Cage aux Folles, A Wedding, Piranha, The Silent Partner, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Death on the Nile, The Boys from Brazil, Big Wednesday, The Green Room
4 votes – Violette Noziere, California Suite, Fingers, The Meetings of Anna, Graduate First, Fedora, Thank God It’s Friday, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Long Weekend
3 votes – Up in Smoke, Alucarda, Magic, Same Time Next Year, Martin, Eyes of Laura Mars, Coma, Lord of the Rings, Capricorn One, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, Always for Pleasure, Corvette Summer, Filming ‘Othello’
2 votes – Every Which Way But Loose, The Big Fix, Convoy, My Way Home, Despair, The Grapes of Death, Mongoloid, The Mongreloid, Pretty Baby, Foul Play, Crippled Avengers, American Boy: A Profile of Stephen Prince, Don, Nighthawks, China 9, Liberty 37, The Buddy Holly Story
1 vote: Starcrash, The Suspended Vacation, The Shooting Party, Silvesternacht – Ein Dialog, Doomed Love, Killer Butterfly, The Girl with the Red Scarf, Visions of a City, The Cat from Outer Space, The Rutles: All You Need is Cash,
Alexandria…Why?, Chameleon, Vertical Features Remake, The Inglorious Basterds, Koko: A Talking Gorilla, The Contract, The Demon, Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, Satiemania, Spiral, Within the Woods, Paradise Alley, Debbie Does Dallas, Make Me Psychic, Scared Straight!, Hooper, Renaldo and Clara, The Whole Shootin Match, Pennies from Heaven (BBC miniseries), Comment ca va?, The One and Only, Someone’s Watching Me!, Game of Death, Louder Faster Shorter, Northern Lights, The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, She Had Her Gun All Ready, Heroes of the East, The Scenic Route, The Brink’s Job, Ecce Bombo, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, The Wiz, Warriors Two, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, The Toolbox Murders, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, The Avenging Eagle, Cornell, Warlords of the Deep (aka Warlords of Atlantis), American Hot Wax

Individual Ballots:

@Cinematic_Life (of This Cinematic Life):
An unmarried woman, days of heaven, dawn of the dead, last waltz, body snatchers, drunken master, animal house, Halloween, superman, Killer of Sheep

@salesonfilm (Kristen Sales of salesonfilm, Movie Mezzanine, FilmFracture, etc):
DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAYS OF HEAVEN, HALLOWEEN, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN

@MrDude_o_o:
1) The Shooting Party, 2) The Deer Hunter, 3) In a Year of 13 Moons, 4) Jubilee, 5) Days of Heaven, 6) Autumn Sonata 7) Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 8) The Girl with the Red Scarf, 9) Interiors, 10) Dawn of the Dead

@DanSchnidel (of danschnidel.com, Los Angeles Magazine, Movie Mezzanine, etc.):
THE BIG FIX, BLUE COLLAR, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAYS OF HEAVEN, THE DEER HUNTER, GATES OF HEAVEN, KILLER OF SHEEP, THE LAST WALTZ, WATERSHIP DOWN, A WEDDING

@Kza (Kent. M. Beeson):
DAWN OF THE DEAD, DEER HUNTER, INTERIORS, PIRANHA, SILENT PARTNER, DAYS OF HEAVEN, WATERSHIP DOWN, GREASE, 5 DEADLY VENOMS, MARTIN

@astoehr (Andreas Stoehr of Pussy Goes Grrr, Movie Mezzanine, etc.):
Autumn Sonata, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, Empire of Passion, The Eyes of Laura Mars, Halloween, In a Year with 13 Moons, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jubilee, Watership Down

@TVMCCA (Terry McCarty):
WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, SUPERMAN, BLUE COLLAR, THE BIG FIX, HALLOWEEN, THE FURY, THE ONE & ONLY

@bybowes (Danny Bowes of Salt Lake City Weekly, RogerEbert.com and Indiewire):
ANIMAL HOUSE, AUTUMN SONATA, BLUE COLLAR, DAYS OF HEAVEN, DON, HALLOWEEN, INTERIORS, KILLER OF SHEEP, LAST WALTZ, SUPERMAN

K.K Barrett (production designer of Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich, etc.)
Days of Heaven, The Driver, Grease, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Killer of Sheep, The Last waltz, Midnight Express, Autumn Sonata, Thank God It’s friday

@Cinedaze (Paul Anthony Johnson of Film-Philosophy, Popmatters):
1.Dawn of the Dead 2. Days of Heaven 3. Halloween 4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 5.The Deer Hunter 6.Straight Time 7.Gates of Heaven 8.Piranha 9.The Silent Partner 10.The Fury

@railoftomorrow (Scott Nye, writer and podcast co-host at CriterionCast, etc.):
Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Convoy, Superman, Halloween, Autumn Sonata, The Driver, Animal House, Dawn of the Dead

@juvie_cinephile:
1. KILLER OF SHEEP 2. Les Rendez-vou d’Anna, the rest: Days of Heaven, Dawn of the Dead, The Driver, Halloween, Jubilee, Girlfriends, An Unmarried Woman, and Fedora

@cruyffbedroom (of the They Shot Pictures podcast and The Next Thing):
DAYS OF HEAVEN, DEER HUNTER, GRADUATE FIRST, 36TH CHAMBER, ANGEL GUTS RED CLASSROOM (disqualified; 1979 release) HEROES OF THE EAST, DRUNKEN MASTER, SCENIC ROUTE, WARRIORS 2, THE LAST WALTZ

@FyodorFish (Mel Valentin of Next Projection, SFStation.com, etc.):
Days of Heaven, Dawn of t/Dead, T/Driver, Heaven Can Wait, Watership Down, Who’ll Stop t/Rain, Big Wed., Body Snatchers, Midnight Express, Superman.

@erikgregersen (Erik M. Gregersen):
Filming Othello, Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, Autumn Sonata, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Green Room; Cornell, 1965; Warlords of Atlantis

@DeusExCinema (David Neary of Next Projection and Film Ireland):
Autumn Sonata, Days of Heaven, The Driver, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gates of Heaven, The Boys from Brazil, Capricorn One, Grease, Killer of Sheep, and The Last Waltz

@salobonavia:
36 CHAMBERS OF THE SHAOLIN, The DRIVER, Halloween, Killer of Sheep, A Wedding, Gates of Heaven, Days of Heaven, Coming Home, and the first hour of the Deer Hunter

@ladybirrrd:
Coming Home, Days Of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Gates Of Heaven, The Last Waltz, An Unmarried Woman, Foul Play, Midnight Express, Autumn Sonata, Heaven Can Wait

@adamhopelies (Adam Batty, Lecturer and founder of Hope Lies At 24 Frames Per Second):
Passe ton bac d’abord, Dawn Of The Dead, Days Of Heaven, The Green Room. Blue Collar, Perceval le Gallois, The Fury, American Boy: Profile Of Steven Prince, Comment ca va?, Les rendez-vous d’Anna

@nrm1972 (Neil Mitchell, author of Carrie (Devil’s Advocates) and Film Co-ordinator for the Aus NZ Arts Festival):
Blue Collar, The Boys From Brazil, Dawn of the Dead, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Long Weekend, Killer of Sheep, The Shout, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Midnight Express and Capricorn One

@AnneBillson (Anne Billson of multiglom.com):
Halloween, Dawn of the Dead, The Fury, Big Wednesday, The Driver, Eyes of Laura Mars, Coma, The Silent Partner, Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, Invasion of the Body Snatchers

@ChrisBeaubien (Christopher Beaubien of Cinelation):
DAYS OF HEAVEN, HALLOWEEN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, BLUE COLLAR, THE CHANT OF CHARLIE BLACKSMITH, THE SHOUT, THE FURY, STROSZEK (disqualified; 1977 release), STRAIGHT TIME, REAL LIFE (disqualified; 1979 release)

@whynotanna (of Start Focus End):
36th Chamber of Shaolin, Coming Home, Dawn of the Dead, The Fury, Halloween, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Magic, Martin, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Piranha

@Phil_On_Film: (Philip Concannon of Phil on Film, Little White Lies, Sight & Sound, etc):
10: Empire of Passion, 9: Fingers, 8: Pretty Baby, 7: The Fury, 6: A Wedding, 5: Autumn Sonata, 4: Killer of Sheep, 3: Blue Collar, 2: The Deer Hunter, 1: Days of Heaven

@dallasshaldune (TJ Duane):
Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Autumn Sonata, Halloween, La Cage aux Folles, Interiors, Coming Home, Dawn of the Dead, Watership Down

@alexkittle (Alex Kittle of alexkittle.com and 366 Weird Movies):
Grease, Halloween, The Inglorious Bastards, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Hooper, Boys From Brazil, The Wiz, Drunken Master

@oblongpictures (Chris Salt):
killer of sheep, body snatchers, autumn sonata, halloween, drunken master, my way home, despair, animal house, dawn of the dead

@48ONIRAM (Brian!):
Blue Collar, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, Halloween, Killer of Sheep, Midnight Express, The Last Waltz, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Five Deadly Venoms, Gates of Heaven

@JigsawLounge (Neil Young of Neil Young’s Film Lounge):
1 The Shout 2 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 3 Halloween 4 Fingers 5 The Deer Hunter 6 Coma

@sweaternine:
KILLER OF SHEEP, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, BLUE COLLAR, DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE FURY

@TheEndofCinema (Sean Gilman of The End of Cinema; The George Sanders Show, and They Shot Pictures podcasts):
1. Days of Heaven 2. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin 3. Perceval le Gallois 4. Renaldo & Clara 5. Killer of Sheep 6. Crippled Avengers 7. Dawn of the Dead 8. The Last Waltz 9. The Contract 10. Halloween

@EricNBarroso:
KILLER OF SHEEP, THE DRIVER, 36 CHAMBER, DAYS OF HEAVEN

@toro913 (Miran Terzic):
days of heaven, invasions body snatchers, blue collar, straight time, preparez vos mouchoirs, 36 chambers, deer hunter, animal house, le chambre vert, an unmarried woman

@ME_Says (Murtada of ME Says):
Grease, Coming Home, Midnight Express, Death on the Nile, Deer Hunter

@filmbuffbaker:
Dawn of the Dead, The Deer Hunter, Superman, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Heaven Can Wait, Midnight Express

@bmrow (Brent Morrow):
1. Perceval 2. Crippled Avengers 3. Nighthawks 4. China 9, Liberty 37 5. 36th Chamber of Shaolin 6. Days of Heaven, 7. The Shout 8. Big Wednesday 9. An Unmarried Woman 10. Someone’s Watching Me!

@AntiqueiPod (Brett Pardy):
1 Days of Heaven 2 Killer of Sheep 3 Coming Home 4 Jubilee 5 In a Year with 13 Moons, 6 Gates of Heaven 7 The Tree of Wooden Clogs 8 Halloween 9 Superman 10 Piranha

@notjustmovies (Jake Cole of Not Just Movies, Movie Mezzanine, Slant, etc.):
1. Perceval le Gallois, 2. In a Year of 13 Moons, 3. Big Wednesday 4. Dawn of the Dead 5. Days of Heaven 6. Halloween 7. The Driver 8. Jubilee 9. An Unmarried Woman 10. Martin

@willow_catelyn (of Curtsies and Hand Grenades):
THE MEETINGS OF ANNA, GIRLFRIENDS, DAWN OF THE DEAD, ALUCARDA, HALLOWEEN, 5 DEADLY VENOMS, DAYS OF HEAVEN, EMPIRE OF PASSION, Killer of Sheep, Martin

@allflicker
Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, Halloween, Invasion of Body Snatchers, The Last Waltz, Animal House, Superman, A Wedding

@rosstmiller (Ross Miller of Thoughts on Film):
Days of Heaven, Halloween, Body Snatchers, Interiors, Dawn of the Dead, Superman, Grease, Midnight Express, Game of Death

@UnpluggedCrazy (Arlo J. Wiley of the Gobbledygeek podcast):
1. Autumn Sonata, 2. Superman, 3. The Last Waltz, 4. Dawn of the Dead, 5. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash 6. Halloween, 7. Animal House, 8. Grease, 9. Within the Woods, 10. California Suite

@PaulBoyne:
1. Superman 2. Halloween 3. Dawn of the Dead 4. Autumn Sonata 5. I Wanna Hold Your Hand 6. The Last Waltz 7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 8. The Deer Hunter 9. Grease 10. The Fury

@christinalefou (Christina Newland of Verite, Canvas by Grolsch, etc):
The Driver, An Unmarried Woman, Blue Collar, Girlfriends, Days of Heaven, Coming Home

@alexyoungen (Alex Youngen):
Killer of Sheep, Gates of Heaven, Days of Heaven, Always for Pleasure, American Boy, Empire of Passion, Debbie Does Dallas, The Mongreloid, Scared Straight!, Halloween

@derek_g (Derek Godin of Dim the House Lights and Sound on Sight):
HALLOWEEN, DAYS OF HEAVEN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, ANIMAL HOUSE, INVASIONS OF THE BODY SNATHCERS, THE DRIVER, THE LAST WALTZ, GATES OF HEAVEN, 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS

@sarahnwondrland:
1. Days of heaven 2. Grease 3. Heaven can wait 4. Thank god it’s Friday 5. Halloween 6. Superman, 7. The last waltz 8. The deer hunter 9. California suite 10. The buddy holly story

@Andrew_Bemis (Andrew Bemis of Cinevistaramascope):
Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Days of Heaven, Killer of Sheep, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Superman, The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, The Last Waltz, The Fury

@awolverton77 (Andy Wolverton of Arts of Darkness):
HEAVEN CAN WAIT THE DEER HUNTER STRAIGHT TIME THE DRIVER THE SILENT PARTNER INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, HALLOWEEN WATERSHIP DOWN DEATH ON THE NILE, Midnight Express

@redroomrantings (Justine A. Smith, Chief Film Editor and podcaster at Sound on Sight):
1. Days of Heaven 2. Dawn of the Dead 3. Violette Noziere 4. Watership Down 5. Autumn Sonata 6. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin 7. Alucarda 8. Halloween 9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 10. Satiemania

@ProphetKotto (Alex Megaro):
Gates of Heaven Days of Heaven Nighthawks Dawn of the Dead Despair Blue Collar Coming Home The Driver The Deer Hunter Alucarda

@SchmanthonyP (Brian Schmid):
Animal House, Chameleon, Convoy, Dawn of the Dead, Deer Hunter, Halloween, Perceval, The Shout, Superman, Vertical Features Remake

@emakbakia:
1. 36th Chamber of Shaolin 2. Halloween 3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 4. Mongoloid 5. Days of Heaven 6. dawn of the dead 7. The Five Deadly Venoms 8. Filming ‘Othello’ 9. Deer Hunter 10. Toolbox Murders

@ohrachelleigh (Rachel Leigh of ohrachelleigh.com):
autumn sonata, boys from brazil, death on the nile, la cage aux folles, heaven can wait, watership down, midnight express, the deer hunter, interiors, the shout

@KHAN2705:
Days of Heaven, Autumn Sonata, Superman, Grease and Coming Home

@TaybackX (Ken Adams):
01) INTERIORS 02) KILLER OF SHEEP 03) VIOLETTE NOZIÈRE 04) HALLOWEEN 05) AUTUMN SONATA 06) DAYS OF HEAVEN; 07) SPIRAL 08) IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS 09) THE GREEN ROOM 10) WATERSHIP DOWN

@Flixwise (Flixwise Podcast):
1)DEER HUNTER 2)KILLER OF SHEEP 3)DEATH ON THE NILE (cuz Bette+Maggie) 4)SUPERMAN 5)COMING HOME 6&7)DAYS & GATES OF HEAVEN

@ch_williamson (Chuck Williamson of The Missing Slate):
1) IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS, 2) THE DRIVER, 3) DAWN OF THE DEAD, 4) DAYS OF HEAVEN, 5) GIRLFRIENDS, 6) GRADUATE FIRST 7) LONG WEEKEND, 8) MONGOLOID, 9) THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, 10) SHE HAD HER GUN ALL READY

@cine_scope (Giovanni Battista of CineScope and The Metropolist)::
Days of Heaven, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, The Deer Hunter, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, My Way Home, Passe ton bac d’abord, Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Dawn of the Dead, Midnight Express, Violette Noziere

@oldfilmsflicker: (Marya Gates of Cinema Fanatic, creator of #AYearWithWomen)
Animal House, Days of Heaven, Every Which Way But Loose, GirlFriends, Heaven Can Wait, Autumn Sonata, Interiors, The Last Waltz, An Unmarried Woman, Watership Down

@timothyeraw (Tim Evans of Verite, CineOutsider and Grolsch Film Works):
Autumn Sonata, Interiors, Fingers

@HellOnFriscoBay (Brian Darr of Hell on Frisco Bay):
Always For Pleasure, In a Year of 13 Moons, Days of Heaven, Visions of a City, Mongoloid, The Mongreloid, Make Me Psychic, China 9 Liberty 21, Louder Faster Shorter, and Northern Lights

@thefilmtemple (Max B. O’Connell of The Film Temple, Indiewire)::
HALLOWEEN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, BLUE COLLAR, DAYS OF HEAVEN, SUPERMAN, THE DRIVER, THE DEER HUNTER, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, PIRANHA, THE LAST WALTZ

@BarnesOnFilm (Daniel Barnes of Sacramento News and Review):
Blue Collar; Coming Home; Dawn/Dead; Days/Heaven; Deer Hunter; Halloween; I Wanna Hold…; Interiors; Invasion/Body.., Superman

@CocoHitsNewYork (Conrado Falco of Coco Hits New York):
The Last Waltz

@jchristley (Jamie N. Christley):
1. Dawn of the Dead 2. The Driver 3. Perceval le Gallois 4. The Fury 5. Days of Heaven 6. Filming ‘Othello’, 7. Same Time, Next Year 8. The Green Room 9. Fedora 10. Who’ll Stop the Rain

@oohhangon (Steve Grzesiak):
1. The Driver 2. Dawn of the Dead 3. Long Weekend 4. Halloween 5. The Shout 6. Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow 7. Autumn Sonata 8. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 9. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin 10. Coma

@jodamico1 (of John D’Amico.com:
Dawn of the Dead, The Whole Shootin Match, The Last Waltz, Autumn Sonata, Days of Heaven, Silvesternacht, Straight Time, Halloween, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Blue Collar

@labuzamovies (Peter Labuza, Author of Approaching the End, host of The Cinephiliacs, contributor to Variety, etc.):
Fingers, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, The Driver, Always For Pleasure, The Fury, Days Of Heaven, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Halloween, Alexandria Why?, Girlfriends

@danny_reviews (Danny Adler of Danny Reviews):
1. Autumn Sonata 2. Interiors 3. Watership Down 4. La Cage Aux Folles 5. Boys From Brazil 6. Same Time Next Year 7. Animal House 8. Death On The Nile 9. Eyes Of Laura Mars 10. The Deer Hunter

@JamanDisc:
Blue Collar, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, Doomed Love, The Driver, Killer Butterfly, Killer of Sheep, StarCrash, The Suspended Vocation, Thank God It’s Friday

@ZGLow:
1. Dawn of the Dead 2. Days of Heaven 3. The Last Waltz 4. Halloween 5. Killer of Sheep, 6. The Deer Hunter 7. Animal House 8. Coming Home 9. Empire of Passion 10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

@christinarice (Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel):
Up In Smoke, Corvette Summer, Every Which Way But Lose, Grease, Heaven Can Wait, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Animal House, Same Time Next Year, Superman, Deer Hunter

@cinemasights (James Blake Ewing of Cinema Sights):
1. Days of Heaven 2. Watership Down 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 4. Dawn of the Dead 5. Halloween 6. The Lord of the Rings 7. Autumn Sonata

@opalfilms:
Gates of Heaven, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The Deer Hunter, Don, The Fury, Straight Time, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, The Driver

hisboyfriday:
Killer of Sheep, Days of Heaven and Dawn of the Dead

Statelyxanadu:
Days of Heaven, Autumn Sonata, Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, La Cage Aux Folles, The Driver, Deer Hunter, Gates of Heaven, Superman

watching-pictures-move:
Dawn of the Dead, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Superman, Days of Heaven, Halloween, Blue Collar, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Deer Hunter, Koko: A Talking Gorilla, Five Deadly Venoms

bristolbywayofnowhere:
Grease, Interiors, Fedora, Ecce Bombo and Gates of Heaven.

Janiejoness:
Watership Down, Days of Heaven, Killer of Sheep, La cage aux folles, The Deer Hunter, L’albero degli zoccoli, Autumn Sonata, Grease

Alteague:
Autumn Sonata, Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, An Unmarried Woman, Interiors, The Last Waltz, Midnight Express, Magic, Pretty Baby, Halloween

Theapplauseofbones:
Blue Collar, Days of Heaven, The Driver, Halloween, Dawn of the Dead, The Fury, The Grapes of Death, Empire of Passion, and Paradise Alley

Hockeyskank:
1. In Year with 13 Moons – 2. The Grapes of Death – 3. Dawn of the Dead – 4. Midnight Express – 5. Straight Time – 6. Killer of Sheep

Goshdarnsexualtyrannosaurus:
Watership Down, Foul Play, Corvette Summer, Halloween, The Lord Of The Rings, Superman

Brandonbraska:
Autumn Sonata / Pennies From Heaven (miniseries) / Days of Heaven / Empire of Passion / Dawn of the Dead / The Shout / Drunken Master / Daguerreotypes (disqualified; 1976 release)

Anonymous:
10. Fedora (Billy Wilder) 9. An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky) 8. Midnight Express (Alan Parker) 7. Empire of Passion (Nagisa Oshima) 6. Blue Collar (Paul Schrader) 5. The Driver (Walter Hill) 4. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman) 3. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi) 2. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino) 1. Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick)

Criterionrefs (David Blakslee of Criterion Reflections):
Coming Home, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Five Deadly Venoms, Gates of Heaven, Interiors, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Up in Smoke, Watership Down

Anonymous:
Halloween, Dawn Of The Dead, The Deer Hunter, Superman: The Movie, Days Of Heaven, The Driver, Straight Time, Who’ll Stop The Rain, California Suite, Big Wednesday.

Swish365:
Halloween, Days of Heaven, Dawn of the Dead, The Deer Hunter, Grease, Superman, The Cat from Outer Space

Anonymous:
Grease, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Animal House, Superman

blankemon:
NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE / INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS / HEAVEN CAN WAIT / THE DEER HUNTER / COMING HOME / THE BRINK’S JOB / THE FURY / THE LAST WALTZ / SUPERMAN / DAYS OF HEAVEN

brand-upon-the-brain:
Days of Heaven, Les Rendez-vous d’Anna, In a Year With 13 Moons, Killer of Sheep, Empire of Passion, Jubilee, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Animal House, Halloween, Up In Smoke

Travis Clark:
Interiors, Days of Heaven, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dawn of the Dead, Gates of Heaven, The Silent Partner, Straight Time, Violette, The Deer Hunter, A Wedding

Niall McArdle:
1. Days of Heaven, 2. Animal House, 3. Superman, 4. Watership Down, 5. Capricorn One, 6. The Shout, 7. The Deer Hunter

Movie Maniac:
1. Halloween (John Carpenter), 2. Superman (Richard Donner), 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman), 4. Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero), 5. Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman), 6. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino), 7. The Demon (Yoshitarô Nomura), 8. Interiors (Woody Allen), 9. An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky), 10. Midnight Express (Alan Parker)

Dan Heaton:
1. Days of Heaven, 2. Halloween, 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 4. Dawn of the Dead, 5. Superman, 6. The Last Waltz, 7 Gates of Heaven, 8. Killer of Sheep, 9. Watership Down

Will Kouf:
Halloween, Dawn of the Dead, Superman, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Drunken Master, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, The Avenging Eagle

Amanda S (BFF):
Girlfriends, Drunken Master, Long Weekend, Grease

Mom:
American Hot Wax, The Buddy Holly Story, California Suite, Corvette Summer, Heaven Can Wait, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The last Waltz, Superman

Matt A. (boyfriend):
1. Halloween, 2. Dawn of the Dead, 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers; Girlfriends, Grease, Animal House, Magic, Watership Down, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Thank God It’s Friday

Adam K (friend):
Autumn Sonata, Killer of Sheep

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten By Year: 1978 – Poll Results

  1. Unfortunately missed the deadline, but my top 10 would/would have been:

    1. A Walk Through H
    2. Perceval le Gallois
    3. The Deer Hunter
    4. Days of Heaven
    5. Dawn of the Dead
    6. Koko: A Talking Gorilla
    7. The Matamorphosis of Mr. Samsa
    8. Watership Down
    9. Gates of Heaven
    10. Autumn Sonata

    So many well-regarded movies that I haven’t seen this year (maybe even more than in ’92). But I’m happy with the list above. I’ll try to be more on the ball for 1925…

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