1978 :: The year in movies :: Throwback Thursday


Grease (1978)

1978 :: The Year In Movies
Throwback Thursday


For part two of 1978’s Throwback Thursday feature is my Top 10 movies of 1978. The list is made-up of movies I saw at the theater, or the drive-in, and may exclude movies from 1978 that I dearly love, but did not see that year because, well, I was nine years old.

That said, I did sneak in a few movies that I as probably too young to see.

What are some of your favorite movies from 1978?

10. Halloween

It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” ~ Sheriff Leigh Brackett

I don’t know how I ended up seeing this one in the theater, though I vividly remember sitting at the City Mall theaters with two of my friends watching it, and being collectively terrified. Thinking back, I think it was a friend’s older sister and her boyfriend who took us all. Despite the scares, I loved it, and it continued my love of horror movies that had started with the classic Vincent Price films I had watched with my Mother.


9. Ice Castles

Here. There’s a hand in front of you. Grab it.” ~ Nick Peterson

What are you doing here?” ~ Alexis Winston

Came to see you break your ass.” ~ Nick Peterson

Can’t see you very well. I don’t know if you’re kidding.” ~ Alexis Winston

Just listen to my voice. I’m not kidding.” ~ Nick Peterson

This was one of those romantic tragic stories where the hero persists through catastrophe and nearly unbeatable odds to win in the end. This was a favorite of my friends and I, a definite “makes you cry” movie, emotionally manipulative, but we loved it and loved having our heart-strings pulled. This set the stage for so many more movies like this that I would love in the coming years.


8. Dawn of the Dead

One-stop shopping: everything you need, right at your fingertips.” ~ Roger

Hiding from zombies at the mall, it was really all kinds of awesome. This one I got to see thanks to a friend’s older brother who snuck us into the drive-in. My love of zombie movies started right about here.


7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

I keep seeing these people, all recognizing each other. Something is passing between them all, some secret. It’s a conspiracy, I know it.” ~ Elizabeth Driscoll

This one I saw with my Mother at the Cinedome theaters. That last scene (see above) with the Donald Sutherland scream – it still creeps me out, and sometimes pays a visit to my nightmares. This movie was one of the many “Sci-Fi” films that scare me more than a lot of the “Horror” genre.


6. The Cat From Outer Space

My name is Zunar J 5 Slash 9 Doric 4 7.” ~ Jake

A Sci-Fi film of a much different nature. I love these seventies Disney movies so much, they were always so odd and fun and really, there was nothing else quite like them. I wish they did more in this style now.


5. Return From Witch Mountain

Tony, why are you doing these things? Why are you using your powers against me?” ~ Tia

Tony and Tia back again, and I was there opening night. I loved both films so much. Another Sci-Fi, somewhat obscure Seventies Disney offering that I love.


4. Same Time, Next Year

You always could see through me, couldn’t you?” ~ George

But that’s okay, because… I’ve always loved what I’ve seen.” ~ Doris

I vividly remember watching this movie in the theater, but I cannot recall with who. I know I was only nine years old, and I honestly am not sure why I loved it the way I did, and why it got to me the way it did, but I was very moved by this movie, and by George and Doris, enough so that the story made me cry at various times, and I never forgot the story. The movie remains one of my all-time favorites.


3. Watership Down

All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.” ~ Narrator

Heartbreaking, truly and completely heartbreaking. That said, I loved it, almost as much as I loved the book. There was something in it, in the story, that made me feel like I could persist and be clever, and survive, too.


2. Superman

Easy, miss. I’ve got you.” ~ Superman

You – you’ve got me? Who’s got you?” ~ Lois Lane

The comic book geek in me loved this enormously. To me, Christopher Reeves is forever Superman. I saw this opening night at the Cinedome and was beyond excited – it was my first late night movie (I believe we saw a 10pm showing).


1. Grease

“I’ve got so many hickies people will think I’m a leper.” ~ Rizzo

Relax… A hickie from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card, when you only care enough to send the very best!” ~ Kenickie

I am honestly not sure how many times I went to see this movie in the theater, or how many times I have seen it since – it seems uncountable, really. I loved it so much. Olivia’s Sandy, of course, but really, my heart always belonged to Rizzo.

One thought on “1978 :: The year in movies :: Throwback Thursday

  1. What a list, and I’m having fun watching the trailers as dweeby as that sounds. Never saw Ice Castles but will look for it online. Watership Down is very special to me & the book more so, sounds the same for you. I re-read it sometimes & it’s one of the two books I like to give as gifts depending on the person. I haven’t seen the movie in ages & I don’t have it. Funny enough I’ve been monitoring amazon for an affordable DVD and haven’t picked it up yet. I saw a fantastic Watership Down sweatshirt online the other day, I’ll try to find it you’d appreciate it. I love Watership Down inspired artwork & stuff like that too.
    Never saw The Cat From Outer Space either but I’m down to give it a shot!
    Off the top of my head I don’t know which movies I like that are from ’78 & as you know I couldn’t have seen them at the time…I liked Candleshoe when I was a little but I I just checked to see if it was ’78 by any chance but it’s ’77.

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