1978 in film

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1978 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1978
RankTitleStudioDomestic gross
1. Grease Paramount Pictures $159,978,870[1]
2. Superman Warner Bros. $134,218,018[2]
3. Animal House Universal $120,091,123[3]
4. Every Which Way but Loose Warner Bros. $85,196,485[4]
5. Heaven Can Wait Paramount $81,640,278[5]
6. Hooper Warner Bros. $78,000,000[6]
7. Jaws 2 Universal $77,737,272[7]
8. Revenge of the Pink Panther United Artists $49,579,269[8]
9. The Deer Hunter Universal $48,979,328[9]
10. Halloween $47,000,000[10]

Events

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Deer HunterEMI Films/Cimino, Universal
Best Director: Michael CiminoThe Deer Hunter
Best Actor: Jon VoightComing Home
Best Actress: Jane FondaComing Home
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher WalkenThe Deer Hunter
Best Supporting Actress: Maggie SmithCalifornia Suite
Best Foreign Language Film: Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Preparez vos mouchoirs), directed by Bertrand Blier, France

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Midnight Express
Best Actor: Jon VoightComing Home
Best Actress: Jane FondaComing Home
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture: Heaven Can Wait
Best Actor: Warren BeattyHeaven Can Wait
Best Actress (tie): Ellen BurstynSame Time, Next Year
Best Actress (tie): Maggie SmithCalifornia Suite
Other
Best Supporting Actor: John HurtMidnight Express
Best Supporting Actress: Dyan CannonHeaven Can Wait
Best Director: Michael CiminoThe Deer Hunter
Best Foreign Language Film: Autumn Sonata, Sweden

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'Albero degli zoccoli), directed by Ermanno Olmi, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Trout (Las Truchas), directed by José Luis García Sánchez, Spain
What Max Said (Las Palabras de Max), directed by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, Spain

1978 film releases

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Notable films released in 1978

U.S.A. unless stated
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Births

Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 5Sally Eilers69USActress
12Arthur Sheekman76USScreenwriter
23Jack Oakie74USActor
26Leo Genn72UKActor
27Oskar Homolka79AustriaActor
29Tim McCoy86USActor
February 2Wendy Barrie69UKActress
14Claude Binyon72USWriter, Director
15Ilka Chase77USActress
18Kathleen Lockhart83UKActress
18Maggie McNamara48USActress
24Franco Arcalli48ItalyScreenwriter
28Philip Ahn72USActor
March 12John Cazale42USActor
16Reb Russell72USActor
18Peggy Wood86USActress
24Leigh Brackett62USScreenwriter
25Leslie Fenton76UKActor, Director
25Jack Hulbert85UKActor
25Hanna Ralph92GermanyActress
31Astrid Allwyn72USActress
April 1Lynne Roberts56USActress
9Michael Wilson63USScreenwriter
13Paul McGrath74USActor
22Will Geer76USActor
May 6Loyal Griggs71USCinematographer
11Philip Ray79UKActor
12Robert Coogan53USActor
16Robert Florey78FranceDirector
June 20Mark Robson64CanadaDirector
29Bob Crane49USActor
July 3James Daly59USActor
14Jack Woolgar64UKActor
17Thayer David51USActor
19Agnes Christine Johnston82USScreenwriter
August 5Queenie Smith79USActress
24Louis Prima67USActor, Singer
26Charles Boyer78FranceActor
28Robert Shaw51UKActor
31Lee Garmes80USCinematographer
September 3Karin Molander89SwedenActress
9Jack L. Warner86CanadaProducer, Studio Executive
12Frank Ferguson71USActor
18Ann Shoemaker87USActress
24Ruth Etting80USSinger, Actress
30Edgar Bergen75USActor, Ventriloquist
October 10Kathryn McGuire74USActress
16Dan Dailey62USActor
19Gig Young64USActor
30Brian Hayles47UKScreenwriter
November 5Denis O'Dea73IrelandActor
9Florence Marly59CzechoslovakiaActress
16Claude Dauphin75FranceActor
20Robert Alan Aurthur56USScreenwriter
23June Martel69USActress
26Ford Beebe90USDirector
27Susan Shaw44UKActress
28André Morell69UKActor
December 7I. Stanford Jolley78USActor
10Ed Wood54USDirector, Screenwriter, Actor
12Fay Compton84UKActress
15Chill Wills76USActor
19Duncan Lamont60UKActor
23Louis de Rochemont89USProducer

Film debuts

References

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