Top 16 Worst Movies To Hit the Big Screen in 1979 — Do You Agree?

Despite having some real winners like Apocalypse Now and The Jerk, 1979 produced several losers too. From failed comedies to plots that are scattered, these ae some of the worst films of the year. Do you agree?

1. The Little Dragons (1979)

The Little Dragons 1979
Image Credit: Eastwind Productions.

The plot of the martial arts comedy The Little Dragons is about a group of outcast youths who band together to stop a criminal gang. The kids use the skills they’ve learned from their martial arts teacher, Charles Lane, to fight the bad guys. The movie received bad reviews because the jokes weren’t very funny and could not impress the audience.

2. 1941 (1979)

1941 1979
Image Credit: A-Team Productions.

1941 is a slapstick comedy directed by Steven Spielberg in Los Angeles after the attack on Pearl Harbour. The movie follows Captain Wild Bill Kelso (John Belushi) and other characters trying to deal with the chaos of wartime panic. The movie had a lot of big names in it, but the over-the-top humor and disjointed story didn’t work for audiences or critics.

3. Last Embrace (1979)

Last Embrace 1979
Image Credit: United Artists.

Last Embrace is a thriller in which Roy Scheider plays a traumatized government spy who gets caught up in a web of espionage and danger. As he tries to piece together the truth while dodging assassins, the movie has trouble keeping a consistent storyline and pace, which made it known as one of the worst films of the year.

4. Quintet (1979)

Quintet 1979
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

In the science fiction movie Quintet, which is set after the end of the world, the world has been destroyed by an ice age. Paul Newman plays the role of Essex, a survivor who gets caught up in a dangerous game called “Quintet.” Even though the movie’s premise was interesting, its slow pace, lack of character development, and confusing story all added to its failure with critics and audiences.

5. The Main Event (1979)

The Main Event 1979
Image Credit: First Artists.

The Main Event is a sports comedy starring Barbra Streisand as a businesswoman who inherits a boxer (Ryan O’Neal) and decides to make him a champion. The movie tried to be romantic and funny about sports, but its story was predictable, and the two main characters didn’t have much chemistry.

6. A Perfect Couple (1979)

A Perfect Couple 1979
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

The love comedy Robert Altman directs A Perfect Couple. The movie is about how Sheila (Marta Heflin) and Alex (Paul Dooley), two very different people brought together by fate, have difficulty getting along. Even though Altman is known for telling stories in new ways, this movie was one of the worst of the year because its tone was all over the place and didn’t make sense.

7. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek 1979
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture is the first time that the series has been shown on a big screen. Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his team go on a mission to find out what is threatening Earth and what it is. Despite the movie’s move from T.V. to film was exciting, many fans were disappointed by its slow pace and heavy focus on special effects instead of character development.

8. Fast Company (1979)

Fast Company 1979
Image Credit: Admit One Presentations.

Fast Company is an action-drama about drag racing and shady business dealings. In the movie, a drag racer named Lonnie (William Smith) competes with a team run by a shady businessman. The movie tried to capture the excitement of the racing world, but it had trouble keeping its different plot lines in sync and didn’t do well at the box office.

9. Hair (1979)

Hair 1979
Image Credit: CIP Filmproduktion GmbH.

The musical comedy-drama Hair is based on the same-named Broadway show. The movie is about Claude Hooper Bukowski (John Savage), who makes friends with a group of free-spirited hippies led by George Berger (Treat Williams) during the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Despite having some excellent musical pieces, it was one of the worst of the year because it didn’t have a clear plot, and the story was all over the place.

10. Home Movies (1979)

Home Movies 1979
Image Credit: United Artists.

Home Movies is a comedy about a young director named Denis (Keith Gordon) who gets into trouble. Denis’s view of life gets increasingly skewed as he makes a documentary about his friends. The movie was supposed to be a satire of the artistic process, but the story was all over the place, and it wasn’t clear where it was going.

11. The Clonus Horror (1979)

The Clonus Horror 1979
Image Credit: Group 1 International Distribution Organization Ltd.

The Clonus Horror is a science fiction story that is mostly about a bad plot by the government. In the movie, a young man named Richard Knight (Timothy Donnelly) discovers he is part of a cloning experiment, which leads him to discover the frightening truth about the project. The movie’s premise was interesting, but its low budget and low production values led to a lackluster response.

12. Goldengirl (1979)

Goldengirl 1979
Image Credit: Backstage Productions.

The sports story Goldengirl is about a young woman named Goldine Serafin (Susan Anton), a very good athlete. The movie is about how she trains for the Olympics and how her coach (Curt Jurgens) and a government spy (James Coburn) put pressure on her. Critics didn’t like it because the pace was all over the place, and the characters weren’t well-developed.

13. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

The first film was outstanding, but the sequel Beyond the Poseidon Adventure lacks its luster. It picks up right where The Poseidon Adventure left off. A group of salvagers, led by Captain Mike Turner (Michael Caine), go into the sunk ship to look for important cargo. The movie had a lot of big names in it, but it didn’t have the same tension and emotional effect as its predecessor, which disappointed both audiences and critics.

14. C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)

C.H.O.M.P.S. 1979
Image Credit: Hanna-Barbera Productions.

The family comedy C.H.O.M.P.S. is about a robot dog named C.H.O.M.P.S. (Canine Home Protection System) that was made by Brian Foster (Wesley Eure). As the robot dog helps solve crimes, it has to compete with a robot made by a different company. It was one of the worst films of the year because it was not original and was poorly made.

15. The Concorde… Airport ’79 (1979)

The Concorde... Airport '79 1979
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

The final film in the Airport catastrophe film series, The Concorde… Airport ’79 was released in 1979. In the movie, the passengers and crew of a Concorde jet deal with sabotage and foreign intrigue, among other things. Even though Alain Delon and George Kennedy were in the movie, the story didn’t make sense, and there wasn’t enough drama to keep people interested.

16. Hanover Street (1979)

Hanover Street 1979
Image Credit: Hanover Street Productions.

Set during World War II, Hanover Street is a romantic drama that follows a pilot (Harrison Ford), a nurse (Lesley-Anne Down), and her husband (Christopher Plummer) as they navigate a tangled love triangle. As the characters face the dangers of war and their own problems, the movie has trouble balancing the love parts with the historical background, which leads to a lackluster response.

50 Greatest Ensemble Casts in Cinematic History — Do You Agree?

The Outsiders 1983 cast
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Movies with star-studded casts are some of my favorites. From mysteries to dramas, comedies, and war films, these are some of cinematic history’s most extraordinary ensemble casts. Do you agree?

Top 25 Popular TV Shows That Would NEVER Be Made Today

Married with Children reunion
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures Television.

There is no contesting that pop culture is evolving, and what was acceptable in the past is being corrected for today. For example, many hit TV series were massive successes and would never be made today. Here are the top 25.

26 Comedy Films That Cancel Culture Forbids You From Laughing at Today

The Jerk 1979
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Has cancel culture come for your favorite films? There are several classic comedies that were once considered hilarious that are deemed offensive today. Here are twenty-six of them.

25 Nostalgic Movies Everyone Needs to See at Least Once in Their Lifetime

Stand by Me 1986
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures.

Take a trip down memory lane with this hand-picked list of classic films that have forever changed the face of cinema. These movies represent the spirit of different times and genres, from inspiring stories of friendship and adventure to terrifying suspense and beautiful romance.

12 Plot Points That Popular Movies Didn’t Bother Resolving for Audiences

The Karate Kid 1984 Daniel and Ali
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures.

Do any of your favorite films have plot holes that were never resolved? You’re not alone. An entertainment community poster asked for examples of said plot holes. Here is what the forum volunteered. Did you notice?