The best movie in the top 100 in 1979 was "Apocalypse Now," according to Rotton Tomatoes. It starred Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall and Marlon Brando.
The movie was an adaption of the novel "Heart of Darkness," which depicted the Vietnam War. It revolved around a captain that was sent to Cambodia to assassinate a colonel who controlled a tribe. It was released into theaters on January 1, 1979 and it was written by John Milius and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Other popular movies released that year include the thriller "Mad Max" starring Mel Gibson and Joanne Samuel along with the comedy called "Meatballs," which starred Bill Murray and Kate Lynch.