Hollywood 1979: Vs. Hollywood 1939–Which is Better Year

Hollywood 1979 Vs. Hollywood 1939

A reader has commented on my piece on 1959 vs. 1939, offering 1979 as a hood film year, with evidence to substantiate his claim.  Which raises the question of how do we measure the quality of a particular movie year?
Here’s Ryan’s note
Emanuel,
Nice column on 1939 vs. 1959.  But I’d like to throw another year in the balance: 1979. The last year of the last great decade for American cinema.  Several astonishing movies came out of that year, and I feel it’s only appropriate to list them:
Alien
All That Jazz
…And Justice For All
Apocalypse Now
Being There
The Black Stallion
Breaking Away
The Electric Horseman
Hair
The In-Laws
The Jerk
Kramer vs. Kramer
Mad Max
Manhattan
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Norma Rae
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Not a bad year, I’d say!
Jeremy