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The Best Movies From The 1980s

“What are the best 1980s Movies?” We looked at 339 of the top 1980s films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 48 films, all appearing on 5 or more “Best 1980s” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 275+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 48 Best 1980s Movies Ever Made



48 .) A Christmas Story (1983) directed by Bob Clark

A Christmas Story (1983)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • USA Today

The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.



47 .) Big Trouble in Little China (1986) directed by John Carpenter

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • USA Today
  • Victor Plazma

When trucker Jack Burton agreed to take his friend, Wang Chi, to pick up his fiancee at the airport, he never expected to get involved in a supernatural battle between good and evil. Wang’s fiancee has emerald green eyes, which make her a perfect target for immortal sorcerer Lo Pan and his three invincible cronies. Lo Pan must marry a girl with green eyes so he can regain his physical form.



46 .) Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) directed by Woody Allen

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Screen Rant
  • USA Today

An ophthalmologist’s mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.



45 .) Gremlins (1984) directed by Joe Dante

Gremlins (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • USA Today

When Billy Peltzer is given a strange but adorable pet named Gizmo for Christmas, he inadvertently breaks the three important rules of caring for a Mogwai, and unleashes a horde of mischievous gremlins on a small town.



44 .) Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) directed by Woody Allen

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.



43 .) Lethal Weapon (1987) directed by Richard Donner

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant

Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who – distraught after his wife’s death – has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on their first homicide investigation as partners, involving a young woman known to Murtaugh with ties to a drug and prostitution ring.



42 .) Near Dark (1987) directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Near Dark (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Complex
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Thrillist
  • Victor Plazma

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars.



41 .) Raging Bull (1980) directed by Martin Scorsese

Raging Bull (1980)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Watch Mojo

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he’s a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he’s a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family’s love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it’s his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone.



40 .) Repo Man (1984) directed by Alex Cox

Repo Man (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • USA Today
  • Victor Plazma

A down and out young punk gets a job working with a seasoned repo man, but what awaits him in his new career is a series of outlandish adventures revolving around aliens, the CIA, and a most wanted ’64 Chevy.



39 .) RoboCop (1987) directed by Paul Verhoeven

RoboCop (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IGN
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant

In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker so they can use his body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of the company’s nefarious plans, he turns on his masters.



38 .) Scarface (1983) directed by Brian De Palma

Scarface (1983)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.



37 .) The Untouchables (1987) directed by Brian De Palma

The Untouchables (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it’s not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone, but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.



36 .) Tootsie (1982) directed by Sydney Pollack

Tootsie (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • USA Today

When struggling, out of work actor Michael Dorsey secretly adopts a female alter ego – Dorothy Michaels – in order to land a part in a daytime drama, he unwittingly becomes a feminist icon and ends up in a romantic pickle.



35 .) When Harry Met Sally (1989) directed by Rob Reiner

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • USA Today

During their travel from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally debate whether or not sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they’re still no closer to finding the answer.



34 .) Airplane! (1980) directed by Jim Abrahams

Airplane! (1980)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • USA Today

Alcoholic pilot, Ted Striker has developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, but nevertheless boards a passenger jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend. Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to Striker to land the plane with the help of a glue-sniffing air traffic controller and Striker’s vengeful former Air Force captain, who must both talk him down.



33 .) Amadeus (1984) directed by Milos Forman

Amadeus (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant

The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival, Antonio Salieri—now confined to an insane asylum.



32 .) An American Werewolf In London (1981) directed by John Landis

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Thrillist
  • USA Today

Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.



31 .) Beetlejuice (1988) directed by Tim Burton

Beetlejuice (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hi Comsumption
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • USA Today

Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister, but he’s got a diabolical agenda of his own.



30 .) Brazil (1985) directed by Terry Gilliam

Brazil (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Screen Rant
  • Victor Plazma

Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle, he meets the woman from his daydream, and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies.



29 .) Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) directed by Sam Raimi

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Empire Movies
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Thrillist
  • Victor Plazma

Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from “The Book of the Dead.” As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda’s body.



28 .) Poltergeist (1982) directed by Tobe Hooper

Poltergeist (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Complex
  • IMDB
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Thrillist

Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, when he realizes that something truly evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to help before it’s too late.



27 .) Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) directed by Richard Marquand

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant

As Rebel leaders map their strategy for an all-out attack on the Emperor’s newer, bigger Death Star. Han Solo remains frozen in the cavernous desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt, the most loathsome outlaw in the universe, who is also keeping Princess Leia as a slave girl. Now a master of the Force, Luke Skywalker rescues his friends, but he cannot become a true Jedi Knight until he wages his own crucial battle against Darth Vader, who has sworn to win Luke over to the dark side of the Force. ×



26 .) Top Gun (1986) directed by Tony Scott

Top Gun (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • US Magazine

For Lieutenant Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell and his friend and co-pilot Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, being accepted into an elite training school for fighter pilots is a dream come true. But a tragedy, as well as personal demons, will threaten Pete’s dreams of becoming an ace pilot.



25 .) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) directed by Robert Zemeckis

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • USA Today

’Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.



24 .) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) directed by Wes Craven

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Thrillist

Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop’s daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger has now come back in the dreams of his killers’ children, claiming their lives as his revenge. Nancy and her boyfriend, Glen (Johnny Depp), must devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world… ×



23 .) Blade Runner (1982) directed by Ridley Scott

Blade Runner (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Shortlist

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.



22 .) Blue Velvet (1986) directed by David Lynch

Blue Velvet (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.



21 .) Do the Right Thing (1989) directed by Spike Lee

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.



20 .) Raising Arizona (1987) directed by Joel Coen

Raising Arizona (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • USA Today

The Coen Brothers tell the story of a absurd yet likable family with an unproductive couple as the focal point. The couple has gotten themselves into some trouble while kidnapping a baby and give Hollywood one of the most memorable chase scenes to date.



19 .) The Goonies (1985) directed by Richard Donner

The Goonies (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • USA Today

A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father’s attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the secret stash of Pirate One-Eyed Willie.



18 .) The Princess Bride (1987) directed by Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant

In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can’t stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.



17 .) The Thing (1982) directed by John Carpenter

The Thing (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Shortlist
  • Thrillist

Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.



16 .) This Is Spinal Tap (1984) directed by Rob Reiner

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Empire Movies
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • USA Today
  • Victor Plazma

“This Is Spinal Tap” shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.



15 .) Platoon (1986) directed by Oliver Stone

Platoon (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • Watch Mojo

As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.



14 .) The Breakfast Club (1985) directed by John Hughes

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • USA Today

Five disparate high school students meet in Saturday detention, and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.



13 .) Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) directed by Amy Heckerling

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • US Magazine
  • USA Today

Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope.



12 .) Full Metal Jacket (1987) directed by Stanley Kubrick

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.



11 .) The Terminator (1984) directed by James Cameron

The Terminator (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • US Magazine

In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the “Terminator” back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?



10 .) Stand by Me (1986) directed by Rob Reiner

Stand by Me (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • US Magazine

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.



9 .) Aliens (1986) directed by James Cameron

Aliens (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IGN
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • Thrillist
  • Watch Mojo

When Ripley’s lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story—all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.



8 .) Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) directed by Irvin Kershner

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • Watch Mojo

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.



7 .) Die Hard (1988) directed by John McTiernan

Die Hard (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • Watch Mojo

NYPD cop John McClane’s plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.



6 .) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) directed by Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • US Magazine
  • Watch Mojo

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.



5 .) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) directed by John Hughes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • US Magazine
  • USA Today

A high school slacker pretends to be sick to skip school and have an exciting day off alongside his girlfriend and his best buddy through Chicago, while trying to outwit his obsessive school principal and his unconformited sister along the way.



4 .) Back to the Future (1985) directed by Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • US Magazine
  • USA Today
  • Watch Mojo

Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents’ first meeting and attracting his mother’s romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his parents’ romance and – with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown – return to 1985.



3 .) Ghostbusters (1984) directed by Ivan Reitman

Ghostbusters (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • US Magazine
  • USA Today
  • Watch Mojo

After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists goes into business as proton-pack-toting “ghostbusters” who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout cellist hires the squad to purge her swanky digs of demons that appear to be living in her refrigerator.



2 .) The Shining (1980) directed by Stanley Kubrick

The Shining (1980)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • Thrillist
  • Watch Mojo

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren’t prepared for the madness that lurks within.



1 .) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) directed by Steven Spielberg

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Empire Movies
  • Hi Comsumption
  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • Movie Mezzanine
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Shortlist
  • US Magazine
  • Watch Mojo

When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.



 


The 275+ Additional Best 1980s Films



 

# Movies Directors Lists
49 After Hours (1985)   Complex
Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
USA Today
50 Big (1988) Penny Marshall IMDB
Rotten Tomatoes
Screen Rant
USA Today
51 Broadcast News (1987) James L. Brooks Complex
IMDB
Rotten Tomatoes
USA Today
52 First Blood (1982)   Complex
Empire Movies
Hi Comsumption
IGN
53 Heathers (1988) Daniel Waters Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
Screen Rant
USA Today
54 Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989) Steven Spielberg Empire Movies
Ranker
Rotten Tomatoes
Screen Rant
55 Lost in America (1985) Albert Brooks IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
USA Today
56 National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) Harold Ramis Hi Comsumption
Rotten Tomatoes
Screen Rant
USA Today
57 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Sergio Leone Empire Movies
IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
Shortlist
58 Predator (1987)   IGN
Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
Thrillist
59 Raging Bull   Hi Comsumption
Movie Mezzanine
Screen Rant
Shortlist
60 Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa Empire Movies
IMDB
Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
61 Say Anything… (1989) Cameron Crowe Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
Screen Rant
USA Today
62 Sixteen Candles (1984)   Complex
Rolling Stone
Rotten Tomatoes
USA Today
63 The Blues Brothers (1980)   Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
USA Today
Victor Plazma
64 The Evil Dead (1981) Sam Raimi Cheat Sheet
Complex
Hi Comsumption
Screen Rant
65 The Killer (1989)   Empire Movies
IGN
Rotten Tomatoes
Victor Plazma
66
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
  Empire Movies
Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
USA Today
67 The Road Warrior (1981) George Miller Hi Comsumption
IGN
IMDB
Screen Rant
68 They Live (1988)   Complex
Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
Victor Plazma
69 A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Charles Crichton IMDB
Rotten Tomatoes
USA Today
70 Akira (1988)   Empire Movies
Rotten Tomatoes
Victor Plazma
71 Batman (1989) Tim Burton Movie Mezzanine
Rotten Tomatoes
Screen Rant
72 Beverly Hills Cop (1984)   Empire Movies
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USA Today
73 Blood Simple (1984) Joel Coen Complex
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74 Blow Out (1981)   BFI
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75 Bull Durham (1988) Ron Shelton IMDB
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76 Caddyshack (1980) Harold Ramis IMDB
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77 Coming to America (1988)   Complex
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78 Das Boot (1981) Wolfgang Petersen IMDB
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79 Dead Poets Society (1989) Peter Weir Ranker
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80 Dirty Dancing (1987)   Movie Mezzanine
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81 Drugstore Cowboy (1989)   Complex
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82 Field of Dreams (1989) Phil Alden Robinson IMDB
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83 Hairspray (1988)   Movie Mezzanine
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84 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Steven Spielberg Ranker
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85 Little Shop of Horrors (1986)   Movie Mezzanine
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86 Moonstruck (1987) Norman Jewison IMDB
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87 My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Hayao Miyazaki Movie Mezzanine
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88 Mystery Train (1989)   Movie Mezzanine
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89 Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) Tim Burton Screen Rant
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90 Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)   Rotten Tomatoes
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91 Risky Business (1983)   Movie Mezzanine
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92 Terms of Endearment (1983) James L. Brooks IMDB
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93 The Elephant Man (1980) David Lynch IMDB
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94 The Fly (1986) David Cronenberg Movie Mezzanine
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95 The King of Comedy (1982) Martin Scorsese Complex
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96 The Little Mermaid (1989) Ron Clements IMDB
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97 The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Woody Allen Movie Mezzanine
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98 The Right Stuff (1983) Philip Kaufman IMDB
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99 Top Secret! (1984)   Empire Movies
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100 Videodrome (1983)   Movie Mezzanine
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101 Wall Street (1987)   Movie Mezzanine
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102 Wings of Desire (1987) Wim Wenders IMDB
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103 48 Hrs   Empire Movies
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104 Adventures in Babysitting (1987)   Movie Mezzanine
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105 Arthur (1981) Steve Gordon IMDB
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106 Better Off Dead (1985)   Rotten Tomatoes
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107 Body Heat (1981) Lawrence Kasdan IMDB
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108 Breakfast Club (1985)   Movie Mezzanine
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109 Broadway Danny Rose (1984)   Movie Mezzanine
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110 Cinema Paradiso (1988) Giuseppe Tornatore Empire Movies
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111 Creepshow (1982)   Complex
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112 Day of the Dead (1985)   Complex
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113 Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)   Movie Mezzanine
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114 Fanny and Alexander (1982) Ingmar Bergman IMDB
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115 Fatal Attraction (1987) Adrian Lyne IMDB
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116 Friday the 13th (1980)   Cheat Sheet
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117 Gandhi (1982) Richard Attenborough IMDB
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118 Glory (1989) Edward Zwick IMDB
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119 Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)   Movie Mezzanine
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120 Hellraiser (1987)   Thrillist
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121 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)   Complex
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122 Jean de Florette (1986) Claude Berri Empire Movies
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123 Local Hero (1983) Bill Forsyth Empire Movies
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124 Midnight Run (1988) Martin Brest Screen Rant
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125 My Dinner with Andre (1981) Louis Malle IMDB
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126 My Left Foot (1989) Jim Sheridan IMDB
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127 Ordinary People (1980) Robert Redford IMDB
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128 Parenthood (1989) Ron Howard Screen Rant
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129 Paris, Texas (1984)   Movie Mezzanine
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130 Police Story   IGN
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131 Pretty in Pink (1986)   Rolling Stone
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132 Prizzi’s Honor (1985) John Huston IMDB
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133 Purple Rain (1984)   Rolling Stone
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134 Rain Man (1988) Barry Levinson IMDB
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135 Re-Animator (1985)   Thrillist
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136 Real Genius (1985)   Rotten Tomatoes
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137 Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) Steven Soderbergh IMDB
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138 She’s Gotta Have It (1986) Spike Lee IMDB
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139 Something Wild (1986)   Movie Mezzanine
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140 St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)   Rolling Stone
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141 Stripes (1981)   Rotten Tomatoes
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142
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)
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143 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) Terry Gilliam Screen Rant
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144
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)
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145 The Color Purple (1985) Steven Spielberg IMDB
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146 The Karate Kid (1984)   Ranker
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147 The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Martin Scorsese IMDB
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148 The Lost Boys (1987)   Rolling Stone
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149 The Neverending Story (1984)   Movie Mezzanine
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150 The Stunt Man (1980) Richard Rush IMDB
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151 The Toxic Avenger (1984)   Rotten Tomatoes
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152 The Vanishing (1988) George Sluizer BFI
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153 Trading Places (1983)   Rotten Tomatoes
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154 Weird Science (1985)   Rolling Stone
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155 Withnail & I (1987)   Empire Movies
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156 28 Up   Movie Mezzanine
157 A City of Sadness   Movie Mezzanine
158 A Nos Amours   Movie Mezzanine
159 A Passage to India (1984) David Lean IMDB
160 A Room with a View (1985) James Ivory IMDB
161 A Short Film About Love   Movie Mezzanine
162 A Soldier’s Story (1984) Norman Jewison IMDB
163 All of Me (1984)   USA Today
164 Angry Harvest   Movie Mezzanine
165 Atlantic City (1980) Louis Malle IMDB
166 Au revoir les enfants   Movie Mezzanine
167 Babette’s Feast   Movie Mezzanine
168 Baby Boom (1987)   Rotten Tomatoes
169 Back to the Future Part II   Ranker
170 Ballad of Narayama   Movie Mezzanine
171 Bashu, the Little Stranger   Movie Mezzanine
172 Basket Case (1982)   Victor Plazma
173 Berlin Alexanderplatz   Movie Mezzanine
174 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)   Rotten Tomatoes
175 Bill Durham Ron Shelton Screen Rant
176 Blue Steel (1989)   BFI
177 Body Double   Movie Mezzanine
178 Brewster’s Millions   Movie Mezzanine
179 Broadcast News   Movie Mezzanine
180 Castle in the Sky   Movie Mezzanine
181 Chameleon Street   Movie Mezzanine
182 Chariots of Fire (1981) Hugh Hudson IMDB
183 Child’s Play (1988)   Cheat Sheet
184 Christine   Movie Mezzanine
185 City of Sadness   Movie Mezzanine
186 Commando (1985)   Rotten Tomatoes
187 Damnation   Movie Mezzanine
188 Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Stephen Frears IMDB
189 Dead & Buried (1981)   Thrillist
190 Dead Calm (1989)   BFI
191 Deadly Pursuit (aka Shoot to Kill, 1988)   BFI
192 Deathtrap (1982)   USA Today
193 Diner (1982)   USA Today
194 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)   USA Today
195 Distane Voices, Still Lives   Movie Mezzanine
196 Down By Law (1986)   Complex
197 Dragonslayer (1981)   Rotten Tomatoes
198 Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Bruce Beresford IMDB
199 Eating Raoul (1982)   USA Today
200 Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983)   Rotten Tomatoes
201 Empire Strikes Back   Movie Mezzanine
202 Entre Nous   Movie Mezzanine
203 Escape from New York (1981)   Rotten Tomatoes
204 Fitzcarraldo   Movie Mezzanine
205 Flashdance (1983)   Rotten Tomatoes
206 Flight of the Navigator (1986)   Rotten Tomatoes
207 Footloose (1984)   Rotten Tomatoes
208 Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)   Thrillist
209 Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)   USA Today
210
Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)
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211 Handsworth Songs   Movie Mezzanine
212 Heaven’s Gate   Movie Mezzanine
213 Henry V (1989) Kenneth Branagh IMDB
214 Highlander (1986)   Rotten Tomatoes
215 Hoosiers (1986) David Anspaugh IMDB
216 Hope and Glory (1987) John Boorman IMDB
217 Ishtar   Movie Mezzanine
218 Isle of Flowers   Movie Mezzanine
219 Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa IMDB
220 Karate Kid   Movie Mezzanine
221 Kiki’s Delivery Service   Movie Mezzanine
222 Killing Fields   Movie Mezzanine
223 King Lear   Movie Mezzanine
224 Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) Hector Babenco IMDB
225 Koyaanisqatsi   Movie Mezzanine
226 Krush Groove (1985)   Rotten Tomatoes
227 L’argent   Movie Mezzanine
228 Labyrinth (1986)   Rotten Tomatoes
229 Lady Terminator (1986)   Victor Plazma
230 Ladyhawke (1985)   Rotten Tomatoes
231 Lost Boys   Movie Mezzanine
232 Love Streams   Movie Mezzanine
233 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982)   Rotten Tomatoes
234 Manhunter (1986)   Complex
235 Mauvais Sang   Movie Mezzanine
236 Melvin and Howard (1980) Jonathan Demme IMDB
237 Mephisto   Movie Mezzanine
238 Miracle Mile (1988)   BFI
239 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters   Movie Mezzanine
240 Missing (1982) Costa-Gavras IMDB
241 Modern Romance   Movie Mezzanine
242 Mona Lisa (1986) Neil Jordan IMDB
243 Moonstruck   Movie Mezzanine
244 Mrs. Soffel   Movie Mezzanine
245 My Bodyguard (1980)   USA Today
246 My Favorite Year (1982)   USA Today
247 My Friend Ivan Lapshin   Movie Mezzanine
248 My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund)   Rotten Tomatoes
249 Mystic Pizza (1988)   Rotten Tomatoes
250 Nostalghia   Movie Mezzanine
251 Out of Africa (1985) Sydney Pollack IMDB
252 Pennies From Heaven   Movie Mezzanine
253 Places in the Heart (1984) Robert Benton IMDB
254 Planes, Traines, and Automobiles   Movie Mezzanine
255 Polyester (1981)   USA Today
256 Porky’s   Movie Mezzanine
257 Possession   Movie Mezzanine
258 Radio Days   Movie Mezzanine
259 Radio Days (1987)   USA Today
260 Reds   Movie Mezzanine
261 Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies   Movie Mezzanine
262 Return to Oz (1985)   Rotten Tomatoes
263 Revenge of the Nerds (1984)   Rotten Tomatoes
264 Rumble Fish   Movie Mezzanine
265 Runaway Train (1985)   BFI
266 Ruthless People (1986)   USA Today
267 Salvador (1986) Oliver Stone IMDB
268 Sans Soleil   Movie Mezzanine
269 Scanners (1981)   Rotten Tomatoes
270 Shag (1989)   USA Today
271 Sherman’s March   Movie Mezzanine
272 Shirley Valentine (1989)   USA Today
273 Shoah   Movie Mezzanine
274 Short Circuit (1986)   Rotten Tomatoes
275 Sid and Nancy (1986)   Rotten Tomatoes
276 Sleepaway Camp (1983)   Rotten Tomatoes
277 Somewhere in Time   Movie Mezzanine
278 Spaceballs (1987)   Rotten Tomatoes
279 Spoorloos   Movie Mezzanine
280 Stardust Memories (1980)   USA Today
281 Steel Magnolias (1989)   Rotten Tomatoes
282 Stop Making Sense (1984)   Rotten Tomatoes
283 Streets of Fire (1984)   Victor Plazma
284 Superman II Richard Lester Screen Rant
285 Tender Mercies (1983) Bruce Beresford IMDB
286 Terminator   Movie Mezzanine
287 Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)   Victor Plazma
288 The Big Chill (1983) Lawrence Kasdan IMDB
289 The Changeling (1980)   Cheat Sheet
290 The Color of Money (1986) Martin Scorsese IMDB
291
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
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292 The Dante Quartet   Movie Mezzanine
293 The Executioner’s Song (1982 TV Movie) Lawrence Schiller IMDB
294 The Fabulous Baker Boys   Movie Mezzanine
295 The Great Mouse Detective   Movie Mezzanine
296 The Green Ray   Movie Mezzanine
297 The Killing Fields (1984) Roland Joffé IMDB
298 The Land Before Time (1988)   Rotten Tomatoes
299 The Last Emperor (1987) Bernardo Bertolucci IMDB
300 The Last Metro (1980) François Truffaut IMDB
301 The Last Starfighter (1984)   Rotten Tomatoes
302 The Long Good Friday   Movie Mezzanine
303 The Man With Two Brains (1983)   Empire Movies
304 The Mighty Quinn   Movie Mezzanine
305 The Outsiders   Rolling Stone
306 The Return of the Living Dead (1985)   Rotten Tomatoes
307 The Sacrifice   Movie Mezzanine
308 The Sure Thing (1985)   USA Today
309 The Thin Blue Line   Movie Mezzanine
310 The Transformers – The Movie (1986)   Rotten Tomatoes
311 The Verdict (1982)   Complex
312 The War of the Roses (1989)   USA Today
313 The Wind   Movie Mezzanine
314 The Wrath of Khan   Movie Mezzanine
315 They All Laughed   Movie Mezzanine
316 Thief (1981)   BFI
317 Time Bandits (1981)   Rotten Tomatoes
318 To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)   Rotten Tomatoes
319 Torch Song Trilogy (1988)   USA Today
320 TRON (1982)   Rotten Tomatoes
321 UHF (1989)   Rotten Tomatoes
322 Vagabond   Movie Mezzanine
323 Valley Girl (1983)   Rotten Tomatoes
324 Victor Victoria (1982)   USA Today
325 WarGames (War Games)   Rotten Tomatoes
326 Weekend at Bernie’s   Movie Mezzanine
327 When the Wind Blows   Movie Mezzanine
328 Where is the Friend’s Home?   Movie Mezzanine
329 Willow (1988)   Rotten Tomatoes
330 Witness (1985) Peter Weir IMDB
331 Working Girl (1988)   Rotten Tomatoes
332 Yeleen   Movie Mezzanine
333 Zelig (1983)   USA Today
334 Zu: Warriors of Magic Mountain   Movie Mezzanine

 


 


18 Best 1980s Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
BFI 100 thrillers to see before you die: 1980s
Cheat Sheet The Best 1980s Horror Movies Are Like, Totally Scary
Complex Best ’80s Movies That Still Kick Ass Today
Empire Movies The 80 best ’80s movies: 39-1
Hi Comsumption The 30 Best Movies From The ’80s
IGN The 10 Best ’80s Action Movies
IMDB 100 Greatest Movies of the 1980s
Movie Mezzanine The Best Movies of the 1980s
Ranker Best 80s Movies | List of Top 1980s Films Ranked by Votes
Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll: The 25 Greatest Movies of the 1980s
Rotten Tomatoes 140 Essential 80s Movies
Screen Rant Screen Rant’s 20 Best Movies Of The 1980s
Shortlist The 25 greatest movies of the ’80s
Thrillist Best 80s Horror Movies: Scariest Classic Movies to Watch Right Now
US Magazine Top 10 Movies of the 1980s: Watch!
USA Today 75 best movie comedies of the ’80s
Victor Plazma The 25 Best Cult Movies of The 1980s
Watch Mojo Top 10 Movies of the 1980s

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