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The Best Underrated Movies From The 1980s

“What are the best Underrated 1980s Movies?” We looked at 302 of the top Underrated 1980s films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 39 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Underrated 1980s” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 250+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 39 Best Underrated 1980s Movies Ever Made



39 .) Alligator (1980) directed by Lewis Teague

Alligator (1980)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Inquiry
  • Game Spot

A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded lab rats, injected with growth hormones. The now gigantic animal, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage, pursued by a cop and a big-game hunter.



38 .) April Fool’s Day (1986) directed by Fred Walton

April Fool's Day (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Joblo

A group of eight college friends gather together at an island mansion belonging to heiress Muffy St. John to celebrate their final year of school. They soon discover that each has a hidden secret from their past which is revealed, and soon after, they turn up dead.



37 .) Blow Out (1980) directed by Brian De Palma

Blow Out (1980)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Watch Mojo

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.



36 .) Dead and Buried (1981) directed by Gary Sherman

Dead and Buried (1981)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Joblo
  • Syfy

After a series of gory murders commited by mobs of townspeople against visiting tourists, the corpses appear to be coming back to life and living normally as locals in the small town.



35 .) Deadly Friend (1986) directed by Wes Craven

Deadly Friend (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Joblo

Paul is a new kid in town with a robot named “BB”. He befriends Samantha and the three of them have a lot of good times together. That is, until Samantha’s abusive father throws her down some stairs and kills her. In an effort to save her life, Paul implants BB’s computer brain into Samantha’s human brain.



34 .) Enemy Mine (1985) directed by Wolfgang Petersen

Enemy Mine (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Syfy
  • Wired

A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.



33 .) Heaven Help Us directed by Michael Dinner

Heaven Help Us

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • IFC 2

Sixteen-year-old Michael Dunn arrives at St. Basil’s Catholic Boys School in Brooklyn circa 1965. There, he befriends all of the misfits in his class as they collide with the repressive faculty and discover the opposite sex as they come of age.



32 .) Inferno directed by Dario Argento

Inferno

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Inquiry
  • Joblo

A young man returns from Rome to his sister’s satanic New York apartment house.



31 .) Just One of the Guys (1985) directed by Lisa Gottlieb

Just One of the Guys (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • IMDB

When Terry Griffith loses her high school’s writing competition, she’s convinced that it’s because she’s a girl. So Terry decides to change high schools and pose as a boy to prove her point. Her brother, Buddy, helps her pass as a guy so well that she is soon making friends with the boys at school, including the attractive Rick, who becomes her new best friend. But her gender-swapping makes things difficult when she falls in love with him.



30 .) Let It Ride (1989) directed by Joe Pytka

Let It Ride (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • MUBI

A gambler used to losing is having a very good day.



29 .) License to Drive (1988) directed by Greg Beeman

License to Drive (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

Teenager Les Anderson thinks his life can’t get any worse after he flunks his driver’s exam, but he’s wrong. Even though he didn’t receive his license, Les refuses to break his date with the cool Mercedes Lane, and he decides to lift his family’s prize luxury car for the occasion. Unfortunately, Mercedes sneaks some booze along and passes out drunk, and a confused Les makes the bad decision of enlisting his rebellious friend, Dean, to help.



28 .) Lucas (1986) directed by David Seltzer

Lucas (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Watch Mojo

A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends – Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love – fall for each other.



27 .) Midnight Run (1988) directed by Martin Brest

Midnight Run (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.



26 .) Miracle Mile (1989) directed by Steve De Jarnatt

Miracle Mile (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Syfy
  • Wired

After 30 years of searching, Harry has finally met the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los Angeles in less than an hour!



25 .) My Bodyguard directed by Tony Bill

My Bodyguard

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • IFC 2

Clifford Peach, an easygoing teenager, is finding less than easy to fit in at his new high school, where a tough-talking bully terrorizes his classmates and extorts their lunch money. Refusing to pay up, Clifford enlist the aid of an overgrown misfit whose mere presence intimidates students and teachers alike. But their “business relationship” soon turns personal as Clifford and the troubled loner forge a winning alliance against their intimidators – and a very special friendship with each other. ×



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

Near Dark (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Watch Mojo

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.



23 .) Night of the Creeps (1986) directed by Fred Dekker

Night of the Creeps (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • Medium

In 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the modern day, two geeks pledging a fraternity accidentally thaw the corpse, which proceeds to infect the campus with parasites that transform their hosts into killer zombies.



22 .) Pumpkinhead (1988) directed by Stan Winston

Pumpkinhead (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Game Spot
  • Syfy

A man conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.



21 .) Q: The WInged Serpent (1982) directed by Larry Cohen

Q: The WInged Serpent (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Game Spot
  • Medium

New York police are bemused by reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work ex-con is the only person who knows the location of the monster’s nest and is determined to turn the knowledge to his advantage, but will his gamble pay off or will he end up as lizard food?



20 .) Real Genius (1985) directed by Martha Coolidge

Real Genius (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • IMDB 2

Chris is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch is the 15-year-old college wiz kid. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project with a mysterious deadline, they still find time to use their genius to discover new ways to have fun.



19 .) Shocker (1989) directed by Wes Craven

Shocker (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Joblo

After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.



18 .) Sole Survivor directed by Thom Eberhardt

Sole Survivor

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Inquiry
  • Medium

Denise Watson is a TV station worker who is the only survivor of a unexplained airplane crash in which she is completely unharmed. Denise becomes haunted by feelings of unworthiness and begins seeing strange people following her and hearing voices calling her name which no one but she can hear. Disregarding warnings from a psychic friend, Denise tries to get on with her life while it’s revealed that she was supposed to die in the crash. Now the unseen specter of death wants to collect Denise by sending its minions, people that have recently died, to kill her. ×



17 .) Street Trash (1987) directed by James Muro

Street Trash (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Game Spot
  • Medium

A group of hobos begin melting into multicolored piles of goo after drinking sixty-year-old liquor. At the same time, the psychotic Vietnam War vet who rules the hobo camp snaps and begins killing at random. Two brothers set out to stop the liquor and the killer.



16 .) The Funhouse (1981) directed by Tobe Hooper

The Funhouse (1981)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flashbak
  • IMDB

Rebellious teen Amy defies her parents by going to a trashy carnival that has pulled into town. In tow are her boyfriend, Buzz, and their friends Liz and Richie. Thinking it would be fun to spend the night in the campy “Funhouse” horror ride, the teens witness a murder by a deformed worker wearing a mask. Locked in, Amy and her friends must evade the murderous carnival workers and escape before it leaves town the next day.



15 .) The Hidden (1987) directed by Jack Sholder

The Hidden (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Syfy

When average, law-abiding citizens suddenly turn to a life of hedonistic behavior and violent crime, Detective Tom Beck (Michael Nouri) is tasked with helping young FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan) determine the cause in this tense, sci-fi thriller.



14 .) The Ice Pirates (1984) directed by Stewart Raffill

The Ice Pirates (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

The time is the distant future, where by far the most precious commodity in the galaxy is water. The last surviving water planet was somehow removed to the unreachable centre of the galaxy at the end of the galactic trade wars. The galaxy is ruled by an evil emperor (John Carradine) presiding over a trade oligarchy that controls all mining and sale of ice from asteroids and comets.



13 .) The Last American Virgin (1982) directed by Boaz Davidson

The Last American Virgin (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC 2
  • IMDB 2

The friendship of a group of young friends struggling with teen sex, drugs, and work is jeopardized by a romantic interest which may turn pals into bitter rivals.



12 .) The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) directed by Matthew Robbins

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC 2
  • IMDB

Average Texas teen, Billie Jean Davy, is caught up in an odd fight for justice. She is usually followed and harrased around by local boys, who, one day, decide to trash her brother’s scooter for fun. The boys’ father refuses to pay them back the price of the scooter. The fight for “fair is fair” takes the teens around the state and produces an unlikely hero.



11 .) The Man with Two Brains (1983) directed by Carl Reiner

The Man with Two Brains (1983)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC
  • IMDB 2

A story about a brain surgeon who tries to end his unhappy marriage to spend more time with a disembodied brain.



10 .) Three O’Clock High (1987) directed by Phil Joanou

Three O'Clock High (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • IMDB 2

A high school nerd, Jerry Mitchell is assigned to write a piece for the school paper about new boy Buddy Revell, who is rumored to be a psychopathic nutcase. When Jerry accidentally touches Buddy, he says that they must fight in the parking lot at 3pm. Jerry will just about do anything to avoid the confrontation



9 .) Top Secret! (1984) directed by Jim Abrahams

Top Secret! (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC
  • IMDB 2

Popular and dashing American singer Nick Rivers travels to East Germany to perform in a music festival. When he loses his heart to the gorgeous Hillary Flammond, he finds himself caught up in an underground resistance movement. Rivers joins forces with Agent Cedric and Flammond to attempt the rescue of her father, Dr. Paul, from the Germans, who have captured the scientist in hopes of coercing him into building a new naval mine.



8 .) Lost in America (1985) directed by Albert Brooks

Lost in America (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives traveling around America…in a Winnebago.



7 .) Something Wild (1986) directed by Jonathan Demme

Something Wild (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Watch Mojo

A free-spirited woman “kidnaps” a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-con husband shows up.



6 .) The Burbs (1989) directed by Joe Dante

The Burbs (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

When secretive new neighbors move in next door, suburbanite Ray Peterson and his friends let their paranoia get the best of them as they start to suspect the newcomers of evildoings and commence an investigation. But it’s hardly how Ray, who much prefers drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube expected to spend his vacation.



5 .) To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) directed by William Friedkin

To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • MUBI
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Watch Mojo

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.



4 .) Vampire’s Kiss (1988) directed by Robert Bierman

Vampire's Kiss (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

A publishing executive is visited and bitten by a vampire and starts exhibiting erratic behavior. He pushes his secretary to extremes as he tries to come to terms with his affliction. The vampire continues to visit and drink his blood, and as his madness deepens, it begins to look as if some of the events he’s experiencing may be hallucinations.



3 .) After Hours (1985) directed by Martin Scorsese

After Hours (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IFC
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Watch Mojo

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.



2 .) One Crazy Summer (1986) directed by Savage Steve Holland

One Crazy Summer (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Taste Of Cinema

An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.



1 .) Night of the Comet (1984) directed by Thom E. Eberhardt

Night of the Comet (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Daily Kos
  • Game Spot
  • Joblo
  • MUBI
  • Syfy

Two girls from the Valley wake up to find that a passing comet has eradicated their world and left behind a mysterious red-dust and a pack of cannibal mutants. With the help of a friendly truck driver, the girls save the earth from a villainous “think tank,” karate chop their way through flesh-eating zombies, and, of course, find time to go to the mall.



 


The 250+ Additional Best Underrated 1980s Films



 

# Movies Directors Lists
40 10 to Midnight (1983) J. Lee Thompson IMDB
41
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  Medium
42 Adventures in Babysitting   Daily Kos
43 Akira   Wired
44 Alamo Bay (1985) Louis Malle IMDB
45 Aliens   Wired
46 Aloha Summer (1988) Tommy Lee Wallace IMDB
47 Altered States (1980)   Syfy
48 Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987) Mike Newell IMDB
49 Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Joe Dante IMDB 2
50 American Dreamer (1984) Rick Rosenthal IMDB
51 Assassination (1987) Peter R. Hunt IMDB
52 At Close Range   MUBI
53 Audition   Roger Ebert
54 Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) Bill Norton IMDB
55 Bad Company   MUBI
56 Bad Dreams (1988) Andrew Fleming IMDB
57 Bang the Drum Slowly   MUBI
58 Basket Case   Medium
59 Bay of Blood   Roger Ebert
60 Betrayed   MUBI
61 Better Off Dead.. Savage Steve Holland IMDB 2
62 Big Wednesday   MUBI
63 Birdy (1984)   Taste Of Cinema
64 Bitter Moon   MUBI
65 Black Rain (1989)   Taste Of Cinema
66 Blame It on Rio (1984) Stanley Donen IMDB 2
67 Body Count (1987 TV Movie) Lionel Shenken IMDB
68 Bone Tomahawk   Roger Ebert
69 Born American (1986) Renny Harlin IMDB
70 Brazil   Wired
71 Brewster’s Millions   IFC
72 Bulletproof (1988) Steve Carver IMDB
73 C.H.U.D (1984)   Game Spot
74 Caged Heat   MUBI
75 Cassandra Colin Eggleston Film Inquiry
76 Charley Varrick   MUBI
77 Chiller (1985 TV Movie) Wes Craven IMDB
78 Christine   MUBI
79 Clean and Sober (1988)   Taste Of Cinema
80 Coherence   Roger Ebert
81 CREEPSHOW 2   Joblo
82 Cruising   Taste Of Cinema
83 Cube   Roger Ebert
84 CURTAINS   Joblo
85 D.A.R.Y.L Simon Wincer IMDB
86 Dark Night of the Scarecrow Frank De Felitta Film Inquiry
87 Date with an Angel (1987) Tom McLoughlin IMDB
88 Dead End Drive-In   Medium
89 Dead Heat (1988)   Game Spot
90 Dead of Winter (1987) Arthur Penn IMDB
91 Deadly Force (1983) Paul Aaron IMDB
92 Death Before Dishonor (1987) Terry Leonard IMDB
93 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) J. Lee Thompson IMDB
94 Disclosure   MUBI
95 Disorderlies (1987) Michael Schultz IMDB
96 Dogs in Space   MUBI
97 Dolls (1987) Stuart Gordon IMDB
98 Drag Me to Hell   Roger Ebert
99 Dragnet (1987) Tom Mankiewicz IMDB 2
100 Dream a Little Dream (1989) Marc Rocco IMDB
101 Dune   Wired
102 Eight Men Out (1988)   Taste Of Cinema
103 Emperor of the North Pole   MUBI
104 Error!   Daily Kos
105 Evil Dead Trap (1988)   Game Spot
106 Final Jeopardy (1985 TV Movie) Michael Pressman IMDB
107 Firewalker (1986) J. Lee Thompson IMDB
108 Flashpoint (1984) William Tannen IMDB
109 Flight of the Navigator   Wired
110 Fortress (1985) Arch Nicholson IMDB
111 Friday the 13th (1980)   Flashbak
112 From Beyond   Roger Ebert
113 Getting It Right (1989) Randal Kleiser IMDB
114 Ghost Warrior (1984) J. Larry Carroll IMDB
115 Gymkata (1985) Robert Clouse IMDB
116 Halloween III: Season of the Witch   Roger Ebert
117 Happy Together (1989) Mel Damski IMDB
118 Hayao Miyazaki   Wired
119 Heathers (1988) Michael Lehmann IMDB 2
120 Heaven’s Gate   MUBI
121 Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988) Donald G. Jackson IMDB
122 Hider in the House (1989) Matthew Patrick IMDB
123 Hiding Out   IFC 2
124 How I Got Into College (1989) Savage Steve Holland IMDB
125 I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Keenen Ivory Wayans IMDB
126 Ice Pirates   Wired
127 Iceman (1984) Fred Schepisi IMDB
128 Innerspace (1987) Joe Dante IMDB 2
129 Inside Moves (1980)   Taste Of Cinema
130 Intruder   Medium
131 Invaders from Mars (1986) Tobe Hooper IMDB
132 Jack’s Back (1988) Rowdy Herrington IMDB
133 Jekyll and Hyde..Together Again (1982) Jerry Belson IMDB 2
134 Johnny Handsome (1989)   Taste Of Cinema
135 Johnny Mnemonic   Wired
136 Just Before Dawn (1981)   Game Spot
137 Kicking and Screaming   MUBI
138 Kill Me Again (1989)   Taste Of Cinema
139 King Solomon’s Mines (1985) J. Lee Thompson IMDB
140 Knightriders (1981) George A. Romero IMDB
141 Lady In White (1988)   Taste Of Cinema
142 Lake Mungo   Roger Ebert
143 Land of the Dead   Roger Ebert
144 Leap of Faith   MUBI
145 Let’s Get Harry (1986) Stuart Rosenberg IMDB
146 Limit Up (1989) Richard Martini IMDB
147 Little Darlings   IFC 2
148 Little Sweetheart (1989) Anthony Simmons IMDB
149 Local Hero (1983)   Watch Mojo
150 Mad Ron’s Prevues From Hell   Medium
151 Manhunter (1986)   Taste Of Cinema
152 Masters of the Universe (1987) Gary Goddard IMDB
153 Max Dugan Returns   IFC
154 Maximum Overdrive (1986) Stephen King IMDB
155 May   Roger Ebert
156 Midnight Madness   IFC
157 Miracles (1986) Jim Kouf IMDB
158 Mischief (1985) Mel Damski IMDB 2
159 Misfits of Science (1985–1986) Episode: Deep Freeze (Pilot) (1985) James D. Parriott IMDB
160 Modern Girls (1986) Jerry Kramer IMDB
161 Murphy’s Law (1986) J. Lee Thompson IMDB
162 My Demon Lover (1987) Charlie Loventhal IMDB
163 My Science Project (1985) Jonathan R. Betuel IMDB
164 New Rose Hotel   MUBI
165 Night Warning (1983)   Flashbak
166 No Safe Haven (1987) Ronnie Rondell Jr. IMDB
167 Not for Publication (1984) Paul Bartel IMDB
168 Nothing Personal (1980) George Bloomfield IMDB
169 Number One with a Bullet (1987) Jack Smight IMDB
170 Of Unknown Origin (1983) George P. Cosmatos IMDB
171 One Police Plaza (1986 TV Movie) Jerry Jameson IMDB
172 Outland (1981)   Syfy
173 Paperhouse (1988)   Game Spot
174 Parents   Roger Ebert
175 Pin (1988)   Game Spot
176 Porky’s   Daily Kos
177 Pretty Maids All in a Row   MUBI
178 Prime Cut   MUBI
179 Prison (1987) Renny Harlin IMDB
180 Psycho II   MUBI
181 Raising Cain   MUBI
182 Rampage (1987) William Friedkin IMDB
183 Razorback   Roger Ebert
184 Repo Man (1984) Alex Cox IMDB 2
185 Return of the Jedi   Wired
186 Revenge   MUBI
187 Right to Kill? (1985 TV Movie) John Erman IMDB
188 River’s Edge   IFC 2
189 Rock ‘n’ Roll High School   Daily Kos
190 Rolling Thunder   MUBI
191 Russkies (1987) Rick Rosenthal IMDB
192 Série noire   MUBI
193 Session 9   Roger Ebert
194 She’s Having A Baby (1988)   Taste Of Cinema
195 SILVER BULLET   Joblo
196 Slayground (1983) Terry Bedford IMDB
197 Sleepaway Camp (1983) Robert Hiltzik IMDB
198 Some Kind of Wonderful   Daily Kos
199 Sorcerer   MUBI
200 Spellbinder (1988) Janet Greek IMDB
201 Stage Fright (1987)   Game Spot
202 Stand By Me   Daily Kos
203 Starcrossed (1985 TV Movie) Jeffrey Bloom IMDB
204 Staying Together (1989) Lee Grant IMDB
205 Still Smokin (1983) Tommy Chong IMDB 2
206 Straight Time   MUBI
207 Stranded (1987) Fleming B. Fuller IMDB
208 Strange Invaders (1983) Michael Laughlin IMDB
209 Streamers (1983)   Taste Of Cinema
210 Student Bodies   Daily Kos
211 Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) Bert L. Dragin IMDB
212 Sweet Revenge (1984 TV Movie) David Greene IMDB
213 Talk Radio (1988)   Taste Of Cinema
214 Tank (1984) Marvin J. Chomsky IMDB
215 Terminator   Wired
216 Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)   Game Spot
217 The Abyss   Wired
218 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) Terry Gilliam IMDB 2
219 The Beguiled   MUBI
220 The Being Jackie Kong Film Inquiry
221 The Beyond (1981)   Syfy
222 The Blackcoat’s Daughter   Roger Ebert
223 The Blob   Roger Ebert
224 The Brother from Another Planet (1984)   Syfy
225 The Buddy System (1984) Glenn Jordan IMDB
226 The Comfort of Strangers   MUBI
227 The Company of Wolves   Roger Ebert
228 The Dead Zone (1983)   Watch Mojo
229 The Dirt Bike Kid (1985) Hoite C. Caston IMDB
230 The Dorm that Dripped Blood (1981)   Flashbak
231 The Eye   Roger Ebert
232 The Faculty   Roger Ebert
233 The Final Countdown (1980)   Syfy
234 The Flamingo Kid   IFC 2
235 The Friends of Eddie Coyle   MUBI
236 The Gambler   MUBI
237 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) Rod Amateau IMDB
238 The Highest Honor (1982) Peter Maxwell IMDB
239 The Hit   MUBI
240 The Hollywood Knights   IFC 2
241 The House That Screamed   Roger Ebert
242 The Hunger (1983)   Taste Of Cinema
243 The Innocents   Roger Ebert
244 THE KEEP   Joblo
245 The Kremlin Letter   MUBI
246 The Lair of the White Worm   Medium
247 The Last Exorcism   Roger Ebert
248 The Last Starfighter   Wired
249 The Lathe of Heaven   Wired
250 The Laughing Policeman   MUBI
251 The Lord of the Rings   MUBI
252 The Monster Squad (1987)   Taste Of Cinema
253 The Mosquito Coast (1986)   Taste Of Cinema
254 The New Kids (1985) Sean S. Cunningham IMDB
255 The Outfit   MUBI
256 The Park Is Mine (1985 TV Movie) Steven Hilliard Stern IMDB
257 The People Under the Stairs   Roger Ebert
258 The Prey (1984)   Flashbak
259 The Prince of Darkness   Roger Ebert
260 The Quiet Earth (1986)   Syfy
261 The Rescue (1988) Ferdinand Fairfax IMDB
262 The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1987 TV Movie) Kevin Connor IMDB
263 The River’s Edge (1987)   Taste Of Cinema
264 The Sender (1982)   Syfy
265 The Sheltering Sky   MUBI
266 The Squeeze (1987) Roger Young IMDB
267 The Stuff (1985)   Syfy
268 The Sure Thing (1985) Rob Reiner IMDB 2
269 The Thing   Wired
270 The War of the Roses (1989) Danny DeVito IMDB 2
271 The Wraith (1986) Mike Marvin IMDB
272 The Zero Boys (1986) Nico Mastorakis IMDB
273 They All Laughed (1981)   Taste Of Cinema
274 They Live (1988)   Watch Mojo
275 Thief (1981)   Watch Mojo
276 This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Rob Reiner IMDB 2
277 Thrillkill (1984) Anthony D’Andrea IMDB
278 Time Bandits (1981) Terry Gilliam IMDB 2
279 Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982) William Dear IMDB
280 Times Square   MUBI
281 Timestalkers (1987 TV Movie) Michael Schultz IMDB
282 Tough Guys Don’t Dance (1987) Norman Mailer IMDB
283 Trancers   Wired
284 Trial by Terror (1983) Hildy Brooks IMDB
285 Tron   Wired
286 Trouble In Mind (1985)   Taste Of Cinema
287 Turk 182 (1985) Bob Clark IMDB
288 UHF (1989)   Taste Of Cinema
289 Up the Creek (1984) Robert Butler IMDB 2
290 Used Cars   IFC
291 Used Cars (1980) Robert Zemeckis IMDB 2
292 Vanishing Act (1986 TV Movie) David Greene IMDB
293 Venom Piers Haggard Film Inquiry
294 Vision Quest   IFC 2
295 Visiting Hours   Medium
296 Walk Like a Man (1987) Melvin Frank IMDB
297 Waxwork (1988)   Game Spot
298 Who’s Harry Crumb? (1989) Paul Flaherty IMDB 2
299 Willow Creek   Roger Ebert
300 Witchboard (1986) Kevin Tenney IMDB
301 Wolfen   MUBI
302 Young Warriors (1983) Lawrence David Foldes IMDB

 


 


16 Best Underrated 1980s Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Daily Kos Underrated Movies – 1980’s
Film Inquiry Underrated 1980’s Horror Films
Flashbak The Five Most Underrated Slasher Films of the 1980s
Game Spot 14 Underrated Horror Movies From The ’80s That Every Fan Should
IFC 10 Underrated ’80s Comedies
IFC 2 10 Underrated ’80s Teen Movies You Need to See
IMDB 150 of the Best Lesser-Known 1980s Movies
IMDB 2 Understated and Underrated:Good little 80’s Comedies
Joblo Top 10 Underrated Horror Movies of the 1980s
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