My Favorite Movies of the 1980s

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1.
Big Blonde (1980 TV Movie)
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(75 mins.)
Director: Kirk Browning
 
2.
Stardust Memories (1980)
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While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
3.
Carbon Copy (1981)
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When a rich white corporate executive finds out that he has an illegitimate black son, things start falling apart for him at home, at work and in his social circles. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
 
4.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
5.
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
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A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside. (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
6.
Night Shift (1982)
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A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp's killers don't look too kindly on this new 'business', nor does the morgue's owner. (106 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
7.
The World According to Garp (1982)
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A struggling young writer finds his life and work dominated by his unfaithful wife and his radical feminist mother, whose best-selling manifesto turns her into a cultural icon. (136 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
8.
The Man with Two Brains (1983)
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A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain. (93 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
 
9.
Mr. Mom (1983)
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After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce and he becomes a stay-at-home dad - a job he has no clue how to do. (91 mins.)
Director: Stan Dragoti
 
10.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
11.
Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)
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A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now. (13 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
12.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
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Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series The Twilight Zone. (101 mins.)
 
13.
Zelig (1983)
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"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people. (79 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
14.
Billions for Boris (1984)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Alex Grassholf
 
15.
The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)
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The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all... (109 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
16.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
17.
The Wild Life (1984)
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Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David. (96 mins.)
Director: Art Linson
 
18.
Back to the Future (1985)
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Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
19.
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
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A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan. (104 mins.)
Director: Susan Seidelman
 
20.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
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A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him in order to continue his murder spree in the real world. (87 mins.)
Director: Jack Sholder
 
21.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
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In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
22.
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
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A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer's scheme to take over Christmas. (107 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
23.
Action Family (1986 TV Movie)
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At work, Chris is a hardboiled no-nonsense detective who's investigating a series of brutal murders of jazz musicians. At home, he's a family man straight out of sitcom who has to satisfy every whim of his wife and kids. (30 mins.)
Director: Gary Weis
 
24.
April Fool's Day (1986)
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Nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's Day weekend. (89 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
 
25.
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
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Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. (106 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
26.
Highlander (1986)
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An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize". (116 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
27.
Lucas (1986)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: David Seltzer
 
28.
The Manhattan Project (1986)
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A teen and his girlfriend make an atomic bomb with plutonium stolen from a scientist dating his mother. (117 mins.)
 
29.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
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Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school. (103 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
30.
River's Edge (1986)
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A high school slacker commits a shocking act and proceeds to let his friends in on the secret. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself. (99 mins.)
Director: Tim Hunter
 
31.
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
32.
Touch and Go (1986)
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An ice hockey star is accosted by a youth gang who attempt to rob him; after he chases them off he catches... (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Mandel
 
33.
Willy/Milly (1986)
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Milly is annoyed whenever her mom tells her to behave more appropriate for a girl. She's just not interested in fancy dresses or prom dances... (86 mins.)
Director: Paul Schneider
 
34.
Barfly (1987)
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Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. (100 mins.)
 
35.
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
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A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend. (94 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
 
36.
The Lost Boys (1987)
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After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
37.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
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Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back. (96 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
38.
Nuts (1987)
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A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent. (116 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
39.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
40.
Radio Days (1987)
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A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium. (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
41.
September (1987)
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At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
42.
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
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When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith. (95 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
 
43.
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
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A bitter ex-husband and a put-upon momma's boy both want their respective former spouse and mother dead. Who will pull it off? (88 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
 
44.
Who's That Girl (1987)
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The life of an uptight tax lawyer turns chaotic when he is asked to escort a young woman newly released from prison, who persuades him to help prove her innocence. (92 mins.)
Director: James Foley
 
45.
Action Jackson (1988)
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Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition. (96 mins.)
Director: Craig R. Baxley
 
46.
Another Woman (1988)
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Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help. (81 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
47.
Beaches (1988)
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A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years. (123 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
 
48.
Beetlejuice (1988)
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A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
49.
Big Business (1988)
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In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night... (97 mins.)
Director: Jim Abrahams
 
50.
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
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A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife. (107 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
51.
Casual Sex? (1988)
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While attending a singles retreat, two female friends-- one promiscuous, the other unlucky with men-- share their philosophies on love, sex, men, and dating in the wake of the 1980s AIDS epidemic. (97 mins.)
 
52.
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
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A Southern California girl befriends three furry aliens after their spaceship lands in her swimming pool. (100 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
53.
Haunted Summer (1988)
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In 1815, authors Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley get together for some philosophical discussions, but the situation soon deteriorates into mind games, drugs and sex. (106 mins.)
Director: Ivan Passer
 
54.
Heathers (1988)
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In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
 
55.
Moonwalker (1988)
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Anthology movie by, and starring, Michael Jackson in his prime, combining a number of music videos from his bestselling "Bad" album with a fantasy tale of Michael's confrontation with a ruthless drug dealer known as Mr. Big (Joe Pesci). (93 mins.)
 
56.
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
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An alien is sent on a secret mission to Earth, where she appears as a gorgeous, attractive, and single lady... (105 mins.)
 
57.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
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Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good. (93 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
58.
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
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After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip. (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
59.
Batman (1989)
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The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
60.
Blue Steel (1990)
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A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her. (102 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
61.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
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An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
62.
The Dream Team (1989)
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Four mental patients on a field trip in New York must save their caring chaperon, who ends up being taken to a hospital in a coma after accidentally witnessing a murder, before the killers can find him and finish the job. (113 mins.)
Director: Howard Zieff
 
63.
Homer and Eddie (1989)
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A mentally disabled man gets help from a sociopath when he tries to reunite with his dying father, who years earlier disowned him. (102 mins.)
 
64.
New York Stories (1989)
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A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales. (124 mins.)
 
65.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
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The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world. (89 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
 
66.
She-Devil (1989)
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A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist. (99 mins.)
Director: Susan Seidelman
 
67.
The War of the Roses (1989)
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A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle. (116 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
 
68.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
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Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (96 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
69.
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
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After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire. (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Bierman