Best of the 1980s

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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
4.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
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A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
 
5.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
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When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
 
6.
Say Anything... (1989)
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
7.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
 
8.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
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An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
9.
My Left Foot (1989)
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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
10.
Die Hard (1988)
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John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
11.
Willow (1988)
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A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen. (126 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
12.
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
 
13.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
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A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
14.
Big (1988)
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When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body. (104 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
15.
Rain Man (1988)
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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
16.
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
 
17.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
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Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first. (110 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
18.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
19.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
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Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
 
20.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
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A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
21.
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
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A babysitter must leave her safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city to rescue a stranded friend, unaware of the perilous adventures that await her and the kids she's looking after who have tagged along. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
22.
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
 
23.
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
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The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch after accidentally running him over on a hunting trip, but have a hard time trying to keep him away from the authorities and an eccentric hunter who's determined to catch "Bigfoot". (110 mins.)
Director: William Dear
 
24.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
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A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
25.
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
 
26.
Labyrinth (1986)
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A selfish 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
 
27.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
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A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. (96 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
 
28.
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. (103 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
29.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
30.
Lost in America (1985)
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A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. (91 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
31.
My Life as a Dog (1985)
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A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives. (101 mins.)
 
32.
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
 
33.
The Goonies (1985)
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In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
34.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
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Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular... (90 mins.)
Director: Alan Metter
 
35.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
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A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
36.
The Terminator (1984)
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A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
37.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
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A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
 
38.
Ghostbusters (1984)
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Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
39.
Footloose (1984)
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A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (107 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
40.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
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A skirmish in Shanghai puts archaeologist Indiana Jones, his partner Short Round and singer Willie Scott crossing paths with an Indian village desperate to reclaim a rock stolen by a secret cult beneath the catacombs of an ancient palace. (118 mins.)
 
41.
The Karate Kid (1984)
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A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting. (126 mins.)
 
42.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
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After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
 
43.
Scarface (1983)
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In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
44.
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
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The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
45.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
46.
The Outsiders (1983)
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The rivalry between two gangs, the poor greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. (91 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
47.
Flashdance (1983)
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A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. (95 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
48.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world. (115 mins.)
 
49.
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
 
50.
Gandhi (1982)
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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
 
51.
Annie (1982)
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A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
52.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
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A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries. (109 mins.)
Director: Jamie Uys
 
53.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
 
54.
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
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Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews. (110 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
55.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
56.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
57.
Aliens (1986)
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The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
58.
Dragonslayer (1981)
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A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom. (108 mins.)
Director: Matthew Robbins
 
59.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
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A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills. (105 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
60.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
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A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
61.
Working Girl (1988)
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When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job. (113 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols