1984-The Best Year in Cinema EVER!!!

I've thought long and hard about it. Denied it, and several other steps. Scoured the years of films and which ones stuck with me, and ones that most people know, and for some reason, the better part of the 80's just had some of the best and longest lasting movies that have become a part of pop-culture and the lives of many. Part of it may have been because Home Video was becoming the latest craze, but it still can't be argued that throughout the 70's and most of the 80's the movie studios released less than 150-200 titles per year (In 2009 the average was over 600) and each of those films grossing around 10 million on average in that nearly 20 year span compared to the overblown market now. The year 1984 in particular stands out as a year that was so full of movies that are memorable and most people have seen. I haven't even seen all of the films on this list yet, but am aware of them, and hope to see the few I haven't or have not in so long. It's so hard to believe that in a time when less than 200 movies were released on average per year, this many movies managed to not only turn an average profit at the box office of about 15-20 million dollars (Not counting the huge numbers that pulled in close to or over 100 million on their own at a time when the average budget was 5-10 million). Here is a list of the ones that stick out, 60 movies in a year that only 181 were released, right down to the lesser known at the bottom of the pile. It could have been longer, but here are the movies in a year that was so awesome to be a film lover, and have stayed with us the longest...
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1.
Ghostbusters (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ A classic. Still one of the funniest movies of all time. The effects are still well done, even for being almost 30 years old. One of the best ensemble casts ever. ” - TomConnors
 
2.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills. (105 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ Eddie Murphy's best film and character to date. Still a classic. ” - TomConnors
 
3.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A seemingly indestructible humanoid 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
“ The movie speaks for itself 3 decades, and 3 sequels, and a TV series, the franchise is still a hot commodity in Hollywood. ” - TomConnors
 
4.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ There was never before, and never will be a horror icon like Freddy Krueger, who managed to pierce pop-culture and our Nightmares like only a few movie creations had before. Wes Craven's masterpiece is a well crafted thriller-fantasy more than slasher but Freddy will always be the Slasher King of Horror, with is razor sharp finger-knives clawing his way to the top forever. ” - TomConnors
 
5.
Gremlins (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ Gremlins is just one of those movies that when it came out engrained itself into pop culture like most of the movies in the top part of my list. It is still referenced to this day, (just like most the films in the top part of my list...) Along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins was responsible for the now "Safety-net" rating of PG-13, instituted to give a rating to films that were not harsh enough for an R rating, but a little too adult-oriented for younger children. Gotta love micro-waves! ” - TomConnors
 
6.
The Karate Kid (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
“ More movies in 1984 created phrases and quotes that are still used today ("I'll be back...)...(I'm back). Karate Kid had more than any other, Mr. Miyagi taught us that if you can learn to wax on wax off, you can learn to wax the floor with anyone.
Still a classic, and like most films from '84 has already gotten the remake treatment. ” - TomConnors
 
7.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace. (118 mins.)
“ The follow up to the Spielberg-Lucas team-up blockbuster hit, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom continues the adventures of everyone's favorite archeologist. Along with Gremlins, Doom is responsible for the PG-13 rating due mostly to it's heart wrenching scene involving a 10 year old kid yelling at our favorite archeologist. How dare that Goonie punk! Wait...maybe it had something more to do with the monkey brains, and the heart being ripped out of some dude's chest in the middle of a family movie...something like that. Still love this movie though! ” - TomConnors
 
8.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/11 X  
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ The original, the only, the loudest, the rudest, and most awesome mock-u-mentary ever! Christopher Guest and gang created a genre, along with their own legacy in rock n' roll history with this classic comedy hit. ” - TomConnors
 
9.
Police Academy (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of good-hearted but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks. (96 mins.)
Director: Hugh Wilson
“ 6 sequels, and nearly 100 million in domestic gross, and embarrassed fans world wide know and secretly love the antics of these bumbling recruits. The podium scene is still one of the funniest, and classic comedy scenes ever! ” - TomConnors
 
10.
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeff Kanew
“ Nerds and geeks everywhere still hold this classic under-dog movie close to their hearts. ” - TomConnors
 
11.
Footloose (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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
“ Not sure if I should say anything about this one, but people still love it. ” - TomConnors
 
12.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ John Hughes' classic coming of age story, that even a lot of guy's secretly love and won't admit. Not me though. ” - TomConnors
 
13.
The Natural (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Haven't seen it in years, but always enjoyed it. ” - TomConnors
 
14.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Won a lot of Oscar gold for the year 84. ” - TomConnors
 
15.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body. (105 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
“ Decent follow-up to Wrath of Kahn, directed by Nimoy. Christopher Lloyd stands out in his role. ” - TomConnors
 
16.
Splash (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is. (111 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ One of the two movies that had this comedic actor with excellent timing. He would go one to make at least a few more movies in the years to come, I guess, but he had two movies that year that were hits! ” - TomConnors
 
17.
Bachelor Party (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A soon-to-be-married man's friends throw him the ultimate bachelor party. (105 mins.)
Director: Neal Israel
“ The other movie that year with that comedic actor that was being talked about or something like that. He made a few more movies, I think one of them was about a dog called K:9, or something like that. ” - TomConnors
 
18.
Red Dawn (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces. (114 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ Remake to come out someday... ” - TomConnors
 
19.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ Robert Zemeckis' (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump) first big movie! ” - TomConnors
 
20.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. (79 mins.)
“ What a controversial movie! One of the most ever, still a messed up piece of film! ” - TomConnors
 
21.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake. (91 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
“ Still one of the best Friday the 13th sequels, with Corey Feldman kickin' ass! ” - TomConnors
 
22.
The Last Starfighter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test.He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack. (101 mins.)
Director: Nick Castle
“ Excellent sci-fi movie. ” - TomConnors
 
23.
Starman (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them. (115 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Good John Carpenter flick. Another great Jeff Bridges performance. ” - TomConnors
 
24.
Purple Rain (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise. (111 mins.)
Director: Albert Magnoli
“ It speaks for itself. It's Prince...I mean come on. ” - TomConnors
 
25.
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated. (94 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ One of the best! ” - TomConnors
 
26.
Body Double (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Good flick. ” - TomConnors
 
27.
2010 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery. (116 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
28.
Dune (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule. (137 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
29.
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Set in the 1930's, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ Hilariously so bad, it's good. ” - TomConnors
 
30.
Supergirl (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch. (105 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
“ Ha ha ha ha....this is another one of those that's memorable because of how bad it was! ” - TomConnors
 
31.
Missing in Action (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Colonel Braddock launches a mission deep into the jungles of Vietnam to find the POW camp that he escaped from and free the Americans still held captive there. (101 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
“ Chuck Norris' answer to Rambo ” - TomConnors
 
32.
Top Secret! (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany. (90 mins.)
“ Classic goofy and irreverent, from the guys who brought us Airplane! Young Val Kilmer shows at one time he had a sense of humor, that was before he ate Marlon Brando, in that tragic dinner accident. ” - TomConnors
 
33.
Rhinestone (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
A country music star must turn an obnoxious New York cabbie into a singer in order to win a bet. (111 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ Better than it had the right to be, strange but enjoyable. ” - TomConnors
 
34.
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess. (103 mins.)
“ Ah-nold! ” - TomConnors
 
35.
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster. (84 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
36.
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant... (135 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
37.
Against All Odds (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear. (128 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
38.
Children of the Corn (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Kiersch
“ Still producing sequels I swear, they are on like Children of the Corn 13 now...you would think these people would learn to stop reproducing already!!! ” - TomConnors
 
39.
The Ice Pirates (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In the far future water is the most valuable substance. Two space pirates are captured, sold to a princess... (91 mins.)
Director: Stewart Raffill
“ One of my earliest memories of going to the theater. ” - TomConnors
 
40.
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
 
41.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
“ Released in 1984 in the USA, I remember this film fondly, a very funny movie. ” - TomConnors
 
42.
Firestarter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic. (114 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
“ Drew showing she can hold her own, even at her age at the time. ” - TomConnors
 
43.
Runaway (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target. (99 mins.)
“ Gene Simmons of Kiss is delightful as the villain in this well-remembered sci-fi classic. ” - TomConnors
 
44.
Cloak & Dagger (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young boy and his imaginary friend end up on the run while in possession of a top-secret spy gadget. (101 mins.)
“ I remember this one, it has E.T.'s brother in it, n' Dabney Coleman. Dabney, that's a cool ass name. ” - TomConnors
 
45.
Best Defense (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
A military weapons engineer struggles to do his job responsibly, while a hapless tank commander has to live with the consequences in combat years later. (94 mins.)
Director: Willard Huyck
“ Remembered more as Eddie Murphy's first flop, actually not as bad as the reputation it has. It has a few memorable humorous scenes, and two of my own personal favorite comedy icons starring. Have seen a version on TV from time to time that actually adds scenes, and help the movie make a little more sense. ” - TomConnors
 
46.
Cannonball Run II (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
The original characters from the first Cannonball movie race across the country once more in various cars and trucks. (108 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
“ Gotta love Burt! ” - TomConnors
 
47.
C.H.U.D. (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A bizarre series of sudden disappearances on the streets of New York City seems to point toward something unsavory living in the sewers. (88 mins.)
Director: Douglas Cheek
“ Still a cult-classic. ” - TomConnors
 
48.
City Heat (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A slick private eye and tough police lieutenant--once partners, now bitter enemies--reluctantly team up to investigate a murder. (93 mins.)
“ Burt and Clint together, wish it was a little better, but still cool to see the two of them in a movie. ” - TomConnors
 
49.
Dreamscape (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
“ A lot like Nightmare on Elm Street, but not remembered nearly as much, it's generally considered a foot-note to Elm Street, for some very striking similarities. Still a fun movie though. ” - TomConnors
 
50.
Protocol (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The US needs to convince the visiting emir Khala'ad of Othar to allow an American military base in his strategic realm... (96 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ Goldie Hawn could practically do no wrong in the 80's, gotta love her! ” - TomConnors
 
51.
Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Paul McCartney's recording of his new album is complicated by the fact that the master tapes of his recordings are missing. (108 mins.)
Director: Peter Webb
“ Paul McCartney's answer to Purple Rain maybe? ” - TomConnors
 
52.
The Razor's Edge (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge. (128 mins.)
Director: John Byrum
“ Bill Murray's vanity project, for those who thought only recently he decided he wanted an Oscar, here's proof that it's always been one of his goals. ” - TomConnors
 
53.
Tank (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Sergeant Major Zak Carey is serving what is his final tour of duty at an Army base in Clemens, Georgia... (113 mins.)
“ I remember a lot of my friends and cousins loved this movie and would watch it endlessly on video, or whenever it would pop up on cable. ” - TomConnors
 
54.
Oh, God! You Devil (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
George Burns is back as God, but oops, here he is as Satan, too. A young rock star is ready to sell his soul to Satan... (97 mins.)
Director: Paul Bogart
“ So-so sequel to Burn's well remembered "Oh, God!" ” - TomConnors
 
55.
Night of the Comet (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists. (95 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
“ Surprised with the zombie craze this hasn't been reworked and remade yet. ” - TomConnors
 
56.
Breakin' (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds. (90 mins.)
Director: Joel Silberg
“ Do I really need to say anything? ” - TomConnors
 
57.
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it. (94 mins.)
Director: Sam Firstenberg
“ The fact that these two movies were released months apart, and are still talked about to this day, is just an example of the strange way 1984 just was one of those years, like 1941, 1969, 1977 and so on, they just stick with us for some reason, weather we want them too or not... ” - TomConnors
 
58.
The Flamingo Kid (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Set in Brooklyn, 1963, Jeffrey Willis has just finished high school and isn't quite sure what the future holds... (100 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
 
59.
Micki + Maude (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A bigamist must keep his wives from meeting each other, which becomes tricky when they're both pregnant. (118 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
60.
1984 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
“ Just cuz dammit. ” - TomConnors