50 Best Romance Movies of the 1980's

As per my other "50 Best Romances" lists - they are alphabetically by year of release. As always I can only list movies I've seen (it would be difficult to judge ones that I haven't). These appear to be mostly comedies. No doubt that was the sort of film I was interested in watching way back then.
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1.
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene. (104 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
2.
The Competition (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete... (123 mins.)
Director: Joel Oliansky
 
3.
Fatso (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Dominick DiNapoli has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favorite thing. Then his cousin... (93 mins.)
Director: Anne Bancroft
 
4.
Hero at Large (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger... (98 mins.)
Director: Martin Davidson
 
5.
Seems Like Old Times (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California. (100 mins.)
Director: Jay Sandrich
 
6.
Somewhere in Time (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel. (103 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
7.
Arthur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which... (97 mins.)
Director: Steve Gordon
 
8.
Continental Divide (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A hard-nosed Chicago journalist has an unlikely love affair with an eagle researcher. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
9.
Endless Love (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A high school student's love for a 15-year-old girl is thwarted by parental disapproval, circumstance and accident. (116 mins.)
 
10.
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Not until three years after the death of her husband Jolly, Kay dares to move back into their former home... (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
11.
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend. (124 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
12.
Tootsie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
13.
The World According to Garp (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer... (136 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
14.
Flashdance (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. (95 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
15.
Lovesick (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A psychiatrist who falls in love with a patient is visited by the spirit of Sigmund Freud, who gives him advice on how to handle it. (95 mins.)
 
16.
Pauline at the Beach (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Marion is about to divorce from her husband and takes her 15-year-old niece Pauline on a vacation to Granville. She meets an old love... (94 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
17.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
18.
All of Me (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A dying millionaire has her soul transferred into a younger, willing woman. However, something goes wrong, and she finds herself in her lawyer's body - together with the lawyer. (93 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
 
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Just One of the Guys (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Terry Griffith has got it all -- looks, popularity, the perfect college boyfriend, and an article that's... (90 mins.)
Director: Lisa Gottlieb
 
22.
A Room with a View (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views... (117 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
23.
The Sure Thing (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally... (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
24.
About Last Night... (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends. (113 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
25.
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay... (119 mins.)
Director: Randa Haines
 
26.
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Daniel accompanies his mentor to Okinawa who is off to see his dying father and confront his old rival, while Daniel inadvertently makes an enemy of his own. (113 mins.)
 
27.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
 
28.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. (96 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
 
29.
Top Gun (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (110 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
30.
Broadcast News (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly. (133 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
31.
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend. (94 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
 
32.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
33.
Hiding Out (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A very successful stock broker is called to court to testify against a mob boss who was into some inside trading... (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Giraldi
 
34.
Mannequin (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life. (90 mins.)
 
35.
The Pick-up Artist (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A womanizer meets his match when he falls for a woman in debt to the mafia. (81 mins.)
Director: James Toback
 
36.
The Princess Bride (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
37.
Roxanne (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac", large nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man's looks. (107 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
38.
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
39.
Big (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a pre-teen 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
 
40.
Cocktail (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love. (104 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
41.
Coming to America (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
42.
Crossing Delancey (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Manhattan single meets a man through her Jewish grandmother's matchmaker. (97 mins.)
 
43.
Working Girl (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
44.
Always (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A romantic adventure about a legendary pilot's passion for dare-devil firefighting and his girl. (122 mins.)
 
45.
Chances Are (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
This is a fiercely tender, sparkly sleeper gem, with stellar cast, about spirituality, the unconditional nature of the soul mate, loyalty and love and an alternate view to death. (108 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
 
46.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
 
47.
Look Who's Talking (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
After a single, career-minded woman is left on her own to give birth to the child of a married man, she finds a new romantic chance in a cab driver. Meanwhile, the point-of-view of the newborn boy is narrated through voice-over. (93 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
48.
Say Anything... (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
49.
Shirley Valentine (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg... (108 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
50.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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