Favoritest Movies of 1980

I'm making (I hope...) the most comprehensive favorite movie list ever!!! (No sense in being arbitrary with such a commonly asked question!) So I'm ranking every movie I've ever seen using Paired Comparison Analysis. First, year by year. Then, the top 80th percentile from each year advance to the decade round, and from there the all time round. I'll admit that a number of movies a much younger me saw long ago may be appreciated more or differently now, but in their cases, I only have my reactions at the time to draw upon.
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1.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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
“ Setting the example that the only way to do a sequel to Star Wars would be to make it nothing like Star Wars; the next four films to be released all have Tatooine, Naboo, and Coruscant. (Jedi from SE) ” - Tincage
 
2.
Flash Gordon (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ This movies stock to me has risen dramatically recently. HD has given this movie a kiss of new life. If your memory of it is from a bulbous, round cornered, 4:3 box with the pale dead color we grew up with... Check it out on your current set up. Heck, watch the Star Trek Voyager episode Bride of Chaotica, and some of the actual old serials of Flash Gordon as a pre-game show! ” - Tincage
 
3.
Superman II (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ This is here since "General, would you care to step outside?" is the best line ever in a superhero movie. The fight at the Fortress of Solitude still eludes me as to WTF is even going on. ” - Tincage
 
4.
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A young farmer sets out to recruit mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet, which is under threat of invasion by the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors. (104 mins.)
 
5.
The Final Countdown (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (103 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
6.
Airplane! (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. (88 mins.)
 
7.
Raise the Titanic (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic. (115 mins.)
Director: Jerry Jameson
“ The BEST Dirk Pitt movie YET! ” - Tincage
 
8.
Kagemusha (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place. (180 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Gorge Lucas gets TONS of crap from the online world about Howard the Duck. Like Howard the Duck is the only movie he ever produced. One online review was even complaining about seeing duck mammaries. (Dude, you're over 20 now... drop the guilt...) Thing is, he only was a producer on Howard the Duck. He also has a producer credit on this. But this is GREAT. ” - Tincage
 
9.
Hangar 18 (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Shortly after the launch of a satellite from a space shuttle the satellite collides with an UFO in front of the crew's eyes... (97 mins.)
Director: James L. Conway
“ Visually it has all the production values of a MacGyver episode. The script comes to play, and makes it a terrific flick! ” - Tincage
 
10.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
11.
Midnight Madness (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Leon planned "The Great Allnighter" by picking college students to participate in his night long scavenger hunt... (112 mins.)
 
12.
Caddyshack (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
13.
Oh, God! Book II (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
God asks a young girl to help spread his word and influence with a slogan. (94 mins.)
Director: Gilbert Cates
 
14.
Altered States (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (102 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
15.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
 
16.
The Day Time Ended (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Aliens visit the solar-powered house of a middle-class family, and the house is suddenly sucked into a time warp that transports it back to prehistoric times. (79 mins.)
 
17.
The Return of the King (1980 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle. (98 mins.)
“ Hey! It was all we had! All we were ever getting too! ” - Tincage
 
18.
Private Benjamin (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected. (109 mins.)
Director: Howard Zieff
 
19.
Stir Crazy (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are... (111 mins.)
Director: Sidney Poitier
 
20.
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
 
21.
Xanadu (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The story of a girl who makes dreams come true. (96 mins.)
 
22.
Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico. (100 mins.)
 
23.
Popeye (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The adventures of the sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven. (114 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
24.
The Elephant Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. (124 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
25.
Galaxina (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
Main Plot: Crew of interstellar police ship is sent to recover a mysterious crystal, the Blue Star.... (95 mins.)
Director: William Sachs
 
26.
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
“ Well, some list had this thing as coming out in 1980... It's not worth changing... ” - Tincage
 
27.
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. (124 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
28.
The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past. (84 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
29.
American Gigolo (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit. (117 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
30.
Any Which Way You Can (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Philo takes part in a bare knuckle fight - as he does - to make some more money than he can earn from his car repair business... (116 mins.)
Director: Buddy Van Horn
 
31.
Urban Cowboy (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar. (132 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
32.
Ordinary People (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ It's not even about Ordinary People! It's about the same white, well off people with movie jobs having movie emotions in a picture perfect house. This is 2 hours spent with the cardboard fantasy people that populate a Micheal Bay movie. Office Space is about ordinary people. This is just what Hollywood thinks 'ordinary' is. ” - Tincage