88 Greatest Films of the 1980's

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1.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Master Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
2.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
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After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap. (131 mins.)
 
3.
Amadeus (1984)
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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
 
4.
Labyrinth (1986)
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A 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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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 to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first. (127 mins.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
9.
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
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The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons. (84 mins.)
Director: Nelson Shin
 
10.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
11.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
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Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine. (90 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
Ghostbusters (1984)
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Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
17.
2010 (1984)
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A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery. (116 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
18.
Young Guns (1988)
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A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted. (107 mins.)
 
19.
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
 
20.
WarGames (1983)
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A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (114 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
21.
The Last Starfighter (1984)
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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
 
22.
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
 
23.
The Quiet Earth (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda. (91 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Murphy
 
24.
Weird Science (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that. (94 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
25.
They Live (1988)
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A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (94 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
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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.)
 
28.
The Monster Squad (1987)
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A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters. (82 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales. (119 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
 
33.
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
 
34.
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
 
35.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
 
36.
RoboCop (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
37.
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
 
38.
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
 
39.
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
 
40.
Explorers (1985)
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A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what? (109 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
41.
Uncle Buck (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister. (100 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
42.
Fright Night (1985)
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When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
 
43.
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
 
44.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon 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
 
45.
Willow (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen. (126 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
46.
Rocky IV (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge. (91 mins.)
 
47.
Mr. Mom (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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
 
48.
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his parents and his tribe whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his henchmen when he was a boy. (129 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
49.
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
50.
Silver Bullet (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Attias
 
51.
Big (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. (104 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
52.
The Running Man (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show. (101 mins.)
 
53.
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
 
54.
The Road Warrior (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
55.
Gotcha! (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jonathan plays a game called Gotcha in which he hunts and is hunted by other students with paint guns... (101 mins.)
Director: Jeff Kanew
 
56.
Krull (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet. (116 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
57.
Enemy Mine (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor... (108 mins.)
 
58.
Over the Top (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championships. (93 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
59.
The Dark Crystal (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. (93 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
 
60.
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam. (121 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
61.
Commando (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter. (90 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
 
62.
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
 
63.
Escape from New York (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
64.
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The two stoners and their friends go through another series of crazy, drug-influenced misadventures. (99 mins.)
Director: Tommy Chong
 
65.
Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a coded message from an unknown source... (105 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
66.
My Science Project (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A high school student and his friend find a strange, orb-like piece of equipment to use as a science project, but must stop it when it begins to threaten mankind. (94 mins.)
 
67.
Teen Wolf (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf. (91 mins.)
Director: Rod Daniel
 
68.
First Blood (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills. (93 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
69.
Dragonslayer (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom. (108 mins.)
Director: Matthew Robbins
 
70.
The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 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
 
71.
Glory (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
72.
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam. (96 mins.)
 
73.
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess. (103 mins.)
 
74.
Alien Nation (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A few years from now, Earth will have the first contact with an alien civilization. These aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after years of quarantine. (91 mins.)
Director: Graham Baker
 
75.
Mannequin (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 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.)
 
76.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected. (82 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
 
77.
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
 
78.
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
 
79.
Time Bandits (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young boy accidentally joins a band of time traveling dwarves as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
80.
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it. (100 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
81.
The Beastmaster (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces. (118 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
 
82.
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
 
83.
Rocky III (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy. (99 mins.)
 
84.
The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Chipmunks compete with the Chipettes in a round the world race. (77 mins.)
Director: Janice Karman
 
85.
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
86.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
87.
Savannah Smiles (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The young daughter of a politician runs away due to lack of attention. She hides in the car of two not-so-bright... (105 mins.)
Director: Pierre De Moro
 
88.
Cobra (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans. (87 mins.)