My Best Films of 1980

Out of 334 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.
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1.
Nine to Five (1980)
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Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him. (109 mins.)
Director: Colin Higgins
 
2.
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
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The intersecting stories of three people who face difficult choices in life-changing situations are used to illustrate the theories espoused by Henri Laborit about human behavior and the relationship between the self and society. (125 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
3.
Murder Psalm (1980 Short Film)
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An experimental film by Stan Brakhage combining colors, lights, and footage of wars, medical documentaries, cartoons, forests, and other. (16 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
4.
The Big Red One (1980)
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The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II. (113 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ The Reconstruction version ” - g_monte
 
5.
Every Man for Himself (1980)
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An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations. (87 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
6.
Atlantic City (1980)
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In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
7.
Out of the Blue (1980)
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A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene. (94 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
 
8.
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980 Mini-Series)
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In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld. (931 mins.)
 
9.
Loulou (1980)
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Maurice Pialat's portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution... (110 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
10.
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 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
 
11.
Raging Bull (1980)
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An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
12.
Bizalom (1980)
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During WW2 Hungarian resistance hides a married couple from the officials. The woman is sent to act as the wife of one of the resistance members who is also in hiding and pretending to be somebody else. They slowly begin to fall in love. (105 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
13.
Gloria (1980)
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When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York. (123 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
14.
Alexander the Great (1980)
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Based on some historical events, the film gives a romanticized biography of Theodoros Kolokotronis,... (235 mins.)
 
15.
Melvin and Howard (1980)
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The story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes. (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
16.
Snakes and Ladders (1980 Short Film)
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A man awakens to find himself immersed in a real-life scenario of a board game with an ever expanding cartography. (30 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
 
17.
The Elephant Man (1980)
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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
 
18.
Narcissus and Psyche (1980)
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Narcisus and Psyche is based on a novel by Sandor Weores which was adapted by Vilmos Csaplar and director Gabor Body for a feature-length... (261 mins.)
Director: Gábor Bódy
 
19.
Dvoynikat (1980)
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Prof. Denev is a talented scientist, but he cannot divide his time between the social and the scientific life... (98 mins.)
Director: Nikolai Volev
 
20.
Le voyage en douce (1980)
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Childhood friends, dominant Helene and submissive Lucie, are now in their thirties and married. Nostalgic about their youth, they take a bonding car trip to French countryside, while discussing their real and made up sexual experiences. (98 mins.)
Director: Michel Deville
 
21.
The Constant Factor (1980)
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A young man is facing death of his mother. A petty corruption at his job leads to him being framed and robbed of his only desire to climb mountains in Himalayas, as his father did and where he died. (98 mins.)
 
22.
Palermo or Wolfsburg (1980)
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(173 mins.)
 
23.
The Candidate (1980 Documentary)
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In 1980 Franz Josef Strauss competed against Helmut Schmidt for the Office of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. (129 mins.)
 
24.
Aurélia Steiner (Vancouver) (1980)
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(48 mins.)
 
25.
Poznavaya belyy svet (1980)
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Mikhail helps out Nikolay and Lyuba by giving them a ride to a nearby construction site. They will work there to build a new town and factory. (75 mins.)
Director: Kira Muratova
 
26.
The Long Good Friday (1980)
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An up-and-coming gangster is tested by the insurgence of an unknown, very powerful threat. (114 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
 
27.
Bad Timing (1980)
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A psychiatrist living in Vienna enters a torrid relationship with a married woman. When she ends up in the hospital from an overdose, an inspector becomes set on discovering the demise of their affair. (123 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
28.
The Last Metro (1980)
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In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs. (131 mins.)
 
29.
Hollywood (1980 Mini-Series)
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The definitive documentary about the American silent film industry. (60 mins.)
 
30.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil 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
 
31.
The Metaphor (1980 Documentary)
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A short documentary about painting. (36 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
32.
Kagemusha (1980)
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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
 
33.
Breaker Morant (1980)
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Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
34.
Talking Heads (1980 Documentary)
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People of different age, profession and social status answer two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life. (16 mins.)
 
35.
BBC2 Playhouse (1973 TV Series)
Episode: Caught on a Train (1980)
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Peter boards a train to attend an important business meeting across Europe. His train trip is made more...
 
36.
Taxi zum Klo (1980)
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Frank Ripploh is a bit of a rascal: he's a bearded and shaggy-haired teacher, and he's gay with a very active sex life and an interest in making films... (98 mins.)
Director: Frank Ripploh