50 movies from 1980 worth watchingby runefromnorway | created - 18 Sep 2011 | updated - 20 Jul 2016 | Public
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1. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 266,471 | Gross: $23.38M
2. Atlantic City (1980)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, 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.
Votes: 970,136 | Gross: $290.48M
6. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
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.
7. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 708,418 | Gross: $44.02M
8. Ordinary People (1980)
R | 124 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 39,290 | Gross: $54.80M
9. Kagemusha (1980)
PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War
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.
10. Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
11. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 14,257 | Gross: $67.18M
12. The Last Metro (1980)
PG | 131 min | Drama, Romance, War
In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.
13. Melvin and Howard (1980)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
Votes: 3,760 | Gross: $4.31M
14. Breaker Morant (1980)
PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War
Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.
Votes: 10,795 | Gross: $7.14M
15. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980– )
Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama
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.
17. Bad Timing (1980)
X | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
18. The Stunt Man (1980)
R | 131 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady.
Votes: 7,487 | Gross: $7.06M
19. Loulou (1980)
TV-14 | 101 min | Drama, Romance
Maurice Pialat's portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution. Nelly abandons her bourgeois friends and a steady relationship for the ... See full summary »
20. Heaven's Gate (1980)
R | 325 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.
Votes: 11,285 | Gross: $3.48M
21. American Gigolo (1980)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit.
Votes: 17,916 | Gross: $23.00M
22. Dressed to Kill (1980)
R | 105 min | Mystery, Thriller
A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.
Votes: 27,644 | Gross: $31.90M
23. Gloria (1980)
PG | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
24. The Ninth Configuration (1980)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S.M.C. soldiers where he attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out ... See full summary »
25. The Blues Brothers (1980)
R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.
Votes: 157,355 | Gross: $57.23M
28. Bye Bye Brasil (1980)
R | 110 min | Drama
The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »
29. My Bodyguard (1980)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.
Votes: 7,580 | Gross: $22.48M
30. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
PG | 109 min | Comedy
A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.
Votes: 46,895 | Gross: $30.03M
31. The Long Riders (1980)
R | 100 min | Western
The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.
Votes: 8,223 | Gross: $23.00M
32. Bizalom (1980)
105 min | Drama
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.
33. Oblomov (1980)
Unrated | 140 min | Comedy, Drama, History
St. Petersburg, mid 19th century: the indolent, middle-aged Oblomov lives in a flat with his older servant, Zakhar. He sleeps much of the day, dreaming of his childhood on his parents' ... See full summary »
34. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.
Votes: 9,188 | Gross: $2.50M
35. The Contract (1980 TV Movie)
114 min | Drama
The events take place in a villa of a wealthy doctor on the occasion of the family wedding. The young couple agreed on their vows before the civil authorities but the girl backs out during ... See full summary »
36. From the Life of the Marionettes (1980 TV Movie)
R | 104 min | Drama
Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter EGermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "... See full summary »
37. Resurrection (1980)
PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy
Edna Mae Macaulay experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, she discovers that she has the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,349 | Gross: $3.91M
38. Superman II (1980)
PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.
Votes: 85,117 | Gross: $108.19M
39. Friday the 13th (1980)
R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.
Votes: 96,046 | Gross: $39.75M
40. Altered States (1980)
R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.
Votes: 26,883 | Gross: $19.85M
43. L'homme à tout faire (1980)
99 min | Drama, Romance
Le film, qui sera primé à San Sebastian, raconte l'histoire d'un homme dont la naïveté et la galanterie d'un autre âge sont à l'origine de nombreux déboires sentimentaux, tout ... See full summary »
44. I Sent a Letter to My Love (1980)
PG | 112 min | Drama
A middle-aged disabled man unknowingly begins a lonely hearts correspondence with his own unmarried sister, who takes care of him. As he writes more and more to her, he begins to fall in ... See full summary »
45. Shogun Assassin (1980)
R | 85 min | Action, Adventure
When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.
46. Stir (1980)
101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Filmed in the Clare Valley, Gladstone and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, this prison movie was inspired by the true life prison riot at Bathurst Jail in 1974 and its subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons.
47. Out of the Blue (1980)
R | 94 min | Drama
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.
48. The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980)
103 min | Music
A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, whose (arguable) position is that the Sex Pistols in particular ... See full summary »
50. Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980)
71 min | Comedy
The very eccentric English peer Sir Henry Rawlinson attempts, with the help of his mad family & servants, to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert.