50 movies from 1980 worth watching

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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
Airplane! (1980)
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A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. (88 mins.)
 
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
 
5.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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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
 
6.
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
 
7.
The Shining (1980)
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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
 
8.
Ordinary People (1980)
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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
 
9.
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
 
10.
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
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Prof. Henri Laborit uses the stories of the lives of three people to discuss behaviorist theories of survival... (125 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
11.
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
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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
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
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. (60 mins.)
 
16.
The Long Good Friday (1980)
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Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places... (114 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
 
17.
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
 
18.
The Stunt Man (1980)
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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. (131 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
 
19.
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
 
20.
Heaven's Gate (1980)
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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. (325 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
 
21.
American Gigolo (1980)
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A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit. (117 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
22.
Dressed to Kill (1980)
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A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder. (105 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
23.
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
 
24.
The Ninth Configuration (1980)
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A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S... (118 mins.)
 
25.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
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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
 
26.
Fame (1980)
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A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts. (134 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
27.
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
 
28.
Bye Bye Brasil (1980)
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The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
29.
My Bodyguard (1980)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Bill
 
30.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
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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
 
31.
The Long Riders (1980)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
32.
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
 
33.
Oblomov (1980)
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St. Petersburg, mid 19th century: the indolent, middle-aged Oblomov lives in a flat with his older servant... (140 mins.)
 
34.
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
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This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions... (150 mins.)
 
35.
The Contract (1980 TV Movie)
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The events take place in a villa of a wealthy doctor on the occasion of the family wedding. The young... (114 mins.)
 
36.
From the Life of the Marionettes (1980 TV Movie)
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Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter EGermann... (104 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
37.
Resurrection (1980)
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Edna Mae Macaulay experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband... (103 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
38.
Superman II (1980)
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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.
Friday the 13th (1980)
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A group of camp counselors is 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. (95 mins.)
 
40.
Altered States (1980)
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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
 
41.
Popeye (1980)
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The adventures of the sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven. (114 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
42.
Caddyshack (1980)
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An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
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44.
I Sent a Letter to My Love (1980)
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A middle-aged disabled man unknowingly begins a lonely hearts correspondence with his own unmarried sister... (96 mins.)
Director: Moshé Mizrahi
 
45.
Shogun Assassin (1980)
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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. (85 mins.)
 
46.
Stir (1980)
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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. (101 mins.)
Director: Stephen Wallace
 
47.
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
 
48.
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980)
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A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren... (103 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
49.
Rude Boy (1980)
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A young British punk and roadie for The Clash navigates life in socially torn 1970s England. (133 mins.)
 
50.
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980)
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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. (71 mins.)
Director: Steve Roberts