Best films, 1980

All worthwhile films of 1980 ranked
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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.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
The Falls (1980)
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The planet has been affected by a mysterious occurrence known as the Violent Unknown Event, or V.U.E... (195 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
Gregory's Girl (1980)
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Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection. (91 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
12.
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
 
13.
Stardust Memories (1980)
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While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
14.
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
 
15.
Times Square (1980)
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Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York City by its ears. (111 mins.)
Director: Alan Moyle
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Fists of the White Lotus (1980)
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The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus. (95 mins.)
Director: Lieh Lo
 
22.
Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980 Documentary)
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A documentary on the history of garlic. Blank interviews chefs, garlic lovers, and historians about the their love of the 'stinking rose.' (51 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
23.
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
 
24.
Inferno (1980)
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An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches. (107 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
25.
Cruising (1980)
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A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men. (102 mins.)
 
26.
Who's Singin' Over There? (1980)
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It's April 5, 1941, somewhere in Serbia. A group of people go on a bus to Belgrade, on a journey that will change their lives forever. (86 mins.)
Director: Slobodan Sijan
 
27.
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
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
City of the Living Dead (1980)
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A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
32.
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
 
33.
Spetters (1980)
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Three young Dutch amateur dirt bike motorcycle racers each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother... (120 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
34.
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
 
35.
The Fog (1980)
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Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers, which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers. (89 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
36.
The Sweater (1980 Short Film)
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A French Canadian boy endures the terrible shame when he receives the hockey sweater of the wrong team. (10 mins.)
Director: Sheldon Cohen
 
37.
Maniac (1980)
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A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
 
38.
Crac (1980 Short Film)
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The industrialization of Montreal, as seen from the point of view of a rocking-chair. (15 mins.)
Director: Frédéric Back
 
39.
City of Women (1980)
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A businessman finds himself trapped at a hotel and threatened by women en masse. (139 mins.)
 
40.
The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
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A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. (83 mins.)
Director: Paul Grimault
 
41.
The Exterminator (1980)
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A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him. (99 mins.)
 
42.
Lightning Over Water (1980 Documentary)
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Director Nicholas Ray is eager to complete a final film before his imminent death from cancer. Wim Wenders... (91 mins.)
 
43.
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
 
44.
Friday the 13th (1980)
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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. (95 mins.)
 
45.
Used Cars (1980)
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When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival. (113 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
46.
Day of Resurrection (1980)
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After a virus devastates the global human population, survivors in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure and save the human race. (156 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
47.
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
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Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize... (80 mins.)
Director: Barbara Peeters
 
48.
Saturn 3 (1980)
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Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent 8-ft robot. Remember, in space no one can hear you scream. (96 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
49.
Contamination (1980)
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A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones. (95 mins.)
Director: Lewis Coates
 
50.
House on the Edge of the Park (1980)
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Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem. (91 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
 
51.
Zombie Holocaust (1980)
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An expedition in the East Indies, encounters not only the cannibals they were looking for, but also an evil scientist and his zombie army. (84 mins.)
Director: Frank Martin
 
52.
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
 
53.
Private Benjamin (1980)
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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
 
54.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. (95 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato