54 Great Made for TV Movies/Mini-Series of the 1980's from 1980-1989

Here is a list of great TV movies from the 80's many of which I haven't been able to get a copy of since but I have seen most of them again and again. Again in no particular order.
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1.
The Burning Bed (1984 TV Movie)
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An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep. (95 mins.)
 
2.
Small Sacrifices (1989 TV Movie)
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A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room. (159 mins.)
Director: David Greene
 
3.
Between Two Women (1986 TV Movie)
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This story focuses on the changing relationship between two women, a mother and her daughter-in-law... (95 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
 
4.
Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story (1986 TV Movie)
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Farrah Fawcett plays real-life Beate Klarsfeld, a German Protestant housewife who, with the help of her Jewish law-student husband... (104 mins.)
 
5.
Murder in Texas (1981 TV Movie)
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Story of Texas heiress Joan Robinson who married plastic surgeon, John Hill. Her father, Ash is suspicious of Hill... (200 mins.)
Director: William Hale
 
6.
Margaret Bourke-White (1989 TV Movie)
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Biographical account of pioneering photographer's career. (105 mins.)
 
7.
The Red-Light Sting (1984 TV Movie)
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Government agent Frank Powell (Beau Bridges) is determined to bring down racketeering crime lord Oliver... (100 mins.)
Director: Rod Holcomb
 
8.
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987 TV Movie)
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The true story of one of the richest women in America - heiress to the Woolworth fortune. She had vast wealth and seven husbands, but never found lasting love. (282 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
 
9.
China Rose (1983 TV Movie)
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A man arrives in China to search for his son, whom he hasn't seen in many years. A female American Embassy employee... (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
10.
Deadly Intentions (1985 TV Movie)
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A young, naive woman falls for and marries a doctor but then she realizes that he is not what he seemed. (200 mins.)
Director: Noel Black
 
11.
Promised a Miracle (1988 TV Movie)
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Loving parents throw away their young son's insulin in the belief that God will then heal him of diabetes. (94 mins.)
 
12.
The Parade (1984 TV Movie)
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Set in a small town in Kansas during the days before the town's annual Fourth of July parade, this rural... (120 mins.)
Director: Peter H. Hunt
 
13.
One Cooks, the Other Doesn't (1983 TV Movie)
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Joseph Bologna is real estate agent who has a problem: his ex-wife (Suzanne Pleshette) and son are moving in with him-and his jealous bride. (120 mins.)
 
14.
Johnny Belinda (1982 TV Movie)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Anthony Page
 
15.
The Executioner's Song (1982 TV Movie)
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The story of Gary Gilmore, a convicted murderer who lobbied for his own execution. (135 mins.)
 
16.
The Wall (1982 TV Movie)
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A dramatic re-enactment of the Warsaw Ghetto Jewish uprising in April 1943 were 650 armed members of... (135 mins.)
 
17.
A Long Way Home (1981 TV Movie)
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Many years after being abandoned by his parents, Donald sets out in search of his siblings. His biggest... (120 mins.)
 
18.
Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (1980 TV Movie)
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Based on the real-life Oregon criminal case which dramatizes the unique dispute in which Greta Rideout instigated the prosecution of her husband, John, charging him with raping her. (96 mins.)
Director: Peter Levin
 
19.
Go Toward the Light (1988 TV Movie)
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A young couple faces the realities of life with their child who is diagnosed with AIDS. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Robe
 
20.
Club Med (1986 TV Movie)
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O'Shea is the easy going head honcho at Club Med. After years apart, he finally runs into his ex-wife Kate... (100 mins.)
Director: Bob Giraldi
 
21.
Secret Weapons (1985 TV Movie)
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Hamilton plays a young Russian girl recruited to be a sex spy, seducing men and catching them in compromising situations so they can be blackmailed... (96 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
22.
Secrets of a Mother and Daughter (1983 TV Movie)
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(120 mins.)
 
23.
The Corsican Brothers (1985 TV Movie)
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In the 18th century were born two siamese brothers on Corsica who paradoxically carry different feelings of hate and reconciliation in their blood. (100 mins.)
Director: Ian Sharp
 
24.
A Place to Call Home (1987 TV Movie)
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Sam Gavin decides to relocate his family from Houston, Texas to a sheep station in Australia to protect... (96 mins.)
Director: Russ Mayberry
 
25.
The Brotherhood of Justice (1986 TV Movie)
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A group of high school students, led by a rich boy Derek, is sick of school violence and decides to... (97 mins.)
 
26.
Not My Kid (1985 TV Movie)
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A teenaged drug addict is sent to Dr. Royce's controversial drug intervention program where the addicts... (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Tuchner
 
27.
Easy Prey (1986 TV Movie)
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A young girl with Stockholm Syndrome becomes a companion for a dangerous man posing as a photographer to pick up his victims. (120 mins.)
Director: Sandor Stern
 
28.
I Saw What You Did (1988 TV Movie)
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A group of pranksters unintentionally get the attention of a serial killer who soon starts targeting them. (93 mins.)
Director: Fred Walton
 
29.
Crime of Innocence (1985 TV Movie)
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A family seeks justice after a girl is assaulted in prison and the law does nothing to protect her. (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Miller
 
30.
Bluegrass (1988 TV Movie)
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A woman tries to be successful in the male-dominated horse racing business. Intrigue, greed, power games and love trying to put stones in her way. (240 mins.)
Director: Simon Wincer
 
31.
A Bunny's Tale (1985 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A dramatization of Gloria Steinem's undercover investigation of the working conditions Bunnies faced at the Playboy Clubs. (104 mins.)
Director: Karen Arthur
 
32.
Challenge of a Lifetime (1985 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Nora Scoonover is 35, divorced, in debt and going nowhere when her 16 year-old son, Steven, runs away from camp and asks to spend the summer with her... (100 mins.)
Director: Russ Mayberry
 
33.
Shattered Innocence (1988 TV Movie)
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A HS grad leaves behind her modest life and finds work in the Sex industry. It ends in disaster. (93 mins.)
Director: Sandor Stern
 
34.
Quarterback Princess (1983 TV Movie)
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The Maida family has moved to Oregon, and daughter Tami wants to play quarterback for the high school football team... (96 mins.)
Director: Noel Black
 
35.
Desperate Lives (1982 TV Movie)
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A brother and sister get caught up in the drug scene in their local high school, with tragic results. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Lewis
 
36.
The Miracle of Kathy Miller (1981 TV Movie)
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With the support of her parents (Sharon Gless & Frank Converse), an Arizona adolescent (Helen Hunt) overcomes severe injuries to run in a 10K race. (98 mins.)
 
37.
The Ryan White Story (1989 TV Movie)
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The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder. (105 mins.)
Director: John Herzfeld
 
38.
An Early Frost (1985 TV Movie)
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A young lawyer hasn't told his parents about his homosexuality. Now he must tell them--at a time when the diagnosis was still a death sentence--that he has AIDS. (95 mins.)
Director: John Erman
 
39.
Consenting Adult (1985 TV Movie)
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Young and shy Jeff discovers his attraction to men. After struggling with himself he comes out to his parents... (100 mins.)
Director: Gilbert Cates
 
40.
Silence of the Heart (1984 TV Movie)
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Skip Lewis is a 16 year old, who's been through some stuff. Like he has been having academic problems... (100 mins.)
 
41.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981 TV Movie)
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Biography focusing on the former first lady's years in D.C., from working as a newspaper's "Inquiring Camera Girl" to meeting and being courted by Rep. Jack Kennedy to life on the campaign trail and into the White House. (150 mins.)
Director: Steve Gethers
 
42.
Deadly Care (1987 TV Movie)
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True story about a nurse's descent into the nightmarish world of substance abuse which endangers her life and the lives of her patients. (96 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
 
43.
A Death in California (1985 Mini-Series)
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A Beverly Hills socialite embarks on a love/hate relationship with a psychotic businessman who murdered her fiance and then raped and terrorized her which leads to a bizarre trial. (240 mins.)
 
44.
Kentucky Woman (1983 TV Movie)
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A woman faces harassment and humiliation when she goes to work as a coal miner to support her small son and ailing dad. (96 mins.)
Director: Walter Doniger
 
45.
Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer (1983 TV Movie)
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This made-for-TV sequel to the 1977 theatrical film "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" follows a New York City detective's quest to find the murderer of a schoolteacher. (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Persky
 
46.
The Midnight Hour (1985 TV Movie)
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Phil, Melissa, Mitch, Mary, and Vinnie are high school friends, who unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night. Once the dead have returned, Pitchford Cove will never be the same again....or will it? (94 mins.)
Director: Jack Bender
 
47.
V: The Final Battle (1984 Mini-Series)
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A small group of human resistance fighters fight a desperate guerilla war against the genocidal extra-terrestrials who dominate Earth. (272 mins.)
 
48.
Roe vs. Wade (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Holly Hunter plays a lonely, single, poorly educated Texan who finds herself pregnant with no means to support a child... (100 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
49.
The Day After (1983 TV Movie)
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A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. (127 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
 
50.
Deadly Lessons (1983 TV Movie)
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A psycho is stalking the students at an exclusive girls' school. (100 mins.)
Director: William Wiard
 
51.
In the Custody of Strangers (1982 TV Movie)
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A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it... (120 mins.)
 
52.
Thursday's Child (1983 TV Movie)
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(100 mins.)
 
53.
Born to Be Sold (1981 TV Movie)
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A social worker tries to break up a ring of crooks who buy new-born babies from teen-aged mothers and sell them to couples who can't obtain them through legal adoption channels. (96 mins.)
 
54.
A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order... (96 mins.)