54 Great Made for TV Movies/Mini-Series of the 1980's from 1980-1989by MichaelWeihn | created - 26 Aug 2012 | updated - 26 Aug 2012 | Public
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)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama
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.
2. Small Sacrifices (1989 TV Movie)
159 min | Crime, Drama, History
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.
3. Between Two Women (1986 TV Movie)
95 min | Drama
This story focuses on the changing relationship between two women, a mother and her daughter-in-law, over a 14 year span. The first is a domineering, self righteous and flamboyant former ... See full summary »
4. Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story (1986 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama
Farrah Fawcett plays real-life Beate Klarsfeld, a German Protestant housewife who, with the help of her Jewish law-student husband, Serge, began an unrelenting campaign after World War II ... See full summary »
5. Murder in Texas (1981 TV Movie)
200 min | Drama
Story of Texas heiress Joan Robinson who married plastic surgeon, John Hill. Her father, Ash is suspicious of Hill, thinking that he married Joan for money which he used to buy a house and ... See full summary »
7. The Red-Light Sting (1984 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Thriller
Government agent Frank Powell (Beau Bridges) is determined to bring down racketeering crime lord Oliver Sully (Harold Gould) but cannot find any evidence. Powell concocts a plan to have the... See full summary »
8. Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987 TV Movie)
282 min | Biography, Drama
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.
9. China Rose (1983 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, Mystery
A man arrives in China to search for his son, whom he hasn't seen in many years. A female American Embassy employee, who knows the country and speaks the language, is assigned to assist him... See full summary »
12. The Parade (1984 TV Movie)
120 min | Drama
Set in a small town in Kansas during the days before the town's annual Fourth of July parade, this rural drama follows Rachel Kirby whose life is thrown into turmoil when her estranged, ... See full summary »
13. One Cooks, the Other Doesn't (1983 TV Movie)
120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
16. The Wall (1982 TV Movie)
Unrated | 135 min | Action, War, Drama
A dramatic re-enactment of the Warsaw Ghetto Jewish uprising in April 1943 were 650 armed members of the Jewish Fighting Organization of Poland held off a 3,000 strong Nazi force in which ... See full summary »
17. A Long Way Home (1981 TV Movie)
120 min | Drama
Many years after being abandoned by his parents, Donald sets out in search of his siblings. His biggest challenge is cutting through layers of bureaucratic red tape. He happens upon a ... See full summary »
18. Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (1980 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama
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.
20. Club Med (1986 TV Movie)
100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
O'Shea is the easy going head honcho at Club Med. After years apart, he finally runs into his ex-wife Kate. They fight, fall in love again, and know it won't work. Stuffy Englishman Gilbert... See full summary »
21. Secret Weapons (1985 TV Movie)
Approved | 96 min | Drama
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. The problems start when she falls in ... See full summary »
22. Secrets of a Mother and Daughter (1983 TV Movie)
120 min | Drama
A widowed mother, Ava Pryce (Katharine Ross) and daughter Susan Decker (Linda Hamilton) clash over the same man, the owner of a West Coast restaurant Alex Shepherd (Michael Nouri) -- Ava is... See full summary »
23. The Corsican Brothers (1985 TV Movie)
100 min | Adventure
In the 18th century were born two siamese brothers on Corsica who paradoxically carry different feelings of hate and reconciliation in their blood.
24. A Place to Call Home (1987 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama
Sam Gavin decides to relocate his family from Houston, Texas to a sheep station in Australia to protect his eleven children from the "destructive influences" of modern American society. ... See full summary »
25. The Brotherhood of Justice (1986 TV Movie)
R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A group of high school students, led by a rich boy Derek, is sick of school violence and decides to become underground vigilantes named "Brotherhood of Justice". It starts with the idea "... See full summary »
26. Not My Kid (1985 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama
A teenaged drug addict is sent to Dr. Royce's controversial drug intervention program where the addicts in the program confront each other in supervised group meetings. Also, in evening ... See full summary »
28. I Saw What You Did (1988 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A group of pranksters unintentionally get the attention of a serial killer who soon starts targeting them.
31. A Bunny's Tale (1985 TV Movie)
Unrated | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A dramatization of Gloria Steinem's undercover investigation of the working conditions Bunnies faced at the Playboy Clubs.
32. Challenge of a Lifetime (1985 TV Movie)
100 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
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. Together they decide that she will ... See full summary »
34. Quarterback Princess (1983 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama, Sport
The Maida family has moved to Oregon, and daughter Tami wants to play quarterback for the high school football team. There's just one problem. She's a girl. With everyone from the coach to ... See full summary »
36. The Miracle of Kathy Miller (1981 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
With the support of her parents (Sharon Gless & Frank Converse), an Arizona adolescent (Helen Hunt) overcomes severe injuries to run in a 10K race.
37. The Ryan White Story (1989 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.
38. An Early Frost (1985 TV Movie)
95 min | Drama
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.
39. Consenting Adult (1985 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama
Young and shy Jeff discovers his attraction to men. After struggling with himself he comes out to his parents. His mum eventually listens to him and tries to understand his feelings, but ... See full summary »
40. Silence of the Heart (1984 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
Skip Lewis is a 16 year old, who's been through some stuff. Like he has been having academic problems, and a girl whom he has been pursuing has told him that she has no interest in him. He ... See full summary »
41. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981 TV Movie)
PG | 150 min | Biography, Drama
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.
43. A Death in California (1985)
240 min | Drama
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.
45. Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer (1983 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
46. The Midnight Hour (1985 TV Movie)
Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance
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?
48. Roe vs. Wade (1989 TV Movie)
100 min | Biography, Drama
Holly Hunter plays a lonely, single, poorly educated Texan who finds herself pregnant with no means to support a child. To avoid giving up the child, she seeks an abortion. Denied an ... See full summary »
49. The Day After (1983 TV Movie)
Unrated | 127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.
51. In the Custody of Strangers (1982 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama
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. But events follow which result in the boy ... See full summary »
53. Born to Be Sold (1981 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Thriller
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.
54. A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama
Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and ... See full summary »