The Best Films of the 80's

A list of must-see movies from the 80's. These films are just downright outstanding!
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1.
Birdy (1984)
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After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird. (120 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
2.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
3.
Splash (1984)
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A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is. (111 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
4.
Vision Quest (1985)
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A high school wrestler in Spokane, Washington has trouble focusing on his training regimen when a beautiful young drifter takes up temporary residence at his home. (107 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
5.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
6.
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
7.
Mannequin (1987)
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A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life. (90 mins.)
 
8.
Married to the Mob (1988)
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An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself. (104 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
9.
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
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In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene. (104 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
10.
Back to the Future (1985)
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Marty McFly, a seventeen-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
11.
Somewhere in Time (1980)
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A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel. (103 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
12.
Rain Man (1988)
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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
13.
Gross Anatomy (1989)
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A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner... (109 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
 
14.
Private School (1983)
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Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby... (89 mins.)
Director: Noel Black
 
15.
Modern Girls (1986)
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A pair of women decide to prank their roommate's nerdy blind date after she stands him up, but end up developing a friendship with him after their practical joke sends them on an all-night odyssey through the 1980s club scene. (84 mins.)
Director: Jerry Kramer
 
16.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
17.
Summer Lovers (1982)
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A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands. (98 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
18.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
19.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
 
20.
Streamers (1983)
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Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Viet Nam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier reveals he's gay. (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
21.
Blade Runner (1982)
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A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
22.
Orphans (1987)
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The two brothers Treat and Philip lived alone since they were kids. Interdependent they dwell in a loft house and live on little thefts, until an aging minor criminal moves in with them and takes over the role of a father. (115 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
23.
Electric Dreams (1984)
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An artificially intelligent PC and his human owner find themselves in a romantic rivalry over a woman. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Barron