Best to Worst of the 1980's

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1.
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
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
2.
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
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
3.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
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After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
4.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
5.
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service. (103 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
6.
The Scarlet and the Black (1983 TV Movie)
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Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome. (143 mins.)
Director: Jerry London
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
7.
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988 Documentary)
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This is a documentary that revisits the making of Gone with the Wind with Archival footage, screen tests, insightful interviews and rare film footage. (124 mins.)
Director: David Hinton
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
8.
Stage by Stage: Les Misérables (1988 Documentary)
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An interview with the production team behind the hit Broadway musical as they discuss the conception... (57 mins.)
Director: Paul Henry
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
9.
This Is America, Charlie Brown (1988 Mini-Series)
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An eight-part animated television miniseries depicting important events in American history with characters from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip "Peanuts". (24 mins.)
Director: Sam Jaimes
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
10.
The Natural (1984)
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An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
11.
Field of Dreams (1989)
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An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
12.
Gandhi (1982)
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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
13.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
14.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
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The lives of two struggling musicians, who happen to be brothers, inevitably change when they team up with a beautiful, up-and-coming singer. (114 mins.)
Director: Steve Kloves
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
15.
The Right Stuff (1983)
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (193 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
16.
Glory (1989)
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
17.
Lincoln (1988 Mini-Series)
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After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency. (188 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
18.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
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A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
19.
Oliver & Company (1988)
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A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York. (74 mins.)
Director: George Scribner
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
20.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
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A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
21.
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
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
22.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
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A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold. (117 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
23.
Body Heat (1981)
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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
24.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
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Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
25.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
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A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
26.
Blow Out (1981)
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A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger. (107 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
27.
Ghostbusters (1984)
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Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (105 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
28.
Death of a Salesman (1985 TV Movie)
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An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it. (136 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
29.
The Untouchables (1987)
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Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
30.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
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Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda. (118 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
31.
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988 TV Movie)
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Scooby Doo and the gang visited a haunted school. After the girls are kidnapped, it's up to Scooby and the gang to save them. (92 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
32.
Romero (1989)
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The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador. (102 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
33.
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
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
34.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
35.
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
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Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies. (83 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
36.
Body Double (1984)
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A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
37.
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
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In 1940s Texas, an elderly woman is determined to visit her childhood home for one last time. (108 mins.)
Director: Peter Masterson
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
38.
The Outsiders (1983)
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The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. (91 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
39.
The Fourth Wise Man (1985 TV Movie)
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The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King. (72 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
40.
Platoon (1986)
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A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
41.
Stone Fox (1987 TV Movie)
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Little Willy must win a dog sled race in order to save his grandfather's cattle ranch. (100 mins.)
Director: Harvey Hart
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
42.
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
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Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan. (74 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - elephant999
 
43.
An American Tail (1986)
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While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ 6/10 ” - elephant999
 
44.
Scarface (1983)
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In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ 6/10 ” - elephant999
 
45.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - elephant999
 
46.
Prancer (1989)
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A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hancock
“ 6/10 ” - elephant999
 
47.
Willy the Sparrow (1989)
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When young Vili starts shooting at birds, a fairy decides to teach him a lesson and turns him into a sparrow. (76 mins.)
Director: József Gémes
“ 6/10 ” - elephant999
 
48.
Pinocchio's Christmas (1980 TV Movie)
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It's Pinocchio's first Christmas, and he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it... (60 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - elephant999
 
49.
The Black Cauldron (1985)
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A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can. (80 mins.)
“ 5/10 ” - elephant999
 
50.
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
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A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals. (84 mins.)
“ 5/10 ” - elephant999
 
51.
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of dated appliances embarks on a journey to the city to find its master after being abandoned in its cabin in the woods. (90 mins.)
Director: Jerry Rees
“ 5/10 ” - elephant999
 
52.
Ghostbusters II (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business. (108 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
“ 5/10 ” - elephant999
 
53.
Yogi's First Christmas (1980 TV Movie)
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Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy are awakened from hibernation and join their friends' Christmas activities while interfering with 2 villians' efforts to ruin the holiday. (98 mins.)
Director: Ray Patterson
“ 5/10 ” - elephant999
 
54.
ABC Weekend Specials (1977 TV Series)
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A lonely boy befriends a talking mouse who falls in love with his toy motorcycle. (60 mins.)
“ 5/10 ” - elephant999
 
55.
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
“ 5/10 ” - elephant999
 
56.
Spaceballs (1987)
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Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them. (96 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ 4/10 ” - elephant999
 
57.
The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones (1987 TV Movie)
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Elroy Jetson invents a time machine that takes his family back to prehistoric times, where they meet the Flintstone family. (92 mins.)
“ 4/10 ” - elephant999
 
58.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983 TV Movie)
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A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars. (48 mins.)
Director: George Schaefer
“ 4/10 ” - elephant999
 
59.
Gallavants (1984)
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Gallavants are ants living in a their own fairy-tale land, Ganteville. The little ones have to go to... (100 mins.)
Director: Art Vitello
“ 3/10 ” - elephant999
 
60.
Scamper the Penguin (1986)
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About entertaining adventures of penguin Lolo, about the nature and fauna of Antarctica. The film is about inhabitants of Antarctica penguins... (75 mins.)
“ 3/10 ” - elephant999