Favorite Movies from the 80s

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1. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.2
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92 Metascore

Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 263,188 | Gross: $23.38M

2. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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82 Metascore

After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 962,328 | Gross: $290.48M

3. Urban Cowboy (1980)

PG | 132 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.2
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61 Metascore

Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn, Madolyn Smith Osborne

Votes: 11,087 | Gross: $53.30M

4. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson

Votes: 78,734 | Gross: $62.30M

5. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 25,653 | Gross: $24.06M

6. Arthur (1981)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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69 Metascore

Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which he is told will only be his if he marries Susan. He does not love Susan, but she ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Gordon | Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 22,913 | Gross: $95.46M

7. On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | 109 min | Drama

7.7
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon

Votes: 23,601 | Gross: $119.29M

8. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 566,531 | Gross: $27.00M

9. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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79 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox

Votes: 191,842 | Gross: $52.77M

10. Missing (1982)

PG | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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78 Metascore

When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea

Votes: 15,431 | Gross: $14.00M

11. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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67 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Votes: 79,184 | Gross: $27.09M

12. Risky Business (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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75 Metascore

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur

Votes: 68,017 | Gross: $63.50M

13. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.3
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58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 790,561 | Gross: $309.13M

14. WarGames (1983)

PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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77 Metascore

A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 78,139 | Gross: $79.57M

15. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 607,658 | Gross: $45.60M

16. Octopussy (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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63 Metascore

A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn

Votes: 81,334 | Gross: $67.90M

17. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 49,177 | Gross: $21.50M

18. Gorky Park (1983)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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A Moscow police officer investigates a triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level political conspiracy in the local government.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Ian Bannen

Votes: 10,467 | Gross: $15.90M

19. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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59 Metascore

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 144,964 | Gross: $90.82M

20. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.0
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83 Metascore

A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 673,596 | Gross: $38.40M

21. The Bounty (1984)

PG | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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62 Metascore

Fed up with their captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship crew decides to take action.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox

Votes: 20,110 | Gross: $8.60M

22. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 45,255 | Gross: $34.70M

23. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 291,783 | Gross: $45.88M

24. Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.6
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46 Metascore

Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Votes: 66,894 | Gross: $23.83M

25. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

7.8
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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 270,511 | Gross: $70.14M

26. The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

PG | 113 min | Action, Family, Romance

5.9
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Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Bruce Malmuth, Eddie Smith

Votes: 60,065 | Gross: $115.10M

27. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

R | 130 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Moses Gunn

Votes: 33,619 | Gross: $42.72M

28. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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79 Metascore

Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 238,910 | Gross: $76.27M

29. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

8.3
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 553,577 | Gross: $46.36M

30. No Way Out (1987)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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77 Metascore

A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton

Votes: 29,400 | Gross: $35.51M

31. Three O'Clock High (1987)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy

7.2
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36 Metascore

A nerd gets himself in hot water with the new bully, a quiet bad boy who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their high school after the day's end.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan, Richard Tyson, Stacey Glick

Votes: 9,178 | Gross: $3.69M

32. The Bourne Identity (1988– )

Unrated | 185 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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An injured, unconscious man washes ashore in a small French town. As he recovers, it becomes quite clear, someone is trying to kill him.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Jaclyn Smith, Anthony Quayle, Donald Moffat

Votes: 3,588

33. Midnight Run (1988)

R | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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78 Metascore

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton

Votes: 59,876 | Gross: $38.41M

34. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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80 Metascore

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese | Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Votes: 115,922 | Gross: $63.49M

35. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

8.2
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70 Metascore

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 664,673 | Gross: $83.01M

36. The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

PG | 112 min | Action, Drama, Family

5.1
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Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith

Votes: 39,842 | Gross: $38.96M

37. An Innocent Man (1989)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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39 Metascore

Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins, David Rasche

Votes: 5,205 | Gross: $20.05M

38. Casualties of War (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, War

7.1
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During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly

Votes: 36,059 | Gross: $18.67M

39. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 294,869 | Gross: $251.19M