1984

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1. 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: 670,084 | Gross: $38.40M

2. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 301,175 | Gross: $238.63M

3. 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: 144,114 | Gross: $90.82M

4. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 110,492 | Gross: $20.16M

5. Footloose (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.5
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42 Metascore

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 58,404 | Gross: $80.04M

6. Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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61 Metascore

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 84,264 | Gross: $23.69M

7. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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64 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Votes: 138,797 | Gross: $234.76M

8. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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57 Metascore

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 369,773 | Gross: $179.87M

9. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 162,338 | Gross: $148.17M

10. Police Academy (1984)

R | 96 min | Comedy

6.7
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41 Metascore

A group of good-hearted, but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.

Director: Hugh Wilson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith

Votes: 96,888 | Gross: $81.20M

11. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

R | 90 min | Comedy

6.6
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44 Metascore

At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese

Votes: 42,960 | Gross: $40.90M

12. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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55 Metascore

Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 64,239 | Gross: $76.47M

13. Bachelor Party (1984)

R | 105 min | Comedy

6.3
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56 Metascore

A soon-to-be-married man's friends throw him the ultimate bachelor party.

Director: Neal Israel | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Adrian Zmed, George Grizzard

Votes: 31,003 | Gross: $38.44M

14. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

8.0
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85 Metascore

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 113,584 | Gross: $0.19M

15. Top Secret! (1984)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

7.2
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68 Metascore

Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 50,607 | Gross: $20.50M

16. The Last Starfighter (1984)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter, Dan Mason

Votes: 32,035 | Gross: $28.73M

17. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

7.5
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61 Metascore

An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Votes: 37,013 | Gross: $47.95M

18. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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64 Metascore

Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 16,608 | Gross: $25.53M

19. Beat Street (1984)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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68 Metascore

An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, Jon Chardiet, Leon W. Grant

Votes: 2,878 | Gross: $16.60M

20. The Razor's Edge (1984)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.6
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He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge.

Director: John Byrum | Stars: Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Denholm Elliott, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 4,308 | Gross: $6.55M

21. The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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58 Metascore

Two cousins unknowingly rob the mob and face the dangerous consequences.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page

Votes: 6,479 | Gross: $6.14M

22. Cloak & Dagger (1984)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.5
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64 Metascore

A young boy and his imaginary friend end up on the run while in possession of a top-secret spy gadget.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Michael Murphy, Christina Nigra

Votes: 5,754 | Gross: $9.72M

23. Courage (1984)

R | 90 min | Thriller

6.4
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Marathon runners are taken captive in desert by right-wing militia.

Director: Robert L. Rosen | Stars: Ronny Cox, Art Hindle, M. Emmet Walsh, Tim Maier

Votes: 185

24. Romancing the Stone (1984)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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63 Metascore

A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman

Votes: 70,269 | Gross: $76.57M