The Dumbest Films from the 1980's

The 80’s were a pretty awful decade in my opinion. The Era is known for its crappy styles and atrociously lame music, not to mention bizarro fashion (like shoulder pads).

With a stupid era come stupid films from that era, and this list is full of those movies. So without further to do let's dive into this river of turd.
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1.
Xanadu (1980)
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The story of a girl who makes dreams come true. (96 mins.)
“ This film killed off the disco era and anything that was remotely cool about it. This movie should be titled "Xanadon't" ” - jvm0393
 
2.
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize... (80 mins.)
Director: Barbara Peeters
 
3.
Flash Gordon (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ Based on the 1930's comics of the same name this updated version shows that the Actors, Writers, and Director Mike Hodges didn't take this film very seriously, but at least it's enjoyable unlike the other movies on this list. ” - jvm0393
 
4.
Galaxy of Terror (1981)
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SciFi suspense thriller in which a rescue space ship crew meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations. (81 mins.)
Director: B.D. Clark
“ A rip off of Alien ” - jvm0393
 
5.
Megaforce (1982)
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Story about a rapid deployment defense unit that is called into action whenever freedom is threatened. (99 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
 
6.
The Beastmaster (1982)
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A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces. (118 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ A rip off of Conan the Barbarian ” - jvm0393
 
7.
Pieces (1982)
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Young co-eds are being dismembered by a mysterious murderer on a college campus. The killer is attempting to put together a human jigsaw puzzle made from body parts. (85 mins.)
Director: J.Piquer Simon
 
8.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran. (98 mins.)
“ To be honest I kind of like this film but the story and plot in the film are very silly as well as the villains. ” - jvm0393
 
9.
Superman III (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel. (125 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
10.
Jaws 3-D (1983)
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The sons of police chief Brody must protect civilians at a SeaWorld theme park after a 35-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them. (99 mins.)
Director: Joe Alves
 
11.
Xtro (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively. (81 mins.)
“ Its basally ET but with a psychopathic rapist for an Alien that impregnates a Woman which later give birth to a full grow man. ” - jvm0393
 
12.
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it. (94 mins.)
Director: Sam Firstenberg
 
13.
Red Dawn (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces. (114 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ This is more like an far right wing propaganda than an actual movie. ” - jvm0393
 
14.
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess. (103 mins.)
 
15.
Breakin' (1984)
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A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds. (90 mins.)
Director: Joel Silberg
 
16.
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Sheena grew up in the African wild, raised by a mystical witch woman. When her foster mother is framed for a murder Sheena is forced to flee, helped by her ability to talk to animals and her knowledge of the jungle. (117 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
17.
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose. (82 mins.)
 
18.
Night of the Comet (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists. (95 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
 
19.
Rhinestone (1984)
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A country music star must turn an obnoxious New York cabbie into a singer in order to win a bet. (111 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
20.
Red Sonja (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A vengeful woman sets out to retrieve a magic orb from an evil queen whom she vows vengeance upon after the evil queen slain her family and her loyal warriors raped her. (89 mins.)
 
21.
Lifeforce (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populace. (116 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
22.
The Stuff (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world. (87 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
 
23.
Howard the Duck (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invader. (110 mins.)
Director: Willard Huyck
 
24.
Critters (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town. (82 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
25.
King Kong Lives (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Kong falls from the twin towers and he appears to be alive. However, his heart is failing, so it's replaced with an artificial one. All is well until he senses that there's a female Kong somewhere out there and escapes wreaking havoc. (105 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
26.
Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The pupils at a high school next to a nuclear power plant start acting and looking strange after buying contaminated drugs from a plant worker. (85 mins.)
 
27.
Cobra (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans. (87 mins.)
 
28.
Top Gun (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (110 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ American Bullsh*t at its finest! Also I should bring up the ending about how Tom Cruise spark World War 3.

An USA aircraft carrier is in hostile waters for no reason, the aircraft carrier spot six MiGs from unknown origins (possibly China or North Korea it's never explained) the US aircraft carrier decides to attack those MiGs without a formal declaration of war, leaving two of the six fighter MiGs alive. This creates a de facto state of war with the USA and the Nation that commanded those MiGs. ” - jvm0393
 
29.
Night of the Creeps (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them. (88 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
 
30.
Soul Man (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship. (104 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
31.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man. (90 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ This movie proves that Superman and the Cold War doesn't go hand to hand. Also the Villain in this movie is called "Nuclear Man" but he's power comes from the Sun, he should be called "Solar Man" as corny as that sounds. ” - jvm0393
 
32.
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
Chief Brody's widow believes that her family is deliberately being targeted by another shark in search of revenge. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ I think by this time the Jaws franchise jump the shark. ” - jvm0393
 
33.
Blood Diner (1987)
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Two cannibalistic brothers kill various young women to make their flesh part of their new special dish at their rundown restaurant while seeking blood sacrifices to awaken a dormant Egyptian goddess. (88 mins.)
Director: Jackie Kong
 
34.
Street Trash (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A liquor store owner sells alcoholic beverages to homeless people, unaware of what the bottles actually contain: toxic brew. (91 mins.)
Director: Jim Muro
 
35.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
The now-adult Ricky talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a murderer after his brother, Billy, died, which leads back to Mother Superior. (88 mins.)
Director: Lee Harry
 
36.
Over the Top (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championships. (93 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
37.
Cocktail (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love. (104 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
38.
Mac and Me (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy. (95 mins.)
Director: Stewart Raffill
“ A rip off of ET ” - jvm0393
 
39.
R.O.T.O.R. (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  
Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research. A prototype robot intended for crime combat escapes from... (90 mins.)
Director: Cullen Blaine
 
40.
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Toxie finds he has nothing to do as a superhero, as he has ridden his city of evil. He decides to go to work for a major corporation, which he discovers may be the evilest of all his adversaries. (102 mins.)
 
41.
No Holds Barred (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Rip is the World Wrestling Federation champion who is faithful to his fans and the network he wrestles for... (93 mins.)
 
42.
The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)
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The Toxic Avenger is tricked into traveling to Tokyo to search for his estranged father, leaving Tromaville open to complete domination by an evil corporation. (102 mins.)