25 Great ’80s Movies Time Has Forgotten (Flavorwire

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1.
After Hours (1985)
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An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
2.
Angel Heart (1987)
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Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn. (113 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
3.
Bird (1988)
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The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker. (161 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
4.
Clean and Sober (1988)
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A hustling drug addict checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law, and realizes that it's exactly what he needs. (124 mins.)
 
5.
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
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In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster. (84 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
6.
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
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The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback... (109 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
7.
Cousins (1989)
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Two couples go to a mutual friend's wedding and end up swapping partners. (109 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
8.
Dead Calm (1989)
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After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship. (96 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
9.
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
 
10.
Gloria (1980)
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When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York. (123 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
11.
The Hit (1984)
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Two hit men pick up ex-gangster Willie to escort him back to Paris to face his betrayed colleagues. The road trip suffers from complications. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
12.
Hopscotch (1980)
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Grounded with a desk job by incompetent superiors, a clever CIA agent retires and writes a tell all memoir that will embarrass his bosses, prompting him to go on the run and elude them. (106 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
13.
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
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After severely burning himself in a drug incident, a comedian has a near death experience in which he reviews his life. (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Pryor
 
14.
Lucas (1986)
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A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other. (100 mins.)
Director: David Seltzer
 
15.
Murphy's Romance (1985)
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Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch... (107 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
16.
Pale Rider (1985)
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A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land. (115 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
17.
Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)
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Penn & Teller enjoy playing jokes on each other. When Penn says on an interview show that he wishes... (89 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
18.
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
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During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher. (108 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
19.
Prince of the City (1981)
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A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted. (167 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
20.
Star 80 (1983)
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A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten. (103 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
21.
Sweet Liberty (1986)
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Michael has written a scholarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the film rights. The arrival... (106 mins.)
Director: Alan Alda
 
22.
Talk Radio (1988)
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A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national. (110 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
23.
They All Laughed (1981)
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A mad cap private-eye caper about a team of detectives who are following, and are being followed by, a group of beautiful women. (115 mins.)
 
24.
True Stories (1986)
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A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show. (90 mins.)
Director: David Byrne
 
25.
Under Fire (1983)
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Three journalists in a romantic triangle are involved in political intrigue during the last days of the corrupt Somozoa regime in Nicaragua before it falls to a popular revolution in 1979. (128 mins.)