Most Popular TV Movies Released 1980-01-01 to 1980-12-31
1. The Return of the King (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.
2. A Tale of Two Cities (1980 TV Movie)
162 min | Drama, History, Romance
An ex-aristocrat from France and an alcoholic English lawyer find themselves crossing paths and in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.
3. Brave New World (1980 TV Movie)
180 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A man who grew up in a primitive society educating himself by reading Shakespeare is allowed to join the futuristic society where his parents are from. However, he can not adapt to their repressive ways.
5. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980 TV Movie)
104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A TV adaptation of Washington Irving's classic ghost story. Humor is the drawing card in this version, with Jeff Goldblum a nerdish Ichabod Crane, Dick Butkus an appropriately nasty Brom ... See full summary »
6. The Lathe of Heaven (1980 TV Movie)
105 min | Sci-Fi
George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and ... See full summary »
7. Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980 TV Movie)
192 min | Biography, Drama
The real-life story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Reverend Jim Jones and the events involving its move to Guyana and its eventual mass suicide.
9. Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (1980 TV Movie)
94 min | Western
Brady Hawkes, The Gambler, receives a letter from his son indicating he needs help. This sends Brady to the rescue. Along the way Brady meets up with Billy Montana, a young man who thinks ... See full summary »
10. Playing for Time (1980 TV Movie)
150 min | Drama, Music
Female prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz) are spared from death in return for performing music for their captors.
12. The Babysitter (1980 TV Movie)
Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
Spoiled eleven-year-old Tara's new best friend from next-door gets hired as a live-in babysitter, but things soon go horribly wrong when Tara's mom starts hitting the bottle and fighting with her dad.
13. From the Life of the Marionettes (1980 TV Movie)
R | 104 min | Drama
Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter EGermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "... See full summary »
14. The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (1980 TV Movie)
100 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
When Kirby inherits only one thing from his millionaire uncle: a pocket watch that can stop time. Only, the bad guys know that he has it, and will do anything to take it from him. But they ... See full summary »
15. Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980 TV Movie)
103 min | Drama, Family, Romance
Ceddie, Earl of Dorincourt's only grandson and heir lives in America with his mother. The Earl, getting old, asks them to come to England. Ceddie, now Lord Fauntleroy, is an adorable little... See full summary »
17. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980 TV Movie)
210 min | Drama
Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.
19. Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980 TV Movie)
180 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance
While golfing on the Welsh coast, Bobby Jones apparently hits a stranger who falls off the the sea cliff. His enigmatic last words are "Why didn't they ask Evans?"
20. Skyward (1980 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama
An aging Bette Davis is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. ... See full summary »
21. The Merchant of Venice (1980 TV Movie)
156 min | Comedy, Drama
A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange ... See full summary »
22. Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980 TV Movie)
196 min | Action, Drama, Crime
Somewhat fact-based story of the lives and attempted 1962 escape of several inmates in the famous correctional facility. Young inmate Clarence Carnes masterminds a grand escape involving ... See full summary »
23. The Comeback Kid (1980 TV Movie)
97 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
A down and out former minor league ballplayer finds romance and a renewed zest for life when he takes a job coaching a group of underprivileged kids.
24. Twelfth Night (1980 TV Movie)
128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Viola and Sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. Orsino ... See full summary »
25. The Pirates of Penzance (1980 TV Movie)
122 min | Comedy, Musical
A young man named Frederick leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, but when the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederick must ... See full summary »
26. Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980 TV Movie)
156 min | Biography, Drama
The story of how Norma Jean, once an orphan in Hollywood, becomes Marilyn Monroe, the movie star and celebrity. The movie begins with her as a child and ends with the mysterious way she ... See full summary »
28. Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (1980 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama
Based on the real-life Oregon criminal case which dramatizes the unique dispute in which Greta Rideout instigated the prosecution of her husband, John, charging him with raping her.
29. The Calm (1980 TV Movie)
81 min | Drama
Filmed in 1976 and shelved for five years. A young man in his twenties leaves prison after a three-year sentence. He wants to start a new life in a place where he is not known and dreams ... See full summary »
30. The Tempest (1980 TV Movie)
Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.
31. The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
32. Angel City (1980 TV Movie)
95 min | Drama
Being forced to sell his land, Jared Teeter share with his family in search of a better life in Florida. They discover, like many other immigrants Appalachia that work is scarce. Jared is ... See full summary »
33. Fighting Back: The Story of Rocky Bleier (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Football jock Rocky Bleier (Urich) makes it all the way to the pros with the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to be drafted in the Vietnam war. Wounded by a hand grenade overseas, Bleier returns ... See full summary »
35. White Mama (1980 TV Movie)
105 min | Drama
A poor, elderly white woman living in a tenement in a black ghetto is befriended by a neighborhood boy, and the two of them form a mutually beneficial relationship: he provides her ... See full summary »
36. Bogie (1980 TV Movie)
100 min | Biography, Drama
This TV movie focuses on the life of actor Humphrey Bogart, particularly the part of his life when his marriage to actress Mayo Methot was breaking up and his relationship with future wife ... See full summary »
38. A Christmas Without Snow (1980 TV Movie)
95 min | Drama, Music
A divorced woman moves to a new city with her child, trying to build her life again. She joins the choir of a local church but has some personality conflicts with the choirmaster, a ... See full summary »
39. Amber Waves (1980 TV Movie)
98 min | Drama
Two seemingly disparate men experience powerful life lessons when a wheat harvester gives a hitch-hiking male model a ride on what feels to be the worst day of their lives, at the peak of ... See full summary »
41. Coach of the Year (1980 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama
Jim Brandon, a former player of the Chigago Bears, has been paralysed during the Vietnam-war. When he returns, he tries to get a job as a football-coach, but he doesn't succeed. After a ... See full summary »
42. Scout's Honor (1980 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, Family, Comedy
Mrs. Bartlett gets pressured by her boss to become a Den Mother for a Cub group. Joey is one of her cubs - but tends to annoy her. However, Joey is also the most eager and attentive of her cubs and his skills come in handy.
43. The Shadow Box (1980 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama
Three terminally-ill cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital's grounds, where they are attended and visited by both family and close friends.
44. The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980 TV Movie)
98 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
After an archeological expedition discovers the tomb of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen, many of the scientists, engineers and workmen begin mysteriously dying off.
46. High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama, Western
Former Marshal Will Kane returns to Hadleyville a year after he resigned and finds the town in the grip of a tyrannical marshal who abuses his power.
47. For the Love of It (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
An entrepreneur discovers a plan the Russians have for taking over the Middle East. He wants to use it to create a new video game called "Doom's Day," but the KGB, the CIA and the FBI have ... See full summary »
48. Haywire (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 200 min | Biography, Drama
Based on autobiography of Brooke Hayward, daughter of famous Broadway producer Leland Hayward and actress Margaret Sullavan, who grows up in the glamorous, cruel and emotionally unstable world of her parents.