Top-US-Grossing Titles Released 1980-01-01 to 1980-12-31
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.
Votes: 893,077 | Gross: $290.16M
2. Superman II (1980)
PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.
Votes: 80,069 | Gross: $108.20M
4. Stir Crazy (1980)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime
Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit, however, no prison cell can keep them locked in.
Votes: 19,645 | Gross: $101.50M
6. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.
Votes: 13,471 | Gross: $79.90M
7. Private Benjamin (1980)
R | 109 min | Comedy, War
A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.
Votes: 18,942 | Gross: $69.80M
8. Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy
The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.
Votes: 11,634 | Gross: $66.10M
9. Ordinary People (1980)
R | 124 min | Drama
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.
Votes: 36,762 | Gross: $54.80M
10. The Blues Brothers (1980)
R | 133 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.
Votes: 148,709 | Gross: $54.20M
11. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
PG | 109 min | Comedy
A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.
Votes: 44,723 | Gross: $51.20M
14. Friday the 13th (1980)
R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.
Votes: 87,810 | Gross: $37.47M
16. Dressed to Kill (1980)
R | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.
Votes: 25,492 | Gross: $31.90M
17. The Jazz Singer (1980)
PG | 115 min | Drama, Music, Romance
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of being a popular singer.
Votes: 3,030 | Gross: $27.12M
18. Altered States (1980)
R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.
Votes: 25,052 | Gross: $25.00M
19. The Fog (1980)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers, which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers.
Votes: 48,779 | Gross: $21.38M
21. Windwalker (1980)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
An ancient Indian warrior who has reached the end of his life is brought back from his 'death' to save his family from a raiding party of enemy Indians in this unique story of 'Indians ... See full summary »
Votes: 816 | Gross: $18.64M
22. The Private Eyes (1980)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Mystery
This spoof of the Sherlock Holmes stories finds Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart investigating a strange death in a possibly haunted mansion, while dealing with the beautiful heiress and the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,112 | Gross: $18.01M
24. The Island (1980)
R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In New York, the journalist Blair Maynard convinces his editor to travel to Florida to investigate the mysterious disappearance of ships in the Bermuda's Triangle area. Maynard is divorced ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,998 | Gross: $10.00M
25. Raise the Titanic (1980)
PG | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the Titanic.
Votes: 3,055 | Gross: $7.00M
26. Hangar 18 (1980)
PG | 97 min | Action, Biography, Sci-Fi
Shortly after the launch of a satellite from a space shuttle the satellite collides with an UFO in front of the crew's eyes. Because of an election campaign some politicians try to hide the... See full summary »
Votes: 1,659 | Gross: $6.00M
28. When Time Ran Out... (1980)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.
Votes: 2,019 | Gross: $1.70M
29. Heaven's Gate (1980)
R | 325 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a sheriff born into wealth attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.
Votes: 10,480 | Gross: $1.50M
30. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 247,312 | Gross: $0.05M
34. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
35. The Blue Lagoon (1980)
R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.
36. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
37. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.
39. Flash Gordon (1980)
PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.
41. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
PG | 84 min | Family, Horror, Mystery
When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.
43. Somewhere in Time (1980)
PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.
44. The Mountain Men (1980)
R | 102 min | Adventure, Western
A pair of grizzled frontiersmen fight Indians, guzzle liquor, and steal squaws in their search for a legendary valley 'so full of beaver that they jump right into your traps' in this fanciful adventure.
48. Kagemusha (1980)
PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War
A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.