Most Popular Feature Films Released 1980-01-01 to 1980-12-31


1. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 645,757

2. The Blue Lagoon (1980)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.7
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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.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels

Votes: 51,764

3. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 886,696 | Gross: $290.16M

4. Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

PG | 119 min | Music, Romance, Drama

6.2
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Willie Nelson is a country singer on the road caught in a romantic triangle with Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving, the daughter of one of his longtime musical sidekick.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving, Slim Pickens

Votes: 887

5. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 147,985 | Gross: $54.20M

6. Caddyshack (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport

7.4
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An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Votes: 85,043 | Gross: $39.80M

7. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 170,138

8. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.2
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92 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 245,918 | Gross: $0.05M

9. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

7.8
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A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 166,969 | Gross: $83.40M

10. Flash Gordon (1980)

PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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63 Metascore

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol

Votes: 39,560

11. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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35 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 87,321 | Gross: $37.47M

12. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

6.0
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During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 40,609

13. Ordinary People (1980)

R | 124 min | Drama

7.8
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 36,498 | Gross: $54.80M

14. Brubaker (1980)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Morgan Freeman, Jane Alexander

Votes: 12,295 | Gross: $37.10M

15. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.9
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A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 24,904 | Gross: $25.00M

16. Fame (1980)

R | 134 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.6
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A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean

Votes: 16,907 | Gross: $0.00M

17. Superman II (1980)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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87 Metascore

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Lester, Richard Donner | Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty

Votes: 79,639 | Gross: $108.20M

18. Popeye (1980)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.2
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48 Metascore

The adventures of the sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley

Votes: 24,470 | Gross: $50.00M

19. Dressed to Kill (1980)

R | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon

Votes: 25,313 | Gross: $31.90M

20. Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy

5.1
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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.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 11,589 | Gross: $66.10M

21. Heaven's Gate (1980)

R | 325 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

6.8
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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.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston

Votes: 10,399 | Gross: $1.50M

22. Somewhere in Time (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.3
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29 Metascore

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright

Votes: 21,683

23. Urban Cowboy (1980)

PG | 132 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.2
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Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn, Madolyn Smith Osborne

Votes: 10,459

24. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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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.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

Votes: 48,562 | Gross: $21.38M

25. Any Which Way You Can (1980)

PG | 116 min | Action, Comedy

6.0
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Philo takes part in a bare knuckle fight - as he does - to make some more money than he can earn from his car repair business. He decides to retire from fighting, but when the Mafia come ... See full summary »

Director: Buddy Van Horn | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith

Votes: 13,710

26. 9 to 5 (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

6.7
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Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 20,898 | Gross: $103.29M

27. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

7.3
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A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.

Director: Jamie Uys | Stars: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey

Votes: 44,558 | Gross: $51.20M

28. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 13,757

29. Xanadu (1980)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance

5.1
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35 Metascore

The story of a girl who makes dreams come true.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan

Votes: 9,580 | Gross: $10.20M

30. Kagemusha (1980)

PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu

Votes: 24,466

31. The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.7
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A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino

Votes: 16,732

32. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

7.3
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A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 22,804

33. American Gigolo (1980)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt

Votes: 16,654

34. The Long Riders (1980)

R | 100 min | Western

7.1
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The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Keith Carradine

Votes: 7,673

35. The Big Red One (1980)

R | 113 min | Drama, War

7.2
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77 Metascore

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco

Votes: 15,874

36. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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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.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Votes: 13,419 | Gross: $79.90M

37. Stir Crazy (1980)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

6.8
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50 Metascore

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.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 19,549 | Gross: $101.50M

38. The Dogs of War (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely, Hugh Millais

Votes: 6,412

39. Little Darlings (1980)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Two fifteen year-old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNichol, Armand Assante, Matt Dillon

Votes: 3,962

40. Prom Night (1980)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.4
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A masked killer stalks four teenagers, responsible for the accidental death of a little girl six years earlier, at their high school's senior prom.

Director: Paul Lynch | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 10,776

41. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

PG | 84 min | Family, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.

Directors: John Hough, Vincent McEveety | Stars: Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker

Votes: 4,134

42. Saturn 3 (1980)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.1
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Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent 8-ft robot. Remember, in space no one can hear you scream.

Directors: Stanley Donen, John Barry | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel, Ed Bishop

Votes: 6,369

43. Private Benjamin (1980)

R | 109 min | Comedy, War

6.1
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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.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber

Votes: 18,854 | Gross: $69.80M

44. Used Cars (1980)

R | 113 min | Comedy

6.8
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When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae

Votes: 11,063

45. My Bodyguard (1980)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Paul Quandt

Votes: 7,260

46. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.5
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A young farmer sets out to recruit mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet, which is under threat of invasion by the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors.

Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami, Roger Corman | Stars: George Peppard, Robert Vaughn, Richard Thomas, John Saxon

Votes: 5,788

47. City of the Living Dead (1980)

Unrated | 93 min | Horror

6.3
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A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi

Votes: 12,198

48. The Long Good Friday (1980)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan

Votes: 14,714

49. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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Miss Marple comes to solve the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Wendy Morgan

Votes: 4,964

50. Stardust Memories (1980)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper, Marie-Christine Barrault

Votes: 17,266