Sci-Fi Cinema in the 1980sby mike_sean | created - 06 Mar 2011 | updated - 24 Mar 2015 | Public
Science fiction movies from the eighties (1980-1989), including TV movies as well as stand-alone mini-series. This list uses a fairly strict definition of science fiction, and therefore does not include most films that deal with fantasy, the supernatural, or super heroes. Films that fall more under the umbrella of horror (like a lot of zombie and pandemic films) have also been omitted.
See also: Sci-Fi Cinema in the 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s
Related sci-fi list: Sci-Fi Television in the 1980s
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1. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 584,589 | Gross: $27.00M
2. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
3. Contamination (1980)
R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.
4. Day of Resurrection (1980)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
After a virus devastates the global human population, survivors in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure and save the human race.
6. Galaxina (1980)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
The crew of the police cruiser Infinity is finally heading home after a long stay in deep space. Just when they think they are about to get some much needed rest and relaxation, the crew is... See full summary »
7. Golem (1980)
92 min | Sci-Fi
The film is set in a terrorizing world of the future, where technology commands the movements of individuals, supervised by the doctors, carrying out a program to improve the human race. ... See full summary »
8. 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: 1,820 | Gross: $6.00M
9. Saturn 3 (1980)
R | 96 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
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 eight foot robot.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
Votes: 983,515 | Gross: $290.48M
11. Escape from New York (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.
Votes: 104,834 | Gross: $25.24M
14. The Last Chase (1981)
PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that "the oil has run out", an increasingly totalitarian ... See full summary »
15. Lifepod (1981)
90 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
The first interplanetary cruise ship malfunctions halfway to Jupiter, forcing most of the crew and passengers to abandon ship. A handful of people are trapped onboard.
16. Looker (1981)
PG | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,754 | Gross: $3.28M
17. The Road Warrior (1981)
R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.
Votes: 148,304 | Gross: $12.47M
18. Outland (1981)
R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.
Votes: 23,776 | Gross: $17.37M
20. Time Bandits (1981)
PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.
Votes: 50,597 | Gross: $42.37M
22. Wojna swiatów - nastepne stulecie (1981)
96 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Film opens on December 28, 1999, three days before the dawn of the new century. A local reporter, Iron Idem, announces that the Martians have landed. Shortly after that his program loses ... See full summary »
23. Warp Speed (1981 TV Movie)
92 min | Sci-Fi
A ship is found adrift in space with no trace of its crew, or any signs of life at all. A psychic is brought into to try to "join" her mind with the memories lingering in the spacecraft so ... See full summary »
24. Android (1983)
PG | 80 min | Sci-Fi
A strange doctor secretly experiments with androids on his space station. His assistant is Max, a curious android who wants to see the world and meet a girl. Criminals hide on their station and soon violence erupts.
26. Endangered Species (1982)
R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
About a retired New York cop on Vacation in America's West who is drawn into a female sheriff's investigation of a mysterious series of cattle killings.
Votes: 783 | Gross: $1.47M
27. Turkey Shoot (1982)
R | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Deviants are held at a rehabilitation fortress until they're set into a deadly game of survival, in the hopes of returning to world society.
29. Forbidden World (1982)
R | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
In the distant future, a federation marshal arrives at a research lab on a remote planet where a genetic experiment has gotten loose and begins feeding on the dwindling scientific group.
30. Kamikaze 89 (1982)
Not Rated | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.
Votes: 461 | Gross: $0.02M
31. 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)
R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a post-apocalyptic New York City, a policeman infiltrates the Bronx, which has become a battleground for several murderous street gangs.
32. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
PG | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.
Votes: 100,490 | Gross: $78.91M
33. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.
Votes: 307,307 | Gross: $13.78M
34. Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)
PG | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A maverick motorbike racer wanders into a top-secret time-travel research test site which unintentionally teleports him to the mid-1800s and ends up having to fight violent outlaws for his survival.
35. TRON (1982)
PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.
Votes: 102,132 | Gross: $33.00M
36. The Aerodrome (1983 TV Movie)
91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future England is ruled by a fascist government, and one day the leaders begin the construction of a heavily guarded, mysterious airport.
37. Animales racionales (1983)
91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Two men and one woman are the last people on Earth. They are reduced to savagery, mate with the woman, and they learn to survive on a deserted island. They discover a dog living on the ... See full summary »
38. Anna to the Infinite Power (1983)
Not Rated | 101 min | Sci-Fi
Anna Hart was always an odd child, a genius, a shoplifter, desperately afraid of flickering lights, with strange prophetic dreams. Simultaneously, several strange things begin to happen. A ... See full summary »
39. Born in Flames (1983)
Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which the issues of ... See full summary »
40. Brainstorm (1983)
PG | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher ... See full summary »
Votes: 9,472 | Gross: $8.90M
42. Space Raiders (1983)
PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A futuristic, sensitive tale of adventure and confrontation when a 10 year old boy is accidentally kidnapped by a spaceship filled with a motley crew of space pirates.
PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,342 | Gross: $16.48M
44. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 808,406 | Gross: $309.13M
45. Strange Invaders (1983)
PG | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Charlie's ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up--a rural town in the Midwest--to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,194 | Gross: $1.36M
46. Videodrome (1983)
R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
Votes: 69,778 | Gross: $2.12M
47. Warriors of the Wasteland (1983)
R | 91 min | Action, Romance, Sci-Fi
Two mercenaries help wandering caravans fight off an evil and aimless band of white-clad bikers after the nuclear holocuast.
48. Wavelength (1983)
PG | 87 min | Biography, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Two young lovers learn that a small group of child-like space aliens are marooned on Earth and are being held prisoner at a top secret military facility. The couple then decide to liberate ... See full summary »
50. The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi