my 80s best

by Siel_O | created - 07 Nov 2011 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

movies i liked most from what i've seen 1980-1989.

check my other decades lists: my 2010s best my 2000s best my 90s best my 60s-70s best my 30s-50s best

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1. Blood Simple. (1984)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 74,978 | Gross: $2.15M

2. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 117,380

3. Deathstalker II (1987)

R | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Deathstalker helps Reena the Seer out of a few jams, and she solicits his help for a bigger task. She reveals that she is actually Princess Evie, but the evil sorcerer had her abducted and ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: John Terlesky, Monique Gabrielle, John Lazar, Toni Naples

Votes: 1,502

4. Another Woman (1988)

PG | 81 min | Drama

Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm, Blythe Danner

Votes: 11,216 | Gross: $1.56M

5. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 564,403 | Gross: $46.36M

6. Fame (1980)

R | 134 min | Drama, Music, Musical

58 Metascore

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: 17,856 | Gross: $0.00M

7. Overboard (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

A cruel but beautiful heiress mocks and cheats over a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia after an accident, he decides to introduce her to regular life by convincing her they're husband and wife.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 42,415 | Gross: $26.71M

8. Kaze to ki no uta (Sanctus) (1987 Video)

60 min | Animation, Romance

Based on the manga classic by Keiko Takemiya, Kaze to Ki no Uta, Sanctus, (transliterated in English as "The Poem of the Wind and the Trees") is a ground-breaking movie for many different ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko | Stars: Noriko Ohara, Yûko Sasaki, Kaneto Shiozawa, Yoshiko Sakakibara

Votes: 118

9. 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 »

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Robert Atzorn, Christine Buchegger, Martin Benrath, Rita Russek

Votes: 2,786

10. Absolute Beginners (1986)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

In 1958 London a young photographer seeks media stardom to keep the love of a beautiful, aspiring fashion designer.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Patsy Kensit, Eddie O'Connell, David Bowie, James Fox

Votes: 2,739 | Gross: $0.93M

11. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil 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: 714,984 | Gross: $44.02M

12. Lust in the Dust (1985)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Western

A group of unscrupulous characters seek buried treasure in the old west.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: Tab Hunter, Divine, Lainie Kazan, Geoffrey Lewis

Votes: 2,471 | Gross: $0.73M

13. Law of Desire (1987)

NC-17 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Miguel Molina

Votes: 8,743

14. Krótki film o zabijaniu (1988)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama

The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

Votes: 13,252

15. The Little Mermaid (1989)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 196,155 | Gross: $111.54M

16. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda

Votes: 6,165 | Gross: $0.44M

17. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

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.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 69,474 | Gross: $2.12M

18. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

69 Metascore

When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 215,233 | Gross: $73.71M

19. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong

Votes: 105,339 | Gross: $11.10M

20. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 164,586 | Gross: $148.17M

21. Steel Dawn (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.

Director: Lance Hool | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, Anthony Zerbe, Christopher Neame

Votes: 3,977 | Gross: $0.56M

22. Fire and Ice (1983)

PG | 81 min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure

In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who ... See full summary »

Directors: Ralph Bakshi, Tom Tataranowicz | Stars: Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon

Votes: 7,591 | Gross: $0.76M

23. Rock & Rule (1983)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music

A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him.

Director: Clive A. Smith | Stars: Don Francks, Gregory Salata, Susan Roman, Samantha Langevin

Votes: 2,607 | Gross: $0.03M

24. Jem (1985–1988)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Jerrica Benton is secretly the leader of the glamorous and exciting music group, Jem and the Holograms.

Stars: Samantha Newark, Patricia Alice Albrecht, Cathianne Blore, Cindy McGee

Votes: 2,054

25. Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)
Episode: The Three Little Pigs (1985)

52 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Three pig brothers. One is narcissistic, one is greedy but the runt is creative and clever. Big bad Buck Wolf is charged with the task of bringing home a pig for dinner. Pretty pink Tina ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Storm | Stars: Billy Crystal, Jeff Goldblum, Valerie Perrine, Stephen Furst

Votes: 118

26. Foxfire Light (1982)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance

A spoiled rich girl used to getting her way comes up against a rancher who won't be intimidated by her.

Director: Allen Baron | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Tippi Hedren, Faye Grant, Barry Van Dyke

Votes: 199

27. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Director: Stephen Chiodo | Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon

Votes: 26,439 | Gross: $15.63M

28. Legend of Lemnear (1989 Video)

45 min | Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

After her village is destroyed and all its residents slaughtered by the evil wizard Gardein and his master The Dark Lord, a warrior known as Lemnear, The Silver Champion, vows to find and kill them both to avenge the massacre.

Director: Kinji Yoshimoto | Stars: Jezabel Montero, Harvey Shain, Greg Baglia, Bart Shattuck

Votes: 164

29. The Allnighter (1987)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

Molly, Val and Gina are graduating college, but on their final night, frustrations are aired. Molly is still looking for real love and Val is beginning to doubt if that is what she's found.... See full summary »

Director: Tamar Simon Hoffs | Stars: Susanna Hoffs, Dedee Pfeiffer, Joan Cusack, John Terlesky

Votes: 941 | Gross: $2.70M

30. The Blue Lagoon (1980)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

31 Metascore

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: 55,471 | Gross: $58.85M

31. Secret Admirer (1985)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

An anonymous love letter left in Michael's locker on the last day of school wreaks havoc on his life, and the lives of everyone who come in contact with it.

Director: David Greenwalt | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston, Dee Wallace

Votes: 5,382 | Gross: $8.62M

32. The Lost Boys (1987)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

63 Metascore

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 104,030 | Gross: $32.22M

33. The Blob (1988)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everything in its path. Teenagers attempt without success to warn the townspeople, who refuse to take them seriously.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch Jr., Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 26,031 | Gross: $8.25M