MustSee from the '80sby netrc | created - 28 Jul 2017 | updated - 28 Jul 2017 | Public
My list of must see films from the '80s. I'll leave the blockbusters off, hope to point out some films that may have dropped off the radar. (Apologies for exposure to some '80s fashion crimes)
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1. 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: 28,680 | Gross: $19.85M
Existential science-fiction love story. Script by Paddy Chayefsky.
2. Body Heat (1981)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Votes: 27,194 | Gross: $24.06M
Re-imagined film noir murder mystery. From Lawrence Kasdan.
3. 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: 14,892 | Gross: $67.18M
Loretta Lynn bio-pic; stunning recreation of her early life in Butcher Holler.
4. 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 façade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
Moody, dreamy vision of the life of John Merrick. Great John Hurt (under makeup), directed by David Lynch.
5. The Stunt Man (1980)
R | 131 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out and falls for the leading lady.
Votes: 7,888 | Gross: $7.06M
Film-in-a-film mystery story with Peter O'Toole as director/god/satan
6. Melvin and Howard (1980)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
Votes: 3,923 | Gross: $4.31M
Slice-of-life supposed story of man who may have been Howard Hughes sole heir.
7. Atlantic City (1980)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.
Quirky, character driven look at lives/loves around casino town.
8. Gallipoli (1981)
PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.
Votes: 33,540 | Gross: $5.73M
Rich, epic story of Australian lads on their way to fight at Gallipoli in WWI
9. Thief (1981)
R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.
Votes: 20,921 | Gross: $11.49M
Good caper film pitting individualist safe cracker against the mob
10. Excalibur (1981)
PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.
Votes: 52,714 | Gross: $34.97M
Well done King Arthur epic. Mesmerizing Merlin played by Nicol Williamson.
11. Diva (1981)
R | 117 min | Thriller
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.
Votes: 10,680 | Gross: $0.11M
12. Das Boot (1981)
R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.
Votes: 204,344 | Gross: $11.49M
Claustrophobic character study from inside a German WWII U-boat
13. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside.
Votes: 16,921 | Gross: $9.08M
Love triangles abound in Woody Allen's upstate New York period comedy.
14. Diner (1982)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.
Votes: 17,106 | Gross: $14.10M
Group of buddies grows up (or not) in Baltimore 1959.
15. The Verdict (1982)
R | 129 min | Drama
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.
Votes: 31,569 | Gross: $54.00M
Paul Newman is down-and-out lawyer with one last case to redeem himself. He's up against James Mason as the legal 'prince of darkness'.
16. Local Hero (1983)
PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.
Votes: 18,332 | Gross: $5.90M
17. Tender Mercies (1983)
PG | 92 min | Drama, Music
A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.
Votes: 8,301 | Gross: $8.44M
19. Never Cry Wolf (1983)
PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama
A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.
Votes: 6,972 | Gross: $29.60M
20. The Razor's Edge (1984)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance, War
He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge.
Votes: 4,536 | Gross: $6.55M
22. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.
Votes: 9,948 | Gross: $25.10M
23. The Cotton Club (1984)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Music
The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people who visited the club, those who ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.
Votes: 14,597 | Gross: $25.93M
24. Runaway Train (1985)
R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.
Votes: 23,878 | Gross: $7.94M
26. The Fly (1986)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 141,488 | Gross: $40.46M
27. The Color of Money (1986)
R | 119 min | Drama, Sport
Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.
Votes: 66,768 | Gross: $52.29M
29. Raising Arizona (1987)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.
Votes: 114,634 | Gross: $22.85M
31. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman.
Votes: 49,415 | Gross: $18.25M