Films to Watch: 1980-1989by WeAintFoundShin | created - 17 Nov 2013 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
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1. Alligator (1980)
R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.
2. 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: 30,272 | Gross: $19.85M
3. Any Which Way You Can (1980)
PG | 116 min | Action, Comedy
A trucker turned prize fighter, his brother and their pet orangutan have a series of misadventures involving the mob, corrupt cops, motorcycle gangs and pretty dames.
Votes: 16,457 | Gross: $70.69M
4. Rapture (1979)
105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A low budget horror filmmaker gets in touch with an eccentric who is trying to film his consciousness during drug abuse.
11. Bronco Billy (1980)
PG | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.
Votes: 10,219 | Gross: $24.27M
14. Cannibals in the Streets (1980)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.
15. Cardiac Arrest (1980)
PG | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
The "Missing Heart Murders" are plaguing San Francisco - dead bodies that turn up with their hears surgically removed! So a weak-stomached homicide cop looks into the possibilities of a ... See full summary »
17. A Change of Seasons (1980)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
Marriage takes a sour turn when a middle-aged husband falls for a young and sexy woman. Things get even more complicated when his wife starts a hot affair with a young lover of her own.
19. Christmas Evil (1980)
R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller
A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.
20. City of the Living Dead (1980)
Not Rated | 93 min | Horror
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.
21. Coast to Coast (1980)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Madie Levrington is a neurotic, wealthy woman who escapes from a New York mental institution where her unwholesome husband had her committed to avoid the trial of an expensive divorce. She ... See full summary »
22. The Competition (1980)
PG | 123 min | Drama, Romance, Music
The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,711 | Gross: $14.29M
23. The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
After an archeological expedition discovers the tomb of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen, many of the scientists, engineers and workmen begin mysteriously dying off.
24. Death Ship (1980)
R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.
25. Defiance (1980)
PG | 103 min | Action, Drama, Crime
Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York City neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman, and though he tries to ... See full summary »
26. Demented (1980)
R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
After being gang raped and institutionalized, a woman suffers nightmares while under the care of her unfaithful husband, and finally snaps when a group of masked youths decide to invade her house.
27. Die Laughing (1980)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
A San Francisco cab driver finds himself in possession of a monkey that is carrying a formula for turning atomic waste into a plutonium bomb. He finds himself framed for a murder and chased all over town by people trying to get the formula.
28. Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)
R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller
A deeply disturbed Vietnam veteran terrorizes the young women of Los Angeles and taunts a radio psychologist with descriptions of his grisly crimes.
30. The Dogs of War (1980)
R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.
31. The Earthling (1980)
PG | 97 min | Adventure, Drama
Patrick Foley has been on the move all his life. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up. On his difficult journey he meets ... See full summary »
32. Eaten Alive! (1980)
Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Horror
A young woman teams up with a mercenary to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea where they find that a deranged leader of a religious cult has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.
33. Effects (1979)
R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller
Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the "killings" in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a "snuff" film.
34. The Exterminator (1980)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York City. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York City into a great war zone, and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.
35. The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Fu Manchu's (Peter Sellers') 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,808 | Gross: $10.70M
36. The Final Countdown (1980)
PG | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Votes: 19,853 | Gross: $16.65M
37. First Family (1980)
R | 97 min | Comedy
Bob Newhart stars as President Manfred Link in this zany, wonderfully cast comedy from veteran funnyman Buck Henry (Heaven Can Wait, The Graduate).
Votes: 547 | Gross: $15.20M
39. The Formula (1980)
R | 117 min | Crime, Thriller
The synthetic fuel production formula, invented by the Nazis at the end of World War II, is sought after by some who aim to sell it, and by others who wish to destroy it.
40. Gilda Live (1980)
R | 96 min | Comedy
A filmed version of the Broadway show starring comedienne Gilda Radner, complete with the characters she made famous on the TV show "Saturday Night Live."
Votes: 513 | Gross: $2.26M
41. The Godsend (1980)
R | 93 min | Drama, Horror
An English family of six takes in a pregnant woman who disappears shortly after giving birth. They raise the baby girl as their own, but over the years the strange deaths of their children ... See full summary »
42. The Gong Show Movie (1980)
R | 89 min | Comedy