Films to Watch: 1980-1989

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1. Alligator (1980)

R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger

Votes: 9,867

2. Altered States (1980)

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

58 Metascore

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: 30,272 | Gross: $19.85M

3. Any Which Way You Can (1980)

PG | 116 min | Action, Comedy

51 Metascore

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.

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

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.

Director: Iván Zulueta | Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More, Marta Fernández Muro

Votes: 1,916

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5. The Baltimore Bullet (1980)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A tale of two hustlers trying to set up a big game.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: James Coburn, Omar Sharif, Ronee Blakley, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 435

6. Below the Belt (1980)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A New York City waitress decides to become a professional wrestler.

Director: Robert Fowler | Stars: Regina Baff, John C. Becher, Mildred Burke, James Gammon

Votes: 153

7. Beyond Evil (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror

An architect and his wife move into a house with a bloody past and a 100-year-old ghost, who possesses the wife.

Director: Herb Freed | Stars: John Saxon, Lynda Day George, Michael Dante, Mario Milano

Votes: 551

8. Battle Creek Brawl (1980)

R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A young Asian-American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fighting competition.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Jackie Chan, Kristine DeBell, José Ferrer, Mako

Votes: 4,538

9. The Black Marble (1980)

PG | 113 min | Crime, Romance, Comedy

A romantic comedy which explores the pressures on police officers.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Robert Foxworth, Paula Prentiss, Harry Dean Stanton, Barbara Babcock

Votes: 480

10. The Boogey Man (1980)

R | 82 min | Horror

Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director: Ulli Lommel | Stars: Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James, Nicholas Love

Votes: 3,601 | Gross: $4.50M

11. Bronco Billy (1980)

PG | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 10,219 | Gross: $24.27M

12. Brubaker (1980)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

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: 14,920 | Gross: $37.12M

13. Cabo Blanco (1980)

R | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In 1948, an assortment of shady characters are searching for Nazi loot, sunken off the coast of Peru.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Dominique Sanda, Fernando Rey

Votes: 817

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.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis

Votes: 2,698

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 »

Director: Murray Mintz | Stars: Garry Goodrow, Michael Paul Chan, Max Gail, Susan O'Connell

Votes: 147

16. Carny (1980)

R | 107 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Tired of her dull job as a waitress, Donna decides to join two carnival hustlers and see what life in their field is like.

Director: Robert Kaylor | Stars: Gary Busey, Jodie Foster, Robbie Robertson, Meg Foster

Votes: 1,769

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.

Directors: Richard Lang, Noel Black | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Hopkins, Bo Derek, Michael Brandon

Votes: 840

18. The Children (1980)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

Director: Max Kalmanowicz | Stars: Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett, Shannon Bolin

Votes: 1,690

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.

Director: Lewis Jackson | Stars: Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn, Dianne Hull, Andy Fenwick

Votes: 5,386

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.

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

Votes: 14,542

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 »

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Dyan Cannon, Robert Blake, Quinn K. Redeker, Michael Lerner

Votes: 348

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 »

Director: Joel Oliansky | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Lee Remick, Sam Wanamaker

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.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Eva Marie Saint, Robin Ellis, Raymond Burr, Harry Andrews

Votes: 254

24. Death Ship (1980)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

10 Metascore

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.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 3,398

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 »

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello, Rudy Ramos

Votes: 880

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.

Director: Arthur Jeffreys | Stars: Sallee Young, Harry Reems, Deborah Alter, Kathryn Clayton

Votes: 417

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.

Director: Jeff Werner | Stars: Robby Benson, Linda Grovenor, Charles Durning, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 240

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.

Director: Robert Hammer | Stars: James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Flo Lawrence, Nicholas Worth

Votes: 1,556

29. Don't Go in the House (1979)

R | 82 min | Horror

A disturbed young man who was burned as a child by his sadistic mother stalks women with a flamethrower.

Director: Joseph Ellison | Stars: Dan Grimaldi, Charles Bonet, Bill Ricci, Robert Carnegie

Votes: 3,468

30. The Dogs of War (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

56 Metascore

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: 7,326

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 »

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: William Holden, Ricky Schroder, Jack Thompson, Olivia Hamnett

Votes: 1,301

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.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov, Paola Senatore

Votes: 3,355

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.

Director: Dusty Nelson | Stars: Joseph Pilato, Susan Chapek, John Harrison, Bernard McKenna

Votes: 460

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.

Director: James Glickenhaus | Stars: Robert Ginty, Samantha Eggar, Christopher George, Steve James

Votes: 4,650

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 »

Directors: Piers Haggard, Richard Quine, Peter Sellers | Stars: Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, David Tomlinson, Sid Caesar

Votes: 1,808 | Gross: $10.70M

36. The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

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: 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).

Director: Buck Henry | Stars: Bob Newhart, Gilda Radner, Madeline Kahn, Richard Benjamin

Votes: 547 | Gross: $15.20M

38. Foolin' Around (1980)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A working-class boy falls for a girl from a wealthy family, and must compete for her with a rich boy who also wants her.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Gary Busey, Annette O'Toole, John Calvin, Eddie Albert

Votes: 396

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.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: George C. Scott, Marlon Brando, Marthe Keller, John Gielgud

Votes: 2,271

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."

Directors: Mike Nichols, Lorne Michaels | Stars: Gilda Radner, Don Novello, Paul Shaffer, Nils Nichols

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 »

Director: Gabrielle Beaumont | Stars: Malcolm Stoddard, Cyd Hayman, Angela Pleasence, Patrick Barr

Votes: 861

42. The Gong Show Movie (1980)

R | 89 min | Comedy

4.3