Highest-Rated Movies about '1980s', Sort by Popularity


20 Feet From Stardom (2013), Big (1988), A Short Film About Love (1988), The Evil Dead (1981), Teddy Bear (1981), Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (2016), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), The Deep (2012) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best 1980s movies.


20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines a long-overdue spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.

activist, pimp, prostitute, record producer, songwriter, bird, david bowie

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Big (1988)

A wishing machine turns a boy into a 35-year-old man (Tom Hanks) with a fun job and a girlfriend (Elizabeth Perkins).

boy, friend, owner, executive, love interest, rival, charming

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A Short Film About Love (1988)

A postal worker (Olaf Lubaszenko) in love with his neighbor (Grażyna Szapołowska) spies on her through a telescope, holds her mail, and makes anonymous phone calls.

postal worker, older woman, virgin, peeping tom, playful, sad, profound

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The Evil Dead (1981)

Teens (Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker) in a remote cabin accidentally resurrect demonic forces with a taped incantation and the Book of the Dead.

teenager, girlfriend, friend, monster, living dead, dark, gory

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Teddy Bear (1981)

Sports club manager Ryszard Ochódzki (Stanislaw Tym) may live in Poland, but most of his money sits in an English bank account. This becomes a problem when, upon getting ready to travel to London, Rysiek finds several crucial pages removed from his passport. Now he can't leave Poland, and suspects that his ex-wife, Irena (Barbara Burska), may be plotting to make off with his savings. To foil her plans, Ryszard will have to find someone who looks exactly like him.

husband, ex-wife, doppelganger, man, manager, friend, quirky

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Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (2016)

Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" opened in November 1981 to scathing reviews and closed after just 16 performances. Archival footage of the rehearsals, along with interviews with the cast, tell the tale of this infamous production.

actor, actress, musician, director, critic, casting director, brooding

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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Two sisters encounter a mythical forest sprite and its woodland companions when they move to rural Japan.

schoolgirl, sister, father, mother, spirit, amusing, endearing

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The Deep (2012)

The sole survivor of a tragic shipwreck tries to survive in the freezing ocean off the coast of Iceland.

survivor, nature, fisherman, thrilling, shipwreck, fishing boat, fighting

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Red Riding: 1980 (2009)

Detective Peter Hunter returns to Yorkshire to investigate the town's high murder rate. The local police have done little to find the killer, and he soon realizes corrupt police officers are doing everything they can to stop his progress.

police chief, police detective, businessman, prostitute, police officer, chilling, gripping

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Maze (2017)

Inspired by the true events of the 1983 breakout of 38 Irish Republican prisoners from the Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

prisoner, freedom fighter, terrorist, ira agent, fascinating, gripping, tense

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Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985)

Big Bird, whisked away to Illinois by a misguided social worker, sets out to rejoin his friends in New York.

social worker, heartwarming, endearing, illinois, farm, carnival, household

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Gia (1998)

A 1970s supermodel (Angelina Jolie) embodies glamour but uses drugs to dull the pain of loneliness and despair.

model, restaurant owner, makeup artist, agent, bleak, intense, new york city

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The Weather Underground (2003)

In 1969 a splinter group of radical students takes up explosives in a violent attempt to overthrow the U.S. government.

radical, activist, lyndon baines johnson, richard nixon, martin luther king jr., intense, shocking

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A Short Film About Killing (1988)

A young lawyer (Krzysztof Globisz) in Warsaw represents a drifter (Mirosław Baka) who killed a malicious cabdriver (Jan Tesarz).

troubled youth, taxi driver, defense attorney, girl, wife, judge, brutal

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Red Riding: 1983 (2009)

The disappearance of a young girl leads a Yorkshire detective (David Morrissey) to believe that he may have helped convict the wrong man of murder three years earlier.

lawyer, disabled person, police detective, police chief, mother, bleak, suspenseful

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Cal (1984)

A young IRA recruit (John Lynch) has an affair with the widow (Helen Mirren) of a slain Ulster policeman.

catholic, ira agent, husband, protestant, police officer, father, rousing

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The Teacher (2016)

A middle school teacher manipulates her student's parents into doing favors for her in exchange for previews of test questions and good grades for their children.

parent, teacher, student, amusing, suspenseful, dark, middle school

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Terror at the Opera (1987)

A hooded figure forces a young diva (Cristina Marsillach) to watch as he murders performers in a production of Verdi's opera "Macbeth."

actress, opera singer, opera director, murderer, macbeth, detective, bleak

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Prince of the City (1981)

A New York police detective (Treat Williams) wears a "wire" for federal agents to nail his friends on the take.

detective, cop, junkie, drug dealer, wife, investigator, suspenseful

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God's Country (1985)

Acclaimed director Louis Malle's documentary examines the small Minnesota farming town of Glencoe at two separate times.

farmer, bride, groom, attorney, old man, old woman, profound

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Home of the Brave (1986)

New-wave performance artist Laurie Anderson and her band do "Gravity's Rainbow," "Language Is a Virus" and 16 other works.

william s. burroughs, drummer, pianist, guitarist, author, offbeat, engaging

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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A Sicilian boy (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the movies with his local theater's projectionist (Philippe Noiret).

child, mother, girlfriend, projectionist, emotional, inspiring, witty

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The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

Two cousins (Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke) try to get rich quick with a racehorse and mob money in New York's Little Italy.

thief, cousin, waiter, mafioso, girlfriend, police officer, brash

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D.O.A. (1981)

A look at the Sex Pistols, the British band best representative of the punk rock movement of the late 1970s.

punk rocker, musician, speaker, music journalist, guitarist, amusing, intense

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The Stunt Man (1980)

An all-knowing director (Peter O'Toole) toys with a fugitive's (Steve Railsback) mind after making him stuntman on a movie set.

fugitive, actress, director, stuntman, amusing, engaging, intense

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

A princess learns the truth about a toxic forest and battles an evil ruler's plans to destroy it.

princess, sword fighter, hunter, friend, enemy, fighter, creative

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The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1981)

Footage from two benefits includes skits, Eric Clapton, Sting, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Pete Townshend.

actor, comedian, rock star, eric clapton, sting, hysterical, heartwarming

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We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

Through interviews and archival footage, director Tim Irwin documents the history of the influential 1980s punk band the Minutemen. Surviving band members Mike Watt and George Hurley provide a firsthand look into the band's world, from their start in San Pedro to the 1985 death of D. Boon, the band's co-founding member. Numerous musicians, including Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, offer insight into the Minutemen's importance to the punk scene.

punk rocker, musician, fan, bassist, gripping, engaging, san pedro, calif.

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Live and Become (2005)

A Christian boy grows up among Jews in Israel and, as an adult, must confront his past.

young man, christian, adult, emotional, past, israel, false identity

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Citizen X (1995)

Russian police-detective Viktor Burakov (Stephen Rea) spends eight years tracking serial killer Andrei Chikatilo.

police detective, serial killer, communist, psychiatrist, forensic expert, somber, dark

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