Best Movies of 1980

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Best Movies of 1980
Best Movies of 1980
TOP Movies: Raging Bull (1980), The Shining (1980), Ordinary People (1980), The Blues Brothers (1980), Airplane! (1980), The Elephant Man (1980), Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Fame (1980), The Changeling (1980), Caddyshack (1980), Somewhere in Time (1980), Friday the 13th (1980), The Fog (1980), The Blue Lagoon (1980), The Long Good Friday (1980), Melvin and Howard (1980), Nine to Five (1980), Altered States (1980), Dressed to Kill (1980), The Big Red One (1980).
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List of Best Movies

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky ...
Style: saga, psychotronic, epic, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, space battle, space wars, space and aliens, outer space, heroic mission, star wars, space opera, good versus evil, jedi, warrior, sword fight ...
Time: future, 80s
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 8.2
 334K
Raging Bull (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his ...
Style: stylized, intense, atmospheric, rough, bloody ...
Plot: rise and fall, paranoia, character study, domestic violence, redemption, self destructing, boxer, career, boxing, sport, jealousy, loneliness ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: bronx new york city, usa, new york, chicago illinois, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 936K
The Shining (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: isolation, insanity, supernatural, evil, ghost, danger, stephen king, hotel, nervous breakdown, psychic, psychopath, trapped ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 1920s
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado, oregon, miami ...
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Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: suicide attempt, therapy, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, psychiatrist, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, houston texas, illinois
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The Blues Brothers (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Jake Blues is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best – play music – so they get their ...
Style: twists and turns, humorous, not serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, music, nun, blues, race against time, criminal heroes, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, soul music, car chase, shopping mall, money problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 223K
Airplane! (1980)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Alcoholic pilot, Ted Striker has developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, but nevertheless boards a passenger jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend. Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to ...
Style: parody, humorous, absurd, funny, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: airplane, stewardess, pilot, passenger, fear of flying, air disaster, catastrophe, landing, rescue, heroes, goofy hero, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles
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The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, harsh, surreal ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, exploitation, disability, human nature, suffering, hopes, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, feel good, uplifting ...
Plot: country music, female friendship, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, artists and showbiz, musician's life, rags to riches, ambition, family problems, career change, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, nashville tennessee, washington state, appalachia
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 6.6
 21K
Fame (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts
Style: realistic, sincere, captivating, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, kids
Plot: high school, dance school, high school life, graduation, music, audition, follow your dream, ballet, breaking point, rehearsal, rising to stardom, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 32K
The Changeling (1980)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A man staying at a secluded historical mansion, finds his life being haunted by the presence of a spectre.
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, murder, inheritance, mystery, isolated house, haunted by the past, uncover truth, estate, danger, vengeance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, turn of the century, 80s
Place: seattle, new york, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington ...
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 110K
Caddyshack (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: At an exclusive country club, an ambitious young caddy, Danny Noonan, eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favour of the elitist ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, intense, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: golf, cheating, bet, rivalry, country club, sport, buddies, ambition, misfit, farce, competition, bishop ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, nebraska
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Somewhere in Time (1980)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Young writer, Richard Collier is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to, "Come back to me." Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s. ...
Style: sentimental, touching, stylized, atmospheric, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, hypnosis, obsession, supernatural, love triangle, playwright, romance, love affair, love and romance, hotel, dream, supernatural romance ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 70s, 1910s, 80s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 125K
Friday the 13th (1980)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, rough, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: maniac, serial killer, murder, camp, drowning, psychopath, cult, danger, fear, gory, revenge, serial murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 50s, year 1958 ...
Place: new jersey, usa
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 6.8
 67K
The Fog (1980)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses ...
Style: gloomy, scary, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, gold, ghost, supernatural, leprosy, anniversary, decapitation, ship, sea, lighthouse, beach, sword ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1979
Place: california, usa, northern california
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The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard ...
Style: sexual, erotic, romantic, captivating, touching ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: island, love and romance, fall in love, first sex, masturbation, teenage sex, teenage sexuality, adventure, nudity (full frontal - brief), teenage love, shipwreck, desert island ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era, 70s, victorian, 1900s ...
Place: san francisco, pacific ocean
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The Long Good Friday (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, cynical, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ira, gangsters, danger, car bomb, crime, crimes, crime boss, rivalry, criminal's revenge, power, irish, the underworld ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london, united kingdom ...
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Melvin and Howard (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good, touching ...
Plot: courtroom, wedding, divorce, stripper, strip club, bittersweet, redemption, working class, rich and poor, social differences, americana, profanity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, nevada, utah, usa, california ...
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 6.9
 30K
Nine to Five (1980)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they ...
Style: humorous, witty, clever, biting, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: workplace, chase, farce, satire, battle of the sexes, fighting the system, sexism, feminism, couples, sleazy, friends, power relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new york, texas
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 6.9
 33K
Altered States (1980)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A research scientist (William Hurt) explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, psychedelic ...
Plot: experiment gone awry, obsession, science, isolation, genetics, psychologist, transformation, university, genetically altered, danger, mad scientist, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1967, 1960s
Place: africa, boston, new york, san francisco, california ...
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Dressed to Kill (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mysterious, tall, blonde woman, wearing sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and now she's after the prostitute who witnessed it.
Style: suspenseful, tense, sexy, sexual, twists and turns ...
Plot: panties pulled down, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), serial killer, psychiatrist, manipulation, guilt, psychopath, woman in danger, transsexual, cross dressing, erotic thriller ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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The Big Red One (1980)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A veteran sergeant of the World War I leads a squad in World War II, always in the company of the survivor Pvt. Griff, the writer Pvt. Zab, the Sicilian Pvt. Vinci and Pvt. Johnson in Vichy French Africa, Sicily, D-Day at Omaha Beach, Belgium and ...
Style: bleak, realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, military, sniper, battles, d day, childbirth, concentration camp, sergeant, war, survival, infantrymen ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1944, year 1945 ...
Place: sicily, africa, europe, germany, southern italy ...
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 16K
Atlantic City (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Lou, a small time gangster who thinks he used to be something big, meets and falls for a sexy casino employee named Sally. She needs his help realizing her dream of going to Monte Carlo, a symbol of the glamorous life that she has been looking for ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, sentimental, clever, touching ...
Plot: casino, gangsters, murder, bandit, poker game, older man younger woman relationship, cocaine, redemption, bittersweet, crimes, crime, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: atlantic city, new jersey, atlantic city new jersey, las vegas, california
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The Final Countdown (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1980, the US Navy's most powerful warship, the USS Nimitz, is caught in a storm during routine manoeuvres in the Pacific. Enveloped by a strange green light, the ship passes through a vortex and when they emerge, their communications have ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, world war two, adventure, military, heroic mission, airplane, race against time, war, battles, military life, seaport ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: pearl harbor, pacific ocean, hawaii, japan
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Stardust Memories (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.
Style: talky, surreal, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: weekend, midlife crisis, lovers reunited, filmmaking, filmmaker, violinist, showbiz, couples, imaginary character, profanity, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 9K
Gloria (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.
Style: tense, twists and turns, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: gangsters, chase, brat, child in peril, spoiled brat, on the run, neighbor, bandit, danger, crimes, crime, woman in danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, pittsburgh, bronx new york city ...
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The Stunt Man (1980)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director (Peter O'Toole) he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, semi serious, psychological, tense ...
Plot: stuntman, on the run, mistaken identity, danger, film within a film, fish out of water, disorder, crimes, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, self discovery, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: amsterdam, korea, holland, guatemala, california
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 17K
Brubaker (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: prison, abuse, prison warden, fighting the system, liberal, corruption, brutality, violence, abuse of power, justice, politics, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas, southern usa, new jersey, california
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 14K
Heaven's Gate (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 219 min.
Story: Harvard graduate James Averill (Kris Kristofferson) is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brothel, immigrants, love triangle, culture clash, injustice, political corruption, dishonesty, crimes, rescue, idealism, marshal, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s, 1890s, 18th century
Place: usa, wyoming, vietnam, asia, harvard university ...
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 6.8
 103K
Superman II (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Three escaped criminals from the planet Krypton test the Man of Steel's mettle. Led by Gen. Zod, the Kryptonians take control of the White House and partner with Lex Luthor to destroy Superman and rule the world. But Superman, who attempts to ...
Style: exciting, serious, feel good, suspenseful, cult film ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, superhero, space and aliens, secret identity, save the world, niagara falls, good versus evil, nuclear, world domination, megalomaniac, super strength, criminal ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, idaho, france, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 26K
Stir Crazy (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: New Yorkers, Skip Donahue and Harry Monroe, have no jobs and no prospects. They decide to flee the city and find work elsewhere, and land jobs as woodpeckers to promote the opening of a bank. When their feathery costumes are stolen and used in a ...
Style: humorous, witty, exciting, realistic, not serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: fish out of water, mistaken identity, prison, profanity, escape, on the road, false accusation, friendship, buddy, wrongful imprisonment, crime, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, arizona
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