Best Movies of 1984

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Best Movies of 1984
Best Movies of 1984
TOP Movies: Amadeus (1984), The Killing Fields (1984), Ghostbusters (1984), The Terminator (1984), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Gremlins (1984), The Karate Kid (1984), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), The NeverEnding Story (1984), Blood Simple (1984), Places in the Heart (1984), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Sixteen Candles (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), A Passage to India (1984), The Natural (1984), Police Academy (1984), Purple Rain (1984).
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List of Best Movies

Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA, France, Czechoslovakia, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.
Style: stylized, captivating, inspirational, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: mozart, envy, music, musician's life, prodigy, genius, success, composer, character study, emperor, classical music, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s, 1820s, 19th century ...
Place: vienna, austria, europe, italy, central europe
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees – and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing, kids
Plot: archaeologist, treasure hunt, archaeology, adventure, artifact, adventurer, good versus evil, danger, child driving car, treasure, tombs and skeletons, crocodile ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935
Place: india, shanghai china, shanghai, china
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The Killing Fields (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: rough, disturbing, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, photographer, vietnam war, war, friendship, anti war, wartime life, human spirit, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, media ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: cambodia, vietnam, asia, new york, iraq
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Ghostbusters (1984)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists goes into business as proton-pack-toting "ghostbusters" who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign ...
Style: humorous, light, parody, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: ghost, supernatural, giant monster, paranormal phenomena, friendship, monster, slime, chase, paranormal activity, heroic mission, danger, mythology ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Terminator (1984)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical ...
Style: suspenseful, neo noir, bleak, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: man versus machine, cyberpunk, cyborgs, sent to the past, androids and robots, killer robot, protector, androids, time paradox, time travel, dystopic future, manhunt ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future, 21st century, 2020s ...
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: epic, melancholic, atmospheric, rough, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, rape, prohibition, corruption, crimes, friendship, criminal heroes, gangster, childhood friend, gunfight, murder ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 1920s, 30s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, miami
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was ...
Style: slasher, scary, rough, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: nightmare, supernatural, fear, nightmare comes true, disfigurement, teenage life, back from the dead, murder, high school, sleeping, serial killer, trapped ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: ohio, usa
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Gremlins (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Billy Peltzer is given a strange but adorable pet named Gizmo for Christmas, he inadvertently breaks the three important rules of caring for a Mogwai, and unleashes a horde of mischievous gremlins on a small town.
Style: feel good, humorous, suspenseful, scary, light ...
Audience: horror for children, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: christmas, supernatural, monster, deadly creature, pets, small town, holiday, chaos and mayhem, daring rescue, danger, escapades, human animal relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: usa
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The Karate Kid (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Hassled by the school bullies, Daniel LaRusso has his share of adolescent woes. Luckily, his apartment building houses a resident martial arts master: Kesuke Miyagi, who agrees to train Daniel ... and ends up teaching him much more than ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: karate, teaching the ways of the world, martial arts, human spirit, underdog, teenage life, martial arts tournament, teenager, sport, coming of age, ambition, teachers and students ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
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Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tough-talking Detroit cop Axel Foley heads to the rarified world of Beverly Hills in his beat-up Chevy Nova to investigate a friend's murder. But soon, he realizes he's stumbled onto something much more complicated. Bungling rookie ...
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, witty, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: police, gunfight, investigation, undercover, fish out of water, damsel in distress, maverick cop, foot chase, verbal byplay, partners against crime, drug dealing, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, michigan ...
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This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: "This Is Spinal Tap" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert ...
Style: cult film, humorous, cynical, satirical, parody ...
Plot: music band, heavy metal, party, music, musician, satire, cult, singer, fame, musical tour, pianist, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: austin texas
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The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: While hiding from bullies in his school's attic, a young boy discovers the extraordinary land of Fantasia, through a magical book called The Neverending Story. The book tells the tale of Atreyu, a young warrior who, with the help of a luck ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, light, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, adventure, dragon, mythology, magic, good versus evil, heroic mission, reading, evil force, escapades, gnome, imagination ...
Time: 80s
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Blood Simple (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, cynical ...
Plot: extramarital affair, private detective, neo-noir, hitman, murder, crime gone awry, crime, crimes, dishonesty, deadly, adultery, infidelity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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Places in the Heart (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1930s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: farm, small town, friendship, racism, ku klux klan, great depression, widow, redemption, bittersweet, family relations, family problems, sexism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935, 80s
Place: texas, usa
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
Style: thought provoking, futuristic, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, brainwashing, totalitarianism, fascism, against humanity, society, politics, fall in love, life is a bitch, dishonesty, betrayal ...
Time: future, 80s, 20th century, year 1984, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, britain, united kingdom
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Sixteen Candles (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A teenage girls deals with her parents forgetting her birthday and a crush on her high school's heartthrob.
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night, teen comedy, girls' night
Plot: teenager, high school, teenage love, birthday, self discovery, first love, high school life, teenage life, youth, love and romance, coming of age, high school hunk ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: illinois, usa, california
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Paris, Texas (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK, USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.
Style: touching, surreal, psychological, serious, road movie ...
Plot: on the road, redemption, drifter, desert, reunion, reconciliation, family reunited, parents and children, estrangement, presumed dead, family relations, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, los angeles, usa, mojave desert, united states ...
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A Passage to India (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: The film is set during the period of growing influence of the Indian independence movement in the British Raj. It begins with the arrival in India of a British woman, Miss Adela Quested (Judy Davis), who is joining her fiancé, a city magistrate ...
Style: twists and turns, captivating, talky, suspense, exciting ...
Plot: british raj, small town, politics, false accusation, legal, dishonesty, society, culture clash, adventure, tourist, sexual abuse, racism ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 70s
Place: india, asia, himalaya, london, kashmir ...
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The Natural (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: baseball, femme fatale, baseball movie, sport team, underdog, corruption, haunted by the past, childhood sweetheart, comeback, rookie, americana, sport ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1920s, year 1939
Place: new york, usa, baltimore, chicago illinois
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Police Academy (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: New rules enforced by the Lady Mayoress mean that sex, weight, height and intelligence need no longer be a factor for joining the Police Force. This opens the floodgates for all and sundry to enter the Police Academy, much to the chagrin of the ...
Style: funny, light, humorous, parody, idiotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: police academy, farce, officers and cadets, chase, goofy hero, police, rookie, recruit, instructor, prank, anti heroes, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, israel, los angeles
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Purple Rain (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young man with a talent for music meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs.
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: aspiring singer, rivalry, performer's life, ambition, human spirit, love and romance, artists and showbiz, sensuality, love triangle, passion, stage, price of fame ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota
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Romancing the Stone (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Though she can spin wild tales of passionate romance, novelist Joan Wilder has no life of her own. Then one day adventure comes her way in the form of a mysterious package. It turns out that the parcel is the ransom she'll need to free her ...
Style: exciting, feel good, light, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, kids
Plot: treasure hunt, jungle, unlikely couple, escapades, adventure, opposites attract, map, gem, danger, stranded, romance, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: colombia, south america, latin america, central america, new york
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Birdy (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?
Style: psychological, realistic, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, obsession, mental institution, mental illness, bird, disfigurement, soldier, post traumatic stress disorder, war, coming of age, rehabilitation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, atlantic city new jersey, philadelphia
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Footloose (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock.
Style: serious, captivating, feel good, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: dancing, high school, dance, youth, rebelliousness, love and romance, dancer's life, rebellion, small town, society, lifestyle, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, utah, chicago illinois
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body.
Style: saga, sincere, serious, cult film, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: teleportation, spacecraft, outer space, reincarnation, space and aliens, space opera, warp speed, invisibility, friendship, space travel, father son relationship, resurrection ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: san francisco
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Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous ...
Style: road movie, bleak, thought provoking, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, fish out of water, on the road, gambling, jazz, partners, friendship, disorder, drifter, bohemian life, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, new york, ohio, usa, hungary ...
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2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This is a sequel to 2001 A Space Odyssey. It is now 2010 and both the Americans and the Russians are racing to get to Jupiter to investigate the black monolith (similar to the one found in Lunar Crater Clavius) which was found by the U.S.S. ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, contemplative, serious, psychological ...
Plot: space travel, astronaut, outer space, nasa, space and aliens, hopes, spacewalk, expedition, presumed dead, space mission, super computer, ghost ship ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s, year 2010
Place: egypt, london, tower bridge london, paris france, soviet union ...
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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A hapless talent manager named Danny Rose, by helping a client, gets dragged into a love triangle involving the mob. His story is told in flashback, an anecdote shared amongst a group of comedians over lunch at New York's Carnegie Deli. ...
Style: talky, witty, clever, humorous, touching ...
Plot: gangsters, showbiz, comedian, profanity, infidelity, couple relations, mistaken identity, comedy of errors, love triangle, urban, couples, comeback ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s, 70s, 1920s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Starman (1984)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
Style: touching, serious, offbeat, stylized, road movie ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: alien, fish out of water, rescue, on the run, widow, benign alien, romance, adventure, peaceful mission, disorder, space and aliens, chases and races ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, arizona, washington d.c., las vegas, wisconsin
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Splash (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A successful businessman falls in love with the girl of his dreams. There's one big complication though; he's fallen hook, line and sinker for a mermaid.
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, touching, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: mermaid, fish out of water, fall in love, rescue, romance, scientist, impossible love, couples, disorder, longing, transformation, drowning ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
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