The Top 250 Movies of the 1980s

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Ghostbusters 1984, 105 min.

Ivan Reitman     Starring: Bill MurrayDan AykroydHarold Ramis

Comedy    Fantasy Comedy    Fantasy

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Ran 1985, 162 min.

Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Tatsuya NakadaiAkira TeraoJinpachi Nezu

Action    Based-on-Shakespeare    Drama

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The Goonies 1985, 114 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Sean AstinJosh BrolinJeff Cohen

Adventure Comedy    Adventure    Comedy

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Rain Man 1988, 133 min.

Barry Levinson     Starring: Dustin HoffmanTom CruiseValeria Golino

Drama    Family Drama    Melodrama

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Batman 1989, 126 min.

Tim Burton     Starring: Michael KeatonJack NicholsonKim Basinger

Action    Based-on-Comics    Crime Thriller

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This Is Spinal Tap 1984, 82 min.

Rob Reiner     Starring: Rob ReinerMichael McKeanChristopher Guest

Comedy    Mockumentary    Musical

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Platoon 1986, 120 min.

Oliver Stone     Starring: Charlie SheenTom BerengerWillem Dafoe

Action    Anti-War Film    Combat Films

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Castle in the Sky 1986, 124 min.

Hayao Miyazaki     Starring: Keiko YokozawaMayumi TanakaKotoe Hatsui

Adventure    Animation    Anime

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Blood Simple 1984, 99 min.

Joel & Ethan Coen     Starring: John GetzFrances McDormandDan Hedaya

Crime Thriller    Crime    Post-Noir

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Beetlejuice 1988, 92 min.

Tim Burton     Starring: Geena DavisCatherine O'HaraAlec Baldwin

Black Comedy    Comedy    Fantasy

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Raising Arizona 1987, 94 min.

Joel & Ethan Coen     Starring: Nicolas CageHolly HunterTrey Wilson

Comedy    Crime Comedy    Crime

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Big 1988, 104 min.

Penny Marshall     Starring: Robert LoggiaElizabeth PerkinsJared Rushton

Comedy    Fantasy Comedy    Fantasy

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Akira 1988, 124 min.

Katsuhiro Ôtomo     Starring: Mitsuo IwataNozomu SasakiTesshô Genda

Action    Animation    Anime

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Caddyshack 1980, 98 min.

Harold Ramis     Starring: Chevy ChaseRodney DangerfieldBill Murray

Comedy    Gross-Out Comedy    Slapstick

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Lethal Weapon 1987, 117 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverGary Busey

Action Thriller    Action    Buddy Film

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The Killer 1989, 111 min.

John Woo     Starring: Chow Yun-FatDanny LeeSally Yeh

Action Thriller    Action    Buddy Film

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Stop Making Sense 1984, 88 min.

Jonathan Demme     Starring: Alex WeirSteve ScalesDavid Byrne

Concert Film    Documentary    Music

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Say Anything... 1989, 100 min.

Cameron Crowe     Starring: John CusackIone SkyeJohn Mahoney

Comedy Drama    Coming-of-Age    Romance

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Gremlins 1984, 106 min.

Joe Dante     Starring: Zach GalliganPhoebe CatesCorey Feldman

Comedy    Holiday Film    Horror

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Trading Places 1983, 116 min.

John Landis     Starring: Dan AykroydEddie MurphyJamie Lee Curtis

Comedy of Manners    Comedy    Satire

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Near Dark 1987, 94 min.

Kathryn Bigelow     Starring: Adrian PasdarJenny WrightLance Henriksen

Chase Movie    Horror    Hybrid Western

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The Natural 1984, 134 min.

Barry Levinson     Starring: Robert DuvallGlenn CloseKim Basinger

Americana    Drama    Period Film

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The Karate Kid 1984, 126 min.

John G. Avildsen     Starring: Ralph MacchioPat MoritaElisabeth Shue

Action    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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Down by Law 1986, 107 min.

Jim Jarmusch     Starring: Tom WaitsJohn LurieRoberto Benigni

Buddy Film    Comedy    Road Movie

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Stripes 1981, 126 min.

Ivan Reitman     Starring: Bill MurrayWarren OatesP.J. Soles

Comedy    Military Comedy

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Clue 1985, 94 min.

Jonathan Lynn     Starring: Eileen BrennanTim CurryMadeline Kahn

Comedy Thriller    Comedy    Mystery

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Beverly Hills Cop 1984, 105 min.

Martin Brest     Starring: Eddie MurphyJudge ReinholdJohn Ashton

Action Comedy    Action    Comedy

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Hoosiers 1986, 114 min.

David Anspaugh     Starring: Gene HackmanBarbara HersheyDennis Hopper

Docudrama    Drama    Rural Drama

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RoboCop 1987, 103 min.

Paul Verhoeven     Starring: Peter WellerNancy AllenDan O'Herlihy

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Top Gun 1986, 110 min.

Tony Scott     Starring: Tom CruiseVal KilmerKelly McGillis

Buddy Film    Drama    Romance

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Zelig 1983, 79 min.

Woody Allen     Starring: Woody AllenDeborah RushMary Louise Wilson

Comedy    Fantasy Comedy    Magic Realism

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Broadcast News 1987, 133 min.

James L. Brooks     Starring: William HurtJoan CusackAlbert Brooks

Comedy Drama    Media Satire    Romance

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Bull Durham 1988, 108 min.

Ron Shelton     Starring: Susan SarandonJenny RobertsonKevin Costner

Comedy    Romance    Romantic Comedy

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The Long Good Friday 1980, 114 min.

John Mackenzie     Starring: Bob HoskinsDave KingEddie Constantine

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Time Bandits 1981, 110 min.

Terry Gilliam     Starring: Sean ConneryKatherine HelmondIan Holm

Adventure    Comedy    Fantasy

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Glory 1989, 122 min.

Edward Zwick     Starring: Matthew BroderickDenzel WashingtonCary Elwes

Based-on-a-True-Story    Combat Films    Epic

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Stranger Than Paradise 1984, 89 min.

Jim Jarmusch     Starring: John LurieEszter BalintRichard Edson

Buddy Film    Comedy    Road Movie

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When Harry Met Sally... 1989, 96 min.

Rob Reiner     Starring: Billy CrystalMeg RyanCarrie Fisher

Comedy Drama    Drama    Romance

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My Dinner with Andre 1981, 110 min.

Louis Malle     Starring: Wallace ShawnAndre GregoryRoy Butler

Buddy Film    Comedy Drama    Drama

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Field of Dreams 1989, 107 min.

Phil Alden Robinson     Starring: Kevin CostnerAmy MadiganBurt Lancaster

Americana    Drama    Fantasy

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Henry V 1989, 137 min.

Kenneth Branagh     Starring: Robbie ColtraneGeraldine McEwanRobert Stephens

Based-on-Shakespeare    Biopic    Epic

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Witness 1985, 112 min.

Peter Weir     Starring: Harrison FordKelly McGillisAlexander Godunov

Crime Thriller    Crime    Drama

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Fright Night 1985, 106 min.

Tom Holland     Starring: Chris SarandonWilliam RagsdaleAmanda Bearse

Comedy    Horror Comedy    Horror

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Real Genius 1985, 108 min.

Martha Coolidge     Starring: Val KilmerMichelle MeyrinkWilliam Atherton

Comedy    Coming-of-Age    Teen Movie

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Body Heat 1981, 113 min.

Lawrence Kasdan     Starring: William HurtKathleen TurnerRichard Crenna

Crime Drama    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Silverado 1985, 127 min.

Lawrence Kasdan     Starring: Kevin KlineScott GlennJohn Cleese

Western    Revisionist Western    Ensemble Film

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Fletch 1985, 98 min.

Michael Ritchie     Starring: Chevy ChaseJoe Don BakerTim Matheson

Comedy Thriller    Comedy    Thriller

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Diner 1982, 110 min.

Barry Levinson     Starring: Steve GuttenbergDaniel SternMickey Rourke

Buddy Film    Comedy Drama    Coming-of-Age

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Highlander 1986, 116 min.

Russell Mulcahy     Starring: Christopher LambertRoxanne HartClancy Brown

Action    Fantasy    Sword-and-Sorcery

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Creepshow 1982, 130 min.

George A. Romero     Starring: Fritz WeaverLeslie NielsenCarrie Nye

Anthology Film    Black Comedy    Body Horror

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48 Hrs. 1982, 96 min.

Walter Hill     Starring: Nick NolteEddie MurphyAnnette O'Toole

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy Drama

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Gallipoli 1981, 110 min.

Peter Weir     Starring: Mel GibsonRonny GrahamStan Green

Anti-War Film    Australian New Wave    War

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Excalibur 1981, 140 min.

John Boorman     Starring: Nigel TerryNicol WilliamsonHelen Mirren

Adventure Drama    Adventure    Drama

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Tootsie 1982, 119 min.

Sydney Pollack     Starring: Dustin HoffmanJessica LangeTeri Garr

Comedy Drama    Comedy of Errors    Comedy

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Gandhi 1982, 188 min.

Richard Attenborough     Starring: Edward FoxJohn GielgudTrevor Howard

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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Radio Days 1987, 88 min.

Woody Allen     Starring: Danny AielloSeth GreenDianne Wiest

Comedy    Coming-of-Age    Domestic Comedy

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Ghostbusters II 1989, 108 min.

Ivan Reitman     Starring: Bill MurrayDan AykroydSigourney Weaver

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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Wall Street 1987, 125 min.

Oliver Stone     Starring: Michael DouglasDaryl HannahSylvia Miles

Drama    Urban Drama

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The Last Emperor 1987, 160 min.

Bernardo Bertolucci     Starring: Peter O'TooleJohn LoneJoan Chen

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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Drugstore Cowboy 1989, 102 min.

Gus Van Sant     Starring: Heather GrahamJames Le GrosKelly Lynch

Addiction Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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Top Secret! 1984, 90 min.

Jim Abrahams     Starring: Val KilmerLucy GutteridgePeter Cushing

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Parody/Spoof

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Repo Man 1984, 92 min.

Alex Cox     Starring: Harry Dean StantonEmilio EstevezTracey Walter

Black Comedy    Crime Comedy    Crime

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Pink Floyd The Wall 1982, 95 min.

Alan Parker     Starring: Bob GeldofChristine HargreavesEleanor David

Drama    Mindbender    Musical

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Stardust Memories 1980, 89 min.

Woody Allen     Starring: Woody AllenCharlotte RamplingJessica Harper

Comedy Drama    Drama    Fantasy

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The Big Chill 1983, 105 min.

Lawrence Kasdan     Starring: Tom BerengerGlenn CloseJeff Goldblum

Comedy Drama    Comedy of Manners    Drama

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The Mission 1986, 126 min.

Roland Joffé     Starring: Robert De NiroJeremy IronsRay McAnally

Drama    Historical Film    Jungle Film

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Reds 1981, 194 min.

Warren Beatty     Starring: Warren BeattyDiane KeatonEdward Herrmann

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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The Fog 1980, 89 min.

John Carpenter     Starring: Jamie Lee CurtisJohn HousemanAdrienne Barbeau

Ghost Film    Horror    Mystery

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TRON 1982, 96 min.

Steven Lisberger     Starring: Jeff BridgesBruce BoxleitnerDavid Warner

Action    Adventure    Cyberpunk / Tech Noir

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¡Three Amigos! 1986, 104 min.

John Landis     Starring: Steve MartinChevy ChaseMartin Short

Comedy    Comedy Western    Farce

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Lethal Weapon 2 1989, 114 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverJoe Pesci

Action Comedy    Action Thriller    Action

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Willow 1988, 126 min.

Ron Howard     Starring: Val KilmerJoanne WhalleyWarwick Davis

Action    Adventure    Fantasy Adventure

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Local Hero 1983, 111 min.

Bill Forsyth     Starring: Burt LancasterPeter RiegertFulton Mackay

Comedy Drama    Comedy of Manners    Drama

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