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A list of the best movies of 1984, from instant classics like The Karate Kid to adventure films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters, and 1984 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies, and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on this list of the top 1984 films.
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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Revenge of the Nerds John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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Police Academy Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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This Is Spinal Tap Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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Romancing the Stone Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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The Killing Fields John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston

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The Natural Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

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Splash Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

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Conan the Destroyer Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt Chamberlain, André the Giant

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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Starman Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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Bachelor Party Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Michael Dudikoff

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Repo Man Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton

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Body Double is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Body Double Melanie Griffith, Dennis Franz, Deborah Shelton

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Top Secret! Val Kilmer, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing

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Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Once Upon a Time in America Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods

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Blood Simple is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Blood Simple Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh

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Purple Rain Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Dune Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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Streets of Fire Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane, Kathy Griffin

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Nineteen Eighty-Four John Hurt, Annie Lennox, Richard Burton

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Tightrope Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold

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The Flamingo Kid Marisa Tomei, John Turturro, Janet Jones

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Dreamscape Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow

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A Soldier's Story Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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Friday the 13th: The Final Cha... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson

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Paris, Texas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Paris, Texas Nastassja Kinski, Sam Shepard, Dean Stockwell

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The Muppets Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
The Muppets Take Manhattan Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Liza Minnelli

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Johnny Dangerously Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus, Michael Keaton

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The Cotton Club is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
The Cotton Club Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Richard Gere

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Cloak & Dagger Dabney Coleman, Louie Anderson, William Forsythe

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Blame It on Rio Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Valerie Harper

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Silent Night, Deadly Night is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Silent Night, Deadly Night Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley, Lilyan Chauvin

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Missing in Action Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, M. Emmet Walsh

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Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Night of the Comet Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart

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2010 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
2010 Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen

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The Philadelphia Experiment Nancy Allen, Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael Paré