The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

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A list of the best movies of the 80s. These are the most popular films of the 1980's. While the 1980's is largely known for Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, and the musical montage, it is also the decade that brought us "The Empire Strikes Back" and all three of the good Indiana Jones films. The movies on this list were each a top ten grossing film in the year they were released. If you're looking to find out what the 1980's were all about, then watching a movie on this list would be a great place to start! Vote on the best 80s movies and share your super 80s knowledge with the world!

What are the best movies of the 1980s? This list will give you that answer if you ever had any doubt what the best 1980s films are.

See Also: What are the most awesome and best 90s movies?
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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    most listed
    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  3. 3
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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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  4. 4
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    the people's #1
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  5. 5
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    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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  6. 6
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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  8. 8
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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  10. 10
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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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  11. 11
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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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  12. 12
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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    often listed
    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    often listed
    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson

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    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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    - 312

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    + 520
    - 193

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    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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    + 534
    - 233


    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    + 559
    - 257


    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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    + 454
    - 290

    often listed
    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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    + 453
    - 204


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    - 263


    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    - 240


    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    + 437
    - 235


    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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    + 513
    - 235


    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    + 436
    - 219


    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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    - 309


    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    + 306
    - 324

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    + 420
    - 147

    ranked low on reranks
    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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