The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

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List Criteria: Movies must have been released during the 1980s

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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    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    often listed
    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    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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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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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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    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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    + 412
    - 255

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

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    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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    - 182


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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

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    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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