The Best '80s Movies

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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.

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    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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    Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Big is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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    Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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    Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Back to the Future Part II Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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    Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson

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    National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    Police Academy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Police Academy Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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    Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Good Morning, Vietnam Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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    Vacation is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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    Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Trading Places Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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    Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s Movies


    A Christmas Story Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s Movies


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

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    Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s Movies

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    Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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