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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    the people's #1
    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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  2. 2
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    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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  3. 3
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    most listed
    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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  4. 4
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  5. 5
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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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

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  7. 7
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    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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  8. 8
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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  10. 10
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    often listed
    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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

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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    often listed
    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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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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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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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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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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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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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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    - 248

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

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    - 197


    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    - 205


    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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    - 235

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

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    + 567
    - 211


    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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    + 410
    - 162


    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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    - 165


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    - 214


    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    + 360
    - 191


    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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    + 430
    - 259


    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    - 252

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

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    + 309
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    - 203


    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    - 178


    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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