The Best '80s Movies

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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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    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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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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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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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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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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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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    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson

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    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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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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    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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    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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