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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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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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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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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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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    Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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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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    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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    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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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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    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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