The Best 80s Movies Films
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The Best 80s Movies

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 best 90s movies?
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  1. 1
    Up 261
    Down 40
    1981 More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Back to the Future

    1985 More
    100
  3. 3
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    Down 49
    1984 More
    96
  4. 4
    Up 207
    Down 45
    1989 More
    89
  5. 5
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    1988 More
    89
  6. 6
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    1982 More
    89
  7. 7
    Up 183
    Down 49
    1980 More
    87
  8. 8
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    1980 More
    86
  9. 9
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    1984 More
    82
  10. 10
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    often listed
    Gremlins

    1984 More
    81
  11. 11
    Up 206
    Down 62
    1987 More
    81
  12. 12
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    1984 More
    81
  13. 13
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    1988 More
    80
  14. 14
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    1985 More
    80
  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    1986 More
    79
  16. 16
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    1986 More
    79
  17. 17
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    1983 More
    79
  18. 18
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    1986 More
    78
  19. 19
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    1986 More
    76
  20. 20
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    1987 More
    75
  21. 21
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    1987 More
    75
  22. 22
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    1983 More
    75
  23. 23
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    1984 More
    73
  24. 24
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    1989 More
    72
  25. 25
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dead Poets Society

    1989 More
    72
  26. 26
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    1989 More
    71
  27. 27
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    1985 More
    71
  28. 28
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    often listed
    Poltergeist

    1982 More
    70
  29. 29
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    1980 More
    70
  30. 30
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    1984 More
    70
  31. 31
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    1988 More
    70
  32. 32
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    1984 More
    69
  33. 33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Amadeus

    1984 More
    68
  34. 34
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    1989 More
    68
  35. 35
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    Down 70
    1988 More
    67
  36. 36
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blade Runner

    1982 More
    67
  37. 37
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    1988 More
    66
  38. 38
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    1988 More
    66
  39. 39
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    1986 More
    66
  40. 40
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    1989 More
    66
  41. 41
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    1983 More
    65
  42. 42
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    1987 More
    65
  43. 43
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    often listed
    Tootsie

    1982 More
    65
  44. 44
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    Down 51
    1986 More
    65
  45. 45
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    Down 35
    1980 More
    64
  46. 46
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    Down 18
    1983 More
    64
  47. 47
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    1985 More
    64
  48. 48
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    1983 More
    64
  49. 49
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    1987 More
    63
  50. 50
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    1989 More
    63
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