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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 Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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Big is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Back to the Future Part II Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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Vacation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

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Police Academy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Police Academy Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Good Morning, Vietnam Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Poltergeist Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
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 Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Trading Places Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
A Christmas Story Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole