films The Best Historical Movies Released in the 1980s  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite historical films from the 1980s.

What are the best historical movies from the 1980s? This list includes great historical movies such as Glory, Amadeus, and Name of the RoseHistorical movies allow audiences to relive a piece of a history that they may never know about otherwise. They become sources of both entertainment and education.   

 The movies on this list are the best of the best when it comes to historical films. Which one is the best? Well, that's up to the voters to decide. Vote up your favorite historical movie from the 1980s, and if there isn't one on here that you think deserves a spot, be sure to add it. 

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Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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Mississippi Burning Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand

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Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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The Last Emperor Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Vivian Wu

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The Name of the Rose Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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The Killing Fields John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston

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Great Balls of Fire! Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Dennis Quaid

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Henry V Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench

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Sophie's Choice Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Historical Movies Released in the 1980s
Raging Bull Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

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Chariots of Fire Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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Reds Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Gene Hackman

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Masada Peter O'Toole, Barbara Carrera, David Warner

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Fat Man and Little Boy Paul Newman, John Cusack, Laura Dern

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Jack the Ripper Michael Caine

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Cry Freedom Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Julian Glover

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The Year of Living Dangerously Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt

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Lion of the Desert Oliver Reed, John Gielgud, Anthony Quinn

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The Scarlet Pimpernel Ian McKellen, Jane Seymour, Anthony Andrews

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Heaven's Gate Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Bridges

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Lady Jane Helena Bonham Carter, Patrick Stewart, Cary Elwes

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The Last Bastion Timothy West, John Wood, Max Cullen

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Danton GĂ©rard Depardieu, Andrzej Seweryn, Ronald Guttman

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Stealing Heaven Denholm Elliott, Kim Thomson, Derek de Lint

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King David Richard Gere, Gina Bellman, Alice Krige

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Revolution Al Pacino, Annie Lennox, Donald Sutherland