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List of the top directors of the 80s. From 1980 to 1989, film history was shaped by esteemed directors who defined the decade through their movies. After all, what would the eighties be without the Brat Pack movies directed by John Hughes? The 1980s is also the time when when heavyweights like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were honing their directorial skills on epic levels, from the Indiana Jones movies to "E.T."
 
Woody Allen is also an auteur who made some of his absolute funniest and most dramatic Oscar-winning flicks during the 1980s. And between the "Lethal Weapon" movies and "The Goonies," director Dick Donner made the eighties an unforgettable 10 years for major motion pictures.

With nostalgic '80s movies on the mind, who can forget the arguable directorial peak of Rob Reiner with smash hits like "Spinal Tap," "Stand by Me," "The Princess Bride," and "When Harry Met Sally," which transitioned us into the 1990s.
John Hughes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
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John Hughes


Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Weird Science (1985)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Uncle Buck (1989)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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Credits (Film): Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Home Alone, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, + more

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#12 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

#58 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#70 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#6 on The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
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Steven Spielberg


Always (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
The Color Purple (1985)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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Credits (Film): Jaws, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, + more

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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#56 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#50 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#4 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#93 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

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John Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
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John Carpenter


The Fog (1980)
Escape From New York (1981)
The Thing (1982)
Christine (1983)
Starman (1984)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
They Live (1988)

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Credits (Film): Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, Halloween II, + more

Birthplace: Carthage, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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#9 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

#50 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#23 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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John Landis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
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John Landis


The Blues Brothers (1980)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Trading Places (1983)
Spies Like Us (1985)
Three Amigos (1986)
Coming to America (1988)
Into the Night (1985)

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Credits (Film): Spider-Man 2, The Blues Brothers, National Lampoon's Animal House, An American Werewolf in London, Coming to America, + more

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Nationality: United States of America

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#33 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

#52 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#3 on The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

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