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The Best Movies of 1980

Updated March 31, 2021 11.1k votes 863 voters 20.0k views121 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1980.

1980 was a rock solid year for movies... these are the best movies made in 1980. From Airplane! to The Empire Strikes back (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, FOLKS), 1980 had it all. Even Raging Bull came out in 1980.

You'll seriously be amazed by how many legendary films, how many absolute classic films came out in 1980.

Vote for what you think was the best movie that came out in 1980 now and see if other Rankers agree with you!
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    The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner....  more

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    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase
    Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian...  more

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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall
    The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by...  more

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    Private Benjamin

    Goldie Hawn, Albert Brooks
    Private Benjamin is a 1980 American comedy film starring Goldie Hawn. The film was one of the...  more

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    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton
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    9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed...  more

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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin
    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring...  more

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    Smokey and the Bandit II

    Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field
    Smokey and the Bandit II is a 1980 comedy film released on August 15, 1980 in the United...  more

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    Superman II

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
    Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a...  more

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    Coal Miner's Daughter

    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek
    Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music...  more

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen
    Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David...  more

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    Any Which Way You Can

    Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell
    Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 American action comedy film, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra...  more

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    Somewhere in Time

    Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer
    Somewhere in Time is a 1980 romantic fantasy film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is a film...  more

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    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci
    Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by...  more

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    Urban Cowboy

    John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt
    Urban Cowboy is a 1980 American western romantic drama film about the love-hate relationship...  more

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    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini
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    Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by...  more

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    Robin Williams, Linda Hunt
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    Popeye is a 1980 American musical comedy film, directed by Robert Altman and is a live-action...  more

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    The Blue Lagoon

    Brooke Shields, William Daniels
    The Blue Lagoon is a 1980 American romantic adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser. The...  more

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    American Gigolo

    Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton
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    American Gigolo is a 1980 American crime drama film starring Richard Gere, written and...  more
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    Stir Crazy

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder
    Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder...  more

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    The Gods Must Be Crazy

    Marius Weyers, Jamie Uys
    The Gods Must Be Crazy is a 1980 South African comedy film written and directed by Jamie Uys....  more

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    My Bodyguard

    Matt Dillon, Jennifer Beals
    My Bodyguard is a 1980 comedy-drama film released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Tony Bill,...  more

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    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt
    The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely...  more

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    Used Cars

    Kurt Russell, Michael McKean
    Used Cars is a 1980 comedy satire film. It stars Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Deborah Harmon,...  more

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    John Carpenter's The Fog

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh
    The Fog is a 1980 American horror film directed by John Carpenter, who also co-wrote the...  more

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    Oh! Heavenly Dog

    Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour
    Oh! Heavenly Dog is a 1980 comedy film written by Rod Browning. The film stars Benjean, billed...  more