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The Best Movies of 1980

Updated September 4, 2020 12.5k votes 804 voters 18.7k views

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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  • 1
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner.... more on Wikipedia

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    Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Caddyshack

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

    The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Smokey and the Bandit II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Smokey and the Bandit II

    Terry Bradshaw, Sally Field

    Released1980

    Directed byHal Needham

    Smokey and the Bandit II is a 1980 comedy film released on August 15, 1980 in the United... more on Wikipedia

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    Urban Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Urban Cowboy

    John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt

    Released1980

    Directed byJames Bridges

    Urban Cowboy is a 1980 American western romantic drama film about the love-hate relationship... more on Wikipedia

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    Private Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Private Benjamin

    Goldie Hawn, Albert Brooks

    Released1980

    Directed byHoward Zieff

    Private Benjamin is a 1980 American comedy film starring Goldie Hawn. The film was one of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton

    Released1980

    Directed byColin Higgins

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  • 10
    Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Superman II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Superman II

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

    Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Coal Miner's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Coal Miner's Daughter

    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Apted

    Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music... more on Wikipedia

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    American Gigolo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    American Gigolo

    Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton

    Released1980

    Directed byPaul Schrader

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  • 14
    Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Somewhere in Time

    Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer

    Released1980

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

    Somewhere in Time is a 1980 romantic fantasy film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is a film... more on Wikipedia

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    Any Which Way You Can is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Any Which Way You Can

    Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell

    Released1980

    Directed byBuddy Van Horn

    Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 American action comedy film, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Friday the 13th

    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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    Popeye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Popeye

    Robin Williams, Linda Hunt

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Altman

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    Used Cars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Used Cars

    Kurt Russell, Michael McKean

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Used Cars is a 1980 comedy satire film. It stars Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Deborah Harmon,... more on Wikipedia
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    Stir Crazy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Stir Crazy

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1980

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder... more on Wikipedia

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    Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Redford

    Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor... more on Wikipedia

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    The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely... more on Wikipedia

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    John Carpenter's The Fog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    John Carpenter's The Fog

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    The Fog is a 1980 American horror film directed by John Carpenter, who also co-wrote the... more on Wikipedia

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    Flash Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Flash Gordon

    Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow

    Released1980

    Directed byMike Hodges

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    The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    The Blue Lagoon

    Brooke Shields, William Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    The Blue Lagoon is a 1980 American romantic adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Dressed to Kill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1980
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    Dressed to Kill

    Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson

    Released1980

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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