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A list of the best movies of 1984, from instant classics like The Karate Kid to adventure films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters, and 1984 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies, and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on this list of the top 1984 films.
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The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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108 36
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

3
108 24
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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

4
98 27
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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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82 28
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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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77 24
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Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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69 23
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Revenge of the Nerds John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

8
78 30
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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70 27
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The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

10
65 22
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Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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62 30
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Police Academy Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

12
51 31
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This Is Spinal Tap Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston

13
43 21
Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

14
53 21
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Romancing the Stone Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

15
48 26
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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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52 27
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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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38 26
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The Killing Fields John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston

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38 29
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The Natural Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

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44 30
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Splash Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

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45 24
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Conan the Destroyer Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt Chamberlain, André the Giant

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39 28
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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36 23
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Children of the Corn Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong

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37 30
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Starman Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

24
28 22
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Bachelor Party Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Michael Dudikoff

25
23 15
Body Double is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Body Double Melanie Griffith, Dennis Franz, Deborah Shelton

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24 25
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Repo Man Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton

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32 28
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Top Secret! Val Kilmer, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing

28
18 8
Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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33 36
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Purple Rain Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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29 33
Dune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Dune Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

31
16 8
Blood Simple is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Blood Simple Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh

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28 25
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The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

33
19 20
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Nineteen Eighty-Four John Hurt, Annie Lennox, Richard Burton

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17 23
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Streets of Fire Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane, Kathy Griffin

35
28 28
Friday the 13th: The Final Cha... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson

36
16 21
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Tightrope Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold

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24 24
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Dreamscape Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow

38
23 28
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The Flamingo Kid Marisa Tomei, John Turturro, Janet Jones

39
19 23
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A Soldier's Story Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

40
13 13
Paris, Texas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Paris, Texas Nastassja Kinski, Sam Shepard, Dean Stockwell

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14 24
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Johnny Dangerously Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus, Michael Keaton

42
22 15
The Muppets Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
The Muppets Take Manhattan Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Liza Minnelli

43
13 24
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Blame It on Rio Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Valerie Harper

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44
5 5
Silent Night, Deadly Night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Silent Night, Deadly Night Tara Buckman, Linnea Quigley, Lilyan Chauvin

45
20 26
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Cloak & Dagger Dabney Coleman, Louie Anderson, William Forsythe

46
15 23
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Missing in Action Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, M. Emmet Walsh

47
2 6
The Cotton Club is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Dimos Dicoudis added The Cotton Club Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Richard Gere

48
13 19
2010 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
2010 Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen

49
15 28
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The Philadelphia Experiment Nancy Allen, Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael Paré

50
19 17
Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Night of the Comet Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart