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The Best Movies of 1984  

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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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Blood Simple is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh
Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was the directorial debut of the Coens and the first major film of cinematographer Barry ...more
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Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart
The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in ...more
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William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is a 1984 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. The film is the third feature film of the Star Trek science fiction franchise and is ...more
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Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton
Repo Man is a 1984 American science fiction comedy film directed by Alex Cox. It was produced by Jonathan Wacks and Peter McCarthy, with executive producer Michael Nesmith, and stars Harry Dean ...more
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The Muppets Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Liza Minnelli
The Muppets Take Manhattan is a 1984 American musical comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets with ...more
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Val Kilmer, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing
Top Secret! is a 1984 action comedy film directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, whose previous picture had been Airplane! It stars Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, ...more
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Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin
Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase ...more
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Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Michael Dudikoff
Bachelor Party is a 1984 comedy film directed by Neal Israel. The film chronicles a bachelor party being thrown by a group of friends for their friend Rick Gassko on the eve of his wedding and ...more
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A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Dimos Dicoudis added Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee
A Passage to India is a 1984 drama film written and directed by David Lean. The screenplay is based on the 1924 novel of the same title by E. M. Forster and the 1960 play by Santha Rama Rau that ...more
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Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier
A Soldier's Story is a 1984 American drama film directed by Norman Jewison, based upon Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning Off Broadway production A Soldier's Play. A black officer is sent ...more
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Kelly LeBrock, Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner
The Woman in Red is a 1984 romantic comedy film starring and directed by Gene Wilder, who wrote the script, adapting it from the Yves Robert film Pardon Mon Affaire. It co-stars Charles Grodin, ...more
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The Cotton Club is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Dimos Dicoudis added Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Richard Gere
The Cotton Club is a 1984 drama music film written by William Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo and Jim Haskins and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
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Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane, Kathy Griffin
Streets of Fire is a 1984 film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross. It was described in previews, trailers, and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable". It is ...more
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Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart
Night of the Comet is a 1984 disaster-comedy film written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran, and Kelli Maroney. The film was voted number 10 in ...more
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The Bounty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Dimos Dicoudis added Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis
The Bounty is a 1984 British adventure drama historical film directed by Roger Donaldson, starring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, and produced by Bernard Williams with Dino De Laurentiis as ...more
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Paris, Texas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Nastassja Kinski, Sam Shepard, Dean Stockwell
Paris, Texas is a 1984 drama film directed by Wim Wenders and starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski, and Hunter Carson. The screenplay was written by L.M. Kit Carson and ...more
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Places in the Heart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Dimos Dicoudis added Sally Field, John Malkovich, Ed Harris
Places in the Heart is a 1984 American drama film written and directed by Robert Benton about a U.S. Depression-era Texas widow who tries to save the family farm with the help of a blind white ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan
Cannonball Run II is a 1984 American comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast, released by Warner Bros. and Golden Harvest. Like the original Cannonball Run, it is a set around ...more
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Friday the 13th: The Final Cha... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a 1984 slasher film written and directed by Joseph Zito. It is the fourth film in the Friday the 13th film series. Though it was billed as "The Final ...more
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Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen
Firestarter is a 1984 American science fiction thriller film based on Stephen King's 1980 Firestarter. The plot concerns a young girl who develops pyrokinesis and the secret government agency ...more
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All of Me is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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All of Me is a 1984 fantasy comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin. This film is based on the novel Me Two by Edwin Davis.
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Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow
Dreamscape is a 1984 science fiction horror film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by David Loughery, with Chuck Russell and Ruben co-writing.
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Marisa Tomei, John Turturro, Janet Jones
The Flamingo Kid is a 1984 American comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Marshall, Neal Marshall and Bo Goldman. It stars Matt Dillon, Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo, Janet ...more
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Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Valerie Harper
Blame it on Rio is a 1984 romantic comedy film, written by Charlie Peters and Larry Gelbart and directed by Stanley Donen. The script is based on the 1977 French film, Un moment ...more
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The Razor's Edge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
Dimos Dicoudis added Bill Murray, Catherine Hicks, Denholm Elliott
The Razor's Edge is the second film version of W. Somerset Maugham's 1944 novel, following the 1946 film version with Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney. This version stars Bill Murray, Theresa ...more