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The Best Movies of 1984

Updated September 4, 2020 14.3k votes 851 voters 22.0k views

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1984.

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
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    Blood Simple

    Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand

    Released1984

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It... more on Wikipedia

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    This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

    This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Woman in Red is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    The Woman in Red

    Kelly LeBrock, Gene Wilder

    Released1984

    Directed byGene Wilder

    The Woman in Red is a 1984 romantic comedy film starring and directed by Gene Wilder, who... more on Wikipedia
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    All of Me is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    All of Me

    Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin

    Released1984

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    All of Me is a 1984 fantasy comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and starring Steve Martin and... more on Wikipedia
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    Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Night of the Comet

    Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov

    Released1984

    Directed byThom Eberhardt

    Night of the Comet is a 1984 disaster-comedy film written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and... more on Wikipedia
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    Bachelor Party is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Bachelor Party

    Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen

    Released1984

    Directed byNeal Israel

    Bachelor Party is a 1984 comedy film directed by Neal Israel. The film chronicles a bachelor... more on Wikipedia
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    Paris, Texas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Paris, Texas

    Nastassja Kinski, Sam Shepard

    Released1984

    Directed byWim Wenders

    Paris, Texas is a 1984 drama film directed by Wim Wenders and starring Harry Dean Stanton,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Killing Fields is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    The Killing Fields

    John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1984

    Directed byRoland Joffé

    This film is a 1984 British drama film set in Democratic Kampuchea, which is based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Purple Rain

    Prince, Apollonia Kotero

    Released1984

    Directed byAlbert Magnoli

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    Places in the Heart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Places in the Heart

    Sally Field, John Malkovich

    Released1984

    Directed byRobert Benton

    Places in the Heart is a 1984 American drama film written and directed by Robert Benton about... more on Wikipedia

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    Friday the 13th: The Final Cha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover

    Released1984

    Directed byJoseph Zito

    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a 1984 slasher film written and directed by Joseph Zito.... more on Wikipedia

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    Top Secret! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Top Secret!

    Val Kilmer, Omar Sharif

    Released1984

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Top Secret! is a 1984 action comedy film directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry... more on Wikipedia

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    Cannonball Run II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Cannonball Run II

    Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds

    Released1984

    Directed byHal Needham

    Cannonball Run II is a 1984 American comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast,... more on Wikipedia
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    Dune is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Dune

    Sting, Patrick Stewart

    Released1984

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Dune is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    Missing in Action is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Missing in Action

    Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme

    Released1984

    Directed byJoseph Zito

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    Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Children of the Corn

    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton

    Released1984

    Directed byFritz Kiersch

    Children of the Corn is a 1984 supernatural horror film based upon the 1977 short story of the... more on Wikipedia

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    Repo Man is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Repo Man

    Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez

    Released1984

    Directed byAlex Cox

    Repo Man is a 1984 American science fiction comedy film directed by Alex Cox. It was produced... more on Wikipedia
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    The Philadelphia Experiment is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    The Philadelphia Experiment

    Nancy Allen, Stephen Tobolowsky

    Released1984

    Directed byStewart Raffill

    The Philadelphia Experiment is a 1984 science fiction film. It is directed by Stewart Raffill... more on Wikipedia
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    C.H.U.D. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    C.H.U.D.

    John Goodman, Daniel Stern

    Released1984

    Directed byDouglas Cheek

    C.H.U.D. is a 1984 American horror film produced by Andrew Bonime, and directed by Douglas... more on Wikipedia

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    A Soldier's Story is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    A Soldier's Story

    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle

    Released1984

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    A Soldier's Story is a 1984 American drama film directed by Norman Jewison, based upon Charles... more on Wikipedia

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    Johnny Dangerously is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Johnny Dangerously

    Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus

    Released1984

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Johnny Dangerously is a 1984 American parody of 1930s' movies. It was directed by Amy... more on Wikipedia
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    Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Supergirl

    Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole

    Released1984

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

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    Against All Odds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Against All Odds

    Jeff Bridges, James Woods

    Released1984

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Against All Odds is a neo-noir 1984 film, a remake of Out of the Past. The film was directed... more on Wikipedia

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    Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Firestarter

    Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear

    Released1984

    Directed byMark L. Lester

    Firestarter is a 1984 American science fiction thriller film based on Stephen King's 1980... more on Wikipedia
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1984
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    John Hurt, Annie Lennox

    Released1984

    Directed byMichael Radford

    Nineteen Eighty-Four, also known as 1984, is a 1984 British dystopian drama film written for... more on Wikipedia

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