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The Best Movies of 1984

Updated March 29, 2021 14.3k votes 894 voters 23.8k views163 items

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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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton
    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James...  more

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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver
    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan...  more

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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio
    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G....  more

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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans
    Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring...  more

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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven...  more

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    Romancing the Stone

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
    Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert...  more

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    #8 of 196 The Best Adventure Movies#5 of 43 The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and...  more

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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman
    Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros....  more

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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald
    Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael...  more

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    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl
    The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same...  more

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    Police Academy

    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg
    Police Academy is a 1984 comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson, and starring Steve Guttenberg,...  more

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    Splash

    Tom Hanks, John Candy
    Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by...  more

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    Once Upon a Time in America

    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro
    Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic drama film co-written and directed by...  more

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    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell
    Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The...  more

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    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze
    Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin...  more

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    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford
    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball...  more

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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon
    Amadeus is a 1984 American period biographical drama film directed by Miloš Forman and adapted...  more

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    Starman

    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter
    Starman is a 1984 American romantic science fiction film, directed by John Carpenter, that...  more

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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon
    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren...  more

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    Conan the Destroyer

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt Chamberlain
    Conan the Destroyer is a 1984 American sword and sorcery/adventure film directed by Richard...  more

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    The Last Starfighter

    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston
    The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film...  more

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    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is a 1984 American science fiction film released by...  more

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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher
    This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and...  more

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    The Muppets Take Manhattan

    Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields
    The Muppets Take Manhattan is a 1984 American musical comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is...  more

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    Blood Simple

    Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand
    Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It...  more

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