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The Best Movies of 1984

Updated September 4, 2020 14.5k votes 857 voters 22.3k 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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  • 1
    The Terminator
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James... more on Wikipedia

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    Ghostbusters
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    111

    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan... more on Wikipedia

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    The Karate Kid
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Beverly Hills Cop
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    92

    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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    129

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg

    Released1984

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 6
    A Nightmare on Elm Street
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    106

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Gremlins
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros.... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Romancing the Stone
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    66

    Romancing the Stone

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1984

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Sixteen Candles
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    105

    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Police Academy
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    86

    Police Academy

    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg

    Released1984

    Directed byHugh Wilson

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  • 11
    The NeverEnding Story
    178
    96

    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl

    Released1984

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Natural
    157
    80

    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford

    Released1984

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Red Dawn
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    94

    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Starman
    157
    74

    Starman

    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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

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  • 15
    Amadeus
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    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1984

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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  • 16
    Revenge of the Nerds
    194
    106

    Revenge of the Nerds

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1984

    Directed byJeff Kanew

    Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Conan the Destroyer
    147
    82

    Conan the Destroyer

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt Chamberlain

    Released1984

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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  • 18
    Splash
    152
    84

    Splash

    Tom Hanks, John Candy

    Released1984

    Directed byRon Howard

    Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Footloose
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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Once Upon a Time in America
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    55

    Once Upon a Time in America

    Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro

    Released1984

    Directed bySergio Leone

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  • 21
    The Last Starfighter
    98
    58

    The Last Starfighter

    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston

    Released1984

    Directed byNick Castle

    The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The Muppets Take Manhattan
    85
    60

    The Muppets Take Manhattan

    Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields

    Released1984

    Directed byFrank Oz

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  • 23
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
    117
    83

    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1984

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

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  • 24
    This Is Spinal Tap
    133
    113

    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
  • 25
    The Bounty
    62
    36

    The Bounty

    Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson

    Released1984

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    The Bounty is a 1984 British adventure drama historical film directed by Roger Donaldson,... more on Wikipedia

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