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A list of the best movies of the 80s. These are the most popular films of the 1980's. While the 1980's is largely known for Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, and the musical montage, it is also the decade that brought us "The Empire Strikes Back" and all three of the good Indiana Jones films. The movies on this list were each a top ten grossing film in the year they were released. If you're looking to find out what the 1980's were all about, then watching a movie on this list would be a great place to start! Vote on the best 80s movies and share your super 80s knowledge with the world!

What are the best movies of the 1980s? This list will give you that answer if you ever had any doubt what the best 1980s films are.

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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2
1,703 1,141
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

3
1,609 1,065
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

4
1,420 1,347
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

5
1,874 1,082
Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

6
1,536 818
Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

7
1,397 868
Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

8
1,503 954
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

9
1,219 1,128
The Shining is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

10
1,525 491
The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

11
1,028 522
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

12
1,503 549
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

13
1,283 916
Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

14
1,116 512
Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

15
1,081 636
Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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1,660 531
Big is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

17
1,096 412
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

18
905 653
Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

19
1,021 635
Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

20
1,175 411
Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

21
1,072 545
Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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1,109 477
Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Back to the Future Part II Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

23
889 641
Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

24
1,429 431
The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

25
941 649
Platoon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

26
921 476
Batman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

27
1,141 374
The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

28
897 434
Aliens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

29
807 414
Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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939 342
Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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1,008 310
National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

32
683 482
The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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707 484
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Scarface Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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847 300
Vacation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Vacation Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, John Candy

35
796 409
The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

36
681 430
Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Poltergeist Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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781 363
Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Good Morning, Vietnam Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

38
787 390
Police Academy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Police Academy Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

39
1,026 354
Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

40
826 405
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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763 444
Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson

42
766 425
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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715 336
Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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716 330
A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
A Christmas Story Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

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671 375
Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Trading Places Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

46
834 390
Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

47
778 368
Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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700 451
Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

49
685 366
The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
The Blues Brothers Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg

50
627 332
A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked
A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp