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The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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List RulesMovies must have been released during the 1980s

Since it was one of the greatest decades for film, here's a list of the best movies of the 80s. These are some of the most popular and famous films of the 1980s. While the 1980s is largely known for Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, and the iconic musical montage, it is also the decade that brought us The Empire Strikes Back, the cult classic They Live, 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 classic 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 because it is far more than just a top 10, 50, or even 100 best '80s movies list.

You might want to also check out other greatl lists like: the best 90s movies and 17 Movies That No '80s Kid Is Nostalgic About.

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  • Back to the Future1
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back2
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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  • The Goonies3
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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • The Breakfast Club4
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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • The Princess Bride5
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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • The Karate Kid6
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off7
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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Stand by Me8
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Beverly Hills Cop9
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

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  • The Terminator10
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation11
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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

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  • Big12
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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  • Top Gun13
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Back to the Future Part II14
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Lost Boys15
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade16
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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Lethal Weapon17
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi18
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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  • Aliens19
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Vacation20
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    Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley

    Released1983

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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  • Ghostbusters21
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark22
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Sixteen Candles23
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    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Die Hard24
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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • Caddyshack25
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    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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