Graveyard Shift The Best Horror Movies of 1980  

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List of the best 1980 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror movies that defined the year 1980, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different movies, including The Shining and Friday the 13th. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1980, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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32 9
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Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Welling

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George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas, Barry Morse

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity, David Copperfield

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Night of the Demon Lynn Eastman, Joy Allen, Bob Collins

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8 5
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Alida Valli, Veronica Laz─âr, Eleonora Giorgi

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Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman

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Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban

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Caroline Munro, Tom Savini, Sharon Mitchell

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Lucio Fulci, Christopher George, Catriona MacColl

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The Attic Ray Milland, Frances Bay, Carrie Snodgress

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Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

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4 4
Don't Answer the Phone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1980
Don't Answer the Phone Pamela Bryant, Nicholas Worth, Denise Galik

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Dan Grimaldi, Robert Osth, Ruth Dardick

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Jeffrey DeMunn, Mark Margolis, Peter Friedman

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Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Robert Forster

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Michael Caine, David Warner, Don Henderson

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Ian McCulloch, Donald O'Brien, Walter Patriarca

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4 5
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Silent Scream Yvonne De Carlo, Barbara Steele, Cameron Mitchell

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4 5
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Bette Davis, Kyle Richards, David McCallum

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Tom Hanks, James Rebhorn, Paul Gleason

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3 4
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John Carradine, Suzanna Love

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Mel Ferrer, Francisco Rabal, Hugo Stiglitz

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6 8
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John Saxon, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Elizabeth Turner

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Charlton Heston, Ian McDiarmid, Stephanie Zimbalist

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Los Miedos

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David Hess, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle

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Cardiac Arrest Fred Ward, Max Gail, Michael Paul Chan

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Gale Garnett, Martin Shakar, Shannon Bolin

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Jack Palance, Martin Landau, David Caruso

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Roz Kelly, Louisa Moritz, Taaffe O'Connell

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Stacy Keach, Robert Loggia, William Peter Blatty

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Luigi Diberti, Michele Soavi, Belinda Mayne

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The Night of the Hunted Brigitte Lahaie, Natalie Perrey, Cathy Stewart

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Last Rites Mimi Weddell, Joe Perce, Eric Trules

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Demented Harry Reems, Sallee Young, Robert Brooks Mendel

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John Amplas, Judith Brown, Kevin Hanlon

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Barry Morse, Harvey Atkin, Alf Humphreys

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Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Kathy Griffin

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Phobia Paul Michael Glaser, Fritz Weaver, John Colicos

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The Nightmare Never Ends Cameron Mitchell, Richard Moll, Marc Lawrence

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Tisa Farrow, Serena Grandi, George Eastman

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Laura Johnson, Michael Beck, Beatrice Straight

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Mary Gail Artz, Angie Brown, Ken Carter

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Gary Sweet, John-Michael Howson, Max Phipps