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The Best Romance Movies of 1980

Updated September 23, 2019 2.7k votes 262 voters 6.3k views33 items

List of the best 1980 romance movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. If watching men and women fall in love is your idea of a good movie, then these films are definitely worth checking out. These are all the romance 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.

This is a list that includes movies like Airplane! and Heaven's Gate. This isn't necessarily a list of all romance movies from 1980, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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  • 1
    Urban Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Urban Cowboy

    John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt

    Released1980

    Directed byJames Bridges

    Urban Cowboy is a 1980 American western romantic drama film about the love-hate relationship... more on Wikipedia
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    Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Can't Buy Me Love

    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey

    Released1987

    Directed bySteve Rash

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    Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in... more on Wikipedia

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Richard Gere, Debra Winger

    Released1982

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy... more on Wikipedia
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    When Harry Met Sally... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    When Harry Met Sally...

    Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Say Anything...

    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

    Released1989

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Somewhere in Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Somewhere in Time

    Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer

    Released1980

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

    Somewhere in Time is a 1980 romantic fantasy film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is a film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Always is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Always

    Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Endless Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Endless Love

    Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields

    Released1981

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

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    The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    The Blue Lagoon

    Brooke Shields, William Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • 13
    Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Xanadu

    Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Greenwald

    Xanadu is a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and... more on Wikipedia

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    Seems Like Old Times is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Seems Like Old Times

    Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byJay Sandrich

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    Bronco Billy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Bronco Billy

    Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood

    Released1980

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Bronco Billy is a 1980 American film starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke. It was directed... more on Wikipedia
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    Heaven's Gate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Heaven's Gate

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. It... more on Wikipedia

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    Little Miss Marker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Little Miss Marker

    Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis

    Released1980

    Directed byWalter Bernstein

    Little Miss Marker is a 1980 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Walter... more on Wikipedia
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    Atlantic City is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Atlantic City

    Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster

    Released1980

    Directed byLouis Malle

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    Stardust Memories is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Stardust Memories

    Sharon Stone, Woody Allen

    Released1980

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Loving Couples is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Loving Couples

    Susan Sarandon, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1980

    Directed byJack Smight

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    It's My Turn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    It's My Turn

    Michael Douglas, Dianne Wiest

    Released1980

    Directed byClaudia Weill

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    Kallukkul Eeram is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Kallukkul Eeram

    P. Bharathiraja, Goundamani

    Released1980

    Directed byP. S. Nivas

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    Bandish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Bandish

    Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna

    Released1980

    Directed byKovelamudi Bapayya

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    Alaigal Oivathillai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Alaigal Oivathillai

    Karthik, Goundamani

    Released1981

    Directed byP. Bharathiraja

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    Red Rose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romance Movies of 1980
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    Red Rose

    Rajesh Khanna, Poonam Dhillon

    Released1980

    Directed byP. Bharathiraja

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