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The Best Romance Movies of 1980 

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Updated September 23, 2019 1.9k votes 259 voters 6k views 33 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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derek1969 added James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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derek1969 added Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

Released: 1987

Directed by: Steve Rash

Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 teen comedy feature film starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson in a story about a nerd at a high school in Tucson, Arizona who gives a cheerleader $1,000 to ...more

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#214 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #120 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #208 of 802 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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derek1969 added Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Arcola K Limer added Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett

Released: 1982

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy aviation officer candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who is the ...more

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#124 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #1,024 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Brooke Shields, William Daniels, Leo McKern

Released: 1980

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

The Blue Lagoon is a 1980 American romantic adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser. The screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart was based on the novel The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. ...more

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#161 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #162 of 802 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #160 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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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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Released: 1989

Directed by: Rob Reiner

When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the ...more

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derek1969 added John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

Released: 1989

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest ...more

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John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt, Debra Winger

Released: 1980

Directed by: James Bridges

Urban Cowboy is a 1980 American western romantic drama film about the love-hate relationship between Buford Uan "Bud" Davis and Sissy. The movie captured the late 1970s/early 1980s ...more

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Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, William H. Macy

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

Somewhere in Time is a 1980 romantic fantasy film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is a film adaptation of the 1975 novel Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay. The ...more

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derek1969 added Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields, James Spader

Released: 1981

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Endless Love is a 1981 romantic drama film directed by Franco Zeffirelli starring Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Tom Cruise in his film debut, and James Spader in his second film role. The ...more

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#451 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #42 of 42 The All-Time Best Tom Cruise Movies #12 of 20 The Sexiest Movie Casts from the 80s

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Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Always is a 1989 romantic drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, introducing Brad Johnson and featuring Audrey Hepburn's cameo in her ...more

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#428 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #459 of 802 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #444 of 581 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jay Sandrich

Seems Like Old Times is a 1980 comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Charles Grodin, directed by Jay Sandrich, with Neil Simon as screenwriter. It is the only film directed by ...more

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#389 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #354 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #371 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Greenwald

Xanadu is a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and directed by Robert Greenwald. The title is a reference to the nightclub in the ...more

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#116 of 210 The Best Movies About Music #238 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #98 of 123 The Most Rewatchable Movie Musicals

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Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, George Wendt

Released: 1980

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Bronco Billy is a 1980 American film starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke. It was directed by Eastwood and written by Dennis Hackin.

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Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Bridges

Released: 1980

Directed by: Michael Cimino

Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. It portrays a fictional dispute between land barons and European immigrants in Wyoming in the 1890s. ...more

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#186 of 395 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #486 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #583 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart

Released: 1980

Directed by: Walter Bernstein

Little Miss Marker is a 1980 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Walter Bernstein, based on a short story by Damon Runyon. It stars Walter Matthau, Tony Curtis, Julie Andrews, Bob ...more
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Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster, Wallace Shawn

Released: 1980

Directed by: Louis Malle

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Atlantic City is a 1980 French-Canadian romantic film directed by Louis Malle. Filmed in late 1979, it was released in France and Germany in 1980 and in the United States in 1981. The script was ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Shirley MacLaine, James Coburn

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jack Smight

Loving Couples is a 1980 American romantic comedy film written by Martin Donovan and directed by Jack Smight. It stars Shirley MacLaine, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon and Stephen Collins. The ...more

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Michael Douglas, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Claudia Weill

It's My Turn is a 1980 romantic comedy-drama film starring Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, and Charles Grodin. The film was directed by Claudia Weill and written by Eleanor Bergstein. The ...more
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Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling

Released: 1980

Directed by: Woody Allen

Stardust Memories is a 1980 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen and starring himself, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper, Marie-Christine Barrault and Sharon Stone in ...more

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Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna, nm2147526

Released: 1980

Directed by: Kovelamudi Bapayya

Bandish is a 1980 Hindi film directed by K. Bapaiah and starring Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini and Danny Denzongpa. The movie is a commercial attempt by D. Rama Naidu, who had earlier produced Prem ...more
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K. Bhagyaraj

Released: 1980

Directed by: K. Bhagyaraj

Oru Kai Oosai is a Tamil film written and directed by K. Bhagyaraj.
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Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Kader Khan

Released: 1980

Directed by: Rakesh Kumar

Do Aur Do Paanch is a 1980 Hindi action comedy movie produced by C. Dhandyadupani and directed by Rakesh Kumar. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi, ...more
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Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee Gulzar, Shashi Kapoor

Released: 1980

Directed by: Ramesh Sippy

Shaan is a 1980 Indian Hindi action-thriller film. The film was directed by Ramesh Sippy after the super success of his previous venture, Sholay. The story was written by Salim-Javed. The film ...more

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