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De Niro. Hepburn. Winfrey. The biggest movies of the 1980s captured audiences' imaginations thanks to outstanding performances by some of Hollywood's biggest stars. These are the 1980s movies nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. These prize-winning films took viewers around the globe, from the rivers of India to the rural Pennsylvania countryside. Whatever the setting, these Oscar nominees and winners continue to win over new fans to this day.

What films will you find on this list of 1980s Oscar winners? Tom Cruise made the transition from teen heartthrob to dramatic actor throughout the 1980s. The star appeared in Oscar-nominated films including Rain Man and Born on the Fourth of July. The nostalgia-fueled dramedy The Big Chill – and its even bigger soundtrack – was also a hit with fans and Oscar voters in the '80s.

In 1985, Out of Africa beat such other great films as The Color Purple and Witness for the Best Picture trophy. Other good films on this top 1980s Oscar nominated movies list include Hannah and Her Sisters, Moonstruck, and Field of Dreams.

What's the very best flick among these Oscar-nominated 1980s films? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite movies a thumbs up to move them to the number one spot on the list.
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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Raging Bull Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese - Nominated in 1980.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen - Nominated in 1981.

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The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Elephant Man Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft - Nominated in 1980.

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole - Won Best Picture in 1984.

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino - Won Best Picture in 1988.

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe - Won Best Picture in 1986.

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Hannah and Her Sisters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Hannah and Her Sisters Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher - Nominated in 1986.

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Tootsie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Tootsie Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis - Nominated in 1982.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger - Nominated in 1982.

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Terms of Endearment Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow - Won Best Picture in 1983.

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My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
My Left Foot Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker - Nominated in 1989.

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Children of a Lesser God is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Children of a Lesser God William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie - Nominated in 1986.

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Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen - Won Best Picture in 1982.

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The Accidental Tourist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Accidental Tourist Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, William Hurt - Nominated in 1988.

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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Fatal Attraction Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski - Nominated in 1987.

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Witness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Witness Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover - Nominated in 1985.

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Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Chariots of Fire Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm - Won Best Picture in 1981.

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Prizzi's Honor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Prizzi's Honor Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston - Nominated in 1985.

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Coal Miner's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Coal Miner's Daughter Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo - Nominated in 1980.

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Broadcast News is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Broadcast News Jack Nicholson, John Cusack, Holly Hunter - Nominated in 1987.

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Working Girl Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey - Nominated in 1988.

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Dangerous Liaisons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Dangerous Liaisons Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves - Nominated in 1988.

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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Ordinary People Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin - Won Best Picture in 1980.

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Atlantic City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Atlantic City Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster, Wallace Shawn - Nominated in 1981.

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Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle - Nominated in 1989.

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Tender Mercies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Tender Mercies Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley - Nominated in 1983.

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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Big Chill Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum - Nominated in 1983.

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The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid - Nominated in 1983.

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner - Nominated in 1989.

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Kiss of the Spider Woman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Kiss of the Spider Woman William Hurt, Sônia Braga, Raúl Juliá - Nominated in 1985.

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On Golden Pond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
On Golden Pond Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda - Nominated in 1981.

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The Killing Fields is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Killing Fields John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston - Nominated in 1984.

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Reds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Reds Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Gene Hackman - Nominated in 1981.

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The Last Emperor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Last Emperor Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Vivian Wu - Won Best Picture in 1987.

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Tess is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Tess Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Lesley Dunlop - Nominated in 1980.

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne - Nominated in 1985.

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Mississippi Burning is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Mississippi Burning Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand - Nominated in 1988.

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A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
A Room with a View Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench - Nominated in 1986.

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Missing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Missing Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron - Nominated in 1982.

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A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
A Passage to India Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee - Nominated in 1984.

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The Mission is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Mission Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons - Nominated in 1986.

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Born on the Fourth of July is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Born on the Fourth of July Nominated in 1989.

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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Moonstruck Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello - Nominated in 1987.

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The Verdict is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Verdict Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling - Nominated in 1982.

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Places in the Heart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Places in the Heart Sally Field, John Malkovich, Ed Harris - Nominated in 1984.

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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Driving Miss Daisy Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy - Won Best Picture in 1989.

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A Soldier's Story is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
A Soldier's Story Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier - Nominated in 1984.

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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Out of Africa Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid - Won Best Picture in 1985.

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The Dresser is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
The Dresser Albert Finney, Michael Gough, Eileen Atkins - Nominated in 1983.

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Hope and Glory is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s
Hope and Glory Sarah Miles, Colin Higgins, Charley Boorman - Nominated in 1987.