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The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '80s

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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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  • 1
    Raging Bull
    71
    15

    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Nominated in 1980.
  • 2
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    51
    17

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Nominated in 1981.
  • 3
    Moonstruck
    44
    11

    Moonstruck

    Nicolas Cage, Cher

    Released1987

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Nominated in 1987.
  • 4
    Chariots of Fire
    42
    12

    Chariots of Fire

    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh

    Released1981

    Directed byHugh Hudson

    Won Best Picture in 1981.
  • 5
    The Elephant Man
    29
    10

    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Nominated in 1980.
  • 6
    The Killing Fields
    28
    11

    The Killing Fields

    John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1984

    Directed byRoland Joffé

    Nominated in 1984.
  • 7
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    35
    18

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Nominated in 1982.

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  • 8
    Platoon
    29
    13

    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Won Best Picture in 1986.

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  • 9
    Rain Man
    30
    15

    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Won Best Picture in 1988.
  • 10
    Amadeus
    22
    10

    Amadeus

    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon

    Released1984

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Won Best Picture in 1984.
  • 11
    A Soldier's Story
    19
    7

    A Soldier's Story

    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle

    Released1984

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Nominated in 1984.

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  • 12
    The Mission
    20
    9

    The Mission

    Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson

    Released1986

    Directed byRoland Joffé

    Nominated in 1986.

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  • 13
    Tootsie
    21
    14

    Tootsie

    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1982

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Nominated in 1982.
  • 14
    Children of a Lesser God
    19
    11

    Children of a Lesser God

    William Hurt, Marlee Matlin

    Released1986

    Directed byRanda Haines

    Nominated in 1986.
  • 15
    Ordinary People
    24
    17

    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Redford

    Won Best Picture in 1980.
  • 16
    Born on the Fourth of July
    20
    12

    Born on the Fourth of July

    Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe

    Released1989

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Nominated in 1989.
  • 17
    Terms of Endearment
    28
    23

    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    Won Best Picture in 1983.
  • 18
    Dead Poets Society
    21
    18

    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Nominated in 1989.
  • 19
    Out of Africa
    14
    10

    Out of Africa

    Meryl Streep, Robert Redford

    Released1985

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Won Best Picture in 1985.

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  • 20
    The Right Stuff
    16
    15

    The Right Stuff

    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris

    Released1983

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    Nominated in 1983.

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  • 21
    Driving Miss Daisy
    17
    15

    Driving Miss Daisy

    Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1989

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Won Best Picture in 1989.
  • 22
    Hope and Glory
    13
    10

    Hope and Glory

    Sarah Miles, Colin Higgins

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Boorman, Lasse Hallström

    Nominated in 1987.
  • 23
    Places in the Heart
    14
    13

    Places in the Heart

    Sally Field, John Malkovich

    Released1984

    Directed byRobert Benton

    Nominated in 1984.
  • 24
    Broadcast News
    16
    14

    Broadcast News

    Jack Nicholson, John Cusack

    Released1987

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    Nominated in 1987.
  • 25
    Dangerous Liaisons
    12
    10

    Dangerous Liaisons

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman

    Released1988

    Directed byStephen Frears

    Nominated in 1988.