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Rotten Tomatoes Highest Rated Movies 1980

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List RulesThe highest rated movies of 1980, according to the aggregated ratings at

Here is a list of the top 50 highest rated movies from Rotten Tomatoes for 1980. The list is comprised of popular box office movies, along with independent films as rated on Rotten Tomatoes website for the year 1980. The list answers the question, “What is the highest rated movie of 1980, according to Rotten Tomatoes?” The 1980 movies with 20 or more critic reviews compete for the top spot on Rotten Tomatoes website based on their Tomatometer Scores. The top critics are generally those that write for a notable newspaper and to be a critic for the site, the original review must be popular and get a certain amount of ‘likes’ regardless of whether the review is positive or negative. Each of the 50 highest rated movies of 1980 has a picture of the movie next to the title so that readers can see what the film looks like. Each film also lists the name of the director, or directors, which worked on the movie.Rotten Tomatoes is not just about the highest rated movies of a certain year, but also offers reviews, information, and news pertaining to movies that are just released or have been in the theater.
  • Atlantic City1

    Atlantic City

    Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster


    Directed byLouis Malle

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  • Breaker Morant2

    Breaker Morant

    Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown


    Directed byBruce Beresford

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  • Raging Bull3

    Raging Bull

    Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Airplane!4


    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen


    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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    #137 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#70 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back5


    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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  • Gloria6


    Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry


    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

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  • The Long Good Friday7

    The Long Good Friday

    Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren


    Directed byJohn Mackenzie

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  • The Shining8

    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall


    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • The Stunt Man9

    The Stunt Man

    Peter O'Toole, Barbara Hershey


    Directed byRichard Rush

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  • The Big Red One10

    The Big Red One

    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin


    Directed bySamuel Fuller

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  • Ordinary People11

    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland


    Directed byRobert Redford

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  • The Elephant Man12

    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt


    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • Slap Shot13

    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh


    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    #13 of 150 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies#3 of 34 The Funniest Movies About Sports

  • Private Benjamin14

    Private Benjamin

    Goldie Hawn, Albert Brooks


    Directed byHoward Zieff

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    #214 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#213 of 382 The Greatest Movie Themes

  • The Blues Brothers15

    The Blues Brothers

    Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin


    Directed byJohn Landis

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    #39 of 450 The Best Movies For Guys#53 of 297 The Best Duos of All Time

  • Altered States16

    Altered States

    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt


    Directed byKen Russell

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    #106 of 204 The Best Drug Movies of All Time#57 of 128 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

  • Shadow Warrior17

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  • My Bodyguard18

    My Bodyguard

    Matt Dillon, Jennifer Beals


    Directed byTony Bill

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    #48 of 80 The Best Movies About Depression#56 of 259 The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s

  • Dressed to Kill19

    Dressed to Kill

    Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson


    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton


    Directed byColin Higgins

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    #401 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#112 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

  • Flash Gordon21

    Flash Gordon

    Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow


    Directed byMike Hodges

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    #164 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#64 of 177 The Greatest Comic Book Movies Of All Time

  • Fame22


    Debbie Allen, Irene Cara


    Directed byAlan Parker

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  • The Long Riders23

    The Long Riders

    Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid


    Directed byWalter Hill

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    #70 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#31 of 72 The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made

  • Caddyshack24


    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase


    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    #9 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made#3 of 151 The Most Rewatchable Comedy Movies

  • Brubaker25


    Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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