In the vast history of cinema, the 1980s were a banner decade. Movies like Raging Bull, Blade Runner, and Sex, Lies and Videotape broke new cinematic ground, while blockbusters like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Top Gun, and The Empire Strikes Back reminded audiences why it was worth returning to the theater again and again.
The decade also included excellent movies that never received the praise they deserved, and forgotten box-office success stories that haven’t stayed as fresh in the minds of movie fans as the Star Wars sequels or Steven Spielberg’s blockbusters. It’s hard to believe, for example, that a movie like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids could out-earn Die Hard by tens of millions of dollars, or that Australian comedy Crocodile Dundee could be $2 million shy of unseating Top Gun as the highest-grossing movie of 1986. But the summer box office of the 1980s was full of surprises that were more successful than you realized.
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