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The Greatest Directors of the 1980s  

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List Rules Vote only based on the director's feature films released in the 1980s.

List of the top directors of the 80s. From 1980 to 1989, film history was shaped by esteemed directors who defined the decade through their movies. After all, what would the eighties be without the Brat Pack movies directed by John Hughes? The 1980s is also the time when when heavyweights like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were honing their directorial skills on epic levels, from the Indiana Jones movies to "E.T."

Woody Allen is also an auteur who made some of his absolute funniest and most dramatic Oscar-winning flicks during the 1980s. And between the "Lethal Weapon" movies and "The Goonies," director Dick Donner made the eighties an unforgettable 10 years for major motion pictures.

With nostalgic '80s movies on the mind, who can forget the arguable directorial peak of Rob Reiner with smash hits like "Spinal Tap," "Stand by Me," "The Princess Bride," and "When Harry Met Sally," which transitioned us into the 1990s.
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Juliusz Machulski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 64

Vabank (1981)
Seksmisja (1984)
Vabank II czyli Riposta (1984)
Kingsajz (1987)
Déjà vu (1988)

27
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 84

Parsifal (1982)
Die Nicht (1985)
Edith Clever liest Joyce (1985)
Fräulein Else (1986)
Penthesilea (1987)
Die Marquise von O. (1989)

28
Godfrey Reggio is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 79

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982)
Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation (1988)

29
Emir Kusturica is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 65

Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981)
When Father Was Away on Business (1985)
Time of the Gypsies (1988)
 

30
Jiří Menzel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 81

Cutting it Short (1980)
The Snowdrop Festival (1984)
My Sweet Little Village (1985)
Chocolate Cop (1986)
End of Old Times (1989)

31
Ryszard Bugajski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 76

Interrogation (1982)

32
Abel Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 68

Ms. 45 (1981)
Fear City (1984)
China Girl (1987)
Cat Chaser (1989)

33
Juraj Jakubisko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added Juraj Jakubisko age 81

Build a House, Plant a Tree (1980)
A Thousand-Year Old Bee (1983)
Perinbaba (1985)
Freckled Max and the Spooks (1987)
I'm Sitting on a Branch and I'm Fine (1989)

34
Konstantin Lopushansky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 72

Dead Man's Letters (1987)
A Visitor to a Museum (1989)

35
Eldar Ryazanov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Alex Gaginsky added age 92

Say a Word for the Poor Hussar (1981)
Station for Two (1982) 
A Cruel Romance (1984) 
Forgotten Melody for a Flute (1987) 
Dear Yelena Sergeevna (1988) 

36
Éric Rohmer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added Dec. at 90 (1920-2010)

Catherine de Heilbronn (1980)
La Femme de l'aviateur (The Aviator's Wife, 1981)
Le Beau mariage (A Good Marriage, 1982)
Pauline à la plage (Pauline at the Beach, 1983)
Les Nuits de la pleine lune (Full Moon in Paris, 1984)
Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray/Summer, 1986)
L'Ami de mon amie (My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, 1987)
Le trio en si bémol (1987)
Quatre Aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle (1987)

37
Robert Bresson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added Dec. at 98 (1901-1999)

L'argent (Money, 1983)

38
Vladimir Bortko is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 73

Without Family (1984)
The Blonde from Around the Corner (1984)
Heart of a Dog (1988)

39
Richard Marquand is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
starwarssuperfan added Dec. at 50 (1937-1987)
40
Jan Troell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 88

Flight of the Eagle (1982)
Land of Dreams (1988)

41
Marcell Jankovics is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 78

Son of the White Mare (1981)
The Transsylvanian Woman and the Devil (1985)
A Hungarian Fairy Tale (1987)
angram (1988

42
Alan Clarke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added Dec. at 55 (1935-1990)

Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (1987)
Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

43
Piotr Szulkin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 69

Wojna światów – następne stulecie (The War of the Worlds: Next Century, 1981)
O-Bi, O-Ba. Koniec cywilizacji (1984)
Ga, Ga. Chwała bohaterom (1985)

44
Leos Carax is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added age 59

Boy Meets Girl (1984)
Mauvais Sang (1986)

45
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added Hrafn Gunnlaugsson age 71

Inter Nos (1982)
When the Raven Flies (1984)
In the Shadow of the Raven) (1988)

46
Claude Chabrol is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Directors of the 1980s
Mollevangsvagen added Dec. at 80 (1930-2010)

Le Cheval d'orgueil (1980)
Les Fantômes du chapelier (1982)
Le Sang des autres (1984)
Poulet au vinaigre (1985)
Inspecteur Lavardin (1986)
Masques (1987)
Le cri du hibou (1988)
Une affaire de femmes (1988)