1980 Directorial Debut Movies

Public list by WPS with 53 movies or TV shows/series

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Forbidden Zone(1980)

1h 14min | Music, Comedy, Fantasy
3.2/5 (with 38 votes)

A mysterious door in the basement of the Hercules house leads to the Sixth Dimension by way of a gigantic set of intestine. When Frenchy slips through the door, King Fausto falls in love with her. The jealous Queen Doris takes Frenchy prisoner, and it is up to the Hercules family and friend Squeezit Henderson to rescue her.


| 1h 28min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 1,992 votes)

An ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning.


| 1h 38min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 480 votes)

At an exclusive country club, an ambitious young caddy, Danny Noonan, eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favour of the elitist Judge Smails, and then the caddy golf tournament which Smails sponsors.

Ordinary People(1980)

| 2h 4min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 266 votes)

Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together.

Any Which Way You Can(1980)

| 1h 55min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
2.9/5 (with 136 votes)

Philo takes part in a bare knuckle fight - as he does - to make some more money than he can earn from his car repair business. He decides to retire from fighting, but when the Mafia come along and arrange another fight, he is pushed into it. A motorcycle gang and an orangutan called Clyde all add to the 'fun'.


2.8/5 (with 113 votes)

A beautiful muse inspires an artist and his older friend to convert a dilapidated auditorium into a lavish rollerskating club.


| 1h 46min | Drama, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 36 votes)

A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

The Dogs of War(1980)

| 1h 58min | Thriller, Action, Adventure
2.9/5 (with 54 votes)

Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

My Bodyguard(1980)

| 1h 36min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.2/5 (with 46 votes)

Clifford Peach, an easygoing teenager, is finding less than easy to fit in at his new high school, where a tough-talking bully terrorizes his classmates and extorts their lunch money. Refusing to pay up, Clifford enlist the aid of an overgrown misfit whose mere presence intimidates students and teachers alike. But their "business relationship" soon turns personal as Clifford and the troubled loner forge a winning alliance against their intimidators - and a very special friendship with each other.

Terror Train(1980)

| 1h 37min | Horror, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 103 votes)

A masked killer targets six college kids responsible for a prank gone wrong three years earlier and who are currently throwing a large New Year's Eve costume party aboard a moving train.

Pepi, Luci, Bom(1980)

| 1h 22min | Comedy, Drama
3.2/5 (with 62 votes)

After a young heiress is assaulted by a policeman, she seeks revenge by befriending the policeman’s mousy wife and introducing her to her circle of outrageous punk friends.

The Ninth Configuration(1980)

| 1h 58min | Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 56 votes)

Col. Vincent Kane is a military psychiatrist who takes charge of an army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among Kane's many eccentric patients is Capt. Billy Cutshaw, a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis. Although Kane's own grasp on sanity is questionable, he manages to engage Cutshaw in a series of thoughtful conversations about science and faith that deeply affect the lives of both men.

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Seems Like Old Times(1980)

| 1h 42min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 60 votes)

Writer Nick Gardenia is kidnapped from his California cliffhouse and forced to rob a bank. Now a fugitive, he seeks help from his ex-wife who is now a public defender and has remarried — to a prosecutor.

Permanent Vacation(1980)

| 1h 15min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 76 votes)

In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way.

Directed by Jim Jarmusch - With Frankie Faison, Sara Driver, John Lurie, Felice Rosser, Eric Mitchell

Fun Is Beautiful(1980)

1h 37min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 183 votes)

Three stories set in summer Rome, three characters all played by Verdone: an awkward young man meets a Spanish tourist; another one plans a trip towards East with a suitcase full of stockings and biro pens; a hippie is visited by his father, who tries to convince him to get back home.

Little Darlings(1980)

| 1h 36min | Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 31 votes)

Two 15-year old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.

Where the Buffalo Roam(1980)

| 1h 39min | Comedy, Drama, History
3.0/5 (with 66 votes)

Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

The Mountain Men(1980)

| 1h 42min | Adventure, Western
2.9/5 (with 21 votes)

The story concerns two grizzled mountain men -- Bill Tyler and Henry Frapp -- during the dying days of the fur-trapping era. The plot begins when Running Moon runs away from her abusive husband Heavy Eagle and comes across the two seedy fur trappers. The mountain men take her in, unaware that Heavy Eagle has dispatched an army of Indian braves to reclaim her.

The Hearse(1980)

| 1h 39min | Horror, Mystery, Drama
2.7/5 (with 20 votes)

A schoolteacher moves into her deceased aunt’s house in a small Californian town, and is harassed by unfriendly locals and a mysterious hearse.

The Awakening(1980)

| 1h 45min | Horror
2.8/5 (with 31 votes)

When a British archaeologist violates an Egyptian queen's tomb, her evil spirit enters his daughter.

Little Miss Marker(1980)

| 1h 43min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 19 votes)

Sorrowful Jones is a cheap bookie in the 1930s. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her arrival and his sudden love for a woman also involved in gambling operations.

Can't Stop the Music(1980)

| 2h 4min | Comedy, Music
2.7/5 (with 24 votes)

A loose biography of seminal disco hit-makers The Village People and their composer Jacques Morali.

He Knows You're Alone(1980)

| 1h 34min | Horror
2.7/5 (with 27 votes)

A reluctant bride to be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends get whacked one by one, a hard boiled renegade cop whose bride had been killed years before tries to hunt him down before it is too late.

Directed by Armand Mastroianni - With Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Kemp, Lewis Arlt, Patsy Pease, ...

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle(1980)

1h 43min | Comedy, Documentary, Music
3.2/5 (with 19 votes)

A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, whose (arguable) position is that the Sex Pistols in particular and punk rock in general were an elaborate scam perpetrated by him in order to make "a million pounds.".

Directed by Julien Temple - With Ronnie Biggs, Soo Catwoman, Malcolm McLaren, Sid Vicious, John Lydon, Paul Cook, ...

Lovable You(1980)

1h 30min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 14 votes)

The daughter of a wealthy man takes French lessons so she can go to France with her fiancée, but ends up falling for a poor man who studies civil engineering.

Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien - With Kenny Bee, Anthony Chan, Feng Fei-fei

Night of the Demon(1980)

| 1h 37min | Horror
2.3/5 (with 23 votes)

A professor and his students have a grisly encounter with a sasquatchlike creature that prowls the backwoods.

Directed by James C. Wasson - With Joy Allen

Return of the Secaucus Seven(1980)

1h 44min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 27 votes)

Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, D.C.


| 1h 33min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 12 votes)

Dominick has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favourite thing. Then his cousin dies from health complications due to an improper diet and his sister makes him promise to lose some weight. This is very hard for him, but he finds motivation when he falls in love with Lydia. He spends so much time kissing and walking around with her that he no longer eats as many unhealthy things, and he loses weight without even trying.

Breaking Glass(1980)

| 1h 44min | Music, Drama
3.5/5 (with 14 votes)

Breaking Glass is the story of punk singer Kate and her meteoric rise to stardom. Starting out in the rock pubs of London, Kate, assisted by her manager Danny, becomes a huge star overnight. Once at the top the pressure is immense as Kate's band are squeezed out and she is left to cope alone in the spotlight.

Immacolata and Concetta: The Other Jealousy(1980)

1h 34min | Drama
2.1/5 (with 4 votes)

A love story between two women in the Naples outskirts, a universe so far away from the glare of modernity, turbid, rural, completely naked in its ugliness and sorrow, where "people are talking".

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