1980s Drama Movies

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The Two Mrs. Grenvilles(1987)

4h per episode | Drama

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles is a 1985 novel by Dominick Dunne based on the sensational Woodward murder case of 1955. It was made into a television movie in 1987, directed by John Erman, and starring Genevieve Allenbury, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Ashley, Claudette Colbert and Stephen Collins. It proved to be Claudette Colbert's last performance.

Directed by John Erman - With Stephen Collins


1h 57min | War, Drama
4.0/5 (with 67 votes)

Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long run effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Playing for Time(1980)

2h 30min | Drama, Music, History, TV Movie
3.7/5 (with 16 votes)

When a Jewish songstress is plucked from the stage and sent to Auschwitz, she and other musicians find themselves assigned to a terrible task—using their talents to soothe fellow prisoners who are sentenced to die in the gas chambers.

Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder(1987)

2h per episode | Mystery, Drama
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A sociopathic socialite plots her father's murder.

Directed by Paul Bogart

The Sophisticated Gents(1981)

3h 20min per episode | Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The Sophisticated Gents is a TV miniseries that aired on three consecutive nights from September 29 to October 1, 1981, on NBC. Its ensemble cast featured a number of African-American stage and film actors, many of whom were customarily seen in Soul Cinema Classic motion pictures in the 1970s. The miniseries is based upon the novel The Junior Bachelor Society by John A. Williams. Although production of the project ended in 1979, NBC did not air the miniseries until almost two years later.

Directed by Harry Falk


Miniseries based on the life and death of Anwar Sadat, the 3rd President of Egypt.

The Glory Boys(1984)

1h per episode | Drama, Crime
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Set in London, this three-part British miniseries was adapted by Gerald Seymour from his own novel. A visiting Israeli scientist was targeted for assassination by two different terrorist organizations: one Irish, one Arab. After working at cross-purposes for an extended length of time, the hired killers from both factions decided to join forces to carry out their murderous assignment.

Directed by Michael Ferguson - With Rod Steiger

Mazes and Monsters(1982)

| 1h 40min | Fantasy, Drama, TV Movie
2.1/5 (with 21 votes)

This film was the pinnacle of anti-D&D fearmongering. Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his four college classmates decide to move the board game into the local cavern. Robbie loses his mind, and the line between reality and fantasy fuse into a harrowing nightmare.

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge(1990)

2h 6min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 18 votes)

Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children.

A Summer to Remember(1985)

1h 33min | TV Movie, Drama, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Silent since losing his hearing to meningitis, young Toby Wyler takes a bitter stance against the world and his family, refusing to accept his new stepfather. But when a highly trained orangutan named Casey is thrown from a truck near Toby's home, the boy soon has a secret friend he can communicate with via sign language.

Special Bulletin(1983)

1h 43min | TV Movie, Drama
3.7/5 (with 4 votes)

A TV reporter and cameraman are taken hostage on a tugboat while covering a workers strike. The demands of the hostage-takers are to collect all the nuclear detonators in the Charleston, SC area so they may be detonated at sea. They threaten to detonate a nuclear device of their own of their demand isnt met.

Directed by Edward Zwick - With Ed Flanders

The Women of Brewster Place(1989)

2h 58min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 4 votes)

A multigenerational story of the lives of several black women who call an inner-city tenement home.

Directed by Donna Deitch - With Oprah Winfrey
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Do You Know the Muffin Man?(1989)

1h 30min | TV Movie, Drama
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Roger Dollison, a police officer, and his wife, Kendra, are living the American dream. They have two children, Teddy and Sandy, a lovely home, and a dog named Rex. What they know and how they live as a family is irreparably changed one day when it is discovered that a classmate of Teddy's is the apparent victim of sexual abuse and molestation at the respected neighborhood daycare center. Like all other parents, the Dollisons are tormented — "we should have known, we should have seen" — but their devastation is complete when Teddy tells his own story, one he promised his abusers he would never tell.

Elvis and the Beauty Queen(1981)

1h 40min | Drama, TV Movie

Don Johnson stars as Elvis Presley in this made-for-TV true story about The King's love affair with Linda Thompson (Stephanie Zimbalist), a young beauty pageant contestant who was his live-in girlfriend and traveling companion for the last four years of his life. The story begins with their first meeting and traces their years together when Thompson tried to keep Presley off drugs in the last years of his career.

Directed by Gus Trikonis

When the Whales Came(1989)

1h 40min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

A pair of children befriend an eccentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the whales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is making life hard in the village.

The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains(1987)

1h 55min
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

The true story of Robert Elliot Burns, the prisoner who, after being sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, attempted two daring escapes.

Directed by Daniel Mann - With Val Kilmer

Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story(1989)

2h 37min | Drama, War
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

A biographical portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal, famous Nazi Hunter. From his imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp, the film follows his liberation and his rise to become one of the leading Nazi hunters in the world, bringing such criminals to justice as Adolf Eichmann and Klaus Barbee. (Written by Anthony Hughes)

Directed by Brian Gibson - With Ben Kingsley

Wallenberg: A Hero's Story(1985)

3h 20min | Drama, TV Movie
1.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The story of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat responsible for saving thousands of lives from the Nazi Holocaust.


| 1h 37min | Drama, TV Movie
3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Based on the true story that shocked the nation and led to vast changes in how law enforcement handled missing children cases...John and Reve Walsh deal with their grief in front of the whole country when their son, Adam, is abducted and later found dead.

The Killing of Randy Webster(1981)

1h 40min
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A young man is shot and killed in an altercation with Houston police. His father doesn't believe the police version of the incident and starts digging around on his own.

Directed by Sam Wanamaker - With Hal Holbrook

The Ryan White Story(1989)

1h 42min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.

Directed by John Herzfeld - With Lukas Haas

The Dollmaker(1984)

| 2h 30min | Drama, TV Movie
3.6/5 (with 2 votes)

Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband Clovis (Levon Helm) to Detroit when he finds work during World War II. One setback follows another and shattering tragedy strikes the family. It's all up to Gertie to find new strength, courage and determination to keep her family together and strong.

Directed by Daniel Petrie - With Jane Fonda

Colonel Redl(1985)

2h 12min | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 14 votes)

Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl, an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become head of the Secret Police only to become ensnared in political deception.

The Christmas Wife(1988)

1h 13min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The Christmas Wife is a made-for-cable television drama based on a story by Helen Norris. An aging and recent widower, not wanting to spend his first Christmas alone, responds to an ad in the newspaper which reads: "You are not alone. We make social arrangements of all kinds." When he visits the Social Arranger, he makes it very clear his only interest is in "social company" and is subsequently introduced to a woman who agrees to spend the holiday with him. The woman bids him to not ask any questions about her personal life, which harbors a secret that threatens their developing friendship, and could ultimately change both their lives.

Directed by David Hugh Jones

To the Lighthouse(1983)

1h 55min | TV Movie, Drama
3.7/5 (with 1 vote)

A faithful dramatization of Virginia Woolf's novel. A lecturer, his family, the spinster Aunt Lily, an old friend, and a student, Charles Tansley, spend a summer in an isolated house in Cornwall just before World War I. The stern Mr. Ramsay scolds everybody, while Mrs. Ramsay is the linchpin in keeping the family together. Aunt Lily paints, and the family talk about sailing to the lighthouse, but the trip is always postponed.

Directed by Colin Gregg - With Rosemary Harris

Right of Way(1983)

1h 46min | Drama, TV Movie
5.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Miniature Dwyer is named after her mother, who was making miniature doll houses when Minnie was born. Minnie, too, has built doll houses for years, and when she learns that she is terminally ill, she and her husband Teddy begin planning their joint suicide. She makes sure that her dolls are placed with people who will appreciate and cherish them. The couple refuse to allow their grief-stricken daughter or the solicitous social worker or anyone else to forestall the death they are determined is right for them.

White Mama(1980)

| 1h 45min | TV Movie, Drama
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A poor, elderly white woman living in a tenement in a black ghetto is befriended by a neighborhood boy, and the two of them form a mutually beneficial relationship: he provides her companionship and protection, and she becomes the mother he never had.

Directed by Jackie Cooper - With Bette Davis

Gideon's Trumpet(1980)

1h 44min | Drama, Crime, History
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.

The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana(1982)

3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The second Charles and Diana movie, with two virtual unknowns in the leads: Christopher Baines had acted on the British stage and on the BBC, but Catherine Oxenberg, a U.S.-born, British-raised professional model, here made her acting debut. Of particular interest was the casting of Dana Wynter as Queen Elizabeth, Stewart Granger as Prince Philip, Olivia de Havilland as the Queen Mother, and Ray Milland as a general factotum around the Palace.

Directed by Peter Levin - With Catherine Oxenberg

Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case(1980)

1h 36min | Drama, TV Movie
4.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Based on the real-life Oregon criminal case which dramatizes the unique dispute in which Greta Rideout instigated the prosecution of her husband, John, charging him with raping her.

Directed by Peter Levin - With Mickey Rourke
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