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1980s Romantic Drama Movies

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Dirty Dancing(1987)

PG-13
| 1h 40min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 2,139 votes)

Expecting the usual tedium that accompanies a summer in the Catskills with her family, 17-year-old Frances 'Baby' Houseman is surprised to find herself stepping into the shoes of a professional hoofer—and unexpectedly falling in love.

The Fly(1986)

R
| 1h 36min | Horror, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 1,322 votes)

When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.

The Blue Lagoon(1980)

R
| 1h 44min | Romance / Love, Adventure, Drama
3.1/5 (with 604 votes)

Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline and Richard make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. But will they ever see civilization again?

Footloose(1984)

PG
| 1h 47min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 663 votes)

When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock.

Cocktail(1988)

R
| 1h 44min | Drama, Romance / Love, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 424 votes)

After being discharged from the Army, Brian Flanagan moves back to Queens and takes a job in a bar run by Doug Coughlin, who teaches Brian the fine art of bar-tending. Brian quickly becomes a patron favorite with his flashy drink-mixing style, and Brian adopts his mentor's cynical philosophy on life and goes for the money.

Flashdance(1983)

R
| 1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 458 votes)

The popular 1980s dance movie that depicts the life of an exotic dancer with a side job as a welder whose true desire is to get into ballet school. It’s her dream to be a professional dancer and now is her chance.

Tequila Sunrise(1988)

3.1/5 (with 135 votes)

In a seaside California town, best friends Mac and Nick are on opposite sides of the law. Mac is a former drug dealer trying to clean up his act, while Nick is a high-profile detective trying to take down a Mexican drug lord named Carlos. Soon Nick's loyalties are put to the test when he begins an affair with restaurateur Jo Ann -- a love interest of Mac's -- unwittingly leading his friend into a police-orchestrated trap.

An Officer and a Gentleman(1982)

R
| 2h 4min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 327 votes)

Zack Mayo is an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he arrives at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill Sergeant Emil Foley. Mayo is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart, so Foley rides him mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's affair with a working girl is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself.

Nine 1/2 Weeks(1986)

R
| 1h 57min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 285 votes)

An erotic story about a woman, the assistant of an art gallery, who gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.

Always(1989)

PG
| 2h 2min | Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 174 votes)

Pete Sandich is a reckless fire-fighting pilot who is killed in what was to have been his final mission. Ascending to Heaven, Pete is introduced to business-like angel who instructs the spectral Pete to pass on his aviation knowledge to his young successor. While doing so, Pete also smoothes the course of romance for his earthly girlfriend who, after several months of grieving, finally falls in love with another man.

Somewhere in Time(1980)

PG
| 1h 43min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 155 votes)

Young writer Richard Collier is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to "Come back to me". Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s. Becoming more and more obsessed with her, by self-hypnosis he manages to travel back in time—where he meets her.

Dangerous Liaisons(1988)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 353 votes)

In 18th century France, Marquise de Merteuil asks her ex-lover Vicomte de Valmont to seduce the future wife of another ex-lover of hers in return for one last night with her. Yet things don’t go as planned.

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Some Kind of Wonderful(1987)

PG-13
| 1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 133 votes)

A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school.

Valmont(1989)

R
| 2h 17min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 73 votes)

Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman. If he wins, he can have his lover to do as he will. However, in the process of seducing the married woman, Valmont falls in love. Based on the same novel as "Dangerous Liaisons.".

A Room with a View(1985)

R
| 1h 57min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 216 votes)

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?

Breathless(1983)

3.0/5 (with 69 votes)

Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a police man. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to him, and the crimes escalate.

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover(1989)

NC-17
| 2h 4min | Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 163 votes)

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.

Terms of Endearment(1983)

PG
| 2h 12min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 233 votes)

Aurora, a finicky woman, is in search of true love while her daughter faces marital issues. Together, they help each other deal with problems and find reasons to live a joyful life.

Staying Alive(1983)

PG
| 1h 33min | Drama, Music
2.8/5 (with 142 votes)

It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenger yet - making it as a dancer on the Broadway stage.

Endless Love(1981)

R
| 1h 56min | Romance / Love, Drama
2.7/5 (with 54 votes)

Two young kids fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for the parents of Jade. The parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent away. This doesn't stop him from seeing her. When he gets out he goes to look for her. But the passion for his first love is too strong and she has to leave.

Betty Blue(1986)

3.7/5 (with 105 votes)

Betty Blue, a mentally unbalanced and sexually aggressive free spirit who becomes involved with Zorg, a repairman moonlighting as a writer. The two engage in a variety of sexual encounters, and grow more passionate toward each other. Betty finds Zorg’s book and is aggressively supportive; over time, her instability begin to catch up with her, leading to a grisly and shocking conclusion.

Maurice(1987)

R
| 2h 20min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 111 votes)

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Less than Zero(1987)

R
| 1h 38min | Drama, Crime, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 87 votes)

A college freshman returns to Los Angeles for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Say Anything...(1989)

PG-13
| 1h 40min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 290 votes)

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

St. Elmo's Fire(1985)

R
| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 158 votes)

Seven friends - Alec, Billy, Jules, Kevin, Kirby, Leslie and Wendy - are trying to navigate through life and their friendships following college graduation. Alec, who aspires to political life, has just shown his true colors by changing his allegiance from Democrat to Republican, which freaks out girlfriend Leslie, who he wants to marry. Budding architect Leslie, on the other hand, has an independent streak. She believes she has to make a name for herself to find out who she is before she can truly commit to another person in marriage. But Leslie and Alec have decided to live together. Because Leslie refuses to marry Alec, he believes that justifies certain behavior. Kirby, who wants to become a lawyer and who pays for his schooling by working as a waiter at their local hangout called St. Elmo's Bar, and struggling writer Kevin are currently roommates. They are on opposite extremes of the romance spectrum.

Out of Africa(1985)

PG
| 2h 41min | History, Romance / Love, Drama
3.6/5 (with 422 votes)

Out of Africa tells the story of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Karen Blixen from 1937.

Someone to Watch Over Me(1987)

3.0/5 (with 49 votes)

While Mike Keegan is celebrating his recent promotion to detective, in a fancy nightclub socialite Claire Gregory witnesses the murder of the owner by powerful mobster, Joey Venza. Mike is assigned to protect her in the night shift in her Manhattan apartment. When Venza threatens Claire, Mike and Claire eventually become closer—and Mike finds himself divided between the love for his family and his heated passion for Claire and his fascination of her world.

Youngblood(1986)

R
| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 65 votes)

A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. His on-ice activities are complicated by his relationship with the coach's daughter.

The Accidental Tourist(1988)

PG
| 2h 1min | Drama, Romance / Love, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 63 votes)

After the death of his son, travel writer Macon Leary seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife is having similar problems. They separate, and Macon meets a strange, outgoing woman who brings him 'back down to earth', but his wife soon thinks their marriage is still worth another try.

Urban Cowboy(1980)

PG
| 2h 12min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 63 votes)

After moving to Pasadena, Texas, country boy Bud Davis starts hanging around a bar called Gilley's, where he falls in love with Sissy, a cowgirl who believes the sexes are equal. They eventually marry, but their relationship is turbulent due to Bud's traditional view of gender roles. Jealousy over his rival leads to their separation, but Bud attempts to win Sissy back by triumphing at Gilley's mechanical bull-riding competition.

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