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1980s Thriller Movies

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Poltergeist(1982)

PG
| 1h 54min | Horror
3.6/5 (with 1,027 votes)

Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, when he realizes that something truly evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to help before it's too late.

The Changeling(1980)

R
| 1h 43min | Horror
3.5/5 (with 173 votes)

After a tragic event happens, composer John Russell moves to Seattle to try to overcome it and build a new and peaceful life in a lonely big house that has been uninhabited for many years. But, soon after, the obscure history of such an old mansion and his own past begin to haunt him.

Jumpin' Jack Flash(1986)

R
| 1h 40min | Romance / Love, Comedy, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 115 votes)

Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a strange message from an unknown source. The message is coded. After decoding the message, Terry becomes embroiled in an espionage ring. People are killed, and Terry is chased. Throughout she remains in contact with this unknown person, who needs Terry to help save his life.

Cruising(1980)

R
| 1h 42min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 145 votes)

A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society.

Wicked City(1987)

3.4/5 (with 56 votes)

A peace treaty between the Earth and the Black World, a parallel universe of demons, is coming to an end. Two cops, Taki, a human male, and Maki, a female demon, are assigned to protect a diplomat who will help secure another treaty. A radical group of demons from the Black World are out to assassinate the diplomat and prevent the treaty; only the bond that forms between the two cops can save the Earth from destruction.

Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri - With Jeff Winkless, Robert V. Barron, Gregory Snegoff, Gaye Kruger, Mike Reynolds, Edie Mirman, ...

Against All Odds(1984)

2.8/5 (with 58 votes)

She was a beautiful fugitive. Fleeing from corruption. From power. He was a professional athlete past his prime. Hired to find her, he grew to love her. Love turned to obsession. Obsession turned to murder. And now the price of freedom might be nothing less than their lives.

Subway(1985)

1h 44min | Action, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 143 votes)

Fred, a raffish safe blower, takes refuge in the Paris Metro after being chased by the henchmen of a shady businessman from whom he has just stolen some documents. While hiding out in the back rooms and conduits of the Metro, Fred encounters a subterranean society of eccentric characters and petty criminals.

Maniac(1980)

R
| 1h 27min | Horror
3.2/5 (with 120 votes)

A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?

Miracle Mile(1988)

3.5/5 (with 64 votes)

After 30 years of searching, Harry has finally met the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los Angeles in less than an hour!

Amsterdamned(1988)

R
| 1h 45min | Action, Horror, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 51 votes)

A mysterious diver hiding in Amsterdam's canal system embarks on a rampage of gruesome murders, terrifying city officials and leaving few clues for the city's best detective, who doesn't suspect that both his new girlfriend and twelve-year-old daughter may be closer than he is to finding the killer.

Curtains(1983)

R
| 1h 29min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 34 votes)

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

Roadgames(1981)

PG
| 1h 41min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 45 votes)

A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer who uses a young female hitchhiker as bait to lure victims on a desolate Australian highway.

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Angst(1983)

1h 15min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 90 votes)

A killer is released from prison and breaks into a remote home to kill a woman, her handicapped son and her pretty daughter.

Directed by Gerald Kargl - With Erwin Leder

The New York Ripper(1982)

NR
| 1h 33min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 81 votes)

A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Alone in the Dark(1982)

R
| 1h 33min | Horror, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 41 votes)

A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house.

Silent Night, Deadly Night(1984)

R
| 1h 19min | Thriller, Horror
2.9/5 (with 106 votes)

Little Billy witnesses his parents being brutally murdered by Santa. Years later, when he has to fill in for an absent in-store Santa Claus, his childhood trauma materializes once again.

The Watcher in the Woods(1980)

3.2/5 (with 44 votes)

After an American family moves to an old country manor in rural England, one of the daughters is tormented by the spirit of the owner's long lost daughter, who mysteriously disappeared 30 years ago during a solar eclipse.

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2(1987)

R
| 1h 28min | Comedy, Horror
2.3/5 (with 45 votes)

After being traumatized by his brother Billy's murderous rampage years earlier, Ricky Caldwell has become a serial killer himself and is now living in a mental hospital. Relating his story to a psychiatrist, Ricky recounts the details of their murder sprees and vows to avenge his brother's death.

The Believers(1987)

R
| 1h 54min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 49 votes)

Mourning the accidental death of his wife and having just moved to New York with his young son, laconic police psychologist Cal Jamison is reluctantly drawn into a series of grisly, ritualistic murders involving the immolation of two youths.

Little Nikita(1988)

PG
| 1h 38min | Drama, Action, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 33 votes)

Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, including "sleepers," agents under deep cover awaiting orders. Roy interviews a high school lad, Jeff Grant, an applicant to the Air Force Academy. In a routine background check, Roy discovers that Jeff's parents are sleepers. He must see if Jeff is also a spy, confront the parents yet protect them, and catch his nemesis. Meanwhile, the Soviets have sent their own spy-catcher, the loner Karpov, to reel in Scuba. Alliances shift; it's cat and mouse.

Talk Radio(1988)

R
| 1h 50min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 72 votes)

A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

The Boogey Man(1980)

R
| 1h 22min | Horror
2.4/5 (with 32 votes)

A young girl witnesses her brother murder a man through a reflection in a mirror. Twenty years later the mirror is shattered, freeing his evil spirit, which seeks revenge for his death.

Mother's Day(1980)

1h 30min | Action, Horror
2.8/5 (with 38 votes)

Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her sons commit acts of rape and murder. Now these women are prisoners and lowered to pawns in the game of checkers between two dim wits and their Maniac Mommy and the question becomes, can any of them escape, alive?

Directed by Charlie Kaufman - With Nancy Hendrickson, Beatrice Pons, Frederick Coffin

Kill Me Again(1989)

R
| 1h 34min | Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
3.1/5 (with 32 votes)

After Faye and her psychotic boyfriend, Vince, successfully rob a mob courier, Faye decides to abscond with the loot. She heads to Reno, where she hires feckless private investigator Jack Andrews to help fake her death. He pulls the scheme off and sets up Faye with a new identity, only to have her skip out on him without paying. Jack follows her to Vegas and learns he's not the only one after her. Vince has discovered that she's still alive.

White of the Eye(1988)

R
| 1h 51min | Horror, Thriller
2.8/5 (with 20 votes)

Evidence of mutilated housewives points to a sound expert (David Keith) living unhappily with his wife (Cathy Moriarty) in Arizona.

Spellbinder(1988)

R
| 1h 39min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 23 votes)

When Jeff and his friend rescue a young beautiful woman (Kelly Preston) from an apparently abusive boyfriend, the trouble starts. Jeff unknowing becomes involved with Miranda (Kelly) and the web of intrigue that follows her. Miranda is on the run from the witches coven (to which she belongs). Miranda tells Jeff of her situation, but not the entire truth. Jeff willingly helps Miranda out of her troubles, but creates his own.

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

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

Jack's Back(1988)

2.7/5 (with 20 votes)

A young doctor is suspected when a series of Jack the Ripper copycat killings is committed. However, when the doctor himself is murdered, his identical twin brother claims to have seen visions of the true killer.

Gotham(1988)

R
| 1h 38min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller, TV Movie
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

A New York private eye searches for a socialite who supposedly drowned 10 years before.

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