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Movies: Popular Movies of 1980

Movies in chronological context: 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1980th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 980th year of the 2nd millennium, the 80th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1980s decade. ()

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The Empire Strikes Back(1980)

4.2/5 (with 6,460 votes)

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

The Shining(1980)

R
| 2h 24min | Horror, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 6,419 votes)

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

Airplane!(1980)

PG
| 1h 28min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 1,539 votes)

The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie Hagerty as his girlfriend/stewardess/co-pilot; and a cast of all-stars including Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar... and more. Their hilarious high jinks spoof airplane disaster flicks, religious zealots, television commercials, romantic love... the list whirls by in rapid succession. And the story races from one moment of zany fun to the next.

The Blues Brothers(1980)

R
| 2h 13min | Music, Comedy, Action, Crime
3.9/5 (with 1,500 votes)

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts his old band back togther to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Raging Bull(1980)

R
| 2h 9min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 1,469 votes)

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

The Elephant Man(1980)

PG
| 2h 4min | Drama, History
4.1/5 (with 1,147 votes)

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

Friday the 13th(1980)

R
| 1h 35min | Horror
3.2/5 (with 939 votes)

Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

Superman II(1980)

3.4/5 (with 788 votes)

Three escaped criminals from the planet Krypton test the Man of Steel's mettle. Led by General Zod, the Kryptonians take control of the White House and partner with Lex Luthor to destroy Superman and rule the world. But Superman, who attempts to make himself human in order to get closer to Lois, realizes he has a responsibility to save the planet.

The Blue Lagoon(1980)

R
| 1h 44min | Romance / Love, Adventure, Drama
3.1/5 (with 646 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?

Cannibal Holocaust(1980)

1h 35min | Horror
3.2/5 (with 521 votes)

A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes.

The Fog(1980)

R
| 1h 29min | Horror
3.4/5 (with 462 votes)

Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses a mystical fire; and hitchhiker Elizabeth discovers the mutilated corpse of a fisherman. Then a mysterious iridescent fog descends upon the village, and more people start to die.

The Party(1980)

3.3/5 (with 413 votes)

A thirteen-year-old French girl deals with moving to a new city and school in Paris, while at the same time her parents are getting a divorce.

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Caddyshack(1980)

R
| 1h 38min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 396 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.

The Gods Must Be Crazy(1980)

PG
| 1h 49min | Action, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 354 votes)

A Coca-Cola bottle dropped from an airplane raises havoc among a normally peaceful tribe of African bushmen who believe it to be a utensil of the gods.

Flash Gordon(1980)

PG
| 1h 51min | Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
3.1/5 (with 300 votes)

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyrant—Ming the Merciless—to save Earth.

Dressed to Kill(1980)

R
| 1h 45min | Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 250 votes)

A mysterious, tall, blonde woman wearing sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and now she's after the prostitute who witnessed it.

Popeye(1980)

2.7/5 (with 206 votes)

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with Olive's fiancé, Bluto.

Altered States(1980)

3.4/5 (with 201 votes)

A research scientist explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.

Kagemusha(1980)

PG
| 3h | Action, Drama, History, War
4.0/5 (with 198 votes)

Akira Kurosawa's lauded feudal epic presents the tale of a petty thief who is recruited to impersonate Shingen, an aging warlord, in order to avoid attacks by competing clans. When Shingen dies, his generals reluctantly agree to have the impostor take over as the powerful ruler. He soon begins to appreciate life as Shingen, but his commitment to the role is tested when he must lead his troops into battle against the forces of a rival warlord.

American Gigolo(1980)

3.0/5 (with 191 votes)

Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work. Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him.

Ordinary People(1980)

R
| 2h 4min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 191 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.

The Final Countdown(1980)

PG
| 1h 43min | War, Action, Science Fiction
3.3/5 (with 185 votes)

During routine manoeuvres near Hawaii in 1980, the aircraft-carrier USS Nimitz is caught in a strange vortex-like storm, throwing the ship back in time to 1941—mere hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Fantozzi Against the Wind(1980)

1h 33min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 180 votes)

The third film in the saga of the unlucky clerk Ugo Fantozzi, played by its creator, Paolo Villaggio.

Inferno(1980)

R
| 1h 47min | Horror, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 179 votes)

A young man returns from Rome to his sister's satanic New York apartment house.

Somewhere in Time(1980)

PG
| 1h 43min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 171 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.

The Changeling(1980)

R
| 1h 43min | Horror
3.5/5 (with 161 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.

The Taming of the Scoundrel(1980)

1h 44min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 159 votes)

A rich farmer is well known for being very unkind. He's misanthropic, misogynous and cantankerous. Until he meets by chance a gorgeous girl...

The Under-Gifted(1980)

1h 32min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 157 votes)

The story centers around a graduating class of "less-gifted" students in a private Versailles high school. Only a miracle has brought the students this far along, and after a practical joke misfires and the whole school is dynamited, the students are in deep trouble. They have to present themselves in court for their punishment and it could not be worse: If they don't pass their high-school graduation exams, they go to prison!

Nine to Five(1980)

PG
| 1h 50min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 150 votes)

Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep Hart tied up?

Brubaker(1980)

R
| 2h 5min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 147 votes)

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

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