Top Movies of 1980s


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1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Irvin Kershner
Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels
Plot: While Luke's skills improve as he becomes closer to a Jedi, he meets a green friend to help him in his journey, while Leia and Han try to flee from Darth Vadar.

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Year of Release: 1981
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Action
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina
Plot: Indiana Jones, a college professor is on an adventure with his old friend to find the Ark of the Covenant.

3. Back to the Future

Year of Release: 1985
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Actors: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Crispin Glover, Huey Lewis
Plot: Marty Mcfly's loony friend, Doc Brown, invents a time machine in which Marty is accidentally sent back to 1955, the same year his parents meet.

4. Die Hard

Year of Release: 1988
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Action
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John McTiernan
Actors: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Reginald VelJohnson, William Atherton, Paul Gleason
Plot: A terrorist group takes over a L.A. office building on Christmas, and tough New York cop John McLain is the only one who can stop them.

5. The Shining

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror/Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone
Plot: A man and his family head to a isolated hotel to "house sit." As the loneliness sets in, the husband begins to go insane, while the boy sees things that no one else can..

6. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Year of Release: 1983
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Richard Marquand
Actors: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams
Plot: Han and Leia try to destroy the new death star while Luke confronts his father and tryes to find the good in him.

7. Full Metal Jacket

Year of Release: 1987
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: War/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin, Kevyn Major Howard, Dorian Harewood
Plot: The transformation of a young recruit from boot camp - where he witnesses a fellow recruit snap - to Vietnam, where he witnesses the brutaliy of war.

8. Aliens

Year of Release: 1986
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Action/Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: R
Director: James Cameron
Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen
Plot: As colonies are settled on a known planet, a women is found who holds the answers as to why no one has heard from anyone on the planet. They arrive armed and ready, but will they believe what she has to say?

9. The Princess Bride

Year of Release: 1987
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Rob Reiner
Actors: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Andr? the Giant, Mandy Patinkin
Plot: Wesley, a peasant, goes on a fantastic journey to find his love, the soon-to-be princess Buttercup. A comedic fairytale like no other.

10. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Year of Release: 1989
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Adventure/Action
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, John Rhys-Davies, River Phoenix, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover
Plot: While Indiana's father is off searching for the grail and goes missing, he is called upon to rescue him before the Nazis find the Holy Grail.

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