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150+ Best Movies of the 80s On Netflix (2020) Great Iconic Hits & Popular Classics

80. RAN


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Director – Akira Kurosawa
Cast – Tatsuya Nakadai

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%

Release Date – 31 May 1985
Box Office – $12 Million

Genre – Action
Awards – Nominated for 3 Oscar winning 1 – Best Costume Design

Plot – When a King in Medieval Japan gives his power to three sons, they all stand against each other.

79. Police Academy


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Director – Hugh Wilson
Cast – Steve Guttenberg

IMDB Rating – 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 54%

Release Date – 23 March 1984
Box Office – $81.2 Million

Genre – Comedy
Awards – None

Plot – Chaos Ensues when the Mayor issues a bill where anyone can join police academy and become a police officer.

78. The Evil Dead


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Director – Sam Raimi
Cast – Bruce Campbell

IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%

Release Date – 2 January 1984
Box Office – $2.4 Million

Genre – Horror
Awards – None

Plot – A Group of friends visits a cabin in the woods which unknowing to them is haunted by the demon itself.

77. Coming to America


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Director – John Landis
Cast – Eddie Murphy, James Earl Jones

IMDB Rating – 7
Rotten Tomatoes – 67%

Release Date – 26 June 1988
Box Office – $288 Million

Genre – Comedy, Romance, Drama
Awards – Nominated for 2 Oscars – Best Costume Design, Best Makeup

Plot – A rich African prince moves to america as a simple man to find the girl of his dreams.

76. Escape from New York


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Director – John Carpeneter
Cast – Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 87%

Release Date – 23 May 1981
Box Office – $25.2 Million

Genre – Sci Fi, Action
Awards – None

Plot – In an alternate society New York is set as world’s central prison. Problem arises when the President USA crashes in the city. It is upto one man to save him from the world’s most dangerous criminals.

75. Glory


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Director – Edward Zwick
Cast – Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%

Release Date – 15 December 1989
Box Office – $26.8 Million

Genre – Biography, History
Awards – Nominated for 6 Oscars won 3 including Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Sound

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74. Conan the Barbarian


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Director – John Milius
Cast – Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones

IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 70%

Release Date – 2 April 1982
Box Office – $130 Million

Genre – Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Awards – None

Plot – A Young boy transforms into a fearless gladiator by a ruthless king. Conan decides to avenge the murder of his parents.

73. Blue Velvet


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Director – David Lynch
Cast – Kyle Maclachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%

Release Date – 19 September 1986
Box Office – $3.6 Million

Genre – Mystery, thriller
Awards – Nominated for 1 Oscar – best Director

Plot – A Man helps a beautiful singer whose child is kidnapped by psychopathic criminals.

72. Cinema Paradiso


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Director – Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast – Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin

IMDB Rating – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%

Release Date – 17 November 1988
Box Office – $12 Million

Genre – Drama
Awards – Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Plot – A Man recalls how he fell in love with cinema.

71. Christmas Vacation


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Director – Jeremiah S Chechik
Cast – Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid

IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 65%

Release Date – 30 November 1989
Box Office – $71.3 Million

Genre – Comedy
Awards – None

Plot – The Griswold’s family tries their best to have a happy christmas with their friends and family but things does not turn out as planned.

70. A Nightmare on Elm Street


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Director – Wes Craven
Cast – John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Robert Englund, Johnny Depp

IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%

Release Date – 9 November 1984
Box Office – $25.5 Million

Genre – Horror
Awards – None

Plot – A Janitor’s spirit haunts the dreams of teenagers of elm street and starts killing them one by one.

69. Wall Street


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Director – Oliver Stone
Cast – Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen

IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 78%

Release Date – 11 December 1987
Box Office – $43.9 Million

Genre – Drama, Crime
Awards – Academy Award for Best Actor

Plot – A Young trader at wall street joins hand with a corrupt trader to make quick money.

68. Field of Dreams


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Director – Phil Alden Robinson
Cast – Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 86%

Release Date – 21 April 1989
Box Office – $84.4 Million

Genre – Fantasy, Family, Sports
Awards – Nominated for 3 Oscars – Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score

Plot – A Corn farmer builds a baseball diamond after hearing strange voices.

67. Trading Places


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Director – John Landis
Cast – Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd

IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 86%

Release Date – 8 June 1983
Box Office – $90.4 Million

Genre – Comedy
Awards – Nominated for Best Original Score

Plot – A Poor African American is given a chance to switch place with a successful wall street trader.

66. A Fish Called Wanda


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Director – Charles Crichton
Cast – Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline

IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%

Release Date – 7 July 1988
Box Office – $62.5 Million

Genre – Comedy, Crime
Awards – Nominated for 3 Oscars and Won 1 for Best Supporting Actor

Plot – After a successful robbery, four criminals tries to double cross each other.

65. Akira


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Director – Katsuhiro Otomo
Cast – Mitsuo Iwata

IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%

Release Date – 16 July 1988
Box Office – $49 Million

Genre – Anime, Sci Fi
Awards – None

Plot – A Biker turns into a killing machine with the help of high tech gadgets. Only two teens can stop him.

64. My Neighbor Totoro


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Director – Hayao Miyazaki
Cast – Hitoshi Takagi

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%

Release Date – 16 April 1988
Box Office – $42 Million

Genre – Anime
Awards – None

Plot – A good spirit befriends two young girls who recently moved in its neighborhood.

63. Grave of the Fireflies


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Director – Isao Takahata
Cast – Tsutomu Tatsumi

IMDB Rating – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Release Date – 16 April 1988
Box Office – $500 K

Genre – Anime
Awards – None

Plot – During World War 2, A boy and his young sister tries to survive.

62. The Never Ending Story


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Director – Wolfgang Petersen
Cast – Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver

IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%

Release Date – 6 April 1984
Box Office – $100 Million

Genre – Adventure, Drama, Family
Awards – None

Plot – A Boy finds a mysterious book which pulls him into its magical world.

61. Tootsie


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Director – Sydney Pollack
Cast – Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange

IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%

Release Date – 17 December 1982
Box Office – $177.2 Million

Genre – Comedy, Romance
Awards – Nominated for 10 Oscars Won only 1 – Best Supporting Actress

Plot – A Man transforms himself into a woman to prove himself as a great actor.