'80s All Over

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1. Can't Stop the Music (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

A pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People.

Director: Nancy Walker | Stars: Ray Simpson, David Hodo, Felipe Rose, Randy Jones

Votes: 3,448 | Gross: $2.00M

2. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

70 Metascore

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh

Votes: 27,903

3. Die Laughing (1980)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A San Francisco cab driver finds himself in possession of a monkey that is carrying a formula for turning atomic waste into a plutonium bomb. He finds himself framed for a murder and chased all over town by people trying to get the formula.

Director: Jeff Werner | Stars: Robby Benson, Linda Grovenor, Charles Durning, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 244

4. Hangar 18 (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Biography, Sci-Fi

After a UFO crashes in Arizona, due to a space collision with a NASA satellite launch, the U.S. government tries to cover-up the incident for political reasons.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn, Gary Collins, James Hampton

Votes: 2,099 | Gross: $6.00M

5. Hardly Working (1980)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

In Jerry Lewis's first film in a decade, he plays Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who can't seem to hold down a job. The film opens with a brief montage of clips from past Lewis ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Susan Oliver, Roger C. Carmel, Deanna Lund

Votes: 691

6. How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Crime

Oregon, 1980: Jane, Elaine and Louise are all feeling the effects of inflation and cannot afford, as the title states, the high cost of living. Jane cannot afford a babysitter or get ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Scheerer | Stars: Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Jessica Lange, Richard Benjamin

Votes: 1,220

7. The Black Marble (1980)

PG | 113 min | Crime, Romance, Comedy

A romantic comedy which explores the pressures on police officers.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Robert Foxworth, Paula Prentiss, Harry Dean Stanton, Barbara Babcock

Votes: 481

8. Just Tell Me What You Want (1980)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

A TV producer who is the mistress of her boss, tries to have him make their relationship more permanent, and begins a relationship with a younger man. When her boss hears of this, he tries ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Ali MacGraw, Alan King, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 519 | Gross: $2.09M

9. American Gigolo (1980)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

57 Metascore

A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt

Votes: 20,249 | Gross: $23.00M

10. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

55 Metascore

An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

Votes: 59,879 | Gross: $21.38M

11. Fatso (1980)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Dominick DiNapoli has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favorite thing. Then his cousin dies from health complications due to a lack of exercise and improper diet. ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Bancroft | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Anne Bancroft, Ron Carey, Candice Azzara

Votes: 1,738 | Gross: $7.65M

12. Hero at Large (1980)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: John Ritter, Anne Archer, Bert Convy, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 1,309 | Gross: $15.93M

13. Midnight Madness (1980)

PG | 112 min | Comedy

Leon planned "the great all-nighter" by picking college students to participate in an all-night long scavenger hunt. The 5 teams are given clues to solve, leading them to the next clue, ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Nankin, David Wechter | Stars: David Naughton, Debra Clinger, Joel Kenney, David Damas

Votes: 3,018

14. Foxes (1980)

R | 106 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan, Kandice Stroh

Votes: 3,728

15. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

43 Metascore

A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 17,492 | Gross: $19.80M

16. Maniac (1980)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

22 Metascore

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

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton, Kelly Piper

Votes: 13,118

17. Saturn 3 (1980)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

9 Metascore

Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent eight foot robot.

Directors: Stanley Donen, John Barry | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel, Ed Bishop

Votes: 7,918

18. Tom Horn (1980)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An ex-army scout is hired by ranchers to kill cattle rustlers but he gets into trouble with the corrupt local officials when he kills a boy.

Director: William Wiard | Stars: Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth, Billy Green Bush

Votes: 4,494

19. Middle Age Crazy (1980)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

A married man is turning forty and that's when the midlife crisis hits him. He becomes obsessed with young women and fast cars.

Director: John Trent | Stars: Bruce Dern, Ann-Margret, Graham Jarvis, Deborah Wakeham

Votes: 298

20. Simon (1980)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A group of scientist take Simon, a psychology professor, as a test person for a brainwash experiment. After that they try to convince him that he was a living-being from another planet.

Director: Marshall Brickman | Stars: Alan Arkin, Madeline Kahn, Austin Pendleton, Judy Graubart

Votes: 722

21. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula (Malcolm McDowell).

Director: Tinto Brass | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 32,199 | Gross: $23.44M

22. Windows (1980)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

Emily is the subject of a perverse obsession by a gay neighbor, Andrea, who not only is in lust with her but hires a rapist in order to get audio tapes of her moaning. Andrea turns peeping ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Willis | Stars: Talia Shire, Joe Cortese, Elizabeth Ashley, Kay Medford

Votes: 526 | Gross: $2.13M

23. The Last Married Couple in America (1980)

R | 103 min | Comedy

Mari and Jeff Thompson start to doubt their own marriage when every couple they know separate.

Director: Gilbert Cates | Stars: George Segal, Natalie Wood, Richard Benjamin, Valerie Harper

Votes: 540

24. Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979)

R | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

Reverend Jim Jones, the priest of an independent church in the South American country Guyana, orders his followers to commit suicide. But not all of them follow him blindly and begin to think on their own.

Director: René Cardona Jr. | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Gene Barry, John Ireland, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 407

25. The Ninth Configuration (1980)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

46 Metascore

A former marine arrives at a mental asylum housed in a remote castle to run it. There he attempts to rehabilitate the patients by letting them act out their craziest fantasies and desires.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders

Votes: 5,740

26. Jaws 2 (1978)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

51 Metascore

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 67,004 | Gross: $102.92M

27. Little Darlings (1980)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

Two fifteen year-old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNichol, Armand Assante, Matt Dillon

Votes: 4,664 | Gross: $34.33M

28. Gilda Live (1980)

R | 96 min | Comedy

A filmed version of the Broadway show starring comedienne Gilda Radner, complete with the characters she made famous on the TV show "Saturday Night Live."

Directors: Mike Nichols, Lorne Michaels | Stars: Gilda Radner, Don Novello, Paul Shaffer, Nils Nichols

Votes: 512 | Gross: $2.26M

29. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Biographical story of the legendary country singer's rise from humble, poverty-stricken beginnings in Kentucky to worldwide superstardom and how she changed the sound and style of country music forever.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Votes: 15,780 | Gross: $67.18M

30. Death Ship (1980)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

10 Metascore

A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 3,428

31. Hide in Plain Sight (1980)

PG | 92 min | Drama

This was based on a true story. About a man (Caan) who discovers that his ex-wife has disappeared along with their children. It seems that her new boyfriend works for some criminals. After ... See full summary »

Director: James Caan | Stars: James Caan, Jill Eikenberry, Robert Viharo, Joe Grifasi

Votes: 643

32. Little Miss Marker (1980)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sorrowful Jones (Walter Matthau) is a cheap bookie in the 1930s. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her... See full summary »

Director: Walter Bernstein | Stars: Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart

Votes: 1,238 | Gross: $6.32M

33. Tusk (1980)

119 min | Drama

An English girl and an Indian elephant, born on the same day, share a common destiny.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Cyrielle Clair, Anton Diffring, Serge Merlin, Christopher Mitchum

Votes: 397

34. Nothing Personal (1980)

PG | 97 min | Comedy

Suzanne Somers, an environmentally concerned lawyer, was hired by Donald Sutherland to halt the construction on a breeding ground of endangered species of seals. In HD.

Director: George Bloomfield | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Suzanne Somers, Lawrence Dane, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 239

35. A Small Circle of Friends (1980)

R | 113 min | Drama

Harvard in the 1960's: a time of social upheaval and student unrest. Three students bond together, challenge the system and begin to lose their ideals.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Brad Davis, Karen Allen, Jameson Parker, Shelley Long

Votes: 382

36. Serial (1980)

R | 86 min | Comedy

It's the end of the 1970s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Persky | Stars: Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Jennifer McAllister, Sam Chew Jr.

Votes: 865 | Gross: $9.87M

37. Nijinsky (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant, but headstrong ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Alan Bates, George De La Pena, Leslie Browne, Alan Badel

Votes: 617

38. Defiance (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Drama, Crime

Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York City neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman, and though he tries to ... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello, Rudy Ramos

Votes: 882

39. Forbidden Zone (1982)

R | 74 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

64 Metascore

The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.

Director: Richard Elfman | Stars: Gene Cunningham, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Virginia Rose, Phil Gordon

Votes: 4,340

40. When Time Ran Out... (1980)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, Edward Albert

Votes: 2,388 | Gross: $1.70M

41. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 182,316 | Gross: $8.75M

42. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

Votes: 115,173 | Gross: $93.60M

43. ffolkes (1980)

PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

When terrorists take over two oil rigs, and threaten to blow them up if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit to stop them.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins, Michael Parks

Votes: 4,375

44. The Private Eyes (1980)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Mystery

This spoof of the Sherlock Holmes stories finds Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart investigating a strange death in a possibly haunted mansion, while dealing with the beautiful heiress and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lang Elliott | Stars: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Trisha Noble, Bernard Fox

Votes: 2,600 | Gross: $18.01M

45. Heart Beat (1980)

R | 110 min | Drama