80s curios

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1. The Gate (1987)

PG-13 | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror

55 Metascore

Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleash a horde of malevolent demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard.

Director: Tibor Takács | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan

Votes: 14,318 | Gross: $13.54M

2. Society (1989)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Billy Warlock, Concetta D'Agnese, Ben Slack, Evan Richards

Votes: 12,897

3. Breaking In (1989)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Casey Siemaszko, Sheila Kelley, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 1,368 | Gross: $1.88M

4. The First Deadly Sin (1980)

R | 112 min | Thriller

A police inspector, nearing retirement, tracks a serial killer who is terrorizing New York.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, George Coe

Votes: 1,642

5. Street Smart (1987)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A New York journalist lies when his fake story about a pimp describes a real pimp up for murder.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Kathy Baker, Mimi Rogers, Jay Patterson

Votes: 2,605 | Gross: $1.12M

6. Misunderstood (1984)

PG | 91 min | Drama

Busy and often absent father must take care of his two boys after his wife dies. They all live in Tunisia because of their father's job. The older boy is handling the difficult changes much better than the younger one.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Gene Hackman, Henry Thomas, Rip Torn, Huckleberry Fox

Votes: 399 | Gross: $1.53M

7. The Keep (1983)

R | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

34 Metascore

Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Scott Glenn, Ian McKellen, Alberta Watson, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 10,321 | Gross: $3.76M

8. Borderline (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Drama

On the U.S.-Mexican border, border cop Jeb Maynard is hunting for a human smuggler responsible for Jeb's partner's murder.

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Bert Remsen, Michael Lerner

Votes: 1,513

9. L.A. Takedown (1989 TV Movie)

97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Tough Los Angeles cop Vincent Hanna takes on a gang of professional bank robbers led by the precise, enigmatic Patrick McLaren.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Scott Plank, Alex McArthur, Michael Rooker, Ely Pouget

Votes: 1,816

10. Monsieur Hire (1989)

PG-13 | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Michel Blanc, Sandrine Bonnaire, Luc Thuillier, André Wilms

Votes: 5,683 | Gross: $1.42M

11. A Cry in the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

A mother whose child was killed in a dingo attack in the Australian Outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves, David Hoflin

Votes: 8,793 | Gross: $6.91M

12. Shy People (1987)

R | 118 min | Drama

New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Barbara Hershey, Martha Plimpton, Merritt Butrick

Votes: 1,122 | Gross: $0.77M

13. Combat Shock (1984)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A dangerously disturbed Vietnam veteran struggles with life 15 years after his return home, and slowly falls into insanity from his gritty urban lifestyle.

Director: Buddy Giovinazzo | Stars: Rick Giovinazzo, Veronica Stork, Mitch Maglio, Asaph Livni

Votes: 2,508

14. Rimini Rimini (1987)

210 min | Comedy

The film is divided into episodes set on the beaches of Rimini. Gildo (Paolo Villaggio) is a moralistic magistrate who shuts down red light districts but his enemies conspire to photograph ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Paolo Villaggio, Serena Grandi, Laura Antonelli, Jerry Calà

Votes: 575

15. Union City (1980)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A man is so obsessed with finding the person responsible for stealing his milk bottles that he ignores his beautiful young wife, who has other ideas on her mind.

Director: Marcus Reichert | Stars: Dennis Lipscomb, Debbie Harry, Sam McMurray, Terry Walsh

Votes: 352

16. The Element of Crime (1984)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai, Jerold Wells

Votes: 8,863

17. Epidemic (1987)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A director and screenwriter pen a script and, in the process, blur the line between fiction and reality.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Allan De Waal, Ole Ernst, Michael Gelting, Colin Gilder

Votes: 4,679

18. The Borrower (1989)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Aliens punish one of their own by sending him to earth. The alien is very violent, and when the body he occupies is damaged, he is forced to find another.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Don Gordon, Tom Towles, Antonio Fargas

Votes: 1,444

19. Invaders from Mars (1986)

PG | 100 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

56 Metascore

A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman

Votes: 7,417 | Gross: $4.88M

20. Band of the Hand (1986)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

Five juvenile lost causes are sent to the Everglades where a war veteran tries to reform them using survival tactics. Their new skills and resolve are tested when a Miami drug lord targets them for trying to clean up their neighborhood.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Stephen Lang, Michael Carmine, Lauren Holly, John Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 2,600 | Gross: $4.87M

21. Laughter in the Dark (1986)

Drama

Deals with the affection of a middle-aged man for a very young woman, resulting in a mutually parasitic relationship.

Director: Laszlo Papas | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Mick Jagger, Marina Vlady, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 7

22. Vigilante (1982)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

When his wife and son are brutalized by thugs and a corrupt criminal justice system puts the perpetrators back on the street, a New York City factory worker turns vigilante to find some measure of bloody justice.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright, Rutanya Alda

Votes: 2,626

23. Bulaklak sa City Jail (1984)

TV-14 | 110 min | Drama

The story of a woman named Angela who was accused of frustrated murder finds herself in difficult desperate situation inside the prison while meeting different kind of women who were ... See full summary »

Director: Mario O'Hara | Stars: Nora Aunor, Gina Alajar, Celia Rodriguez, Perla Bautista

Votes: 35

24. Black Rainbow (1989)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

A young female medium on tour sees a hitman killing a whistleblower in her vision. The killer finds out about this and plans to kill her as well. The skeptical police, her manager father and a curious journalist try to protect her.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Jason Robards, Tom Hulce, Mark Joy

Votes: 1,155

25. Johnny Handsome (1989)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After being double crossed and thrown in jail, a deformed gangster gets a new face and rehabilitation, but his desire for revenge looms.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 8,503 | Gross: $7.24M

26. Reborn (1981)

R | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

A man discovers that his girlfriend is a "stigmata" (someone whose hands and feet mysteriously bleed in the same places where Jesus Christ was crucified) and tries to keep her out of the ... See full summary »

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Michael Moriarty, Antonella Murgia, Francisco Rabal

Votes: 174

27. The Osterman Weekend (1983)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

During the Cold War, a controversial television journalist is asked by the C.I.A. to persuade certain acquaintances, who are Soviet Agents of the Omega network, to defect.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 7,683 | Gross: $6.49M

28. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda

Votes: 8,015 | Gross: $0.44M

29. Hardcore (1979)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent

Votes: 8,182

30. Cat People (1982)

R | 118 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole

Votes: 18,382 | Gross: $7.00M

31. Light of Day (1987)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Music

55 Metascore

A pair of siblings must choose whether to pursue their dream of touring with their rock band or support their family and stay in Cleveland, Ohio.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, Joan Jett, Michael McKean

Votes: 2,418 | Gross: $10.49M

32. Patty Hearst (1988)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

In the 1970s, Patricia Hearst is abducted by American revolutionaries, but eventually joins their cause instead.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Frances Fisher

Votes: 1,402 | Gross: $1.22M

33. Threads (1984 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

92 Metascore

The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May

Votes: 10,867



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