57th Academy Awards (1984)

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1. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 352,951 | Gross: $51.97M

Winner - Best Picture Winner - Best Director for Miloš Forman Winner - Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham Nominated - Best Actor for Tom Hulce Winner - Best Adapted Screenplay for Peter Shaffer Winner - Best Sound Mixing Winner - Best Art Direction Nominated - Best Cinematography for Miroslav Ondricek Winner - Best Makeup for Dick Smith and Paul LeBlanc Winner - Best Costume Design for Theodor Pistek Nominated - Best Film Editing for Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler

2. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 49,353 | Gross: $34.70M

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Director for Roland Joffe Nominated - Best Actor for Sam Waterston Winner - Best Supporting Actor for Haing S. Ngor Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for Bruce Robinson Winner - Best Cinematography for Chris Menges Winner - Best Film Editing for Jim Clark

3. A Passage to India (1984)

PG | 164 min | Adventure, Drama, History

78 Metascore

Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox

Votes: 16,231 | Gross: $27.19M

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Director for David Lean Nominated - Best Actress for Judy Davis Winner - Best Supporting Actress for Peggy Ashcroft Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for David Lean Winner - Best Original Score for Maurice Jarre Nominated - Best Sound Mixing Nominated - Best Art Direction Nominated - Best Cinematography for Ernest Day Nominated - Best Costume Design for Judy Moorcroft Nominated - Best Film Editing for David Lean

4. Places in the Heart (1984)

PG | 111 min | Drama

70 Metascore

In central Texas in the 1930s, a widow, with two small children, tries to run her small 40-acre farm with the help of two disparate people.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan

Votes: 9,781 | Gross: $34.90M

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Director for Robert Benton Winner - Best Actress for Sally Field Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for John Malkovich Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Lindsay Crouse Winner - Best Original Screenplay for Robert Benton Nominated - Best Costume Design for Ann Roth

5. A Soldier's Story (1984)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Art Evans, David Alan Grier

Votes: 8,408 | Gross: $21.82M

Nominated - Best Picture Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for Adolph Caesar Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for Charles Fuller

6. Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

PG | 84 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Apollo Forte, Sandy Baron

Votes: 22,822 | Gross: $10.60M

Nominated - Best Director for Woody Allen Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Woody Allen

7. Starman (1984)

PG | 115 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 40,842 | Gross: $28.70M

Nominated - Best Actor for Jeff Bridges

8. Under the Volcano (1984)

R | 112 min | Drama

The last 24 hours in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a lonely, depressed English consul who retreats to alcohol for solace.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews, Ignacio López Tarso

Votes: 4,651 | Gross: $2.56M

Nominated - Best Actor for Albert Finney Nominated - Best Original Score for Alex North

9. Country (1984)

PG | 105 min | Drama

Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley, Matt Clark

Votes: 1,701 | Gross: $9.64M

Nominated - Best Actress for Jessica Lange

10. The Bostonians (1984)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A Boston feminist and a conservative Southern lawyer contend for the heart and mind of a beautiful and bright girl unsure of her future.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Tandy, Madeleine Potter

Votes: 1,697 | Gross: $1.01M

Nominated - Best Actress for Vanessa Redgrave Nominated - Best Costume Design for Jenny Beavan and John Bright

11. The River (1984)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama

46 Metascore

A farming family battles severe storms, a bank is threatening to repossess their farm, and there are other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Shane Bailey, Becky Jo Lynch

Votes: 6,094 | Gross: $11.49M

Nominated - Best Actress for Sissy Spacek Nominated - Best Original Score for John Williams Nominated - Best Sound Mixing Nominated - Best Cinematography for Vilmos Zsigmond

12. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

60 Metascore

A boy and his mother move to California for a new job. He struggles to fit in, as a group of karate students starts to bully him for dating a rich girl from their clique. It's up to the Japanese landlord, Miyagi, to teach him karate.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 165,132 | Gross: $90.82M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for Noriyuki Pat Morita

13. Greystoke (1984)

PG | 135 min | Adventure, Drama

62 Metascore

A missing heir of respected Scottish family, raised in African jungles by animals, finally returns to his estate only to realize that difference between the two worlds is really significant.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm

Votes: 17,082 | Gross: $45.90M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actor for Ralph Richardson Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay for P.H. Vazak and Michael Austin Nominated - Best Makeup for Rick Baker and Paul Engelen

14. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

An unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary baseball player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Votes: 41,821 | Gross: $47.95M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Glenn Close Nominated - Best Original Score for Randy Newman Nominated - Best Art Direction Nominated - Best Cinematography for Caleb Deschanel

15. Swing Shift (1984)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

60 Metascore

A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward

Votes: 4,054 | Gross: $6.65M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Christine Lahti

16. The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

58 Metascore

Two cousins unknowingly rob the mob and face the dangerous consequences.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page

Votes: 7,443 | Gross: $6.14M

Nominated - Best Supporting Actress for Geraldine Page

17. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Votes: 155,462 | Gross: $234.76M

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Danilo Bach and Daniel Petrie, Jr.

18. El Norte (1983)

R | 141 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Alicia del Lago

Votes: 4,596

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas

19. Splash (1984)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

71 Metascore

A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who or what she is.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy

Votes: 66,083 | Gross: $62.10M

Nominated - Best Original Screenplay for Brian Grazer, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman

20. Dangerous Moves (1984)

100 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

During the Cold War, the World Chess Championship clashed complete opposites - personal and political.

Director: Richard Dembo | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Alexandre Arbatt, Liv Ullmann, Leslie Caron

Votes: 958

Winner - Best Foreign Language Film (Switzerland)

21. Beyond the Walls (1984)

R | 103 min | Drama

In Israel's Central Prison, the security officer is corrupt, supplying drugs and stirring the hatred between Jewish and Arab prisoners to his advantage. Uri, in for 12 years for armed ... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash | Stars: Arnon Zadok, Mohammad Bakri, Assi Dayan, Rami Danon

Votes: 289

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (Israel)

22. Camila (1984)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

In 1840's Buenos Aires, Argentina, a beautiful young socialite named Camila falls in love with Ladislao, a Jesuit priest. After several failed attempts at fighting his own feelings, he ... See full summary »

Director: María Luisa Bemberg | Stars: Susú Pecoraro, Imanol Arias, Héctor Alterio, Elena Tasisto

Votes: 1,057

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (Argentina)

23. Sesión continua (1984)

115 min | Drama

The film tells the story of the friendship between two men who live their lives through movies. One is a director who is having trouble connecting with his children; the other is a ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Garci | Stars: Adolfo Marsillach, Jesús Puente, María Casanova, José Bódalo

Votes: 227

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (Spain)

24. Voenno-polevoy roman (1983)

92 min | Drama, Romance

This melodrama revolves around the post-war meeting reunion an intelligent front-line officer, now happily married, and a woman street vendor. This encounter reawakens in them submerged ... See full summary »

Director: Pyotr Todorovskiy | Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Natalya Andreychenko, Inna Churikova, Ekaterina Yudina

Votes: 462

Nominated - Best Foreign Language Film (U.S.S.R.)

25. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay city supervisor.

Director: Rob Epstein | Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann

Votes: 5,369 | Gross: $0.01M

Winner - Best Documentary Feature

26. High Schools (1983)

59 min | Documentary

Filmed on location at American high schools, this presents a realistic picture of daily high school activity, both in and outside the classroom.

Director: Charles Guggenheim | Star: Gordon Pinsent

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

27. In the Name of the People (1985)

73 min | Documentary

Four filmmakers secretly entered El Salvador to follow a guerrilla movement going in combat against military forces run by the government during El Salvador's civil war. This socialist ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Christopher | Star: Martin Sheen

Votes: 63

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

28. Marlene (1984)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

Retrospective on the career of enigmatic screen diva Marlene Dietrich.

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Annie Albers, Bernard Hall

Votes: 689 | Gross: $0.85M

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

29. Streetwise (1984)

91 min | Documentary, Drama

Gritty documentary that looks at the lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

Director: Martin Bell | Stars: Roberta Joseph Hayes, Baby Gramps, Erin Blackwell, Lou Ellen Couch

Votes: 1,519 | Gross: $0.01M

Nominated - Best Documentary Feature

30. The Stone Carvers (1984)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A look at some of the last stone carvers working in the United States, those completing the sculptures adorning the Washington National Cathedral. They discuss their craft and the cultural ... See full summary »

Directors: Marjorie Hunt, Paul Wagner | Stars: Vincent Palumbo, Roger Morigi

Votes: 25

Winner - Best Documentary Short

31. The Children of Soong Ching Ling (1985)

29 min | Documentary, Short

China has 350 million children under the age of 15. Understanding their problems is essential to understanding China. This reveling documentary vividly conveys the experiences China's ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Bush | Star: Paul T.K. Lin

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

33. The Garden of Eden (1984)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Have we found the Garden of Eden? Explore the search for the Biblical paradise where humanity may have began in this doc. Does it truly exist - and if so, where?

Director: Roger Sherman

Votes: 8

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

34. Recollections of Pavlovsk (1984)

30 min | Documentary, Short

Soviet documentary, historical and biographical film of 1983, directed by Irina Kalinina. In a 30-minute tape shows the selfless work of Anna Ivanovna Zelenova, the director of the ... See full summary »

Director: Irina Kalinina

Votes: 7

Nominated - Best Documentary Short

35. Up (1985)

14 min | Short

Man (Ed Casaer) sets his pet hawk free and goes on a fantastic hang gliding adventure in search of his old friend. On the way, he encounters a boy (Erick McWayne) on a hillside who he offers to take on a flight.

Directors: Mike Hoover, Tim Huntley | Stars: Erick McWayne, Ed Cesar

Votes: 38

Winner - Best Live Action Short

36. The Painted Door (1984)

24 min | Short, Drama

A single woman of over forty years meets a lonely young man looking for a good time.

Director: Bruce Pittman | Stars: Linda Goranson, Eric Peterson, August Schellenberg, Daniel Nalbach

Votes: 50

Nominated - Best Live Action Short

38. Charade (1984)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

A talented, but doomed, gentleman tries to participate in a properly British game of charades.

Director: John Minnis | Star: John Minnis

Votes: 625

Winner - Best Animated Short

39. Doctor DeSoto (1984)

7 min | Animation, Short

A mouse dentist finds a way help a fox with a toothache without getting eaten.

Director: Michael Sporn | Star: Ian Thomson

Votes: 69

Nominated - Best Animated Short

40. Paradise (1984)

15 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

In this short animation film, a magnificent bird performs for the Emperor inside a glittering palace. Its plumage is a blaze of colour. A blackbird, watching enviously, strives to acquire ... See full summary »

Director: Ishu Patel

Votes: 252

Nominated - Best Animated Short

41. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

57 Metascore

In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 426,539 | Gross: $179.87M

Nominated - Best Original Score for John Williams Winner - Best Visual Effects

42. Purple Rain (1984)

R | 111 min | Drama, Music, Musical

55 Metascore

A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.

Director: Albert Magnoli | Stars: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos

Votes: 18,560 | Gross: $68.39M

Winner - Best Original Song Score for Prince

43. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 18,663 | Gross: $25.53M

Nominated - Best Original Song Score for Jeff Moss

44. Songwriter (1984)

R | 94 min | Drama, Music

Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music "mogul", and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Melinda Dillon, Rip Torn

Votes: 506 | Gross: $0.87M

Nominated - Best Original Song Score for Kris Kristofferson

45. The Woman in Red (1984)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

55 Metascore

On his way to work, Teddy spots Charlotte, an incredibly beautiful Woman in Red. He really wants to meet her, but what would his wife say?

Director: Gene Wilder | Stars: Gene Wilder, Kelly LeBrock, Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 13,250 | Gross: $25.31M

Winner - Best Original Song for "I Just Called to Say I Love You"

46. Against All Odds (1984)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime