mjf314's favorite 1980s movies

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1. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 47,905

2. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

Votes: 134,281 | Gross: $0.50M

3. The Story of the Voyages (1983)

101 min | Adventure, Family

In a medieval fantasy kingdom, two orphans, May and his sister Martha, live in poverty. A group of robbers kidnap May to use his magic talent: he feels sick when surrounded by gold, therefore he can feel gold from a long distance.

Director: Aleksandr Mitta | Stars: Andrey Mironov, Tatyana Aksyuta, Lev Durov, Kseniya Piryatinskaya

Votes: 823

4. Shanghai Blues (1984)

103 min | Comedy, Romance

In 1937 Shanghai, a soon-to-depart soldier meets a young woman under a bridge during a Japanese air raid. They vow to meet after the war ends, but they don't each other's name or face. Ten ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Kenny Bee, Sylvia Chang, Sally Yeh, Ken Boyle

Votes: 345

5. Ah Ying (1983)

110 min | Drama

When romance starts to cool, Ah Ying applies for a job in a film centre. Instead of paying her for her work, the centre lets her attend its classes for free. She is later drawn into a ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Fong | Stars: Kwok-Lam Cha, Chi-Hung Chang, Ming-Cheung Chin, Pui Hui

Votes: 107

6. Sexmission (1984)

117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Two scientists are placed in hibernation and should be awaken after three years. But when they wake up, it turns out that it has been fifty years, and they are the only two males in a new, underground society composed exclusively of women.

Director: Juliusz Machulski | Stars: Wieslaw Michnikowski, Jerzy Stuhr, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Dorota Stalinska

Votes: 11,216

7. Possession (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror

72 Metascore

A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 22,202 | Gross: $1.11M

8. The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

87 Metascore

A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

Director: Paul Grimault | Stars: Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala

Votes: 4,256 | Gross: $0.03M

9. Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)

Unrated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The night before the school festival, things seem to be repeating themselves. Gradually, all the world functions come to a stop, the only ones that are not affected are a select group of student friends.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Fumi Hirano, Toshio Furukawa, Akira Kamiya, Kazuko Sugiyama

Votes: 1,567

10. Peking Opera Blues (1986)

TV-14 | 104 min | Comedy, Action

The movie is set in chaotic 1920's China, when warlords fought each other for power while Sun Yat-Sen's underground movement tried to establish a democratic republic. The movie tells the ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Sally Yeh, Cherie Chung, Mark Cheng

Votes: 2,050

11. Pauline at the Beach (1983)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Marion is about to divorce from her husband and takes her 15-year-old niece Pauline on a vacation to Granville. She meets an old love...

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Amanda Langlet, Arielle Dombasle, Pascal Greggory, Féodor Atkine

Votes: 6,136

12. Muddy River (1981)

105 min | Drama

In post-War Japan, a boy from a noodle store-owning family befriends a neighboring boy living in poverty.

Director: Kôhei Oguri | Stars: Takahiro Tamura, Mariko Kaga, Nobutaka Asahara, Makiko Shibata

Votes: 678

13. My American Uncle (1980)

PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The intersecting stories of three people who face difficult choices in life-changing situations are used to illustrate the theories espoused by Henri Laborit about human behavior and the relationship between the self and society.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre, Nelly Borgeaud

Votes: 4,301

14. Son of the White Mare (1981)

81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A dethroned goddess-turned-horse gives birth to three superpowered sons who set out to save three princesses from three ancient dragons and reclaim their parents' lost kingdom from the underworld.

Director: Marcell Jankovics | Stars: György Cserhalmi, Vera Pap, Gyula Szabó, Ferenc Szalma

Votes: 1,193

15. Time Masters (1982)

78 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Jean Valmont, Michel Elias, Frédéric Legros, Yves-Marie Maurin

Votes: 4,804

16. Boat People (1982)

R | 109 min | Drama

A Japanese photojournalist revisits Vietnam after the Liberation and learns harsh truths about its regime and its "New Economic Zones".

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: George Lam, Cora Miao, Season Ma, Andy Lau

Votes: 740

17. An Autumn's Tale (1987)

98 min | Drama, Romance

Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise cabbie cousin takes care of her in the big city

Director: Mabel Cheung | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Cherie Chung, Danny Bak-Keung Chan, Gigi Suk Yee Wong

Votes: 1,407

18. Sans Soleil (1983)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda, Charlotte Kerr

Votes: 8,786 | Gross: $0.03M

19. Tampopo (1985)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy

A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kôji Yakusho

Votes: 14,189 | Gross: $0.22M

20. Breakfast on the Grass (1987)

25 min | Animation, Short

Several episodes, each focusing on a different figure. Towards the end they all come together to replicate the famous painting by Édouard Manet that provides the title.

Director: Priit Pärn

Votes: 249

21. Give the Devil His Due (1985)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Petr's greedy stepmother steals everything from her stepson. Meanwhile, Petr meets two daughters of a local duke. He falls in love with one of them, but she is very proud and Petr means ... See full summary »

Director: Hynek Bocan | Stars: Vladimír Dlouhý, Ondrej Vetchý, Jana Dítetová, Josef Kemr

Votes: 938

22. A Summer at Grandpa's (1984)

93 min | Drama

A coming-of-age story about a young brother and sister whom spend a pivotal summer in the country with their grandparents.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Chi-Kuang Wang, Shu-Chen Li, Hsiu-Ling Lin, Mei-Feng

Votes: 1,111

23. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam

Votes: 8,317

24. The Flight of Dragons (1982 Video)

Passed | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan

Votes: 5,133

25. City of Pirates (1983)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island and encounters a man with multiple personalities.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Hugues Quester, Anne Alvaro, Melvil Poupaud, André Engel

Votes: 717

26. The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (1983)

104 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Tomoyo Harada, Ryôichi Takayanagi, Toshinori Omi, Toshie Negishi

Votes: 453

27. The Killer (1989)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu

Votes: 44,109

28. The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Drama

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li, Kara Wai

Votes: 2,379

29. Where Is the Friend's House? (1987)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Family

An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Babek Ahmed Poor, Ahmed Ahmed Poor, Khodabakhsh Defaei, Iran Outari

Votes: 8,768

30. Angel's Egg (1985)

71 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Mako Hyôdô, Jinpachi Nezu, Kei'ichi Noda

Votes: 6,144

31. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet.

Director: Will Vinton | Stars: James Whitmore, Michele Mariana, Gary Krug, Chris Ritchie

Votes: 2,405 | Gross: $0.85M

32. My Twentieth Century (1989)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate ... See full summary »

Director: Ildikó Enyedi | Stars: Dorota Segda, Oleg Yankovskiy, Paulus Manker, Péter Andorai

Votes: 1,195 | Gross: $0.68M

33. Angyali üdvözlet (1984)

100 min | Drama

When Adam and Eve having succumbed to Lucifer's temptation, are cast out of the Garden of Eden, Adam holds Lucifer to his promise, reminding him that "You said I would know everything!". So... See full summary »

Director: András Jeles | Stars: Péter Bocsor, Júlia Mérö, Eszter Gyalog, György Belme

Votes: 394

34. Police Story (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

A virtuous Hong Kong Police Officer must clear his good name when the drug lord he is after frames him for the murder of a dirty cop.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Kwok-Hung Lam

Votes: 26,652 | Gross: $0.11M

35. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

About three monks in a remote monastery; an aging master, a small orphan and a young man who left his city life to seek Enlightenment.

Director: Yong-Kyun Bae | Stars: Yi Pan-Yong, Sin Won-Sop, Hae-Jin Huang, Su-Myong Ko

Votes: 1,176

36. Rat-Trap (1982)

121 min | Drama

The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him.

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Jalaja, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Rajam K. Nair, Mavelikara Ramachandran

Votes: 406

37. I Are You, You Am Me (1982)

113 min | Comedy

9th-graders Kazuo (boy) and Kazumi (girl) take a tumble at a temple in a small seacoast town in Japan. Through supernatural intervention, their minds and bodies are switched, and the result... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Toshinori Omi, Makoto Satô, Sayuri Ishibashi

Votes: 264

38. Daliás idök (1983)

79 min | Animation, History, War

It is an adaptation of the Toldi trilogy, a 19th-century epic poem in three parts by János Arany. The film was produced through Pannonia Film Studio and is notable for its visual style, ... See full summary »

Director: József Gémes | Stars: Adrienne Csengery, Gyula Szabó

Votes: 121

39. Camp de Thiaroye (1988)

157 min | Drama, War

In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow | Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Ismaila Cissé, Ababacar Sy Cissé

Votes: 434

40. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 256,561 | Gross: $1.11M

41. Dimensions of Dialogue (1983)

12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Three surreal depictions of failures of communication that occur on all levels of human society.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 3,706

42. The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

30 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.

Director: Frédéric Back | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 5,251

43. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 107,185

44. Sitting on a Branch, Enjoying Myself (1989)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Pepe and Prengel, returning from war, meet Ester and both fall in love with the girl and live together in a deserted house. Fanatic communist, Zelmira, wants to turn their world upside-down.

Director: Juraj Jakubisko | Stars: Bolek Polívka, Borek Dlouhý, Ivan Drozdy, Judita Durdiaková

Votes: 409

45. Zigeunerweisen (1980)

Not Rated | 144 min | Horror, Mystery

A surreal period film following an university professor and his eerie nomad friend as they go through loose romantic triangles and face death in peculiar ways.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Yoshio Harada, Naoko Ôtani, Kisako Makishi, Akaji Maro

Votes: 874