'80s Watchlist

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1. Treasures of the Snow (1980)

108 min | Drama

13-year-old Lucien is traumatized and ostracized by causing his friend Danny to fall off a cliff. As he finds solitude in the nearby woods, Lucien comes across a woodcarver who helps him find the peace he was looking for.

Director: Mike Pritchard | Stars: Paul Dean, Carey Born, Timothy Fleetwood, Bay White

Votes: 175

2. Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave (1980)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Music

On the final night of his life, Dec. 31, 1952, country music legend Hank Williams imagines himself giving a New Year's Eve performance in a small bar, with his comments to the audience reflecting upon his life.

Director: David Acomba | Stars: Sneezy Waters, Dixie Seatle, Sean McCann, Sean Hewitt

Votes: 221

3. Night of the Demon (1980)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

Professor Nugent and his students try to track down Bigfoot, but end up uncovering something more sinister at work.

Director: James C. Wasson | Stars: Michael Cutt, Joy Allen, Bob Collins, Jody Lazarus

Votes: 1,564

4. The Godsend (1980)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror

An English family of six takes in a pregnant woman who disappears shortly after giving birth. They raise the baby girl as their own, but over the years the strange deaths of their children ... See full summary »

Director: Gabrielle Beaumont | Stars: Malcolm Stoddard, Cyd Hayman, Angela Pleasence, Patrick Barr

Votes: 881

5. Klondike Fever (1980)

PG | 119 min | Adventure

This movie chronicled Jack London's epic journey from San Francisco to the Klondike gold fields in 1898.

Director: Peter Carter | Stars: Jeff East, Rod Steiger, Angie Dickinson, Lorne Greene

Votes: 123

6. 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

7. 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: 532 | Gross: $2.13M

8. Death Watch (1980)

R | 117 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a future where dying of illness is exceedingly rare, a terminally ill woman becomes a celebrity and a man with camera implants goes to secretly record her for a morbid TV show.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, Thérèse Liotard

Votes: 2,417

9. Night of the Juggler (1980)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A tough, New York City ex-cop relentlessly searches for his kidnapped teenage daughter whom is held by a twisted psycho after mistaking her for the daughter of a wealthy businessman.

Directors: Robert Butler, Sidney J. Furie | Stars: James Brolin, Cliff Gorman, Richard S. Castellano, Linda Miller

Votes: 633

10. To All a Goodnight (1980)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume.

Director: David Hess | Stars: Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile, William Lauer

Votes: 1,140

11. Animalympics (1980)

78 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The animal kingdom stages its own olympic games.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: Gilda Radner, Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, Michael Fremer

Votes: 1,783

12. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 48,151

13. Inferno (1980)

R | 106 min | Horror

69 Metascore

An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi

Votes: 17,306

14. 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: 546

15. Bye Bye Brazil (1980)

R | 110 min | Drama

The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Fábio Jr., Zaira Zambelli

Votes: 1,397

16. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)

PG | 150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.

Director: Vladimir Menshov | Stars: Vera Alentova, Aleksey Batalov, Irina Muravyova, Raisa Ryazanova

Votes: 10,766 | Gross: $2.50M

17. Agency (1980)

R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A millionaire is suspected of buying an ad agency to use it as a way of brainwashing the public for his political ends.

Director: George Kaczender | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lee Majors, Valerie Perrine, Alexandra Stewart

Votes: 442

18. 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: 5,843

19. Rude Boy (1980)

R | 133 min | Drama, Music

A young British punk and roadie for The Clash navigates life in socially torn 1970s England.

Directors: Jack Hazan, David Mingay | Stars: Dave Armstrong, Barry Baker, Terry Barry, Reg Bazell

Votes: 1,000

20. The Black Marble (1980)

PG | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A romantic comedy which explores the pressures on police officers.

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

Votes: 485

21. Defiance (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 888

22. Eaten Alive! (1980)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Horror

A young woman teams up with a mercenary to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea where they find that a deranged leader of a religious cult has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Kerman, Janet Agren, Ivan Rassimov, Paola Senatore

Votes: 3,391

23. 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

24. On the Nickel (1980)

R | 96 min | Drama

Sam is a recovering alcoholic who feels dissatisfied with his life of sobriety and goes back in search of the good times he enjoyed with his old friends living on Los Angeles' skid row.

Director: Ralph Waite | Stars: Donald Moffat, Ralph Waite, Hal Williams, Penelope Allen

Votes: 44

25. Zombie Holocaust (1980)

R | 84 min | Horror

An expedition in the East Indies, encounters not only the cannibals they were looking for, but also an evil scientist and his zombie army.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O'Neal

Votes: 4,859

26. Harlequin (1980)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 1,128

27. 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

28. 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: 867 | Gross: $9.87M

29. 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: 2,400 | Gross: $1.70M

30. 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: 4,401

31. The American Success Company (1980)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

A husband is humiliated at home and at work. He decides he has had enough of it and hires a prostitute to help him get back at his boss, wife and friends and get a lot richer in the process.

Director: William Richert | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Belinda Bauer, Ned Beatty, Steven Keats

Votes: 287

32. Bad Timing (1980)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A psychiatrist, living in Vienna, enters a torrid relationship with a married woman. When she ends up in the hospital from an overdose, an inspector becomes set on discovering the demise of their affair.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 7,657

33. Last Rites (1980)

R | 86 min | Horror

Low budget horror film has a conspiracy of vampires in a small town (made up of the local sheriff, mortician, town doctor, and ambulance driver) creating accidents of some sort so they can ... See full summary »

Director: Domonic Paris | Stars: Patricia Lee Hammond, Gerald Fielding, Mimi Weddell, Victor Jorge

Votes: 132

34. The Baltimore Bullet (1980)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A tale of two hustlers trying to set up a big game.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: James Coburn, Omar Sharif, Ronee Blakley, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 442

35. We're Going to Eat You (1980)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

A secret agent investigates a village that is populated by crazed, inbred cannibals.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Norman Chu, Eddy Ko, Melvin Wong, Michelle Yim

Votes: 733

36. Night Games (1980)

R | 100 min | Drama

A Californian housewife is terrified of having sex because of a past assault. When this phobia threatens to destroy her marriage, she takes refuge in a series of erotic fantasies about a masked man. But is it really all just a fantasy?

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Cindy Pickett, Barry Primus, Joanna Cassidy, Paul Jenkins

Votes: 242

37. Macabre (1980)

Unrated | 89 min | Horror

A middle-aged woman, traumatized from the death of her adulterous lover, moves into a room at a New Orleans boarding house where the blind landlord becomes suspicious to her activities of continuing her affair with her dead lover.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Bernice Stegers, Stanko Molnar, Veronica Zinny, Roberto Posse

Votes: 2,094

38. Kagemusha (1980)

PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War

84 Metascore

A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu

Votes: 30,094

39. The Hearse (1980)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A girl is haunted by a phantom hearse, which she believes is connected to her departed aunt, a witch with a bad reputation in town.

Director: George Bowers | Stars: Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotten, David Gautreaux, Donald Hotton

Votes: 1,727

40. Getting Wasted (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy

Cadets at a military academy get involved with the 60's drug culture.

Director: Paul Frizler | Stars: Brian Kerwin, Cooper Huckabee, George O'Hanlon Jr., Ken Michelman

Votes: 100

41. The Under-Gifted (1980)

92 min | Comedy

Baptiste 'Bebel' Lavalle and his classmates in Versailles' private high-school Louis XIV enjoy their carefree life enough to deliberately fail the exams, a national record of zero ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Michel Galabru, Maria Pacôme, Daniel Auteuil, Philippe Taccini

Votes: 3,041

42. Sweet William (1980)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman has a perfect love affair with a zealous writer. When she finds out that he's also a highly manipulative womanizer, it's too late - she's already too much in love to quit him. Things start to get really complicated.

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: Sam Waterston, Jenny Agutter, Anna Massey, Arthur Lowe

Votes: 119

43. Happy Birthday, Gemini (1980)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Based on the off-Broadway smash of the 1970's; a poor Harvard student's romance with a girl hits a rough spot when he realizes , on his 21st birthday, that he's in love with her brother.

Director: Richard Benner | Stars: Madeline Kahn, Rita Moreno, Robert Viharo, Alan Rosenberg

Votes: 136

44. Dear Boys (1980)

Unrated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

DEAR BOYS explores the sexual fantasies of a middle-age writer and the handsome young men who dominate his life. Wolf, a successful writer of romantic novels, is plagued by self doubt and ... See full summary »

Director: Paul de Lussanet | Stars: Hugo Metsers, Hans Dagelet, Bill van Dijk, Albert Mol

Votes: 136

45. Beyond Evil (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror

An architect and his wife move into a house with a bloody past and a 100-year-old ghost, who possesses the wife.

Director: Herb Freed | Stars: John Saxon, Lynda Day George, Michael Dante, Mario Milano

Votes: 568

46. Breaker Morant (1980)

PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War