Top Movies of 1980


The top movies of 1980 list is calculated by community movie ratings and members' "Top Movies List". Lists are updated daily.

1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Irvin Kershner
Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels
Plot: While Luke's skills improve as he becomes closer to a Jedi, he meets a green friend to help him in his journey, while Leia and Han try to flee from Darth Vadar.

2. The Shining

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror/Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone
Plot: A man and his family head to a isolated hotel to "house sit." As the loneliness sets in, the husband begins to go insane, while the boy sees things that no one else can..

3. Raging Bull

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Biography
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Nicholas Colasanto, Frank Vincent, Theresa Saldana
Plot: A middle weight boxer, who is emotionally unstable, rises to the top over time, but takes a tumble as his life continues.

4. The Elephant Man

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: David Lynch
Actors: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, John Standing
Plot: A freak show person is discovered and then taken care of by a surgeon who discovers a personality and very sensitive man.

5. The Blues Brothers

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Action
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Landis
Actors: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin
Plot: Jake Blues, fresh out of prison, and his brother Elwood are on a mission from God to reunite their band, raise enough money to save their former orphanage and survive run-ins from state police, white supremicists and one angry ex-girlfriend.

6. Airplane!

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Jim Abrahams & David Zucker
Actors: Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Julie Hagerty, Robert Stack
Plot: When the crew and many passengers of an airliner fall sick, it's up to an ex-war pilot to land them safely. A spoof of airline disaster movies .

7. Caddyshack

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Harold Ramis
Actors: Rodney Dangerfield, Harold O'Keefe, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, Cindy Morgan
Plot: At an exclusive golf club, a new member shakes things up while a gopher & grounds keeper have their own showdown.

8. Ordinary People

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Robert Redford
Actors: Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch, M. Emmet Walsh, Scott Doebler
Plot: A death to a family's oldest boy strains the hard nosed mother and easy going father while the younger song tries to take the blame as they battle life with out one of their family members.

9. Kagemusha

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu, Hideji Otaki, Daisuke Ryu
Plot: When a powerful warlord dies, it is up to a low-born thief, who looks exactly like the late lord, to take his place. With this power comes a great burden and the facade cannot hold up forever.

10. Coal Miner's Daughter

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Biography/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Michael Apted
Actors: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, William Sanderson, Phyllis Boyens, Beverly D'Angelo
Plot: Autobiography of country music legend Loretta Lynn as she rises from poverty and homemaking to face the uphill battle of making it in the industry.

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