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1. Outland (1981)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

A federal marshal stationed at a mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io, uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy. He gets no help from the workers or authorities when he finds himself marked for murder.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James Sikking

Votes: 25,797 | Gross: $17.37M

in Heavy Metal , by Jim Steranko

2. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 744,060 | Gross: $78.90M

1979 graphic novel by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson , also serialised in Heavy Metal

3. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

34 Metascore

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen

Votes: 30,025 | Gross: $31.76M

graphic novel by Stephen Bissette and Rick Veitch

4. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

G | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

Director: Sam Wanamaker | Stars: Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting

Votes: 6,449 | Gross: $16.79M

by Ian Gibson , in the film's poster magazine

5. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

47 Metascore

A young farmer is chosen to undertake a perilous journey in order to protect a special baby from an evil queen.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

Votes: 96,314 | Gross: $57.27M

graphic novel , and a comic strip ad running in various UK comics

6. Eating Raoul (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discovers a bizarre, if not murderous, way to get funding for opening a restaurant.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Robert Beltran, Susan Saiger

Votes: 6,493

comic book by Kim Deitch

7. Bugsy Malone (1976)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

71 Metascore

The classic gangster story of Bugsy Malone told with an all-child cast.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florence Garland, John Cassisi

Votes: 15,163 | Gross: $2.78M

graphic novel

8. Superman III (1983)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

44 Metascore

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 61,626 | Gross: $59.95M

DC Special

9. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

24 Metascore

The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 40,887 | Gross: $15.68M

DC Special

10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 61,182 | Gross: $38.75M

DC special

11. Alien Nation (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard

Votes: 13,578 | Gross: $25.22M

Alien Nation Movie Special from DC

12. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 360,255 | Gross: $2.08M

13. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 75,735 | Gross: $10.00M

1968 Western comic , other formats

14. The Man from Planet X (1951)

Approved | 71 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

As a mysterious planet hurls itself toward earth, an enigmatic extraterrestrial scout arrives on a remote Scottish island with unknown intentions.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Raymond Bond, William Schallert

Votes: 2,298

Fawcett Movie Comics 15 , reprinted in 2010

15. The Underworld Story (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The story of the fight of a small-town newspaper to free an innocent girl of a murder charge, with the publisher of a metropolitan city newspaper heading, by forced circumstances, the opposing forces.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Dan Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 639

Avon comic book 1950

16. Dick Tracy (1990)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 54,935 | Gross: $103.74M

17. RoboCop (1987)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

Votes: 221,518 | Gross: $53.42M

18. RoboCop 2 (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

Cyborg law enforcer RoboCop returns to protect the citizens of old Detroit but faces a deadly challenge when a rogue OCP member secretly creates a new, evil RoboCop 2.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Peter Weller, John Glover, Mario Machado, Leeza Gibbons

Votes: 78,022 | Gross: $45.68M

19. RoboCop 3 (1993)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

Robocop saves the day once more. This time the half man/half robot takes on ruthless developers who want to evict some people on "their" land.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Mario Machado, Remy Ryan

Votes: 43,908 | Gross: $10.70M

20. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 948,150 | Gross: $204.84M

21. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman

Votes: 131,968 | Gross: $39.57M

Marvel Comics Super Special 21

22. Conan the Destroyer (1984)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Olivia d'Abo, Wilt Chamberlain

Votes: 73,484 | Gross: $31.04M

Marvel Comics Super Special 35

23. Red Sonja (1985)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

35 Metascore

The fearless female warrior Red Sonja sets out to avenge her family's murder and rid her kingdom of the tyrannical rule of evil Queen Gedren.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Sandahl Bergman, Paul L. Smith

Votes: 37,055 | Gross: $6.95M

Marvel Comics Super Special 38

24. Blade Runner (1982)

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

84 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 655,149 | Gross: $32.87M

Marvel Comics Super Special 22

25. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,172,500 | Gross: $322.74M

Marvel Treasury Edition x 2 , reprinted in Star Wars 1 - 4 paperback book , UK annual

26. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 1,100,351 | Gross: $290.48M

Marvel Comics Super Special 16 , reprinted Star Wars 39 - 44 , UK annual , paperback book .

27. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 902,326 | Gross: $309.13M

Marvel Comics Super Special 27 and a 4 issue series , UK annual , paperback book

28. Godzilla 1985 (1985)

PG | 82 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

31 Metascore

Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

Directors: Koji Hashimoto, R.J. Kizer, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Raymond Burr, Keiju Kobayashi, Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi

Votes: 5,711 | Gross: $4.12M

29. Jaws 2 (1978)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

51 Metascore

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 66,983 | Gross: $102.92M

Marvel Comics Super Special 6

30. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 173,674 | Gross: $132.09M

Marvel Comics Super Special 3

31. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Small town band hits it big, but they must battle a nefarious plot in the music industry.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Peter Frampton, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb

Votes: 5,696 | Gross: $20.38M

Marvel Comics Super Special 7

32. Battlestar Galactica (1978)

PG | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Directors: Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi | Stars: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 8,137

Marvel Comics Super Special 8

33. Xanadu (1980)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance

35 Metascore

A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan

Votes: 11,334 | Gross: $22.76M

Marvel Comics Super Special 17

34. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 841,043 | Gross: $248.16M

Marvel Comics Super Special 18

35. 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: 422,850 | Gross: $179.87M

Marvel Comics Super Special 30

36. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 657,425 | Gross: $197.17M

37. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

54 Metascore

James Bond is assigned to find a missing British vessel, equipped with a weapons encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson

Votes: 86,613 | Gross: $62.30M

Marvel Comics Super Special 19 , and a paperback book , UK annual

38. Dragonslayer (1981)

PG | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam

Votes: 14,065 | Gross: $14.11M

Marvel Comics Super Special 20 , also a 2 issue series , and a UK special , paperback book

39. The Dark Crystal (1982)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Votes: 58,980 | Gross: $40.58M

Marvel Comics Super Special 24

40. Rock & Rule (1983)

PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music

A malevolent rock star kidnaps a singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon, and her band must help her stop him.

Director: Clive Smith | Stars: Don Francks, Gregory Salata, Susan Roman, Samantha Langevin

Votes: 2,953 | Gross: $0.03M

Marvel Comics Super Special 25

41. Annie (1982)

PG | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

39 Metascore

A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking

Votes: 37,890 | Gross: $57.06M

Marvel Comics Super Special 23 , and a treasury edition

42. Octopussy (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

63 Metascore

A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn

Votes: 89,705 | Gross: $67.90M

Marvel Comics Super Special 26

43. Krull (1983)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis

Votes: 28,790 | Gross: $16.52M

Marvel Comics Super Special 28 , and a 2 issue series

44. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (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: 16,994 | Gross: $45.90M

Marvel Comics Super Special 29