My '80s

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1. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Graham

Votes: 12,957 | Gross: $2.45M

2. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn

Votes: 5,270 | Gross: $1.65M

3. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 60,192 | Gross: $34.70M

4. Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos, surround themselves with intellectual street people, and sleep with ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Claire Bloom, Frances Barber, Ayub Khan-Din

Votes: 1,294 | Gross: $1.20M

5. 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: 339,312 | Gross: $51.97M

6. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 62,009 | Gross: $40.08M

7. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | 164 min | Drama

80 Metascore

The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco

Votes: 46,654 | Gross: $7.63M

8. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 176,028 | Gross: $9.93M

9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

R | 171 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint

Votes: 31,469 | Gross: $10.01M

10. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George and his dad offer their rooms with views to Lucy and her chaperone. Lucy and George get acquainted but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again but now she's engaged.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands

Votes: 36,134 | Gross: $20.97M

11. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

R | 100 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 44,954 | Gross: $24.74M

12. River's Edge (1986)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

This is actually based on a true story that took place in Milpitas, CA in the mid 80's.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck

Votes: 14,432 | Gross: $4.60M

13. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros, Heather Graham

Votes: 29,775 | Gross: $4.73M

14. The Accused (1988)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi

Votes: 29,038 | Gross: $32.07M

15. The Last Wave (1977)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

85 Metascore

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aboriginal Persons in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow

Votes: 7,826

16. Gallipoli (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 34,138 | Gross: $5.73M

17. The Quiet Earth (1985)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith, Anzac Wallace

Votes: 23,056 | Gross: $2.12M

18. The Mosquito Coast (1986)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

An inventor spurns his city life to move his family into the jungles of Central America to make a utopia.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Jadrien Steele

Votes: 24,784 | Gross: $14.30M

19. Witness (1985)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

When a young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder, policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, Josef Sommer

Votes: 78,846 | Gross: $68.71M

20. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance, War

65 Metascore

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Bembol Roco

Votes: 18,008 | Gross: $10.28M

21. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans

Votes: 11,337

22. Caveman (1981)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

55 Metascore

A cave-man seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cave-woman.

Director: Carl Gottlieb | Stars: Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, Jack Gilford

Votes: 6,600 | Gross: $15.97M

23. Heavy Metal (1981)

R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks

Votes: 28,482

24. Brimstone & Treacle (1982)

R | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

A strange young man has a sinister effect on the family of a middle-aged writer.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Sting, Denholm Elliott, Joan Plowright, Suzanna Hamilton

Votes: 1,276

25. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music

89 Metascore

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steven Scales

Votes: 10,950 | Gross: $5.02M

26. UB40 and Chrissie Hynde: I Got You Babe (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A video clip directed by Jonathan Demme uniting UB40 and Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) in this cover version of "I Got You Babe". First half of the video introduces us to the band and ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Chrissie Hynde, UB40, Ali Campbell, Dorothy Demme

Votes: 26

27. The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

An eccentric marketing guru visits a Coca-Cola subsidiary in Australia to try and increase market penetration. He finds zero penetration in a valley owned by an old man who makes his own ... See full summary »

Director: Dusan Makavejev | Stars: Eric Roberts, Greta Scacchi, Bill Kerr, Chris Haywood

Votes: 2,691

28. Down by Law (1986)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

Votes: 43,729 | Gross: $1.44M

29. Working Girls (1986)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

A day in the life of several prostitutes in an upscale Manhattan whore house. The film is a stark portrayal of the women prostitutes, the male customers and the motivations of both. Watch ... See full summary »

Director: Lizzie Borden | Stars: Louise Smith, Ellen McElduff, Amanda Goodwin, Deborah Banks

Votes: 670 | Gross: $1.78M

30. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Jean De Baer

Votes: 7,120 | Gross: $1.08M

31. Anna (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

Anna is a middle-aged actress looking for work in New York City, with the help of her sometime lover, Daniel. She used to be a Czech film star married to the director Tonda, who is now ... See full summary »

Director: Yurek Bogayevicz | Stars: Sally Kirkland, Paulina Porizkova, Robert Fields, Gibby Brand

Votes: 595 | Gross: $1.24M

32. Bagdad Cafe (1987)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A lonely German woman ends up in the most desolate motel on Earth and decides to make it brighter.

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 11,320 | Gross: $3.59M

33. The Dead (1987)

PG | 83 min | Drama

Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend an early January dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delany

Votes: 6,573 | Gross: $4.37M

34. Dorf on Golf (1987 Video)

30 min | Short, Comedy, Sport

Avid diminutive sportsman Derk Dorf plays some golf with his clueless caddy Leonard. Unfortunately, he's bad at it, so he thinks of various ways to improve his game, including gadgets. First film in a series.

Director: Roger Beatty | Stars: Tim Conway, Vincent Schiavelli, Michele Smith

Votes: 206

35. Housekeeping (1987)

PG | 116 min | Drama

After their mother commits suicide, two sisters end up living with their kind but peculiar aunt in their grandmother's old house in a small 1950s town.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill, Anne Pitoniak

Votes: 1,899 | Gross: $1.08M

36. I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer, and idolizes Gabrielle for her artistic ability. When Gabrielle ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Richard Monette

Votes: 1,322 | Gross: $1.41M

37. Who's That Girl (1987)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

The life of an uptight tax lawyer turns chaotic when he is asked to escort a young woman newly released from prison, who persuades him to help prove her innocence.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Madonna, Griffin Dunne, Haviland Morris, John McMartin

Votes: 8,876 | Gross: $7.31M

38. Crossing Delancey (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

A Manhattan single meets a man through her Jewish grandmother's matchmaker.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver | Stars: Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Reizl Bozyk, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 3,268 | Gross: $16.26M

39. Last Rites (1988)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Angela, the beautiful Mexican mistress of a NY mobster, asks virginal Father Michael for protection after Zena, the mobster's wife, kills her cheating husband. Michael becomes torn between his vows, Angela and his sister - Zena.

Director: Donald P. Bellisario | Stars: Tom Berenger, Daphne Zuniga, Chick Vennera, Anne Twomey

Votes: 953 | Gross: $0.43M

40. Next of Kin (1989)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

53 Metascore

Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Helen Hunt

Votes: 8,525 | Gross: $15.94M

41. Restless Natives (1985)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

Two Scottish friends become local folk heroes and tourist attractions when they start holding up tour buses with novelty items.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Vincent Friell, Ned Beatty, Joe Mullaney, Teri Lally

Votes: 1,186



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