100 Top 10 Movies of the 1980s

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The rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base
The Empire Strikes Back
Clark agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois
Superman 2
3 employees of a sexist bigot find a way to turn the tables on him
9 to 5
Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison
Stir Crazy
A crew taken ill. Surely the only person capable of landing is an ex pilot afraid to fly
A sheltered young high society woman joins the US army on a whim
Private Benjamin
The Bandit goes on another cross country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas
Smokey and the Bandit 2
Death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the mother, father and the younger son
Ordinary People
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.
The Blues Brothers
Indy is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn, old and in love
On Golden Pond
A group of Florida high schoolers seek out to help a buddy lose his virginity
A happy drunk with no ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which will only be his if he marries Susan
2 friends dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun
007 is assigned to hunt for a lost encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands
For Your Eyes Only
A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross country car race
The Cannonball Run
Two British runners take a physical and spiritual journey on the path to the 1924 Olympics
Chariots of Fire
A young boy joins a group of time travelling, treasure hunting dwarves
Time Bandits
Hoping to break a case a reporter prints a story about an innocent man, who vows to get even
Absence of Malice
Elliot befriends an adorable alien that just wants to phone home
An out of work actor dresses up as a woman to get a role on a soap and falls in love
A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator
An Officer and a Gentleman
Balboa takes on Mr. T
Rocky 3
Genetically engineered series villain Khan returns to antagonize the crew of the Enterprise
Star Trek 2
A family is terrorized in their new home by unfriendly spirits
A cop reluctantly teams up with a criminal paroled to him, in order to track down a killer
48 Hours
Town Sheriff fights to keep a historical whorehouse open when a TV preacher targets it
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling
The Verdict
Luke finally becomes a full fledged Jedi, but the dark side is stronger than ever
Return of the Jedi
Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers
Terms of Endearment
A welder and exotic dancer, wants to become a ballet dancer
An investor and a con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet
Trading Places
A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game playing
A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death leads 007 to uncover an international jewel smuggling operation
A rape victim is exacting revenge in a small town outside San Francisco
Sudden Impact
After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife
Mr Mom
Saturday Night Fever's Tony returns in this sequel directed by Sylvester Stallone
Staying Alive
Stressed about college and trashing his father's Porsche, Joel does the logical thing... turns his house into a brothel!
Risky Business
3 unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a ghost removal service
Detroit cop chases a killer to the very different environment of California
Beverly Hills Cop
Arriving in India, Indy is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Adorable creatures become malevolent destructors don't get 'em wet and never, EVER feed them after midnight!
Mr Miyagi agrees to teach a bullied boy martial arts
The Karate Kid
A group of misfits face off against police instructors
Police Academy
A teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned
A romance writer teams with a low life adventurer to rescue her kidnapped sister
Romancing the Stone
Capt Kirk steals the Enterprise to return to the Genesis planet
Star Trek 3
A man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy
A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time traveling DeLorean
Back to the Future
John is released from prison by the government for a top secret covert mission
First Blood
Balboa takes on the Russians
Rocky 4
The life and trials of a young African American woman
The Color Purple
A plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free spirited big game hunter
Out of Africa
Old folks discover the fountain of youth in a swimming pool filled with alien pods
A cop must adjust to Amish life to protect a boy who was the sole witness to a murder
Jack and Joan tire of their easy life in this sequel to Romancing the Stone
The Jewel of the Nile
A group of misfits go on a treasure hunt to save their homes
The Goonies
2 government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War
Spies like Us
Students at the Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class
Top Gun
A reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City
Crocodile Dundee
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man
Daniel accompanies Mr Miiyagi to Okinawa who is off to see his dying father and confront his old rival, while Daniel inadvertently makes an enemy of his own
The Karate Kid Part II
Kirk and Spock time travel to Earth circa 1986
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Millionaire Rodney Dangerfield returns to college to help his son get through
Back to School
Ripley returns to face not just one Alien, but hordes of them
A detective specializing in missing children tracks down a very special boy
The Golden Child
A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did
Ruthless People
Ferris is determined to have a good time, school day or not. Leisure rules!
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends
Three men and a baby
A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him
Fatal Attraction
Detroit cop Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to solve another crime
Beverly Hills Cop II
An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam
Good Morning, Vietnam
Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team
The Untouchables
A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life
The Secret of My Success
A cop has to watch his partner fall for the woman they've been assigned to watch
A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers
Lethal Weapon
A good girl falls for her bad boy dance instructor
Dirty Dancing
Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives
The Witches of Eastwick
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country
Rain Man
A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
An African prince goes to Queens, NY to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence
Coming to America
A boy wishes to be an adult at a magic wish machine
A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short small-time crook
Australian outback expert protects his New York love from gangsters who've followed her down under
Crocodile Dundee II
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others
Die Hard
A talented New York bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love
Incompetent cop Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II
The Naked Gun
A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York
Oliver & Company
The Dark Knight begins his war on crime with his first major enemy, the Joker
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities
Lethal Weapon 2
After a single, career-minded woman is left on her own to give birth to the child of a married man, she finds a new romantic chance in a cab driver. Meanwhile the point-of-view of the newborn boy is narrated through voice over
Look Who's Talking
The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
Marty has to return to 1955 to fix events - without running into himself!
Back to the Future Part II
The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business
Ghostbusters 2
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land
The Little Mermaid
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years
Driving Miss Daisy
The Buckman family is a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse
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