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Top Films of the 1980s (#1-100)

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott 12
2 Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese 25
3 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Steven Spielberg 26
4 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg 31
5 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 Irvin Kershner 43
6 The Shining 1980 Stanley Kubrick 46
7 Back to the Future 1985 Robert Zemeckis 56
8 Blue Velvet 1986 David Lynch 72
9 Brazil 1985 Terry Gilliam 76
10 Aliens 1986 James Cameron 77
11 This Is Spinal Tap 1984 Rob Reiner 85
12 Do the Right Thing 1989 Spike Lee 102
13 Die Hard 1988 John McTiernan 104
14 The Terminator 1984 James Cameron 106
15 The Princess Bride 1987 Rob Reiner 110
16 The Thing 1982 John Carpenter 129
17 Once Upon a Time in America 1984 Sergio Leone 154
18 Airplane! 1980 Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker 158
19 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman 162
20 When Harry Met Sally… 1989 Rob Reiner 170
21 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone 180
22 Scarface 1983 Brian De Palma 183
23 Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa 191
24 Wings of Desire 1987 Wim Wenders 197
25 Cinema Paradiso 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore 208
26 Fanny and Alexander 1982 Ingmar Bergman 212
27 Withnail & I 1987 Bruce Robinson 213
28 Ghostbusters 1984 Ivan Reitman 220
29 Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Petersen 248
30 Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick 252
31 Akira 1988 Katsuhiro Ôtomo 261
32 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand 264
33 The Fly 1986 David Cronenberg 273
34 Shoah 1985 Claude Lanzmann 295
35 Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 John Hughes 301
36 Tootsie 1982 Sydney Pollack 303
37 My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Hayao Miyazaki 308
38 Field of Dreams 1989 Phil Alden Robinson 313
39 The Blues Brothers 1980 John Landis 316
40 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 Robert Zemeckis 321
41 The Evil Dead 1981 Sam Raimi 322
42 Come and See 1985 Elem Klimov 332
43 A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 Wes Craven 336
44 The Road Warrior 1981 George Miller 342
45 Stand by Me 1986 Rob Reiner 352
46 The Decalogue 1989 Krzysztof Kieslowski 364
47 Paris, Texas 1984 Wim Wenders 379
48 The Elephant Man 1980 David Lynch 385
49 Evil Dead II 1987 Sam Raimi 391
50 Dirty Dancing 1987 Emile Ardolino 393
51 Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 Woody Allen 395
52 Chariots of Fire 1981 Hugh Hudson 396
53 An American Werewolf in London 1981 John Landis 397
54 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough 405
55 Videodrome 1983 David Cronenberg 410
56 RoboCop 1987 Paul Verhoeven 411
57 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan 1982 Nicholas Meyer 414
58 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 Steven Spielberg 417
59 Fitzcarraldo 1982 Werner Herzog 419
60 The Thin Blue Line 1988 Errol Morris 423
61 Blood Simple 1984 Joel Coen 433
62 Caddyshack 1980 Harold Ramis 434
63 The Breakfast Club 1985 John Hughes 437
64 Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 Steven Soderbergh 446
65 A Fish Called Wanda 1988 Charles Crichton 447
66 Rain Man 1988 Barry Levinson 451
67 Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982 Amy Heckerling 467
68 Say Anything… 1989 Cameron Crowe 473
69 Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Isao Takahata 482
70 Bull Durham 1988 Ron Shelton 483
71 The Untouchables 1987 Brian De Palma 487
72 The Long Good Friday 1980 John Mackenzie 490
73 The King of Comedy 1982 Martin Scorsese 505
74 The Killer 1989 John Woo 506
75 Raising Arizona 1987 Joel Coen 511
76 Stranger than Paradise 1984 Jim Jarmusch 512
77 Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 Woody Allen 516
78 Predator 1987 John McTiernan 519
79 The Right Stuff 1983 Philip Kaufman 521
80 Big 1988 Penny Marshall 528
81 Dead Poets Society 1989 Peter Weir 546
82 Sans soleil 1983 Chris Marker 550
83 Koyaanisqatsi 1982 Godfrey Reggio 564
84 Batman 1989 Tim Burton 569
85 Top Gun 1986 Tony Scott 571
86 Au Revoir, les Enfants 1987 Louis Malle 578
87 A Christmas Story 1983 Bob Clark 579
88 Poltergeist 1982 Tobe Hooper 584
89 The Last Emperor 1987 Bernardo Bertolucci 585
90 Local Hero 1983 Bill Forsyth 586
91 Glory 1989 Edward Zwick 591
92 Gregory's Girl 1981 Bill Forsyth 601
93 Terms of Endearment 1983 James L. Brooks 602
94 Atlantic City 1980 Louis Malle 606
95 Moonstruck 1987 Norman Jewison 614
96 Stop Making Sense 1984 Jonathan Demme 617
97 Jean de Florette 1986 Claude Berri 624
98 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 1988 Pedro Almodóvar 628
99 Fatal Attraction 1987 Adrian Lyne 635
100 Witness 1985 Peter Weir 645
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