The 10 most famous 80’s movies are a combination of silly comedy, high tech science fiction, nostalgia, fantasy, and non fiction. Each of the most famous movies of the 80’s has something for every movie fan to enjoy. Many won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Script, or Best Musical Score.

  1. Airplane" (1980) Starring Peter Graves as Captain Clarence Oveur, Julie Hagerty as Elaine Dickinson, and Robert Hays as Ted Striker. This movie about mishaps in flight can only be characterized as an equal opportunity offender because nothing is sacred. Great fun, tremendous off beat comedy and Barbara Billlingsley as never before.

  2. The Terminator” (1984) Arnold Schwarenegger stars as the Terminator, a menacing cyborg robot from the future programmed to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) to suppress the future human rebellion against the cyborgs. Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) comes from the future to stop The Terminator and protect Sarah. First of a series of Terminator movies. Academy Awards for Best Make-Up and Best Writing.

  3. The Big Chill” (1983) Former college friends come together for a funeral. Wonderful ensemble cast including Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

  4. Rain Man” (1988) Narcissistic yuppie Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) learns he has an autistic brother when his estranged father leaves his fortune to his brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman). One of Dustin Hoffman’s better performances. Endearing tale of personal growth and love. Winner of four Academy Awards (Best Actor Dustin Hoffman).

  5. Ghostbusters”. 1984 Urban fantasy about three parapsychologists who open a business for professional poltergeist removal. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts. Clever script and sets. Off beat comedy as only the former cast on Saturday Night Live can provide. Nominated for two Academy Awards.

  6. Chariots of Fire”. 1981 Based on a true story about two athletes competing in track events in the 1924 Olympics. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) is a Jewish athlet fighting anti-Semitism to compete against Eric Liddell (Iam Charleson) the Flying Scotsman in a 100 meter race. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

  7. The Killing Fields”. 1984 Heartbreaking tale of Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) a New York Times journalist covering the Cambodian civil war and Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) who evacuates his family but stays behind to assist the reporter. When the Americans leave Cambodia, Pran is not able to leave. The story follows Pran’s journey and the attempts to rejoin him with his family. Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture.

  8. Return of the Jedi”. 1983 Part of the Star Wars Trilogy stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Luke the Jedi Knight rescues Han and the Princess from the Palace of Jabba the Hutt. Together they work to destroy the Death Star. Must see Sci-fi adventure. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

  9. Bull Durham”. 1988 Kevin Costner as Crash Davis, a seasoned pitcher traded to mature a rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh who has a “million dollar arm and five cent head”. Susan Sarandon as Annie Savoy, a baseball fan who mentors one player/lover a season. Crash, Nuke, and Annie create a humorous love triangle. Nominated for an Academy Award.

  10. Field of Dreams”. 1989 Off beat tale of an Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) who hears voices telling him “build it and they will come”. He mows down this corn field to build a baseball diamond, despite objections and criticism, and a miracle happens. Amy Madigan as Annie Kinsella, the supportive wife. Nominated for three Academy Awards.