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Paste - The 80 Best Movies of the 1980s

"Welcome to Paste's 80 Best Movies of the 1980s. This list takes into account what the critics and audiences of the time could not—the lasting ripple effects of iconic performances, influential direction and pop-culture sweet spots, as well as some simply overlooked gems. That said, a great performance or popular endearment isn't necessarily enough. The films on this list must be good, solid examples of their respective genre (and in some cases, the template for said genre).
This list is not meant to be just another rehashing of critical favorites nor a popularity contest. Instead, it's a bit of both, with a few other considerations thrown in to boot. The result is a list that compares apples and oranges—and lima beans and lamps—with the ultimate goal of providing the Paste reader a list of movies that are worth checking out".
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1
Raging Bull (1980)
Raging Bull (1980)
2
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
3
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
4
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987)
5
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
6
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
7
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
8
Ordinary People (1980)
Ordinary People (1980)
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9
The Right Stuff (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983)
10
Raising Arizona (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
11
Brazil (1985)
Brazil (1985)
12
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
13
The Mission (1986)
The Mission (1986)
14
Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard (1988)
15
Amadeus (1984)
Amadeus (1984)
16
The Killing Fields (1984)
The Killing Fields (1984)
17
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
19
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
20
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
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21
The Big Chill (1983)
The Big Chill (1983)
22
Das Boot (1981)
Das Boot (1981)
23
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
24
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
25
Aliens (1986)
Aliens (1986)
26
The Untouchables (1987)
The Untouchables (1987)
27
Field of Dreams (1989)
Field of Dreams (1989)
28
Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Fanny & Alexander (1982)
29
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
30
Shoah (1985)
Shoah (1985)
31
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
32
The King of Comedy (1982)
The King of Comedy (1982)
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33
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
34
The Shining (1980)
The Shining (1980)
35
Wings of Desire (1987)
Wings of Desire (1987)
36
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
37
Gates of Heaven (1978)
Gates of Heaven (1978)
38
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
39
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
40
House of Games (1987)
House of Games (1987)
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