VOTE: Best Films of the 1980s

A community vote to find the best films from 1980 to 1989 (using Letterboxd dates)

In the comments below, vote for up to 10 films. 1 point goes to each film you pick, and you don't have to rank your selections. Films don't have to already be on the list, you're welcome to induct new entries.

You can change your votes at a later time if you want.

My personal favourites of the 1980s are here.

The list is sorted by points, then alphabetically by film name.

Other votes I run: Directors | Sci-Fi Films | Comedy Films | Romance Films | Animated Films | LGBTQ+ Films | Horror Films | 2000s Films | 1990s Films | 1970s Films | 2018 Films

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  • The Shining

    1

  • Blade Runner

    2

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    3

  • Back to the Future

    4

  • Die Hard

    5

  • The Thing

    6

  • Do the Right Thing

    7

  • Blue Velvet

    8

  • Raging Bull

    9

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    10

  • Aliens

    11

  • Ran

    12

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    13

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    14

  • Amadeus

    15

  • Come and See

    16

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    17

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    18

  • Paris, Texas

    19

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    20

  • Brazil

    21

  • Fanny & Alexander

    22

  • Possession

    23

  • Scarface

    24

  • The King of Comedy

    25

  • The Sacrifice

    26

  • The Terminator

    27

  • Predator

    28

  • The Princess Bride

    29

  • Return of the Jedi

    30

  • Videodrome

    31

  • Blood Simple

    32

  • Cinema Paradiso

    33

  • Dead Poets Society

    34

  • Full Metal Jacket

    35

  • Ghostbusters

    36

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    37

  • Stand by Me

    38

  • Wings of Desire

    39

  • Airplane!

    40

  • Angel's Egg

    41

  • The Breakfast Club

    42

  • Evil Dead II

    43

  • Fitzcarraldo

    44

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    45

  • The Little Mermaid

    46

  • Platoon

    47

  • Shoah

    48

  • Akira

    49

  • Batman

    50

  • The Blues Brothers

    51

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    52

  • The Elephant Man

    53

  • Field of Dreams

    54

  • A Fish Called Wanda

    55

  • Gremlins

    56

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    57

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    58

  • RoboCop

    59

  • Sans Soleil

    60

  • Spaceballs

    61

  • Born on the Fourth of July

    62

  • The Decalogue

    63

  • Empire of the Sun

    64

  • The Fly

    65

  • Hannah and Her Sisters

    66

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    67

  • Kagemusha

    68

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    69

  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    70

  • Little Shop of Horrors

    71

  • Love Streams

    72

  • Mad Max 2

    73

  • Manhunter

    74

  • Mystery Train

    75

  • National Lampoon's Vacation

    76

  • The NeverEnding Story

    77

  • Nostalgia

    78

  • Peking Opera Blues

    79

  • Pink Floyd - The Wall

    80

  • Rain Man

    81

  • Raising Arizona

    82

  • Repo Man

    83

  • Running on Empty

    84

  • sex, lies, and videotape

    85

  • The Terrorizers

    86

  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    87

  • The Times of Harvey Milk

    88

  • Vagabond

    89

  • The Vanishing

    90

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    91

  • Withnail & I

    92

  • A Zed & Two Noughts

    93

  • After Hours

    94

  • Alice

    95

  • An American Werewolf in London

    96

  • Atlantic City

    97

  • Back to the Future Part II

    98

  • Barefoot Gen

    99

  • A Better Tomorrow

    100