Best Crime Movies of 1980

1.

The Long Good Friday

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. However, a series of bombings targets his empire on the very weekend the Americans are in town. Shand is convinced there is a traitor in his organization, and sets out to eliminate the rat in typically ruthless fashion.

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Dave King, Bryan Marshall, Derek Thompson, Eddie Constantine, P.H. Moriarty, Alan Ford, Paul Barber ..
Directed by: John Mackenzie
Release date: 1980-11-01
2.

Brubaker

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Starring: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Alexander, Morgan Freeman, Murray Hamilton, David Keith, Matt Clark, Richard Ward, M. Emmet Walsh, Everett McGill ..
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg
Release date: 1980-06-20
3.

Atlantic City

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli, Hollis McLaren, Robert Joy, Al Waxman, Robert Goulet, Moses Znaimer, Angus MacInnes ..
Directed by: Louis Malle
Release date: 1980-09-02
4.

Cruising

4.6
6.5/10 IMDB

A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society.

Starring: Al Pacino, Karen Allen, Paul Sorvino, Richard Cox, Don Scardino, Joe Spinell, Jay Acovone, Randy Jurgensen, Barton Heyman, Kirsten Baker ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1980-05-06
5.

American Gigolo

4.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work. Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him.

Starring: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, H├ęctor Elizondo, K Callan, Carole Cook, Nina van Pallandt, Bill Duke, Brian Davies, Tom Stewart, Patricia Carr ..
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Release date: 1980-02-08
6.

Gloria

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.

Starring: Gena Rowlands, Julie Carmen, John Adames, Buck Henry, Lupe Garnica, Jessica Castillo, Tom Noonan, Ronald Maccone, Lawrence Tierney, John P. Finnegan ..
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Release date: 1980-10-01
7.

McVicar

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

John McVicar was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest security prison be able to hold him? This is the true story of his life, his criminal exploits and his eventual rehabilitation.

Starring: Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell, Billy Murray, Georgina Hale, Steven Berkoff, Brian Hall, Malcolm Tierney, Peter Jonfield, Matthew Scurfield ..
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1980-08-01
8.

The Private Eyes

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

The lord and lady of a capacious manor are killed, and the lord's ghost seems to have returned to knock off the staff one by one, causing Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart to investigate the wacky house and its inhabitants.

Starring: Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Trisha Noble, Bernard Fox, Grace Zabriskie, John Fujioka, Irwin Keyes, Fred Stuthman, Robert V. Barron ..
Directed by: Lang Elliott
Release date: 1980-04-17
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9.

Borderline

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

Jeb Maynard is a patrolman guarding the U.S.-Mexican border, whose partner and buddy Scooter has just been murdered. Maynard knows that a smuggler of illegal aliens is responsible for Scooter's death, but the feds insist that drug dealers committed the crime.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Bert Remsen, Michael Lerner, Kenneth McMillan, Ed Harris, Karmin Murcelo, Enrique Castillo, Wilford Brimley, Norman Alden ..
Directed by: Jerrold Freedman
Release date: 1980-10-31
10.

Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Filmed on location at Alcatraz Island, this two-part "whole story" actually concentrates on a handful of the denizens behind the cold grey walls of "The Rock". Michael Beck plays the real-life Clarence Carnes, an Oklahoma Choctaw Indian said to be the youngest man ever incarcerated in the notorious maximum security prison. Serving a 99-year sentence for a gas station holdup and murder, Carnes makes periodic attempts to escape, the final attempt being the most violent. Many of the subordinate characters are fictional (as are most of the details concerning Carnes' escape efforts); the one exception is Robert Stroud, the "Birdman of Alcatraz", here portrayed by Art Carney as a gentle, kindly philosopher. Telly Savalas, a costar of the Burt Lancaster vehicle Birdman of Alcatraz, also guest starred in the 1980 film. Originally titled Alcatraz and Clarence Carnes, this made-for-TV movie wavers between gritty realism and "I'm bustin' outta here!" artifice.

Starring: Michael Beck, Art Carney, Alex Karras, Telly Savalas, Will Sampson, Ronny Cox, Richard Lynch, Robert Davi, John Amos, James MacArthur ..
Directed by: Paul Krasny
Release date: 1980-11-05

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