Best Fantasy Movies of 1980

1.

Somewhere in Time

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Young writer Richard Collier is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to "Come back to me". Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s. Becoming more and more obsessed with her, by self-hypnosis he manages to travel back in time—where he meets her.

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright, Bill Erwin, George Voskovec, Susan French, John Alvin, Eddra Gale, Audrey Bennett ..
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
Release date: 1980-10-02
2.

Xanadu

3.9
5.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful muse inspires an artist and his older friend to convert a dilapidated auditorium into a lavish rollerskating club.

Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan, Katie Hanley, Fred McCarren, Renn Woods, Dimitra Arliss, Sandahl Bergman, Lynn Latham ..
Directed by: Robert Greenwald
Release date: 1980-08-08
3.

Resurrection

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The story of a woman who survives the car accident which kills her husband, but discovers that she has the power to heal other people. She becomes an unwitting celebrity, the hope of those in desperate need of healing, and a lightning rod for religious beliefs and skeptics.

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom, Clifford David, Jeffrey DeMunn, Eva La Gallienne, Carlin Glynn, Pamela Payton-Wright, Lois Smith ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1980-09-26
4.

The Watcher in the Woods

3.5
6.3/10 IMDB

No sooner does an all-American family takes possession of a baronial English manor when all manner of peculiar things occurring, including signs that point to the disappearance of a young girl during a solar eclipse decades before. Bette Davis headlines and Lynn-Holly Johnson co-stars in this suspenseful take on haunted houses.

Starring: Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Benedict Taylor, Frances Cuka, Richard Pasco, Ian Bannen, Katharine Levy ..
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1980-04-17
5.

Harlequin

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

In this modern-day version of the Rasputin story, David Hemmings plays an up-and-coming senator, Nick Rast, whose young son is terminally ill with leukaemia. A mysterious faith healer, Gregory Wolfe, appears and seems to cure the boy. Rast's wife Sandy falls in love with Wolfe, but the powerful interests behind Rast's career, represented by geriatric monster Doc Wheelan are less happy with events.

Starring: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan, Broderick Crawford, Gus Mercurio, Alan Cassell, Mark Spain, Alyson Best, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan ..
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Release date: 1980-03-28
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Trouble with Miss Switch
6.

The Trouble with Miss Switch

3.3
8.1/10 IMDB

When Rupert and his friend Amelia find the new substitute teacher doing odd things, they discover that she is actually a witch with a magical talking cat who sought them out in order to stop an evil coven of witches from destroying her.

Starring: Janet Waldo, Eric Taslitz, Nancy McKeon, June Foray, Frank Welker, Philip Tanzini, Alan Dinehart ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1980-02-16
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Angel on My Shoulder
7.

Angel on My Shoulder

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

Criminal dies and goes to hell, and is given one last chance to redeem himself by helping a respected judge

Starring: Peter Strauss, Richard Kiley, Barbara Hershey, Janis Paige, Seymour Cassel, Scott Colomby, Peter MacLean, Billy Jayne, Douglas Dirkson, Ann Newman-Mantee ..
Directed by: John Berry
Release date: 1980-05-11
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Return of the King
8.

The Return of the King

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.

Starring: Orson Bean, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad, John Huston, Roddy McDowall, Brother Theodore, Paul Frees, Casey Kasem, Sonny Melendrez, Nellie Bellflower ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1980-05-11
9.

Scruffy

3.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Scruffy is a puppy you'll definitely fall in love with. In the tradition of Bambi, Scruffy is an orphan, alone and frightened. Rather than the freedom of the forest, Scruffy must wander the streets of the big city before she makes friends. First there's Joe Tibbles, a street performer who adopts her. Then when Joe suddenly dies, she meets Butch, an unwanted stray with a heart of gold. Scruffy's tale will tug at your heartstrings as you experience with her the hardships of life as a stray.

Starring: Nancy McKeon, Michael Bell, June Foray, Alan Young, Frank Welker, Hans Conried ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1980-10-04
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Tempest
10.

The Tempest

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Prospero, the true Duke of Milan is now living on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban and Ariel, a spirit of the air. Raising a sorm to bring his brother - the usurper of his dukedom - along with his royal entourage. to the island. Prospero contrives his revenge.

Starring: Michael Hordern, Derek Godfrey, David Waller, Warren Clarke, Nigel Hawthorne, David Dixon, Andrew Sachs, John Nettleton, Alan Rowe, Pippa Guard ..
Directed by: John Gorrie
Release date: 1980-02-27

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