Best Fantasy Movies of 1980


Somewhere in Time

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

Flash Gordon

6.5/10 IMDB

A football player and his mates travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, Peter Wyngarde, Mariangela Melato, John Osborne ..
Directed by: Mike Hodges
Release date: 1980-09-01


5.3/10 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

The Watcher in the Woods

6.1/10 IMDB

After an American family moves to an old country manor in rural England, one of the daughters is tormented by the spirit of the owner's long lost daughter, who mysteriously disappeared 30 years ago during a solar eclipse.

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


7.2/10 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

The Return of the King

5.6/10 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, Theodore Gottlieb, Paul Frees, Casey Kasem, Sonny Melendrez, Nellie Bellflower ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1980-05-11

The Lathe of Heaven

7.1/10 IMDB

George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and hypnotically induces Mr. Orr to change reality for the benefit of mankind --- with bizarre and frightening results.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Kevin Conway, Peyton E. Park, Niki Flacks, Vandi Clark, Bernedette Whitehead, Jo Livingston, Margaret Avery, R.A. Mihailoff, Ben Stephenson ..
Directed by: Fred Barzyk, David R. Loxton
Release date: 1980-01-09

Forbidden Zone

6.6/10 IMDB

A mysterious door in the basement of the Hercules house leads to the Sixth Dimension by way of a gigantic set of intestine. When Frenchy slips through the door, King Fausto falls in love with her. The jealous Queen Doris takes Frenchy prisoner, and it is up to the Hercules family and friend Squeezit Henderson to rescue her.

Starring: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Gisele Lindley, Jan Stuart Schwartz, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Virginia Rose, Gene Cunningham, Phil Gordon, Danny Elfman, Joe Spinell ..
Directed by: Richard Elfman
Release date: 1980-03-15


6.1/10 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

Herbie Goes Bananas

4.9/10 IMDB

The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.

Starring: Cloris Leachman, Charles Martin Smith, Stephen W. Burns, Elyssa Davalos, Joaquin Garay III, Harvey Korman, Richard Jaeckel, Alex Rocco, John Vernon, Fritz Feld ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1980-06-25
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Trouble with Miss Switch

The Trouble with Miss Switch

7.8/10 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 : Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?

Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?

6.8/10 IMDB

A young man wishes he could get away and his wish is granted in a globetrotting, song singing way.

Starring: Wayne Morton, Hal Smith, Don Messick, Joe Raposo, Ken Lundie, Sue Allen ..
Directed by: Gerard Baldwin
Release date: 1980-05-02
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Gnomes


7.5/10 IMDB

A family of gnomes preparing for the wedding of their eldest son must engage in a battle of wits with an enemy family of vicious trolls.

Starring: Lee Richardson, Arthur Anderson, Rex Everhart, Anne Francine, Hetty Galen, Gordon Halliday, Bob McFadden, Corinne Orr, Joe Silver, Kjell Bergqvist ..
Directed by: Jack Zander, Lars Calonius
Release date: 1980-11-11
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Tempest

The Tempest

6.8/10 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
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Oh Heavenly Dog

Oh Heavenly Dog

5.4/10 IMDB

Browning is a PI with a bad cold, who's sent to investigate a case by a mysterious client. He stumbles across the body of a young woman and is stabbed to death, and when he wakes up in heaven, they tell him he's "marginal material," and they can only decide on his final destination through one last assignment: to go back and solve his own murder. As a dog. A cute fluffy little dog (Benji). Undaunted, Browning begins to investigate the case as best he can around his canine disabilities (dialing the phone presents a special challenge) to solve the murders, save the girl, and see justice done.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif, Robert Morley, Lorenzo Music, Benjean, Stuart Germain, Alan Sues, John Stride, Donnelly Rhodes ..
Directed by: Joe Camp
Release date: 1980-07-11
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Scruffy


7.5/10 IMDB

A puppy encounters a series of tragedies and losses brought on by the evils of uncaring humans as she tries to find a family and a place to call home.

Starring: Nancy McKeon, Michael Bell, June Foray, Alan Young, Frank Welker, Hans Conried, Michael Rye, Alan Dinehart, Frank Welker, Walker Edmiston ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1980-10-04
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Pinocchio's Christmas

Pinocchio's Christmas

6.3/10 IMDB

As Geppetto prepares for Christmas, Pinocchio joins a puppet show to earn money for a present. There he meets and elopes with the beautiful girl puppet, Julietta, leaving Geppetto alone and worried.

Starring: Todd Porter, George S. Irving, Alan King, Bob McFadden, Allen Swift, Ray Owens, Patricia Bright, Diane Leslie, Gerry Matthews, Tiffany Blake ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1980-12-03
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Black Angel

Black Angel

6.4/10 IMDB

A knight returns home from the Crusades to find his village devastated by disease and his family gone. He roams the forest searching for them, until he finds a mysterious maiden who is being held prisoner by a black knight. In order to free her, he must confront her captor.

Starring: Tony Vogel, Tony Vogel, John Young, Patricia Christian, James Gibb ..
Directed by: Roger Christian
Release date: 1980-05-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

6.1/10 IMDB

A TV adaptation of Washington Irving's classic ghost story. Humor is the drawing card in this version, with Jeff Goldblum a nerdish Ichabod Crane, Dick Butkus an appropriately nasty Brom Bones, and Meg Foster as spirited Katrina van Tassel. Angered that Katrina has grown fond of schoolmaster Crane, Brom Bones determines to scare off the interloper by filling his head with spooky tales of a Headless Horseman. Crane pooh-poohs the legends, until one fateful ride home in the dark of night.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Paul Sand, Meg Foster, Laura Campbell, Dick Butkus, James Griffith, Michael Ruud, H.E.D. Redford, Tiger Thompson, Jean Coulter ..
Directed by: Henning Schellerup
Release date: 1980-10-31

Oh, God! Book II

5.2/10 IMDB

God appears before 11-year-old Tracy Richards to ask for her help to spread his word and influence over the world which she suggests the slogan 'Think God.' Naturaly, Tracy's divorced parents think Tracy's crazy, and plot to halt her 'heaven-sent' mission to spread God's word.

Starring: George Burns, Suzanne Pleshette, David Birney, Louanne, John Louie, Conrad Janis, Anthony Holland, Hugh Downs, Joyce Brothers, Wilfrid Hyde-White ..
Directed by: Gilbert Cates
Release date: 1980-10-03
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Angel on My Shoulder

Angel on My Shoulder

6.3/10 IMDB

A small-time Chicago hood, now deceased, gets a second chance at life by striking a bargain with the Devil to inhabit and attempt to corrupt a totally honest politician.

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

Hawk the Slayer

5.3/10 IMDB

Hawk the Slayer, after seeing both his father and bride die at the hands of his malevolent brother, Voltan, sets out for revenge and the chance to live up to his title. Tooling himself up with the "mind-sword" and recruiting a motley band of warriors: a giant, a dwarf, a one-armed man with a machine-crossbow and an elf with the fastest bow in the land; Hawk leads the battle against Voltan to free the land from the forces of evil and avenge his loved ones.

Starring: Jack Palance, John Terry, Bernard Bresslaw, Ray Charleson, Peter O'Farrell, William Morgan Sheppard, Patricia Quinn, Cheryl Campbell, Annette Crosbie, Catriona MacColl ..
Directed by: Terry Marcel
Release date: 1980-08-27

Fatty Finn

6.7/10 IMDB

The 10-year-old Hubert Finn, known as "Fatty", lived in poor conditions in Australia in the 1930s. He and his friends stick together as they often have to defend themselves against the villain Bomer and his gang. Fatty wants a detector radio, but can't afford it. He has to raise money for it within a week, otherwise he won't get the radio ...

Starring: Ben Oxenbould, Rebecca Rigg, Jeremy Larsson, Martin Lewis, Hugo Grieve, Sandy Leask, Greg Kelly, Melita Simec, Christopher Norton, Bert Newton ..
Directed by: Maurice Murphy
Release date: 1980-12-18
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Gold Bug

The Gold Bug

7.3/10 IMDB

Shortly after the Civil War, while exploring the long deserted and reputedly haunted Sullivan's Island off Charleston S.C., a boy encounters two obsessed eccentrics living there. These men chase him away and warn him never to return or to tell anyone about them. Soon, however, they locate him and summon him back, because he has unknowingly given them a clue vital to their quest and they need his help to unravel the rest of the mystery. If he can do so, they will find buried pirate treasure and all become rich. But in joining the search, he falls under the same obsession and curse -- an ominous fate suggested by the unearthly electronic music which contributes to the film's atmosphere.

Starring: Roberts Blossom, Geoffrey Holder, Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Moberly, Sudie Bond, Anne Haney, Alix Elias, Philip Bruns ..
Directed by: Robert Fuest
Release date: 1980-02-02
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Carabosse


6.9/10 IMDB

Animation, also of a new order in the recent series of short works. Mostly on black space, the figures in blue perform a very compact and jewel-like opera in surreal form, again to Satie’s piano music. Ideally, the film should be projected on a 30" wide white card sitting on a music stand, center stage of a large auditorium or music hall, with sound from the projector piped into the big speaker system. The film is most effective this way, but can be shown normal-size also

Directed by: Lawrence Jordan
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz

Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz

6.2/10 IMDB

Dorothy is carried back to Oz by a green turkey balloon on the final Thanksgiving she is to spend with her aunt and uncle, who are moving to a retirement community. She meets Jack Pumpkinhead, The Hungry Tiger, and Tic Toc (sic), and must stop the evil Tyrone the Terrible Toy Tinkerer (looking suspiciously like John R. Neil's depiction of the Nome King), who brings the balloon to life.

Starring: Sid Caesar, Mischa Bond, Robert Ridgely, Frank Nelson, Joan Gerber, Lurene Tuttle, Charles Woolf, Maitzi Morgan, Julie Cohen ..
Directed by: Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf
Release date: 1980-11-25

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

5.7/10 IMDB

Ghosts and a young cadet try to save a military academy from being closed.

Starring: Dick O'Neill, Victor French, Louise Latham, Monte Markham, Ruta Lee, Vito Scotti, Rad Daly, Don Porter, Steve Franken, Renne Jarrett ..
Directed by: Bruce Bilson
Release date: 1980-12-21

The Apple

4.3/10 IMDB

In the glitzy, glittering futuristic world of 1994, music is king -- and the man who controls it is all-powerful malicious mogul Mr. Boogalow. Now he has his eye on two fresh-faced young singers, Alphie and Bibi, who score a hit at his WorldVision Song Festival and fall under the irresistible spell of fame, money, and temptation.

Starring: Catherine Mary Stewart, Grace Kennedy, Allan Love, Vladek Sheybal, Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, George S. Clinton, Francesca Poston, Derek Deadman, Günther Notthoff ..
Directed by: Menahem Golan
Release date: 1980-11-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Pink Ladies

The Pink Ladies

5.6/10 IMDB

A group of racquetball-playing married women indulge in sexual fantasies; so do their frustrated husbands.

Starring: Samantha Fox, Kandi Barbour, Vanessa del Rio, Christine DeShaffer, Barbara Daniels, Marlene Willoughby, Marcia Minor, Robin Byrd, Alan Adrian, Dave Ruby ..
Directed by: Roger Watkins, Robert Michaels
Release date: 1980-01-31

Tanya's Island

4.1/10 IMDB

Tanya is a female model who lives with her boyfriend Lobo, a surrealist painter who is extremely violent. Subjected to Lobo's constant abuse, Tanya dreams of escaping to a desert island, which comes true. The only other being on her island is an enormous blue-eyed man-ape who was born from one of Lobo's paintings.

Starring: Vanity, Richard Sargent, Mariette Levesque, Don McLeod, Donny Burns ..
Directed by: Alfred Sole
Release date: 1980-12-05
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The World of Strawberry Shortcake

The World of Strawberry Shortcake

6.4/10 IMDB

Welcome to Strawberry Land, the charming and peaceful home of Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit-filled friends, where rivers of strawberry juice flow past homes made of pastry! But all is not well in this picturesque paradise. The presence of the Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak and his beastly Berry Birds threatens their tranquil existence.

Release date: 1980-03-28
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype

Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype

3.9/10 IMDB

An ugly, misshapen podiatrist ingests a formula made by a colleague and turns into a handsome, devil-may-care (but violent) ladies' man.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Sunny Johnson, Maia Danziger, Virgil Frye, Mel Welles, Corinne Calvet, Kedrick Wolf, Dick Miller, Tony Cox, Charles Howerton ..
Directed by: Charles B. Griffith
Release date: 1980-10-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Nargun and the Stars

The Nargun and the Stars

8.4/10 IMDB

Based on the children's fantasy novel set in Australia, written by Patricia Wrightson. The story involves an orphaned city boy named Simon Brent who comes to live on a 5000-acre sheep station called Wongadilla, in the Hunter Region, with his mother's second cousins, Edie and Charlie. In a remote valley on the property he discovers a variety of ancient Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime creatures. The arrival of heavy machinery intent on clearing the land brings to life the ominous stone Nargun. The Nargun is a creature drawn from tribal legends of the Gunai or Kurnai people of the area now known as the Mitchell River National Park in Victoria. Other creatures featured in the story include the mischievous green-scaled water-spirit Potkoorok, the Turongs (tree people) and the Nyols (cave people).

Release date: 1980-09-15

Super Christian

5.9/10 IMDB

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's--Super Christian? Clark Kant is a mild-mannered Christian teenager with a super secret. Through light-hearted humor, the Super Christian series sets out to teach us something about Christian growth. In the first installment [sic] of Super Christian, we find that Clark Kant lives in two different worlds. During the week, Clark follows the standards of the world. "Why not?" he asks himself. "Isn't everybody doing it?" But on Sunday, in his Super Christian Best, Clark presents quite a different image. Then Clark learns through a friend that the Christian faith is for every day of the week, not just for Sundays. (from:

Starring: Jim Schmidt ..
Directed by: John Schmidt
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Bells of Astercote

The Bells of Astercote

7.0/10 IMDB

An adaptation of the novel by Penelope Lively. The plot revolves around the ghosts of plague victims in a sleepy wood.

Starring: John Branwell, Siobhan Brooks, Davyd Harries, Kristine Howarth, Ivor Roberts, Richard Hunter, Alison Rolfe, Ifor Williams, Janis Winters, Brenda Cowling ..
Directed by: Marilyn Fox
Release date: 1980-12-23
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Take Me Up to the Ball Game

Take Me Up to the Ball Game

6.9/10 IMDB

In this interplanetary baseball story, a group of friends are playing a sandlot game on Earth that is noticed by Irwin, an outer space promoter of baseball. The haphazard team consists of an eagle, a beaver, a bear, a kangaroo, and a mole. Irwin invites the Earth team to play against the Outer Space All-Stars, an awesome team that has never lost a game, of that matter, been scrored upon. Their secret: they are the biggest cheaters in the universe.

Directed by: Ken Stephenson
Release date: 1980-09-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Mark of Satan

The Mark of Satan

6.0/10 IMDB

Edwyn sees the number nine everywhere and is convinced that forces of evil are at work.

Starring: Peter McEnery, Georgina Hale, Emrys James, Antony Brown, Conrad Phillips ..
Directed by: Don Leaver
Release date: 1980-12-06
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Weekend Fantasy

Weekend Fantasy

5.5/10 IMDB

A group of hedonists capture a television star while she is out jogging, and have their way with her in (among other places) a chicken coop.

Starring: William Margold, Jennifer West, Christine DeShaffer, Maria Tortuga, Tawny Pearl, Jack Shute, Jerry Ram, Kathy Konners, David Morris ..
Directed by: Joe Luchine
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Valentine Magic on Love Island

Valentine Magic on Love Island

4.9/10 IMDB

Janis Paige presides over the proceedings at a posh resort, using magical powers to help eight attractive, amiable vacationers discover one another, aided by her nephew and niece in this unsold pilot variation of "Fantasy Island."

Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Daily, Howard Duff, Dominique Dunne, Dody Goodman, Lisa Hartman, Rick Hurst, Christopher Knight, Janis Paige, Bob Seagren ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1980-02-15
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Ultraman '80

Ultraman '80

0.0/10 IMDB

Ultraman 80, disguised as mild-mannered schoolteacher Takeshi Yamato, defends the Earth from ferocious giant monsters, which are the result of negative energy from human anger.

Starring: Hatsunori Hasegawa, Jin Nakayama, Eri Ishida, Shuhei Nitta, Masaaki Daimon, Daisuke Muso, Masashi Furuta, Sayoko Hagiwara, Tatsuya Okamoto, Akihiko Sugisaki ..
Directed by: Noriaki Yuasa
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : Dream Lovers

Dream Lovers

6.5/10 IMDB

Sulka and her friends Nikko, Loni, and Greg find themselves in the most erotic, scorching, and pounding four-way.

Starring: Frances Lopez, Magnificent Margo, Craig Roberts, Loni Sanders, Sulka, Jodie Nikko ..
Directed by: Kim Christy
Release date: 1980-01-01

The Spirit of Cheshire

6.6/10 IMDB

Michael Horden narrates as the voice of as Rolls Royce Phantom taking in the sights of Cheshire.

Starring: Michael Hordern ..
Directed by: Kevin T. Marsland
Release date: 1980-01-02
Best Fantasy Movies of 1980 : The Living Grave

The Living Grave

0.0/10 IMDB

Hypnotist, Joe Keaton, regresses a modern day nurse back beyond her birth to the life of an 18th century maid, Kitty. To this day flowers are left daily on the unconsecrated grave of Kitty. Part of the BBC Leap in the Dark anthology series.

Starring: Ian Hogg, Lesley Dunlop, Tony Doyle, David Delve, Michael Bangerter ..
Directed by: Colin Rose
Release date: 1980-09-09

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