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

4.0
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
3.

Resurrection

3.9
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 Lathe of Heaven

3.6
7.2/10 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: 1980-01-01
5.

Forbidden Zone

3.5
6.7/10 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.

The Watcher in the Woods

3.5
6.3/10 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.

Harlequin

3.5
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
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8.

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
9.

Herbie Goes Bananas

3.2
5.0/10 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
10.

The Return of the King

3.1
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, Theodore Gottlieb, Paul Frees, Casey Kasem, Sonny Melendrez, Nellie Bellflower ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1980-05-11

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