Best Movies of 1980

1.

The Empire Strikes Back

7.1
8.7/10 IMDB

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz, James Earl Jones ..
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1980-05-20
2.

The Shining

6.8
8.4/10 IMDB

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson, Tony Burton, Barry Dennen ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1980-05-23
3.

The Elephant Man

6.7
8.2/10 IMDB

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, John Standing, Phoebe Nicholls, Kenny Baker ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1980-10-09
4.

Raging Bull

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Mario Gallo, John Turturro, Joseph Bono, Frank Adonis ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1980-11-14
5.

The Blues Brothers

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts his old band back togther to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper, Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Murphy Dunne, Willie Hall ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 1980-06-16
6.

Airplane!

6.1
7.7/10 IMDB

The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie Hagerty as his girlfriend/stewardess/co-pilot; and a cast of all-stars including Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar... and more. Their hilarious high jinks spoof airplane disaster flicks, religious zealots, television commercials, romantic love... the list whirls by in rapid succession. And the story races from one moment of zany fun to the next.

Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Lorna Patterson, Robert Stack, Stephen Stucker, Jim Abrahams ..
Directed by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Release date: 1980-07-02
7.

Superman II

5.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Three escaped criminals from the planet Krypton test the Man of Steel's mettle. Led by General Zod, the Kryptonians take control of the White House and partner with Lex Luthor to destroy Superman and rule the world. But Superman, who attempts to make himself human in order to get closer to Lois, realizes he has a responsibility to save the planet.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Susannah York, Clifton James ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1980-12-04
8.

Ordinary People

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together.

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth McGovern, Dinah Manoff, Fredric Lehne, James B. Sikking, Basil Hoffman ..
Directed by: Robert Redford
Release date: 1980-09-19
9.

The Fog

5.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses a mystical fire; and hitchhiker Elizabeth discovers the mutilated corpse of a fisherman. Then a mysterious iridescent fog descends upon the village, and more people start to die.

Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Tom Atkins, James Canning, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes, Ty Mitchell, Hal Holbrook ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1980-02-08
10.

Breaker Morant

5.4
7.8/10 IMDB

During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom.

Starring: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, John Waters, Terence Donovan, Vincent Ball, Ray Meagher, Chris Haywood, Russell Kiefel, Lewis Fitz-Gerald ..
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 1980-06-11
11.

Coal Miner's Daughter

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Beverly D'Angelo, William Sanderson, Phyllis Boyens, Bill Anderson Jr., Foister Dickerson, Malla McCown, Pamela McCown ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1980-03-07
Best Movies of 1980 : The Gods Must Be Crazy
12.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

A Coca-Cola bottle dropped from an airplane raises havoc among a normally peaceful tribe of African bushmen who believe it to be a utensil of the gods.

Starring: N!xau, Michael Thys, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey, Nic De Jager, Fanyana H. Sidumo, Joe Seakatsie, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Ken Gampu ..
Directed by: Jamie Uys
Release date: 1980-09-10
13.

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
14.

Friday the 13th

5.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon, Mark Nelson, Robbi Morgan, Peter Brouwer, Rex Everhart ..
Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham
Release date: 1980-05-09
15.

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
16.

Stardust Memories

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.

Starring: Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper, Marie-Christine Barrault, Tony Roberts, Daniel Stern, Amy Wright, Helen Hanft, John Rothman, Sharon Stone ..
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1980-09-26
17.

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: 1980-09-03
18.

The Changeling

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

After a tragic event happens, composer John Russell moves to Seattle to try to overcome it and build a new and peaceful life in a lonely big house that has been uninhabited for many years. But, soon after, the obscure history of such an old mansion and his own past begin to haunt him.

Starring: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, John Colicos, Barry Morse, Madeleine Sherwood, Frances Hyland, Helen Burns, Ruth Springford ..
Directed by: Peter Medak
Release date: 1980-03-28
19.

Brubaker

5.2
7.1/10 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
20.

Dressed to Kill

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

When Liz Blake, a prostitute, sees a mysterious woman brutally slay homemaker Kate Miller, she finds herself trapped in a dangerous situation. While the police think Liz is the murderer, the real killer wants to silence the crime's only witness.

Starring: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz, David Margulies, Ken Baker, Susanna Clemm, Brandon Maggart, Amalie Collier ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1980-07-25
21.

Caddyshack

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

At an exclusive country club, an ambitious young caddy, Danny Noonan, eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favour of the elitist Judge Smails, and then the caddy golf tournament which Smails sponsors.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray, Sarah Holcomb, Scott Colomby, Cindy Morgan, Dan Resin, Henry Wilcoxon ..
Directed by: Harold Ramis
Release date: 1980-07-25
22.

Gloria

5.1
7.1/10 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
Best Movies of 1980 : The Big Red One
23.

The Big Red One

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

A veteran sergeant of World War I leads a squad in World War II, always in the company of the survivor Pvt. Griff, the writer Pvt. Zab, the Sicilian Pvt. Vinci and Pvt. Johnson, in Vichy French Africa, Sicily, D-Day at Omaha Beach, Belgium and France, and ending in a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia where they face the true horror of war.

Starring: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, Kelly Ward, Stéphane Audran, Siegfried Rauch, Serge Marquand, Alain Doutey, Maurice Marsac ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1980-01-22
24.

Nine to Five

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep Hart tied up?

Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Sterling Hayden, Elizabeth Wilson, Henry Jones, Lawrence Pressman, Marian Mercer, Renn Woods ..
Directed by: Colin Higgins
Release date: 1980-12-18
25.

The Long Riders

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.

Starring: David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, James Keach, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Kevin Brophy, Harry Carey, Jr., Christopher Guest ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1980-05-16
26.

Altered States

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A research scientist explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.

Starring: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid, Thaao Penghlis, Miguel Godreau, Dori Brenner, Peter Brandon, Charles White-Eagle, Drew Barrymore ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1980-12-25
27.

Heaven's Gate

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Harvard graduate James Averill is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners fight the immigrants with the help of Nathan Champion, a mercenary competing with Averill for the love of local madam Ella Watson. As the struggle escalates, Averill and Champion begin to question their decisions.

Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif, Jeff Bridges, Joseph Cotten, Ronnie Hawkins, Paul Koslo ..
Directed by: Michael Cimino
Release date: 1980-11-19
28.

The Blue Lagoon

4.9
5.8/10 IMDB

Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline and Richard make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. But will they ever see civilization again?

Starring: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels, Jeffrey Kleiser, Gus Mercurio, Elva Josephson, Glenn Kohan, Bradley Pryce, Chad Timmerman ..
Directed by: Randal Kleiser
Release date: 1980-07-05
29.

Stir Crazy

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

New Yorkers Skip Donahue and Harry Monroe have no jobs and no prospects, so they decide to flee the city and find work elsewhere, landing jobs wearing woodpecker costumes to promote the opening of a bank. When their feathery costumes are stolen and used in a bank robbery, they no longer have to worry about employment — they're sent to prison.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams, Miguel Ángel Suárez, Craig T. Nelson, Barry Corbin, Charles Weldon, Erland van Lidth, Nicolas Coster ..
Directed by: Sidney Poitier
Release date: 1980-12-12
30.

The Final Countdown

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

During routine manoeuvres near Hawaii in 1980, the aircraft-carrier USS Nimitz is caught in a strange vortex-like storm, throwing the ship back in time to 1941—mere hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron O'Neal, Charles Durning, Victor Mohica, James Coleman, Soon-Tek Oh, Alvin Ing ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1980-01-31
31.

Used Cars

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Frank McRae, Gerrit Graham, Deborah Harmon, Joe Flaherty, Michael McKean, Mildred Brion, David L. Lander, Michael Talbott ..
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1980-07-11
32.

Fame

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

Starring: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Antonia Franceschi, Boyd Gaines, Albert Hague, Tresa Hughes, Steve Inwood, Paul McCrane ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1980-05-16
33.

Maniac

4.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and local girl American models and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree.

Starring: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton, Kelly Piper, Rita Montone, Tom Savini, Hyla Marrow, James Brewster, Linda Lee Walter, Sharon Mitchell ..
Directed by: William Lustig
Release date: 1980-11-14
34.

Flash Gordon

4.7
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, Chaim Topol, Ornella Muti, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed, Peter Wyngarde, Mariangela Melato, John Osborne ..
Directed by: Mike Hodges
Release date: 1980-09-01
35.

Cruising

4.7
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 a 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: 1980-02-15
Best Movies of 1980 : Salem's Lot: The Movie
36.

Salem's Lot: The Movie

4.7
6.7/10 IMDB

The successful writer Benjamin "Ben" Mears returns to his hometown Salem's Lot, Maine, expecting to write a new novel about the Marsten House. Ben believes that the manor is an evil house that attracts evil men since the place has many tragic stories and Ben saw a ghostly creature inside the house when he was ten. Ben finds that the Marsten House has just been rented to the antique dealers Richard K. Straker and his partner Kurt Barlow that is permanently traveling. Ben meets the divorced teacher Susan Norton that is living with her parents and they have a love affair. Ben also gets close to her father Dr. Bill Norton and his former school teacher Jason Burke. When people start to die anemic, Ben believes that Straker's partner is a vampire. But how to convince his friends that he is not crazy and that is the truth?

Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Julie Cobb, Reggie Nalder, Bonnie Bartlett, Ed Flanders, George Dzundza ..
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1980-09-10
37.

Urban Cowboy

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

After moving to Pasadena, Texas, country boy Bud Davis starts hanging around a bar called Gilley's, where he falls in love with Sissy, a cowgirl who believes the sexes are equal. They eventually marry, but their relationship is turbulent due to Bud's traditional view of gender roles. Jealousy over his rival leads to their separation, but Bud attempts to win Sissy back by triumphing at Gilley's mechanical bull-riding competition.

Starring: John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Barry Corbin, Cooper Huckabee, James Gammon, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Hall, Brooke Alderson ..
Directed by: James Bridges
Release date: 1980-06-06
38.

Where the Buffalo Roam

4.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Starring: Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby, René Auberjonois, R. G. Armstrong, Danny Goldman, Rafael Campos, DeWayne Jessie, Mark Metcalf, Joseph Ragno ..
Directed by: Art Linson
Release date: 1980-04-25
Best Movies of 1980 : Little Lord Fauntleroy
39.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Young Cedric Errol and his widowed mother live in genteel poverty in 1880s Brooklyn after the death of his father. Cedric's grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, has long ago disowned his son for marrying an American. But after the death of the Earl's remaining son, he decides to accept Cedric as his heir.

Starring: Ricky Schroder, Alec Guinness, Connie Booth, Eric Porter, Colin Blakely, Rolf Saxon, Rachel Kempson, Carmel McSharry, Antonia Pemberton, Antonia Pemberton ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1980-11-25
40.

American Gigolo

4.6
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, Hector 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
41.

Bronco Billy

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney, Sam Bottoms, Dan Vadis, Sierra Pecheur, Walter Barnes, Woodrow Parfrey ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1980-06-11
42.

Private Benjamin

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A sheltered young high society woman joins the army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

Starring: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Mary Kay Place, Harry Dean Stanton, Albert Brooks, Kopi Sotiropulos, Craig T. Nelson, Toni Kalem ..
Directed by: Howard Zieff
Release date: 1980-10-06
43.

AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

4.4
8.3/10 IMDB

1. Live Wire 2. Shot Down In Flames 3. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be 4. Sin City 5. Walk All Over You 6. Bad Boy Boogie 7. The Jack 8. Highway To Hell 9. Girls Got Rhythm 10. High Voltage 11. Whole Lotta Rosie 12. Rocker 13. Let There Be Rock AC/DC: Let There Be Rock was filmed on 9 December 1979 at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France, and also contains interviews with members of the band, including lead vocalist Bon Scott, who died two months after filming. The concert film was re-released on a Blu-ray/DVD double pack along with a collector's tin, concert pictures, a souvenir guitar pick, and a 32-page booklet, or just as Blu-ray or DVD individual sets on 7 June 2011. Only 90,000 of the collectors tins were made, and each labeled with a number out of 90,000 on the base of the tin.

Starring: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd ..
Directed by: Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler
Release date: 1980-09-01
44.

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Perennially stoned Cheech and Chong tear through the city of Los Angeles, causing trouble wherever they go. After Cheech loses his job, the two pot enthusiasts head to the welfare offices where Cheech's girlfriend, Donna, works. Instead of collecting unemployment, they find themselves thrown back on the streets, searching for a way to earn new income. But when Cheech's cousin, "Red" Mendoza, arrives, things get even crazier.

Starring: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Evelyn Guerrero, Betty Kennedy, Paul Reubens, Cassandra Peterson, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Shelby Chong, Edie McClurg ..
Directed by: Tommy Chong
Release date: 1980-07-18
45.

Any Which Way You Can

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Philo takes part in a bare knuckle fight - as he does - to make some more money than he can earn from his car repair business. He decides to retire from fighting, but when the Mafia come along and arrange another fight, he is pushed into it. A motorcycle gang and an orangutan called Clyde all add to the 'fun'.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Harry Guardino, Ruth Gordon, William Smith, Michael Cavanaugh, Barry Corbin, Roy Jenson, Al Ruscio ..
Directed by: Buddy Van Horn
Release date: 1980-12-17
46.

Hopscotch

4.4
7.1/10 IMDB

When CIA operative Miles Kendig deliberately lets KGB agent Yaskov get away, his boss threatens to retire him. Kendig beats him to it, however, destroying his own records and traveling to Austria where he begins work on a memoir that will expose all his former agency's covert practices. The CIA catches wind of the book and sends other agents after him, initiating a frenetic game of cat and mouse that spans the globe.

Starring: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, Herbert Lom, David Matthau, George Baker, Ivor Roberts, Severn Darden, Lucy Saroyan ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1980-09-26
47.

The Stunt Man

4.3
7.0/10 IMDB

While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The mixture of real danger and fantasy of the movie is an interesting twist for the viewer as the two blend in individual scenes.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield, Alex Rocco, Sharon Farrell, Adam Roarke, Philip Bruns, John Garwood, Jim Hess ..
Directed by: Richard Rush
Release date: 1980-06-27
48.

Motel Hell

4.3
6.0/10 IMDB

"Meat is meat, and man's gotta eat!" That was always granny's philosophy. And that's the way folks still think over at the Motel Hello where Farmer Vincent mixes up his special blend of smoke meats. Heck, everybody in the county just loves Farmer Vincent's sausages and hams -- there's nothin' quite like 'em. But pray tell, what's that we've heard about strangers just disappearing after passing by Vincent's motel? And what are those odd things planted in Vincent's "secret garden" that he tends to only at night?

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod, Wolfman Jack, Elaine Joyce, Monique St. Pierre, John Ratzenberger, Gwil Richards, Toni Gilman ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1980-08-14
49.

Alligator

4.3
6.1/10 IMDB

A baby alligator is flushed down a toilet and survives by eating discarded lab animals that have been injected with growth hormones. The now gigantic animal escapes the city sewers and goes on a rampage, pursued by a cop and a big-game hunter.

Starring: Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael V. Gazzo, Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Jack Carter, Perry Lang, Henry Silva, Bart Braverman, Angel Tompkins ..
Directed by: Lewis Teague
Release date: 1980-07-02
50.

Scooby Goes Hollywood

4.2
5.9/10 IMDB

The gang goes to Hollywood as Scooby-Doo stars in his first film. When a creepy creature wants to put a stop to the film, Scooby-Doo must solve the mystery to ensure his star status remains intact.

Starring: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Heather North, Patricia Stevens, Marilyn Schreffler, Rip Taylor, Michael Bell, Joan Gerber, Stan Jones ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1980-01-01

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