Best Science Fiction 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.

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
3.

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
4.

Altered States

5.0
6.9/10 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
5.

The Final Countdown

4.8
6.7/10 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
6.

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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1980 : SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back
7.

SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back

3.7
7.7/10 IMDB

SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back is a television documentary special which originally aired on CBS on September 22, 1980. Hosted by actor Mark Hamill, it is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the special effects in the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, which was released that year.

Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Alec Guinness, Frank Oz, Harrison Ford, Harrison Ford ..
Directed by: Robert Guenette
Release date: 1980-09-22
8.

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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1980 : The Flipside of Dominick Hide
9.

The Flipside of Dominick Hide

3.5
8.3/10 IMDB

Dominick Hide, a time traveller from the year 2130, is studying the London transport system of 1980. Time travellers are supposed to be observers, and are strictly forbidden to land their flying saucers. One time traveller who broke this rule accidentally killed a dog, changing history and causing many future people to disappear. Inspired by his Great Aunt Mavis, Dominick decides to find his great great grandfather. He begins to land in 1980, where his strange clothes and speech make him seem an eccentric oddball. His quest brings him into contact with beautiful boutique owner Jane, and they fall in love. As Dominick's visits become more frequent and more prolonged, he increasingly risks his indiscretion being discovered by his boss, Caleb Line, and every moment he spends in the past increases the danger that he will catastrophically change the future

Starring: Peter Firth, Caroline Langrishe, Patrick Magee, Pippa Guard, Trevor Ray, Sylvia Coleridge, Jean Trend, Timothy Davies, Denis Lawson, Bernadette Shortt ..
Directed by: Alan Gibson
Release date: 1980-12-09
10.

Saturn 3

3.3
5.2/10 IMDB

In the future, Earth is overcrowded and the population relies on distant bases to be fed. In the Saturn 3 station, Major Adam and the scientist Alex, who is also his lover and has never been on Earth, have been researching hydroponics for three years in the base alone with their dog Sally. Meanwhile, the psychotic Captain Benson fails the mental test required to travel to Saturn 3 and kills his replacement, Captain James, taking his place in the mission of assembling and programming the Demi-God series robot Hector to replace one of the scientists in Saturn 3. On the arrival, the mentally disturbed Captain Benson becomes sexually obsessed for Alex. Then he uses an interface to link his brain to program Hector, but incapable to control his emotions, he transfers his homicidal tendency and insanity to Hector. Now Major Adam and Alex are trapped in the station with a dangerous psychopath robot.

Starring: Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel, Roy Dotrice, Ed Bishop, Douglas Lambert, Christopher Muncke ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen, John Barry
Release date: 1980-02-15

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