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

4.9
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.

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
7.

Alligator

4.2
6.0/10 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
8.

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
9.

The Falls

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

The exploration of the effects of an unexpected catastrophe, known as VUE (violent unknown event) through the bios of 92 survivors.

Starring: Peter Westley, Aad Wirtz, Michael Murray, Lorna Poulter, Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay, Colin Cantlie ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1980-11-19
10.

Humanoids from the Deep

3.6
5.7/10 IMDB

After a new cannery introduces scientifically augmented salmon to a seaside town in the Pacific Northwest, a species of mysterious, mutated sea creatures begin killing the men and raping the women.

Starring: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow, Cindy Weintraub, Anthony Pena, Denise Galik, Lynn Theel, Meegan King, Breck Costin, Hoke Howell ..
Directed by: Barbara Peeters, Jimmy T. Murakami
Release date: 1980-05-01

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