Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980

1.

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
2.

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
3.

Invasion

4.0
9.0/10 IMDB

Docu-drama surrounding the events leading to the Soviet Union's invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Starring: Julian Glover, Paul Chapman, Paul Hardwick, John Woodnutt, Ray McAnally, Ewan Hooper, Jeffrey Segal, Hugh Morton, Alan Tilvern, Anthony Langdon ..
Directed by: Leslie Woodhead
Release date: 1980-08-19
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Lynda Carter's Special
4.

Lynda Carter's Special

3.9
8.5/10 IMDB

Lynda Carter's first musical TV special.

Starring: Lynda Carter, Kenny Rogers, Leo Sayer, Richard Rizzo ..
Directed by: Stan Harris
Release date: 1980-01-12
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Baryshnikov on Broadway
5.

Baryshnikov on Broadway

3.9
8.4/10 IMDB

Mikhail Baryshnikov and his guests perform numbers from over a dozen renowned Broadway musicals including Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Can-Can, The King and I, Cabaret, Where's Charley, Hello Dolly, Ain't Misbehavin', Guys and Dolls, The Boyfriend, Kiss Me Kate and A Chorus Line.

Starring: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Liza Minnelli, Nell Carter, Obba Babatundé, Linda Harmon ..
Directed by: Dwight Hemion
Release date: 1980-04-24
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Mr. Krueger's Christmas
6.

Mr. Krueger's Christmas

3.9
7.9/10 IMDB

Willy Krueger, a lonely and aging widower, lives in a basement apartment with only his cat George for company. Finishing his work for the day as the custodian for the building, he ventures out on Christmas Eve to buy a tree and on the way, he imagines he is a well-dressed gentleman while peering at some fine tailoring in a shop window along the snowy street. Returning home, he falls asleep listening to an LP by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dreaming that he is conducting them in carols of the season. Awakening to find some carollers outside his window, he beckons them to visit him offering hot chocolate, but they leave after only one song. In trimming the tree, he places upon it the mittens left behind by Clarissa, the youngest of the carolling group. Handling figures of the small nativity beneath his tree, Willy finds himself in the manger for the very first Christmas.

Starring: James Stewart, Beverly Rowland, Kamee Aliessa, Tamara Fowler, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Tyson Lewis, Darro Glissmeyer, Rolando González, Leslie Peery Howa, Rita Jensen ..
Directed by: Kieth Merrill
Release date: 1980-12-21
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Playing for Time
7.

Playing for Time

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

When a Jewish songstress is plucked from the stage and sent to Auschwitz, she and other musicians find themselves assigned to a terrible task—using their talents to soothe fellow prisoners who are sentenced to die in the gas chambers.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Maud Adams, Christine Baranski, Robin Bartlett, Marisa Berenson, Anna Levine, Verna Bloom, Donna Haley, Lenore Harris ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1980-09-30
8.

The Return of the King

3.8
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
9.

The Lathe of Heaven

3.6
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
10.

The Jericho Mile

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity for free-time. While his form and speed capture the attention of prison officials who believe he could be competitive for the Olympics, Murphy expresses disinterest. But when the one man he has befriended is taken advantage of by political groups within the prison, Murphy decides to pursue the opportunity presented to him in his memory.

Starring: Peter Strauss, Brian Dennehy, Richard Lawson, Geoffrey Lewis, Billy Green Bush, Beverly Todd, William Prince, Ed Lauter, Roger E. Mosley, Miguel Piñero ..
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1980-10-31
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Gideon's Trumpet
11.

Gideon's Trumpet

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.

Starring: Henry Fonda, José Ferrer, John Houseman, Fay Wray, Sam Jaffe, Dean Jagger, Sam Jaffe, Nicholas Pryor, William Prince, Lane Smith ..
Directed by: Robert L. Collins
Release date: 1980-04-30
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
12.

The Making of The Empire Strikes Back

3.5
8.2/10 IMDB

Even the most devout Star Wars fan might not know that filmmaker and journalist Michel Parbot was once given unprecedented access to the set, stars, and filmmakers behind The Empire Strikes Back. The resulting work, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, has apparently never been commercially released. Most of the footage has been lost, but 15 minutes has circulated online in recent years. Now, the 1 hour cut of Michel Parbot’s lost documentary has been found.

Starring: Irvin Kershner, Gary Kurtz, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Ben Burtt, Phil Tippett ..
Directed by: Michel Parbot
Release date: 1980-09-22
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back
13.

SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back

3.5
7.5/10 IMDB

Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!

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
14.

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
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : White Mama
15.

White Mama

3.4
7.6/10 IMDB

A poor, elderly white woman living in a tenement in a black ghetto is befriended by a neighborhood boy, and the two of them form a mutually beneficial relationship: he provides her companionship and protection, and she becomes the mother he never had.

Starring: Bette Davis, Ernest Harden Jr., Eileen Heckart, Virginia Capers, Anne Ramsey, Lurene Tuttle, Tony Burton, Peg Shirley, Ernie Hudson, Vincent Schiavelli ..
Directed by: Jackie Cooper
Release date: 1980-03-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Animalympics
16.

Animalympics

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Animalympics is all about the Animal Olympics Contest where all the animals around the world gather to take part in everything from skiing in North America to the very long marathon race in humid conditions.

Starring: Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer, Gilda Radner, Michael Fremer ..
Directed by: Steven Lisberger
Release date: 1980-02-01
17.

Rodeo Girl

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Sammy Garrett, the wife of a champion rodeo performer, is tired of her subsidiary role at home as a housewife. So she becomes an aspiring rodeo rider herself, encouraged by her one-time performer mother and eventually confronts her new lifestyle despite her husband's disapproval. Based on the true story of rodeo champion Sue Pirtle. Written by Anonymous.

Starring: Katharine Ross, Bo Hopkins, Candy Clark, Jacqueline Brookes, Wilford Brimley, Parley Baer ..
Directed by: Jackie Cooper
Release date: 1980-09-17
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Waikiki
18.

Waikiki

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A couple of private eyes, a laid-back Californian and a streetwise New Yorker, team up to track down a killer in Hawaii known as "The Cane Field Murderer" in this unsuccessful pilot to a detective series.

Starring: Dack Rambo, Steve Marachuk, Donna Mills, Cal Bellini, Darren McGavin, Robert F. Lyons, Mark Slade, Branscombe Richmond, Betty Carvalho, Tanya Roberts ..
Directed by: Ron Satlof
Release date: 1980-04-21
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Amber Waves
19.

Amber Waves

3.4
7.3/10 IMDB

A drifter stranded in Kansas accepts a job offer from a wheat harvester who, in desperation over his cancer and financial woes, attempts suicide but becomes a father-figure to the young man.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Kurt Russell, Mare Winningham, Fran Brill, Wilford Brimley, Michael Talbott, Eloy Casados, Rossie Harris, Grainger Hines, Penny Fuller ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1980-03-09
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Brave New World
20.

Brave New World

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

An acclaimed TV miniseries based on the classic sci-fi novel.

Starring: Julie Cobb, Bud Cort, Keir Dullea, Ron O'Neal, Marcia Strassman, Kristoffer Tabori, Dick Anthony Williams, Jonelle Allen, Jeannetta Arnette, Valerie Curtin ..
Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff
Release date: 1980-03-07
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Black Stuff
21.

The Black Stuff

3.3
8.1/10 IMDB

A Liverpool tarmac gang set off for a contract in Middlesborough. After a day of work, the group are approached by two gypsies who offer them a lucrative side job.

Starring: Michael Angelis, Tom Georgeson, Bernard Hill, Alan Igbon, Peter Kerrigan, Gary Bleasdale, David Calder, Jean Warren, Valerie Lilley, Janine Duvitski ..
Directed by: Jim Goddard
Release date: 1980-01-02
22.

The Gambler

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

This Western adventure, inspired by Kenny Rogers' hit song, tells how fictional gambler Brady Hawkes, going in search of a young son he never knew he had, teams up with an impetuous young admirer and a shady lady on his journey, which also involves him with an arrogant railroad owner and a gang of villains.

Starring: Kenny Rogers, Christine Belford, Bruce Boxleitner, Lee Purcell, Harold Gould, Clu Gulager, Lance LeGault, Ronnie Scribner, Noble Willingham, Bruce M. Fischer ..
Directed by: Dick Lowry
Release date: 1980-04-08
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : To Race The Wind
23.

To Race The Wind

3.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A lighthearted dramatization of the autobiography of Harold Krents, a blind Harvard Law School student trying to make his way in a sighted world.

Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Randy Quaid, Mark L. Taylor, Lisa Eilbacher, Barbara Barrie, Catherine Hicks, Gregory Walcott, Norman Burton, Bryan Cranston, David Carroll ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1980-03-12
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Trouble with Miss Switch
24.

The Trouble with Miss Switch

3.3
7.9/10 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
25.

Easter Fever

3.3
7.9/10 IMDB

A jive-talking Easter Bunny named Jack decides to retire, so his friends throw him a crazy roast before he officially hangs up his basket. A series of kooky flashbacks tells of his life-story and career, but will all this reminiscing only convince him not to quit after all?

Starring: Garrett Morris, Maurice LaMarche, Melleny Melody, Jeri Craden, Don Ferguson, Catherine O'Hara ..
Directed by: Greg Duffell, John Celestri, Ken Stephenson
Release date: 1980-03-29
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Taming of the Shrew
26.

The Taming of the Shrew

3.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Baptista has two daughters: Kate and Bianca. Everyone wants to wed the fair Bianca, but nobody's much interested in problem child, Kate. Baptista declares that he won't give Bianca away in a marriage until he's found a husband for Kate, so all the suitors begin busily hunting out a madman who's willing to do it, and they find Petruchio: a man who's come to wive it wealthily in Padua. And Petruchio marries Kate with a plan to tame her, while everybody else begins scheming to win Bianca's hand.

Starring: Simon Chandler, Anthony Pedley, John Franklyn-Robbins, Frank Thornton, Sarah Badel, Jonathan Cecil, John Cleese, Joan Hickson, Susan Penhaligon, Harry Waters ..
Directed by: Jonathan Miller
Release date: 1980-10-23
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Marilyn: The Untold Story
27.

Marilyn: The Untold Story

3.2
6.7/10 IMDB

The story of the life and times of the legendary Hollywood blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, from her meteoric rise to stardom, to her marriages and untimely death.

Starring: Catherine Hicks, Richard Basehart, Frank Converse, John Ireland, Viveca Lindfors, Jason Miller, Sheree North, Tracey Gold, Anne Ramsey, Shawn Stevens ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold, John Flynn, Lawrence Schiller
Release date: 1980-11-10
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Friendly Fire
28.

Friendly Fire

3.2
7.2/10 IMDB

In March 1970, a U.S. Army officer arrived at the Iowa farm of Peg and Gene Mullen and informed them that their son Michael had been killed in Vietnam by "friendly fire." Their determined attempts to learn more about the circumstances of their son's death are the subject of this true account film.

Starring: Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty, Dennis Erdman, Sherry Hursey, Timothy Hutton, Fanny Spiess, Steve Bonino, Henry Brown, Cosie Costa, Hilly Hicks ..
Directed by: David Greene
Release date: 1980-11-09
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Merchant of Venice
29.

The Merchant of Venice

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange will: only the man that picks the correct casket out of three (silver, gold, and lead) can marry her. Bassanio, unfortunately, is strapped for cash with which to go wooing, and Antonio wants to help, so Antonio borrows the money from Shylock, the money-lender. But Shylock has been nursing a grudge against Antonio's insults, and makes unusual terms to the loan. And when Antonio's business fails, those terms threaten his life, and it's up to Bassanio and Portia to save him.

Starring: Alan David, John Franklyn-Robbins, John Rhys-Davies, John Nettles, Richard Morant, Kenneth Cranham, Gemma Jones, Susan Jameson, Daniel Mitchell, Warren Mitchell ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1980-12-17
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Twelfth Night
30.

Twelfth Night

3.1
7.9/10 IMDB

Viola and Sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. Orsino sends her to help him woo the Lady Olivia, who doesn't want the Duke, but finds that she likes the new messenger the Duke's sending. Then, of course, Viola's brother shows up, and merry hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, Olivia's uncle and his cohorts are trying to find some way to get back at Olivia's officious majordomo, Malvolio.

Starring: Alec McCowen, Robert Hardy, Felicity Kendal, Annette Crosbie, Sinéad Cusack, Trevor Peacock, Clive Arrindell, Ronnie Stevens, Robert Lindsay, Maurice Roeves ..
Directed by: John Gorrie
Release date: 1980-01-06
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Off the Minnesota Strip
31.

Off the Minnesota Strip

3.1
7.9/10 IMDB

A teenage runaway attempts to readjust to home and family life in Minnesota after returning home after years of working on the streets of New York City as a hooker and tries desperately to regain her parents' understanding and love.

Starring: Mare Winningham, Hal Holbrook, Michael Learned, Heather McAdam, Ronald Hunter, Ben Marley, James Murtaugh, Richard Venture, Tom Troupe, Leon Isaac Kennedy ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1980-05-05
32.

Skyward

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Billie Dupree is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. Dupree teaches her to fly with some special controls compensating for her handicap. Koup Trenton runs an aircraft repair service and is trying desperately to get an old airplane back in the air. The three, together, put the young girl and the old plane up in the air.

Starring: Bette Davis, Howard Hesseman, Marion Ross, Clu Gulager, Ben Marley, Lisa Whelchel, Suzy Barbieri, Irma P. Hall, Mark Wheeler, Jessie Lee Fulton ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 1980-11-20
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Imitation Game
33.

The Imitation Game

3.1
7.8/10 IMDB

Second World War drama - A young woman decides against working in a munitions factory, and lands a post with the signals corps attempting to crack the Enigma code.

Starring: Harriet Walter, Bernard Gallagher, Gillian Martell, Lorna Yabsley, Nicholas Le Prevost, Patricia Routledge, Brenda Blethyn, Simon Chandler, Danny Webb ..
Directed by: Richard Eyre
Release date: 1980-04-24
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Christmas Raccoons
34.

The Christmas Raccoons

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

In this prelude to the television series 'The Raccoons', Bert, Melissa, and Ralph Raccoon have their home accidentally stolen when it is cut down to become a Christmas tree.

Starring: Rich Little, Rita Coolidge, Rupert Holmes, Carl Banas, Tammy Bourne, Hadley Kay, Bobby Dermer, Len Carlson, Fred Little, Michael Magee ..
Directed by: Kevin Gillis, Paul Schibli
Release date: 1980-12-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story
35.

Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Filmed on location at Alcatraz Island, this two-part "whole story" actually concentrates on a handful of the denizens behind the cold grey walls of "The Rock". Michael Beck plays the real-life Clarence Carnes, an Oklahoma Choctaw Indian said to be the youngest man ever incarcerated in the notorious maximum security prison. Serving a 99-year sentence for a gas station holdup and murder, Carnes makes periodic attempts to escape, the final attempt being the most violent. Many of the subordinate characters are fictional (as are most of the details concerning Carnes' escape efforts); the one exception is Robert Stroud, the "Birdman of Alcatraz", here portrayed by Art Carney as a gentle, kindly philosopher. Telly Savalas, a costar of the Burt Lancaster vehicle Birdman of Alcatraz, also guest starred in the 1980 film. Originally titled Alcatraz and Clarence Carnes, this made-for-TV movie wavers between gritty realism and "I'm bustin' outta here!" artifice.

Starring: Michael Beck, Art Carney, Alex Karras, Telly Savalas, Will Sampson, Ronny Cox, Richard Lynch, Robert Davi, John Amos, James MacArthur ..
Directed by: Paul Krasny
Release date: 1980-11-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Staying On
36.

Staying On

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

A british colonel and his wife decide to remain in India after the departure of the British raj in the 1940s.

Starring: Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson, Saeed Jaffrey, Pearl Padamsee ..
Directed by: Silvio Narizzano
Release date: 1980-12-28
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Women's Room
37.

The Women's Room

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

A wife is sick and tired of her husband's infidelities, so she leaves home and goes back to grad-school. There she meets many self-confident women who help her find her own voice.

Starring: Lee Remick, Colleen Dewhurst, Patty Duke, Kathryn Harrold, Tovah Feldshuh, Tyne Daly, Mare Winningham, Ted Danson, Gregory Harrison, Lisa Pelikan ..
Directed by: Glenn Jordan
Release date: 1980-09-14
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Desperate Voyage
38.

Desperate Voyage

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Plummer plays a modern-day pirate who hijacks private yachts, steals the valuables on board, and sends the passengers to the bottom of the ocean. His captives on this voyage are Cliff Potts, Christine Belford, Lara Parker and Nicholas Pryor, none of whom have any intention of being tossed into the briny.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Banks, Christine Belford, Patrick O'Moore, Lara Parker, Nicholas Pryor, Glenn Deigan, Cliff Potts, Michael Swan ..
Directed by: Michael O'Herlihy
Release date: 1980-11-29
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Gnomes
39.

Gnomes

3.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A family of gnomes preparing for the wedding of their oldest 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 Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Paul's Case
40.

Paul's Case

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Captures the essence of Willa Cather's haunting story of Pittsburgh circa 1900. Lost in a world of fantasy, young working-class Paul dreams of escaping his dreary existence in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh. As fate would have it Paul gets his chance by stealing some money and subsequently running off to glamorous New York City.

Starring: Eric Roberts, Lindsay Crouse, Michael Higgins, Robert Dryden, Mary Pat Gleason, Colin Stinton ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1980-02-11
41.

The Hustler of Muscle Beach

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

A slick promoter in the bodybuilding subculture of Venice Beach, California, finds what he considers a diamond in the rough: a dedicated but somewhat mentally challenged young man who wants to win bodybuilding championships, but needs some help and direction--and the promoter thinks he's just the one to do it.

Starring: Joe Santos, Kay Lenz, Jeanette Nolan, Jack Carter, Veronica Hamel, Kenneth McMillan, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Tim Kimber, Bobby Van ..
Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan
Release date: 1980-05-16
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Hamlet
42.

Hamlet

3.0
8.0/10 IMDB

Hamlet comes home from university to find his uncle married to his mother, and his father's ghost haunting the battlements and scaring the watch. Then his father's ghost directs him to seek revenge.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Patrick Stewart, Eric Porter, Lalla Ward, David Robb, Robert Swann, Patrick Allen, Jonathan Hyde, Geoffrey Bateman ..
Directed by: Rodney Bennett
Release date: 1980-05-25
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Tempest
43.

The Tempest

3.0
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 Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Scruffy
44.

Scruffy

2.9
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 Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Cream in My Coffee
45.

Cream in My Coffee

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Past and present intertwine: An elderly couple returns to the hotel where they became close when they were young and flashbacks to the earlier visit reveal the origins of both their pleasures and problems. Somewhere between the past and the present, Dennis Potter attempted to find "the shape of a life, of two lives..."

Starring: Peggy Ashcroft, Lionel Jeffries, Shelagh McLeod, Peter Chelsom, Faith Brook, Martin Shaw ..
Directed by: Gavin Millar
Release date: 1980-11-02
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Haywire
46.

Haywire

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Based on autobiography of Brooke Hayward, daughter of famous Broadway producer Leland Hayward and actress Margaret Sullavan, who grows up in the glamorous, cruel and emotionally unstable world of her parents.

Starring: Lee Remick, Jason Robards, Deborah Raffin, Dianne Hull, Hart Bochner, Linda Gray, Richard Johnson, Christopher Guest, Charles Robinson, Dennis Holahan ..
Directed by: Michael Tuchner
Release date: 1980-05-14
47.

To Find My Son

2.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A young man wishes to adopt a problematical eight-year-old boy being kept in an institution. Simply because he is single, he has an uphill battle with the government bureaucracy and particularly with a power-hungry, administrator. After many delays, they deny his application. Then he finds a way to turn the tables on them for the boy's own good.

Starring: Richard Thomas, Molly Cheek, Julie Cobb, Steve Kanaly, Allyn Ann McLerie, Justin Dana, Arthur Rosenberg, Ronald G. Joseph, Royce Wallace, Francesca Jarvis ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1980-10-06
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Murphy's Stroke
48.

Murphy's Stroke

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

The horse Gay Future is at the centre of an Irish betting syndicate in 1974 which saw trainer Antony Collins present a poor performing horse at his stables. The betting stakes were subsequently raised, before the real horse was entered in the race.

Starring: Niall Tóibín, Pierce Brosnan, T.R. Bowen, Tony Doyle, Derry Power, Paul Antrim, John Bardon, Maurice Connor, Patrick Malahide, Gordon Kane ..
Directed by: Frank Cvitanovich
Release date: 1980-05-21
49.

Act of God

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Documentary film by Peter Greenaway made for Thames Television, in which people who have survived being struck by lightning relate their experiences against a typically Greenaway backdrop of lists, black humour and 'collated statistics'.

Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 1980-04-16
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : Yogi's First Christmas
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Yogi's First Christmas

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy are awakened from hibernation and join their friends' Christmas activities while interfering with 2 villians' efforts to ruin the holiday.

Starring: Daws Butler, Janet Waldo, Hal Smith, Don Messick, Marilyn Schreffler, John Stephenson, Sue Allen, John Richard Bolks, Paul DeKorte, Darlene Lawrence ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson, Hawley Pratt, Gerry Chiniquy
Release date: 1980-11-21

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