Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980

1.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

4.5
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
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : White Mama
2.

White Mama

3.8
7.9/10 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 : SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back
3.

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
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Jericho Mile
4.

The Jericho Mile

3.7
7.3/10 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 PiƱero ..
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1980-10-31
5.

Skyward

3.5
7.9/10 IMDB

An aging Bette Davis 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. Davis teaches her to fly with some special controls compensating for her handicap. Howard Hessman is a aircraft repair service 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 ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 1980-11-20
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1980 : The Trouble with Miss Switch
6.

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
7.

Easter Fever

3.3
8.4/10 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
8.

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 : The Merchant of Venice
9.

The Merchant of Venice

3.2
7.2/10 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 : Friendly Fire
10.

Friendly Fire

3.2
7.3/10 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

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