Here’s the next installment of my decade by decade Top 50s. Today, the greatest movies of the 1980s.

 

  1. E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
  2. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
  3. Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears, 1988)
  4. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
  5. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
  6. The Fly (David Cronenberg, 1986)
  7. Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, 1982)
  8. Atlantic City (Louis Malle, 1980)
  9. Moonstruck (Norman Jewison, 1987)
  10. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986)
  11. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)
  12. The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen, 1985)
  13. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
  14. Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)
  15. Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)
  16. Big (Penny Marshall, 1988)
  17. Hairspray (John Waters, 1988)
  18. Parenthood (Ron Howard, 1989)
  19. Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981)
  20. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Steven Spielberg, 1984)
  21. My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
  22. Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987)
  23. Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, 1980)
  24. An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981)
  25. Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988)
  26. Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone, 1989)
  27. Witness (Peter Weir, 1985)
  28. Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, 1980)
  29. The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)
  30. Gallipoli (Peter Weir, 1981)
  31. Return to Oz (Walter Murch, 1985)
  32. A Passage to India (David Lean, 1984)
  33. Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears, 1987)
  34. Working Girl (Mike Nichols, 1988)
  35. Victor/Victoria (Blake Edwards, 1982)
  36. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
  37. Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
  38. Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant, 1989)
  39. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985)
  40. High Tide (Gillian Armstrong, 1987)
  41. She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, 1986)
  42. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
  43. Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry, 1981)
  44. The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985)
  45. Robocop (Paul Verhoeven, 1987)
  46. Tron (Steven Lisberger, 1982)
  47. Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1984)
  48. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Paul Mazursky, 1986)
  49. Casualties of War (Brian De Palma, 1989)
  50. Carmen (Francesco Rosi, 1984)