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The decade of the 1980s tended to consolidate the gains made in the seventies rather than to initiate any new trends. Designed and packaged for mass audience appeal, few 80s films became what could be called 'classics'. The era was characterized by the introduction of 'high-concept' films - with cinematic plots that could be easily characterized by one or two sentences (25 words or less) - and therefore easily marketable and understandable. The 80s also were the decade in which the sequel-mania really took off, which often resulted in hastily-made, inferior knockoffs made by lesser film-makers.

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Hotaru no haka (1988)

A.k.a. Grave of the Fireflies · 89 min · Directed by Isao Takahata · In 18 official lists

A.k.a. Grave of the Fireflies · In 18 official lists Drama · Animation · War

22K 2.9K 143

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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A.k.a. Cinema Paradiso · 155 min · Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore · In 16 official lists

A.k.a. Cinema Paradiso · In 16 official lists Drama

20K 2.7K 136

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Krótki film o milosci (1988)

A.k.a. A Short Film About Love · 87 min · Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski · In 5 official lists

A.k.a. A Short Film About Love · In 5 official lists Drama · Romance

2.1K 296 13

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Dom za vesanje (1988)

A.k.a. Time of the Gypsies · 142 min · Directed by Emir Kusturica · In 10 official lists

A.k.a. Time of the Gypsies · In 10 official lists Crime · Drama · Comedy

2.3K 304 28

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Idi i smotri (1985)

A.k.a. Come and See · 142 min · Directed by E. Klimov · In 22 official lists

A.k.a. Come and See · In 22 official lists Drama · War

5.1K 1.1K 51

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Tonari no Totoro (1988)

A.k.a. My Neighbor Totoro · 86 min · Directed by Hayao Miyazaki · In 19 official lists

A.k.a. My Neighbor Totoro · In 19 official lists Animation · Fantasy · Family

35K 4.1K 118

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Fanny och Alexander (1982)

A.k.a. Fanny and Alexander · 188 min · Directed by Ingmar Bergman · In 22 official lists

A.k.a. Fanny and Alexander · In 22 official lists Drama

8.3K 1.1K 77

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Nostalghia (1983)

A.k.a. Nostalgia · 125 min · Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky · In 8 official lists

A.k.a. Nostalgia · In 8 official lists Drama

2.4K 340 40

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Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984)

A.k.a. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind · 117 min · Directed by Hayao Miyazaki · In 10 official lists

A.k.a. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind · In 10 official lists Animation · Adventure · Fantasy

17K 1.7K 99

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Offret (1986)

A.k.a. Sacrifice · 149 min · Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky · In 10 official lists

A.k.a. Sacrifice · In 10 official lists Drama

2.6K 393 49

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Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986)

A.k.a. Castle in the Sky · 125 min · Directed by Hayao Miyazaki · In 10 official lists

A.k.a. Castle in the Sky · In 10 official lists Animation · Adventure · Fantasy · Family

18K 1.4K 63

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Der Himmel über Berlin (1987)

A.k.a. Wings of Desire · 128 min · Directed by Wim Wenders · In 20 official lists

A.k.a. Wings of Desire · In 20 official lists Drama · Romance · Fantasy

8.5K 1.2K 83

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Krótki film o zabijaniu (1988)

A.k.a. A Short Film About Killing · 84 min · Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski · In 10 official lists

A.k.a. A Short Film About Killing · In 10 official lists Crime · Drama

2.2K 256 7

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Kagemusha (1980)

A.k.a. Shadow Warrior · 180 min · Directed by Akira Kurosawa · In 12 official lists

A.k.a. Shadow Warrior · In 12 official lists Drama · War · History

4K 376 16

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Manon des sources (1986)

A.k.a. Manon of the Spring · 113 min · Directed by Claude Berri · In 8 official lists

A.k.a. Manon of the Spring · In 8 official lists Drama

3.1K 275 14

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Au revoir les enfants (1987)

A.k.a. Au Revoir Les Enfants · 104 min · Directed by Louis Malle · In 13 official lists

A.k.a. Au Revoir Les Enfants · In 13 official lists Drama · War

6.4K 631 21

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Big A2

@Zeltaebar: Yeah, I had a similar discussion with my friend yesterday about IMDb vs. Rotten Tomatoes. I argued that where a movie places on IMDb's rating is totally dependent on who takes the time to rate it/review it, while on a website like Rotten Tomatoes, the people rating films *have* to write a review and rate every film they see. At the same time though, what may appeal to a critic who has studied the art of film may not appeal to Frank from Illinois who likes to see explosions or Maria from Russia who likes movies that she can relate to her life. Really, if you want recommendations for a movie to watch, you should look at both critical and user reviews.

7 years ago

Dimitris Psachos Springer

Just because some great American films were released that decade, doesn't mean the 80's as well as any other decade are inherently "American". Lots of amazing films from lots of amazing countries were released during that decade and I'm sure none will mind the ignorance shown towards Lethal Weapon in order to support hidden gems.

7 years ago

Abuzz

What about Ordinary People?

7 years ago

MrCarmady

Why is there is no quote when you hover above R2D2? There is one for all the other decades...
I suggest "Judge me by my size, do you?"

8 years ago

Jumping Elephant

I second deepspeaks but would like to add that the reason why The Never Ending Story isn't on here is because of how incredibly boring it is.

8 years ago

RiD

Guys, the list is directly fetched from IMDb. All you see is list emanating from choices of users (just like you and I). Hence, no point in asking 'why isn't a certain 'X' film not there?'

8 years ago