Special Report

The Best '80s Movies That Will Never Get Old

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11. Castle in the Sky (1986)
> Director: Hayao Miyazaki
> Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Keiko Yokozawa, Kotoe Hatsui, Minori Terada
> Domestic box office gross: No data available

This animated feature follows a young girl with a magical amulet as she is chased by government officials, pirates, and an army on her way to find a hidden floating castle.

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10. Raging Bull (1980)
> Director: Martin Scorsese
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent
> Domestic box office gross: $23.4 million — #248 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s

Robert De Niro stars as Jake LaMotta, a champion boxer who can’t control himself outside of the ring. Violence and jealousy push his family away, no matter how badly he wants their love. The film was awarded two Oscars.

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9. The Terminator (1984)
> Director: James Cameron
> Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield
> Domestic box office gross: $38.0 million — #188 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars with Linda Hamilton in this science-fiction blowout, in which both a soldier and a killer robot time travel into the past. One has come to kill Sarah Connor, the other to stop him before humanity’s last hope is gone.

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8. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
> Director: Stanley Kubrick
> Starring: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Baldwin
> Domestic box office gross: $45.0 million — #147 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s

Based on the 1979 novel “The Short-Timers,” Stanley Kubrick’s depiction of the Vietnam War lays bare the dehumanizing nature of combat. From the indignities of boot camp to the violence inflicted upon the Vietnamese during the Tet offensive, Kubrick doesn’t pull any punches.

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7. Die Hard (1988)
> Director: John McTiernan
> Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson
> Domestic box office gross: $81.7 million — #57 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s

This action-adventure classic tells the story of John McClane, an NYPD cop who travels to Los Angeles to visit his wife just as her office is seized by German terrorists. With no sign of help from the LAPD, John takes it upon himself to rescue his wife and the other hostages before it’s too late.

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