Special Report

The Best '80s Movies That Will Never Get Old

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21. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
> Director: Hayao Miyazaki
> Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi
> Domestic box office gross: No data available

This animated classic follows a young witch named Kiki as she spends her 13th year living among the residents of a quiet, seaside village. Disney purchased the distribution rights to the film in 1998, when it saw its first English release on video cassette.

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20. The Right Stuff (1983)
> Director: Philip Kaufman
> Starring: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid
> Domestic box office gross: $21.5 million — #255 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s

Based on Tom Wolfe’s history of the U.S. Space Program published in 1979, Philip Kaufman’s adaptation follows the civilian and military test pilots who risked life and limb to make the first U.S. human spaceflight program a success. The film won four Oscars.

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19. Glory (1989)
> Director: Edward Zwick
> Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman
> Domestic box office gross: $26.8 million — #233 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s

Matthew Broderick plays Robert Gould Shaw, the Union Army officer who led the first company of black soldiers in the American Civil War. The film won three Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Private Trip.

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18. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
> Director: Woody Allen
> Starring: Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Bill Bernstein, Claire Bloom
> Domestic box office gross: $18.3 million — #275 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s

Woody Allen wrote, directed, and acted in this comedy-drama about a doctor whose mistress threatens to expose their affair. Martin Landau stars alongside Allen as a filmmaker in a failing marriage who falls for someone new.

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17. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
> Director: Steven Spielberg
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott
> Domestic box office gross: $197.2 million — #9 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s

The third installment of the Indiana Jones franchise brings Sean Connery into the fray as Indiana’s father, a famous scholar who has spent most of his career studying medieval history. Indiana must rescue his father from Nazis, who have taken him in an effort to finish their search for the Holy Grail.

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