6. The Princess Bride (1987)
> Director: Rob Reiner
> Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon
> Domestic box office gross: $30.9 million — #212 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s
A young boy is read a story by his grandfather while sick in bed. The story is one of triumphs, tragedies, and most of all true love, as the protagonist goes to any lengths to rescue the eponymous princess bride from an evil prince.
5. Amadeus (1984)
> Director: Milos Forman
> Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice
> Domestic box office gross: $52.0 million — #122 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s
The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this film adaptation of the 1979 play is told through the eyes of Antonio Salieri, a fellow composer in the Austrian court, who is plagued by his insufficiency in light of Mozart’s genius. The film won eight Oscars, including Best Picture.
4. Aliens (1986)
> Director: James Cameron
> Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser
> Domestic box office gross: $85.2 million — #54 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s
Ellen Ripley is brought out of stasis more than a half-century after she survived her fight aboard the Nostromo to discover that she is needed once more to help colonial forces repel an onslaught of aliens. The film won two Oscars.
3. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
> Director: Steven Spielberg
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies
> Domestic box office gross: $225.7 million — #7 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s
The first Indiana Jones film follows the intrepid archeologist on his pursuit of the Ark of the Covenant, a biblical artifact thought to contain great power. It’s 1936, and Dr. Jones must find the relic before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. The film won four Oscars and a Special Achievement Award.
2. Back to the Future (1985)
> Director: Robert Zemeckis
> Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
> Domestic box office gross: $212.3 million — #8 out of 359 movies released in the 1980’s
This action-adventure classic follows high-schooler Marty McFly and his friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, as they are accidently brought 30 years into the past by Doc’s time machine. Stranded, Marty now must intervene to make sure that his parents fall in love or else he’ll disappear forever.
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