100 Films That Defined the 80's

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A list of films that defined or were defined by the decade they were made in.

Factors include: popularity & box office; cult value; memorable scenes, characters, and quotes; significant actors of the time; as representations of a genre (thriller, comedy, horror, etc); themes and issues important to the decade; as examples of special effects, and filmmaking techniques and styles of the time; as example of trends in fashion, technology, and use of language.

As this list is about films about the decade, historical films are generally omitted, with a few exceptions.

List is in reverse-date order, then alphabetical for convenience.

List is tentative, but close to final form.

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    Batman

    1989, in 9 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    1989, in 1 top list Check
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    Dead Poets Society

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Little Mermaid

    1989, in 4 top lists Check
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    Say Anything...

    1989, in 3 top lists Check
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    Uncle Buck

    1989, in 0 top lists Check
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    When Harry Met Sally...

    1989, in 12 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
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    Child's Play

    1988, in 2 top lists Check
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    Coming to America

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    Die Hard

    1988, in 16 top lists Check
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    Heathers

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    1988, in 5 top lists Check
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    Rain Man

    1988, in 14 top lists Check
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    1988, in 15 top lists Check
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    Working Girl

    1988, in 7 top lists Check
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    Dirty Dancing

    1987, in 7 top lists Check
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    Evil Dead II

    1987, in 8 top lists Check
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    Fatal Attraction

    1987, in 11 top lists Check
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    Lethal Weapon

    1987, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Lost Boys

    1987, in 3 top lists Check
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    Planes, Trains & Automobiles

    1987, in 3 top lists Check
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    Predator

    1987, in 5 top lists Check
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    RoboCop

    1987, in 13 top lists Check
  26. 26 new

    Roxanne

    1987, in 1 top list Check
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    The Princess Bride

    1987, in 18 top lists Check
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    Spaceballs

    1987, in 1 top list Check
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    Wall Street

    1987, in 3 top lists Check
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    About Last Night...

    1986, in 0 top lists Check
  31. 31 new

    Aliens

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    An American Tail

    1986, in 1 top list Check
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    Crocodile Dundee

    1986, in 5 top lists Check
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    1986, in 9 top lists Check
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    Flight of the Navigator

    1986, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Fly

    1986, in 10 top lists Check
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    Highlander

    1986, in 2 top lists Check
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    Labyrinth

    1986, in 2 top lists Check
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    Little Shop of Horrors

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
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    Pretty in Pink

    1986, in 1 top list Check
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    Stand by Me

    1986, in 8 top lists Check
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    Short Circuit

    1986, in 1 top list Check
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    ¡Three Amigos!

    1986, in 1 top list Check
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    Top Gun

    1986, in 8 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    Better Off Dead...

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    The Breakfast Club

    1985, in 12 top lists Check
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    Clue

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    Fletch

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    The Goonies

    1985, in 2 top lists Check
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