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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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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 23 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981, in 26 top lists Check
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    Hotaru no haka

    1988 — a.k.a. Grave of the Fireflies, in 18 top lists Check
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    Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

    1988 — a.k.a. Cinema Paradiso, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Shining

    1980, in 24 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    Once Upon a Time in America

    1984, in 16 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    1983, in 16 top lists Check
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    Das Boot

    1981, in 16 top lists Check
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    Scarface

    1983, in 18 top lists Check
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    Full Metal Jacket

    1987, in 17 top lists Check
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    1989, in 15 top lists Check
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    Amadeus

    1984, in 21 top lists Check
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    Idi i smotri

    1985 — a.k.a. Come and See, in 22 top lists Check
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    Krótki film o milosci

    1988 — a.k.a. A Short Film About Love, in 5 top lists Check
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    Dom za vesanje

    1988 — a.k.a. Time of the Gypsies, in 10 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Thing

    1982, in 19 top lists Check
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    Die Hard

    1988, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Elephant Man

    1980, in 14 top lists Check
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    Raging Bull

    1980, in 31 top lists Check
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    Tonari no Totoro

    1988 — a.k.a. My Neighbor Totoro, in 19 top lists Check
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    Ran

    1985 — a.k.a. Revolt, in 22 top lists Check
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    Nostalghia

    1983 — a.k.a. Nostalgia, in 9 top lists Check
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    Stand by Me

    1986, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Princess Bride

    1987, in 16 top lists Check
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    Paris, Texas

    1984, in 19 top lists Check
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    Platoon

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
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    Kaze no tani no Naushika

    1984 — a.k.a. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, in 9 top lists Check
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    Gandhi

    1982, in 15 top lists Check
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    Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta

    1986 — a.k.a. Castle in the Sky, in 9 top lists Check
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    Fitzcarraldo

    1982, in 13 top lists Check
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    Der Himmel über Berlin

    1987 — a.k.a. Wings of Desire, in 19 top lists Check
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    Fanny och Alexander

    1982 — a.k.a. Fanny and Alexander, in 23 top lists Check
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    Offret

    1986 — a.k.a. Sacrifice, in 10 top lists Check
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    Jean de Florette

    1986, in 8 top lists Check
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    Krótki film o zabijaniu

    1988 — a.k.a. A Short Film About Killing, in 10 top lists Check
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    Dead Poets Society

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Terminator

    1984, in 21 top lists Check
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    Rain Man

    1988, in 15 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 22 top lists Check
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 20 top lists Check
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    Pink Floyd: The Wall

    1982, in 7 top lists Check
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    A Christmas Story

    1983, in 6 top lists Check
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    Hannah and Her Sisters

    1986, in 10 top lists Check
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    Au revoir les enfants

    1987 — a.k.a. Au Revoir Les Enfants, in 13 top lists Check
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    Kagemusha

    1980 — a.k.a. Shadow Warrior, in 12 top lists Check
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    Crimes and Misdemeanors

    1989, in 14 top lists Check
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