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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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  1. 1 -

    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 23 top lists Check
  2. 5 -

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981, in 26 top lists Check
  3. 6 -

    Aliens

    1986, in 20 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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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    1989, in 13 top lists Check
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    Die Hard

    1988, in 16 top lists Check
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    Ran

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
  9. 47 -

    The Terminator

    1984, in 21 top lists Check
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