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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. 3 -

    Hotaru no haka

    1988 — a.k.a. Grave of the Fireflies, in 18 top lists Check
  2. 17 -

    Tonari no Totoro

    1988 — a.k.a. My Neighbor Totoro, in 19 top lists Check
  3. 26 -

    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
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    Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta

    1986 — a.k.a. Castle in the Sky, in 10 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
  6. 49 -

    Pink Floyd: The Wall

    1982, in 8 top lists Check
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