IMDb's 1980s Top 50

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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. 12 -

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    1983, in 16 top lists Check
  3. 18 +1

    Tonari no Totoro

    1988 — a.k.a. My Neighbor Totoro, in 19 top lists Check
  4. 32 +2

    Der Himmel über Berlin

    1987 — a.k.a. Wings of Desire, in 21 top lists Check
  5. 34 -1

    Kaze no tani no Naushika

    1984 — a.k.a. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, in 8 top lists Check
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