Movie Releases by Score

Raging Bull 1.

Raging Bull

November 14, 1980 | R
Scorcese recounts the gritty life self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta (De Niro) who never backs down from a fight on his way to a middleweight title shot.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.0
Ordinary People 2.

Ordinary People

September 18, 1980 | R
In Robert Redford's directorial debut, the accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the austere mother (Mary Tyler Moore), the compassionate, well-meaning father (Donald Sutherland), and the guilt-ridden younger son (Timothy Hutton).
Metascore:
86
User Score:
6.7
Wise Blood 3.

Wise Blood

February 17, 1980 | PG
A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
Kagemusha 4.

Kagemusha

October 10, 1980 | PG
A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 5.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

May 21, 1980 | PG
Three years after the events of Star Wars, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion?s defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with the Sith Lord, Luke faces a startling revelation. [20th Century Fox]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
9.0
Tess 6.

Tess

December 12, 1980 | PG
A young strong-willed peasant girl, becomes the affection of two men, in the end tragically falling into the arms of one.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Airplane! 7.

Airplane!

July 2, 1980 | PG
A straight-faced yet absurdist comedy about a burned out lovelorn ex-pilot is pressed into service when an airliner's crew succumbs to food poisoning.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
The Elephant Man 8.

The Elephant Man

October 10, 1980 | TV-PG
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.7
Scum 9.

Scum

August 20, 1980 | R
An uncompromising story of life in a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
The Stunt Man 10.

The Stunt Man

June 27, 1980 | R
A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out and falls for the leading lady.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Dressed to Kill 11.

Dressed to Kill

July 25, 1980 | R
A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.8
Mad Max 12.

Mad Max

February 15, 1980 | TV-MA
Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson), an Australian policeman, sets out to avenge his wife and son.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.9
Breaker Morant 13.

Breaker Morant

October 15, 1980 | PG
Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.2
The Changeling 14.

The Changeling

March 28, 1980 | R
A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.4
Inferno 15.

Inferno

April 2, 1980 | Not Rated
An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.5
Gloria 16.

Gloria

October 1, 1980 | PG
When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
tbd
Used Cars 17.

Used Cars

July 11, 1980 | R
When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman (Kurt Russel) to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival - and to fun his fledgling senate campaign.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.7
Carny 18.

Carny

May 23, 1980 | R
Tired of her dull job as a waitress, Donna decides to join two carnival hustlers and see what life in their field is like.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
tbd
My Bodyguard 19.

My Bodyguard

September 26, 1980 | PG
When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
tbd
The Shining 20.

The Shining

May 23, 1980 | R
A married couple with a small son are employed to look after a resort hotel high in the Colorado mountains. As a result, they are the sole occupants during the long winter. The hotel manager warns them not to accept the job because of a tragedy that occurred during the winter of 1970. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.8
Bronco Billy 21.

Bronco Billy

June 11, 1980 | PG
The Wild West has been tamed, leaving no place for a group of romantic roustabouts except their small traveling show. Meanwhile a desperate heiress (Sondra Locke), who has been left stranded by her con-artist husband, will do anything for a ride to the next town—even if that means allowing a blindfolded Bronco Billy (Clint Eastwood) to throw knives at her for a scant audience. So begins a tumultuous relationship and roller coaster adventure.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.2
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie 22.

Cheech and Chong's Next Movie

July 18, 1980 | R
The two perpetually stoned musicians and their friends go through another series of misadventures.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
tbd
Foxes 23.

Foxes

February 29, 1980 | R
A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
tbd
Popeye 24.

Popeye

December 12, 1980 | PG
The cartoon comes to the big screen as mysterious Popeye the Sailorman docks in Sweethaven where he falls for Olive Oyl, fights with Bluto and becomes a mama to "infankt" Sweetpea.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
6.5
Motel Hell 25.

Motel Hell

October 24, 1980 | R
A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the "special meat" they are famous for.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
6.8
The Tin Drum 26.

The Tin Drum

April 11, 1980 | R
In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
tbd
Inside Moves 27.

Inside Moves

December 19, 1980 | TV-14
After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Roary begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds himself playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors, Roary and the rest of the bar regulars hope his success will provide a lift to their sagging spirits. Will Jerry forget his friends? What about his junkie hooker girlfriend and her pimp?
Metascore:
63
User Score:
tbd
Alligator 28.

Alligator

November 14, 1980 | R
A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
6.4
Urban Cowboy 29.

Urban Cowboy

June 6, 1980 | PG
Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
6.8
The Blues Brothers 30.

The Blues Brothers

June 20, 1980 | R
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.4
Private Benjamin 31.

Private Benjamin

October 10, 1980 | R
A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
6.9
Fame 32.

Fame

May 16, 1980 | R
A chronicle of the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
tbd
ffolkes 33.

ffolkes

April 18, 1980 | PG
When terrorists take over two oil rigs, and threaten to blow them up if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit to stop them.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
tbd
Altered States 34.

Altered States

December 25, 1980 | R
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
7.9
Seems Like Old Times 35.

Seems Like Old Times

December 19, 1980 | PG
Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.0
Rough Cut 36.

Rough Cut

June 20, 1980 | PG
Two sophisticated jewel thieves join forces to steal $30 million in uncut jewels. Despite a continuous exchange of quips they eventually become romantically involved.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
tbd
9 to 5 37.

9 to 5

December 19, 1980 | PG
In Nine to Five, three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
6.9
Flash Gordon 38.

Flash Gordon

December 5, 1980 | PG
Emperor Ming of planet Mongo is bored, and the only thing that seems to appease his ennui is to slowly destroy that celestial trifle known as Earth-- bombarding his new plaything with hailstorms and earthquakes. While Earth’s inhabitants scramble to understand what is happening to their planet, Dr. Hans Zarkov figures out the space coordinates of the origin of attack and commandeers a rocket. But before take-off, he inadvertently kidnaps beautiful New York reporter, Dale Arden, and famed football player, Flash Gordon. Will these mere Earthlings be able to stop the wrath of Emperor Ming? Maybe not, but Flash Gordon is no mere Earthling; he’s a New York Jet.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
7.2
Heaven's Gate 39.

Heaven's Gate

November 19, 1980 | R
A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.
Metascore:
57
User Score:
6.1
American Gigolo 40.

American Gigolo

February 1, 1980 | R
A Los Angeles male escort (Richard Gere), who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder he didn't commit.
Metascore:
57
User Score:
2.9
The Fog 41.

The Fog

February 8, 1980 | R
Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers, which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
7.1
Brubaker 42.

Brubaker

June 20, 1980 | R
The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
7.3
Zombie 43.

Zombie

July 18, 1980 | Not Rated
Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately seeks the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
tbd
The Final Countdown 44.

The Final Countdown

August 1, 1980 | PG
A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Metascore:
51
User Score:
tbd
Any Which Way You Can 45.

Any Which Way You Can

December 17, 1980 | PG
A trucker turned prize fighter, his brother and their pet orangutan have a series of misadventures involving the mob, corrupt cops, motorcycle gangs and pretty dames.
Metascore:
51
User Score:
7.6
Caddyshack 46.

Caddyshack

July 25, 1980 | R
What happens when the snobs at Bushwood Country Club, led by Ted Knight's Judge Smails are invaded by a brash businessman (Dangerfield), a gopher-hunting greens-keeper (Murray) and a horny caddy (O'Keefe)?
Metascore:
48
User Score:
7.7
The Ninth Configuration 47.

The Ninth Configuration

February 29, 1980 | R
A former marine arrives at a mental asylum housed in a remote castle to run it. There he attempts to rehabilitate the patients by letting them act out their craziest fantasies and desires.
Metascore:
46
User Score:
tbd
Little Darlings 48.

Little Darlings

March 21, 1980 | R
Two fifteen year-old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.
Metascore:
45
User Score:
tbd
Prom Night 49.

Prom Night

July 18, 1980 | R
At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously.
Metascore:
45
User Score:
8.4
Cruising 50.

Cruising

February 15, 1980 | R
A police detective (Al Pacino) goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.
Metascore:
43
User Score:
7.9
Terror Train 51.

Terror Train

October 3, 1980 | R
Three years after a prank went terribly awry, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a moving train.
Metascore:
42
User Score:
tbd
Smokey and the Bandit II 52.

Smokey and the Bandit II

August 15, 1980 | PG
Get ready for a wild ride as the notorious Bandit (Burt Reynolds) and his feisty sidekick Carrie (Sally Field) find themselves in a mission of epic proportions: transporting a pregnant elephant across the country in just 24 hours. Hot on their heels is arch-nemesis Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), who’s determined to finally put the Bandit in the big house.
Metascore:
41
User Score:
tbd
The Jazz Singer 53.

The Jazz Singer

December 19, 1980 | PG
The son of a Jewish Cantor (Neil Diamond) must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of being a popular singer.
Metascore:
37
User Score:
tbd
The Blue Lagoon 54.

The Blue Lagoon

July 2, 1980 | TV-14
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.
Metascore:
31
User Score:
6.7
Xanadu 55.

Xanadu

August 8, 1980 | PG
The 40s meet the 80s in XANADU, a very special love story and the first lavish, old-fashioned musical to utilize today's music. Stars Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.
Metascore:
31
User Score:
6.3
The Hunter 56.

The Hunter

August 1, 1980 | PG
The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson (Steve McQueen).
Metascore:
31
User Score:
tbd
Somewhere in Time 57.

Somewhere in Time

October 3, 1980 | PG
Somewhere in Time is the story of a young writer who sacrifices his life in the present to find happiness in the past, where true love awaits him. Young Richard Collier is approached by an elderly woman who gives him an antique gold watch and who pleads with him to return in time with her. Years later, Richard Collier is overwhelmed by a photograph of a beautiful young woman. Another picture of this woman in her later years reveals to him that she is the same woman who had given him the gold watch. Collier then becomes obsessed with returning to 1912 and the beautiful young woman who awaits him there. (Universal Studio)
Metascore:
29
User Score:
8.2
Friday the 13th 58.

Friday the 13th

May 9, 1980 | R
Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.
Metascore:
22
User Score:
5.9
Saturn 3 59.

Saturn 3

February 15, 1980 | R
Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent eight foot robot.
Metascore:
9
User Score:
4.0

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