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List of American films of 1980

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A list of American films released in 1980.
Ordinary People won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The highest grossing film of 1980 was The Empire Strikes Back.

Highest grossing

Title Studio Gross
1. The Empire Strikes Back 20th Century Fox $239,300,000
2. Airplane! Paramount $183,000,500
3. Stir Crazy Columbia Pictures $121,300,000
4. Nine to Five 20th Century Fox $96,000,000
5. Any Which Way You Can Warner Bros. $88,600,000
6. Private Benjamin Warner Bros. $69,800,000
7. Coal Miner's Daughter Universal Studios $67,100,000
8. Smokey and the Bandit II Universal Studios $66,100,000
9. The Blue Lagoon Columbia Pictures $59,800,000
10. The Blues Brothers Universal Studios $58,200,000


Title Director Cast Genre/Note
Airplane! Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Comedy
Alien Dead Fred Olen Ray Buster Crabbe Horror, Science fiction
Alligator Lewis Teague Robert Forster, Robin Riker Horror
Altered States Ken Russell William Hurt, Blair Brown written by Paddy Chayefsky
American Gigolo Paul Schrader Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Héctor Elizondo Drama
Animalympics Steven Lisberger Billy Crystal Animated
Antropophagus Joe D'Amato Tisa Farrow, Serena Grandi Horror
Any Which Way You Can Buddy Van Horn Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, Sondra Locke Every Which Way but Loose sequel
Atlantic City Louis Malle Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon 5 Oscar nominations


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Bad Timing Nicolas Roeg Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel Drama aka Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession
The Baltimore Bullet Robert Ellis Miller James Coburn, Omar Sharif, Ronee Blakley Comedy
Battle Beyond the Stars Jimmy T. Murakami Robert Vaughn Science fiction
Below the Belt Robert Fowler Regina Baff, John C. Becher, Mildred Burke (as herself), Firesign Theatre Comedy Drama based on Rosalyn Drexler's novel To Smithereens; character actor Herb Voland's last film.
The Big Brawl Robert Clouse Jackie Chan Action Chan's first U.S.-based film
The Big Red One Samuel Fuller Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine War Fuller's final war film
The Black Marble Harold Becker Robert Foxworth, Paula Prentiss, Harry Dean Stanton Crime Comedy
The Blue Lagoon Randal Kleiser Christopher Atkins, Brooke Shields Adventure Razzie award for Shields
The Blues Brothers John Landis Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown, Cab Calloway, John Candy Musical comedy based on characters first introduced on Saturday Night Live
The Boogeyman Ulli Lommel Ron James, Suzanna Love, Ron Jeremy Horror
Bronco Billy Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke Comedy Warner Bros.
Brubaker Stuart Rosenberg Robert Redford, Jane Alexander, Yaphet Kotto, David Keith Drama Screenplay nominated for Academy Award
Caboblanco J. Lee Thompson Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Dominique Sanda Drama
Caddyshack Harold Ramis Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Cindy Morgan, Sarah Holcomb Comedy First film directed by Ramis
Can't Stop the Music Nancy Walker Valerie Perrine, Bruce Jenner, Village People Musical comedy first Razzie award winner
Cardiac Arrest Murray Mintz Garry Goodrow Thriller
Carny Robert Kaylor Gary Busey, Jodie Foster, Robbie Robertson Drama
A Change of Seasons Stephen Frears Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Hopkins, Bo Derek Comedy Drama
The Changeling Peter Medak George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere Horror Genie Award for Best Canadian Film
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie Tommy Chong Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin Comedy Sequel to Up in Smoke
The Children Max Kalmanowicz Gil Rogers Horror, Science fiction
Christmas Evil Lewis Jackson Brandon Maggart Horror
Circle of Two Jules Dassin Richard Burton, Tatum O'Neal Drama Dassin's final film
Coal Miner's Daughter Michael Apted Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo, Levon Helm Biography Loretta Lynn story; Oscar for Spacek
Coast to Coast Joseph Sargent Robert Blake, Dyan Cannon Comedy, Drama Paramount
The Competition Joel Oliansky Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Lee Remick Drama, Romance 2 Academy Award nominations
Cruising William Friedkin Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino Thriller 3 Razzie award nominations


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Defiance John Flynn Art Carney, Jan-Michael Vincent Crime drama produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
Delusion Alan Beattie Patricia Pearcy, David Hayward Mystery
Die Laughing Jeff Werner Robby Benson, Charles Durning, Elsa Lanchester Comedy
Divine Madness! Michael Ritchie Bette Midler Documentary Midler in concert
The Dogs of War John Irvin Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely War
Don't Go in the Woods James Bryan Mary Gail Artz Horror
Double Negative George Bloomfield John Candy, Anthony Perkins Thriller aka Deadly Companion
Dressed to Kill Brian De Palma Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon Thriller 3 Razzie nominations
The Earthling Peter Collinson William Holden, Rick Schroder Adventure, Drama Australia; Collinson's last film
The Elephant Man David Lynch Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft Drama, Biography story of Joseph Merrick
The Exterminator James Glickenhaus Robert Ginty, Samantha Eggar Thriller Avco Embassy Film
Fade to Black Vernon Zimmerman Dennis Christopher Horror Golden Globe, Saturn Award nominee
Fame Alan Parker Irene Cara, Debbie Allen, Maureen Teefy Drama, Musical 6 Oscar nominations
Fatso Anne Bancroft Dom DeLuise, Anne Bancroft, Ron Carey Comedy, Drama also written by Bancroft
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Piers Haggard Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren Comedy final film for Sellers
The Final Countdown Don Taylor Kirk Douglas, Katharine Ross, Martin Sheen Science fiction final film directed by Taylor
The First Deadly Sin Brian G. Hutton Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes Thriller based on Lawrence Sanders novel
First Family Buck Henry Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner Comedy
Flash Gordon Mike Hodges Timothy Dalton, Sam J. Jones, Max von Sydow Science fiction, Action based on film serial
The Fog John Carpenter Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh Horror remade in 2005
Foolin' Around Richard T. Heffron Gary Busey, Annette O'Toole, Cloris Leachman Romance
The Formula John G. Avildsen George C. Scott, Marlon Brando Thriller based on Steve Shagan novel
Foxes Adrian Lyne Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, Randy Quaid Drama PolyGram Pictures
Friday the 13th Sean S. Cunningham Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon Horror Led to 11 sequels
Galaxina William Sachs Dorothy Stratten Comedy, Science fiction
Gilda Live Mike Nichols Gilda Radner Concert film
Gloria John Cassavetes Gena Rowlands Crime, Drama remade in 1999
The Gong Show Movie Chuck Barris Chuck Barris Comedy based on TV game show


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Hangar 18 James L. Conway Gary Collins, Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn Science fiction, Thriller MST3K
The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood Alan Roberts Martine Beswick, Chris Lemmon, Phil Silvers Sex comedy
He Knows You're Alone Armand Hamson Don Scardino Horror
Health Robert Altman Carol Burnett, James Garner, Glenda Jackson Comedy Altman's 15th film
Heart Beat John Byrum Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard Romance
Heaven's Gate Michael Cimino Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, Mickey Rourke Western 5 Razzie nominations, wide release in 1981
Herbie Goes Bananas Vincent McEveety Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman Comedy 3rd sequel to The Love Bug
Hero at Large Martin Davidson Anne Archer, John Ritter Comedy MGM
The Hollywood Knights Floyd Mutrux Tony Danza, Fran Drescher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Wuhl Comedy Columbia
Home Movies Brian DePalma Kirk Douglas, Nancy Allen, Vincent Gardenia Comedy
Honeysuckle Rose Jerry Schatzberg Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving Drama
Hopscotch Ronald Neame Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston Comedy, Mystery based on Brian Garfield novel
How to Beat the High Co$t of Living Robert Scheerer Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Jessica Lange Crime Comedy MGM
Humanoids from the Deep Barbara Peters Doug McClure, Vic Morrow, Ann Turkel Horror, Science fiction New World Pictures
The Hunter Buzz Kulik Steve McQueen, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton Action, Thriller McQueen's final film
The Idolmaker Taylor Hackford Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano Drama 1st film for Gallagher, Pantoliano
Image of the Beast Donald W. Thompson William Wellman, Jr. Thriller
In God We Tru$t Marty Feldman Peter Boyle, Andy Kaufman, Richard Pryor Comedy Produced, co-written by Feldman
Inside Moves Richard Donner David Morse, John Savage, Diana Scarwid, Harold Russell Drama Academy Award nomination for Scarwid
The Island Michael Ritchie Michael Caine, David Warner Adventure, Thriller from Peter Benchley novel
It's My Turn Claudia Weill Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, Charles Grodin Romantic comedy
Jane Austen in Manhattan James Ivory Anne Baxter, Robert Powell Drama, Romance
The Jazz Singer Richard Fleischer Neil Diamond, Laurence Olivier, Lucie Arnaz Drama, Musical remake of 1927 film; 5 Razzie nominations
Just Tell Me What You Want Sidney Lumet Alan King, Ali MacGraw, Peter Weller Comedy
The Kidnapping of the President George Mendeluk Ava Gardner, Van Johnson, William Shatner Action, Thriller from Charles Templeton novel
Kill or Be Killed Ivan Hall Charlotte Michelle, James Ryan Action, Drama
The Last Flight of Noah's Ark Charles Jarrott Elliott Gould, Rick Schroder Adventure, Family
The Last Married Couple in America Gil Cates George Segal, Natalie Wood Comedy Wood's penultimate film
The Lathe of Heaven David Loxton Kevin Conway, Bruce Davison Science fiction
The Legend of Alfred Packer James W. Roberson Patrick Day Adventure, Western
The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter Connie Field Franklin Delano Roosevelt Documentary
Little Darlings Ronald F. Maxwell Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNichol, Matt Dillon, Armand Assante Comedy
Little Miss Marker Walter Bernstein Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis Comedy drama
The Long Riders Walter Hill David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, Randy Quaid, Dennis Quaid, Stacy Keach, James Keach Western stars Carradine, Quaid, Keach, Guest brothers
Loose Shoes Ira Miller Royce D. Applegate Comedy
Loving Couples Jack Smight Shirley MacLaine, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon Comedy


Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Man with Bogart's Face Robert Day Robert Sacchi, Victor Buono, Misty Rowe Comedy
Maniac! William Lustig Caroline Munro, Joe Spinell Horror
Melvin and Howard Jonathan Demme Jason Robards, Paul LeMat, Mary Steenburgen Comedy, Biography Oscar for Steenburgen
Midnight Madness Michael Nankin, David Wechter Michael J. Fox, David Naughton Comedy
The Mirror Crack'd Guy Hamilton Angela Lansbury, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak Mystery from Agatha Christie story
The Monster Club Roy Ward Baker Vincent Price Comedy, Horror
Motel Hell Kevin Connor Rory Calhoun Horror
Mother's Day Charles Kaufman Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce Horror
The Mountain Men Richard Lang Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, Seymour Cassel Adventure
My Bodyguard Tony Bill Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Chris Makepeace Drama first film directed by Bill
Night of the Demon James C. Wasson Joy Allen, Bob Collins Horror
Nightkill Ted Post Robert Mitchum, Jaclyn Smith, James Franciscus Thriller
Nijinsky Herbert Ross Alan Bates, George de la Peña, Leslie Browne Biography story of Vaslav Nijinsky
Nine to Five Colin Higgins Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman Comedy became TV series, Broadway show, Screen debut of Dolly Parton, hit song for Parton
The Ninth Configuration William Peter Blatty Stacy Keach, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders Drama based on Blatty's novel
The Nude Bomb Clive Donner Don Adams, Rhonda Fleming Comedy, Mystery based on Get Smart
The Octagon Eric Karson Chuck Norris Action
Oh, God! Book II Gilbert Cates George Burns, Suzanne Pleshette, David Birney Comedy
Oh Heavenly Dog Joe Camp Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif Comedy featuring Benji
One Trick Pony Robert M. Young Paul Simon, Rip Torn, Blair Brown Drama written by Simon
Ordinary People Robert Redford Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch, Elizabeth McGovern Drama based on novel by Judith Guest; Oscars for Hutton, Best Picture
Out of the Blue Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper Drama
Permanent Vacation Jim Jarmusch Richard Boes, Ruth Bolton Drama
The Pilot Cliff Robertson Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker Drama
Popeye Robert Altman Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Paul Dooley Musical comedy based on cartoon character
Pray TV Rick Friedberg Rosemary Alexander, Dabney Coleman Comedy
Private Benjamin Howard Zieff Goldie Hawn, Armand Assante, Eileen Brennan, Albert Brooks Comedy 3 Academy Award nominations
The Private Eyes Lang Elliott Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Trisha Noble Comedy
Prom Night Paul Lynch Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen Horror followed by 3 sequels
The Psychotronic Man Jack M. Sell Peter Spelson Horror, Science fiction


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Raging Bull Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty Biography, Drama Oscar for De Niro
Raise the Titanic Jerry Jameson Jason Robards, Alec Guinness, Anne Archer Action from Clive Cussler novel
Resurrection Daniel Petrie Ellen Burstyn, Richard Farnsworth, Sam Shepard Drama 2 Academy Award nominations
The Return of the King Jules Bass Orson Bean, John Huston, Roddy McDowall Animation
Return of the Secaucus Seven John Sayles Bruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi, David Strathairn Drama
Roadie Alan Rudolph Art Carney, Meat Loaf Comedy, Musical
Rockshow Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Wings Documentary, Musical
Rough Cut Don Siegel Burt Reynolds, David Niven, Lesley-Anne Down Crime, Comedy Siegel's next-to-last film
Running Scared Paul Glickler Judge Reinhold Action, Drama
Saturn 3 Stanley Donen Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, Harvey Keitel Science fiction Martin Amis script
Scruples Alan J. Levi Lindsay Wagner, Marie-France Pisier, Barry Bostwick, Kim Cattrall, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Nick Mancuso, Gene Tierney Drama TV mini-series; based on a novel by Judith Krantz
The Sea Wolves Andrew V. McLaglen Roger Moore, Gregory Peck Action, War based on James Leasor book
Seems Like Old Times Jay Sandrich Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Charles Grodin Comedy Neil Simon script
Serial Bill Persky Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Christopher Lee Comedy from Cyra McFadden novel
The Shining Stanley Kubrick Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers Horror from Stephen King novel
Silent Scream Denny Harris Cameron Mitchell, Yvonne De Carlo Horror
Simon Marshall Brickman Alan Arkin, Madeline Kahn, Austin Pendleton Comedy
A Small Circle of Friends Rob Cohen Karen Allen, Brad Davis Drama
Smokey and the Bandit II Hal Needham Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Dom DeLuise Action, Comedy Smokey and the Bandit sequel
Somewhere in Time Jeannot Szwarc Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour Fantasy, Romance from Richard Matheson novel
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Irvin Kershner Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams Science fiction sequel to Star Wars; top-grossing 1980 film in U.S.
Stardust Memories Woody Allen Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper Comedy, Drama filmed in black-and-white
Stir Crazy Sidney Poitier Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder Comedy Columbia Pictures
The Stunt Man Richard Rush Barbara Hershey, Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback Comedy, Drama 3 Academy Award nominations
Sunday Lovers Bryan Forbes Roger Moore, Lino Ventura, Gene Wilder, Lynn Redgrave Comedy
Super Fuzz Sergio Corbucci Michelle Smutny, Ernest Borgnine Action, Science fiction
Superman II Richard Lester Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine Action, Adventure sequel to Superman


Title Director Cast Genre Note
Tell Me a Riddle Lee Grant Melvyn Douglas, Lila Kedrova, Brooke Adams Drama based on Tillie Olsen stories
Terror Train Roger Spottiswoode Hart Bochner, David Copperfield, Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis Horror Canada
Those Lips, Those Eyes Michael Pressman Frank Langella, Glynnis O'Connor, Tom Hulce Comedy
Times Square Allan Moyle Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado Drama, Musical
Tom Horn William Wiard Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth Western, Biography McQueen's next-to-last film
The Unseen Danny Steinmann Stephen Furst, Barbara Bach, Sydney Lassick Horror
Up the Academy Robert Downey, Sr. Ralph Macchio Comedy
Urban Cowboy James Bridges John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn Drama based on Aaron Latham story
Used Cars Robert Zemeckis Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham Comedy Warden in two roles
The Watcher in the Woods John Hough, Vincent McEveety Carroll Baker, Bette Davis Fantasy, Thriller Walt Disney
When Time Ran Out James Goldstone Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, James Franciscus, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Burgess Meredith Disaster film the last feature film produced by Irwin Allen
Where the Buffalo Roam Art Linson Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby Comedy based on Hunter S. Thompson
Wholly Moses Gary Weis Dudley Moore, Laraine Newman, Jack Gilford Comedy
Why Would I Lie? Larry Peerce Treat Williams, Lisa Eichhorn Comedy drama
Willie & Phil Paul Mazursky Margot Kidder, Michael Ontkean, Ray Sharkey Comedy drama
Windows Gordon Willis Joseph Cortese, Talia Shire Drama, Thriller 5 Razzie nominations
Witches' Brew Donna Ashbrook Teri Garr, Richard Benjamin, Lana Turner Comedy
Xanadu Robert Greenwald Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, Gene Kelly Fantasy, Musical Kelly's final film; 6 Razzie nominations

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