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1980s In Film

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The decade of the 1980s in film involved many significant films.


  • Events 1
  • Top grossing films 2
  • Trends 3
  • Lists of films 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


The 1980s saw the continued rise of the blockbuster, an increased amount of nudity in film and the increasing emphasis in the American industry on film franchises, especially in the science fiction, horror, and action genres. Much of the reliance on these effect-driven blockbusters was due in part to the Star Wars films at the advent of this decade and the new cinematic effects it helped to pioneer.

The teen comedy sub-genre saw its popularity rise during this decade.

In the US, the PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984, to accommodate films that straddled the line between PG and R.

Top grossing films

The following are the 10 top-grossing films of the decade:[1]

  1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), $435 million
  2. Return of the Jedi (1983), $309 million
  3. The Empire Strikes Back (1980), $290 million
  4. Batman (1989), $251 million
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), $245 million
  6. Ghostbusters (1984), $238 million
  7. Beverly Hills Cop (1984), $234 million
  8. Back to the Future (1985), $210 million
  9. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), $197 million
  10. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), $179 million

In the list, where revenues are equal numbers, the newer films are listed lower, due to inflation making the dollar-amount lower compared to earlier years.


The films of the 1980s covered many genres, with hybrids crossing between multiple genres. The trend strengthened towards creating ever-larger blockbuster films, which earned more in their opening weeks than any previous film, due in part to staging releases when audiences had little else to choose. Even today you can still see people wearing tee shirts that were featured in popular 1980s movies.

Lists of films

See also


  1. ^ "All-Time Top Box Office Films". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
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