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1984 In Film

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The following is an overview of events in 1984 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths. The year's highest-grossing film was Beverly Hills Cop. Ghostbusters overtook it however, with a re-release the following year. Other popular films included The Neverending Story, which was the most expensive film produced in West Germany, The Karate Kid and Romancing the Stone. A high number of sci-fi/fantasy films were released in 1984.


  • Highest-grossing films (U.S.) 1
  • Events 2
  • Awards 3
  • Notable films released in 1984 4
  • 1984 Wide-release movies 5
    • January–March 5.1
    • April–June 5.2
    • July–September 5.3
    • October–December 5.4
  • Births 6
  • Notable deaths 7
  • Film debuts 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1984 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:
Highest-grossing films of 1984[1]
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Ghostbusters Columbia Pictures $238,632,124
2. Beverly Hills Cop Paramount Pictures $234,760,478
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Paramount Pictures / Lucasfilm $179,870,271
4. Gremlins Warner Bros. $153,083,102
5. The Karate Kid Columbia Pictures $90,815,558
6. Police Academy Warner Bros. / The Ladd Company $81,198,894
7. Footloose Paramount Pictures $80,035,402
8. Romancing the Stone 20th Century Fox $76,572,238
9. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Paramount Pictures $76,471,076
10. Splash Touchstone Pictures $69,821,334



Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Amadeus
Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
Best Supporting Actor: Haing S. Ngor - The Killing Fields
Best Supporting Actress: Peggy Ashcroft - A Passage to India
Best Foreign Language Film: La diagonale du fou (Dangerous Moves), directed by Richard Dembo, Switzerland

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Amadeus
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Romancing the Stone
Best Actor: Dudley Moore - Micki & Maude
Best Actress: Kathleen Turner - Romancing the Stone
Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
Best Foreign English Language Film: A Passage to India, U.K. / U.S.A.

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Paris, Texas, directed by Wim Wenders, France / W. Germany

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok spokojnego slonca), directed by Krzysztof Zanussi,

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Love Streams, directed by John Cassavetes, United States

Notable films released in 1984

U.S.A. unless stated
























1984 Wide-release movies






Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 20 Johnny Weissmuller 79 Mexico Actor
29 Frances Goodrich 93 USA Writer
February 15 Ethel Merman 76 USA Singer, Actress
March 1 Jackie Coogan 69 USA Actor, Director
5 William Powell 91 USA Actor
12 Arnold Ridley 88 UK Actor, Writer, Director
24 Sam Jaffe 93 USA Actor
27 Jack Donohue 75 USA Director
27 Derek Francis 60 UK Actor
April 1 George Glass 73 USA Producer, Production Manager
13 Richard Hurndall 73 UK Actor I, Monster
16 Byron Haskin 84 USA Director
18 Francis de Wolff 71 UK Actor
May 4 Diana Dors 52 UK Actress
16 Andy Kaufman 35 USA Actor
16 Irwin Shaw 71 USA Screenwriter, Author
20 Peter Bull 72 UK Actor
21 Andrea Leeds 72 UK Actress
21 Ann Little 93 USA Actress
22 John Marley 76 USA Actor
June 15 Ned Glass 78 USA Actor
18 Luis Moglia Barth 81 Argentine Director, Writer, Producer ¡Tango!
20 Estelle Winwood 101 UK Actress
22 Joseph Losey 75 USA Director
July 11 Hugh Morton 81 UK Actor Man of the Moment
23 Carl Foreman 69 USA Writer, Producer
25 Akihiko Hirata 56 Japan Actor
27 James Mason 75 Switzerland Actor, Producer
August 4 Mary Miles Minter 82 USA Actress
4 Howard Culver 66 Hong Kong Actor
5 Richard Burton 58 Switzerland Actor, Producer, Director
8 Richard Deacon 63 USA Actor
25 Truman Capote 59 USA Writer, Actor
29 Pina Menichelli 94 Italy Actress
September 14 Janet Gaynor 77 USA Actress
17 Richard Basehart 70 USA Actor, Director
25 Walter Pidgeon 87 USA Actor
October 10 Leonard Rossiter 57 UK Actor
10 Joan Young 84 UK Actress
11 H. Bruce Humberstone 82 USA Director
21 François Truffaut 52 France Director, Producer, Actor
23 Oskar Werner 61 Germany Actor, Writer
25 Pascale Ogier 25 France Actress, Production Manager Full Moon in Paris
26 Noel Howlett 81 UK Actor
November 1 Norman Krasna 74 USA Screenwriter, Director
20 Peter Welch 62 UK Actor
December 2 Patty Elder 48 USA Stuntman, Actor
3 Charles R. Davis 47 USA Art Director, Production Designer Bustin' Loose
8 Luther Adler 81 USA Actor
11 George Waggner 81 USA Director
24 Ian Hendry 53 UK Actor
24 Peter Lawford 61 USA Actor, Producer
24 Harry Waxman 72 UK Cinematographer
28 Sam Peckinpah 59 USA Director, Producer

Film debuts

See also


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External links

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