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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 grossingEdit

1980
Rank
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

AEdit

Title Director Cast Genre/Note
Airplane!Jim Abrahams, Jerry ZuckerRobert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Comedy
Alien DeadFred Olen RayBuster CrabbeHorror, Science fiction
AlligatorLewis TeagueRobert Forster, Robin RikerHorror
Altered StatesKen RussellWilliam Hurt, Blair Brown written by Paddy Chayefsky
American GigoloPaul SchraderRichard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Héctor Elizondo Drama
AnimalympicsSteven LisbergerBilly CrystalAnimated
AntropophagusJoe D'AmatoTisa Farrow, Serena GrandiHorror
Any Which Way You CanBuddy Van HornClint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, Sondra LockeEvery Which Way but Loose sequel
Atlantic CityLouis MalleBurt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon5 Oscar nominations

B–CEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Bad TimingNicolas RoegArt Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel Dramaaka Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession
The Baltimore Bullet Robert Ellis Miller James Coburn, Omar Sharif, Ronee Blakley Comedy
Battle Beyond the StarsJimmy T. MurakamiRobert VaughnScience fiction
Below the BeltRobert FowlerRegina 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 BrawlRobert ClouseJackie ChanAction Chan's first U.S.-based film
The Big Red OneSamuel FullerLee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine WarFuller's final war film
The Black Marble Harold Becker Robert Foxworth, Paula Prentiss, Harry Dean Stanton Crime Comedy
The Blue LagoonRandal KleiserChristopher Atkins, Brooke ShieldsAdventure Razzie award for Shields
The Blues BrothersJohn LandisDan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown, Cab Calloway, John Candy Musical comedybased on characters first introduced on Saturday Night Live
The BoogeymanUlli LommelRon James, Suzanna Love, Ron JeremyHorror
Bronco BillyClint EastwoodClint Eastwood, Sondra Locke ComedyWarner Bros.
BrubakerStuart RosenbergRobert Redford, Jane Alexander, Yaphet Kotto, David Keith DramaScreenplay nominated for Academy Award
Caboblanco J. Lee Thompson Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, Dominique Sanda Drama
CaddyshackHarold RamisChevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Cindy Morgan, Sarah Holcomb ComedyFirst film directed by Ramis
Can't Stop the MusicNancy WalkerValerie Perrine, Bruce Jenner, Village PeopleMusical comedyfirst Razzie award winner
Cardiac ArrestMurray MintzGarry GoodrowThriller
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 ChangelingPeter MedakGeorge C. Scott, Trish Van Devere HorrorGenie Award for Best Canadian Film
Cheech & Chong's Next MovieTommy ChongTommy Chong, Cheech Marin ComedySequel to Up in Smoke
The ChildrenMax KalmanowiczGil RogersHorror, Science fiction
Christmas EvilLewis JacksonBrandon MaggartHorror
Circle of TwoJules DassinRichard Burton, Tatum O'Neal DramaDassin's final film
Coal Miner's DaughterMichael AptedSissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo, Levon Helm BiographyLoretta Lynn story; Oscar for Spacek
Coast to CoastJoseph SargentRobert Blake, Dyan Cannon Comedy, DramaParamount
The CompetitionJoel OlianskyRichard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Lee Remick Drama, Romance2 Academy Award nominations
CruisingWilliam FriedkinAl Pacino, Paul SorvinoThriller3 Razzie award nominations

D–GEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
DefianceJohn FlynnArt Carney, Jan-Michael VincentCrime dramaproduced 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 RitchieBette Midler DocumentaryMidler in concert
The Dogs of War John Irvin Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely War
Don't Go in the WoodsJames BryanMary Gail ArtzHorror
Double NegativeGeorge BloomfieldJohn Candy, Anthony PerkinsThrilleraka Deadly Companion
Dressed to KillBrian De PalmaMichael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith GordonThriller3 Razzie nominations
The EarthlingPeter CollinsonWilliam Holden, Rick SchroderAdventure, DramaAustralia; Collinson's last film
The Elephant ManDavid LynchAnthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft Drama, Biographystory of Joseph Merrick
The ExterminatorJames GlickenhausRobert Ginty, Samantha Eggar ThrillerAvco Embassy Film
Fade to BlackVernon ZimmermanDennis Christopher HorrorGolden Globe, Saturn Award nominee
FameAlan Parker Irene Cara, Debbie Allen, Maureen Teefy Drama, Musical6 Oscar nominations
FatsoAnne BancroftDom DeLuise, Anne Bancroft, Ron Carey Comedy, Dramaalso written by Bancroft
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu ManchuPiers HaggardPeter Sellers, Helen Mirren Comedyfinal film for Sellers
The Final CountdownDon TaylorKirk Douglas, Katharine Ross, Martin SheenScience fictionfinal film directed by Taylor
The First Deadly SinBrian G. HuttonFrank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes Thrillerbased on Lawrence Sanders novel
First Family Buck Henry Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner Comedy
Flash GordonMike HodgesTimothy Dalton, Sam J. Jones, Max von SydowScience fiction, Actionbased on film serial
The FogJohn CarpenterAdrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh Horrorremade in 2005
Foolin' Around Richard T. Heffron Gary Busey, Annette O'Toole, Cloris Leachman Romance
The FormulaJohn G. AvildsenGeorge C. Scott, Marlon Brando Thrillerbased on Steve Shagan novel
FoxesAdrian LyneScott Baio, Jodie Foster, Randy Quaid DramaPolyGram Pictures
Friday the 13thSean S. CunninghamBetsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon HorrorLed to 11 sequels
GalaxinaWilliam SachsDorothy Stratten Comedy, Science fiction
Gilda Live Mike Nichols Gilda Radner Concert film
GloriaJohn CassavetesGena RowlandsCrime, Dramaremade in 1999
The Gong Show MovieChuck BarrisChuck Barris Comedybased on TV game show

H–LEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Hangar 18James L. ConwayGary Collins, Darren McGavin, Robert VaughnScience fiction, ThrillerMST3K
The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood Alan Roberts Martine Beswick, Chris Lemmon, Phil Silvers Sex comedy
He Knows You're AloneArmand HamsonDon ScardinoHorror
HealthRobert AltmanCarol Burnett, James Garner, Glenda Jackson ComedyAltman's 15th film
Heart Beat John Byrum Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard Romance
Heaven's GateMichael CiminoKris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, Mickey RourkeWestern5 Razzie nominations
Herbie Goes BananasVincent McEveetyCloris Leachman, Harvey KormanComedy3rd sequel to The Love Bug
Hero at LargeMartin DavidsonAnne Archer, John Ritter ComedyMGM
The Hollywood KnightsFloyd MutruxTony Danza, Fran Drescher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Wuhl ComedyColumbia
Home Movies Brian DePalma Kirk Douglas, Nancy Allen, Vincent Gardenia Comedy
Honeysuckle RoseJerry Schatzberg Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving Drama
HopscotchRonald NeameWalter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston Comedy, Mysterybased on Brian Garfield novel
How to Beat the High Co$t of LivingRobert Scheerer Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Jessica LangeCrime Comedy MGM
Humanoids from the DeepBarbara PetersDoug McClure, Vic Morrow, Ann Turkel Horror, Science fictionNew World Pictures
The HunterBuzz KulikSteve McQueen, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton Action, ThrillerMcQueen's final film
The IdolmakerTaylor HackfordRay Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano Drama1st film for Gallagher, Pantoliano
Image of the BeastDonald W. ThompsonWilliam Wellman, Jr.Thriller
In God We Tru$tMarty FeldmanPeter Boyle, Andy Kaufman, Richard Pryor ComedyProduced, co-written by Feldman
Inside MovesRichard DonnerDavid Morse, John Savage, Diana Scarwid, Harold Russell DramaAcademy Award nomination for Scarwid
The IslandMichael RitchieMichael Caine, David Warner Adventure, Thrillerfrom Peter Benchley novel
It's My Turn Claudia Weill Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, Charles Grodin Romantic comedy
Jane Austen in ManhattanJames IvoryAnne Baxter, Robert Powell Drama, Romance
The Jazz SingerRichard FleischerNeil Diamond, Laurence Olivier, Lucie Arnaz Drama, Musicalremake 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 PresidentGeorge MendelukAva Gardner, Van Johnson, William ShatnerAction, Thrillerfrom Charles Templeton novel
Kill or Be KilledIvan HallCharlotte Michelle, James RyanAction, Drama
The Last Flight of Noah's Ark Charles Jarrott Elliott Gould, Rick SchroderAdventure, Family
The Last Married Couple in AmericaGil CatesGeorge Segal, Natalie Wood ComedyWood's penultimate film
The Lathe of HeavenDavid LoxtonKevin Conway, Bruce DavisonScience fiction
The Legend of Alfred PackerJames W. RobersonPatrick DayAdventure, Western
The Life and Times of Rosie the RiveterConnie FieldFranklin Delano Roosevelt Documentary
Little DarlingsRonald F. MaxwellTatum O'Neal, Kristy McNichol, Matt Dillon, Armand Assante Comedy
Little Miss Marker Walter Bernstein Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis Comedy drama
The Long RidersWalter HillDavid Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, Randy Quaid, Dennis Quaid, Stacy Keach, James Keach Westernstars Carradine, Quaid, Keach, Guest brothers
Loose ShoesIra MillerRoyce D. Applegate Comedy
Loving Couples Jack Smight Shirley MacLaine, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon Comedy

M–PEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Man with Bogart's Face Robert Day Robert Sacchi, Victor Buono, Misty Rowe Comedy
Maniac!William LustigCaroline Munro, Joe SpinellHorror
Melvin and HowardJonathan DemmeJason Robards, Paul LeMat, Mary Steenburgen Comedy, BiographyOscar for Steenburgen
Midnight MadnessMichael Nankin, David WechterMichael J. Fox, David Naughton Comedy
The Mirror Crack'dGuy HamiltonAngela Lansbury, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim NovakMysteryfrom Agatha Christie story
The Monster ClubRoy Ward BakerVincent Price Comedy, Horror
Motel HellKevin ConnorRory CalhounHorror
Mother's Day Charles Kaufman Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce Horror
The Mountain Men Richard Lang Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, Seymour Cassel Adventure
My BodyguardTony BillAdam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Chris Makepeace Dramafirst film directed by Bill
Night of the DemonJames C. WassonJoy Allen, Bob CollinsTemplate:Disambiguation neededHorror
Nightkill Ted Post Robert Mitchum, Jaclyn Smith, James Franciscus Thriller
NijinskyHerbert RossAlan Bates, George de la Peña, Leslie BrowneBiographystory of Vaslav Nijinsky
Nine to FiveColin HigginsJane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman Comedybecame TV series, Broadway show
The Ninth ConfigurationWilliam Peter BlattyStacy Keach, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders Dramabased on Blatty's novel
The Nude BombClive DonnerDon Adams, Rhonda Fleming Comedy, Mysterybased on Get Smart
The OctagonEric KarsonChuck NorrisAction
Oh, God! Book II Gilbert Cates George Burns, Suzanne Pleshette, David Birney Comedy
Oh Heavenly DogJoe CampChevy Chase, Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif Comedyfeaturing Benji
One Trick PonyRobert M. YoungPaul Simon, Rip Torn, Blair Brown Dramawritten by Simon
Ordinary PeopleRobert RedfordMary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch, Elizabeth McGovern Dramabased on novel by Judith Guest; Oscars for Hutton, Best Picture
Out of the BlueDennis HopperDennis Hopper Drama
Permanent VacationJim JarmuschRichard Boes, Ruth Bolton Drama
The Pilot Cliff Robertson Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker Drama
PopeyeRobert AltmanRobin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Paul Dooley Musical comedy based on cartoon character
Pray TVRick FriedbergRosemary Alexander, Dabney Coleman Comedy
Private BenjaminHoward ZieffGoldie Hawn, Armand Assante, Eileen Brennan, Albert Brooks Comedy3 Academy Award nominations
The Private EyesLang ElliottTim Conway, Don Knotts, Trisha Noble Comedy
Prom Night Paul Lynch Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen Horrorfollowed by 3 sequels
The Psychotronic ManJack M. SellPeter SpelsonHorror, Science fiction

R–SEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Raging BullMartin ScorseseRobert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy MoriartyBiography, DramaOscar for De Niro
Raise the TitanicJerry JamesonJason Robards, Alec Guinness, Anne Archer Actionfrom Clive Cussler novel
ResurrectionDaniel PetrieEllen Burstyn, Richard Farnsworth, Sam Shepard Drama2 Academy Award nominations
The Return of the King Jules Bass Orson Bean, John Huston, Roddy McDowall Animation
Return of the Secaucus SevenJohn SaylesBruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi. David Strathairn Drama
RoadieAlan RudolphArt Carney, Meat Loaf Comedy, Musical
Rockshow Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, WingsDocumentary, Musical
Rough CutDon SiegelBurt Reynolds, David Niven, Lesley-Anne Down Crime, ComedySiegel's next-to-last film
Running ScaredPaul GlicklerJudge ReinholdAction, Drama
Saturn 3Stanley DonenKirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, Harvey KeitelScience fictionMartin Amis script
ScruplesAlan 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 WolvesAndrew V. McLaglenRoger Moore, Gregory PeckAction, Warbased on James Leasor book
Seems Like Old TimesJay SandrichChevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Charles Grodin ComedyNeil Simon script
SerialBill PerskyMartin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Christopher Lee Comedyfrom Cyra McFadden novel
The ShiningStanley KubrickJack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers Horrorfrom Stephen King novel
Silent ScreamDenny HarrisCameron Mitchell, Yvonne De CarloHorror
SimonMarshall Brickman Alan Arkin, Madeline Kahn, Austin Pendleton Comedy
A Small Circle of FriendsRob CohenKaren Allen, Brad Davis Drama
Smokey and the Bandit IIHal NeedhamBurt Reynolds, Sally Field, Dom DeLuiseAction, ComedySmokey and the Bandit sequel
Somewhere in TimeJeannot SzwarcChristopher Reeve, Jane Seymour Fantasy, Romancefrom Richard Matheson novel
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackIrvin KershnerCarrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams Science fictionsequel to Star Wars; top-grossing 1980 film in U.S.
Stardust MemoriesWoody AllenWoody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper Comedy, Dramafilmed in black-and-white
Stir CrazySidney PoitierRichard Pryor, Gene Wilder ComedyColumbia Pictures
The Stunt ManRichard RushBarbara Hershey, Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback Comedy, Drama3 Academy Award nominations
Sunday Lovers Bryan Forbes Roger Moore, Lino Ventura, Gene Wilder, Lynn Redgrave Comedy
Super FuzzSergio CorbucciMichelle Smutny, Ernest BorgnineAction, Science fiction
Superman IIRichard LesterGene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine Action, Adventuresequel to Superman

T–ZEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Tell Me a RiddleLee GrantMelvyn Douglas, Lila Kedrova, Brooke Adams Dramabased on Tillie Olsen stories
Terror TrainRoger SpottiswoodeHart Bochner, David Copperfield, Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee CurtisHorrorCanada
Those Lips, Those Eyes Michael Pressman Frank Langella, Glynnis O'Connor, Tom Hulce Comedy
Times SquareAllan MoyleTim Curry, Trini Alvarado Drama, Musical
Tom HornWilliam WiardSteve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth Western, BiographyMcQueen's next-to-last film
The Unseen Danny Steinmann Stephen Furst, Barbara Bach, Sydney Lassick Horror
Up the AcademyRobert Downey, Sr.Ralph Macchio Comedy
Urban CowboyJames BridgesJohn Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn Dramabased on Aaron Latham story
Used CarsRobert ZemeckisKurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham ComedyWarden in two roles
The Watcher in the WoodsJohn Hough, Vincent McEveetyCarroll Baker, Bette DavisFantasy, ThrillerWalt Disney
When Time Ran OutJames GoldstonePaul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, James Franciscus, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Burgess Meredith Disaster filmthe last feature film produced by Irwin Allen
Where the Buffalo RoamArt LinsonBill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby Comedybased on Hunter S. Thompson
Wholly MosesGary WeisDudley 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
WindowsGordon WillisJoseph Cortese, Talia Shire Drama, Thriller5 Razzie nominations
Witches' Brew Donna Ashbrook Teri Garr, Richard Benjamin, Lana Turner Comedy
XanaduRobert GreenwaldOlivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, Gene Kelly Fantasy, Musical Kelly's final film; 6 Razzie nominations

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