The 80s decade started off with some movies that have really stood the test of time.

The first year of the 80s, 1980, saw several promising actors that are still going strong well into the 21st century.

The Star Wars franchise was going strong in 1980. And with the release of Empire Strike Back in 1980, Star Wars and the action figures and other merchandise were officially pop-culture.

1980 was a pretty good year at the box office.

The 1980 Academy for Best Film went to “Ordinary People” starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and a very young Timothy Hutton.

Robert DeNiro won the Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1980 boxing drama, “Raging Bull”

The Academy Award for Best Actress went to Sissy Spacek for “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

And the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor was awarded to Timothy Hutton for “Ordinary People”

Mary Steenburgen won the Best Supporting Actress award for “Melvin and Howard”

The Top 25 Box Office Stars of 1980 – As Ranked by John Willis Screen World 1981

1. Burt Reynolds

“Smokey and the Bandit II”

“Rough Cut”

2. Robert Redford


3. Clint Eastwood

“Bronco Billy”Burt Reynolds Image

“Any Which Way You Can”

4. Jane Fonda

“Nine to Five”

5. Dustin Hoffman

6. John Travolta

“Urban Cowboy”

7. Sally Field

“Smokey and the Bandit II”

8. Sissy Spacek

“Coal Miner’s Daughter”

9. Barbara Streisand

10. Steve Martin

11. John Belushi

“The Blues Brothers”

12. Walter Matthau


13. Cheech and Chong

“Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie”Blue Lagoon Image

14. Jill Clayburgh

“It’s My Turn”

15. Meryl Streep

16. Bette Middler

“Divine Madness”

17. George Burns

“Oh, God! Book II”

18. Brooke Shields

“The Blue Lagoon”

19. Jack Nicholson

“The Shining” Classic 80s Creepy!

20. Al Pacino


21. Dudley Moore

22. Chevy Chase

“Seems Like Old Times”

“Oh! Heavenly Dog”

23. Woody Allen

24. Robert DeNiroPrivate Benjamin Image

“Raging Bull”

25. Goldie Hawn

“Seems Like Old Times”

“Lovers and Liars”

“Private Benjamin”

26. Charles Bronson


27. Sophia Loren

28. Paul Newman

“When Time Ran Out”

Other movies that made 1980 a memorable year for 80s movies.

“The Empire Strikes Back” – Harrison Ford

“Airplane!” – One of the funniest movies ever made!

The biggest movie of 1980! Enough said.

“Hero at Large” – John Ritter and Anne Archer

“American Gigalo” – Richard Gere

“Fame” – Irene Cara

“The Long Riders” – Carradine, Keach and Quaid

This 80s movie is classic. Highly recommended. The Long Riders has all the brothers

“The Big Red One” – Hit the beaches with Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill

“My Bodyguard” – Matt Dillon plays a great bully

“Dressed to Kill” – Angie Dickinson was still hot in 1980

“Honeysuckle Rose” – Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon

“Xanadu” – The strange combination of Gene Kelley and Olivia Newton-John

“Popeye” – Robin Williams

“Altered States” – William Hurt

“The Jazz Singer” – Neil Diamond

“Stir Crazy” – Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor

“Where the Buffalo Roam” – Bill Murray and Peter Boyle

Based on “The Twisted Legend of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson”

“Little Darlings” – An R rated movie starring Kristy McNichol and Tatum O’Neal

“Tribulte – Jack Lemmon and Robbie Benson – Where is he now?

“Caddyshack” – Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield

“Somewhere in Time” – Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour

“Flash Gordon”

A few of the most promising new actors in 1980

Beverly D’Angelo

William Hurt

Timothy Hutton

Robyn Douglas

Kristy McNichol

David Morse

Dinah Manoff

Michael Ontkean

Cathy Moriarty

Steve Railsback

Ray Sharkey

Diana Scarwid

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