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1. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.0
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84 Metascore

A seemingly indestructible robot is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a young waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against sentient machines, while a human soldier from the same war is sent to protect her at all costs.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 741,124 | Gross: $38.40M

2. Bumblebee (2018)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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66 Metascore

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Director: Travis Knight | Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena, Jason Drucker

Votes: 105,399 | Gross: $127.20M

3. Wall Street (1987)

R | 126 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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56 Metascore

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie, Franklin Cover

Votes: 135,797 | Gross: $43.85M

4. Frantic (1988)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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66 Metascore

In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner, Djiby Soumare

Votes: 45,852 | Gross: $17.64M

5. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

Votes: 58,774 | Gross: $3.33M

6. Control (2007)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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78 Metascore

A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 58,408 | Gross: $0.87M

7. 24 Hour Party People (2002)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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85 Metascore

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 30,775 | Gross: $1.13M

8. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story... See full summary »

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski

Votes: 19,856

9. Fridays (1980–1982)

70 min | Comedy, Music

7.7
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Live late-night comedy sketch show similar to "Saturday Night Live."

Stars: Jack Burns, Brandis Kemp, Mark Blankfield, Maryedith Burrell

Votes: 415

10. Dogs in Space (1986)

R | 103 min | Drama

6.6
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The film is set in a house occupied by a collection of social misfits. The main storyline is that of a strange musician's relationship with a girl, their drug use and his band. These events... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Michael Hutchence, Saskia Post, Nique Needles, Deanna Bond

Votes: 1,078

11. Me Without You (2001)

R | 107 min | Drama

6.9
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67 Metascore

Two best friends grow up on the Isle of Wight and in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s.

Director: Sandra Goldbacher | Stars: Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, Ella Jones, Anna Popplewell

Votes: 4,224 | Gross: $0.30M

12. Ecstasy (II) (2011)

TV-MA | 99 min | Drama, Romance

5.1
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Small drug smuggler from Scotland is trying to figure out his way through life until he meets beautiful girl from Canada who seeks a change after bad relationship she just got out of it.

Director: Robert Heydon | Stars: Adam Sinclair, Kristin Kreuk, Billy Boyd, Carlo Rota

Votes: 1,678

13. House of Boys (2009)

Unrated | 117 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.6
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40 Metascore

Two young soul mates find each other while working at an all-male performance club/brothel. Eventually, one contracts AIDS.

Director: Jean-Claude Schlim | Stars: Loïc Peckels, Layke Anderson, Harry Ferrier, Michael N. Kuehl

Votes: 1,022

14. Starstruck (1982)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama

7.0
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Young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Joey Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee, Max Cullen

Votes: 825

15. Joy Division (2007)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Richard Boon, Anton Corbijn, Kevin Cummins, Ian Curtis

Votes: 2,995

16. Static (1985)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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An eccentric but possibly brilliant young man, troubled by the death of his parents, claims to be readying a world-changing invention.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Keith Gordon, Amanda Plummer, Bob Gunton, Barton Heyman

Votes: 561

17. Funkytown (2011)

R | 132 min | Drama, Music

6.3
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1976. Montreal. Eight people who wanted to see and be seen at the trendiest disco will be juggling fame and anonymity until they will be forced to make sober choices in an era when excess was the norm, and when disco was king.

Director: Daniel Roby | Stars: Patrick Huard, Justin Chatwin, Paul Doucet, Sarah Mutch

Votes: 779

18. Dare to Be Different (2017)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, The Cure: Over half a billion records sold but you may never have heard of them if not for a small ... See full summary »

Director: Ellen Goldfarb | Stars: Nancy Abramson, M. King Adkins, Ron Alexenburg, Sam Ash

Votes: 260

19. The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star (1979 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

6.8
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The video for the Buggles' classic one-shot, about how the rise of television (and, by extension, music videos) hurt the careers of those performers whose looks would not translate well to the new medium.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: The Buggles, Debi Doss, Geoff Downes, Trevor Horn

Votes: 665

20. Gary Numan: Cars (1979 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

6.8
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Video clip of Gary Numan's #1 mega-hit "Cars". The singer and band perform the song followed by a crazed visual style, strange mix of effects which became a trend for the many video clips ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Burbidge | Star: Gary Numan

Votes: 174

21. Play It Loud! (2003)

97 min | Music, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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The year is 1981, the German New Wave is at the peak. Harry, otherwise Sparkasse trainee, wants to make it big as a manager of the band of his friends, Apollo Schwabing. He has booked the ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Quabeck | Stars: Tom Schilling, Robert Stadlober, Jessica Schwarz, Marlon Kittel

Votes: 909

22. Big Meat Eater (1982)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

5.4
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Bob Sanderson is the mild mannered butcher of the small, sleepy town of Burquitlam. His motto is "Pleased to meet you, meat to please you." Bob's life is thrown into turmoil when he decides... See full summary »

Director: Chris Windsor | Stars: Clarence 'Big' Miller, George Dawson, Andrew Gillies, Stephen Dimopoulos

Votes: 309

23. The Emperor of Rome (1988)

90 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Nico D'Alessandria | Stars: Gerardo Sperandini, Nadia Haggi, Giuseppe Amodio, Agnese De Donato

Votes: 110

24. Soul Boys of the Western World (2014)

Unrated | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

6.9
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60 Metascore

A documentary about Spandau Ballet, who were one of the biggest pop groups of the 1980s and a defining act of the New Romantic scene.

Director: George Hencken | Stars: Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp

Votes: 485

25. Are We Not Men?

90 min | Documentary, Musical | Post-production

The official documentary of the band DEVO. This new film takes you into the brains that created the concept, the music, and the spectacle of Devo. Devo the band was more than the highly ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Pemberton | Stars: Chrissie Hynde, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Toni Basil

26. Wang Chung: Dance Hall Days, Version 2 (1984 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

7.4
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The second version of the video is the most well-known, and received heavy rotation airplay at MTV. It is a magical fantasy concept video set in the 1940s, the heyday of dance halls. The ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Kleinman | Stars: Wang Chung, Darren Costin, Nick Feldman, Jack Hues

Votes: 21

27. Reverse Angle: Ein Brief aus New York (1982)

17 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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Wim Wenders's atmospheric testimony about the problems he encountered while working on Hammett (1982) with Francis Ford Coppola, and the differences between the film-making process in Europe and the States.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders

Votes: 51

28. Wang Chung: Dance Hall Days, Version 1 (1983 Video)

Short, Music

7.3
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The first version of the video, directed by Derek Jarman, is a collection of home movies with the majority of the archive footage consisting of a stage show with swimmers and fountains, and... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Darren Costin, Nick Feldman, Jack Hues, Derek Jarman

Votes: 13

29. A Walking Tour of the East Village 1985 (2018)

46 min | Documentary

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A film by Alan Steinfeld depicting the experience of living in the East Village in the 1980s. Featured and exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art's Club 57 retrospective.

Director: Alan Steinfeld | Star: Ann Magnuson

30. Devo: Live in the Land of the Rising Sun (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Music

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"From a stage super-heated by over-the-top, rock 'n roll cliche lighting, DEVO faced a sea of Asian Gen X'ers in a 100 degree plus fahrenheit venue in the bowels of Tokyo, Japan. The crowd ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Michael Stanton | Stars: Bob Casale, Gerald V. Casale, David Kendrick, Mark Mothersbaugh

Votes: 21

31. Falco - Helden von heute (1984 TV Movie)

49 min | Music

8.2
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A cheerful music film with the Austrian pop star Johann Hölzel (better known as Falco), in which he travels around the world.

Directors: Rudi Dolezal, Hannes Rossacher | Stars: Falco, Brigitta Cimarolli, Cordula Reyer, Robert Ponger

Votes: 8

32. Übriggebliebene ausgereifte Haltungen (2007)

89 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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Remaining mature attitudes.

Director: Peter Ott | Stars: Henning Besser, Julius Block, Matthias Bröckel, Françoise Cactus

Votes: 6

33. Hollywood Heartbeat (1980–1981)

30 min | Music

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Hosted by former Fleetwood Mac band member Bob Welch, each show takes audiences to Hollywood's most "in" nightclubs and hot spots for today's phenomenal new Rock music.

Star: Bob Welch

34. I Want to Destroy America (2006)

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary, Music

6.6
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A touching documentary about the singular career of Hisao Shinagawa, a Japanese street musician who has refused to give up on his elusive dream of success and stardom, regardless of personal cost and the solitary reality of his life.

Director: Peter I. Chang | Star: Hisao Shinagawa

Votes: 10

36. Nesmírná únava materiálu (1984)

24 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Michal Herz | Stars: Michael Kocáb, Michal Pavlícek, Jirí Hrubes, Vilém Cok

37. Malditos (2004)

71 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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Documentary film about Chile's most influential and recognized punk rock band, Fiskales Ad-Hok. Told by their own band member, features the story from the early days, in the middle eighties, during Chile's right-wing military dictatorship.

Director: Pablo Insunza | Stars: Roli Urzúa, Álvaro España, Pogo, 'Víbora' Larralde

Votes: 28

38. Randale und Liebe (1981 TV Movie)

62 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.3
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Director: Thomas Schmitt | Stars: Jello Biafra, Cotzbrocken, Klaus Flouride, Shakin' Stevens

Votes: 6

39. Ich will Spaß - Die 80er-Jahre-Pop-und-Schlagernacht mit Perlen aus Ost und West (2004 TV Special)

200 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

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I want fun - The 80s pop and hit night with pearls from East and West.

Director: Christian Stöffler | Stars: Götz Alsmann, Adam Ant, Jo Callis, Foyer des Arts

40. Hudba 85 (2005 Video)

120 min | Music

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Director: Vladislav Burda | Stars: Michal Ambroz, Karel Babuljak, Bára Basiková, Marek Brodský

41. VH-1 Where Are They Now? (1999–2004)
Episode: British Invasion (2000)

Documentary, Biography

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Where Are They Now? gives you an update on popular British artists and their current whereabouts. Find out what's up with Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), Annabella Lewin (Bow Wow... See full summary »

Stars: James Curreri, David Bowie, Boy George, Bruce Dickinson

42. VH-1 Where Are They Now? (1999–2004)
Episode: The 80s (2000)

Documentary, Biography

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Where Are They Now? catches up with '80s bands the Thompson Twins, Wall of Voodoo, Frankie Sullivan (lead singer of Survivor), Dexy's Midnight Runners, Howard Jones, Jerry Buckner ("Pac-Man... See full summary »

Stars: James Curreri, Tom Bailey, Jerry Buckner, Pete Burns



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