1980 Movies, "Movies 1980"

1980 Movies Released In Theaters

This page contains the most accurate 1980 movie release dates and information for all 1980 movies released in theaters in 1980, with the complete list of all 1980 movie releases.

The Movies 1980 list below is even more accurate than the IMDB database of 1980 movie releases.

Empire Strikes Back was the highest grossing of all 1980 movies released in theaters at the 1980 movie box office.

Below is the complete list of major 1980 movie releases by week of release.

Click on any of the 1980 movie posters images for complete information about all 1980 movies in theaters.

Empire Strikes Back was the highest grossing movie at the 1980 movie box office.

Ordinary People won the 1980 Oscar for Best Picture.

The year 1980 at the movies proved to be the worst in decades - 1980-2013 - at the movie box office.

There were only three movies during the year 1980 that earned more than $100 million or more at the movie box office. Even if adjusted for inflation, and kept on the same level playing field, that means there should have been at least 10 movies that were released in 1980 that earned more than $100 million. (The year 2010 produced 30 movies that grossed $100 million or more).

Empire Strikes Back Poster

Empire Strikes Back Poster

Top 50 Movies at 1980 Movie Box Office

1 The Empire Strikes Back - $209,398,025
2 9 to 5 - $103,290,500
3 Stir Crazy - $101,300,000
4 Airplane - $83,453,539
5 Any Which Way You Can - $70,687,344
6 Private Benjamin - $69,847,348
7 Coal Miner's Daughter - $67,182,787
8 Smokey and the Bandit II - $66,132,626
9 The Blue Lagoon - $58,853,106
10 The Blues Brothers - $57,229,890
11 Ordinary People - $54,766,923
12 Popeye - $49,823,037 901
13 Urban Cowboy - $46,918,287
14 The Shining - $44,017,374
15 Seems Like Old Times - $43,995,918
16 Cheech & Chong's Next Movie - $41,675,194
17 Caddyshack - $39,846,344
18 Friday the 13th - $39,754,601
19 Brubaker - $37,121,708
20 Little Darlings - $34,326,249
21 Dressed to Kill - $31,899,000
22 The Jazz Singer - $27,118,000
23 Flash Gordon - $27,107,960
24 Lady and the Tramp - re-release - $26,114,207
25 The Elephant Man - $26,010,864
26 Bronco Billy - $24,265,659
27 Raging Bull - $23,334,953
28 Xanadu - $22,762,571
29 American Gigolo - $22,743,674
30 My Bodyguard - $22,482,952
31 The Fog - $21,378,361
32 Fame - $21,202,829
33 Tess - $20,093,330
34 Altered States - $19,853,892
35 Song of the South - re-release - $19,800,000
36 Cruising - $19,784,223
37 The Octagon - $18,971,000
38 The Aristocats - re-release - $18,000,000
39 Honeysuckle Rose - $17,815,212
40 Herbie Goes Bananas - $17,000,000
41 Rough Cut - $16,656,125
42 The Final Countdown - $16,647,800
43 The Hunter - $16,274,150
44 Hero at Large - $15,934,737
45 The Long Riders - $15,795,189
46 The Island - $15,716,828
47 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Special Edition) - $15,693,175
48 First Family - $15,198,912
49 Prom Night - $14,796,236
50 The Nude Bomb - $14,662,035

While the highest grossing movie of 1980 was The Empire Strikes back, the second in the original Star Wars trilogy, with $209 million, it was the least popular of all six Star Wars movies at the box office.

Star Wars, the first in the George Lucas franchise, released in 1977, took in $307 million during its initial theatrical run.

The third film in the series, Return Of The Jedi, released in 1983, grabbed $252 million during its maiden voyage.

Of the Top 50 grossing movies of 1980, three were Walt Disney re-releases; Lady And The Tramp, Song Of The South and The Aristocats.

1980 spawned a number of popular, yet horrible sequels, remakes and franchises, including Friday The 13th, Airplane, Caddyshack, The Blues Brothers, Fame, Prom Night and The Fog.

Yes, The Fog, Prom Night and Fame were remade - and bombed - in the 2000s.

Did you ever hear of the movie The Nude Bomb, which placed #50 on the list of Top 50 Highest Grossing Movies at the 1980 movie box office? We hadn't either, but it is a movie based on the Get Smart television show.


Just how bad were most of the movies released in theaters during the year 1980? Ten completely forgettable and unmemorable doozies released in 1980 that feature into the Top 50 movie box office report are movies you've most likely never heard of, nor will ever see, including: Seems Like Old Times, Honeysuckle Rose, The Octagon, Rough Cut, The Hunter, The Final Countdown, Hero At Large, First Family, The Island and The Nude Bomb.

9 To 5

#2 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Nine To Five Poster

Stir Crazy
#3 At 1980 Movie Box Office

Stir Crazy Poster

Airplane
#4 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Airplane Movie Poster

Any Which Way You Can
#5 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Any Which Way You Can Poster

Private Benjamin
#6 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Private Benjamin Poster

Coal Miner's Daughter
#7 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Coal Miner's Daughter Poster

Smokey And The Bandit 2
#8 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Smokey And The Bandit 2 Poster

The Blue Lagoon
#9 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Blue Lagoon Poster

The Blues Brothers
#10 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Blues Brothers Poster

Ordinary People
#11 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Ordinary People Poster

Popeye
#12 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Popeye Poster

Urban Cowboy
#13 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Urban Cowboy Poster

The Shining
#14 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Shining Poster

Seems Like Old Times
#15 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Seems Like Old Times Poster

Cheech And Chong's Next Movie
#16 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Cheech And Chong's Next Movie

Caddyshack
#17 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Caddyshack Poster

Friday The 13th
#18 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Friday The 13th Poster

Brubaker
#19 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Brubaker Poster

Little Darlings
#20 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Little Darlings Poster

Dressed To Kill
#21 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Dressed To Kill Poster

The Jazz Singer
#22 At 1980 Movie Box Office

Jazz Singer 1980 Poster

Flash Gordon
#23 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Flash Gordon Poster

Lady And The Tramp re-release
#24 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Lady And The Tramp Poster

The Elephant Man

#25 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Elephant Man Poster

Bronco Billy
#26 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Bronco Billy Poster

Raging Bull
#27 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Raging Bull Poster

Xanadu
#28 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Xanadu Poster

American Gigolo
#29 At 1980 Movie Box Office
American Gigolo Poster

My Bodyguard
#30 At 1980 Movie Box Office
My Bodyguard Poster

The Fog
#31 At 1980 Movie Box Office
The Fog Poster

Fame
#32 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Fame Poster 1980

Tess
#33 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Tess Poster

Altered States
#34 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Altered States Poster

Song Of The South re-release
#35 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Song Of The South Poster

Cruising
#36 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Cruising Poster

The Octagon
#37 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Octagon Movie Poster

The Aristocats re-release
#38 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Aristocats Poster

Honeysuckle Rose
#39 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Starring Willie Neslon, Dyan Cannon, (Mrs. Carey Grant), and Amy Irving (former Mrs. Steven Spielberg).
Honeysuckle Rose Poster

Herbie Goes Bananas
#40 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Herbie Goes Bananas Poster

Rough Cut
#41 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Rough Cut Poster

The Final Countdown
#42 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Final Countdown Poster

The Hunter
#43 At 1980 Movie Box Office
The Hunter Poster

Hero At Large
#44 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Hero At Large Poster

The Long Riders
#45 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Long Riders Poster

The Island
#46 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Based on Peter Benchley's novel. (He wrote Jaws, a movie that catapulted Steven Spielberg to fame three years earlier).
The Island Poster 1980

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Special Edition
#47 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Poster - Special Edition


First Family
#48 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Bob Newhart stars, two years before his record breaking TV sitcom Newhart debuted.
First Family Poster


Prom Night
#49 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Prom Night Poster

The Nude Bomb

#50 At 1980 Movie Box Office
Nude Bomb Poster

If 50 POSTERS are NOT enough, check out the posters of EVERY 1980 big screen release - more than 300 movies.

1980 Oscar Winners and 1980 Oscar Nominees

As for 1980 Oscar winning movies, movies that were released in 1980.

Ordinary People won the Best Picture Oscar but didn't even factor into the Top 10 Movie Box Office of 1980.

1980 Oscars were held on March 31, 1981 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Host: Johnny Carson

Timothy Hutton, age 20, was the youngest actor to win - for Best Supporting Actor.

Complete list of 1980 Oscar Nominees and 1980 Academy Award Winners below.

Movies highlighted in BOLD and with a * next to them indicate winners.

BEST PICTURE
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Elephant Man
Ordinary People*
Raging Bull
Tess

DIRECTING
The Elephant Man -- David Lynch
Ordinary People -- Robert Redford*
Raging Bull -- Martin Scorsese
The Stunt Man -- Richard Rush+
Tess -- Roman Polanski


ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Robert De Niro -- Raging Bull*
Robert Duvall -- The Great Santini
John Hurt -- The Elephant Man
Jack Lemmon -- Tribute
Peter O'Toole -- The Stunt Man

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Judd Hirsch -- Ordinary People
Timothy Hutton -- Ordinary People*
Michael O'Keefe -- The Great Santini
Joe Pesci -- Raging Bull
Jason Robards -- Melvin and Howard

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Ellen Burstyn -- Resurrection
Goldie Hawn -- Private Benjamin
Mary Tyler Moore -- Ordinary People
Gena Rowlands -- Gloria
Sissy Spacek -- Coal Miner's Daughter*

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Eileen Brennan -- Private Benjamin
Eva Le Gallienne -- Resurrection
Cathy Moriarty -- Raging Bull
Diana Scarwid -- Inside Moves
Mary Steenburgen -- Melvin and Howard*

ART DIRECTION
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Elephant Man
The Empire Strikes Back
Kagemusha
Tess*

CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Blue Lagoon
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Formula
Raging Bull
Tess*

COSTUME DESIGN
The Elephant Man
My Brilliant Career
Somewhere in Time
Tess*
When Time Ran Out

DOCUMENTARY (Feature)
Agee
The Day after Trinity
From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China*
Front Line
The Yellow Star - The Persecution of the Jews in Europe 1933-45

DOCUMENTARY (Short Subject)
Don't Mess with Bill
The Eruption of Mount St. Helens
It's the Same World
Karl Hess: Toward Liberty*
Luther Metke at 94

FILM EDITING
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Competition
The Elephant Man
Fame
Raging Bull*

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Confidence
Kagemusha
The Last Metro
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears*
The Nest

MUSIC (Original Score)
Altered States
The Elephant Man
The Empire Strikes Back
Fame*
Tess

MUSIC (Original Song)
"Fame" from Fame*
"Nine to Five" from Nine to Five
"On the Road Again" from Honeysuckle Rose
"Out Here On My Own" from Fame
"People Alone" from The Competition

SHORT FILM (Animated)
All Nothing
The Fly*
History of the World in Three Minutes Flat

SHORT FILM (Dramatic Live Action)
The Dollar Bottom*
Fall Line
A Jury of Her Peers

SOUND
Altered States
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Empire Strikes Back*
Fame
Raging Bull

WRITING (Adapted Screenplay)
Breaker Morant
Coal Miner's Daughter
The Elephant Man
Ordinary People*
The Stunt Man

WRITING (Original Screenplay)
Brubaker
Fame
Melvin and Howard*
Mon Oncle D'Amerique
Private Benjamin

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Visual Effects)
The Empire Strikes Back

HONORARY AWARD
To Henry Fonda, the consummate actor, in recognition of his brilliant accomplishments and enduring contribution to the art of motion pictures.

+ Director Richard Rush's dream project, Stunt Man, took 9 years to get to the screen. Filmed in 1978, 20th Century Fox would not release it until 1980. Richard Rush beat out Michael Apted, whose Coal Miner's Daughter was nominated for Best Picture, in the final slot of Best Director Oscar nominations, making Stunt Man the only movie to be nominated for a 1980 Best Director Oscar and not a 1980 Best Picture Oscar, as well.

The Stunt Man, also nominated for Best Actor (Peter O'Toole), only earned $7,063,886 at the 1980 movie box office.

Stay tuned for The Great Santini Oscars trivia. The movie was originally released directly to cable and airlines, under the title "The Ace". When the NY Times reviewed it very favorably, it was pulled from cable, and released to theaters under the title "The Great Santini".

Secondly, The Great Santini was released in theaters on October 26, 1979, meaning it should have been nominated for Oscars presented in 1980, not 1981, which is the case.

Stay tuned for the reasons behind The Great Santini Oscar debacle.