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The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Top Box Office Hits of the '80s

1980
1. The Empire Strikes Back
($290.2 million)
2. Superman II
($108.2 million)
3. 9 to 5
($103.3 million)
4. Stir Crazy
($101.3 million)
5. Airplane
($83.4 million)
6. Coal Miner's Daughter
($79.9 million)
7. Private Benjamin
($69.8 million)
8. Smokey and the Bandit II
($66.1 million)
9. Ordinary People
($54.8 million)
10. The Blues Brothers
($54.2 million)

Other noteworthy films...
Altered States.....American Gigolo.....Any Which Way You Can.....Atlantic City.....The Big Red One.....The Blue Lagoon.....Bronco Billy.....Brubaker.....Caddyshack.....Cruising.....The Dogs of War.....Dressed to Kill.....The Elephant Man.....Fame.....The First Deadly Sin.....Flash Gordon.....Foxes.....Friday the 13th.....Galaxina.....The Gods Must Be Crazy.....Heaven's Gate.....Herbie Goes Bananas.....Hide In Plain Sight.....Honeysuckle Rose.....The Hunter.....The Jazz Singer.....The Long Riders.....My Bodyguard.....Oh God! Book II.....Oh! Heavenly Dog.....One Trick Pony.....Popeye.....Raging Bull.....Raise the Titanic.....Roadie.....Scanners.....The Shining.....Somewhere in Time.....The Stunt Man.....Summer School.....Time Bandits.....Urban Cowboy.....Used Cars.....Wholly Moses.....Xanadu


1981
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
($242.4 million)
2. On Golden Pond
($119.2 million)
3. Porky's
($105.5 million)
4. Arthur
($95.5 million)
5. Stripes
($85.3 million)
6. For Your Eyes Only
($62.3 million)
7. The Cannonball Run
($59.9 million)
8. Chariots of Fire
($58.8 million)
9. Time Bandits
($42.4 million)
10. Absence of Malice
($40.7 million)

Other noteworthy films...
All Night Long.....American Pop.....An American Werewolf in London.....Back Roads.....Body Heat.....Das Boot.....Bustin' Loose.....Caveman.....Clash of the Titans.....Death Wish II..... Dragonslayer.....Endless Love.....Escape from New York.....Excalibur.....The Eye of the Needle.....Eyewitness.....The Fan.....The Final Conflict.....Fort Apache, The Bronx.....The Fox and the Hound.....The French Lieutenant's Woman.....Gallipoli.....Ghost Story.....The Great Muppet Caper.....Halloween II.....Heavy Metal.....The Howling.....The Legend of the Lone Ranger..... Looker.....Mad Max 2.....Mommie Dearest.....National Lampoon Goes to the Movies..... Nighthawks .....Outland.....Pink Floyd: The Wall.....The Postman Always Rings Twice.....Prince of the City.....The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper.....Raggedy Man.....Ragtime.....Reds.....Sharky's Machine.....So Fine.....Taps.....Tarzan, the Ape Man.....Thief.....Victory.....Wolfen.....Zorro, The Gay Blade


1982
1. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
($399.8 million)
2.Tootsie
($177.2 million)
3. An Officer and a Gentleman
($129.8 million)
4. Rocky III
($122.8 million)
5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
($78.9 million)
6. Poltergeist
($76.6 million)
7. 48 Hrs.
($75.9 million)
8. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
($69.7 million)
9. Annie
($57.1 million)
10. The Verdict
($54 million)

Other noteworthy films...
Author! Author!.....The Beastmaster.....Bill Cosby: Himself.....Blade Runner.....The Border.....Cat People.....Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.....Creepshow.....The Dark Crystal.....Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.....Diner.....Eating Raoul.....Fast Times at Ridgemont High..... Firefox.....First Blood.....The Funny Farm.....Grease 2.....Hardcore.....Honkytonk Man.....The Man From Snowy River.....A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy.....National Lampoon's Class Reunion..... Night Shift.....Running on Empty.....Sophie's Choice.....Swamp Thing.....The Sword and the Sorcerer.....The  Thing.....Tron.....The World According to Garp


1983
1. Return of the Jedi
($309.1 million)
2. Terms of Endearment
($108.4 million)
3. Flashdance
($94.9 million)
4. Trading Places
($90.4 million)
5. WarGames
($79.6 million)
6. Octopussy
($67.9 million)
7. Sudden Impact
($67.6 million)
8. Mr. Mom
($64.8 million)
9. Staying Alive
($63.8 million)
10. Risky Business
($63.5 million)

Other noteworthy films...
All the Right Moves.....Amityville 3D.....The Big Chill.....Blue Thunder.....Breathless .....Class.....Cujo.....Curse of the Pink Panther.....The Dead Zone.....Easy Money.....Educating Rita.....Gorky Park.....Heart Like A Wheel.....High Road to China.....The Hunger.....Jaws 3D.....The Jigsaw Man.....The King of Comedy.....Krull.....Lone Wolf McQuade.....The Lords of Discipline.....The Man Who Loved Women.....The Man With Two Brains.....Max Dugan Returns.....Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.....National Lampoon's Vacation.....Never Cry Wolf.....Never Say Never Again.....Oliver.....The Osterman Weekend.....The Outsiders.....The Pirates of Penzance.....The Right Stuff.....Rumble Fish.....Scarface.....Silkwood......Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone.....Spring Break.....Star 80.....The Star Chamber.....Strange Brew.....Superman III.....Tender Mercies.....To Be or Not to Be.....Twilight Zone: The Movie.....Uncommon Valor.....Valley Girl.....The Year of Living Dangerously.....Zelig


1984
1. Ghostbusters
($238.6 million)
2. Beverly Hills Cop
($234.8 million)
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
($179.9 million)
4. Gremlins
($153.1 million)
5. The Karate Kid
($90.8 million)
6. Police Academy
($81.2 million)
7. Footloose
($80 million)
8. Romancing the Stone
($76.6 million)
9. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
($76.4 million)
10. Splash
($69.8 million)

Other noteworthy films...
Against All Odds.....Amadeus.....American Dreamer.....Bachelor Party.....Birdy.....Blame It on Rio.....Blood Simple.....Body Double.....The Bounty.....Breakin'.....Cannonball Run II.....City Heat..... Conan the Destroyer.....The Cotton Club.....Country.....Dreamscape.....Dune.....Electric Dreams..... Firestarter.....Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.....Harry and Son.....The Killing Fields.....The Last Starfighter.....Mike's Murder.....Missing in Action.....The Natural.....A Nightmare on Elm Street..... Oxford Blues.....A Passage to India.....The Pope of Greenwich Village.....Purple Rain.....The Razor's Edge.....Red Dawn.....Repo Man.....Revenge of the Nerds.....Rhinestone.....The River..... Starman .....Streets of Fire.....Supergirl.....The Terminator.....This Is Spinal Tap.....Tightrope.....Top Secret!


1985


1986
1. Top Gun
($176.8 million)
2. Crocodile Dundee
($174.6 million)
3. Platoon
($138 million)
4. The Karate Kid II
($115.1 million)
5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
($109.7 million)
6. Back to School
($91.3 million)
7. Aliens
($85.2 million)
8. The Golden Child
($79.8 million)
9. Ruthless People
($71.6 million)
10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
($70.1 million)

Other noteworthy films...
About Last Night.....At Close Range.....The Best of Times.....Big Trouble in Little China.....Children of a Lesser God.....The Clan of the Cave Bear.....Club Paradise.....Cobra.....The Color of Money..... Crimes of the Heart.....Critters.....The Delta Force.....Down and Out in Beverly Hills.....F/X.....Flight of the Navigator.....The Fly.....Hannah and Her Sisters.....Highlander.....The Hitcher.....Hoosiers..... Howard the Duck.....Iron Eagle.....Legal Eagles.....Little Shop of Horrors.....Lucas.....Manhunter..... The Money Pit.....The Name of the Rose.....Nine 1/2 Weeks.....No Mercy.....Peggy Sue Got Married .....Power.....Pretty in Pink.....Quicksilver.....River's Edge.....A Room with a View.....Short Circuit..... Sid and Nancy.....Something Wild.....Soul Man.....Stand by Me.....The Transformers: The Movie


1987
1. Three Men and a Baby
($167.8 million)
2. Fatal Attraction
($156.6 million)
3. Beverly Hills Cop II
($153.7 million)
4. Good Morning, Vietnam
($123.9 million)
5. Moonstruck
($80.6 million)
6. The Untouchables
($76.3 million)
7. The Secret of My Success
($67 million)
8. Stakeout
($65.7 million)
9. Lethal Weapon
($65.2 million)
10. Dirty Dancing
($63.9 million)

Other noteworthy films...
Adventures in Babysitting.....Angel Heart.....Baby Boom.....The Big Easy.....Blind Date.....Can't Buy Me Love.....Death Before Dishonor.....Eddie Murphy Raw.....Empire of the Sun.....Ernest Goes to Camp.....Hamburger Hill.....The Hanoi Hilton.....Hellraisers.....Hope and Glory.....Innerspace.....La Bamba.....The Last Emperor.....Less Than Zero.....The Lighthorsemen.....The Living Daylights..... Maid to Order.....Making Mr. Right.....Mannequin.....No Man's Land.....No Way Out.....The Pick-up Artist.....Predator.....The Princess Bride.....The Principal.....Radio Days.....Raising Arizona..... RoboCop..... Russkies.....Slamdance.....Some Kind of Wonderful.....Spaceballs.....Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.....Suspect.....Throw Momma from the Train.....Wall Street.....Who's That Girl?.....The Witches of Eastwick


1988
1. Rain Man
($172.8 million)
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
($154.2 million)
3. Coming to America
($128.2 million)
4. Big
($115 million)
5. Twins
($111.9 million)
6. Crocodile Dundee II
($109.3 million)
7. Die Hard
($81.4 million)
8. Cocktail
($78.2 million)
9. The Naked Gun
($78 million)
10. Oliver & Company
($73.9 million)

Other noteworthy films...
The Accidental Tourist.....Alien Nation.....Arthur 2: On the Rocks.....Bat*21.....Batteries Included..... Beetlejuice.....Betrayed.....Biloxi Blues.....Bloodsport.....Bright Lights, Big City.....Bull Durham..... Child's Play.....Clean and Sober.....Colors......Cop.....The Couch Trip.....Criminal Law.....D.O.A...... Dangerous Liaisons.....Dead Man Walking.....Earth Girls Are Easy.....A Fish Called Wanda.....For Keeps.....Frantic.....Gorillas in the Mist.....Hairspray.....Hanna's War.....I'm Gonna Git You Sucka..... Jack's Back.....Kansas.....The Land Before Time.....The Last Temptation of Christ.....Little Nikita.... Midnight Run.....The Milagro Beanfield War.....Mississippi Burning.....Mystic Pizza.....Patti Rocks.....The Presidio.....Rambo III.....The Serpent and the Rainbow.....Shoot to Kill.....Some Girls.....Stand and Deliver.....Talk Radio.....Tequila Sunrise.....Willow.....Working Girl.....You Can't Hurry Love.....Young Guns


1989
1. Batman
($251.2 million)
2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
($197.2 million)
3. Lethal Weapon 2
($147.3 million)
4. Look Who's Talking
($140.1 million)
5. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
($130.7 million)
6. Back to the Future II
($118.5 million)
7. Ghostbusters 2
($112.5 million)
8. The Little Mermaid
($109.9 million)
9. Driving Miss Daisy
($106.6 million)
10. Parenthood
($100 million)

Other noteworthy films...
The Abyss.....All Dogs Go to Heaven.....Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.....Black Rain.....Casualties of War.....Crimes and Misdemeanors.....Dead-Bang.....Dead Calm.....Dead Poet's Society.....The Dream Team.....The Fabulous Baker Boys.....Fat Man and Little Boy.....Field of Dreams..... Glory..... Heathers.....January Man.....Johnny Handsome.....Leviathan.....Pet Sematary.....Say Anything .....Sea of Love.....See You in the Morning.....She's Out of Control.....Star Trek V: The Final Frontier .....Steel Magnolias..... Terminator II.....Third Degree Burn.....Troop Beverly Hills.....True Believer .....Turner & Hooch..... War of the Roses..... Warlock.....When Harry Met Sally