... The Forgettable ... Of The 1980s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

First of all, most movies on this list are not really bad. But they are not good either. In order not to bore you with every average movie I have seen I will restrain myself only to those of interest. That means you will find movies here that were successful at the box office but did not deserve that undue success or movies that did not stand the test of time. Other entries concern movies that are acclaimed by critics but to me are nothing short of being pretentious. Other titles could include films that were much talked about for whatever reason upon their initial release and therefore hold some kind of reputation that, however, do not qualify them for quality movies. You may also find movies here to which famous actors or directors contributed to but which are a let-down in the end nevertheless.

So, have fun browsing through my selection of the odds and sods of the movie world and let me know what you think.

PS: This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. Somewhere in Time (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

29 Metascore

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright

Votes: 25,620 | Gross: $9.71M

2. The Stunt Man (1980)

R | 131 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out and falls for the leading lady.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield

Votes: 8,307 | Gross: $7.06M

3. The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino

Votes: 20,172 | Gross: $16.65M

4. Raise the Titanic (1980)

PG | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer

Votes: 3,743 | Gross: $14.82M

5. When Time Ran Out... (1980)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, Edward Albert

Votes: 2,400 | Gross: $1.70M

6. Tom Horn (1980)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An ex-army scout is hired by ranchers to kill cattle rustlers but he gets into trouble with the corrupt local officials when he kills a boy.

Director: William Wiard | Stars: Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth, Billy Green Bush

Votes: 4,516

7. The Hunter (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

31 Metascore

The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton

Votes: 4,605

8. The Dogs of War (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

56 Metascore

Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Christopher Walken, Tom Berenger, Colin Blakely, Hugh Millais

Votes: 7,376

9. The Formula (1980)

R | 117 min | Crime, Thriller

The synthetic fuel production formula, invented by the Nazis at the end of World War II, is sought after by some who aim to sell it, and by others who wish to destroy it.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: George C. Scott, Marlon Brando, Marthe Keller, John Gielgud

Votes: 2,285

10. The First Deadly Sin (1980)

R | 112 min | Thriller

A police inspector, nearing retirement, tracks a serial killer who is terrorizing New York.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, George Coe

Votes: 1,636

11. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Miss Jane Marple (Dame Angela Lansbury) comes to solve the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 6,475

12. Borderline (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Drama

On the U.S.-Mexican border, border cop Jeb Maynard is hunting for a human smuggler responsible for Jeb's partner's murder.

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Bert Remsen, Michael Lerner

Votes: 1,508

13. Nightkill (1980)

R | 97 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A woman's lover poisons her cruel husband, a rich businessman, in front of her. She becomes more terrified when she finds the lover dead as well. A police detective suddenly shows up at her door.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jaclyn Smith, Mike Connors, James Franciscus

Votes: 579

14. Night of the Juggler (1980)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A tough, New York City ex-cop relentlessly searches for his kidnapped teenage daughter whom is held by a twisted psycho after mistaking her for the daughter of a wealthy businessman.

Directors: Robert Butler, Sidney J. Furie | Stars: James Brolin, Cliff Gorman, Richard S. Castellano, Linda Miller

Votes: 633

15. The Sea Wolves (1980)

PG | 120 min | Action, History, War

During World War II, the British must attack a German ship, but it's safe in neutral Goa. As a result, they send civilians: former soldiers who are about sixty years old.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard

Votes: 3,677

16. The Mountain Men (1980)

R | 102 min | Adventure, Western

A pair of grizzled frontiersmen fight Indians, guzzle liquor and steal squaws in their search for a legendary valley 'so full of beaver that they jump right into your traps' in this fanciful adventure.

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, Victoria Racimo, Stephen Macht

Votes: 1,896

17. Battle Creek Brawl (1980)

R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A young Asian-American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fighting competition.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Jackie Chan, Kristine DeBell, José Ferrer, Mako

Votes: 4,595

18. Roadie (1980)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Music

A young Texas good ol' boy has a knack with electronic equipment, and that talent gets him a job as a roadie with a raucous travelling rock-and-roll show.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Meat Loaf, Kaki Hunter, Art Carney, Gailard Sartain

Votes: 1,044 | Gross: $4.23M

19. Hide in Plain Sight (1980)

PG | 92 min | Drama

This was based on a true story. About a man (Caan) who discovers that his ex-wife has disappeared along with their children. It seems that her new boyfriend works for some criminals. After ... See full summary »

Director: James Caan | Stars: James Caan, Jill Eikenberry, Robert Viharo, Joe Grifasi

Votes: 647

20. Foxes (1980)

R | 106 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan, Kandice Stroh

Votes: 3,747

21. Xanadu (1980)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance

35 Metascore

A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan

Votes: 11,390 | Gross: $22.76M

22. Bronco Billy (1980)

PG | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 10,342 | Gross: $24.27M

23. Le guignolo (1980)

90 min | Comedy, Action

Alexandre Dupré is a con artist, accidentally involved in a hunt for microfilm, containing a valuable invention of a recently murdered French scientist.

Director: Georges Lautner | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Georges Géret, Carla Romanelli, Von Gretchen Shepard

Votes: 1,612

24. Popeye (1980)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

64 Metascore

The adventures of the famous sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley

Votes: 28,170 | Gross: $49.82M

25. Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy

41 Metascore

The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise

Votes: 14,131 | Gross: $66.13M

26. Piedone d'Egitto (1980)

104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Police Commissioner Rizzo, Bigfoot (Piedone by nickname) and Marshal Caputo go to Egypt and look for Professor Cerullo, who is missing. The professor has discovered an insect that can smell... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Bud Spencer, Enzo Cannavale, Baldwyn Dakile, Angelo Infanti

Votes: 2,758

27. Hardly Working (1980)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

In Jerry Lewis's first film in a decade, he plays Bo Hooper, an unemployed circus clown who can't seem to hold down a job. The film opens with a brief montage of clips from past Lewis ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Susan Oliver, Roger C. Carmel, Deanna Lund

Votes: 695

28. Caddyshack (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport

48 Metascore

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Votes: 100,713 | Gross: $39.85M

29. Any Which Way You Can (1980)

PG | 116 min | Action, Comedy

51 Metascore

A trucker turned prize fighter, his brother and their pet orangutan have a series of misadventures involving the mob, corrupt cops, motorcycle gangs and pretty dames.

Director: Buddy Van Horn | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith

Votes: 16,645 | Gross: $70.69M

30. Little Miss Marker (1980)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sorrowful Jones (Walter Matthau) is a cheap bookie in the 1930s. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her... See full summary »

Director: Walter Bernstein | Stars: Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart

Votes: 1,243 | Gross: $6.32M

31. Private Benjamin (1980)

R | 109 min | Comedy, War

59 Metascore

A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber

Votes: 22,512 | Gross: $69.85M

32. Seems Like Old Times (1980)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

58 Metascore

Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin, Robert Guillaume

Votes: 8,183 | Gross: $44.00M

33. HealtH (1980)

PG | 105 min | Comedy

A parody and satire of the U.S. political scene of the time, HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Carol Burnett, Glenda Jackson, James Garner, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 647

34. Home Movies (1979)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

Keith Gordon is a creative young man who films the oddball doings of his family and peers. "The Maestro" appears frequently to give him pointers on his techniques. It's almost a film about ... See full summary »

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Nancy Allen, Mary Davenport, Kirk Douglas, Vincent Gardenia

Votes: 720

35. Used Cars (1980)

R | 113 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae

Votes: 12,863

36. Hero at Large (1980)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

A struggling actor buying milk stops a robbery while wearing a superhero uniform, promoting a movie. The unknown hero decides to try again. Can he impress his cute neighbor?

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: John Ritter, Anne Archer, Bert Convy, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 1,318 | Gross: $15.93M

37. The Party (1980)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This is the story about the first love experiences of a teenage-girl.

Director: Claude Pinoteau | Stars: Claude Brasseur, Brigitte Fossey, Sophie Marceau, Denise Grey

Votes: 7,682

38. Just Tell Me What You Want (1980)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

A TV producer who is the mistress of her boss, tries to have him make their relationship more permanent, and begins a relationship with a younger man. When her boss hears of this, he tries ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Ali MacGraw, Alan King, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 519 | Gross: $2.09M

39. The Blue Lagoon (1980)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

31 Metascore

In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels

Votes: 60,046 | Gross: $58.85M

40. Inside Moves (1980)

PG | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Roary begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid, Amy Wright

Votes: 1,427

41. A Change of Seasons (1980)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

Marriage takes a sour turn when a middle-aged husband falls for a young and sexy woman. Things get even more complicated when his wife starts a hot affair with a young lover of her own.

Directors: Richard Lang, Noel Black | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Hopkins, Bo Derek, Michael Brandon

Votes: 847

42. Carny (1980)

R | 107 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Tired of her dull job as a waitress, Donna decides to join two carnival hustlers and see what life in their field is like.

Director: Robert Kaylor | Stars: Gary Busey, Jodie Foster, Robbie Robertson, Meg Foster

Votes: 1,788

43. Urban Cowboy (1980)

PG | 132 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.3