IMDB - (100 to 500 Votes) (USA) (+ = 8.0 ) (year 1980 - 1989)

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1. The Pirates of Penzance (1980 TV Movie)

122 min | Comedy, Musical

A young man named Frederick leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability, but when the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederick must ... See full summary »

Directors: Wilford Leach, Joshua White | Stars: Kevin Kline, G. Eugene Moose, Rex Smith, Patricia Routledge

Votes: 364

2. Alex: The Life of a Child (1986 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Biography, Drama

Alexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Gennie James, Danny Corkill

Votes: 193

3. Eunice (1982 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Based on characters from "The Carol Burnett Show," this was the film which led to the series "Mama's Family."

Stars: Carol Burnett, Ken Berry, Harvey Korman, Betty White

Votes: 163

4. Skyward (1980 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

An aging Bette Davis is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Bette Davis, Howard Hesseman, Marion Ross, Clu Gulager

Votes: 480

5. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1984 TV Movie)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Family

Mickey Rooney plays Mike Halligan, a retired cop from Manhattan living in California with his family who decides to show his grandson, who has never seen snow before, what a real white ... See full summary »

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Scott Grimes, Barrie Youngfellow, George Gaynes

Votes: 513

6. Sister, Sister (1982 TV Movie)

98 min | Drama, Family

Maya Angelou's story of the family stresses that occur when an older sister (Diahann Carroll) attempts to maintain a home, left by her revered father, in an ultra-moralistic way (regardless... See full summary »

Director: John Berry | Stars: Diahann Carroll, Rosalind Cash, Irene Cara, Paul Winfield

Votes: 153

7. My Body, My Child (1982 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A woman must choose between having an abortion or giving birth to a deformed child.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Albertson, Joseph Campanella, Stephen Elliott

Votes: 111

8. Memories of Manon (1987 TV Movie)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Yvette Marcel (Melissa Anderson) asks her godfather Control and McCall for help dealing with her irrational father, who is intent on locating Manon, the mother she believed had been killed years before.

Director: Tony Wharmby | Stars: Edward Woodward, Melissa Sue Anderson, Robert Lansing, Keith Szarabajka

Votes: 258

9. Love Is Never Silent (1985 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Margaret Ryder has always looked after her deaf parents, Janice and Abel. Long the only contact her folks have had with the speaking world, Margaret struggles with whether she should strike... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Mare Winningham, Cloris Leachman, Sid Caesar, Phyllis Frelich

Votes: 272

10. George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986 TV Movie)

190 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of George Washington as the first President of the United States of America and his 8 years running his country. The trials he faces dealing with mobs and riots while keeping the country together.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Bekins

Votes: 126

11. Family Reunion (1981 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama

Elizabeth Winfield is a retired teacher and matriarch of a problematic family who desperately tries to keep her family together, after many years they separated from each other. While she's... See full summary »

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Bette Davis, J. Ashley Hyman, David Huddleston, John Shea

Votes: 403

12. The Heat Is On (1989 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary, Music

A behind-the-scenes look at the production of a musical, this feature chronicles the development of "Miss Saigon," from its early beginnings, through casting, preparations, choreography to ... See full summary »

Director: David Wright | Stars: Cameron Mackintosh, Nicholas Hytner, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Greg Ellis

Votes: 167

13. Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy

As the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes, Big Bird decides to leave his Sesame Street friends behind in search of Snuffy. Once locked inside for the night, educational hilarity ensues as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson

Votes: 206

16. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986 TV Movie)

Comedy, Family

For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 223

17. Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers to the Rescue (1989 TV Movie)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Chip and Dale, Disney's favorite chipmunk team, form their own protection agency for their fellow animals, where they seek to help the helpless and protect those in peril from those who would exploit them.

Director: Alan Zaslove | Stars: Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 334

18. Richard III (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 239 min | Drama

Richard of Gloucester uses murder and manipulation to claim England's throne.

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: Peter Benson, Antony Brown, David Burke, Michael Byrne

Votes: 166

19. One Year in a Life of Crime (1989 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary, Crime

Documentary maker Jon Alpert follows three petty criminals in Newark. Filmed by a hidden camera, the three are stealing, using drugs, getting caught and convicted.

Director: Jon Alpert | Stars: Freddy, Michael Jandreau, Robert

Votes: 126

20. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986 TV Movie)

51 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Bean Bunny is too small to be useful (says his brother) to help prepare for the Bunny Picnic, so he wanders off and sees a legendary persecutor of all rabbits: the farmer's dog. But nobody ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Henson, David G. Hillier | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Richard Hunt, Camille Bonora, Ron Mueck

Votes: 313

21. Turandot (1987 TV Movie)

134 min | Documentary, Drama, Fantasy

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Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: James Levine, Éva Marton, Plácido Domingo, Leona Mitchell

Votes: 121

22. Garfield's Babes and Bullets (1989 TV Short)

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Garfield the cat daydreams that he's an old-time private detective.

Directors: Phil Roman, Bob Nesler, John Sparey | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Desirée Goyette

Votes: 332

23. Garfield in the Rough (1984 TV Short)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Garfield, Jon, and Odie head out into the great outdoors.

Director: Phil Roman | Stars: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, George Wendt

Votes: 512

24. Ain't Misbehavin' (1982 TV Movie)

120 min | Musical

Televised version of the Broadway sensation celebrating the music, life and times of 'Fats' Waller, featuring 29 songs he wrote or performed.

Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Nell Carter, André De Shields, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page

Votes: 169

25. Homage to Steve (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

This video contains three segments: First, the Oscar-nominated short The absent-minded waiter (1977), then a fake interview with Steve Martin about his art (comedians-segment) and finally a... See full summary »

Directors: Carl Gottlieb, Steve Martin, Gary Weis | Stars: Steve Martin, Teri Garr, Buck Henry, Alan King

Votes: 182

26. The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell (1982 TV Movie)

94 min | Comedy, Documentary

This salute to the famous comedy team of the Marx Brothers shows clips from many of their best-known films, including Duck Soup, Horse Feathers and Animal Crackers. Also shown are rare ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Patterson | Stars: Gene Kelly, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

Votes: 103

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