80s TV Movies

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1. The Babysitter (1980 TV Movie)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

Spoiled twelve-year-old Tara's new best friend from next-door gets hired as a live-in babysitter, but things soon go horribly wrong when Tara's mom starts hitting the bottle and fighting with her dad.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Patty Duke, William Shatner, Quinn Cummings, David Wysocki

Votes: 565

2. Thérèse Raquin (1980– )

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama

Based on the novel by Emile Zola, Therese Raquin is a tale of passion, obsession, and the psychological aftermath of an unforgivable deed. Recommended for mature audiences.

Stars: Kate Nelligan, Mona Washbourne, Brian Cox, Richard Pearson

Votes: 157

3. The Lathe of Heaven (1980 TV Movie)

105 min | Sci-Fi

George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and ... See full summary »

Directors: Fred Barzyk, David R. Loxton | Stars: Bruce Davison, Peyton E. Park, Niki Flacks, Kevin Conway

Votes: 2,389

4. The Pee Wee Herman Show (1981 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 58 min | Comedy

Comedy special starting Pee-Wee Herman and his friends in an adult version of the children's television show, "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" before it even existed.

Directors: Paul Reubens, Marty Callner | Stars: Paul Reubens, John Moody, John Paragon, Tito Larriva

Votes: 1,336

5. Conquest of the Earth (1980 TV Movie)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Battlestar Galactica and its ragtag fleet of ships finally locate the Earth, only to discover that the planet is not prepared for the inevitable Cylon invasion.

Directors: Barry Crane, Sidney Hayers, Sigmund Neufeld Jr. | Stars: Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Robyn Douglass, Lorne Greene

Votes: 479

6. Hedda Gabler (1981 TV Movie)

78 min | Drama

Hedda Gabler (Dame Diana Rigg) is a beautiful woman married to the solid and respectable academic George Tesman (Denis Lill). Then an old flame, the dreamer Eilert Lovborg (Philip Bond), turns up on the scene with tragic results.

Director: David Cunliffe | Stars: Elizabeth Bell, Philip Bond, Kathleen Byron, Alan Dobie

Votes: 48

7. Murder Is Easy (1982 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Mystery

An American computer expert meets a distraught old lady on a train and she tells him that a homicidal maniac is stalking her quiet little village.

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: Bill Bixby, Lesley-Anne Down, Olivia de Havilland, Helen Hayes

Votes: 592

8. The Mysterious Stranger (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Family, Fantasy, Mystery

A young printer's apprentice imagines himself back in the days of Guttenberg, helping him to print the Bible. The next thing he knows he has conjured up a young spirit from the future who ... See full summary »

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: Chris Makepeace, Bernhard Wicki, Herbert Fux, Christoph Waltz

Votes: 151

9. Mazes and Monsters (1982 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy

Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his three college classmates decide to move the board game into the local legendary cavern.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Tom Hanks, Wendy Crewson, David Wysocki, Chris Makepeace

Votes: 3,075

10. Busted (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

A ringing phone after midnight can be a disturbing experience but until Simon, a successful barrister, hears from Macy, his friend from university days, he doesn't know just how disturbing.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Alan Rickman, Michael Feast, Lorna Heilbron, Dave Hill

Votes: 29

11. High School U.S.A. (1983 TV Movie)

96 min | Comedy

Set in a senior high school class, J.J. pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique.

Director: Rod Amateau | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon, Todd Bridges, Angela Cartwright

Votes: 1,112

12. The Day After (1983 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum

Votes: 13,591

13. Girls of the White Orchid (1983 TV Movie)

96 min | Crime, Drama

In Los Angeles, the naive and lonely burger waitress and aspirant singer Carol Heath finds an advertisement in the newspaper with a job opportunity in Tokyo. She has a meeting with the ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ann Jillian, Thomas Byrd, Mako

Votes: 228

14. The Weather in the Streets (1983 TV Movie)

133 min | Drama, Romance

Passion comes calling when a man suffering through an unhappy marriage in 1920s England runs into first love.

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Michael York, Lisa Eichhorn, Joanna Lumley, Rosalind Ayres

Votes: 28

15. Baby Sister (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Immature dropout Annie concocts a scheme to get her older sister's live-in boyfriend to date her instead.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Ted Wass, Phoebe Cates, Pamela Bellwood, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 210

16. Rubberface (1981 TV Movie)

PG | 48 min | Comedy, Drama

A funny schoolgirl (Adah Glassbourg) befriends a stand-up comedian who is struggling with his career.

Directors: Glen Salzman, Rebecca Yates | Stars: Lynne Deragon, Adah Glassbourg, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Helene Udy

Votes: 792

17. Cocaine: One Man's Seduction (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A real estate salesman with career and marriage problems gets hooked on cocaine, and finds that not only does it not help him cope with them, but it makes them much, much worse.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Karen Grassle, Pamela Bellwood, James Spader

Votes: 281

18. Choices of the Heart (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

The film tells the story of a young missionary girl from the United States who was killed in 1980 in El Salvador together with two other missionaries.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Peter Horton, Helen Hunt, Mary McCusker

Votes: 201

19. The Ewok Adventure (1984 TV Movie)

TV-G | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Wicket the Ewok and his friends agree to help two shipwrecked human children, Mace and Cindel, on a quest to find their parents.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Eric Walker, Warwick Davis, Fionnula Flanagan, Guy Boyd

Votes: 9,160

20. Secrets of a Married Man (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A man (Shatner) going through a mid-life crisis, starts patronizing prostitutes. Eventually, he meets a very expensive one (Shepherd) and he thinks he has it all. That is until her pimp starts hounding him.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: William Shatner, Michelle Phillips, Glynn Turman, Cybill Shepherd

Votes: 124

21. The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy

In this made-for-television spoof, Robin Hood and his merry men must attempt to gather together the necessary ransom money to free King Richard from a nasty Duke.

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: George Segal, Morgan Fairchild, Roddy McDowall, Janet Suzman

Votes: 135

22. The Burning Bed (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Paul Le Mat, Richard Masur, Grace Zabriskie

Votes: 2,431

23. Calendar Girl Murders (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Millionaire Richard Trainor is celebrating the fact that his new calendar featuring twelve nude woman is a huge success. However the party is ruined when Miss January is pushed off a ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Tom Skerritt, Sharon Stone, Barbara Bosson, Robert Beltran

Votes: 551

24. The Dollmaker (1984 TV Movie)

142 min | Drama

Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Jane Fonda, Levon Helm, Amanda Plummer, Susan Kingsley

Votes: 655

25. Lace (1984)

240 min | Drama

A young actress, thought to be easy and have no morals, gathers three former school chums to find out which is her mother. Much of the movie takes place in flashback and the identity of her... See full summary »

Stars: Bess Armstrong, Brooke Adams, Arielle Dombasle, Phoebe Cates

Votes: 1,159

26. Blue Money (1985 TV Movie)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Crime

Larry Gormley (Tim Curry) dreams of becoming a star entertainer, but until then, he drives a cab and works as chauffeur for the shady Ramirez (George S. Irving). One day he has a look in ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Bucksey | Stars: Tim Curry, Debby Bishop, Billy Connolly, Dermot Crowley

Votes: 219

27. Starcrossed (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

An alien woman is running from a deadly enemy and tries to hide on Earth where she meets a young mechanic, who helps her to get back home and to fight for the freedom of her people.

Director: Jeffrey Bloom | Stars: James Spader, Belinda Bauer, Peter Kowanko, Clark Johnson

Votes: 484

28. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV Movie)

TV-G | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Marauders raid the Ewok village and steal a power supply they believe to be magical. Wicket helps Cindel escape the evil witch Charal, and they befriend a hermit who may help them save the village.

Directors: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat | Stars: Wilford Brimley, Warwick Davis, Aubree Miller, Siân Phillips

Votes: 7,944

29. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1983)

83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The mind of a computer programmer forced to take a virtual vacation is removed by a totalitarian government and accidentally trapped in the virtual reality simulation. He must find a way out before he expires.

Director: Douglas Williams | Stars: Raul Julia, Linda Griffiths, Donald Moore, Wanda Cannon

Votes: 2,306

30. 'Master Harold'... and the Boys (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

When Harold, a young white man, learns that his alcoholic, handicapped father is returning home, his frustration turns into racist viciousness against the two black men who work for the family.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: Matthew Broderick, John Kani, Zakes Mokae

Votes: 265

31. Operation Julie (1985 TV Movie)

180 min | Crime

The real-life story of a famous police operation which resulted in a major drugs bust.

Director: Bob Mahoney | Stars: Colin Blakely, Kay Adshead, John Ainley, Peter Baldwin

Votes: 28

32. Babes in Toyland (1986 TV Movie)

G | 140 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A young girl wakes up in the realm of Toyland, where she teams up with her family and friends to overthrow the evil villain, Barnaby.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Richard Mulligan, Eileen Brennan, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 2,786

33. Assassin (1986 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 74 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A retired Agent from an Intelligence Agency is contacted by the Agency in order to stop an ultra-secret robot that is killing some government officials. That will be not an easy task, ... See full summary »

Director: Sandor Stern | Stars: Robert Conrad, Karen Austin, Richard Young, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 274

34. The Worst Witch (1986 TV Movie)

G | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, Tim Curry, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 2,383

35. Beverly Hills Madam (1986 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

A madam to a group of high-class call girls faces a series of crises which could unravel her carefully built empire.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Melody Anderson, Donna Dixon, Terry Farrell

Votes: 293

36. An Evening with Bobcat Goldthwait: Share the Warmth (1987 TV Special)

55 min | Documentary, Comedy

A concert by stand-up comic Bobcat Goldthwait.

Director: Anthony Eaton | Stars: Bobcat Goldthwait, Gabe DeMello, Dee Snider

Votes: 85

37. Timestalkers (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Scott McKenzie, a history professor, becomes involved with two time travelers from the year 2586 after making a discovery in an old photograph from 1886.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: William Devane, Lauren Hutton, John Ratzenberger, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 1,119

38. Fugitive Alien (1987 TV Movie)

102 min | Action, Sci-Fi

An alien is pursued as a traitor by his own race because he refuses to kill humans.

Directors: Minoru Kanaya, Kiyosumi Kuzakawa | Stars: Tatsuya Azuma, Miyuki Tanigawa, Jô Shishido, Chôei Takahashi

Votes: 657

39. Gotham (1988 TV Movie)

R | 98 min | Thriller

Eddie is a private detective. When a client asks him to help persuade his ex-wife to leave him alone, Eddie says yes. Nothing strange about that ?, well 'ex' refers to the fact that she ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Fonvielle | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, Colin Bruce, Denise Stephenson

Votes: 788

40. The Bourne Identity (1988)

Unrated | 185 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An injured, unconscious man washes ashore in a small French town. As he recovers, it becomes quite clear, someone is trying to kill him.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Jaclyn Smith, Anthony Quayle, Donald Moffat

Votes: 3,916

41. The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Hopefully on the verge of curing his Hulk condition, Banner meets his colleague, Don Blake, who is mystically linked to a Viking warrior, Thor.

Directors: Nicholas Corea, Bill Bixby | Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Lee Purcell

Votes: 2,760

42. Crash Course (1988 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

Some students taking driver's ed during the summer. Among the students is Riko, a cocky guy; Chad, a guy from a privileged background, who's terrified to get behind the wheel; Vanessa, ... See full summary »

Director: Oz Scott | Stars: Jackée Harry, Brian Bloom, Harvey Korman, Alyssa Milano

Votes: 384

43. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When Banner is held as a witness to a violent crime linked to the Kingpin, the fugitive is helped by lawyer Matt Murdock who is also the superhero, Daredevil.

Director: Bill Bixby | Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Marta DuBois, Nancy Everhard

Votes: 2,330

44. Nick Knight (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

Detective Nick Knight is investigating a series of murders in which the bodies are found drained of blood - but the most recent one doesn't fit the pattern. Instead it involves the cure ... See full summary »

Director: Farhad Mann | Stars: Rick Springfield, John Kapelos, Robert Harper, Richard Fancy

Votes: 445

45. Theatre Night (1985– )
Episode: Benefactors (1989)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

David wants to sweep away acres of crumbling south London houses and replace them with a perfect low-rise set of homes. But he has reckoned without the opposition of his oldest friend.

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Barbara Flynn, Michael Kitchen, Alan Rickman, Harriet Walter

Votes: 11