Best award winning movies with a compelling portrayal from 1980

Check out today’s highest ranked movies with a compelling portrayal from 1980! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies with a compelling portrayal from 1980, based on the crowd's interest and popular searches from the country.

1 Raging Bull (1980)

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

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1980-11-14 | Drama

Cast

Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci

Rating

rating icon 7.938
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #85 for
    Oscar-worthy performance
  2. Ranked #117 for
    critically acclaimed
  3. Ranked #131 for
    underdog

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2 Atlantic City (1980)

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.

Info

1980-09-03 | Crime / Drama

Cast

Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon

Rating

rating icon 6.792
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #74 for
    like Scarface
  2. Ranked #130 for
    decadent
  3. Ranked #134 for
    Oscar-worthy performance

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3 The Elephant Man (1980)

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

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1980-10-09 | Drama / History

Cast

Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

Rating

rating icon 8.041
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #8 for
    freak show
  2. Ranked #12 for
    carny ride
  3. Ranked #95 for
    deformed

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4 Ordinary People (1980)

Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together.

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1980-09-19 | Drama

Cast

Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton

Rating

rating icon 7.444
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #68 for
    therapeutic
  2. Ranked #78 for
    consoling
  3. Ranked #84 for
    deservedly won awards

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5 Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.

Info

1980-03-07 | Music / Drama

Cast

Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones

Rating

rating icon 7.257
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #38 for
    immensely talented
  2. Ranked #42 for
    hagiography
  3. Ranked #55 for
    low-key approach

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6 Somewhere in Time (1980)

Young writer Richard Collier is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to "Come back to me". Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s. Becoming more and more obsessed with her, by self-hypnosis he manages to travel back in time—where he meets her.

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1980-10-02 | Drama / Fantasy

Cast

Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour

Rating

rating icon 7.516
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #41 for
    like Titanic
  2. Ranked #92 for
    multiverse
  3. Ranked #93 for
    Family Drama

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7 The Stunt Man (1980)

A fugitive stumbles onto 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 while facing off with his manipulative director.

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1980-06-27 | Action / Comedy

Cast

Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback

Rating

rating icon 6.662
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #18 for
    monomaniacal
  2. Ranked #102 for
    vivid depiction
  3. Ranked #120 for
    vertiginous

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8 Pixote (1980)

10-year-old Pixote endures torture, degradation, and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of its members are murdered by policemen who frame Lilica, a 17-year-old trans hustler. Pixote helps Lilica and three other boys escape and they start to make their living by a life of crime which only escalates to more violence and death.

Info

1980-09-26 | Crime / Drama

Cast

Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião

Rating

rating icon 7.916
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #42 for
    plangent sound
  2. Ranked #91 for
    social realism
  3. Ranked #157 for
    gut-wrenching

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9 The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

The kingdom of Takicardie quakes under the rule of the tyrannical King Charles V-et-III-font-VIII-et-VIII-font-XVI, whose favourite pastime is shooting birds. His archenemy is a cheeky mockingbird, whose favourite pastime is thwarting the king’s attempts to shoot birds. One night, a portrait of the king comes to life and disposes of the real king, taking his place. The portrait king falls in love with a young shepherdess in another painting and intends to marry her. But, alas, the shepherdess has fallen in love with a chimneysweep and together they elope from the king’s palace. Enraged, the king sends his police to capture them and once they are within his power he forces the shepherdess to marry him. The mockingbird must use all his guile and courage to once more thwart the king and bring his evil reign to an end.

Info

1980-03-19 | Animation / Family

Cast

Jean Martin, Renaud Marx

Rating

rating icon 7.8
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #40 for
    like Fantastic Mr. Fox
  2. Ranked #94 for
    Mecha
  3. Ranked #108 for
    fairytale-like

Trailer

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10 The Last Metro (1980)

In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.

Info

1980-09-17 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu

Rating

rating icon 7.236
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #11 for
    Grand-Guignol
  2. Ranked #113 for
    romantic character
  3. Ranked #131 for
    iconoclast

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