Best increasingly difficult award winning movies from 1980s

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1 Tootsie (1982)

When struggling, out of work actor Michael Dorsey secretly adopts a female alter ego - Dorothy Michaels - in order to land a part in a daytime drama, he unwittingly becomes a feminist icon and ends up in a romantic pickle.

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1982-12-17 | Comedy / Romance

Cast

Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange

Rating

rating icon 7.221
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #13 for
    afterschool special
  2. Ranked #63 for
    critically acclaimed
  3. Ranked #76 for
    Oscar nomination deserving

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2 Rain Man (1988)

When car dealer Charlie Babbitt learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where he discovers that he has a savant older brother named Raymond and that his father's $3 million fortune is being left to the mental institution in which Raymond lives. Motivated by his father's money, Charlie checks Raymond out of the facility in order to return with him to Los Angeles. The brothers' cross-country trip ends up changing both their lives.

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1988-12-12 | Drama

Cast

Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise

Rating

rating icon 7.764
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #31 for
    smug
  2. Ranked #65 for
    extraordinary
  3. Ranked #86 for
    narcissist

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3 My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989)

No one expects much from Christy Brown, a boy with cerebral palsy born into a working-class Irish family. Though Christy is a spastic quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed, a miraculous event occurs when, at the age of 5, he demonstrates control of his left foot by using chalk to scrawl a word on the floor. With the help of his steely mother — and no shortage of grit and determination — Christy overcomes his infirmity to become a painter, poet and author.

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1989-04-07 | Drama

Cast

Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker

Rating

rating icon 7.529
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #57 for
    hugely talented
  2. Ranked #70 for
    Oscar-worthy performance
  3. Ranked #89 for
    equally talented cast

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4 Out of Africa (1985)

Tells the life story of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on her 1937 autobiographical novel.

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1985-12-20 | History / Romance

Cast

Robert Redford, Meryl Streep

Rating

rating icon 7.177
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #25 for
    deservedly won awards
  2. Ranked #31 for
    remarkable
  3. Ranked #46 for
    sad

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5 A Passage to India (1984)

Set during the period of growing influence of the Indian independence movement in the British Raj, the story begins with the arrival in India of a British woman, Miss Adela Quested, who is joining her fiancé, a city magistrate named Ronny Heaslop. She and Ronny's mother, Mrs. Moore, befriend an Indian doctor, Aziz H. Ahmed.

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1984-12-14 | Drama / Adventure

Cast

Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee

Rating

rating icon 6.789
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #90 for
    Oscar-worthy performance
  2. Ranked #90 for
    prissy
  3. Ranked #121 for
    globetrotting

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6 Broadcast News (1987)

Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. Sparks fly between the three as the network prepares for big changes, and both the news and Jane must decide between style and substance.

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1987-12-16 | Comedy / Romance

Cast

William Hurt, Albert Brooks

Rating

rating icon 6.7
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #85 for
    pretty boy
  2. Ranked #119 for
    extraordinary
  3. Ranked #170 for
    Oscar nomination deserving

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7 Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

In 18th century France, Marquise de Merteuil asks her ex-lover Vicomte de Valmont to seduce the future wife of another ex-lover of hers in return for one last night with her. Yet things don’t go as planned.

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1988-12-21 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Glenn Close, John Malkovich

Rating

rating icon 7.211
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #15 for
    decadent
  2. Ranked #31 for
    backstabbing
  3. Ranked #51 for
    Period Drama

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8 Dead Ringers (1988)

Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, without the woman knowing the difference. Beverly falls hard for one of the patients, Claire, but when she inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness.

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1988-09-23 | Thriller / Horror

Cast

Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold

Rating

rating icon 7.106
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #52 for
    downward spiral
  2. Ranked #79 for
    wallflower
  3. Ranked #127 for
    socially awkward

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9 The Mission (1986)

When a Spanish Jesuit goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region, a slave hunter is converted and joins his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portuguese aggressors.

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1986-09-24 | Adventure / Drama

Cast

Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons

Rating

rating icon 7.402
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #6 for
    critically acclaimed
  2. Ranked #72 for
    extraordinary
  3. Ranked #148 for
    tour de force

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10 Ran (1985)

With Ran, legendary director Akira Kurosawa reimagines Shakespeare's King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan. Majestic in scope, the film is Kurosawa's late-life masterpiece, a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power.

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1985-06-01 | Action / Drama

Cast

Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao

Rating

rating icon 8.1
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #41 for
    backstabbing
  2. Ranked #63 for
    with mercenaries
  3. Ranked #99 for
    implacable

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