Best most potent award winning movies from 1980s

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1 The Last Emperor (1987)

A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.

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1987-10-04 | Drama / History

Cast

John Lone, Peter O'Toole

Rating

rating icon 7.63
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #24 for
    deservedly won awards
  2. Ranked #30 for
    remarkable
  3. Ranked #97 for
    hagiography

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2 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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3 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 8.077
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #42 for
    backstabbing
  2. Ranked #63 for
    with mercenaries
  3. Ranked #100 for
    implacable

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4 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 7.4
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #6 for
    critically acclaimed
  2. Ranked #73 for
    extraordinary
  3. Ranked #148 for
    tour de force

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5 The Killing Fields (1984)

New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg is on assignment covering the Cambodian Civil War, with the help of local interpreter Dith Pran and American photojournalist Al Rockoff. When the U.S. Army pulls out amid escalating violence, Schanberg makes exit arrangements for Pran and his family. Pran, however, tells Schanberg he intends to stay in Cambodia to help cover the unfolding story — a decision he may regret as the Khmer Rouge rebels move in.

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1984-11-23 | Drama / History

Cast

Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor

Rating

rating icon 7.479
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #17 for
    sad
  2. Ranked #39 for
    remarkable
  3. Ranked #105 for
    critically acclaimed

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6 Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, Ron Kovic becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

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1989-12-20 | Drama / War

Cast

Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry

Rating

rating icon 7.009
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #35 for
    jingoistic
  2. Ranked #36 for
    gung-ho
  3. Ranked #84 for
    pretty boy

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7 The Color Purple (1985)

An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.

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1985-12-18 | Drama / History

Cast

Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover

Rating

rating icon 7.755
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #38 for
    Oscar nomination deserving
  2. Ranked #116 for
    dialed down acting
  3. Ranked #137 for
    critically acclaimed

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8 Dead Poets Society (1989)

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.

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1989-06-02 | Drama

Cast

Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

Rating

rating icon 8.314
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #182 for
    disciplinarian
  2. Ranked #209 for
    remarkable
  3. Ranked #222 for
    self-improvement

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9 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

An alien is left behind on Earth and saved by the 10-year-old Elliot who decides to keep him hidden in his home. While a task force hunts for the extra-terrestrial, Elliot, his brother, and his little sister Gertie form an emotional bond with their new friend, and try to help him find his way home.

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1982-06-11 | Science Fiction / Adventure

Cast

Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore

Rating

rating icon 7.518
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #76 for
    wonderful
  2. Ranked #116 for
    critically acclaimed
  3. Ranked #118 for
    mawkish

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10 Fanny and Alexander (1982)

As children in the loving Ekdahl family, Fanny and Alexander enjoy a happy life with their parents, who run a theater company. After their father dies unexpectedly, however, the siblings end up in a joyless home when their mother, Emilie, marries a stern bishop. The bleak situation gradually grows worse as the bishop becomes more controlling, but dedicated relatives make a valiant attempt to aid Emilie, Fanny and Alexander.

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1982-12-17 | Fantasy / Drama

Cast

Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin

Rating

rating icon 7.8
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People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #87 for
    foster father
  2. Ranked #110 for
    with marital problems
  3. Ranked #138 for
    remarkable

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