Best of the Decade: 1980-1989

BEST FILM OF THE DECADE
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
DIE HARD (1988)
E.T. - THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982)
GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
RAGING BULL (1980)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
RAIN MAN (1988)
THE SHINING (1980)
STAND BY ME (1986)
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
 
 
BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE OF THE DECADE
ALIENS (1986)
BATMAN (1989)
DIE HARD (1988)
EXCALIBUR (1981)
LETHAL WEAPON (1987)
PREDATOR (1987)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
ROMANCING THE STONE (1984)
THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)
WAR GAMES (1983)


BEST BIOPIC/HISTORICAL FILM OF THE DECADE
AMADEUS (1984)
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989)
THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980)
GANDHI (1982)
THE KILLING FIELDS (1984)
MASK (1985)
MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988)
MY LEFT FOOT (1989)
RAGING BULL (1980)
THE RIGHT STUFF (1983)

BEST COMEDY OF THE DECADE
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984)
BIG (1988)
THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980)
GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
THIS IS SPINAL TAP! (1984)
TOOTSIE (1982)
TRADING PLACES (1983)
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989)
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988)


BEST CRIME FILM OF THE DECADE
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988)
A FISH CALLED WANDA (1988)
LETHAL WEAPON (1987)
MIDNIGHT RUN (1988)
MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984)
RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)
THE VERDICT (1982)
WITNESS (1985)


BEST DRAMA OF THE DECADE
AMADEUS (1984)
THE COLOR PURPLE (1985)
THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980)
MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988)
PLATOON (1985)
RAGING BULL (1980)
THE RIGHT STUFF (1983)
RAIN MAN (1988)
STAND BY ME (1986)
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983)


BEST FANTASY FILM OF THE DECADE
BEETLEJUICE (1988)
BRAZIL (1985)
EXCALIBUR (1981)
FIELD OF DREAMS (1989)
LABYRINTH (1986)
LEGEND (1985)
MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (1988)
THE NEVERENDING STORY (1984)
THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
SPLASH! (1984)


BEST HORROR FILM OF THE DECADE
ALIENS (1986)
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
DEAD RINGERS (1988)
THE EVIL DEAD (1983)
THE FLY (1986)
GREMLINS (1984)
THE LOST BOYS (1987)
THE SHINING (1980)
THE THING (1982)
VIDEODROME (1983)


BEST MUSICAL FILM OF THE DECADE
THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980)
FAME (1980)
THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (1981)
LA BAMBA (1987)
LABYRINTH (1986)
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986)
THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (1984)
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (1981)
THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984)
¡THREE AMIGOS! (1986)


BEST ROMANCE FILM OF THE DECADE
BEACHES (1988)
BLIND DATE (1987)
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (1986)
DANGEROUS LIAISONS (1988)
AN OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN (1982)
ROMANCING THE STONE (1984)
SOPHIE’S CHOICE (1982)
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1984)
TOOTSIE (1982)
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989)


BEST SCIENCE FICTION FILM OF THE DECADE
ALIENS (1986)
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
BLADE RUNNER (1982)
E.T. - THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982)
PREDATOR (1987)
ROBOCOP (1987)
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)
THE TERMINATOR (1984)
THE THING (1982)


BEST THRILLER / MYSTERY FILM OF THE DECADE
BLOOD SIMPLE (1985)
DIE HARD (1988)
FATAL ATTRACTION (1987)
LETHAL WEAPON (1987)
MIDNIGHT RUN (1988)
MISSING (1982)
MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988)
THE TERMINATOR (1984)
THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)
WITNESS (1985)

BEST WAR / WESTERN FILM OF THE DECADE
DAS BOOT (1982)
FULL METAL JACKET (1987)
GLORY (1989)
KAGEMUSHA (THE SHADOW WARRIOR) (1980)
THE KILLING FIELDS (1984)
AN OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN (1982)
PLATOON (1986)
A SOLDIER’S STORY (1984)
SOPHIE’S CHOICE (1982)
SOUTHERN COMFORT (1981)


BEST LEAD ACTING PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE (MALE - DRAMA)
Tom Cruise - BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
Daniel Day-Lewis - MY LEFT FOOT
Robert DeNiro - RAGING BULL
Michael Douglas - WALL STREET
Henry Fonda - ON GOLDEN POND
Harrison Ford - WITNESS
Dustin Hoffman - RAIN MAN
Bob Hoskins - MONA LISA
John Hurt - THE ELEPHANT MAN
Ben Kingsley - GANDHI


BEST LEAD ACTING PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE (FEMALE - DRAMA)
Cher - MASK
Glenn Close - FATAL ATTRACTION
Jodie Foster - THE ACCUSED
Jessica Lange - FRANCES
Shirley MacLaine - TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
Marlee Matlin - CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
Mary Tyler Moore - ORDINARY PEOPLE
Meryl Streep - SOPHIE’S CHOICE
Sigourney Weaver - ALIENS
Debra Winger - TERMS OF ENDEARMENT


BEST LEAD ACTING PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE (MALE - COMEDY / MUSICAL)
Michael Caine - EDUCATING RITA
Robert DeNiro - THE KING OF COMEDY
Tom Hanks - BIG
Dustin Hoffman - TOOTSIE
Steve Martin - ALL OF ME
Dudley Moore - ARTHUR
Eddie Murphy - BEVERLY HILLS COP
Bill Murray - GHOSTBUSTERS
Leslie Nielsen - THE NAKED GUN
Robin Williams - GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM


BEST LEAD ACTING PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE (FEMALE - MUSICAL / COMEDY)
Cher - MOONSTRUCK
Daryl Hannah - SPLASH!
Goldie Hawn - PRIVATE BENJAMIN
Michelle Pfeiffer - THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS
Meg Ryan - WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
Susan Sarandon - BULL DURHAM
Sissy Spacek - COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER
Jessica Tandy - DRIVING MISS DAISY
Kathleen Turner - ROMANCING THE STONE
Julie Walters - EDUCATING RITA


BEST DIRECTION OF THE DECADE
John Boorman - HOPE & GLORY
Milos Forman - AMADEUS
Roland Joffe - THE KILLING FIELDS
Philip Kaufman - THE RIGHT STUFF
Barry Levinson - RAIN MAN
Martin Scorsese - RAGING BULL
Ridley Scott - BLADE RUNNER
Steven Spielberg - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
Oliver Stone - PLATOON
Robert Zemeckis - BACK TO THE FUTURE


BEST SUPPORTING ACTING PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE (MALE - DRAMA)
Sean Connery - THE UNTOUCHABLES
R. Lee Ermey - FULL METAL JACKET
Danny Glover - THE COLOR PURPLE
Louis Gossett, Jr. - AN OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN
Dennis Hopper - BLUE VELVET
Timothy Hutton - ORDINARY PEOPLE
Haing S. Ngor - THE KILLING FIELDS
Jack Nicholson - TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
Joe Pesci - RAGING BULL
Denzel Washington - GLORY


BEST SUPPORTING ACTING PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE (FEMALE - DRAMA)
Anne Archer - FATAL ATTRACTION
Margaret Avery - THE COLOR PURPLE
Brenda Fricker - MY LEFT FOOT
Linda Hunt - THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
Elizabeth McGovern - ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
Cathy Moriarty - RAGING BULL
Laura San Giacomo - SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE
Susan Sarandon - ATLANTIC CITY
Kim Stanley - FRANCES
Dianne Wiest - HANNAH & HER SISTERS


BEST SUPPORTING ACTING PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE (MALE - COMEDY / MUSICAL)
John Gielgud - ARTHUR
Charles Grodin - MIDNIGHT RUN
Michael Keaton - BEETLEJUICE
Kevin Kline - A FISH CALLED WANDA
Christopher Lloyd - BACK TO THE FUTURE
Jack Nicholson - BATMAN
Leslie Nielsen - AIRPLANE!
Michael Palin - A FISH CALLED WANDA
Sean Penn - FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
Dean Stockwell - MARRIED TO THE MOB


BEST SUPPORTING ACTING PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE (FEMALE - COMEDY / MUSICAL)
Sandra Bernhard - THE KING OF COMEDY
Jamie Lee Curtis - A FISH CALLED WANDA
Joan Cusack - WORKING GIRL
Olympia Dukakis - MOONSTRUCK
Teri Garr - TOOTSIE
Glenne Headly - DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
Jessica Lange - TOOTSIE
Anne Ramsey - THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN
Kathleen Turner - THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS
Sigourney Weaver - WORKING GIRL


BEST ENSEMBLE CAST OF THE DECADE
AMADEUS (1984)
THE COLOR PURPLE (1985)
HANNAH & HER SISTERS (1986)
MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988)
MOONSTRUCK (1987)
ON GOLDEN POND (1981)
ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980)
REDS (1981)
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983)
TOOTSIE (1982)


BEST SCREENPLAY OF THE DECADE (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
AMADEUS (1984)
BLADE RUNNER (1982)
THE COLOR PURPLE (1985)
DANGEROUS LIAISONS (1988)
THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980)
THE KILLING FIELDS (1984)
THE NAKED GUN (1988)
STAND BY ME (1986)
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983)
WITHNAIL & I (1987)

BEST SCREENPLAY OF THE DECADE (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
BIG (1988)
DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)
GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
THE KING OF COMEDY (1983)
RAIN MAN (1988)
THIS IS SPINAL TAP! (1984)
TOOTSIE (1982)
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989)
WITNESS (1985)


BEST ANIMATED FILM OF THE DECADE
AKIRA (1988)
FIST OF THE NORTH STAR (1987)
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988)
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989)
THE LAND BEFORE TIME (1988)
THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)
MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (1989)
NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984)
THE SNOWMAN (1982)
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (1986)