Best Movies Since 1980

I figured we could narrow down some of the real best movies of all time, starting with when movies started to get worth watching.

The Top Ten

1 The Dark Knight

One of the best movies ever created. - HotRod

How on earth did Pirates Of the Carribean top this, the dark knight
You must not rememeber HEATH LEDGER

2 Pirates of the Carribean

Great movie, great acting by Orlando Bloom, Jack Davenport, Geoffry Rush and others. Johny Depp didn't impress me. He needs to get some education on the field finally. He was the weakest from the list and in sequels his character became boring and annoying coward. Also, the movie has great music and amazing stunts.

great movie, bad acting, orlando bloom needs to go back to doing magazine ads, where he doesn't have to talk, johnny depp and Geoffrey rush excellent

Great acting, incredible music, and it doesn't take itself to seriously so the ridiculousness is genius.

I love everything in that movie I died laughing!!!!!!!

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3 Gladiator

This absolute masterpiece of a movie is always in my favorites. The incredible performances, the cinematography, the sound, the pure visual power this film has is just incredible. - heather

4 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Simply the best trilogy and this is the best movie. - moose4life19

The greatest series of movies ever created. - Baltimore1993

this movie along with the other two are just AMAZING! - whatsitsname

The best trilogy ever given to man by God and JRR Tolkien. Nothing else to say except simply amazing

5 The Shawshank Redemption

The Best Adaption of a Stephen King Novel yet...Plus Morgan Freeman turns in a Brilliant performance along with the rest of the cast

Best movie I had eve seen

If you check, this is rated the second best movie of all time. - RdrTech

6 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

It’s good

7 Fight Club

The best post-modern movie ever. "Our great depression is spiritual. Our great war... is our lives".

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8 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
9 Back to the Future

That's The Power Of Love!

Before he goes to 1955 the mall is called "Twin Pine Mall". When he's in 1955 he accidently destroys a pine tree, and when he gets back to 1985, the mall is called "Lone Pine Mall".

Hilarious; a time travel masterpiece; the best film produced in the 1980s; a must-see; if you haven't seen this, you're missing out! - moviefan1990s

Honestly one of the funniest things I've ever seen. The plot is extremely well written.

Very good and funny movie! - jprg12

10 Braveheart

The Newcomers

? Toy Story 3
? Toy Story

The Contenders

11 Raiders of the Lost Ark
12 Troy

This movie was highly unappreciated when it came out, and I think it's because a majority of the people had no idea what was going on. But, those that have read the Illiad, or even know the story line, generally liked the move. The movie has awe-inspiring fight scenes, and raw emotion. It is a very powerful movie. - heather

13 Ghostbusters
14 Forrest Gump

Again why the hell is dark night on hear it is like 3 hours long and no one bothers to watch it when forrest gump pretty much the most famouse movie ever is number 13

Amazing movie it deserved to be in the top ten movies

numer 1 and why the hell is the dark knight number 1 - egillaxelsson

One of the best here

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15 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
16 War of the Worlds

I will start by saying I Do Not like Tom Cruise, or Dakota Fanning, but this movie is a masterpiece. I was truly frightened while watching this movie, and they have done a great job making this very creative book an even more creative movie. Even if you don't like the movie, you should be able to appreciate the visual effects. - heather

17 Jurassic Park
18 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

This love story has some of the most stunning fight scenes I have ever seen. The casting of this movie makes this wonderful story truly come to life. Very few movies have been copy catted with such little success. - heather

19 Equilibrium

I was absolutely entranced the entire time watching this movie. A combination of incredible visuals, and a very creative storyline, this movie starring Christian Bale and Sean Bean, along with Taye Diggs is a strong movie with some awesome fight scenes, and a great plot. - heather

I was surprised that I had never heard of this movie before, considering it has both Christian Bale and Sean Bean, two of the best. It was surprisingly emotional and thought provoking. The editing was excellent and the score was beautiful. It made me feel, and is an incredibly well-made movie.

A movie I can watch over and over again and couldn't get enough of it. It is based on an incredible idea and well written, great acting, and well done. Amazing movie.

20 Titanic

This should definetly be in the top 10 it's such a great movie - SteveAusten97

Sad and amazing movie

21 Count of Monte Cristo

I put this on the top for many reasons. The acting, the script, and the fact that is based on one of my favorite books, and was done exceedingly well. Richard Harris is a genius in this movie. He is one of my favorite charectars in the movie. - heather

22 Sherlock Holmes (2009)

One of my favorites. The casting is perfect, and it has a perfect mix of plot, humor, action, and suspense. The story is so good that the day after I watched this movie, I watched it again. The sequel, A Game of Shadows, is my favorite movie ever.

Much like Pirates of the Caribbean but with a much better looking lead actor.

23 Ferris Bueller's Day Off

THe cause of the joy in my life! Matthew Brodrick is amazing as Feris.

24 The Boondock Saints

This movie about taking the law into your own hands is a violent, vulgar classic, and I loved every minute of it. - heather

25 The Mummy

I don't care what anyone else says, this movie is a classic, I love it, and I think it is one of the best Ever. - heather

Nice pick, I agree a great movie, one of the best ever!!

This movie would be muchu better with out the leed actor. I can't stand him!

26 Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

The last 30 minutes is and will be the best cinematic work you will ever see - louiethefly

27 Pulp Fiction
28 Batman Begins

For someone who was never a batman fan, I absolutely loved this unique version of the classic Batman. I love this movie, and none of the other batmans will ever come close. - heather

29 Terminator 2 - Judgment Day
30 Shaun of the Dead
31 Schindler's List

Best movie ever people.

32 The Patriot
33 Spirited Away

Story-telling at its finest. Rich and beautiful visuals that paints such a fantastic vision of another place.

34 Mortal Kombat
35 The Matrix

I just saw it for the first time and loved it. Neo is so confused and it's beautiful. But is it supposed to be so funny?

36 The Departed
37 City of God

The minute it was over, i just stood still for a minute or so in awe. An amazing film, really truly amazing. There have been so few films that have felt as real to me as city of god. Just.... purely fantastic.

38 Brokeback Mountain
39 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

My all-time favorite movie - nomercyz182

40 American Beauty

I loved everything about this movie! Great acting, great story!
Kevin Spacey is superb! Not a wasted night!

41 300
42 Hot Fuzz

brilliant movie, so funny and action packed. - GlonnAtronnAdonnAdict

43 Remeber the Titans
44 The Breakfast Club
45 The Mummy Returns

I have seen this movie way too many times! And I still love it! - heather

46 Stand By Me

Amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing

47 SLC Punk
48 E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial

This song should not be 42 it should be higher

49 Moon Child
50 There Will Be Blood
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Top Remixes

1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
3. Back to the Future
1. Pirates of the Carribean
2. The Dark Knight
3. Gladiator


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