Home Movie Library – 1980’s

The 1980’s. The Reagan Era. America shifts to the right. A new sense and strong willed patriotism. A return to traditional values. Born in the U.S.A. The Cold War ends but hostilities with the Middle East are still just beginning. In film, money talks. The big budget rules the box office. VHS introduces a new market and studios get bought into larger corporations. The decade of military films (i.e. Top Gun, Rambo, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, etc.)  But small movies still find their way. Veterans continue to cement their legacies (Spielberg, Lucas, Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen) while new voices and idiosyncratic perspectives give American movies an unorthodox twist (i.e. Lynch, Demme, Rudolph, Burton, Sayles, Hughes, Jarmusch, Coen Brothers).

Overseas, the U.K. blends the old with the new – Thatcher vs. Youth Intellectuals. Past and relatively conservative writers, filmmakers, and actors (i.e. Lean, Pinter, Gielgud, Olivier, Smith) become contemporaries to an enraged working class and sexualized group of emerging storytellers (Frears, Jordan, Oldman, Day-Lewis). A Room with a View competes with My Beautiful Laundrette. Then there’s the wonderful Bill Forsyth creating a world all of his own. The Soviet Union ends its reign with one of its most haunting products: Come and See. Spain introduces Pedro Almodóvar and France says goodbye to Truffaut. Kieslowski in Poland, Verhoeven in Holland, Kaurismäki in Finland and Kusturica in Yugoslavia expand world cinema. Meanwhile, Kurosawa reminds cinephiles that Japan should not be forgotten.

Atlantic City (Malle, U.S.A., 1980): Paramount Pictures
1980 Atlantic City

American Gigolo (Schrader, U.S.A., 1980): Paramount Pictures
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Berlin Alexanderplatz (Fassbinder, West Germany, 1980): Criterion Collection
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz

The Big Red One (Fuller, U.S.A., 1980): WB
1980 The Big Red One

Dressed to Kill (De Palma, U.S.A., 1980): Blu-ray MGM
1980 Dressed to Kill

The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, U.S.A., 1980): 20th Century Fox
1980 The Empire Strikes Back 2

Gloria (Cassavetes, U.S.A., 1980): Columbia Pictures
1980 Gloria

Heaven’s Gate (Cimino, U.S.A., 1980): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1980 Heaven's Gate

Kagemusha (Kurosawa, Japan, 1980): Criterion Collection
1985 Kagemusha

The Last Metro (Truffaut, France, 1980): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1980 The Last Metro

The Long Riders (Hill, U.S.A., 1980): Blu-ray MGM
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Melvin and Howard (Demme, U.S.A., 1980): Universal
1980 Melvyn and Howard

Mon oncle d’Amérique (Resnais, France, 1980): New Yorker Video
1980 Mon oncle d'Amerique

Raging Bull (Scorsese, U.S.A., 1980): Blu-ray and Standard MGM
1980 Raging Bull

The Shining (Kubrick, U.S.A., 1980): WB
1980 The Shining

The Aviator’s Wife (Rohmer, France, 1981): Fox Lorber
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Blow Out (De Palma, U.S.A., 1981): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1981 Blow Out 2

Coup De Torchon (Tavernier, France, 1981): Criterion Collection
1981 Coup de Torchon

Cutter’s Way (Passer, U.S.A., 1981): MGM DVD
1981 Cutter's Way

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Reisz, U.K., 1981): MGM DVD
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman

Gallipoli (Weir, Australia, 1981): Paramount DVD
1981 Gallipoli

Gregory’s Girl (Forsyth, U.K., 1981): MGM DVD
1981 Gregory's Girl

Lola (Fassbinder, West Germany, 1981): Criterion Collection
1981 Lola

My Dinner with Andre (Malle, U.S.A., 1981): Criterion Collection
1981 My Dinner with Andre

On Golden Pond (Rydell, U.S.A., 1981): Artisan Home Entertainment
1981 On Golden Pond

Prince of the City (Lumet, U.S.A., 1981): WB
1981 Prince of the City

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, U.S.A., 1981): Paramount
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Road Warrior (Miller, Australia, 1981): Blu-ray WB
1981 The Road Warrior

Reds (Beatty, U.S.A., 1981): Paramount
1981 Reds

They All Laughed (Bogdanovich, U.S.A., 1981): HBO Video
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Thief (Mann, U.S.A., 1981): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1981 Thief 2

The Woman Next Door (Truffaut, France, 1981): Fox Lorber
1981 The Woman Next Door

Blade Runner (Scott, U.S.A., 1982): WB
1982 Blade Runner

Diner (Levinson, U.S.A., 1982): WB
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The Draughtsman’s Contract (Greenaway, U.K., 1982): Fox Lorber
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E.T. (Spielberg, U.S.A., 1982): Universal
1981 E.T.

Fanny and Alexander (Bergman, Sweden, 1982): Criterion Collection
1982 Fanny and Alexander

Fitzcarraldo (Herzog, West Germany, 1982): Anchor Bay
1982 Fitzcarraldo

A Good Marriage (Rohmer, France, 1982): Fox Lorber
1982 A Good Marriage

Identification of a Woman (Antonioni, Italy, 1982): Criterion Collection
1982 Identification of a Woman

Moonlighting (Skolimowski, U.K., 1982): Koch Vision
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Sophie’s Choice (Pakula, U.S.A., 1982): Lionsgate
1982 Sophie's Choice

The Verdict (Lumet, U.S.A., 1982): 20th Century Fox
1982 The Verdict

Veronika Voss (Fassbinder, West Germany, 1982): Criterion Collection
1982 Veronika Voss

White Dog (Fuller, U.S.A., 1982): Criterion Collection
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L’Argent (Bresson, France/Switzerland, 1983): New Yorker Video
1983 L'Argent

The Ballad of Narayama (Imamura, Japan, 1983): Animeigo
1983 The Ballad of Narayama

Confidentially Yours (Truffaut, France, 1983): Fox Lorber
1983 Confidentially Yours 2

The King of Comedy (Scorsese, U.S.A., 1983): 20th Century Fox
1983 The King of Comedy

Local Hero (Forsyth, U.K., 1983): WB
1983 Local Hero 2

The Makioka Sisters (Ichikawa, Japan, 1983): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1983 The Makioka Sisters 2

À Nos Amours (Pialat, France, 1983): Criterion Collection
1983 A Nos Amours

Pauline at the Beach (Rohmer, France, 1983): MGM World Films
1983 Pauline at the Beach

Return of the Jedi (Marquand, U.S.A., 1983): 20th Century Fox
1983 Return of the Jedi

The Right Stuff (Kaufman, U.S.A, 1983): WB
1983 The Right Stuff

Sans Soleil (Marker, France, 1983): Criterion Collection
1983 Sans Soleil

Tender Mercies (Beresford, U.S.A., 1983): Studio Canal
1983 Tender Mercies

Terms of Endearment (Brooks, U.S.A., 1983): Paramount Pictures
1983 Terms of Endearment

Videodrome (Cronenberg, Canada, 1983): Criterion Collection
1983 Videodrome

Zelig (Allen, U.S.A., 1983): MGM DVD
1983 Zelig

Amadeus (Forman, U.S.A., 1984): WB
1984 Amadeus

Blood Simple (Coen Brothers, U.S.A., 1984): MGM DVD
1984 Blood Simple

Body Double (De Palma, U.S.A., 1984): Columbia Pictures
1984 Body Double

Broadway Danny Rose (Allen, U.S.A., 1984): MGM DVD
1984 Broadway Danny Rose

Choose Me (Rudolph, U.S.A., 1984): MGM DVD
1984 Choose Me

Love Streams (Cassavetes, U.S.A., 1984): DVD-R
1984 Love Streams

The Legend of Suram Fortress (Paradjanov, U.S.S.R., 1984): Kino International
1984 The Legend of Suram Fortress

The Nightmare on Elm Street (Craven, U.S.A., 1984): Blu-ray WB
1984 The Nightmare on Elm Street

Once Upon a Time in America (Leone, Italy/U.S.A., 1984): WB
1984 Once Upon a Time in America

Paris, Texas (Wenders, West Germany/Italy/U.K./U.S.A., 1984): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1984 Paris Texas

Places in the Heart (Benton, U.S.A., 1984): Tri Star
1984 Places in the Heart

Stop Making Sense (Demme, U.S.A., 1984): Palm Pictures
1984 Stop Making Sense

Stranger Than Paradise (Jarmusch, U.S.A., 1984): Criterion Collection
1984 Stranger Than Paradise

Under the Volcano (Huston, U.S.A., 1984): Criterion Collection
1984 Under the Volcano 2

After Hours (Scorsese, U.S.A., 1985): WB
1985 After Hours

Brazil (Gilliam, U.K., 1985): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1985 Brazil

The Breakfast Club (Hughes, U.S.A., 1985): Universal
1985 The Breakfast Club

The Color Purple (Spielberg, U.S.A., 1985): WB
1985 The Color Purple

Come and See (Klimov, U.S.S.R., 1985): Kino Video
1985 Come and See

My Beautiful Laundrette (Frears, U.K., 1985):MGM DVD
1985 My Beautiful Laundrette

My Life as a Dog (Hallström, Sweden, 1985): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1985 My Life as a Dog

Prizzi’s Honor (Huston, U.S.A., 1985): MGM DVD
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The Purple Rose of Cairo (Allen, U.S.A., 1985): MGM DVD
1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo

Out of Africa (Pollack, U.S.A., 1985): Blu-ray Universal
1985 Out of Africa

Ran (Kurosawa, Japan, 1985): Criterion Collection
1985 Ran 2

A Room with a View (Ivory, U.K., 1985): BBC Video
1985 A Room with a View

Vagabond (Varda, France, 1985): Criterion Collection
1985 Vagabond

When Father was Away on Business (Kusturica, Yugoslavia, 1985): Koch Lorber
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Aliens (Cameron, U.S.A., 1986): 20th Century Fox
1986 Aliens

Blue Velvet (Lynch, U.S.A., 1986): MGM DVD
1986 Blue Velvet

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Hughes, U.S.A., 1986): WB
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off 2

The Fly (Cronenberg, U.S.A., 1986): 20th Century Fox
1986 The Fly

The Green Ray (Rohmer, France, 1986): Fox Lorber
1986 The Green Ray

Hannah and Her Sisters (Allen, U.S.A., 1986): MGM DVD
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters

Mona Lisa (Jordan, U.K., 1986): Blu-ray Image Entertainment
1986 Mona Lisa

Platoon (Stone, U.S.A., 1986): MGM DVD
1986 Platoon

The Sacrifice (Tarkovsky, Sweden/U.K./France, 1986): Kino International
1986 The Sacrifice

Salvador (Stone, U.S.A., 1986): MGM DVD
1986 Salvador

Shadows in Paradise (Kaurismäki, Finland, 1986): Criterion Collection – Eclipse Series
1986 Shadows in Paradise

Something Wild (Demme, U.S.A., 1986): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1986 Something Wild

Trouble in Mind (Rudolph, U.S.A., 1986): Shout! Factory
1986 Trouble in Mind

Au revoir les enfants (Malle, France, 1987): Criterion Collection
1987 Au revoir les enfants

Boyfriends and Girlfriends (Rohmer, France, 1987): Fox Lorber
1987 Boyfriends and Girlfriends

Broadcast News (Brooks, U.S.A., 1987): Bly-ray Criterion Collection
1987 Broadcast News

The Dead (Huston, U.S.A., 1987): Lionsgate
1987 The Dead

Empire of the Sun (Spielberg, U.S.A., 1987): WB
1987 Empire of teh Sun

Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick, U.S.A./U.K., 1987): Blu-ray WB
1987 Full Metal Jacket

Hope and Glory (Boorman, U.K., 1987): MGM DVD
1987 Hope and Glory

House of Games (Mamet, U.S.A., 1987): Criterion Collection
1987 House of Games

Near Dark (Bigelow, U.S.A., 1987): Lionsgate
1987 Near Dark

Prick Up Your Ears (Frears, U.K., 1987): MGM DVD
1987 Prick Up Your Ears 2

Radio Days (Allen, U.S.A., 1987): MGM DVD
1987 Radio Days

Raising Arizona (Coen Brothers, U.S.A., 1987): Fox Home Entertainment
1987 Raising Arizona

Running on Empty (Lumet, U.S.A., 1987): WB
1987 Running on Empty

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (Haynes, U.S.A., 1987): DVD-R
1987 Superstar the Karen Carpenter Story

Wings of Desire (Wenders, West Germany/France, 1987): Criterion Collection
1987 Wings of Desire

Withnail and I (Robinson, U.K., 1987): Criterion Collection
1987 Withnail and I

Ariel (Kaurismäki, Finland, 1988): Criterion Collection – Eclipse Series
1988 Ariel

Ashik Kerib (Paradjanov, U.S.S.R., 1988): Kino International
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Bull Durham (Shelton, U.S.A., 1988): MGM DVD
1988 Bull Durham

Dangerous Liaisons (Frears, U.S.A., 1988): WB
1988 Dangerous Liasons

Dekalog (Kieslowski, Poland, 1988): Facets Video
1988 The Decalogue

Dead Ringers (Cronenberg, Canada/U.S.A., 1988): Criterion Collection
1988 Dead Ringers

The Last Temptation of Christ (Scorsese, U.S.A./Canada, 1988): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ

Landscape in the Mist (Angelopoulos, Greece, 1988): New Yorker Video
1988 Landscapes in the Mist

Married to the Mob (Demme, U.S.A., 1988): MGM DVD
1988 Married to the Mob

Mississippi Burning (Parker, U.S.A., 1988): MGM DVD
1988 Mississippi Burning

The Moderns (Rudolph, U.S.A., 1988): MGM DVD
1988 The Moderns

Tanner ’88 (Altman, U.S.A., 1988): Criterion Collection
1988 Tanner '88

The Thin Blue Line (Morris, U.S.A., 1988): MGM DVD
1988 The Thin Blue Line

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Kaufman, U.S.A., 1988): WB
1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Born on the Fourth of July (Stone, U.S.A., 1989): Universal
1989 Born on the Fourth of July

Crimes and Misdemeanors (Allen, U.S.A., 1989): MGM
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors

Do the Right Thing (Lee, U.S.A., 1989): Criterion Collection
1989 Do the Right Thing 2

Distant Voices, Still Lives (Davies, U.K., 1989): DVD-R
1989 Distant Voices Still Lives

Drugstore Cowboy (Van Sant, U.S.A., 1989): Artisan Home Entertainment
1989 Drugstore Cowboy

The Fabulous Baker Boys (Kloves, U.S.A., 1989): MGM DVD
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys

Monsieur Hire (Leconte, France, 1989): Kino International
1989 Monsieur Hire

My Left Foot (Sheridan, U.K., 1989): Lionsgate
1989 My Left Foot

Mystery Train (Jarmusch, U.S.A./Japan, 1989): Blu-ray Criterion Collection
1989 Mystery Train

Santa Sangre (Jodorowsky, Mexico/Italy, 1989): Blu-ray Severin
1989 Santa Sangre

Say Anything… (Crowe, U.S.A., 1989): Blu-ray 20th Century Fox
1989 Say Anything

sex, lies, and videotape (Soderbergh, U.S.A., 1989): Columbia
1989 Sex Lies and Videotapes

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