Movies and TV Shows about 1980s

Ready Player One
  • Ready Player One (2018)
  • Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction,
  • When the creator of a popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to compete for his fortune.
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Ready Player One
This Is Us
  • This Is Us (2016)
  • Drama, Comedy,
  • Follows the lives and families of three adults living and growing up in the United States of America in present and past times. As their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways, we find that several of them share the same birthday - and so much more than anyone would expect.
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This Is Us
X-Men: Apocalypse
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Science Fiction,
  • After the re-emergence of the world's first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
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X-Men: Apocalypse
It
  • It (2017)
  • Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller,
  • In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
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It
The Goldbergs
  • The Goldbergs (2013)
  • Comedy,
  • Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the '80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling.
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The Goldbergs
The Americans
  • The Americans (2013)
  • Drama,
  • Set during the Cold War period in the 1980s, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI Counterintelligence agent.
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The Americans
Narcos
  • Narcos (2015)
  • Drama,
  • Narcos chronicles the life and death of drug lord Pablo Escobar the ruthless boss of the Medellin Cartel and a known terrorist who was also a congressman, a family man and revered by the poor as a new Robin Hood.
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Narcos
Summer of 84
  • Summer of 84 (2018)
  • Drama, Horror, Thriller, Mystery,
  • Summer is usually a time for fun and games, but some teens get much more danger than they bargained for after beginning to suspect their neighbor is a serial murderer.
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Summer of 84
Loving Pablo
  • Loving Pablo (2017)
  • Drama, Crime,
  • The film chronicles the rise and fall of the world's most feared drug lord Pablo Escobar and his volatile love affair with Colombia's most famous journalist Virginia Vallejo throughout a reign of terror that tore a country apart.
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Loving Pablo
Halt and Catch Fire
  • Halt and Catch Fire (2014)
  • Drama,
  • Set in the early 1980s, and about a fictional visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations confronts the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie.
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Halt and Catch Fire
Billionaire Boys Club
  • Billionaire Boys Club (2018)
  • Drama, Thriller, Crime,
  • Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt, a group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a get rich quick scam that turns deadly.
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Billionaire Boys Club
American Made
  • American Made (2017)
  • Action, Comedy, Thriller, Crime,
  • A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the deep south during the 1980s.
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American Made
Straight Outta Compton
  • Straight Outta Compton (2015)
  • Drama, Music,
  • In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.
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Straight Outta Compton
City of God
  • City of God (2002)
  • Drama, Crime,
  • City of God depicts the raw violence in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro. In the 1970’s that kids are carrying guns and joining gangs when they should be playing hide-and-seek.
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City of God
Everybody Hates Chris
  • Everybody Hates Chris (2005)
  • Comedy,
  • Everybody Hates Chris is an American television narrative sitcom that depicts the troubled teenage experiences of comedian Chris Rock while growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager between 1978 and 1983. Rock grew up with a boy named Kenny Montero, whom he has often referred to as the inspiration for a lot of the episodes. In many of his interviews, Rock has described Kenny as the reason he got into comedy in the first place. The show's title parodies the hit CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, in which Rock stated: "Everybody Loves Raymond, but Everybody Hates Chris!". The show's lead actors are Tyler James Williams, Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim, and Vincent Martella. In 2008, the The CW moved Everybody Hates Chris and The Game to the Friday night death slot. The fourth season of the series premiered Friday, October 3, 2008, at 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central. On May 21, 2009, The CW announced that it had cancelled Everybody Hates Chris. Prior to this, Rock announced that the end of season 4 matched up with his own past—dropping out of high school to become a comedian—and that it was time to end the show.
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Everybody Hates Chris
Adventureland
  • Adventureland (2009)
  • Comedy,
  • In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.
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Adventureland
Red Heat
  • Red Heat (1988)
  • Action, Comedy, Crime,
  • A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.
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Red Heat
Behind the Candelabra
  • Behind the Candelabra (2013)
  • Drama, Romance,
  • Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.
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Behind the Candelabra
Pete's Dragon
  • Pete's Dragon (2016)
  • Adventure, Fantasy, Family,
  • A young orphan seeks refuge from his abusive adoptive parents with the help of a pet dragon and a couple who live in a lighthouse.
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Pete's Dragon
Let Me In
  • Let Me In (2010)
  • Drama, Horror, Mystery,
  • This is a remake of the movie "Let The Right One In" which was a movie adaptation of a book. A story of a young boy who is frequently bullied and a young girl that moves in next door with her caretaker. It is established that she is a vampire and, after losing her caretaker, must leave in order to survive. A story of innocent love entangled in murder, mystery, and horror.
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Let Me In
Dallas Buyers Club
  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  • Drama, History,
  • Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
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Dallas Buyers Club
Killer Elite
  • Killer Elite (2011)
  • Adventure, Action, Thriller,
  • Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world’s most elite operatives—Danny, an ex-special ops agent and Hunter, his longtime mentor—against the cunning leader of a secret military society. Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of cat and mouse—where the predators become the prey.
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Killer Elite
Arthur
  • Arthur (1981)
  • Drama, Comedy, Romance,
  • Arthur is the most quotable drunk millionaire that is likely to ever steal your heart. Dudley Moore portrays Arthur, a thirty year old child who will inherit 750 million dollars if he complies with his family's demands and marries the woman of their choosing.
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Arthur
The Final Girls
  • The Final Girls (2015)
  • Horror, Comedy,
  • A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.
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The Final Girls
Hap and Leonard
  • Hap and Leonard (2016)
  • Drama, Action & Adventure,
  • A darkly comic swamp noir story set in the late 1980s of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot and the fuzz. Based on the novels by Joe R. Lansdale, the series follows Hap Collins, an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine, a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. When Hap’s seductive ex-wife Trudy resurfaces with a deal they can’t refuse, a simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem.
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Hap and Leonard
Under the Shadow
  • Under the Shadow (2016)
  • Drama, Horror, Thriller, War,
  • As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
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Under the Shadow
The Recce
  • The Recce (2018)
  • Drama,
  • After the South African Defense Force wrongfully declares young Recce Henk Viljoen dead behind enemy lines, it’s up to him alone to use every skill and tool in his arsenal to make it back to his grieving wife.
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The Recce
Kung Fury
  • Kung Fury (2015)
  • Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Science Fiction,
  • During an unfortunate series of events, a friend of Kung Fury is assassinated by the most dangerous kung fu master criminal of all time, Adolf Hitler, a.k.a Kung Führer. Kung Fury decides to travel back in time to Nazi Germany in order to kill Hitler and end the Nazi empire once and for all.
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Kung Fury
Marshland
  • Marshland (2014)
  • Thriller, Mystery,
  • The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past.
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Marshland
Freaks and Geeks
  • Freaks and Geeks (1999)
  • Drama, Comedy,
  • Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig and with Feig and Judd Apatow as executive producers, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. Eighteen episodes were completed, but the series was canceled after only twelve had aired. A fan-led campaign persuaded NBC to broadcast three more episodes in July 2000; the three remaining unaired episodes were not seen until September of that year, when the cable network Fox Family Channel aired them in syndication. The complete series was later released on DVD. Freaks and Geeks has a devoted cult following. The series appeared on Time magazine's 2007 "100 Greatest Shows of All Time" list, as well as placing 3rd on their list of the greatest television shows of the 2000s. In 2007, Freaks and Geeks ranked #21 on TV Guide's Top Cult Shows Ever. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked it the 13th-best series of the past 25 years. The same year, AOL TV named it the Best School Show of All Time. In 2013 TV Guide included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time, and ranked it #1 on their list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon".
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Freaks and Geeks
Love & Mercy
  • Love & Mercy (2015)
  • Drama, Music,
  • The life of reclusive and eccentric Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson.
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Love & Mercy
Moonlighting
  • Moonlighting (1985)
  • Drama, Comedy, Mystery,
  • Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd as private detectives, the show was a mixture of drama, comedy, and romance, and was considered to be one of the first successful and influential examples of comedy-drama, or "dramedy", emerging as a distinct television genre. The show's theme song was performed by jazz singer Al Jarreau and became a hit. The show is also credited with making Willis a star, while providing Shepherd with a critical success after a string of lackluster projects. In 1997, the episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" was ranked #34 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. In 2007, the series was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-Time." The relationship between David and Maddie was included in TV Guide's list of the best TV couples of all time.
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Moonlighting
Laurence Anyways
  • Laurence Anyways (2012)
  • Drama, Romance,
  • The story of an impossible love between a woman named Fred and a transgender woman named Laurence who reveals her inner desire to become her true self: a woman.
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Laurence Anyways
The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
  • Horror, Thriller,
  • A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.
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The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Informers
  • The Informers (2008)
  • Adventure, Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime,
  • A multi-strand narrative set in early 1980s Los Angeles that deftly balances a vast array of characters who represent both the top of the heap and the bottom. Connecting the intertwining strands are a group of beautiful, blonde young men and women who sleep all day and party all night, doing drugs and one another with abandon, never realising that they are dancing on the edge of a volcano.
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The Informers
Deutschland 83
  • Deutschland 83 (2015)
  • Drama,
  • A gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service. Hiding in plain sight in the West German army, he must gather the secrets of NATO military strategy. Everything is new, nothing is quite what it seems and everyone he encounters is harboring secrets, both political and personal.
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Deutschland 83
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)
  • Comedy,
  • It's the first day of camp in this outrageous prequel to the hilarious 2001 cult classic movie. And at Camp Firewood, anything can happen.
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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Polytechnique
  • Polytechnique (2009)
  • Drama, Crime,
  • A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.
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Polytechnique
Red Oaks
  • Red Oaks (2014)
  • Comedy,
  • A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" 80s that is equal parts hijinks and heartfelt about a college student enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end--and the future begins. David Myers, an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985, is both reeling from his father's heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. While there, he meets a colorful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club members including an alluring art student named Skye and her corporate raider father Getty.
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Red Oaks
Jackals
  • Jackals (2017)
  • Horror, Thriller,
  • Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.
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Jackals