Ah, the 80s. A decade so beloved pop culture can’t forget. From Stranger Things to various film productions, remakes, sequels and reboots, this period of a lot of gaming has marked the lives of many people. Well, even those who weren’t even born can experience what it must have been like to experience pop culture back then.
With that in mind, CinePOP has decided to bring you the highest grossing movies of the whole decade. That’s right, this is a special ranking with the biggest blockbusters launched between 1980 and 1989. It should be remembered that this is the decade that consolidated cinematic entertainment and the blockbuster, which emerged at the late 1970s, with Tubarão (1975) and Star Wars (1977). Well, without further ado, let’s get to know them. And as always, don’t forget to comment.
10 | Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
The Indiana Jones trilogy is a milestone for the 1980s. Its importance to entertainment cinema is undeniable. And to think that everything was born from a desire of director Steven Spielberg to make a film in the 007 franchise. His friend George Lucas convinced him otherwise and presented him with the idea, which used the adventures of matins in exotic places. Of the original trilogy, The Temple of Perdition is the darkest and most violent, which is why it is the least adored by the general public. Even so, the adventurous archaeologist’s second feature film grossed $ 333 million worldwide.
09 | Rain Man (1988)
Here is the first big surprise on the list. Rain Man is not a franchise or even an action or adventure movie. On the contrary, the work done by Barry Levinson (Hello, Vietnam) is an original idea, a serious and adult film. Plus, it’s a drama that’s been nominated for 8 Oscars and won 4: Best Picture, Screenplay, Director and Actor for Dustin Hoffman. In the film, Tom Cruise sees an ambitious and selfish young man who discovers he has an autistic brother (Hoffman). Their father has passed away and left a large sum for the character of Hoffman. Cruise must now learn to take care of his brother in order to get money. The feature film grossed $ 354 million worldwide, making it quite a sensation.
08 | Top Gun: Indomitable Aces (1986)
Speaking of Tom Cruise, the star is back on the list. Top Gun isn’t a franchise either, which makes its achievement here on the list just as impressive. Well, it’s not that far, because the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, aside from being confirmed for 2020, has already won its first trailer, with Cruise returning, of course. But it’s a late sequel and Top Gun has stuck all these years on its own. While not a franchise, the film has a lot of action and was put together as a music video, which is what director Tony Scott himself has admitted. In the plot, which also has a lot of passion, Cruise sees a daring US Navy pilot living with the trauma of his father’s death. He ended up getting involved with the instructor played by Kelly McGillis – one of the female icons of the time. And then there is “Breathtaking”. The film grossed $ 356 million worldwide.
07 | Back to the Future (1985)
Another franchise with the participation of Steven Spielberg, devoted to the Midas era of the industry. If a movie that turned out to be a phenomenon wasn’t directed by Spielberg, you can be sure it at least had its production. This is the case with the story of young Marty McFly, who goes back in time with a machine in the shape of a car, to the 1950s, and needs to help his parents fall in love, otherwise he will be erased from existence. It’s worth remembering that as Back to the Future has become one of the most beloved trilogies in cinema, it only happened thanks to the resounding success of the first film, a quirky idea. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film grossed $ 381 million worldwide.
06 | Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Here we can use the same argument as above. Indiana Jones is today one of the most valuable brands in the industry, but in 1981 that bet was still a long way off. The idea left the mind of George Lucas right in the hearts of fans and the rest is history. What’s cool about this decade is that some of the most beloved movie franchises of all time have emerged. Harrison Ford, who already came from Star Wars success, as Han Solo, narrowly missed the role of archaeologist. What happens is Lucas wanted to give another star the chance, and Tom Selleck even tried on the costume. The problem is that the actor starred in the Magnum series (1980-1988), and the producers did not give him time off. The first Indiana Jones racked up $ 389 million worldwide, becoming one of the first blockbusters of all time.
05 | Batman (1989)
This is where event films enter a new phase. By the end of the decade, a massive and never-before-seen marketing campaign took the world by storm with hero commercials in theaters, starting a year before its debut. By today’s standards that doesn’t sound like much, but given the weather we can say that Tim Burton’s Batman was very responsible for what we have today in terms of box office giants. and aggressive marketing. Other than that, it is reported that Jack Nicholson, who saw the feature film’s protagonist, Joker (that’s right!), Predicting how successful the film would be, struck a deal with Warner for a portion of the box office at the instead of a salary – ended up somewhere around $ 60 million. The film grossed around $ 411 million worldwide.
04 | Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
If there was one movie that beat Batman across the world, this movie was the third adventure of cinema’s most famous archaeologist. One more point for Spielberg and Lucas. In order to verify the success of these films, the three stand out among the 10 most profitable of the decade. A classic adventure in style, which inspired everything from The Mummy (1999), with Brendan Fraser, and his sequences to the game muse Lara Croft. And of the three, the hero’s third trip was the most profitable. One explanation for such success, in addition to the consolidation of the character’s name, was the participation of Sean Connery, another great hero of the film and the eternal 007, as the father of the protagonist. The heart of the matter between the actors became a huge draw to audiences, adding a lot of humor to the franchise. The Last Crusade raised $ 474 million worldwide.
03 | Return of the Jedi (1983)
Indiana Jones may have been a real phenomenon in the 1980s. But there is a franchise of the era that manages to overcome it in the mainstream taste. Yes, you are right, Star Wars is practically larger than life. The second movie blockbuster, also spawned a trilogy in the 1980s. Everything was out of George Lucas’ mind, of course. Today, it is not possible to measure what the Star Wars phenomenon (1977) was when it was launched. People were queuing up around the block. They left the session and returned to the end of the line. Yes, it was unprecedented. After all, there was no such cinema before. It was revolutionary! The sequels appeared in the 1980s, and here the beloved series ended, with a bittersweet taste. The final showdown between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker grossed $ 475 million worldwide.
02 | The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Yes, we’re still talking about Star Wars. And how could it be different? Unlike Return of the Jedi which pulled together the details to wrap up the trilogy – with the promise of being the final episode (at least for a long time) – The Empire Strikes Back on the wave of success that had been the first Wars of the stars. And who would be crazy to miss the sequel to the most beloved film in history so far? To everyone’s surprise, the fans were faced with a bigger, better and much more intense job. On top of the explosive revelations about fatherhood (which must have left 90% with the heart sticking out of the mouth), we have a darker job here, with an ending that is a terrible bad ending. The result: Even today, it is considered the best episode in the entire franchise by fans. The film grossed $ 538 million worldwide.
01 | ET – The Alien (1982)
Competition for the box office became increasingly fierce in the 1980s. For friends, that competitiveness was relatively healthy. Especially between Lucas and Spielberg. When they weren’t together on a project, like Indiana Jones, one or both of them was at the top of the box office. Lucas’ Star Wars was the highest grossing franchise of the time. But an even more impressive feat was achieved by Spielberg. The highest grossing 1980s movie is his, and the surprise is that it’s not a franchise, but a unique movie. ET – The alien continues to delight children and adults around the world today. Spielberg loved the story and put much of his own experiences into his parents’ divorce, and what it meant to him as a child – through the eyes of the boy Eliott. The little creature that comes from the sky has become a phenomenon and has captured the imagination of a whole generation, in an incredible story of friendship. The film grossed $ 792 million worldwide, a figure that meets even today’s standards.
Know other box office phenomena of the time:
11 | Back to the Future 2 (1989) – $ 332 million
12 | A Snare Drum for Roger Rabbit (1988) – $ 329 million
13 | Dundee Crocodile (1986) – $ 328 million
14 | Fatal Attraction (1987) – $ 320 million
15 | Heavyweight Cop (1984) – $ 316 million
16 | Rocky IV (1985) – $ 300.5 million
17 | Rambo II: The Mission (1985) – $ 300.4 million
18 | Heavyweight Cop 2 (1987) – $ 300 million
19 | Look Who’s Talking (1989) – $ 297 million
20 | Ghostbusters (1984) – $ 295 million
21 | A Prince in New York (1988) – $ 288 million
22 | Rocky III (1982) – $ 270 million
23 | Three Girls and a Baby (1987) – $ 242 million
24 | Dundee 2 Crocodile (1988) – $ 239 million
25 | Dead Poets Society (1989) – $ 235 million
26 | Deadly Machine 2 (1989) – $ 227.9 million
27 | Entre Dois Amores (1985) – US $ 227.5 million
28 | Honey, I Shrunk the Children (1989) – $ 222 million
29 | Twin Brothers (1988) – $ 216 million
30 | Ghostbusters 2 (1989) – $ 215 million
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