Movies and TV Shows about 1980s

Joker
  • Joker (2019)
  • Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime,
  • During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
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Joker
Narcos
  • Narcos (2015)
  • Drama,
  • A gritty chronicle of the war against Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
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Narcos
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
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
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
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
Us
  • Us (2019)
  • Horror, Thriller,
  • Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
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Us
Blinded by the Light
  • Blinded by the Light (2019)
  • Drama, Comedy, Music,
  • In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
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Blinded by the Light
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
Bumblebee
  • Bumblebee (2018)
  • Adventure, Action, Science Fiction,
  • On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary yellow VW bug.
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Bumblebee
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
Nach dem Sturm
  • Nach dem Sturm (2019)
  • Documentary,
  • The protests of 1968 had a significant impact on the great cities of the world. But people like to forget that the periphery went through the same social upheavals – Central Switzerland, for example. This is hardly surprising: in the founding cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy, society followed a strict order; tradition, shaped by centuries of Catholic rule, seemed untouchable. But in the 1960s, the local youth could not take these stifling conditions anymore: starting in 1969, resistance broke out across Central Switzerland.
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Nach dem Sturm
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
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
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
Freaks and Geeks
  • Freaks and Geeks (1999)
  • Drama, Comedy,
  • High school mathlete Lindsay Weir rebels and begins hanging out with a crowd of burnouts (the "freaks"), while her brother Sam Weir navigates a different part of the social universe with his nerdy friends (the "geeks").
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Freaks and Geeks
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
Deutschland
  • Deutschland (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
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
Beirut
Beirut
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
Under the Shadow
  • Under the Shadow (2016)
  • Drama, Horror, Thriller, War,
  • After Shideh's building is hit by a missile during the Iran-Iraq War, a superstitious neighbor suggests that the missile was cursed and might be carrying malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits. She becomes convinced a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess her daughter Dorsa, and she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.
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Under the Shadow
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
Westside
  • Westside (2015)
  • Drama, Comedy,
  • The story of legendary safe cracker and career criminal Ted West and his firecracker of a wife, Rita. Combining real events and the rich folklore of the West family and associates, this is rollicking history, and a tempestuous romance, set at a time of great social upheaval.
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Westside
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
The Souvenir
  • The Souvenir (2019)
  • Drama, Mystery, Romance,
  • A shy but ambitious film student falls into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship with a charismatic but untrustworthy older man.
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The Souvenir
Hap and Leonard
  • Hap and Leonard (2016)
  • Drama, Action & Adventure,
  • A darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends set in the late 1980s. 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.
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Hap and Leonard
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