Eighties Noir

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1. American Gigolo (1980)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

57 Metascore

A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt

Votes: 19,925 | Gross: $23.00M

2. Union City (1980)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A man is so obsessed with finding the person responsible for stealing his milk bottles that he ignores his beautiful young wife, who has other ideas on her mind.

Director: Marcus Reichert | Stars: Dennis Lipscomb, Debbie Harry, Sam McMurray, Terry Walsh

Votes: 345

3. Gloria (1980)

PG | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry, Julie Carmen, Tony Knesich

Votes: 7,637

4. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 28,683 | Gross: $24.06M

5. Atlantic City (1980)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 13,645

6. Thief (1981)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi

Votes: 22,435 | Gross: $11.49M

7. Cutter's Way (1981)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

70 Metascore

Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry

Votes: 4,557 | Gross: $1.73M

8. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner

Votes: 20,255 | Gross: $12.38M

9. Road Games (1981)

PG | 101 min | Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer on a desolate Australian highway.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward, Grant Page

Votes: 4,482

10. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 39,151 | Gross: $13.75M

11. Cat People (1982)

R | 118 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole

Votes: 17,958 | Gross: $7.00M

12. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 645,443 | Gross: $32.87M

13. Butterfly (1982)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

In 1937 Nevada, silver mine caretaker Jess Tyler is reunited with his teenage daughter Kady who will do anything to persuade Jess to let her have claim to the mine.

Director: Matt Cimber | Stars: Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Orson Welles, Lois Nettleton

Votes: 1,134

14. The Border (1982)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Western

66 Metascore

A corrupt border Agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine, Warren Oates

Votes: 5,496 | Gross: $6.12M

15. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Alan Ladd, Carl Reiner

Votes: 19,218 | Gross: $18.20M

16. I, the Jury (1982)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A PI investigates the murder of his one-armed friend, a PI working on a case. Clues lead to a sex clinic. Bodies pile up.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon, Alan King

Votes: 1,327 | Gross: $1.52M

17. Still of the Night (1982)

PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Manhattan psychiatrist probes a patient's murder and falls for the victim's mysterious mistress.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep, Jessica Tandy, Joe Grifasi

Votes: 3,811 | Gross: $5.98M

18. Breathless (1983)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

When Jesse Lujack steals a car in Las Vegas and drives down to LA, his criminal ways only escalate- but when will it end?

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky, Art Metrano, John P. Ryan

Votes: 7,876 | Gross: $19.91M

19. Hammett (1982)

PG | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

61 Metascore

Fictional account of real-life mystery writer Dashiell Hammett, and his involvement in the investigation of a beautiful Chinese cabaret actress' mysterious disappearance in San Francisco.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 2,721 | Gross: $0.04M

20. Angel (1982)

R | 92 min | Drama, Music

Saxophonist Danny witnesses the murder of his band manager and a deaf-mute girl after a gig. Questioned by the police, he remembers only the orthopedic shoes of the killers' leader. So ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Veronica Quilligan, Stephen Rea, Alan Devlin, Peter Caffrey

Votes: 687

21. The Hit (1984)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Ten years later, after ratting on his old mobster friends in exchange for personal immunity, two hit men drive a hardened criminal to Paris for his execution. However, while on the way, whatever can go wrong, does go wrong.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Freddie Stuart, Ralph Brown, A.J. Clarke, Terence Stamp

Votes: 6,696 | Gross: $0.88M

22. Repo Man (1984)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash

Votes: 31,380 | Gross: $3.57M

23. Blood Simple (1984)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 81,375 | Gross: $2.15M

24. Against All Odds (1984)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

42 Metascore

A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras

Votes: 9,833 | Gross: $25.10M

25. The Element of Crime (1984)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai, Jerold Wells

Votes: 8,678

26. Body Double (1984)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

69 Metascore

A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton

Votes: 26,178 | Gross: $8.80M

27. Trouble in Mind (1985)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The lives of an ex-con, a coffee-shop owner, and a young couple looking to make it rich intersect in the fictional and hypnotic Rain City.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Lori Singer, Geneviève Bujold

Votes: 1,505 | Gross: $0.02M

28. Defense of the Realm (1985)

PG | 96 min | Thriller

After a newspaper reporter helps expose a Member of Parliament as a possible spy, he finds that there's much more to the story than that.

Director: David Drury | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi, Denholm Elliott, Ian Bannen

Votes: 1,853 | Gross: $0.75M

29. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 166,874 | Gross: $8.55M

30. The Hitcher (1986)

R | 97 min | Action, Thriller

32 Metascore

A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 40,916 | Gross: $5.84M

31. 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

29 Metascore

Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Alexandra Paul, Randy Brooks

Votes: 4,161 | Gross: $1.31M

32. Mona Lisa (1986)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 12,145 | Gross: $5.79M

33. 52 Pick-Up (1986)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A secret fling between a man and his mistress leads to blackmail and murder.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover

Votes: 4,522 | Gross: $5.19M

34. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 75,094 | Gross: $17.19M

35. The Bedroom Window (1987)

R | 112 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

Terry has an affair with his boss' wife. From his bedroom window, she sees a rape and murder attempt. Terry reports it to the police as if he saw it. Things get complicated.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert, Paul Shenar

Votes: 4,300 | Gross: $12.64M

36. Black Widow (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 8,119 | Gross: $25.21M

37. House of Games (1987)

R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller

78 Metascore

A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, Lilia Skala

Votes: 19,261 | Gross: $2.59M

38. The Killing Time (1987)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A murderer who assumes the identity of a new deputy is unbeknownst to the sheriff planning to pin a separate murder on him.

Director: Rick King | Stars: Beau Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Wayne Rogers, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 825 | Gross: $0.50M

39. No Way Out (1987)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton

Votes: 32,826 | Gross: $35.51M

40. Dead of Winter (1987)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A fledgling actress is lured to a remote mansion for a screen-test, soon discovering she is actually a prisoner in the middle of a blackmail plot.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Roddy McDowall, Jan Rubes, William Russ

Votes: 3,308 | Gross: $2.41M

41. Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car, a blond woman's severed head in ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Mailer | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Isabella Rossellini, Debra Stipe, Wings Hauser

Votes: 1,143 | Gross: $0.86M

42. Siesta (1987)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Claire (an American) wakes up in a terrible state at the end of a runway in Spain. As she tries to account for her state (blood-soaked and bruised), she has flashbacks from the past few ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 2,014 | Gross: $0.70M

43. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 171,823 | Gross: $156.45M

44. D.O.A. (1988)

R | 96 min | Mystery, Thriller

A college professor's day: his top student allegedly commits suicide, his wife presents him with divorce papers and he overnights in a freshman girl's dorm. The next day: more murders around him. Will he find the killer in time?

Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Charlotte Rampling, Daniel Stern

Votes: 9,051 | Gross: $12.71M

45. Street of No Return (1989)

93 min | Action, Drama, Crime

A rock star-turned-bum, his vocal chords severed at the height of his career for the love of a woman, reclaims his forgotten past after viewing a music video and seeks revenge against the mobster who maimed him.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Keith Carradine