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Every Best Picture Movie in the 1980s

Every Best Picture Movie in the 1980s

Here is every best picture movie in the 1980s that won at the Academy Awards. Dustin Hoffman is the bookend actor. He was in the best picture in 1980 and 1989. Below you will find trailers, plots, reviews, and links to buy or rent each 1980’s Best Picture movie.

Year Title Stars
1980 Kramer vs. Kramer Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander
1981 Ordinary People Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch
1982 Chariots of Fire Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell
1983 Gandhi Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi
1984 Terms of Endearment Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson
1985 Amadeus F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
1986 Out of Africa Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
1987 Platoon Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe
1988 The Last Emperor John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole
1989 Rain Man Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino

Kramer vs. Kramer – 1980

Plot: “Ted Kramer’s wife leaves him, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple’s son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.” (source)

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Ordinary People – 1981

Plot: “The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.” (source)

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Chariots of Fire – 1982

Plot: “Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.” (source)

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Gandhi – 1983

Plot: “Mohandas K. Gandhi’s character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.” (source)

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Terms of Endearment – 1984

Plot: “Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter’s family problems.” (source)

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Amadeus – 1985

Plot: “The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart’s talent and claimed to have murdered him.” (source)

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Out of Africa – 1986

Plot: “In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.” (source)

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Platoon – 1987

Plot: “A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.” (source)

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The Last Emperor – 1988

Plot: “The story of the final Emperor of China.” (source)

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Rain Man – 1989

Plot: “Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.” (source)

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