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The following is an overview of events in 1980 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

See also: List of 1980 box office number-one films in the United States

The top ten 1980 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1980[1]
Rank Title Distributor Gross
1. The Empire Strikes Back 20th Century Fox $209,398,025
2. 9 to 5 $103,290,500
3. Stir Crazy Columbia $101,300,000
4. Airplane! Paramount $83,453,539
5. Any Which Way You Can Warner Bros. $70,687,344
6. Private Benjamin $69,847,348
7. Coal Miner's Daughter Universal $67,182,787
8. Smokey and the Bandit II $66,132,626
9. The Blue Lagoon Columbia $58,853,106
10. The Blues Brothers Universal $57,229,890

Events

  • May 21 – The Empire Strikes Back is released and is the biggest grosser of the year (just as its predecessor, Star Wars, was three years prior).
  • May 23 - The Shining is released. Notable for being the first "epic" horror film. It has since become one of the most referenced and popular films of all time.
  • June 20 – The Blues Brothers is released and in addition to becoming one of the top-grossing films of the year it also became the first feature film to be based on characters created on Saturday Night Live.
  • November 19 – Heaven's Gate becomes one of the biggest box office bombs of all-time and its colossal failure bankrupts United Artists.

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Ordinary People
Best Director: Robert Redford - Ordinary People
Best Actor: Robert De NiroRaging Bull
Best Actress: Sissy SpacekCoal Miner's Daughter
Best Supporting Actor: Timothy HuttonOrdinary People
Best Supporting Actress: Mary SteenburgenMelvin and Howard
Best Foreign Language Film: Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (Москва Слезам Не Верит), directed by Vladimir Menshov, USSR

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Ordinary People
Best Actor: Robert De NiroRaging Bull
Best Actress: Mary Tyler MooreOrdinary People
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Coal Miner's Daughter
Best Actor: Ray SharkeyThe Idolmaker
Best Actress: Sissy SpacekCoal Miner's Daughter
Other
Best Director: Robert RedfordOrdinary People
Best Foreign Language Film: Tess, United Kingdom
Golden Globe Award for World film favourite male: Roger Moore
Golden Globe Award for World film favourite female: Jane Fonda

Golden Raspberry Awards:

Worst Picture: Can't Stop the Music
Worst Director: Robert GreenwaldXanadu
Worst Actor: Neil DiamondThe Jazz Singer
Worst Actress: Brooke ShieldsThe Blue Lagoon
Worst Supporting Actor: John AdamesGloria; Laurence OlivierThe Jazz Singer
Worst Supporting Actress: Amy IrvingHoneysuckle Rose

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

All That Jazz, directed by Bob Fosse, United States
Kagemusha, 影武者 (Shadow Warrior), directed by Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Atlantic City, directed by Louis Malle, USA / Canada / France
Gloria, directed by John Cassavetes, United States

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Heartland, directed by Richard Pearce, United States
Palermo or Wolfsburg (Palermo oder Wolfsburg), directed by Werner Schroeter, West Germany

Notable films released in 1980

  1. The Shining

Births

  • January 7 - Hele Kõrve, Estonian actress and singer
  • January 17 – Zooey Deschanel, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • January 18 - Estelle, British singer, songwriter, record producer and actress
  • February 12 – Christina Ricci, American actress
  • March 9 – Matthew Gray Gubler, American actor
  • April 8 – Carrie Savage, American voice actress
  • April 13
    • Colleen Clinkenbeard, American voice actress
    • Kelli Giddish, American actress
  • April 26
    • Jordana Brewster, American actress
    • Channing Tatum, American actor
  • May 8
    • Jasen Fisher, American former child actor
    • Kimberlee Peterson, American actress
  • May 22 - Evelin Võigemast, Estonian actress
  • June 23 – Melissa Rauch, American actress and comedian
  • June 24 – Minka Kelly, American actress
  • July 3 – Olivia Munn, American actress
  • July 6 – Eva Green, French actress
  • July 18 – Kristen Bell, American actress
  • August 26
    • Chris Pine, American actor
    • Macaulay Culkin, American actor
  • September 9 – Michelle Williams, American actress
  • October 14 – Ben Whishaw, English actor
  • October 29 – Ben Foster, American actor
  • November 12 – Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor
  • December 3 – Anna Chlumsky, American actress
  • December 19
  • December 30 – Eliza Dushku, American actress

Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 14 Robert Ardrey 71 USA Screenwriter
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Khartoum
17 Barbara Britton 60 USA Actress
  • The Virginian
  • Captain Kidd
24 James Poe 58 USA Screenwriter
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • The Big Knife
24 Lil Dagover 92 Germany Actress
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Destiny
29 Jimmy Durante 86 USA Actor, Singer
February 1 Romolo Valli 54 Italy Actor
4 David Whitaker 52 UK Writer
  • City Under the Sea
  • Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
9 Renée Houston 77 UK Actress, Writer
13 David Janssen 48 USA Actor
18 Gale Robbins 58 USA Actress, Singer
  • Calamity Jane
  • Three Little Words
26 Mario Mattoli 81 Italy Director, Screenwriter
  • Funniest Show on Earth
  • Imputato, alzatevi!
27 George Tobias 78 USA Actor
March 5 Jay Silverheels 67 USA Actor
  • Broken Arrow
  • The Lone Ranger
8 Frank McDonald 80 USA Director
  • Isle of Fury
  • In Old Missouri
27 Steve Fisher 67 USA Screenwriter
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Lady in the Lake
28 Dick Haymes 61 USA Actor, Singer
  • One Touch of Venus
  • State Fair
April 9 Kathleen Burke 66 USA Actress
  • Island of Lost Souls
  • The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
10 Kay Medford 65 USA Actress
11 Charlotte Henry 66 USA Actress
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Babes in Toyland
15 Raymond Bailey 75 USA Actor
16 Harry Hutchinson 87 Ireland Actor Blowup
17 Alf Sjöberg 76 Sweden Director
  • Only a Mother
  • Wild Birds
19 Tony Beckley 50 UK Actor
25 Mario Bava 65 Italy Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer
  • Black Sabbath
  • The Whip and the Body
29 William Clemens 74 USA Director
  • The Case of the Stuttering Bishop
  • Calling Philo Vance
29 Alfred Hitchcock 80 UK Director, Producer
May 1 Henry Levin 70 USA Director
  • Murderers' Row
  • Where the Boys Are
2 George Pal 72 Hungary Producer
  • War of the Worlds
  • The Time Machine
4 Kay Hammond 71 UK Actress
  • Blithe Spirit
  • Five Golden Hours
12 Lillian Roth 69 USA Actress, Writer
  • Animal Crackers
  • Ladies They Talk About
14 Hugh Griffith 67 Wales Actor
  • Ben-Hur
  • Start the Revolution Without Me
June 12 Milburn Stone 75 USA Actor
  • Captive Wild Woman
  • Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
18 Terence Fisher 76 UK Director
23 John Laurie 83 UK Actor
  • The Reptile
  • Dad's Army
July 6 Gail Patrick 69 USA Producer, Actress
  • My Man Godfrey
  • My Favorite Wife
7 Reginald Gardiner 77 UK Actor
  • The Great Dictator
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
11 Peggy Knudsen 57 USA Actress
24 Peter Sellers 54 UK Actor
30 Charles McGraw 66 USA Actor
31 Bobby Van 51 USA Actor, Dancer
  • Kiss Me Kate
  • Lost Horizon
August 1 Strother Martin 61 USA Actor
7 Norman Atkyns 74 UK Actor Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
14 Dorothy Stratten 20 USA Actress
  • Galaxina
  • They All Laughed
25 Gower Champion 59 USA Actor, Dancer, Director
  • Show Boat
  • Till the Clouds Roll By
September 3 Barbara O'Neil 70 USA Actress
4 Duncan Renaldo 76 USA Actor
  • Lady Luck
  • The Cisco Kid Returns
24 Theodor Luts 84 Brazil Cinematographer, Director The Substitute Wife
25 Lewis Milestone 84 Russia Director
October 6 Hattie Jacques 58 UK Actress
28 Leon Janney 63 Mexico Actor
  • Charly
  • Penrod and Sam
November 4 Noel Langley 68 South Africa Screenwriter
7 Steve McQueen 50 Mexico Actor, Producer
15 Bill Lee 64 USA Actor, Singer
22 Mae West 87 USA Actress, Writer
  • She Done Him Wrong
  • I'm No Angel
24 George Raft 79 USA Actor
26 Rachel Roberts 53 USA Actress
December 8 John Lennon 40 USA Actor, Musician, Producer
16 Peter Collinson 44 USA Director, Producer, Writer
18 Gabrielle Robinne 94 France Actress The Assassination of the Duke of Guise
20 Ben Sharpsteen 85 USA Director, Producer
28 Sam Levene 75 USA Actor
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Brute Force
31 Raoul Walsh 93 USA Director, Writer, Actor
  • White Heat
  • High Sierra

Film debuts

  • Adam BaldwinMy Bodyguard
  • Drew BarrymoreAltered States
  • Jennifer BealsMy Bodyguard
  • Pierce BrosnanThe Long Good Friday
  • Robbie ColtraneFlash Gordon
  • Joan CusackMy Bodyguard
  • Willem DafoeHeaven's Gate
  • Tony DanzaThe Hollywood Knights
  • Neil DiamondThe Jazz Singer
  • Charles FleischerDie Laughing
  • Michael J. FoxMidnight Madness
  • Peter GallagherThe Idolmaker
  • Tom HanksHe Knows You're Alone
  • Linda HuntPopeye
  • William HurtAltered States
  • Timothy HuttonOrdinary People
  • Jeremy IronsNijinsky
  • Ralph MacchioUp the Academy
  • William H. MacySomewhere in Time
  • Christopher McDonaldThe Hearse
  • Cathy MoriartyRaging Bull
  • David MorseInside Moves
  • Cynthia NixonLittle Darlings
  • Catherine O'HaraDeadly Companion
  • Terry O'QuinnHeaven's Gate
  • Joe PantolianoThe Idolmaker
  • Dolly Parton9 to 5
  • Michelle PfeifferThe Hollywood Knights
  • Paul ReubensPray TV
  • Sharon StoneStardust Memories
  • David StrathairnReturn of the Secaucus 7
  • John TurturroRaging Bull
  • Dianne WiestIt's My Turn
  • Robin WilliamsPopeye
  • Bruce WillisThe First Deadly Sin
  • Sean YoungJane Austen in Manhattan

See also

  • List of American films of 1980
  • List of British films of 1980
  • List of French films of 1980
  • List of German films of the 1980s
  • List of Bollywood films of 1980
  • List of Italian films of 1980
  • List of Japanese films of 1980
  • List of Swedish films of the 1980s

Notes

References

  1. "1980 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014.

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