1980 in film

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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.)[edit]

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

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



Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Ordinary People
Best Director: Robert Redford - Ordinary People
Best Actor: Robert De Niro - Raging Bull
Best Actress: Sissy Spacek - Coal Miner's Daughter
Best Supporting Actor: Timothy Hutton - Ordinary People
Best Supporting Actress: Mary Steenburgen - Melvin and Howard
Best Foreign Language Film: Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (Москва Слезам Не Верит), directed by Vladimir Menshov, USSR

Golden Globe Awards:

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
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 Greenwald - Xanadu
Worst Actor: Neil Diamond - The Jazz Singer
Worst Actress: Brooke Shields - The Blue Lagoon
Worst Supporting Actor: John Adames - Gloria; Laurence Olivier - The Jazz Singer
Worst Supporting Actress: Amy Irving - Honeysuckle 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[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

























1980 Wide-release movies[edit]






Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 17 Barbara Britton 60 USA Actress The VirginianCaptain KiddThe SpoilersChampagne for CaesarAlbuquerqueGunfightersCover UpI Shot Jesse James
24 Lil Dagover 92 Germany Actress, Soundtrack The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariDestinyThe Buddenbrooks
29 Jimmy Durante 86 USA Soundtrack, Actor It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldFrosty the SnowmanThe Man Who Came to DinnerPalookaBilly Rose's JumboYou're in the Army NowOn an Island with YouIt Happened in Brooklyn
February 4 David Whitaker 52 UK Writer City in the SeaDaleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
9 Renée Houston 77 UK Actress, Writer RepulsionThe Horse's MouthCul-de-sacA Town Like AliceCarry on at Your ConvenienceCarry on SpyingThe Belles of St. Trinian's
13 David Janssen 48 USA Actor The Green BeretsShoes of the FishermanTo Hell and BackTwo-Minute WarningOnce Is Not EnoughMaroonedWarning Shot
27 George Tobias 78 USA Actor The Glenn Miller StoryYankee Doodle DandySergeant YorkSilk StockingsNobody Lives ForeverRawhideThe Set-UpPassage to MarseilleThe Seven Little FoysMarjorie Morningstar
March 5 Jay Silverheels 67 USA Actor True GritThe Lone Ranger and the Lost City of GoldThe Legend of the Lone RangerYellow SkyKey LargoThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre
28 Dick Haymes 61 USA Actor, Soundtrack Mutiny on the BountyState FairOne Touch of VenusCruisin' Down the River
April 10 Kay Medford 65 USA Actress Funny GirlA Face in the CrowdEnsign PulverThe Rat RaceA Fine MadnessBUtterfield 8Angel in My PocketThe Busy Body
16 Harry Hutchinson 87 Ireland Actor Blowup
19 Tony Beckley 52 USA Actor The Italian JobGet CarterGoldRevenge of the Pink Panther
29 Alfred Hitchcock 80 USA Director, Producer, Actor PsychoRear WindowVertigoNorth by NorthwestTorn CurtainThe BirdsSuspicionNotoriousRopeStrangers on a TrainTo Catch a ThiefThe Man Who Knew Too MuchSpellboundRebeccaSaboteurThe 39 StepsThe Lady VanishesLifeboatForeign CorrespondentI ConfessShadow of a DoubtDial M for MurderThe Wrong ManThe Trouble with HarryMarnieTopazFrenzyFamily Plot
May 1 Henry Levin 70 USA Director Murderers' RowThe AmbushersApril LoveJourney to the Center of the EarthConvictedJolson Sings AgainWhere the Boys Are
2 George Pal 72 Hungary Producer War of the WorldsThe Time Machine
12 Lillian Roth 69 USA Actress, Writer Animal Crackers
14 Hugh Griffith 67 Wales Actor Ben-HurStart the Revolution Without MeThe Counterfeit TraitorTom JonesOliver!
July 6 Gail Patrick 69 USA Producer, Actress My Man GodfreyMy Favorite WifeStage DoorBrewster's Millions
7 Reginald Gardiner 77 UK Actor The Great DictatorThe Man Who Came to DinnerChristmas in ConnecticutA Damsel in DistressMr. Hobbs Takes a VacationDo Not DisturbRock-A-Bye BabyWhat a Way to Go!
24 Peter Sellers 54 UK Actor Dr. StrangeloveLolitaBeing ThereThe Pink PantherCasino RoyaleMurder by DeathThe World of Henry OrientThe Pink Panther Strikes AgainThe PartyThe Wrong Arm of the LawThe Wrong BoxAfter the FoxI'm All Right JackThe LadykillersI Love You, Alice B. ToklasWhat's New Pussycat?A Shot in the DarkThe Mouse That RoaredThe BoboThere's a Girl in My SoupThe Prisoner of ZendaThe Return of the Pink PantherRevenge of the Pink Panther
30 Charles McGraw 66 USA Actor The Narrow MarginSpartacusRoadblockArmored Car RobberyThe BirdsCimarronHang 'Em HighLoopholeThe Defiant OnesThe Killers
31 Bobby Van 51 USA Actor, Soundtrack Kiss Me KateLost HorizonSmall Town GirlThe Affairs of Dobie Gillis
August 1 Strother Martin 61 USA Actor The Wild BunchButch Cassidy and the Sundance KidTrue GritCool Hand LukeUp in SmokeHarperThe Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceFools' ParadeThe Horse SoldiersPocket MoneyHard TimesSlap Shot
7 Norman Atkyns 74 UK Actor Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
14 Dorothy Stratten 20 USA Actress GalaxinaThey All Laughed
25 Gower Champion 59 USA Actor, Director, Soundtrack Show BoatTill the Clouds Roll ByWords and Music
September 24 Theodor Luts 84 Brazil Cinematographer, Director The Substitute Wife
25 Lewis Milestone 84 Russia Director All Quiet on the Western FrontOcean's 11Of Mice and MenMutiny on the Bounty
October 6 Hattie Jacques 58 UK Actress ScroogeOliver TwistGreen for Danger
28 Leon Janney 63 Mexico Actor Charly
November 7 Steve McQueen 50 Mexico Actor, Producer The Great EscapePapillonThe Magnificent SevenBullittThe Cincinnati KidThe Towering InfernoSoldier in the RainThe GetawayLeMansThe BlobThe Thomas Crown AffairThe Sand PebblesLove with the Proper StrangerThe Honeymoon MachineNever So FewThe ReiversNevada SmithJunior BonnerTom HornThe Hunter
15 Bill Lee 64 USA Actor, Soundtrack Mary PoppinsAlice in Wonderland
22 Mae West 87 USA Actress, Writer She Done Him WrongI'm No AngelMy Little ChickadeeKlondike AnnieGo West, Young ManMyra BreckinridgeSextette
24 George Raft 79 USA Actor Some Like It HotScarfaceThey Drive by NightOcean's ElevenAround the World in 80 DaysEach Dawn I DieManpower
26 Rachel Roberts 53 USA Actress Murder on the Orient ExpressPicnic at Hanging RockSaturday Night and Sunday MorningThis Sporting Life
December 8 John Lennon 40 USA Soundtrack, Director, Producer A Hard Day's NightHow I Won the WarHelp!
16 Peter Collinson 44 USA Director, Producer, Writer The Italian JobAnd Then There Were NoneThe EarthlingFrightStraight On till Morning
18 Gabrielle Robinne 94 France Actress The Assassination of the Duke of Guise
28 Sam Levene 75 USA Actor Sweet Smell of SuccessBrute ForceThe KillersThe Mad Miss MantonCrossfireThe Purple Heart...And Justice for All
31 Raoul Walsh 93 USA Director, Writer, Actor White HeatHigh SierraThe Roaring TwentiesThey Drive By NightThey Died with Their Boots OnThe Big TrailManpowerDark CommandThe Tall MenSadie ThompsonBirth of a Nation

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]


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