1984 in film

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The following is an overview of events in 1984 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths. The year's highest-grossing film was Beverly Hills Cop. Ghostbusters overtook it however, with a re-release the following year. Other popular films included The NeverEnding Story, which was the most expensive film produced in West Germany, The Karate Kid and Romancing the Stone.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

The top ten 1984 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1984[1]
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Ghostbusters Columbia Pictures $238,632,124
2. Beverly Hills Cop Paramount Pictures $234,760,478
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Paramount Pictures / Lucasfilm $179,870,271
4. Gremlins Warner Bros. $153,083,102
5. The Karate Kid Columbia Pictures $90,815,558
6. Police Academy Warner Bros. / The Ladd Company $81,198,894
7. Footloose Paramount Pictures $80,035,402
8. Romancing the Stone 20th Century Fox $78,371,200
9. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Paramount Pictures $76,572,238
10. Splash Touchstone Pictures $69,821,334



Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Amadeus
Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
Best Supporting Actor: Haing S. Ngor - The Killing Fields
Best Supporting Actress: Peggy Ashcroft - A Passage to India
Best Foreign Language Film: La diagonale du fou (Dangerous Moves), directed by Richard Dembo, Switzerland

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Amadeus
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Romancing the Stone
Best Actor: Dudley Moore - Micki & Maude
Best Actress: Kathleen Turner - Romancing the Stone
Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
Best Foreign English Language Film: A Passage to India, U.K. / U.S.A.

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Paris, Texas, directed by Wim Wenders, France / W. Germany

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok spokojnego slonca), directed by Krzysztof Zanussi,

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Love Streams, directed by John Cassavetes, United States

Notable films released in 1984[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated
























Wide-release movies[edit]






Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 20 Johnny Weissmuller 79 Mexico Actor Tarzan the Ape ManTarzan and His MateTarzan Finds a Son!Tarzan EscapesTarzan's New York AdventureTarzan's Secret TreasureTarzan and the Leopard WomanTarzan and the Huntress
29 Frances Goodrich 93 USA Writer It's a Wonderful LifeFather of the BrideFather of the Bride Part IIThe Thin ManSeven Brides for Seven BrothersThe Diary of Anne FrankAfter the Thin ManEaster Parade
February 15 Ethel Merman 76 USA Singer, Actress Airplane!It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldThere's No Business Like Show BusinessAlexander's Ragtime BandCall Me MadamRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
March 1 Jackie Coogan 69 USA Actor, Director The KidCahill U.S. MarshalMarloweA Day's PleasureThe Shakiest Gun in the WestGirl HappyMesa of Lost WomenThe Space Children
5 William Powell 91 USA Actor The Thin ManMy Man GodfreyLife with FatherManhattan MelodramaThe Great ZiegfeldMister RobertsHow to Marry a MillionaireAfter the Thin ManLibeled LadyZiegfeld FolliesOne Way PassageThe Kennel Murder CaseLove CrazyAnother Thin ManThe Senator Was IndiscreetMr. Peabody and the Mermaid
12 Arnold Ridley 88 UK Actor, Writer, Director A Man for All SeasonsCarry On GirlsDad's ArmyThe Amorous Milkman
24 Sam Jaffe 93 USA Actor Ben-HurThe Day the Earth Stood StillBedknobs and BroomsticksThe Asphalt JungleLost HorizonGentleman's AgreementGunga Din
27 Jack Donohue 75 USA Director Marriage on the RocksAssault on a Queen
27 Derek Francis 60 UK Actor JabberwockyA Christmas CarolScroogeCarry On CampingThe Tomb of LigeiaTo the Devil a DaughterCarry On DoctorCarry On AbroadCarry On MatronCarry On HenryRasputin, the Mad Monk
April 1 George Glass 73 USA Producer, Production Manager Guess Who's Coming to DinnerOne-Eyed JacksThe Men
13 Richard Hurndall 73 UK Actor I, Monster
16 Byron Haskin 84 USA Director The War of the WorldsI Walk AloneLong John SilverTreasure IslandJet Over the AtlanticConquest of SpaceFrom the Earth to the MoonRobinson Crusoe on Mars
18 Francis de Wolff 71 UK Actor From Russia with LoveCarry On CleoMoby DickThe Three MusketeersJesus of Nazareth
May 4 Diana Dors 52 UK Actress Lady Godiva Rides AgainThe Unholy WifeI Married a WomanOn the DoubleThe Last PageBerserk!HammerheadHannie CaulderTheatre of BloodThere's a Girl in My Soup
16 Andy Kaufman 35 USA Actor God Told Me ToHeartbeepsIn God We Tru$t
20 Peter Bull 72 UK Actor Dr. StrangeloveThe Africian QueenScroogeSabotageThe Lavender Hill MobOliver TwistTom JonesYellowbeardDoctor Dolittle
21 Andrea Leeds 72 UK Actor Stage DoorAnna KareninaCome and Get ItThe Bohemian GirlThe Real Glory
21 Ann Little 93 USA Actress The Roaring RoadThe Invaders
22 John Marley 76 USA Actor The GodfatherLove StoryCat BallouThe Naked CityFaces
June 15 Ned Glass 78 USA Actor North by NorthwestWest Side StoryCharadeThe War of the WorldsThe Bad and the BeautifulThe Love BugThe Fortune CookieJulius Caesar
18 Luis Moglia Barth 81 Argentine Director, Writer, Producer ¡Tango!
20 Estelle Winwood 101 UK Actress The MisfitsThe ProducersMurder by DeathDarby O'Gill and the Little PeopleCamelotDead RingerThe SwanThe Notorious Landlady
22 Joseph Losey 75 USA Director The DamnedAccidentThe Go-BetweenModesty BlaiseBoom!
July 23 Carl Foreman 69 USA Writer, Producer High NoonThe Guns of NavaroneChampionThe Bridge on the River Kwai
25 Akihiko Hirata 56 Japan Actor SanjuroGodzillaSamurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
27 James Mason 75 Switzerland Actor, Producer North by NorthwestLolitaOdd Man Out5 Fingers20,000 Leagues Under the SeaA Star Is BornBigger Than LifeAge of ConsentIsland in the SunThe Blue MaxGeorgy GirlMurder by DecreeThe Desert FoxJourney to the Center of the EarthForever, DarlingCry Terror!Pandora and the Flying DutchmanLord JimMandingoThe Mackintosh Man11 HarrowhouseCross of IronHeaven Can WaitThe Last of SheilaEvil Under the SunThe Boys from BrazilThe Verdict
August 4 Mary Miles Minter 82 USA Actress Anne of Green GablesNurse MarjorieThe Ghost of Rosy TaylorThe Eyes of Julia Deep
4 Howard Culver 66 Hong Kong Actor Halloween IIThe Bad News BearsShampooThe SwarmThe Computer Wore Tennis ShoesThe Barefoot ExecutiveThe Million Dollar Duck
5 Richard Burton 58 Switzerland Actor, Producer, Director Who Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Nineteen Eighty-FourThe Longest DayWhere Eagles DareThe ComediansCleopatraExorcist II: The HereticBecketThe Night of the IguanaThe Spy Who Came in from The ColdThe Wild GeeseStaircaseThe V.I.P.sBoom!BluebeardThe KlansmanHammersmith Is OutThe Medusa TouchDoctor FaustusThe SandpiperEquus
8 Richard Deacon 63 USA Actor The Young PhiladelphiansThe Spirit of St. LouisCarouselKiss Them for MeLady in CementInvasion of the Body Snatchers
25 Truman Capote 59 USA Writer, Actor Breakfast at Tiffany'sIn Cold BloodMurder by Death
29 Pina Menichelli 94 Italy Actress
September 14 Janet Gaynor 77 USA Actress A Star Is Born7th HeavenStreet Angel
17 Richard Basehart 70 USA Actor, Director Being ThereLa StradaMoby DickBattle of the BulgeThe Brothers KaramazovFourteen HoursHe Walked by NightChato's Land
25 Walter Pidgeon 87 USA Actor Forbidden PlanetHow Green Was My ValleyMrs. MiniverThe Bad and the BeautifulMan HuntQuo VadisExecutive SuiteAdvise and ConsentFunny Girl
October 10 Leonard Rossiter 57 UK Actor 2001: A Space OdysseyBarry LyndonOliver!The Pink Panther Strikes AgainThis Sporting LifeBilly LairKing RatThe Wrong Box
10 Joan Young 84 UK Actress Suddenly, Last SummerThe Fallen IdolThe Inn of the Sixth HappinessBlood from the Mummy's TombCarry On Constable
21 François Truffaut 52 France Director, Producer, Actor The 400 BlowsJules and JimShoot the Piano PlayerDay for NightThe Man Who Loved WomenThe Last MetroClose Encounters of the Third Kind
23 Oskar Werner 61 Germany Actor, Writer Fahrenheit 451Jules and JimShip of FoolsThe Shoes of the FishermanThe Spy Who Came in from the ColdVoyage of the Damned
25 Pascale Ogier 25 France Actress, Production Manager Full Moon in Paris
26 Noel Howlett 81 UK Actor Lawrence of ArabiaScroogeLust for LifeQuatermass and the PittMurder at the GallopVictimThe Kiss of the VampireWoman of StrawThe Scapegoat
November 1 Norman Krasna 74 USA Screenwriter, Director Who Was That Lady?Sunday in New YorkMy GeishaWhite ChristmasIndiscreetLet's Make LoveThe Lusty MenThe Big HangoverPrincess O'RourkeMr. & Mrs. Smith
20 Peter Welch 62 UK Actor The Admirable CrichtonThe Secret PartnerThe Silent EnemyThe Two-Headed SpyThe Long Arm
December 2 Patty Elder 48 USA Stuntman, Actor Diamonds Are ForeverWhat's Up, Doc?The Sugarland ExpressEarthquakePaint Your WagonYours, Mine and Ours
3 Charles R. Davis 47 USA Art Director, Production Designer Bustin' Loose
8 Luther Adler 81 USA Actor House of StrangersD.O.A.Absence of MaliceThe Desert Fox: The Story of RommelMHoodlum EmpireCrazy JoeWake of the Red WitchVoyage of the Damned
24 Ian Hendry 53 UK Actor RepulsionGet CarterDamien: Omen IIThe PassengerThe HillTheatre of BloodTales from the CryptSink the Bismarck!
24 Peter Lawford 61 USA Actor, Producer The Longest DayOcean's 11Mrs. MiniverGood NewsMy Brother Talks to HorsesExodusEaster ParadeRoyal WeddingSergeants 3Salt and PepperHarlowBuona Sera, Mrs. CampbellAdvise and Consent
24 Harry Waxman 72 UK Cinematographer The Wicker ManThe Pink Panther Strikes AgainSwiss Family RobinsonBrighton RockThe NannyThe Day the Earth Caught FireVampyres
28 Sam Peckinpah 59 USA Director, Producer The Wild BunchStraw DogsBring Me the Head of Alfredo GarciaJunior BonnerPat Garrett and Billy the KidThe GetawayRide the High CountryConvoyThe Osterman Weekend

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1984 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 

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