List of American films of 1984

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A list of American films released in 1984.
Amadeus won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The highest grossing film of 1984 was Beverly Hills Cop.

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
2010 Peter Hyams Roy Scheider, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban, Dana Elcar Science fiction sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai W. D. Richter Peter Weller, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum Science fiction 20th Century Fox
Against All Odds Taylor Hackford Jeff Bridges, Rachel Ward, James Woods, Richard Widmark, Dorian Harewood, Alex Karras, Jane Greer Drama remake of Out of the Past
All of Me Carl Reiner Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Dana Elcar Comedy Columbia
Alley Cat Victor M. Ordonez Karin Mani, Robert Torti Action
Amadeus Miloš Forman Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones Biography bio of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; won 8 Oscars
The Ambassador J. Lee Thompson Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn, Donald Pleasence, Rock Hudson Thriller Cannon Group
American Dreamer Rick Rosenthal Tom Conti, JoBeth Williams, Giancarlo Giannini Comedy Warner Bros.
Angel Robert Vincent O'Neill Donna Wilkes, Dick Shawn, Susan Tyrrell Action New World Pictures
Bachelor Party Neal Israel Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Adrian Zmed Comedy 20th Century Fox
Bad Manners Bobby Houston Martin Mull, Karen Black Comedy
Beat Street Stan Lathan Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis Drama, Music
Before Stonewall Greta Schiller Documentary
Best Defense Willard Huyck Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy, Kate Capshaw, George Dzundza Comedy Paramount
Beverly Hills Cop Martin Brest Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Bronson Pinchot, Ronny Cox Comedy 1984 top-grossing film
Birdy Alan Parker Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage Drama based on William Wharton novel
Blame It on Rio Stanley Donen Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna, Michelle Johnson, Demi Moore, Valerie Harper Comedy Donen's final film
Blind Date Nico Mastorakis Kirstie Alley, Joseph Bottoms, Keir Dullea Thriller New Line Cinema
Blood Simple Joel Coen, Ethan Coen John Getz, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams Suspense first film from Coen brothers
Body Double Brian De Palma Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton Suspense Columbia
Body Rock Marcelo Epstein Lorenzo Lamas, Ray Sharkey Musical
Bolero John Derek Bo Derek, George Kennedy, Olivia d'Abo, Andrea Occhipinti Drama won 6 Razzie awards
The Bostonians James Ivory Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Tandy Drama based on Henry James novel
The Bounty Roger Donaldson Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Laurence Olivier Drama remake of Mutiny on the Bounty
Breakin' Joel Silberg Lucinda Dickey, Christopher McDonald, Ice-T Musical
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Sam Firstenberg Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo Quinones, Ice-T Musical sequel
Broadway Danny Rose Woody Allen Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, Nick Apollo Forte Comedy, Drama Orion
The Brother from Another Planet John Sayles Joe Morton, Steve James Comedy Cinecom
The Buddy System Glenn A. Jordan Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Nancy Allen, Jean Stapleton Comedy 20th Century Fox

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
C.H.U.D. Douglas Cheek John Heard, Daniel Stern Horror, Science fiction
Cannonball Run II Hal Needham Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis, Jr., Marilu Henner, Jackie Chan, Telly Savalas, Frank Sinatra Comedy sequel to The Cannonball Run
Children of the Corn Fritz Kiersch Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton Horror first in series
Choose Me Alan Rudolph Keith Carradine, Lesley Ann Warren, Geneviève Bujold, Rae Dawn Chong Drama
City Heat Richard Benjamin Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn, Richard Roundtree, Jane Alexander, Rip Torn Crime comedy Warner Bros.
Cloak & Dagger Richard Franklin Dabney Coleman, Henry Thomas Adventure, Family
Conan the Destroyer Richard Fleischer Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Olivia d'Abo, Mako Action, Fantasy sequel to Conan the Barbarian
The Cotton Club Francis Ford Coppola Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, James Remar, Nicolas Cage, Maurice Hines, Fred Gwynne, Gwen Verdon Drama, Musical based on famed Harlem, New York club
Country Richard Pearce Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley Drama
Crackers Louis Malle Donald Sutherland, Jack Warden, Sean Penn Crime comedy
Crimes of Passion Ken Russell Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins Drama New World Pictures
Dreamscape Joseph Ruben Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer, Kate Capshaw, Max von Sydow, David Patrick Kelly Science fiction
Dune David Lynch Kyle MacLachlan, Sting, Sean Young, Kenneth McMillan, Francesca Annis, José Ferrer, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt, Virginia Madsen Science fiction based on the novel by Frank Herbert
Electric Dreams Steve Barron Lenny Von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen Comedy
The Evil That Men Do J. Lee Thompson Charles Bronson, José Ferrer Action Tri-Star
Falling in Love Ulu Grosbard Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel Romance Paramount
Fear City Abel Ferrara Tom Berenger, Billy Dee Williams, Melanie Griffith Action
Finders Keepers Richard Lester Michael O'Keefe, Louis Gossett, Jr., Beverly D'Angelo Comedy
Firestarter Mark L. Lester Drew Barrymore, David Keith, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear, Louise Fletcher Thriller based on a story by Stephen King
Firstborn Michael Apted Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Corey Haim Drama
The Flamingo Kid Garry Marshall Matt Dillon, Richard Crenna, Héctor Elizondo Comedy 20th Century Fox
Flashpoint William Tannen Kris Kristofferson, Treat Williams Action
Footloose Herbert Ross Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn Drama, Musical remade in 2011
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Joseph Zito Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Kimberly Beck Horror sequel
Gallavants Art Vitello Robert Lydiard, Vic Perrin, Peter Cullen Animation
Garbo Talks Sidney Lumet Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Carrie Fisher Drama United Artists
Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts Science fiction, Comedy Columbia; first of series
Gimme an 'F' Paul Justman Stephen Shellen, Jennifer Cooke, Beth Miller Comedy
Girls Nite Out Robert Deubel Julia Montgomery, Rutanya Alda Horror
Grandview, U.S.A. Randal Kleiser Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Troy Donahue, Carole Cook Drama Paramount
Gremlins Joe Dante Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton Comedy, Horror sequel in 1990

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Hard to Hold Larry Peerce Rick Springfield, Patti Hansen, Albert Salmi Musical Universal
Harry & Son Paul Newman Paul Newman, Robby Benson, Ellen Barkin, Judith Ivey, Ossie Davis, Joanne Woodward Drama Orion
Heartbreakers Bobby Roth Peter Coyote, Nick Mancuso, Kathryn Harrold, Max Gail, Carol Wayne Drama Orion
Hot Dog... The Movie Peter Markle David Naughton, Shannon Tweed Comedy
The Hotel New Hampshire Tony Richardson Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, Rob Lowe, Nastassja Kinski, Anita Morris, Matthew Modine Comedy, drama based on a novel by John Irving
The Ice Pirates Stewart Raffill Robert Urich, Mary Crosby, Anjelica Huston Sci-fi MGM
Iceman Fred Schepisi Timothy Hutton, John Lone, Lindsay Crouse Sci-fi
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Steven Spielberg Harrison Ford, Jonathan Ke Quan, Kate Capshaw Action sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark
Irreconcilable Differences Charles Shyer Ryan O'Neal, Drew Barrymore, Shelley Long Comedy
The Jesse Owens Story Richard Irving Dorian Harewood, Dan Ammerman Biography
Johnny Dangerously Amy Heckerling Michael Keaton, Marilu Henner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Piscopo, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle Comedy 20th Century Fox
Just the Way You Are Édouard Molinaro Kristy McNichol, Michael Ontkean Comedy
The Karate Kid John G. Avildsen Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka, Martin Kove Drama 2 sequels plus 2010 remake
Killpoint Frank Harris Richard Roundtree, Leo Fong, Cameron Mitchell Action
Lace William Hale Phoebe Cates, Angela Lansbury, Brooke Adams, Bess Armstrong, Anthony Quayle, Herbert Lom Drama TV mini-series; based on Shirley Conran novel
Lassiter Roger Young Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Lauren Hutton Adventure
The Last Starfighter Nick Castle Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Dan O'Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart Science fiction Lorimar
The Little Drummer Girl George Roy Hill Diane Keaton, Klaus Kinski, Sami Frey Thriller based on a novel by John le Carré
The Lonely Guy Arthur Hiller Steve Martin, Judith Ivey, Charles Grodin Comedy
Love Letters Amy Holden Jones Jamie Lee Curtis, James Keach, Bonnie Bartlett Thriller New World Pictures
Love Streams John Cassavetes Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes Drama
Making the Grade Dorian Walker Judd Nelson, Gordon Jump Comedy
Maria's Lovers Andrei Konchalovsky Nastassja Kinski, John Savage, Robert Mitchum Drama Cannon Group
Mass Appeal Glenn Jordan Jack Lemmon, Željko Ivanek, Charles Durning Drama based on play
Meatballs Part II Ken Weiderhorn Richard Mulligan, Kim Richards Comedy sequel to Meatballs
Micki and Maude Blake Edwards Dudley Moore, Ann Reinking, Amy Irving Comedy Columbia
Mike's Murder James Bridges Debra Winger, Mark Keyloun Drama Warner Bros.
Missing in Action Joseph Zito Chuck Norris, James Hong, M. Emmet Walsh Action
Moscow on the Hudson Paul Mazursky Robin Williams, María Conchita Alonso Comedy Columbia
Mrs. Soffel Gillian Armstrong Diane Keaton, Mel Gibson, Edward Herrmann, Matthew Modine Drama MGM
The Muppets Take Manhattan Frank Oz Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz Family

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Naked Face Bryan Forbes Roger Moore, Rod Steiger, Elliott Gould, Anne Archer, David Hedison, Art Carney Mystery based on a novel by Sidney Sheldon
National Lampoon's Joy of Sex Martha Coolidge Cameron Dye, Colleen Camp, Ernie Hudson Comedy
The Natural Barry Levinson Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Richard Farnsworth, Robert Prosky, Barbara Hershey, Darren McGavin Drama based on a novel by Bernard Malamud
The NeverEnding Story Wolfgang Petersen Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Gerald McRaney Fantasy
Night Patrol Jackie Kong Linda Blair, Murray Langston, Pat Paulsen Comedy
Night of the Comet Thom Eberhardt Catherine Mary Stewart, Geoffrey Lewis Sci-fi
A Nightmare on Elm Street Wes Craven Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Johnny Depp Horror first of series
Ninja III: The Domination Sam Firstenberg Sho Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey Action
No Small Affair Jerry Schatzberg Jon Cryer, Demi Moore, George Wendt Comedy
Not for Publication Paul Bartel Nancy Allen, David Naughton Comedy
Nothing Lasts Forever Tom Schiller Zach Galligan, Lauren Tom, Bill Murray Comedy not released in theaters or on DVD
Old Enough Marisa Silver Sarah Boyd, Rainbow Harvest, Danny Aiello Teen
Once Upon a Time in America Sergio Leone Robert De Niro, James Woods, Tuesday Weld, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Jennifer Connelly, Treat Williams, William Forsythe, Danny Aiello Drama winner of 2 BAFTA awards; Leone's last film
Over the Brooklyn Bridge Menahem Golan Elliott Gould, Shelley Winters, Margaux Hemingway, Burt Young, Carol Kane, Sid Caesar Comedy
Oxford Blues Robert Boris Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Julian Sands Comedy remake of A Yank at Oxford
Paris, Texas Wim Wenders Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell Drama won Palme d'Or at Cannes Festival
A Passage to India David Lean Judy Davis, Peggy Ashcroft, Alec Guinness Drama based on a novel by E. M. Forster; Lean's last film; won 2 Oscars
The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak Just Jaeckin Tawny Kitaen, Brent Huff Action
The Philadelphia Experiment Stewart Raffill Michael Paré, Nancy Allen Sci-fi
Places in the Heart Robert Benton Sally Field, John Malkovich, Danny Glover, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan Drama Oscars for Field and screenplay
Police Academy Hugh Wilson Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, G. W. Bailey, Bubba Smith, George Gaynes, Leslie Easterbrook, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Donovan Scott Comedy first of series
The Pope of Greenwich Village Stuart Rosenberg Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Kenneth McMillan, Geraldine Page, M. Emmet Walsh, Burt Young Crime drama based on a novel by Vincent Patrick
Protocol Herbert Ross Goldie Hawn, Andre Gregory, Chris Sarandon Comedy
Purple Hearts Sidney J. Furie Ken Wahl, Cheryl Ladd War drama
Purple Rain Albert Magnoli Prince, Morris Day, Apollonia Kotero Drama Academy Award for Musical Score
Racing with the Moon Richard Benjamin Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Elizabeth McGovern Drama
The Razor's Edge John Byrum Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Catherine Hicks, Denholm Elliott, Brian Doyle-Murray, James Keach Drama based on a novel by Somerset Maugham
Reckless James Foley Aidan Quinn, Daryl Hannah, Cliff De Young Romance
Red Dawn John Milius Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Grey, Harry Dean Stanton, Powers Boothe, Ben Johnson Action remade in 2012
Repo Man Alex Cox Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton, Tracey Walter Comedy
Revenge of the Nerds Jeff Kanew Anthony Edwards, Robert Carradine, Timothy Busfield, Curtis Armstrong Comedy 3 sequels
Rhinestone Bob Clark Sylvester Stallone, Dolly Parton, Ron Leibman, Tim Thomerson, Richard Farnsworth Musical comedy 8 Razzie nominations
The River Mark Rydell Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn Drama 4 Oscar nominations
Roadhouse 66 John Mark Robinson Willem Dafoe, Judge Reinhold Action
Romancing the Stone Robert Zemeckis Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito Comedy followed by The Jewel of the Nile
The Rosebud Beach Hotel Harry Hurwitz Colleen Camp, Peter Scolari, Christopher Lee Comedy
Runaway Michael Crichton Tom Selleck, Gene Simmons, Cynthia Rhodes Sci-fi
Savage Streets Danny Steinmann Linda Blair, John Vernon Action
Secret Honor Robert Altman Philip Baker Hall Drama 1-character story (Richard Nixon)
Sheena John Guillermin Tanya Roberts, Ted Wass, Donovan Scott Adventure based on comic-book character
Silent Night, Deadly Night Charles E. Sellier, Jr. Lilyan Chauvin, Robert Brian Wilson, Linnea Quigley Horror
Sixteen Candles John Hughes Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Justin Henry, Gedde Watanabe, Blanche Baker, Haviland Morris, Paul Dooley Comedy
A Soldier's Story Norman Jewison Howard Rollins, Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington Drama based on a play by Charles Fuller
Songwriter Alan Rudolph Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Melinda Dillon Drama
Splash Ron Howard Daryl Hannah, Tom Hanks, John Candy, Eugene Levy Comedy
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Leonard Nimoy William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei Science fiction 2nd sequel to Star Trek
Starman John Carpenter Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith Science fiction inspired TV series
Stop Making Sense Jonathan Demme Talking Heads Documentary
Stranger Than Paradise Jim Jarmusch John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson Comedy
Streets of Fire Walter Hill Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan, Willem Dafoe Action
Suburbia Penelope Spheeris Jennifer Clay, Flea, Christina Beck Comedy
Supergirl Jeannot Szwarc Helen Slater, Peter O'Toole, Faye Dunaway Superhero based on character from DC Comics
Surf II Randall M. Badat Eddie Deezen, Cleavon Little, Eric Stoltz Comedy
Swing Shift Jonathan Demme Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Ed Harris Drama

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Tank Marvin J. Chomsky James Garner, C. Thomas Howell, Shirley Jones Drama Lorimar
Teachers Arthur Hiller Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch, Ralph Macchio, Lee Grant Drama United Artists
The Terminator James Cameron Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Winfield Science fiction first of series
Terror in the Aisles Andrew J. Kuehn Donald Pleasence, Nancy Allen Documentary on horror films
Thief of Hearts Douglas Day Stewart Steven Bauer, Barbara Williams Drama
This Is Spinal Tap Rob Reiner Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer Comedy Embassy Pictures
Tightrope Richard Tuggle Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Hedaya Thriller Warner Bros.
Top Secret! Jim Abrahams, David Zucker Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif Comedy Paramount
Under the Volcano John Huston Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset Drama based on Malcolm Lowry novel
Unfaithfully Yours Howard Zieff Dudley Moore, Nastassja Kinski, Armand Assante, Albert Brooks Comedy remake of 1948 film
Until September Richard Marquand Karen Allen, Thierry Lhermitte Romance
Up the Creek Robert Butler Tim Matheson, Jennifer Runyon Comedy Orion
The Warrior and the Sorceress John C. Broderick David Carradine, Maria Socas Action, Fantasy
Where the Boys Are '84 Hy Averback Lisa Hartman, Lorna Luft, Wendy Schaal, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Russell Todd, Alana Stewart Comedy remake of 1960 film
Where the Toys Come From Theodore Thomas Animation
The Wild Life Art Linson Chris Penn, Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson, Rick Moranis, Ilan Mitchell-Smith Comedy Universal
The Woman in Red Gene Wilder Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Joseph Bologna, Charles Grodin, Kelly LeBrock Comedy Academy Award for Best Song

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