The Elephant Man: A deformed man is treated like an animal until a doctor finds him.  1980

Coal Miner's Daughter: an impoverished young woman becomes a country music star.  Best actress, 1980

Raiders of the Lost Ark: An archeologist must find the Ark before the Nazis do1981, George Lucas & Steven Spielberg, AFI's 100 Best Films. 

Chariots of Fire: An Olympic runner faces challenges.  Best picture, 3 other Academy Awards; 1981; British 

Das Boot: A German submarine goes on a mission in World War II.  1982 in German. 

Terms of Endearment 1983 5 Academy Awards, 11 nominations  PG

Tootsie: A desperate actor pretends he's a woman in order to land a job.  1982.  AFI's 100 Best Films

Gandhi: A biography of the great civil rights leader.  1982 Attenborough Best Picture

Amadeus: A biography of the zany musician and the competitor that may have murdered him.  1984.  AFI's 100 Best Films. 

Places in the Heart: a woman strives to keep her cotton farm in spite of racism.  best actress, 1984

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Dir: Steven Spielberg, starring:  Dee Wallace Stone, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore,  GG Best Picture, AFI's 100 Best Pictures,

On Golden Pond 1981 3 Academy Awards, 10 nominations PG

Reds 1981, 3 Academy Awards, 12 nominations PG13  194 minutes

Award-Winning Films 1980-1985
1980 Ordinary People 4 Academy Awards, 6 nominations Rated R
1980 Tess 3 Academy Awards, 6 nominations  PG
1980 Raging Bull 2 Academy Awards, 8 nominations Rated R
1980
Fame 2 Academy Awards, 6 nominations Rated R
1980 Melvin and Howard 2 Academy Awards, 3 nominations Rated R
1980
The Empire Strikes Back 1 Academy Award, 3 nominations
1980 Coal Miner's Daughter 1 Academy Award, 7 nominations
1980 The Dollar Bottom 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1980 The Fly  1 Academy Award, 1 nominations Rated R
1980 From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1980
Karl Hess: Toward Liberty 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1980
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations

1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark 4 Academy Awards, 8 nominations
1981
Chariots of Fire 4 Academy Awards, 7 nominations
1981
Reds 3 Academy Awards, 12 nominations PG13 
1981
On Golden Pond 3 Academy Awards, 10 nominations PG
1981 Arthur 2 Academy Awards, 4 nominations PG13
1981 An American Werewolf in London 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations Rated R
1981 Close Harmony 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1981
Crac 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1981
Genocide 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1981
Mephisto 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1981
Violet 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations

1982 Gandhi 8 Academy Awards, 11 nominations
1982
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 4 Academy Awards, 9 nominations
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman 2 Academy Awards, 6 nominations Rated R
1982 Tootsie 1 Academy Award, 10 nominations PG
1982 Just Another Missing Kid 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1982 Victor Victoria 1 Academy Award, 7 nominations PG
1982 Sophie's Choice 1 Academy Award, 5 nominations  Rated R
1982 Missing 1 Academy Award, 4 nominations
1982
If You Love This Planet 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1982
Quest for Fire 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1982
A Shocking Accident 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1982
Tango 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1982
To Begin Again 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations

1983 Terms of Endearment 5 Academy Awards, 11 nominations  PG
1983 The Right Stuff 4 Academy Awards, 8 nominations Rated R
1983
Fanny & Alexander 4 Academy Awards, 6 nominations Rated R
1983 Tender Mercies 2 Academy Awards, 5 nominations PG
1983
Yentl 1 Academy Award, 5 nominations PG
1983 Flashdance 1 Academy Award, 4 nominations  Rated R
1983 Boys and Girls 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1983
Flamenco at 5:15 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1983
He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1983
Sundae in New York 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1983
The Year of Living Dangerously 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1983
Return of the Jedi 0 Academy Awards, 4 nominations

1984 Amadeus 8 Academy Awards, 11 nominations PG
1984 The Killing Fields 3 Academy Awards, 7 nominations  Rated R
1984 A Passage to India 2 Academy Awards, 11 nominations PG
1984
Places in the Heart 2 Academy Awards, 7 nominations PG
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1 Academy Award, 2 nominations PG
1984
Charade 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1984
Dangerous Moves  1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1984 Purple Rain 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations Rated R
1984 The Stone Carvers 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1984
The Times of Harvey Milk 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1984
Up 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations
1984
The Woman in Red 1 Academy Award, 1 nominations