1984 Drama Movies

The Karate Kid (1984)

The Karate Kid

  • 90%
  • PG
  • 126 min
  • Action

In John G. Avildsen's THE KARATE KID, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and his mother (Randee Heller) move from New Jersey to Southern California, where he's not too keen about his new home--until he meets Ali (Elizabeth Shue), an attractive girl who seems to like him. But trouble looms when Ali's ex-boyfriend (William Zabka) and his gang of ruffians start tormenting Daniel. One day, as Daniel is suffering a beating at the hands of these louts, Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), an elderly Japanese...

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Once Upon a Time in America

  • 89%
  • R
  • 229 min
  • Crime

This Mafia film is the greatest and last work from Italian director Sergio Leone. Taking place in 1920 to 1960 America the film follows a group Jewish gangsters from childhood into their glory years of the prohibition and as they reunite in their later years.

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

The NeverEnding Story

  • 81%
  • PG
  • 102 min
  • Adventure

When young Bastian borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, he never dreamed turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails, hang-glider bats, soaring luckdragons, puckish elves, a Childlike Empress, the brave warrior Atreyu and a slab-faced walking quarry called a Rock Biter.

Follow The NeverEnding Story to the limits of the imagination, thanks to director/co-writer Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm) and a superstar team of technical tinkerers and...

Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus

  • 96%
  • PG
  • 160 min
  • Biography

Antonio Salieri believes that Mozart's music is divine. He wishes he was himself as good a musician as Mozart so that he can praise the Lord through composing. But he can't understand why God favored Mozart, such a vulgar creature, to be his instrument. Salieri's envy has made him an enemy of God whose greatness was evident in Mozart. He is set to take revenge.

Red Dawn (1984)

Red Dawn

  • 53%
  • PG-13
  • 114 min
  • Action

It is the mid-1980s. From out of the sky, Soviet & Cuban troops begin landing on the football field of a Colorado high school. In seconds, the paratroops have attacked the school & sent a group of teenagers fleeing into the mountains. Armed only with hunting rifles, pistols & bows and arrows, the teens struggles to survive the bitter winter & Soviet KGB patrols hunting for them. Eventually trouble arises when they kill a group of Soviet soldiers on patrol in the highlands. Soon, they will wage...

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • R
    • 113 min
    • Drama

    George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

    Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

    Beverly Hills Cop

    • 83%
    • R
    • 105 min
    • Action

    Detroit cop, Axel Foley, having recently watched his good friend die in front of him, heads to Beverly Hills to uncover the reason for his friend's murder. Axel slyly gains the cooperation of the Beverly Hills police department, specifically Taggart and Rosewood - two reluctant detectives, as he goes after Victor Maitland, the drug kingpin who had Foley's friend killed.

    Footloose (1984)

    Footloose

    • 56%
    • PG
    • 107 min
    • Drama

    Classic tale of teen rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren (Kevin Bacon) and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. There is one small pleasure, however: Ariel (Lori Singer), a troubled but...

    Streets of Fire (1984)

    Streets of Fire

    • 60%
    • PG
    • 93 min
    • Action

    Michael Paré plays a biker who agrees to rescue his ex-girlfriend (a rocker played by Diane Lane) from kidnappers (led by Willem Dafoe). The ensuing battle against a nocturnal background of industrial blight, chrome, and loud music is like some fever dream of a Springsteen fan who listened to the song "Born to Run" far too often. The audacity of the film carries it a long way even after it becomes clear that Hill's experiment is crumbling under its own weight. Dafoe, who looked even spookier...

    Paris, Texas (1984)

    Paris, Texas

    • 100%
    • R
    • 147 min
    • Drama

    A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.

    The Natural (1984)

    The Natural

    • 82%
    • PG
    • 134 min
    • Drama

    An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman.

    Bolero (1984)

    Bolero

      • R
      • 105 min
      • Drama

      The movie follows the tale of a young woman's sexual awakening and subsequent journey around the world in pursuit of her ideal lover.

      Body Double (1984)

      Body Double

      • 79%
      • R
      • 114 min
      • Crime

      Jake comes home to find his girlfriend with another man and has to find a new place. In between his acting workshops and his job in a vampire B-movie, he scans the paper looking for anything. He happens to meet a fellow actor who needs a house sitter. Both are pleased with the arrangement that will have Jake staying in the house and for a sweetener, Frank shows him his 'favorite neighbor', a well built woman who strips with her window open each night. Jake becomes obsessed with meeting her and...

      Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984)

      Kaze no tani no Naushika

        • PG
        • 117 min
        • Animation

        Nausicaä, a gentle young princess, has an empathetic bond with the giant mutated insects that evolved in the wake of the destruction of the ecosystem. Traveling by cumbersome flying ship, on the backs of giant birds, and perched atop her beloved glider, Nausicaä and her allies must negotiate peace between kingdoms battling over the last of the world's precious natural resources.

        The Bounty (1984)

        The Bounty

        • 81%
        • PG
        • 132 min
        • Action

        The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists safely to East Timor in a tiny lifeboat.

        The Killing Fields (1984)

        The Killing Fields

        • 91%
        • R
        • 141 min
        • Drama

        The Killing Fields tells the real life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which lead to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by the intervening Vietnamese in 1979.

        Against All Odds (1984)

        Against All Odds

        • 67%
        • R
        • 128 min
        • Action

        She was a beautiful fugitive. Fleeing from corruption. From power. He was a professional athlete past his prime. Hired to find her, he grew to love her. Love turned to obsession. Obsession turned to murder. And now the price of freedom might be nothing less than their lives.

        Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

        Stranger Than Paradise

        • 95%
        • R
        • 89 min
        • Comedy

        Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent...

        Starman (1984)

        Starman

        • 79%
        • PG
        • 115 min
        • Adventure

        An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

        Purple Rain (1984)

        Purple Rain

        • 74%
        • R
        • 111 min
        • Drama

        A young man with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs. A complicated tale of his repeating his father's self destructive behavior, losing Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and his coming to grips with his own connection to other people ensues.