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.)

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

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



Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Ordinary People
Best Director: Robert Redford - Ordinary People
Best Actor: Robert De NiroRaging Bull
Best Actress: Sissy SpacekCoal Miner's Daughter
Best Supporting Actor: Timothy HuttonOrdinary People
Best Supporting Actress: Mary SteenburgenMelvin 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 GreenwaldXanadu
Worst Actor: Neil DiamondThe Jazz Singer
Worst Actress: Brooke ShieldsThe Blue Lagoon
Worst Supporting Actor: John AdamesGloria; Laurence OlivierThe Jazz Singer
Worst Supporting Actress: Amy IrvingHoneysuckle 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

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1980 Wide-release movies

U.S.A. unless stated






Notable deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 14 Robert Ardrey 71 USA Screenwriter
17 Barbara Britton 60 USA Actress
22 Iris Meredith 64 USA Actress
24 James Poe 58 USA Screenwriter
24 Lil Dagover 92 Germany Actress
27 Peppino De Filippo 76 Italy Actor
28 Erle C. Kenton 83 USA Director
29 Jimmy Durante 86 USA Actor, Singer
February 1 Romolo Valli 54 Italy Actor
4 David Whitaker 52 UK Writer
9 Renée Houston 77 UK Actress, Writer
13 David Janssen 48 USA Actor
18 Gale Robbins 58 USA Actress, Singer
26 Mario Mattoli 81 Italy Director, Screenwriter
27 George Tobias 78 USA Actor
March 5 Jay Silverheels 67 USA Actor
8 Frank McDonald 80 USA Director
27 Steve Fisher 67 USA Screenwriter
28 Dick Haymes 61 USA Actor, Singer
30 David Sharpe 70 USA Stuntman, Actor
April 9 Kathleen Burke 66 USA Actress
10 Kay Medford 65 USA Actress
11 Charlotte Henry 66 USA Actress
15 Raymond Bailey 75 USA Actor
16 Harry Hutchinson 87 Ireland Actor Blowup
17 Alf Sjöberg 76 Sweden Director
19 Tony Beckley 50 UK Actor
25 Mario Bava 65 Italy Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer
26 Cicely Courtneidge 87 UK Actress, Singer
29 William Clemens 74 USA Director
29 Alfred Hitchcock 80 UK Director, Producer
May 1 Henry Levin 70 USA Director
1 Gene Markey 84 USA Screenwriter
2 George Pal 72 Hungary Producer
4 Kay Hammond 71 UK Actress
12 Lillian Roth 69 USA Actress, Writer
14 Hugh Griffith 67 Wales Actor
June 4 Gloria Saunders 52 USA Actress
12 Milburn Stone 75 USA Actor
18 Terence Fisher 76 UK Director
23 John Laurie 83 UK Actor
23 Odile Versois 50 France Actress
28 Jose Iturbi 84 Spain Conductor, Actor
July 6 Gail Patrick 69 USA Producer, Actress
7 Reginald Gardiner 77 UK Actor
7 Dore Schary 74 USA Producer, Screenwriter, Studio Executive
11 Peggy Knudsen 57 USA Actress
24 Peter Sellers 54 UK Actor
30 Charles McGraw 66 USA Actor
31 Bobby Van 51 USA Actor, Dancer
August 1 Strother Martin 61 USA Actor
7 Norman Atkyns 74 UK Actor Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
9 Elliot Nugent 83 USA Director
14 Dorothy Stratten 20 USA Actress
25 Gower Champion 59 USA Actor, Dancer, Director
September 3 Barbara O'Neil 70 USA Actress
4 Duncan Renaldo 76 USA Actor
24 Theodor Luts 84 Brazil Cinematographer, Director The Substitute Wife
25 Lewis Milestone 84 Russia Director
October 6 Hattie Jacques 58 UK Actress
28 Leon Janney 63 Mexico Actor
November 4 Noel Langley 68 South Africa Screenwriter
7 Emilio Cigoli 70 Italy Actor
7 Steve McQueen 50 Mexico Actor, Producer
9 Carmel Myers 81 USA Actress
15 Bill Lee 64 USA Actor, Singer
22 Mae West 87 USA Actress, Writer
24 George Raft 79 USA Actor
26 Rachel Roberts 53 USA Actress
December 8 John Lennon 40 USA Actor, Musician, Producer
16 Peter Collinson 44 USA Director, Producer, Writer
18 Gabrielle Robinne 94 France Actress The Assassination of the Duke of Guise
20 Ben Sharpsteen 85 USA Director, Producer
21 Marc Connelly 90 USA Actor
28 Sam Levene 75 USA Actor
31 Raoul Walsh 93 USA Director, Writer, Actor

Film debuts

See also



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