1984 in Film - Notable Films Released in 1984

Notable Films Released in 1984

U.S.A. unless stated


  • 1984, directed by Michael Radford, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton - (U.K.)
  • 2010, directed by Peter Hyams, starring Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban, Dana Elcar, Helen Mirren


  • Aaj Ki Awaaz (Today's Voice) - (India)
  • Abnormal Family: Older Brother's Bride (Hentai kazoku: Aniki no yomesan) - (Japan)
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, starring Peter Weller and Jeff Goldblum
  • After the Rehearsal (Efter repetitionen), directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Erland Josephson, Ingrid Thulin, Lena Olin - (Sweden)
  • Against All Odds, directed by Taylor Hackford, starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel Ward, James Woods, Alex Karras, Richard Widmark, Jane Greer
  • All of Me, directed by Carl Reiner, starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin
  • Alley Cat
  • Amadeus, directed by Milos Forman, starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce - Academy and Golden Globe (drama) Awards for Best Picture
  • The Ambassador, directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Robert Mitchum, Rock Hudson and Ellen Burstyn
  • American Dreamer, starring JoBeth Williams
  • Annie's Coming Out, starring Angela Punch McGregor - (Australia)
  • Another Country, starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth - (U.K.)
  • The Annunciation (Angyali üdvözlet) - (Hungary)
  • Asesinato en el senado de la nación (Murder in the Senate) - (Argentina)


  • Bachelor Party, starring Tom Hanks, Adrian Zmed, Tawny Kitaen
  • Bad Manners, aka Growing Pains, starring Martin Mull and Karen Black
  • Balkan Spy (Balkanski spijun) - (Yugoslavia)
  • Ballad of the Little Soldier (Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten), a documentary film about child soldiers directed by Werner Herzog - (West Germany)
  • The Bay Boy, starring Liv Ullmann and Kiefer Sutherland - (Canada/France) - Genie Award for Best Canadian Motion Picture.
  • Bayan Ko:This Is My Country (Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim) - (Philippines)
  • Beat Street, starring Rae Dawn Chong
  • Before Stonewall, a documentary film
  • Best Defense, starring Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy, Kate Capshaw
  • Beverly Hills Cop, directed by Martin Brest, starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Bronson Pinchot
  • Beyond the Walls (Me'Ahorei Hasoragim) - (Israel)
  • Bianca, directed by and starring Nanni Moretti - (Italy)
  • Bicycles Are for the Summer (Las bicycletas son para el verano) - (Spain)
  • Birdy, directed by Alan Parker, starring Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage, music from Peter Gabriel
  • Blind Date, starring Kirstie Alley
  • Blood Simple, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (debut), starring John Getz, Dan Hedaya, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh
  • Body Double, directed by Brian De Palma, starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Deborah Shelton, Gregg Henry
  • Bolero, starring Bo Derek
  • The Bostonians, directed by James Ivory, starring Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Tandy - (U.S.A./U.K.)
  • The Bounty, directed by Roger Donaldson, starring Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson - (U.K.)
  • Breakin
  • Broadway Danny Rose - directed by and starring Woody Allen, with Mia Farrow
  • The Brother from Another Planet, directed by John Sayles, starring Joe Morton
  • The Buddy System, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Wil Wheaton, Nancy Allen


  • C.H.U.D., starring John Heard and Daniel Stern
  • Cal, starring John Lynch and Helen Mirren - (U.K.)
  • Camila, directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg - (Argentina)
  • Cannonball Run II, starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra
  • Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, a television film starring Warwick Davis
  • Carmen, a cinematic opera directed by Francesco Rosi, starring Plácido Domingo - (France/Italy)
  • The Chain, directed by Jack Gold - (U.K.)
  • Chaos (Kaos) - (Italy)
  • The Children (Les enfants), directed by Marguerite Duras - (France)
  • Children of the Corn, starring Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton
  • Choose Me, directed by Alan Rudolph, starring Lesley Ann Warren and Keith Carradine
  • Ciske de Rat (Ciske the Rat) - (Netherlands)
  • City Heat, directed by Richard Benjamin, starring Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn, Jane Alexander, Richard Roundtree, Rip Torn
  • Cloak & Dagger, starring Henry Thomas and Dabney Coleman
  • Comfort and Joy, directed by Bill Forsyth, starring Bill Paterson - (U.K.)
  • The Company of Wolves, directed by Neil Jordan, starring Stephen Rea, Angela Lansbury, Sarah Patterson - (U.K.)
  • Conan the Destroyer, directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt Chamberlain, Grace Jones, Olivia d'Abo
  • The Coolangatta Gold - (Australia)
  • Le Cop, starring Philippe Noiret - (France)
  • The Cotton Club, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, James Remar, Bob Hoskins, Fred Gwynne, Nicolas Cage
  • Country, directed by Richard Pearce, starring Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard
  • Crackers, directed by Louis Malle, starring Donald Sutherland and Sean Penn
  • Crimes of Passion, directed by Ken Russell, starring Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins


  • The Dark Glow of the Mountains (Gasherbrum - Der leuchtende Berg), directed by Werner Herzog - (West Germany)
  • The Descendant of the Snow Leopard (Potomok belogo barsa) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • La diagonale du fou (Dangerous Moves), starring Michel Piccoli - (France/Switzerland) - Academy Award for Foreign Language Film
  • Diary for My Children (Napló gyermekeimnek) - (Hungary)
  • Dreamscape, starring Dennis Quaid, Kate Capshaw, Max von Sydow, Christopher Lee
  • Dune, directed by David Lynch, starring Kyle MacLachlan, Sting, Sean Young, Francesca Annis, Jürgen Prochnow, Kenneth McMillan, José Ferrer, Max von Sydow


  • Electric Dreams, starring Virginia Madsen and Bud Cort
  • The Element of Crime (Forbrydelsens element), directed by Lars von Trier - (Denmark)
  • The Evil That Men Do, directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Charles Bronson


  • Falling in Love, directed by Ulu Grosbard, starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep
  • Farewell to the Ark (Saraba hakobune) - (Japan)
  • Fear City, directed by Abel Ferrara, starring Tom Berenger and Billy Dee Williams
  • Finders Keepers, starring Michael O'Keefe, Beverly D'Angelo, Louis Gossett, Jr.
  • Firestarter, directed by Mark L. Lester, starring Drew Barrymore, David Keith, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear
  • Firstborn, starring Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Teri Garr
  • The Flamingo Kid, directed by Garry Marshall, starring Matt Dillon and Héctor Elizondo
  • Flashpoint, starring Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams
  • Flowers of Reverie (Szirmok, virágok, koszorúk) - (Hungary)
  • Footloose, directed by Herbert Ross, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Dianne Wiest
  • Formula of Love (Formula lyubvi) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, starring Kimberly Beck and Corey Feldman
  • Full Moon in Paris (Les Nuits de la pleine lune), directed by Éric Rohmer - (France)
  • The Funeral aka Death Japanese Style - (Japan)


  • Gallavants
  • Garbo Talks, directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Carrie Fisher, Catherine Hicks
  • Ghostbusters, directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson
  • Give My Regards to Broad Street - written by and starring Paul McCartney, with Ringo Starr - (U.K.)
  • Grandview, U.S.A., starring Jamie Lee Curtis, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze
  • Gremlins, directed by Joe Dante, starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates
  • Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, directed by Hugh Hudson, starring Christopher Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Ralph Richardson in his final role - (U.K.)


  • Hard to Hold, starring Rick Springfield
  • Harry & Son, directed by and starring Paul Newman, with Robby Benson, Ellen Barkin, Judith Ivey, Ossie Davis, Joanne Woodward
  • Heartbreakers, starring Peter Coyote, Nick Mancuso, Kathryn Harrold, Max Gail, Carol Wayne
  • Henry IV (Enrico IV), starring Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale - Italy)
  • The Hit, directed by Stephen Frears, starring John Hurt and Terence Stamp - (U.K.)
  • The Holy Innocents (Los santos inocentes) - (Spain)
  • The Hotel New Hampshire, directed by Tony Richardson, starring Rob Lowe, Jodie Foster, Nastassja Kinski, Beau Bridges, Matthew Modine


  • Iceman, directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Timothy Hutton, John Lone, Lindsay Crouse
  • The Ice Pirates, starring Robert Urich and Mary Crosby
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw
  • Irreconcilable Differences, starring Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Long, Drew Barrymore


  • The Jesse Owens Story, starring Dorian Harewood
  • John the Fearless (Jan zonder vrees) - (Belgium)
  • Johnny Dangerously, starring Michael Keaton, Marilu Henner, Joe Piscopo, Danny DeVito, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle
  • Just the Way You Are, starring Kristy McNichol


  • The Karate Kid, directed by John G. Avildsen, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita
  • Kidco, starring Scott Schwartz
  • The Killing Fields, directed by Roland Joffé, starring Sam Waterston, John Malkovich, Haing S. Ngor - (U.K.) - British Academy Award for Best Film


  • Lassiter, starring Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour
  • The Last Days of Pompeii, TV miniseries, starring Laurence Olivier, Olivia Hussey, Siobhan McKenna, Franco Nero, Ned Beatty, Nicholas Clay, Ernest Borgnine
  • The Last Starfighter, starring Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart
  • The Little Drummer Girl, directed by George Roy Hill, starring Diane Keaton
  • Loafing and Camouflage (Lufa ke Paralayi) - (Greece)
  • The Lonely Guy, starring Steve Martin and Charles Grodin
  • Love and Pigeons (Lyubov i golubi) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • Love Letters, starring Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Love Streams, directed by and starring John Cassavetes, with Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel - Golden Bear award winner


  • MacArthur's Children (Setouchi Shōnen Yakyū-dan) - (Japan)
  • Macross: Do You Remember Love? (Chōjikū Yōsai Makurosu: Ai Oboete Imasu ka) - (Japan)
  • Making the Grade, starring Judd Nelson
  • The Man from Majorca (Mannen från Mallorca), directed by Bo Widerberg - (Sweden)
  • A Man of Principle (Cóndores no entierran todos los días) - (Colombia)
  • Man Under Suspicion (Morgen in Alabama), starring Maximilian Schell - (West Germany)
  • Maria's Lovers, starring Nastassja Kinski, John Savage, Robert Mitchum
  • Mashaal, starring Dilip Kumar and Anil Kapoor - (India)
  • Mass Appeal, starring Jack Lemmon, Zeljko Ivanek, Charles Durning
  • Mermaid Legend (Ningyo Densetsu) - (Japan)
  • Micki + Maude, directed by Blake Edwards, starring Dudley Moore, Ann Reinking, Amy Irving
  • Mike's Murder, directed by James Bridges, starring Debra Winger
  • The Miracle of Joe Petrel (Umitsubame Jyo no kiseki) - (Japan)
  • Missing in Action, starring Chuck Norris
  • Monster Dog (Leviatán), starring Alice Cooper - (Spain)
  • Moscow on the Hudson, directed by Paul Mazursky, starring Robin Williams
  • Mrs. Soffel, directed by Gillian Armstrong, starring Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan, directed by Frank Oz
  • My First Wife, starring John Hargreaves - (Australia)


  • The Naked Face, starring Roger Moore, Rod Steiger, Elliott Gould, Anne Archer, Art Carney
  • The Natural, directed by Barry Levinson, starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Barbara Hershey, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Richard Farnsworth
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika) - (Japan)
  • The NeverEnding Story (Die Unendliche Geschichte) - directed by Wolfgang Petersen, starring Barret Oliver and Noah Hathaway - (West Germany)
  • Night of the Comet, starring Penelope Ann Miller and Tim Daly
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street, directed by Wes Craven, starring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley
  • The Ninja Mission (Misja ninja) - (Sweden)
  • Nothing Lasts Forever, starring Zach Galligan, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd


  • Old Enough, starring Rainbow Harvest and Danny Aiello, Sundance Grand Jury Prize
  • On the Top of the Cherry Tree (Gore na chereshata) - (Bulgaria)
  • Once Upon a Time in America, directed by Sergio Leone, starring Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams - (Italy/U.S.A.)
  • Opasen Char (Dangerous Charm) - (Bulgaria)
  • Over the Brooklyn Bridge, starring Elliott Gould, Shelley Winters, Sid Caesar
  • Oxford Blues, starring Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Gail Strickland


  • Paris, Texas, directed by Wim Wenders, starring Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassja Kinski - Palme d'Or winner
  • A Passage to India, directed by David Lean, starring Judy Davis, Victor Bannerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox - (U.K.) - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film
  • Pehlivan - (Turkey)
  • The Philadelphia Experiment, starring Michael Paré and Nancy Allen
  • Places in the Heart, directed by Robert Benton, starring Sally Field, Danny Glover, John Malkovich, Ed Harris, Lindsay Crouse, Amy Madigan
  • Police Academy, directed by Hugh Wilson, starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith
  • The Pope of Greenwich Village, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Kenneth McMillan, Geraldine Page
  • A Private Function, directed by Malcolm Mowbray, starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith - (U.K.)
  • Protocol, starring Goldie Hawn, Chris Sarandon, Gail Strickland
  • Purple Hearts, directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Ken Wahl and Cheryl Ladd
  • Purple Rain, starring Prince
  • Quilombo - (Brazil)


  • Raaj Tilak, starring Raaj Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Dharmendra - (India)
  • The Razor's Edge, starring Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Catherine Hicks, Denholm Elliott
  • Reckless, starring Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah
  • Red Dawn, directed by John Milius, starring Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson
  • Repentance (Pokayaniye) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • Repo Man, directed by Alex Cox, starring Emilio Estevez, Dick Rude, Harry Dean Stanton
  • The Return of Godzilla (also known as "Godzilla 1985") - (Japan)
  • Revenge of the Nerds, starring Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Curtis Armstrong, Timothy Busfield
  • Rhinestone, starring Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton
  • The River, directed by Mark Rydell, starring Sissy Spacek and Mel Gibson
  • The Road to Bresson (De weg naar Bresson), starring Robert Bresson, Louis Malle, Andrei Tarkovsky, Orson Welles - (Netherlands)
  • Roadhouse 66, starring Willem Dafoe and Judge Reinhold
  • Romancing the Stone, directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner - Golden Globe Award for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)
  • Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (Ronja Rövardotter) - (Sweden)
  • Runaway, directed by Michael Crichton, starring Tom Selleck


  • Saaransh (The Gist), directed by Mahesh Bhatt - (India)
  • Secret Honor, directed by Robert Altman, starring Philip Baker Hall
  • Sharaabi (Drunkard), directed by Prakash Mehra, starring Amitabh Bachchan - (India)
  • Sheena, starring Tanya Roberts
  • Sixteen Candles, written and directed by John Hughes, starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Gedde Watanabe
  • Slapstick of Another Kind, starring Jerry Lewis
  • Slunce, seno, jahody - (Czechoslovakia)
  • A Soldier's Story, directed by Norman Jewison, starring Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington
  • The Snowdrop Festival (Slavnosti sněženek), directed by Jiří Menzel - (Czechoslovakia)
  • Songwriter, starring Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Lesley Ann Warren
  • Splash, directed by Ron Howard, starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, directed by and starring Leonard Nimoy, with William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Christopher Lloyd, Judith Anderson
  • Starman, directed by John Carpenter, starring Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen
  • Stop Making Sense, a concert film directed by Jonathan Demme featuring Talking Heads
  • Stranger than Paradise, directed by Jim Jarmusch
  • Strangler vs. Strangler (Davitelj protiv davitelja) - (Yugoslavia)
  • Streets of Fire, directed by Walter Hill, starring Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan, Willem Dafoe
  • A Summer at Grandpa's (Dong–dong de jia qi) - (Taiwan)
  • A Sunday in the Country (Un dimanche à la campagne), directed by Bertrand Tavernier - (France)
  • Supergirl, starring Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole
  • Swing Shift, directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Ed Harris
  • Szaffi - (Hungary)


  • The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Skazka o tsare Saltanye) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • Tank, starring James Garner and Shirley Jones
  • Le Tartuffe, directed by and starring Gérard Depardieu - (France)
  • Teachers, starring Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch
  • The Element of Crime, directed by Lars von Trier
  • The Terminator, directed by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton
  • Terror in the Aisles, starring Donald Pleasence and Nancy Allen
  • Thief of Hearts, starring Steven Bauer, Barbara Williams, George Wendt
  • This Is My Country (Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim) - (Philippines)
  • This Is Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner, starring Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest
  • Tightrope, starring Clint Eastwood and Geneviève Bujold
  • Top Secret!, starring Val Kilmer


  • Ultraman Story (Urutoraman Sutōr) - (Japan)
  • Ultraman Zoffy: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army - (Japan)
  • Under the Volcano, directed by John Huston, starring Albert Finney and Jacqueline Bisset
  • Unfaithfully Yours, starring Dudley Moore, Nastassja Kinski, Armand Assante, Albert Brooks
  • Until September, starring Karen Allen
  • Up the Creek, starring Tim Matheson and Jennifer Runyon
  • Veneno para las hadas (Poison for the Fairies) - (Mexico)
  • Vigil - (New Zealand)
  • Voyage to Cythera (Taxidi sta Kythira) - (Greece)


  • W's Tragedy (W no higeki) - (Japan)
  • What Have I Done to Deserve This? (¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto?), directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Carmen Maura - (Spain)
  • Wheels on Meals (Fai Chan Tse), starring Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung - (Hong Kong)
  • When the Raven Flies (Hrafninn flýgur) - (Iceland)
  • Where the Boys Are '84, starring Lisa Hartman, Lorna Luft, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Wendy Schaal
  • Where the Green Ants Dream (Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen), directed by Werner Herzog - (West Germany)
  • Where The Toys Come From
  • The Wild Life, starring Chris Penn, Eric Stoltz and Lea Thompson
  • The Woman in Red, directed by and starring Gene Wilder, with Gilda Radner, Charles Grodin, Judith Ivey, Kelly LeBrock
  • Wreaths at the Foot of the Mountain (Gao shan xia de hua huan) - (China)


  • A Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok spokojnego slonca) - (Poland) - Golden Lion winner
  • Yellow Earth (Huáng tǔdì), directed by Chen Kaige - (China)

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