The films of the 80s in American cinema were studio-driven films. Studio-driven films usually had a short plot. They can be summed up in one or two sentences. The main focus was on the box office. The decade of the modern Hollywood blockbuster was in the 1980s.
High concept films became popular in this decade in America and around the world. The high concept is easy and concise to define. Their narratives are usually characterised by the premise of “what if…”. For example, the blockbuster Jurassic Park is based on the idea of “what if we could clone dinosaurs?”.
Blade Runner (1982)
Harrison Ford stars in Ridley Scott’s film. The cool protagonist who hunts down applicants is at the heart of the sci-fi film.
New York City is the scene of paranormal phenomena that only the Ghosbusters can handle. The sci-fi film also has its own brand of humour and is directed by Ivan Reitman.
James Cameron went on to make the highest-grossing film in cinema history. He makes a sci-fi film that continues a story and also creates its own story. Ripley, played by Sigorney Weaver, is transformed into a feminist icon.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Harrison Ford plays the popular role for the first time in this film. Steven Spielberg’s direction created a myth. The incumbent academic is not only intelligent, but also a skilled warrior. In scenes rich with gunfire and explosions.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
After the success of Star Wars, everyone was waiting for the sequel. The whole world was waiting to see how the story would continue. George Lucas returned with psychological trauma and huge action sequences in the next installment.
Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard is an action film. It starred Bruce Willis. He plays a cop who goes up against a group of terrorists. The terrorists have taken people hostage in a skyscraper. The film is one of the most important in the Hollywood film industry. It is the perfect definition of an action film.
Back tot he Future (1985)
A sci-fi film starring Michael J. Fox, about a time-travelling teenager.