1984 in film

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The year 1984 in film involved many significant events. The top grosser was Beverly Hills Cop. Ghostbusters overtook it however, with a re-release the following year. Other popular films included The NeverEnding Story, which was the most expensive film produced in West Germany, The Karate Kid and Romancing the Stone.

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

1.Ghostbusters*ColumbiaBill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and William AthertonIvan Reitman$238,632,124
2.Beverly Hills CopParamountEddie MurphyMartin Brest$234,760,478
3.Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomParamount/LucasfilmHarrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone and Jonathan Ke QuanSteven Spielberg$179,870,271
4.Gremlins*Warner Bros.Zach Galligan and Phoebe CatesJoe Dante$153,083,102
5.The Karate KidColumbiaRalph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth ShueJohn G. Avildsen$90,815,558
6.Police AcademyLadd/Warner Bros.Steve Guttenberg and Kim CattrallHugh Wilson$81,198,894
7.FootlooseParamountKevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest and John LithgowHerbert Ross$80,035,402
8.Romancing the Stone20th Century FoxMichael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVitoRobert Zemeckis$78,371,200
9.Star Trek III: The Search for SpockParamountWilliam Shatner and Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy$76,572,238
10.SplashTouchstoneTom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy and Eugene LevyRon Howard$69,821,334
11.Purple RainWarner Bros.PrinceAlbert Magnoli$68,392,977
12.Amadeus*OrionF. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge and Jeffrey JonesMiloš Forman$51,973,029
13.TightropeWarner Bros.Clint EastwoodRichard Tuggle$48,143,579
14.The NaturalTri-StarRobert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close and Kim BasingerBarry Levinson$47,951,979
15.Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the ApesWarner Bros.Christopher Lambert and Andie MacDowellHugh Hudson$45,858,563
16.Revenge of the Nerds20th Century FoxRobert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Curtis Armstrong, Michelle Meyrink, Brian Tochi, Ted McGinley, Bernie Casey and John GoodmanJeff Kanew$40,874,452
17.2010: The Year We Make ContactMGM/UARoy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain and Dana ElcarPeter Hyams$40,400,657
18.Breakin'MGM/UA/CannonLucinda Dickey, Shabba Doo, Michael Chambers and Ice-TJoel Silberg$38,682,707
19.Bachelor Party20th Century FoxTom HanksNeal Israel$38,435,947
20.Red DawnUnited ArtistsPatrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Darren Dalton and Jennifer GreyJohn Milius$38,376,497

(*) Includes theatrical reissue(s Box office results courtesy of Box Office Mojo.[1]



Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Amadeus
Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
Best Supporting Actor: Haing S. Ngor - The Killing Fields
Best Supporting Actress: Peggy Ashcroft - A Passage to India
Best Foreign Language Film: La diagonale du fou (Dangerous Moves), directed by Richard Dembo, Switzerland

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Amadeus
Best Actor: F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus
Best Actress: Sally Field - Places in the Heart
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Romancing the Stone
Best Actor: Dudley Moore - Micki + Maude
Best Actress: Kathleen Turner - Romancing the Stone
Best Director: Miloš Forman - Amadeus
Best Foreign English Language Film: A Passage to India, U.K. / U.S.A.

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Paris, Texas, directed by Wim Wenders, France / W. Germany

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok spokojnego slonca), directed by Krzysztof Zanussi,

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Love Streams, directed by John Cassavetes, United States

Notable films released in 1984[edit]

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Wide-release movies[edit]






Notable deaths[edit]

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MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January20Johnny Weissmuller79MexicoActorTarzan the Ape ManTarzan and His MateTarzan Finds a Son!Tarzan EscapesTarzan's New York AdventureTarzan's Secret TreasureTarzan and the Leopard WomanTarzan and the Huntress
29Frances Goodrich93USAWriter, SoundtrackIt's a Wonderful LifeFather of the BrideFather of the Bride Part IIThe Thin ManSeven Brides for Seven BrothersThe Diary of Anne FrankAfter the Thin ManEaster Parade
February15Ethel Merman76USASoundtrack, ActressAirplane!It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldThere's No Business Like Show BusinessAlexander's Ragtime BandCall Me MadamRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
March1Jackie Coogan69USAActor, DirectorThe KidCahill U.S. MarshalMarloweA Day's PleasureThe Shakiest Gun in the WestGirl HappyMesa of Lost WomenThe Space Children
5William Powell91USAActor, SoundtrackThe Thin ManMy Man GodfreyMister RobertsHow to Marry a MillionaireAfter the Thin ManLibeled Lady
12Arnold Ridley88UKActor, Writer, DirectorA Man for All SeasonsCarry On GirlsDad's ArmyThe Amorous Milkman
24Sam Jaffe93USAActorBen-HurThe Day the Earth Stood StillBedknobs and BroomsticksThe Asphalt JungleLost HorizonGentleman's Agreement
27Derek Francis60UKActorJabberwockyA Christmas CarolScroogeCarry On CampingThe Tomb of LigeiaTo the Devil a DaughterCarry On DoctorCarry On AbroadCarry On MatronCarry On HenryRasputin, the Mad Monk
April1George Glass73USAProducer, Production ManagerGuess Who's Coming to DinnerOne-Eyed JacksThe Men
18Francis de Wolff71UKActorFrom Russia with LoveCarry On CleoMoby DickThe Three MusketeersJesus of Nazareth
May16Andy Kaufman35USAActor, Soundtrack, WriterGod Told Me ToHeartbeepsIn God We Tru$t
13Richard Hurndall73USAActorI, Monster
20Peter Bull72UKActor, SoundtrackDr. StrangeloveThe Africian QueenScroogeSabotageThe Lavender Hill MobOliver TwistTom JonesYellowbeardDoctor Dolittle
21Andrea Leeds72UKActor, SoundtrackStage DoorAnna KareninaCome and Get ItThe Bohemian GirlThe Real Glory
21Ann Little93USAActressThe Roaring RoadThe Invaders
22John Marley76USAActorThe GodfatherLove StoryCat BallouThe Naked CityFaces
June15Ned Glass78USAActor, SoundtrackNorth by NorthwestWest Side StoryCharadeThe War of the WorldsThe Bad and the BeautifulThe Love BugThe Fortune CookieJulius Caesar
style="text-align:center;"| 18Luis Moglia Barth81ArgentineDirector, Writer, Producer¡Tango!
July25Akihiko Hirata56JapanActorSanjuroGodzillaSamurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
27James Mason75SwitzerlandActor, Producer, WriterNorth by NorthwestLolitaThe Verdict20,000 Leagues Under the SeaCross of IronThe Boys from Brazil
August4Mary Miles Minter82USAActressAnne of Green GablesNurse MarjorieThe Ghost of Rosy TaylorThe Eyes of Julia Deep
4Howard Culver66Hong KongActorHalloween IIThe Bad News BearsShampooThe SwarmThe Computer Wore Tennis ShoesThe Barefoot ExecutiveThe Million Dollar Duck
5Richard Burton58SwitzerlandActor, Producer, DirectorWho Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Nineteen Eighty-FourThe Longest DayWhere Eagles DareZuluCleopatraExorcist II: The HereticBecketThe Night of the IguanaThe Spy Who Came in from The ColdThe Wild Geese
25Truman Capote59USAActor, WriterBreakfast at Tiffany'sIn Cold BloodAnnie Hall
29Pina Menichelli94ItalyActress
September17Richard Basehart70USAActor, DirectorBeing ThereLa StradaMoby Dick
25Walter Pidgeon87USAActor, SoundtrackForbidden PlanetHow Green Was My ValleyFunny GirlMrs. MiniverThe Bad and the BeautifulQuo Vadis
October10Leonard Rossiter57UKActor2001: A Space OdysseyBarry LyndonOliver!The Pink Panther Strikes AgainThis Sporting LifeBilly LairKing RatThe Wrong Box
10Joan Young84UKActressSuddenly, Last SummerThe Fallen IdolThe Inn of the Sixth HappinessBlood from the Mummy's TombCarry On Constable
21François Truffaut52FranceWriter, ProducerThe 400 Blows
23Oskar Werner61GermanyActor, WriterFahrenheit 451Jules and Jim
25Pascale Ogier25FranceActress, Production ManagerFull Moon in Paris
26Noel Howlett81UKActorLawrence of ArabiaScroogeLust for LifeQuatermass and the PittMurder at the GallopVictimThe Kiss of the VampireWoman of StrawThe Scapegoat
November20Peter Welch62UKActorThe Admirable CrichtonThe Secret PartnerThe Silent EnemyThe Two-Headed SpyThe Long Arm
25Robert Clark79UKProduction ManagerThe Hasty HeartYield to the NightThe Yellow BalloonThe Good Companions
December3Charles R. Davis47USAArt Director, Production DesignerBustin' Loose
24Ian Hendry53UKActorRepulsionGet CarterDamien: Omen IIThe PassengerThe HillTheatre of BloodTales from the CryptSink the Bismarck!
24Peter Lawford61USAActor, Soundtrack, ProducerThe Longest DayOcean's 11Mrs. MiniverThe Picture of Dorian GrayExodusEaster Parade
24Harry Waxman72UKCinematographerThe Wicker ManThe Pink Panther Strikes AgainSwiss Family RobinsonBrighton RockThe NannyThe Day the Earth Caught FireVampyres
28Sam Peckinpah59USADirector, ProducerThe Wild BunchStraw Dogs

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