Movie Madness Tournament: Best of the 1980s Final Four

It’s back! SAW’s 2nd Annual Movie Madness Tournament to determine what is the best movie of the 1980s. The process was started almost a year ago in order to decide the best of the best films from of the 80s. Films were graded by an intricate scoring system in order to eliminate bias and subjectivity to help find the best field of 64 films we could gather. We also had three vote in polls where you guys helped select the remaining films. Seeds and matchups are the only places where subjectivity came into play to help spread the movies out to avoid certain genres from being piled together.

The process is easy. Click on the official voting ballot below, vote for each matchup in round one, and submit your form. Voting for the Final Four ends Sunday, April 4th at 11:59 pm CST. Check back on Monday, April 5th to see who won and to vote for the Championship Matchup. We will continue weekly until there is one movie standing tall above the rest as the best movie of the 1980s!


VHS Region

#12 A Nightmare on Elm Street had a good run knocking off some talented movies but its bid to win the Movie Madness has come to an end. #6 Aliens dominated ANOES 78.9% to 21.1% moving on to the Final Four.

Training Montage Region

#4 The Shining has been Terminated. #7 The Terminator eliminates its target pretty easily 63.2% 36.8% to move on to the Final Four.

DeLorean Region

#11 The Thing has been the “Cinderella” of the tournament defeating some pretty big movies to make it to the Elite Eight. Batman and Back to the Future both fell at The Thing’s hands and this round it had the task of taking on the heavyweight that is the Empire Strikes Back and…it lost. The Empire ends its dreams of winning the whole shebang by ONE VOTE! The Thing fought till the end. Empire Strikes Back moves on to the Final Four.

Yippie Ki Yay Region

In another tight battle, #1 Raiders of the Lost Ark battled #10 Die Hard in a matchup determined by only a couple of votes. Raiders of the Lost Ark moves on to the Final Four with a tight victory of 57.9% to 42.1%.


#6 Aliens vs #7 The Terminator: Neither one of these competitors has had a close matchup this whole tournament. I think that is about to change with this battle that is likely to come down to only a vote or two.

#1 Empire Strikes Back vs #1 Raiders of the Lost Ark: A heavyweight battle of the ages. Two of the most loved films from two highly loved franchises go head to head to determine which will try to win the Movie Madness crown. A winner is too tough to predict here.


Let us know what you voted for and which movie you would like to win the whole thing! Were there any matchups that you had a tough time deciding on who to vote for?

*An email is required and you must select a winner for each matchup. If you haven’t seen a movie from that matchup just pick whichever movie you think deserves to win and then watch those movies!*

Author: Vincent Kane

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