Top Ten Lists of Eighties Movies

The concept is pretty easily, pick your ten favorite movies from the eighties. The hard part? I want JUST movies from the eighties, not movies you might have seen during the eighties. Also, try and avoid movies that came out after the eighties if possible, 1990 is pretty borderline, I won't scream too loudly if you add one that is from then...

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By: Crystal
  • 10. Pretty in Pink
    Another great John Hughes film. Molly Ringwald again, as a teenager filled with high school angst. The best performance however is by Jon Cryer as the unforgettable Ducky.
  • 9. Girls Just Want to Have Fun
    This movie just makes me feel good and makes me want to dance. Anyways, this movie has some great 80's music with a cameo by the great KROQ DJ, Richard Blade. This movie also has Shannon Doherty, Helen Hunt, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jonathan Silverman.
  • 8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Harrison Ford is one of the greatest heroes in cinema. This role was meant for him. This Indiana Jones movie is better than the other two, although Raiders comes close. But this one has both River Phoenix and Sean Connery.
  • 7. Stand By Me
    This movie about the coming of age story of four friends is definately one of the best 80's movies ever. How could you not love River Phoenix as a little boy?
  • 6. The Lost Boys
    This movie is as hip as a teen horror movie gets. It has both Coreys, Keifer Sutherland, Jason Patrick and Jaimie Gertz. This movie rules and so does its soundtrack.
  • 5. Goonies
    This is the movie you loved as a kid. I wanted to be one of the Goonies and go on some super cool adventure and find treasure. And Chunk's "truffle shuffle" has got to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen.
  • 4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    This is the movie that anyone can watch over and over again and not get sick of it. Didn't you want to be just like Ferris in high school? He's got to be the coolest teenager ever. Matthew Broderick rules.
  • 3. Heathers
    This movie has got to be one of the greatest teen movies ever made. Winona rules as Veronica and Christian Slater is the ever cool JD. There is also some great lingo like "you're beautiful," "how very," and "greetings and salutations."
  • 2. Willow
    Everybody remembers seeing this movie as a kid or at least seeing it played over and over again on tv. It is the ultimate fanasty/adventure movie. It works for the whole family. Warwick Davis was only 17 when he did this. Anyways, how could you not love a movie starring a midget?
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    This movie pretty much defines teen angst. Although it is the quinessential 80's movie, teenagers can still relate to it today. The cast is wonderful...the Brat Pack at its best.
By: Jaime
By: Kim B
  • 10. Tie-Summer Rental and The Great Outdoors
    Great Beach and summer movie- gets you in the mood for summer vacation!! John Candy was a great actor in those types of movies! I miss him!
  • 9. Broadcast News
  • 8. Steel Magnolias
  • 7. Top Gun
    Tom Cruise-enuff said.
  • 6. Weekend at Bernie's
    I like cheesy comedies. What can I say? I like beach movies.
  • 5. Stand by Me
  • 4. Breakfast Club
    Best of the teenage genre.
  • 3. Big
    Absolutely charming!!! Tom Hanks was so adorable!!!
  • 2. National Lampoon's Vacations(all of them)
    I love Chevy Chase!!!!
  • 1. A Christmas Story
    A classic!!!! I watch this movie every Christmas at least 5 times.
Other 80s greats:Liscence to Drive, Footloose, Lethal Weapon, Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Little Mermaid, Fletch, Roxanne, Teen Wolf, Wallstreet( Charlie Sheen), Against All Odds, Fatal Attraction, There's just so many!!!!!!!
By: Aly Girl
By: Veggiegirl
By: Reif K.
By: Nick Hope
  • 10. The Untouchables
    great gangster movie
  • 9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
    best of the animations that are pleasant for an adult audience
  • 8. Ghostbusters
    best of sci fi and comedy movies
  • 7. Strange Brew
    The best Canadian movie ever made, featuring the MAckenzie Brothers
  • 6. The Shining
    Jack Nicholson at his best, the best of the films written from a book by Stephen King
  • 5. Rain Man
    Dustin Hoffman at his best,truly a great movie to show the good side of the human spirit
  • 4. Raging Bull
    Robert De Niro, one of Martin Scores's best films of all time
  • 3. Pale Rider
    clint eastwood at his final role as the stranger
  • 2. Stand by Me
    a good learning movie, shows value of friendship
  • 1. Indiana Jones series
    totally exciting and entertaining, harrison ford at his best
Its very difficult to make a top ten list of 80's movies because there's too many great ones out there and are great for many different reasons
By: Kalee
  • 10. Back to The Future
    "Where we're going they don't have any roads"
  • 9. Top Gun
    You've Lost That Loving Feeling
  • 8. Dirty Dancing
    "I carried a WaterMelon!?!" This movie always makes me want to dance
  • 7. The Outsiders
    I cried everytime PonyBoy read "Nature's First Green is Gold"
  • 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    "Twist and Shout"
  • 5. Sixteen Candles
    Three Words..."Long Duck Dong"
  • 4. The Lost Boys
    "Kill the one that looks like Twisted Sister"
  • 3. The Goonies
    I so wanted to be a Goonie when I was a kid. Who could forget Mickey's speech in the well.."Up there it's there time, down here it's our time, it's our time down here, that's all over once we ride up Troy's bucket."
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    I think this movie definently touched something in the hearts of everyone.
  • 1. Stand By Me
    By far my favorite movie..."LARDASS..Boom BABA Boom..."
Eighties movies are by far the best out there. Remeber Howard the Duck?? HEHE that was awesome, Spaceballs is one of the funniest satires I think I've ever seen, and Heathers was just awesome
By: The Monkstarian
  • 10. The A-Team
    I know its a TV Series but I had to put it in there I loved it so much (besides they makin a movie of it)
  • 9. Masters of the Universe
    I dont care what anyone says , anything to do with He-Man is great in my book
  • 8. Ghostbusters
    Who ya gonna call? Hell I'd hire them just to attend one of my partys (.re ghostbusters II)
  • 7. Willow
    sorry but Willow kicks the ass of Labyrinth although that is also a good movie. Help a peck with an acorn pointed at me!
  • 6. Spaceballs
    oh no space balls there goes the Planet, what a line what a movie MAY THE SWARTZ BE WITH YOU!
  • 5. The Breakfast Club
    What a movie the song at the start (and end) just says it all about the movie
  • 4. Return of the Jedi
    EWOKS!!!!!!!!!! and princess Leias costume when she works for jabba mmmmmmm I LOVE STAR WARS!!!
  • 3. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    another one of my fav movies, I so wanna be like Ferris but unfortunatly i find myself more like Cameron, I wish i could get away with the stuff he does
  • 2. Blues Brothers
    Cool Music Cool Car Chases and Cool Characters , nothing else to say this movie is COOL
  • 1. Beverly Hills Cop
    What can I say the absolute best comedy/action move of all time Eddie Murphy is a GOD , I cant believe more people didnt put it in their list
80s Movies rock!!!!
By: Jennifer
By: Adrian
By: Ryan Burgos
  • 10. Sleepaway Camp 2
  • 9. Friday the 13th
    The most unscary!
  • 8. Nightmare on Elm St.
    The best slasher film!
  • 7. Halloween 2
    very well made
  • 6. dolls
  • 5. Poltergeist2
    not that cool
  • 4. Splash
    very fun!
  • 3. Maniac
    The worst!
  • 2. Poltergeist
    Very scary!
  • 1. Sleepaway Camp
    One of the best movies!
By: Mark F
  • 10. Stand By Me
    Okay Mickey's a mouse, Donald's a duck, Pluto's a dog, what's Goofy? Hey ya, that's weird what the hell is Goofy, he's a dog, he can't be a dog he wears a hat and drives a car, hey ya guys what the hell is Goofy.
  • 9. One Crazy Summer
    Let me telll you a story about a little fat kid that everyone used to make fun of, they said he talked funny and that he looked nothing like his twin brother and everyone picked on him and nobody liked him, Egg were you the little fat boy? No, but I liked to beat the shit out of him and say why are you so fat, why are you so fat.
  • 8. Ghostbusters
    Well everything was fine until dickless over here decided to turn off the main power-grid, is this true.... yes, this man has no dick.
  • 7. Lost Boys
    We bagged the one that looks like Twisted Sister, well... Nanook helped a little.
  • 6. Transformers The Movie
    Arise Rodimus Prime... Optimus?
  • 5. Uncle Buck
    Heres a quarter, take this downtown and get a rat to knaw that thing off your face, goodday madam. (Wild Thing plays)
  • 4. Back To The Future
    You made a time machine, out of a Delorean? The way I see it if your going to travel through time you might as well do it with some style.
  • 3. Karate Kid
    Wax on, wax off
  • 2. Weird Science
    Are you all right? Well my nuts are halfway up my ass, but other than that I'm perfect.
  • 1. The Goonies
    I smell ice cream... they've got Swensens, they've got prailines and cream and they got Mississippi mud and thy got apple and super chocalate eruption.
By: Joe "the Eradicator" Jasina
  • 10. The Burbs
    1989, Very funny, makes you think if you're a suburbanite
  • 9. The Road Warrior
    1982, Best Mad Max movie without a doubt
  • 8. The Evil Dead
    1983, Best camera angles of any movie I have ever seen, good for a scare...and a laugh
  • 7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    1986, How can a teenager not like a movie about skiping school?
  • 6. Back to the Future
    1985, 1.21 GIGAWATTS!!!!!!!!! Gigawatt? Whats a gigawatt?
  • 5. Ghostbusters
    1984, Its a classic, what can I say
  • 4. The Goonies
    1985, Definetely a childhood favorite
  • 3. The Breakfast Club
    1985, always good if your a lowly good for nothin' high school student
  • 2. The Empire Strikes Back
    1980, best light-saber duel of any Star Wars movie, including the new one
  • 1. Platoon
    1986, Makes you wonder if any war is really justified
The 80's rocked it produced great music and movies, not to mention the clothing styles
By: Tanya Vore
By: Frank Ferrell
  • 10. The Times of Harvey Milk
    1984, Academy Award-winning documentary about an openly gay political figure in mid 1970's San Francisco. Many of the people interviewed for the film are as unforgettable as Harvey Milk is. You also get a glimpse of Dianne Feinstein's rise to prominence.
  • 9. Ruckus
    1980, Linda Blair and Dirk Benedict:The not-so-perfect Odd Couple for a sleepy Alabama town. Ben Johnson and Richard Farnsworth guest star. Features a spectacular high fall scene performed by the late Stunt-Meister Dar Robinson. Believe it or not, the fall scene appeared in the opening moments of a March 1994 Academy Awards program!!!
  • 8. Amadeus
    1984, Tom Hulces's giggling Mozart--a punk genius superstar before we knew what such a thing was. Told superbly thru the tormented recollences of F. Murray Abraham's brillantly acted Soliari.
  • 7. Broadcast News
    1987, The 1980's best movie about the television business. And, if you'll pardon me for saying so, the best movie about TV since 1976's Network!
  • 6. The Long Riders
    1980, The dialogue in this film is sometimes pretty weird. Nonetheless, it is a fairly accurate account of the James-Younger gang. Pamela Reed's Belle Starr gives and gets great one-liners. The stagecoach robbery is my special favorite!! Great soundtrack by Ry Cooder.
  • 5. The Sword and the Sorcerer
    1982, Okay, so it was pure medieval hokem. But there was one scene that really stood out. This was when the booming-voice bishop was saying to Alana "Do you, Alana, take this man--Titus--O Lord of {goes into all of Titus' titles}--to be your lover, your groom, Master!!! AND THE FATHER OF YOUR CHILDREN ???" Girls, imagine you're getting married and something like that is being said to YOU!!!! Still want the guy??
  • 4. The Dead Zone
    1983, Christopher Walken's portrayal of a man who acquires the power to see into the future is a must-see. Martin Sheen as the crooked politician is also noteworthy.
  • 3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    1981, The first Indy is still the best Indy.
  • 2. The Right Stuff
    1983, Well-done story on the birth of America's manned space program. Donald Moffat's portrayal of Lyndon Johnson richly deserved--but did not get--an Oscar nomination. The film's final Chuck Yeager scene is dynamite. And then there is all that great music.
  • 1. The Big Chill
    1983, A wonderful gathering of old college friends played superbly by an ensemble of great actors.
Not necessarily a "Top Ten Best", just ten films that impressed me in one way or another.
By: Big Jimmy
By: Kellee Edwards
  • 10. Porky's
  • 9. Heathers
  • 8. Gremlins
  • 7. Back To the Future
  • 6. Beetlejuice
  • 5. Ghostbusters
  • 4. Mannequinn
    From hence onwards all my favourite movies rate ten out of ten...they are either my favourites because they are funny, scary, exciting or just plain brilliant. I don't think we will be ever privelidged again with these kind of movies just quite the same - that is why classic 80's movies will always live on.
  • 3. Goonies
    Once again - another unforgettable movie from the 80's. To this day I still love to watch the 'Goonies'.
  • 2. Dirty Dancing
    After I watched 'Dirty Dancing' - dancing was forever defined for me. Who WASN'T envious of Baby when she got to grind pelvises with Johny? Who DIDN'T swoon everytime they saw Patrick Swayze sway his hips? Who COULDN'T stop singing every time 'I Had the Time Of My Life' came on and who secretly wanted to dirty dance just like everyone in movie? 'Dirty Dancing' is a classic of fine 80's acting, dancing and singing all roled into one. A must!
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    "Don't You (Forget About This Movie!) This is the ULTIMATE 80's movie to be ever produced in it's genre - with an unforgettable cast and story-line but not to mention the greatest movie song of all times! Which just blew me (and many others) away. Who would not like and forget such a memorable movie like 'The Breakfast Club'.?!

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