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: Josť Guidini
Just don't forget Fright Night and Evil Dead. They're amazing!!!!!!!!
By: Paul L. Gaba
  • 10. Tape Heads
    Michael Nesmith (yes, that one!) produces this farce and demonstrates what we already knew - he was really the talented one, and the funniest one. John Cusack and Tim Robbins, both exceptional actors capable of great subtlety, replace it with a great comic energy and a willingness to do almost anything for a joke. Cusack is especially endearing as a total sleazeball who will do anything for a buck. Sam Moore and Junior Walker pair up as the fictitious band "The Swanky Modes" adding a number of very soulful tunes to the soundtrack. To quote Josh & Ivan in the movie "We love the Swanky Modes!" My brother Charles turned me on to this film, one of the best pieces of advice he's ever given ... and that I've ever taken. (1988)
  • 9. Stripes
    Stripes tells the story of John Winger and Russell Ziskey (Bill Murray and Harold Ramis), two losers in life. Winger is an inept cab driver that hates his job so much that he throws his keys off the Brooklyn Bridge one day while driving an annoying lady to the airport. Ziskey is a terrible ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher whose lesson plans include singing classic Phil Spector tunes (such as The Crystals' Da Do Ron Ron). After Winger informs Ziskey that in the last three hours he has lost his job, his car, his apartment and his girlfriend (but not his health), they decide to join the Army. ("Are either of you gay?" "No, but we are willing to learn.") And then all hilarity breaks loose. Stripes is one of the funniest movies ever made, and one of the most quotable. (1981)
  • 8. Erik the Viking
    It could have been The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; it could have been Time Bandits; in fact, it could have been any of the post-Monty Python efforts which made the Top 10. But it was this Terry Jones production of a Viking warrior who ponders his role in society which succeeded. Jones has done some pretty darn clever commentary on belief systems and epistemology; the fact that you can only be affected by that particular brand of magic in which you believe is a strong idea which rings nicely throughout the movie. (1989)
  • 7. The Princess Bride
    A great family film, or date film, or just sitting and watching alone one night film. There aren't many you can say this about. This is one of the few, a magical twist on the tried-and-tired stale "Once upon a time" storylines. (1987)
  • 6. Highlander
    I'm still not sure what ultimately is the best moment of this movie: the phenomenal dissolves achieved by director Russell Mulcahy and producers Peter Davis and William Panzer; the various swordfighting scenes; or Clancy Brown's incognito-attempt makeover. Love the hair! Then again, maybe it's the fact that Christopher Lambert gets Roxanne Hart to have sex by announcing he is an immortal; maybe I should try that line. (1986)
  • 5. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    All these attempts to recapture the 1980s and give today's movie audience a chance to relive the Reagan Years from a youthful, teen angst point-of-view totally miss the boat; no movie can better capture that feeling, that mood, than Fast Times at Ridgemont High. From Spicoli the stoner to Ratner's reluctance to "go all the way", from Damone's ticket scalper to innocent Stacy Hamilton's attempts to find true love, Fast Times has it all. (1982)
  • 4. Bull Durham
    As a young boy who grew up watching the Detroit Tigers and loving The Bad News Bears, I have had a long and emotional love of the game of baseball. Maybe that's why I can so closely relate to Crash Davis and Annie Savoy, who for very different reasons hold on to the Shrine of Baseball as their spiritual haven. Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins - the whole cast, actually - give as realistic a portrayal of life in the professional ranks as has been seen, and we feel the pain of an aging veteran who yearns for one more taste of The Show, only to have those dreams dealt yet another blow. (1988)
  • 3. The Blues Brothers
    It's a musical (James Brown, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Kahn)! It's a cameofest (Steve Lawrence, John Candy, Frank Oz, Twiggy, Stephen Bishop, John Landis, Paul Reubens, Joe Walsh and - yes - Steven Spielberg)! Most of all, it's a wild twist on the overdone car chase movie. Straightfaced and stoic, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd pull off one of the most memorable comedy performances of all time, forever bonding the Saturday Night Live veterans at the hips as Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues. Back up the solid (and at times unforgiving) script with excellent blues performances by Cab Calloway, Robert "Duck" Dunn, "Colonel" Steve Cropper, Murphy Dunne, Willie "Too Big" Hall, Tom "Bones" Malone, "Blue" Lou Marini, Matt "Guitar" Murphy and Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin, and The Blues Brothers ranks as an all-time great. (1980)
  • 2. Better Off Dead
    How important is this movie to me and my friends? At bachelor parties, we've watched it ... and of course quoted ever line, as it happened. Hey, we all have the script memorized; it was sort of a surround-surroundsound moment. John Cusack is a hero as the loser who, dumped by his girlfriend Beth for the resident ski stud, can't even kill himself. But he meets Monique, the French foreign exchange student living across the street with fatboy Ricky Smith, and it turns out she not only speaks English, but is able to rebuild dead Camaros, too. Now there's a girlfriend! It's a cult favorite, but it's our cult favorite, and watching this movie taught my friends and me many things: what kinds of Christmas gifts to buy, how to build spaceships out of common household appliances, ways to avoid paying irritating paperboys a couple of bucks, and - of course - the "international language." I love you, Diane Franklin! (1985)
  • 1. BladeRunner
    I'm still not sure how this move ever became my all-time favorite. I mean, I like science-fiction, but as you can see from the list, most of my favorites are of the comedy genre. BladeRunner is anything but a comedy: dark, depressing and deep. What Star Wars did for the genre, BladeRunner undid. It shows a dirty, ugly future much closer to the one we are approaching than any idealized version of the 21st Century. Still, there is something about the Ridley Scott endeavor which I have always appreciated and enjoyed. Its many mixed messages. Its ponderances about life and the afterlife. Even before the re-released Director's Cut (which thankfully removed that Godawful "happy" ending and Harrison Ford's monotone-drawl narration), this movie was my favorite; after the editing was complete, it had been elevated to an even loftier height. I love just watching this movie in a dark room, with the only light being the strains emiting from the television, and just losing myself in the world of BladeRunner Rick Deckard and 2019 Los Angeles. Rutger Hauer's portrayal of Nexus-6 Replicant android Roy Batty is powerful, and Sean Young's Rachael is constantly playing devil's advocate to Deckard's line of fire. BladeRunner is not a traditional sci-fi movie, it's a touching "film noir" drama about the value of life and the importance of making the most of what you've got. One of the most important themes in the film is the question of what is more valuable - humans without emotions, or machines with? Who has rights? What is life? How do we determine how something is judged to be alive or not? The film gives no answer - it just opens our eyes and makes us aware that we should be grateful for being alive. (1982)
OTHERS WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION: Raiders of the Lost Ark ... Caddyshack ... A Prayer for the Dying ... Roxanne ... Heavy Metal ... Body Double ... UHF ... Splash ... Runaway Train ... This Is Spinal Tap.
By: Nathan Tadema
  • 10. The Color of Money
    Tom Cruise had a rash of great ones.
  • 9. Rain Man
    Definitely a good movie. Definitely
  • 8. A Cristmas Story
    Damn Funny.
  • 7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Fortunately spawned more.
  • 6. Say Anything
    John Cusack at his best.
  • 5. Batman
    Unfortunately spawned more.
  • 4. Dangerous Liasons
    Just a brilliant movie.
  • 3. Aliens
    Sigourney with the strongest female lead of alltime.
  • 2. Bull Durham
    Best baseball movie.
  • 1. Platoon
    Best and most realistic war movie ever.
Need more room...honorable mention to Raising Arizona, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink.
By: Jeanie
  • 10. BeetleJuice
    "I'm the ghost with the most babe"
  • 9. Stand by me
    A amazing movie that makes us wish for those days of childhhod
  • 8. Gremlins
    One of the first scary movies that I ever saw when I was about 6. Gremlins are so cute! *Dont get them wet, or let them eat after midnight*
  • 7. FireStarter
    A great scary movie that helped to start Drew Barrymores acting career, along with E.T.
  • 6. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    A type of movie that makes all believe that we can get away with it all!
  • 5. Pretty in Pink
    Its a movie that I could watch over and over again just to see the actress playing Mollys sister passes out at her own wedding.
  • 4. Sixteen Candles
    Molly Rinwalled strikes again, its a aewsome movie that was a part of living in the eighties with the big hair and bad clothes.
  • 3. Say Anything
    I cant resit a good Jon Cusak movie, specially when he comes out the good guy.
  • 2. Heathers
    How could anyone not love the phrases,"F*ck me gentle with a chainsaw", and lick it up baby lick it up" Not to mention you have Wynona Ryder and Christain Slater together ;p
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    The closest example to what its really like to got through highschool with the steortypes we place on eachother
By: Adrienne Brizzi
  • 10. St. Elmo's Fire.
    I'm graduating and I can't even look at the cover without tearing up.
  • 9. The Money Pit
    Greatest remake of the 80's.
  • 8. Pretty In Pink
    It's a given. Teen angst at its best.
  • 7. Gremlins
    Makes me 6 years old again.
  • 6. Sixteen Candles
    Because romantic comedies were the best things to come out of the 80's.
  • 5. The Goonies
    Love it
  • 4. Footloose
    Entertaining always. 2nd VHS ever.
  • 3. Nation Lampoon's Vacation
    Too funny. First VHS ever.
  • 2. The Big Chill
    Awesome.
  • 1. Say Anything
    Made me fall in love with John Cusack and raised my standards for men higher than humanly possible.
By: K. James
By: Lauren
  • 10. Money Pit
    this movie is oo funny!!
  • 9. Shag
    i bet no one has seen this but i love it anyways!
  • 8. Dirty Dancing
    i love this movie so much!
  • 7. Footloose
    OK kevin Bacon can't be any cuter than he was in footloose! that is a great movie
  • 6. Pretty In Pink!
    Molly Ringwald is my idol! I love her to death!
  • 5. the BReakfast Club
    This movie is wonderful!
  • 4. Rad
    OK i love Cru! This movie is super chessey but it is awesome!
  • 3. SIxteen Candles
    WHo doesn't love this movie?!?! It is awesome!`
  • 2. Can't Buy Me Love
    I love this movie also it is great!!
  • 1. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
    I absolutely love this movie. i love to dance and Sarah Jessica Parker is so cute when she says that!!!
well i love love 80's movies so it is really hard to rank them but these are all awesome!!
By: Kim
  • 10. Adventures in Babysitting
    "Dead, murdered, stabbed!" , "raped???"...hahaha...that was funny...
  • 9. Willow
    that was such a good movie...it just was...
  • 8. Lucas
    Corey Haim is a serious hottie!!!!!!!!...i wanna marry him!!!!!!!!!...yum yum...
  • 7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    ahhhh...Matthew Broderick...he was such a cool guy...
  • 6. Labyrinth
    oooh David Bowe was great!...the songs just rule...
  • 5. License to Drive
    I LOVE COREY HAIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 4. Dirty Dancing
    Not only a good movie, think about the songs man...
  • 3. Back to the Future
    SOOOOOOO good...ah geeze...michael j fox was SO cute!...mmmm...
  • 2. The Goonies
    Oh, it was just great...great great great..."HEY YOU GUUUYYYYYSSS!"
  • 1. The Princess Bride
    By far the best movie EVER...i know every single word...
This was the hardest thing i've ever done picking only 10...80's rocked!
By: Genevieve
  • 10. Weird Science
    Again, the Master at work.
  • 9. Dirty Dancing
    I have gone through copies of this movie.
  • 8. Labyrinth
    I have the soundtrack for this one. I have never been in love with anyone the way that I am in love with David Bowie in this movie. His eyes, his accent, and that ballroom scene.....the man is so sexy I melt.
  • 7. The Breakfast Club
    This movie is just like everyones token 80s favorite.
  • 6. Born on the Fourth of July
    I'm a big Cruise fan because the man does have talent. Top Gun- I always fast forward to the volleyball scene, and Cocktail, great movie. Tom Cruise has something that makes you love him.
  • 5. Dance til Dawn
    I cant believe that someone else put this movie. I taped it from tv way back in the day and get flashbacks when I watch it. Laura Thomson- you ROCK!!
  • 4. Mr. Mom
    Again with the John Hughes thing. I cannot get enough. This man is a God to me.
  • 3. Christmas Vacation
    "Hey Griswold, where do you think youre gonna put a tree that big?" "Bend over and I'll show ya"
  • 2. She's Having a Baby
    I am a John Hughes junkie in every way. John Hughes is a pure specimen. He's brilliant and wonderful and the most amazing writer/producer/director that will ever exist.
  • 1. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    This movie is the end all be all of human existence. I cannot explain how much I love this movie. I do not care to say that my life revolves around Ferris, and fellow fans will know what I mean.
There is no way that a slave to the 80s could (me) give props to all that holds a place in their heart. I am totally blown away by all the awesome people on this site that adore and appreciate the same things I do. I am so lucky to find you all. As weird as I sound....well yeah, I guess I am. Thank you for listening. I love my fellow 80s-folks already.
By: Hiske
  • 10. Childs play 1
    hi im chucky wana play?????
  • 9. Weird science
    I just love Anthony Michael Hall when he plays drunk..
  • 8. Hellraiser
    my favorite horror-classic
  • 7. Class
    Hilarious!
  • 6. Dirty dancing
    Just that music......!
  • 5. Cocktail
    My favorite Tommie movie.
  • 4. The Breakfast Club
    laughing and crying at the same time!
  • 3. St. Elmo's Fire
    I loved to see how the college graduates work out problems together. Also the music is great, made wanna be a teenager in the 80s.
  • 2. About last night
    My favorite romantic movie. Rob Lowe is such a hottie The chemistry between him and Demi Moore really is splashing of the screen!
  • 1. Neverending story part 1
    I loved it as a kid and i still do, it's the music, the creatures it's magical!
By: Daniel Moross
  • 10. The Lost Boys
    Haim and Feldman, Patric and Gertz, Sutherland and Winter. Absolutely great.
  • 9. ET
    The most loveable alien ever
  • 8. Weird Science
    Again John Hughes extraordinairy, as well as Michael Hall's top performance
  • 7. Back to the Future
    DeLorean, MJ Fox and the Doc. Absolutley Radical (80s slang)
  • 6. Beverly Hills Cop
    Axel F, Rosewood and killer soundtrack
  • 5. Teen Wolf
    Howling fun and roof top surfing
  • 4. Star Wars
    Nuff Said
  • 3. Sixteen Candles
    Ringwald - brilliant Michael Hall - better
  • 2. The Goonies
    Great cast again, good clean childrens fun and a search for lost treasure, what more could one ask for?
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    All star cast, great director and the best of the 80s.
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By: kristin
By: Dena
also: GhostBusters and Pee Wee's Big Adventure
By: Rob Clarke
  • 10. LICENSE TO KILL (1989)
    The most "in your face" realistic Bond adventure
  • 9. THE TERMINATOR (1984)
    Suspenseful action packed stunner, only slightly bettered by the 1991 sequel.
  • 8. CLOCKWISE (1986)
    Vastly under rated John Cleese comic romp
  • 7. PLANES TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)
    John Hughes, Steve Martin and John Candy, need I say more? didn't think so.
  • 6. GREMLINS (1984)
    Tounge in cheek horror, love every minute.
  • 5. WEEKEND AT BERNIES (1989)
    Brilliantly comic and darn right crazy - typically '80's
  • 4. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
    See above.
  • 3. INDIANNA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989)
    Its Indianna Jones, enough said.
  • 2. FERRIS BUELLERS DAY OFF (1986)
    Classic "feel good" John Hughes comedy
  • 1. DIE HARD (1988)
    The best action movie ever made. Full stop
Close runners up include the fabulous Trading Places and Return of the Jedi
By: katie
i was born in '84.........but i wish i were still livin in the 80's
By: anthony pierce
  • 10. porkys 2 the next day 1983
  • 9. a sure thing 1987
  • 8. the wall 1982
  • 7. the big chil
  • 6. cant buy me love 1987
  • 5. airplane 1980
  • 4. better of dead 1986
  • 3. sumer camp nightmare 1986
  • 2. batman 1989
  • 1. porkys 1981
    best movie every
By: pete
  • 10. Terminator
    Was probably the biggest breakthrough for science fiction since star wars.
  • 9. The Outsiders
    Great movie starring every good 80's actor!!!!
  • 8. St. Elmo's Fire
    The brat pack returns with a vengeance!
  • 7. The Lost Boys
    As far as I'm concerned this is the only good vampire movie made.
  • 6. Iron Eagle
    "There ours dad, they're American" This line still gives me goosebumps.
  • 5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Was vintage 80's and will be forever.
  • 4. Some Kind of Wonderful
    I love Mary Stuart Masterson. She was stunning.
  • 3. Platoon
    Tom Berenger frightened the shit out of me. He's great!
  • 2. Stand By Me
    Loved this and all the young stars when they could act.
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    You have to love the brat pack. Molly, Judd, Emelio, Ally and Anthony were fabulous.
There are too many to pick from and I could go on forever but thanks for the opportunity to live again in the eighties at least for a few minutes.
By: David Hunter
  • 10. Glory (1989)
    Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, and Morgan Freeman all gave masterful performances in this one! Great movie.
  • 9. Ferris Buehler's Day Off
    A must on everyone's list! Matthew Broderick was perfect in this one.Every high school kid's dream.
  • 8. Revenge of the Nerds
    "Nerds, nerds, nerds, nerds!"
  • 7. Beverly Hills Cop
    Eddie Murphy was on fire in this one. So cocky, funny, clever. I love the scene where he checks into the hotel and where he gets the two cops in trouble in the strip club by foiling a robbery. Good performance by Judge Reinhold.
  • 6. Trading Places
    Hilarious, clever plot. Eddie Murphy and Dan Akyroyd in this film together are like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in basketball - perfect complements and two of the five funniest to come from SNL.
  • 5. Blue Brothers
    "Don't yell at me." "You're the one who got us in this mess, you get us out of this mess." "You want out - OK."
  • 4. Top Gun
    Tom Cruise RULED in this movie. Launched the careers of Cruise, Val Kilmer, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan and others.
  • 3. Back to the Future
    "Let me get this straight - you made a time machine- out of a DeLorean?"
  • 2. Return of the Jedi
    Great special effects and plot.My favorite of the trilogy.
  • 1. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
    "He's dead?" (Laughter) "So what you're saying, essentially, is that Napolean was a short,dead dude?" "Well, yeah."
Honorable mentions: 11)Fast Times at Ridgmont High - Sean Penn was awesome in this movie. I was so in love with Phoebe Cates! What ever happened to the dude who played Judge Reinhold's brother? 12) I'm Gonna Git You Sucka(1989) - The Wayans were SO hilarious in this movie! It was cool to see Isaac Hayes and Jim Brown, also. Chris Rock made a funny cameo as the guy at the rib place who ordered only one rib and a pop but only had hundreds.

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