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: nathan rustad
  • 10. none
  • 9. none
  • 8. rumble in the bronx
    jackey chan kicks
  • 7. money talks
    chris tucker rules!!!
  • 6. cheech and chong UP IN SMOKE
    there van is funny
  • 5. deep blue sea
    really fake looking, but cool anywase
  • 4. cant hardly wait
    seth green rocks again
  • 3. idle hands
    seth green rocks, he should be the one with the hot chick `
  • 2. back to the futur trilogy
    they really made michial j fox look cool, not that he wasent already!!!
  • 1. the goonies
    sloth rules!!!!!
sloth is the best damn movie charecter ever,sloth rules, in loving memory of sloth
By: John
Close Calls: Pretty in Pink, Ghostbusters II, An American Werewolf in London, Can't buy me love, Back to the Future, the Goonies.
By: Carissa
By: David Henrickson
  • 10. Full Metal Jacket
    As soon as the drill instructor started makin fun of everyone, I loved this movie. "Choke yourself" "Private Snowball" "5'9, I didn't Know they stacked shit that high"
  • 9. Beverly Hills Cop II
    Axle Foley is at it Again
  • 8. Beverly Hills Cop
    Eddie Murphy is the Man
  • 7. Batteries Not Included
    I haven't seen this for a long time, but I loved this movie
  • 6. Back to the Future II
    What can i say, I like it better than the first
  • 5. Back to the Future
    I love these movies, they make me wanna go out and by a delorean
  • 4. Gremlins
    I always wished i could have a gremlin as a pet, the furry one of coarse, not those nasty ass green things
  • 3. National Lampoons Vacation
    I think your all fucked in the head, we're 10 hours from the fuckin fun park and you wanna bail out, well I'll tell ya something, this in No longer a vacation, its a quest, its a quest for fun, i'm gonna have fun and your gonna have fun, we're all gonna have so much fuckin fun we'll need plastic surgory to remove our god damn smiles, You'll be whistlin Zipadeedooda out of your assholes. I must be crazy, I'm on a pilgramage to see a moose, Praise Marty Moose. Holy Shit. Dad you want an aspirin or something?
  • 2. Stand By Me
    I love this movie, I just wanna say "Chopper, Sick Balls"
  • 1. The Goonies
    If you've never wanted to be a goonie their is something wrong with you. "Lets pour chocolate on the floor and let chunk eat his waay through" "Geez mister your even hungrier than I am"
I would like to say that even though Goonies actually is my favorite movie, all the other movies are in no particular order because in my opinion they are all the Best Movies and also two other movies that i love are Back to the Future III and Beverly Hills Cop III, but I think they were made in the 90's so they aren't on my list.
By: Kym
I also loved "Adventures In Babysitting" "Indiana Jones..." "Beetlejuice" and just about every other 80's movie there was! If you do to e-mail me at! :)
By: Scully
  • 10. The Sure Thing \ Say Anything
  • 9. Warriors \ Badboys
  • 8. Re-Animator \ Videodrome
  • 7. Back to the Future \ Weird Science
  • 6. Top Gun \ Red Dawn
  • 5. St Elmo's Fire \ 16 Candles
  • 4. Goonies \ War Games
  • 3. Vacation \ Caddy Shack
  • 2. Ferris Buelers Day off \ Breakfast Club
  • 1. Better off Dead \ One Crazy Summer
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzi, Times Square, Risky Business, Summer Rental so many good movies came out in the 80s I could not pick just ten so the above are my top twenty!!!!!
By: Tom Wheatley
By: whiteraevyn
  • 10. The Neverending Story
    I was absolutely enchanted by this movie. I must have seen it a hundred times. I never ever get tired of it! Atreyu, Falkor, Rock-Biter ... and the Nothing.
  • 9. Poltergeist
    If I had to hear one more time that I looked like this little girl, I was going to kill someone. But it was pretty scary and cool. "They're heeere!"
  • 8. Flight of the Navigator
    A boy's adventure in a silver ship that looks like a walnut. I think we all wanted a Pukmarrin and a robot named Max. "Compliance!"
  • 7. E.T.
    Steven Spielberg's story of an alien a boy, a bike, and a cute little blonde girl. "Phone Home!"
  • 6. Sixteen Candles
    This gives all of us girls who have ever pined for that hot guy a little hope. Ya gotta love a guy named Long Duck Dong. "I can't believe I just gave my panties to a geek!"
  • 5. Ghost
    I cry every time I see this movie. And it has the most unique clay pot-throwing scene I have ever seen. Kudos! "Four million dollars?!?!"
  • 4. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    There is a buttload of gratuitous sex in this movie. It's also pretty funny! What more could you ask for? "Relax your throat muscles ..."
  • 3. Dirty Dancing
    The biggest sleeper hit of the decade. That dance scene to the tune of "Cry To Me" is SO sexy! "What's your real name, Baby?"
  • 2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    I laughed my booty off the first time I saw this. Ferris is my hero! "Let my Cameron gooo!"
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    This is THE difinitive 80's teen comedy/love/angst flick. And it has the brat-packers! What more could you want??? Bender is the man. "Totally."
Shout-outs to Pretty in Pink, Back to the Future Trilogy, the Explorers, Stand By Me, Footloose, Beetlejuice, Indiana Jones movies, Top Gun, Legend, the Abyss, Spaceballs, Karate Kid, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, etc...
By: Carlos
  • 10. Happy Gilmore
    Think happy tought's, just think happy tought's....
  • 9. The Blues Brothers
    We are in a mission from god.......
  • 8. Fast times at ridgemont high
    Who ordered a pizza??? The pool scene....Instant Classic.
  • 7. Revenge of the NERDS !
    THE BIKE RACE !!, The Belching Contest!!, The party at the Alpha Lamda... CLASSSSSSICCCCC
  • 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off!
    The restaurant scene, they get inn, they eat, they sneak out, and they play it cool.....funny shit!!
  • 5. Fight Club
    Rule # 7 Kill Whiteee
  • 4. Cady Shack
    I don't want to play golf grandpa, I want to play tennis,. Your going to play GOLF and your going to like it !! Rodney Dangerfield: When he arrives at the Golf Pro Shop and buy's the hole freekin place.... Thank you very little (classic)
  • 3. Ntl. Lampoon's Animal House
    Belushi: They took the fucking bar!! they took the fucking bar!! Belushi: While getting food from the cafeteria stuck's a full hamburger in to his mouth, a pie, and jello, then he serves him self a full plate to his table. Belushi: From now on, your name will be flounder !! Excuse me sir, but why flounder? WHY THE FUCK NOT?
  • 2. Star Wars Episode I
    Joda: Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering
  • 1. 16 Candles
    The scene where Long Dock Dong drives inn, and crashes in to Jake's driveway (PARTY)
I would like to thank my cousin MATT for all the knoledge and the classic movies, thanks for those long hours of enjoyment drinking beer and having tons of laughts, and don't forget subway sandiches for LIFE....
By: Nick Johnson
  • 10. Sixteen Candles
  • 9. Planes Trains and Automobiles
  • 8. The Breakfast Club
  • 7. The Wizard
  • 6. The Goonies
  • 5. Ferris Buller's Day Off
  • 4. Back To The Future
  • 3. Pee Wee's Big Adventure
  • 2. The Karate Kid
  • 1. The Empire Strikes Back/Return Of The Jedi
By: jenny
  • 10. The Goonies
    Very funny and reminds me of childhood when you always believed in hidden treasure.
  • 9. Return of the Jedi
    I loved the Ewoks and the whole Star Wars series was fantastic but I recall this the most as I was't born when the others were reeased.
  • 8. An Officer and a Gentleman
    For the greatest romantic ending in a movie ever, he goes to the factory lifts her up, that song is playiny and they go off into the sunset.
  • 7. Labrinth
    Fave childhood movie loved the magic and the innocence of the film. Also the characters were kinda cool.
  • 6. Top Gun
    Tom Cruise in leathers on the motorbike. Oh Yeah. Also loved the sountrack, Dangerzone, Take my breath away. so sad when Goose die.
  • 5. Ferris Buller's Day Off
    Histerically funny and made me want to bunk school like that.
  • 4. Pretty in Pink
    Classic movie about the school prom and is even mentioned in the 90's tv series Dawsons Creek when the character Pacy describes himself as Ducky. None of my friends understood that as dont appreciate 80's films.
  • 3. 16 Candles
    I just love john Hugh's movies. This is such a sweet flim I 1st saw it in 1996 when I was 15 an a half and wished my birthday would turn out like that. Also Michael Scholfing(cant remember spelling)was a babe he later starred in the 90's tv film Wild hearts can't be broken
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    one of the best 80's high school movies
  • 1. Dirty Dancing
    great soundtrack and a classic movie about dancing. I can watch it over and over again and never get tired. And it has the best song I've had the time of my life.
Honourable mentions:St Elomo's Fire, Rob Lowe and Andrew Mcarthy, Footloose and Flashdance for the dancing and soundtracks, children's classic ET and any River Phonix movie as he a babe, such a shame, so young and soo cute.
By: aaron
  • 10. Real Genius (1985)
    Saw it for the first time about 2 years ago. Funny as hell. I saw Top Gun first and did not like Val Kilmer. Once I saw him in this role, I really started to like him. My god this movie was funny.
  • 9. Summer School (1987)
    Damn this movie was funny! Lots of good one liners. You just have to see it to believe it. I saw it again recently after MANY years. It's just as funny today as it was in 87.
  • 8. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
    The arcade at the beginning brought back a lot of memories! I actually just saw this about 2 years ago for the first time, and I really liked it! We deal with a lot of the same issues even today. Very well done.
  • 7. Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986)
    Funny as all hell. One of my single favorite parts is when he plays his keyboard and it makes coughing and throwing up sounds! I want a keyboard like that!
  • 6. The Breakfast Club (1985)
    I like the brat pack, but I'm not stuck on them. What I really liked about the 80's movies, and especially John Hughes, is they were simple. No 90's complex plot that takes a PHD in physics with a Masters in psychology to figure out. I mean, a bunch of kids in saturday school. Entertaining and very simple! I like that. Great movie!
  • 5. Aliens (1986)
    James Cameron did an excellent job with this movie! I've watched it on DVD several times. Sweet movie.
  • 4. The Thing (1982)
    I've got the DVD to this as well. Saw this on TV back in 83/84. Scared the hell out of me!!! Great movie, GORY special effects, and edge of your seat suspense. Not for kids!
  • 3. Evil Dead 1 and 2 (1982/1987)
    Low budget horror, and great! Own the DVD to the first. I absolutely love Evil Dead! One of the best horror movies I've ever seen.
  • 2. Indiana Jones Trilogy (1981/1984/1989)
    Love them! I'm amazed how the directors could take such a BORING topic (archeology) and make it interesting! This series rocks! I think part 1 is the best though.
  • 1. Back to the Future Trilogy (1985/1989/1990)
    As usual, the original is the BEST. Part 2 was pretty good, part 3 was just ok, since I hate westerns, but the DeLorean was in it! Still, I love this series! The whole concept of time travel is just down right cool. Can't wait for the DVD! I actually got to see parts 2 and 3 in the theaters. Did you know you can buy those cars on Ebay?? I've seen several for sale on there.
There are many other movies I like, but with only 10 to choose from, many will be left out. The movies at the top are definitely in order, but the rest are not. Theres just so many movies, so little space. The 90's just went to hell. They don't make movies like they used to. Too much plot and twisted story lines. 80's were simple!
By: chris
  • 10. Crocodile Dundee
    That's not a knife! Now there's a Knife!
  • 9. Steel magnolias
    It's hard tpo think of Julia roberts with a part that involves dying.
  • 8. ferris buellers day off
    Bueller. Bueller.
  • 7. the princess bride
    I'm picking this one on behalf of my friend. This one's 4 u girlfriend because I know you got a crush on Fred Savage and you're 30!
  • 6. The twilight zone
    Cheesy but cool. I like the part when there's this girl meets this guy and he has the power to wish good and bad on people. They also introduce a new kid of technology in this movie which was used in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
  • 5. the wizard
    I reccomend this one for any person who still wants to play an Atari machine.
  • 4. Blues brothers
    This one is sooo funny
  • 3. Back to the future
    Don't you wish you could just travel back in time? I do.
  • 2. flashdance
    She's a maniac, maniac on the floor. And she's dancin' like she's never danced before.
  • 1. top gun
    Tom Cruise is a real cutie in this one. He still is.
By: Aginah Oliver
  • 10. Lucas
    That movie always made me cry
  • 9. E.T.
    Beautilfull movie
  • 8. Comming to America
    "What does dumn fuck, mean?"
  • 7. The Color Purple
    "I may be Black, I may even be ugly, but good God im, im here!"
  • 6. The Karate Kid Trillogy
    "Mr. Meoggie" Hey I know that's not spelled right!
  • 5. Breakin1
    It put break dancing on the map!
  • 4. ST. Elmo's Fire
    Once again I love you guys: Molly, Judd, Alley, Elmilo, Demi, Rob, Andrew, Mare, Anthony! Way to go Rob with ur comeback on the West Wing!
  • 3. 16 Candles
    "I can't believe my grandmother felt me up!"
  • 2. Dirty Dancing
    How can u possibally forget Patrick's ass in those black pants!
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    I was in love with all of the guys in the Brat Pack! I still have my Breakfast Club poster, it is one of my most prized collectables!
By: beau berdahl
  • 10. Space camp
    This movie had joaquin phoenix, when he was a pudgy little twerp. This movie had kely preston. need i say more. Kelly preston was the teenager of the eighties. She may not have been the msot popular highschooler in the eighties, but she was deffinitely the hottest.
  • 9. Little shop of Horrors
    what can i say. Steve martin as the dentist. Funniest songs ever. Totally outrageous plot. The only thing that screws this movie up is rick moranis, as usual.
  • 8. Mad max beyond thunderdome
    Mel gibson still had his sexy australian accent in this movie. Tina turner is cool as all hell, as the controlling bitch of barder town. The soundtrack is kick ass, and the chase scene at the end is uncomparable to anything ive seen in long time.
  • 7. the Breakfast club
    everyone knows why, obviously. It's on everyone's list, I'm sure
  • 6. the last starfighter
    the only big star in this movie was "the music man". all the same the old school computer graphics, that composed the battle ship fight scenes were awesome.
  • 5. RAD
    anyone remember this movie about a bmx kid. I barely remember it either. But i know that I watched it alteast 25 times in a row when I was younger. So i can not throw it off my list.
  • 4. Gleaming the cube
    christian slater screamed cool in this eighties skateboarding movie. It's also funny to see a baby faced tony hawk in a pizza hat and van.
  • 3. Sixteen candles
    to this day, I still want to offer my body to michael shoeffling, Molly ringwald's love interest in the movie.
  • 2. Howard the duck
    I dont love this movie anymore. But growing up, I thought it was pretty damn cool. and the cheesiness of this movie, sums up the eighties perfectly.
  • 1. Goonies
    This movie was just a classic , fun, kids movie. It also starred many of the kids that would turn out to be the teen stars of the eighties.
I refuse to mention any movies in my list that are actually GOOD QUALITY movies. cause saying star wars, would be just to god damn easy and expectable. I am all abou the cheesy eighties. That's what they were about.
By: Adrian
  • 10. Ferris Beuller's Day Off
    This movie never gets old! Makes you wonder what kids will really do to get out of going to school!
  • 9. The Goonies
    I just remember watching this movie all the time when I was younger. I think I had a crush on someone in it!
  • 8. Footloose
    A lot of good songs!
  • 7. Dirty Dancing
    Just love this movie. And the Dancing!
  • 6. The Lost Boys
    I have to say one of my favorite scenes is when Cory is in the tub signing " I ain't got a man!". Cracks me up everytime
  • 5. Rocky movies
    I love any boxing movie, so Rocky made my top 10. And yes my name is Adrian ( i know YO Adrian....) but the funny thing is my fathers name is Rocky! People always get a kick out of that!
  • 4. Beetlejuice
    Love it,Love it, Love it!!!
  • 3. The Breakfast Club
    No matter how many times I watch it, I still love it. Very good movie!
  • 2. Grease 2
    So many people never even knew there was a Grease 2 which is "beyond me" cause I love it! I say something about Grease 2 and people say I never even heard of it. Makes me wonder where have these people been!
  • 1. Top Gun
    Number 1 is hard to pick,but I would have to go with Top Gun. "I feel the need, the need for speed" or better yet " Maverick you big stud,take me to bed or lose me forever! "
By: Big Ron
  • 10. Masters of the Universe and Willow
    Two fantasy films that are both great and can't be better than one another
  • 9. Ghostbusters
    Tightest movie!
  • 8. Karate Kid
    Wax on wax off!
  • 7. Friday the 13th 1 and 2
    The best ones!
  • 6. Lethal Weapon
    Franchise was big! Too bad they're at an end.
  • 5. Legend
    Ripley Scott is tight!
  • 4. Do the right thing
    Best film by spike lee
  • 3. Nightmare on Elm St
    Serpent of the rainbow wasn't even close to this film, this one was so much different and Wes's best
  • 2. Halloween
    Hey it's not 80s, but the franchise was doing great and still is. Plus Carpenter if awesome
  • 1. Back to the Future
    Something different and way cool
By: Ryan Harder
  • 10. Ernest Goes To Camp
    No one does it better then Ernest P. Worrell
  • 9. Goonies
    The ideal brat pack movie
  • 8. Moving
    The ideal moving trip from one end of the country to the other.
  • 7. Men At Work
    Work Sucks, but someone's gotta do it
  • 6. Ghostbusters
    really good show for the kids
  • 5. Trading Places
    From living on a street corner to the good life
  • 4. Gremlins
    cute but gross when they multiply
  • 3. Back To The Future
    Hello McFly
  • 2. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    A teenager's dream day
  • 1. Overboard
    A hilarious movie of memory making & memory faking. The ideal revenge, from being rich, unhappy & bored to being snatched, renamed and forced into slave labour & motherhood
By: Sarah

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