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: John Lindsey
Commando and Die Hard- The Best action Movies ever.
By: John Lindsey
Commando and Die Hard- The Best action Movies ever.
- 10. License to Drive
The 2 coreys!!!
- 9. Pump Up the Volume
- 8. Say Anything
its sooo cute
- 7. The Goonies
I've loved this movie for as long as I can remember
- 6. Pretty in Pink
Molly Ringwald.. again
- 5. Ferris Buller's Day Off
he's sooooo cool
- 4. Heathers
haha.. this is soooo my school.. well minus the killing and such
- 3. Sixteen Candles
Molly Ringwald.. enough said
- 2. Hairspray
John Waters Classic
- 1. The Breakfast Club
- 10. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
-thud thud- "That was my skull"
- 9. Gremlins
A horde of obnoxious,green monsters run amok on the people of this quiet, snow-covered town. There was Stripper Gremlin, Mafioso Gremlin, Transvestite Gremlin, Masked Gunman Gremlin, and Snow White & the 7 Dwarves.
- 8. St. Elmo's Fire
My favorite Brat Pack movie. They're all a little older and maybe a little less wiser in St. Elmo's Fire. Eighties fashion, music, comraderie, and OoOo Demi Moore as a blonde and Rob Lowe with his sax!
- 7. Stand By Me
River Phoenix proved himself to be one of the greatest talents of our generation in Stand By Me. A touching tale of lost innocence, growing up, and true friendship.
- 6. Hellraiser 2
I'm not really sure when it came out originally, but it stands as one of my favorite horror flicks of all time.
- 5. Breakfast Club
The movie for every teen who's ever felt left out, wondering what the cool kids were like. The brain, the princess, the felon, the basketcase, the jock. United against the villianous principal. Killer soundtrack, too.
- 4. Dream A Little Dream
Another of the many Corey Haim/Feldman flicks, but this one doesn't suck. William McNamara, Meredith Salenger, Corey Haim, and Corey Feldman. Boy runs into girl and BOOM, they're possessed by the spirits of their elderly neighbors. Do I even have to mention how hot William McNamara is in it?
- 3. The Lost Boys
Before there were Lestat and Louis, there were the Lost Boys. Dark sensuality, adult villians, and that bat cave with The Doors poster. Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Alex Winters (before Bill & Ted) all before they went to crap. Still the best vampire film ever.
- 2. Pump Up the Volume
The movie that screamed out the anthem for angst-ridden, bored, discontent teenagers of my generation all around the globe. We're sick as fuck of being held down, silenced, and spoon fed our parents' Baby Boom bullshit. Great soundtrack, too.
- 1. Heathers
"Fuck me gently with a chainsaw", "If Betty Finn's fairy godmother made her cool, do you really think she'd still hang out with her dweebette friends" A time when Shannen Doherty wasn't the biggest bitch on the set. Before Winona Ryder looked anorexic. Before Christian Slater began to suck. I know this film by heart from start to finish.
In no particular order...
- 10. BEETLE JUICE
GEENA DAVID ROCKS!!!
- 9. WIERD SCIENCE
OK MOVIE BUT THE MUSIC IS GREAT!!!!
- 8. SERCRET OF MY SUCESS
MICHAEL J FOX AND HELEN SLATER KISS YIPPEE!!!!!!!!
- 7. BREAKFAST CLUB
SAME AS NUMBER 5#!!!!!!
- 6. FERRIS BUELLERS DAY OFF !!!!
MATHEW BRODERICK IS SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOO FINE!!! AND THE CAR IS JUST AS HOT !!!PS ALAN RUCK(CAMERON) RULES!!!
- 5. SIXTEEN CANDLES
MOLLY RINGWALD ,MY HEROE!!!
- 4. BACK TO THE FUTURE 2
NOT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST BUT HEY I HOPE THATS THE WAY IT REALLY IS IN 2015!! AND HAVE U NOTICED THAT EARLY 80S FASHIONS ARE COMING BACK ?
- 3. HIGH SCHOOL USA
MICHAEL J FOX , NANCY MCKEON !!! IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY!!! GREAT MOVIE
- 2. VALLEY GIRL
LIKE SOME BAD PARTS (LIKE GAG ME WITH A SPOON!!)BUT LIKE IT HAS LIKE THE CUTIE NIC CAGE AND I CAN TOTALLY RELATE WITH THE VAL GALS !!! AND TO THE DUDES JUST WATCH THE LIKE MOVIE YOUR LIKE GALS WILL TOTALLY LUV IT !!!! (IM SO SURE!!)
- 1. BACK TO THE FUTURE
GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!!IF U DONT LIKE THE CONCEPT JUST WATCH IT CUZ THAT CUTIE MICHAEL J FOX SING IN IT!!!!!!
I WAS BORN IN '87 SO MOST OF THIS STUFF I WATCHED LATER ON O WEEL THE 80S ARE BACK!!!!!!!
By: Wes C
- 10. The Last Starfighter / 1984
Ok I'm a sci-fi guy, no the acting wasn't Oscar worthy, but it had a great cast, action and great graphics for the day and time.
- 9. Tron / ?
Way ahead of it's time in terms of using computer generated graphics. Plus your classic tale of good vs. evil.
- 8. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure / 1988
I was in high school when this one came out, I think I saw it 3 times in the theatres. Dude! Rufus! Bee-thoven!
- 7. Amadeus
Excellent movie, he was a little on the wacko side, but I guess if you thought your father's ghost was haunting you, you would be too.
- 6. E.T.
- 5. War Games
I remember camping out as a kid, and talking about this movie. Worried that the Russians were going to bomb us.
- 4. Steel Magnolias / 1989
This is a great movie, and will always hold a special place in my heart as my first date movie.
- 3. The Princess Bride / 1987
Have fun storming the castle! One of my all time favs from the 80's, how could you not love this one.
- 2. Empire Strikes Back / 1980
Luke I am your father. No!!!!!!
- 1. Raiders of the Lost Ark / 1981
Hard to pick a #1, but this is near the top of mine.
Runners up: Return of the Jedi, Sixteen Candles, The Little Mermaid
By: Pete B.
- 10. Rocky 3/1982
It was tough to choose between this and Rocky 4, but Rocky 3 is overall better in my eyes. In Rocky 3 you have the lose of Mick, Clubber Lang played by Mr. T(who is very eighties if you ask me), Hulk Hogan, and the song Eye of the Tiger, that would inspire a large breed of old and out of shape jocks to buy the cd and go listen to it at there precious workout gym or sports club. Rocky 3 is eighties and Rocky 4 is the Cold War and eighties. So Rocky 3 get's my vote over Rocky 4.
- 9. Stripes/1981
One of the greatest comedies of all time. If you make a web of all of the actors in this movie and link them to two other movies you cover a huge amount of ground as far as comedies go. Bill Murray is still one of the funniest people in the movie industry.
- 8. The Goonies/1985
Great adventure movie, I think overall I hear more talk about the Goonies on a yearly basis than I do any other eigthies movie.
- 7. Ghostbusters/1984
If anyone asks me what I have wanted to be my whole life I respond "A Ghostbuster." Peter Venkman, Egon Spangler, Winston Zeddemore, and of course Raymond Stantz. These guys are great! This is one of the most entertaining movies I have ever seen. Ghostbusters is in a paranormal world of its own, that I have loved since I first saw it.
- 6. Say Anything/1989
Perhaps one of the best romantic comedies, maybe tied with Cusack's latest gem High Fidelity. Lloyd Dobbler is an inspiration to all. He has tuly cares about people and loves kickboxing. Great lines accompany this kick ass love story and eighties movie. At the end of Cameron Crowe's first film you truly feel satisfied with the movie, and also you feel satisfied with yourself. What better way to tell the your girl you love her by blasting Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes.
- 5. Back to the Future/1985
Doc. Brown, Marty McFly, Bif Tannen, a Dolorean Time Machine, and the constant use of the word heavy makes this movie crack the top five best 80's movies.
- 4. Revenge of the Nerds/1984
In my opinion the best college movie ever. I know Animal House is good, but that took place in 1969, Nerds was in the eighties. Such characters as Booger(Dudley Dawson), Lewis Skulnick, Gilbert Lowe, Lamar Latrell, and a Japanese guy named Takashi. This movie has lines that I still say over in my head and laugh. Also Stan Gable, what a great dooshbag. Ohh and who could forget Betty Childs. Also one of the best eighties/party scenes is when the Nerds bust out Wonder Joints and groove to Thriller.
- 3. TeenWolf/1985
Scott Howard, Stiles, Boof, Pamela Wells, and a basketball team by the name of the Beavers. This movie kicks! It captures the eighties party, and also tackles the world of minors trying to buy beer. Great end scene when little MJ Fox comes back to win the big game versus the Dragons.
- 2. Breakfast Club/1985
Perhaps the best movie about high school ever written. Though very much a comedy, is also a very good drama, which makes this movie a classic. It is a perfect eighties movie, the Brat Pack, Simple Minds, John Hughes, and it is about high school kids which so many others are.
- 1. Karate Kid/1984
Daniel Larusso meets Mr. Miyagi and a friendship is formed that will hold true for two more movies. Great life lessons, kick ass karate scenes, Cruel Summer by Bananarama, Young Elizabeth Shue, and a kid from New Jersey that moves to California. You really feel for Daniel when he is all alone in the beginning, especially when he throws his bike in the dumpster, but you never feel better when he sneds a crane kick to the face of Johnny Lawrence and wins the All Valley Karate Tournament.
Honorable Mentions:Rambo, Platoon, Rocky 4(Best Cold War Movie Ever):),Red Dawn(Second Best Cold War Movie Ever), The Outsiders, Rumblefish, Sixteen Candles, Better off Dead, Amadeus, Rad(which is in a league of its own, but a great eighties movie), Real Genuis, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Fast Times.
By: Ryan McGinley
- 10. Wild Strawberries
The opening dream sequence is the most haunting thing i've seen in a movie.
- 9. The Wild Bunch
The scene where William Holden gives his speech to the bunch about sticking together, and than rides off into the sunset always makes me cry.
- 8. Pickpocket
Robert Bressons search for grace and redemption in a cruel world.
- 7. Floating Weeds
Yasujiro Ozu's Masterpiece about family.
- 6. Taxi Driver
Deeply moving and disturbing look at the urban loner.
- 5. Masculine/Feminin
Jean-luc Godard at his best!
- 4. The Searchers
The best western ever made, a very dark film.
- 3. Citizen Kane
Iconiclastic filmmaking at it's peak
- 2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Haunting! Kubrick was the best filmmaker of all-time!
- 1. La Grande Illusion
Jean Renoir's beautiful celebration of life during the horrors of WW1
runners up: L'Atalante, Vertigo, The Third Man, Lolita(62), 8 1/2, and everything Kubrick made since Lolita.
- 10. About Last Night
The orginal "Brat pack" movie - next to THE BREAKFAST CLUB !!
- 9. Father of the Bride
..another heart melter and very funny.
- 8. The Secret of My Success
Wouldn't we all love to be able to pass this one off in our office - and he gets the girl also ..
- 7. Arthur
Dudley Moore - one of the best little men to make you laugh !!
- 6. Rainman
Cruise - stud - Hoffman - brillant performance !!
- 5. Footloose
..another Dancing theme with a fine thing to boot !!
- 4. Ferris Buellers Day Off
Classic - who would ever think of taking a day off and doing all that - great day off !!
- 3. Dirty Dancing
Everyone - who was anyone wanted to go away with their parents and meet a Patrick Swazye after this one !!
- 2. St Elmo's Fire
Love, Heartache what more happened to us all in the 80's
- 1. Terms of Endearment
If this did not touch your heart - then you have a heart of stone!!
- 10. E.T.
Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore
- 9. Ghost Dad
- 8. Look Who's Talking
Kirstie Allie, John Travolta, Bruce Willis
- 7. The Breakfast Club
Molly Ringwald, Emilio Esteves
- 6. Adventures in Babysitting
Ketih Coogan, Elizabeth Shue
- 5. The Lost Boys
Corey Feldman, Corey Haims
- 4. Gremlins
Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates
- 3. The 'Burbs
Corey Feldman, Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher
- 2. Stand By Me
Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O'Connell
- 1. The Goonies
Corey Feldman, Sean Astin, Jeff Cohen, Jonathan Ke Quan, Josh Brolin, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton
Hey did you realize that I'm a fan of Corey Feldman?
- 10. ET
- 9. Raiders of the Lost Arc
This was one of the Best movies of all time and by far the best in the series. This should be ranked higher but how can you argue with this list here. they all belong. As far as i am concerned they are all number 1
- 8. Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
I laughed so hard in this one. Had to be one of the most humorous movies in the 80's. I want a fucking honda, a fucking toyota, a fucking datsun, four fucking wheels and a seat. HAAHHAHA....I still cant stop laughing.
- 7. Rain Man
GREAT MOVIE...NEED I SAY MORE
- 6. Ghostbusters.
She sleeps above her covers.........Five feet above her covers, she barks, she drools.................. I am the Key Master....Zool...A whole new thought was processed with this one. And how many of you didnt like the soundtrack.. not to mention to classic acting heroes... Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray..
- 5. Dead Poets Society.
One of the first real movies that moved me. Well Done, well acted. I cant say anymore than this will always be one of my favorites.
- 4. Back to the Future.
This one was great for everyone. I can still watch this movie. Classic eighties. The first two revolved around the eighties and all its splendour.....Loved it.
- 3. Ferris Bueller s Day off
I wanted to do this ever since watching this movie. Happend to do it many times after. Skipped way to often. And the song at the end.. (OOOOOOOOOH YEEEAAh) CHickee chickaa. And I liked the girl too
- 2. Breakfast Club
It was the movie that epitomized(sp) the 80's. Most of us could relate in one way or another. Another classic: Movie, Soundtrack and CAST...GREAT MIX
- 1. Empire Strikes Back
Laugh it up fuzzball. Cmon, You cant say any movie left you with more questions than that. Classic. And hey, All these movies are great...Had to choose one..
- 10. The Lost Boys
not too scary, actually a little funny, kiefer sutherland was at it finest in this movie
- 9. Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever
funny movie about a very musical high school
- 8. Pretty in Pink
one of the best romantic comedies ever made in my opinion.
- 7. Class
funny, it's amazing how often the story line has actually happened to people before!
- 6. Gremlins
scary when your under five years old, but actually a pretty funny movie, and aren't the gremlins just adorable?!
- 5. Heathers
it's plot was a little depressing, but the movie was still made perfectly, and the acting was incredible.
- 4. Stand by Me
this is my favorite movie of all time, dramatic and funny, and the perfect "bonding" film.
- 3. Fast Times at Richmont High
i personal thought it was hilarious, the ultimate teen movie, lol.
- 2. Dream a Little Dream
the science and philosophy is amazing, and the movie is very versatile.
- 1. The Goonies
fabulous movie for people of all ages.
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