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: Greg
  • 10. Back to the Future
    One of the greatest stories ever told, Michael J Fox rocks!! "...We're the Pinheads"
  • 9. They Call Me Bruce
    Johnny Yune cracks me up, I love this film. "With my right foot, I'll kick your nose...."
  • 8. National Lampoons Vacation
    Chevy Chase at his best. "I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose!! Holy Sh$#!!!"
  • 7. Revenge Of The Nerds
    Gotta love Booger, he makes the movie. "We have bush!"
  • 6. Stand By Me
    Classic boyhood adventure, actually better than the book. "Suck my fat one you cheap dime store hood"
  • 5. First Blood
    When you're a kid, this movie is scary!! "They drew first blood, not me"
  • 4. Big Trouble in Little China
    Kurt Russel is Hilarious, wish he did more comedies. "It's all in the reflexes"
  • 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Classic movie, I could never get sick of watching it. Love Charlie Sheens Cameo. "...Fry....."
  • 2. Say Anything
    John Cusak's best film! "Kickboxing, sport of the future"
  • 1. Weird Science
    Anthony Michael Hall is a legend in this film!!! "Fats man, I'm'a tell you my story man"
I wanted to include the StarWars trilogy but wasn't sure of the dates.
By: Carl
  • 10. Goonies
    "HEY YOU GUUUUYYYYSSSS" -Sloth (can't follow that up w/anything meaningful)
  • 9. Pretty in Pink
    I'd give anything to take Molly Ringwald to prom, and to think Andrew McCarthy almost blew it. I guess mostly I just identify with Ducky.
  • 8. Howard the Duck
    I know.. I know.. it's supposedly one of the worst films of all time and such, but i thought it was funny. The role of new wave singer was a stretch for Lea Thompson, but watchin' a duck talk is funny to me.
  • 7. Friday the 13th
    Didn't exactly start any trends (other than exorbitant numbers of sequels) but it gave me nightmares as a child, and that's good enough for me.
  • 6. National Lampoon's Vacation
    Any Griswold trip deserves to be on a top ten list of something, Wallyworld really is the happiest place on earth.
  • 5. Breakfast Club
    Like a serious version of Saved by the Bell condensed into 2 hours, it covered all types of kids and all types of problems with flare only the brat packers could provide.
  • 4. Weird Science
    Anthony Michael Hall is classic in this film, and who can say no to Kelly LeBrock.
  • 3. Say Anything
    The ultimate in romantic comedies from the king of romantic comedies, John Cusack, I do my best to use the boombox peter gabriel gig on my girlfriend.
  • 2. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
    Ultimate mix of comedy and horror, huge cult following although i'll admit it takes a certain kind.
  • 1. Sixteen Candles
    Long Dong sets this movie above all the other brat pack flicks
By: Chris Garrett
By: Nick Jackson
  • 10. The Karate Kid
    A New Jersey boy enters a karate tournment to keep from being beaten up by a gang leader.
  • 9. Call To Glory
    Once again starring Elisabeth Shue. this movie shows how a family reacted to the Cuban Missle Crises back in 1962. shows actuall footage from this historical event.
  • 8. Hello Again
    Shelley Long plays a woman whose life ended over choking on a chicken ball. Her sister brings her back to life one year after her death, where she finds that her life is not the same since her death.
  • 7. Back To The Future
    In a attempt to save his life, Michael J. Fox accidently goes back to the year 1955, where he turns the history of Hill Valley upside down
  • 6. Sixteen Candles
    After her parents forgets her 16th birthday, Molly Ringwald is still trying to get the attention of the most popular boy in school.
  • 5. Cocktail
    A movie about life, love, dreams, and friendship. Tom Cruise plays a dreamer of becoming rich, but discovers he has the tallent to become a bartender. after going from New York to Jamica, he finds a girl who helps him make his dreams come true.
  • 4. Can't Buy Me Love
    Patrick Dempsey is a geek who dreams of being popular in high school. to do so, he pays the most popular girl in school 1,000 dollars to pretend to date him so he can become popular.
  • 3. Steel Magonlias
    a wonderful movie where six best friends live through life and death, but in the process, they learn to depend on each other. it is the funniest movie that will ever make you cry.
  • 2. Beaches
    Bette Midler plays a actress who finds the true meaning of friendship after meeting her best friend on a beach in Atlantic City.
  • 1. Adventures In Babysitting
    Elisabeth Shue is absoultely brillant as she plays a babysitter who was dumped by her dream date. as a result, she takes three kids into downtown Chicago to rescue her frantic friend, where they get into loads of trouble, and have the biggest adventure of their lives without their parents even knowing.
By: Rachelle Imson
  • 10. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    Amy Heckerling's best. No Molly Ringwald, but good nonetheless.
  • 9. Labyrinth
    Jeniffer Conelly and David Bowie!!! Honestly, I did get freaked out seeing this as a kid, but it's a wonderful story.
  • 8. The Princess Bride
    Love, fairy tale style.
  • 7. The Goonies
    "I was trying to dictate myself." "That's delude yourself, dork!" "That's what I said."
  • 6. Heathers
    Winona Ryder and Christian Slater? Yummy. She's never been seen darker than in this movie.
  • 5. Some Kind of Wonderful
    So sweet.
  • 4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    There is a time and place to ditch: Monday through Friday.
  • 3. Breakfast Club
    Even while growing up in the 90s, I could still relate.
  • 2. 16 Candles/Pretty In Pink
    Molly Ringwald is the 80s Teen Queen.
  • 1. Say Anything
    John Cusack rocks my world.
By: Shawn Taft
  • 10. The Shining
    "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". . . very f-ckn scary when I was a kid.
  • 9. Hoosiers
    we still run the picket fence every time we need a bucket
  • 8. Fast Times at Ridgemount High
    Ola Mr. Hand
  • 7. Beautiful Girls
    Fell in love with both Uma (legal) and Natalie Portman (<18)
  • 6. Princess Bride
    "there nuthin' like a good brisket sandwich with some fresh tomatas"
  • 5. Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me
    Dr. Evil by himself makes this top a top 10
  • 4. Dazed and Confused
    wanna play some fooseball
  • 3. Swingers
    double down
  • 2. Plains, Trains and Automobiles
    # 1 comedy. "no I don't. . . but I do have $4.19 and a . . . . . . casio."
  • 1. True Romance
    glamourous. . . sexy. . . and cool. Unprecedented cast.
By: Lauren
gosh these aren't my real top 10.. the list goes on and on.. i love most 80s movies.. I also love the Outsiders, Secret Admirer, and Dirty Dancing..
By: Brian
By: ellen barnett
  • 10. A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon
    River Phoenix, Meredith Salenger, Ione Skye --1988
  • 9. The Princess Bride
    Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre The Giant --1987
  • 8. Terminator
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn --1984
  • 7. Evil Dead II
    Bruce Campbell --1987
  • 6. Evil Dead
    Bruce Campbell --1982
  • 5. Rocky IV
    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Dolph Lundgren --1985
  • 4. Red Scorpion
    Dolph Lundgren, M Emmet Walsh --1989
  • 3. Fright Night II
    William Ragsdale, Roddy Mcdowell, Traci Lynn, Jullie Carmen--1989
  • 2. Fright Night
    William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy Mcdowell, Amanda Bearse--1985
  • 1. Willow
    Val Kilmer, Warwick Davis, Joanne Whaley, Billy Bardy--1988
By: rwillough
By: candybean
  • 10. Rain Man
    sad, but good movie
  • 9. Top Gun
    all around good movie
  • 8. The Goonies
    if you didn't like the goonies, their's something wrong with you
  • 7. Ghostbusters
    this is the coolest movie!!
  • 6. Stand by Me
    Steven King rocks! This Movie Rocks!
  • 5. E.T.
    Ever kid in the world flocked to see this awesome movie (highest grossing movie of the 80's)
  • 4. Dirty Dancing
    Greatest love story of the 80's
  • 3. Fast times at Ridgemont High
    AWESOME MOVIE, who can argue that this movie didn't kick ASS
  • 2. Ferris Bulleur's Day Off
    Who didn't like this movie!!
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    The undisputed Champ of the 80's
By: aeryn
coincidentally, while i'm doing this, st. elmo's fire is playing on cinemax in the background.
By: Chris B
  • 10. Back To The Future 2
    Biff kicks ass! this was the best in the trilogy! "Manure! I hate Manure!"
  • 9. The Princess Bride
    Long Live Andre! "Tottaly inconcievable"
  • 8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    This is the definition of coolness!
  • 7. St. Elmos Fire
    "Love, love, you know what love is?"
  • 6. The Goonies
    "Slick shoes!"
  • 5. Ghostbusters 1/2
    "who you gonna call?"
  • 4. Stand By Me
    "It was a total Barfarama"!! :)
  • 3. The Outsiders
    I cried! now c'mon i wasnt the only one! who can forget the rumble?
  • 2. The Lost Boys
    Joint number 1 i have to say! "Death By Stereo" wow!
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    This just sumed up teenage life.
there is just too many to decided! my top 10 ain't in any order!
By: Erin
  • 10. Gremlins
    I know what you're thinking but Gizmo is so cute and I couldn't think of nothing else. This use to be another one of my favorites.
  • 9. The Abyss
    Awesome special effects! Micheal Biehn played a great misunderstood villan.
  • 8. Scrooged
    Hilarious, especially the part with the ghost of Christmas present.
  • 7. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
    Now I know what you're thinking but I love this movie. I just find Elvira very funny and clever.
  • 6. Ghostbusters
    One of my favourites since I was a kid. Bill Murrey is the best in this.
  • 5. Beetlejuice
    Micheal Keaton's hilarious in this movie. And the tunes are kinda catchy.
  • 4. Batman
    The Joker's a classic. "Oh a little song, a little dance. Batman's head on a lance!"
  • 3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    This has gotta be the funniest vacation movie ever made. Oh man, everytime I watch it I almost crap my pants!
  • 2. The Terminator
    What can I say it's a classic. "I'll be back!" "I came across time for you Sarah, I love you. I always have."
  • 1. Aliens
    Gotta be my fave James Cameron film.
By: Janet
  • 10. St. Elmo's Fire
    Another Brat Pack movie.
  • 9. Return of the Jedi
    The third and best installment, in the Star Wars trilogy.
  • 8. The Lost Boys
    Hot guy stars. Very commical, but can also be used for a good scare.
  • 7. Pretty in Pink
    Great movie about a guy from the right side of the tracks, and a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
  • 6. E.T.
    It gave a new view on Extra- terrestrials. Was even a great movie about family and frienship.
  • 5. Top Gun
    Combined both romance, and action. Great for everyone to love.
  • 4. Stand By Me
    Rob Reiner, is all I have to say.
  • 3. The Outsiders
    This was some of the greatest male stars today, first real movie. It taught what it was like to grow up in a run down town. And even taught us many values. Should be a great inspiration for teenagers today.
  • 2. Back to the Future
    What a great movie. This is one of the best science fiction movies ever made.
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    One of the best movies of all time. This was someting kids could really relate to. It showed how kids actually thought and how they felt.
By: Linda
  • 10. St. Elmo's Fire
    I'm still debating on the theme, but Andrew McCarthy's eyes are so gorgeous! 'It not a party until something gets broken'
  • 9. Say Anything
    Who wouldn't go for Llyod? A friendly, smart, charming guy. 'Lately, I've been kickboxing'
  • 8. Better Off Dead
    Everybody in high school knows what it feels like to be John Cusack in this movie. 'You speak English'
  • 7. Mystic Pizza
    The truth about relationships--they're not easy! 'What the hell does Leona put in that pizza'
  • 6. The Outsiders
    Great star in there younger years, it's a fun look back. Plus Sodapop is really cute. 'You guys waitin' for a flood'
  • 5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    I idolize Ferris Bueller. Foolproof faking sick plans, concern from his class, not even the principal can catch him! 'how's your brother doing?'
  • 4. Sixteen Candles
    Another John Hughes great. I think my favorite character is Long Duck Dong. 'I'd shit twice and die'
  • 3. Top Gun
    this is a sexy action movie!! A mysterious fighter pilot on the verge of becoming 'the best' and his attractive instructor to counsel him. Tom Cruise's best. 'I feel the need..the need for speed'
  • 2. Footloose
    A kickass soundtrack and a hot star. I'll dance with Ren McCormick any day! 'This is our time to dance. It's our way of celebrating life.'
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    A John Hughes Classic--A story of a brain, and athlete, a basketcase, a criminal, and a princess. It's truthful about high school life. 'I'm in the physics club too'
By: Melissa
You know my list is the best *wink*
By: Scott Vanderburgh
  • 10. The Lost Boys
    I don't think any other movie( besides Evil Dead 2 )fuses horror and comedy as well. Kiefer Sutherland is truly freaky in this movie.
  • 9. Pretty in Pink
    It may be sappy and predictable, but hey, it's a John Hughes movie! On a side note, I don't want to sound like a "Duckie" basher, but what's with the hair?
  • 8. Little Monsters
    Fred Savage returns in grand form.Is it just me or is "Boy", the villian at the end of the movie ,incredibly creepy and disturbing.
  • 7. The Wizard
    C'mon, what red blooded pre-teen male didn't want to be Fred Savage in this movie? He goes on a cross-country adventure, gets the girl, and does it all while playing Nintendo games. Hell, I'd still like to be Fred Savage.
  • 6. Adventures in Babysitting
    I forgot just how funny this movie is until I rented it recently. It really has some great moments and characters.
  • 5. Pump Up the Volume
    What can I say? Christian Slater was my hero in the eighties and this was one of his best.
  • 4. The Goonies
    It may be a "kid" movie, but it's so funny and entertaining that anyone can enjoy it. Kids today are getting the shaft when it comes to movies.
  • 3. The Legend of Billie Jean
    While I may not agree with Helen Slater's haircut halfway through the movie, I can't deny how entertaining this one is. Great soundtrack too.
  • 2. Heathers
    Just as funny now as when I first saw it. No one can touch Christian Slater's coolness in this movie. Not even Judd Nelson!(Blasphemy!)
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    The eighties movie to end all eighties movies! This one has it all. Comedy, drama, and Judd Nelson as John Bender!
I have a strange definition of an eighties movie that i don't even understand. That's why movies like The Empire Strikes Back and Evil Dead 2 didn't make this list.I love these movies, but don't consider them eighties movies. That may sound stupid, but hey, I'm a stupid guy!

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