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: rich
  • 10. Clerks
  • 9. Mall Rats
  • 8. Dogma
  • 7. Sleepy Hollow
  • 6. Drop Dead Fred
  • 5. Hollow Man
    they had to wait two years to make this do to tech.
  • 4. Nightmare On Elm Street 6
    This was the final nightmare that told you the most. Through out the movies the directors just keeped on setting the level for the effects.
  • 3. Scream3
    The ending to and awsome trilogy.
  • 2. Nightmare Before Christmas
    I like a lot of animation
  • 1. Feris Buellers Day Off
    one of the first movies to have the actor look at the camera.
all my movies are baised on a tech. point of view
By: kevyn knox
How'bout?::reds,stardust Memories, Broadway Danny Rose, Killing Fields, Passage To India, Zelig, Entre Nous, King Of Comedy, The Dresser, Moonlighting,lost In America, The Official Story, Dreamchild, Blue Velvet, Platoon, Hope & Glory,full Metal Jacket, Drugstore Cowboy, Vagabond,mississippi Burning, The Untouchables, Last Emperor, Raising Arizona, Raging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By: rob cauvin
  • 10. Can't Buy Me Love
    the african ant eater ritual!...need i say more
  • 9. The Lost Boys
    hilarious and freeky. the only good movie by "THE COREYS"
  • 8. The Princess Bride
  • 7. Stand By Me
    the first 80s movie that made me cry and long for my youth. even though i was 16 when it came out.
  • 6. 16 Candles
    great movie. great music, great lines and the oily variety bo-hunk
  • 5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    the movie we all wish we personally experienced
  • 4. Say Anything
    one of the best love stories in the 80s. lily taylor shines! Who didn't love the In your Eyes scene. What guy hasn't tried that after this movie?
  • 3. Heathers
    "Am I going to prom or to hell?" "My teen age angst Bulls**t has gotten a body count" "I just killed my best friend""and worst enemy""same difference" the Best Lines in a bizzare movie
  • 2. The Color Purple
    "everything you've done to me...I've already done to you!" amazing!
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    The end all be all of all 80s movies
karate kid, just one of the guys, heaven help us, back to the future, weird science, adventures in babysitting, red dawn, parenthood, better off dead, the pirate movie(yes!), grease 2
By: melissa
By: Josh
freddy kreuger is the best!
  • 10. Poltergeist
    afraid of ghosts?? you will be!
  • 9. Friday The 13th
    jason vorhees'S mother kills camp counselors because they let his son die!
  • 8. Friday The 13th 2
    better than the first because jasson is actually the killer.
  • 7. The Exorcist
    awesome. awesome. really scary. girl pukes green slime.
  • 6. The Fly
    guy accidently becomes half fly.
  • 5. A Nightmare On Elm Street 5
    the last nightmare of the 80'S. freddy rocks! don'T fall asleep!
  • 4. A Nightmare On Elm Street 4
    the last of the dream warriors are killed. so is nancy. freddy rocks! don'T fall asleep!
  • 3. A Nightmare On Elm Street 3
    people have powers in their dreams an try to take on freddy! good luck! freddy rocks! don'T fall asleep!
  • 2. A Nightmare On Elm Street 2
    good film, lots of guts! freddy rocks! don'T fall asleep!
  • 1. A Nightmare On Elm Street 1
    awesome if you like horror, which I love! freddy rocks! don'T fall asleep!
By: Rye & Joe
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  • 10. Ghostbusters
    "Who you gonna call?" This was a great paranormal,fun family movie. Sequel was also excellent.
  • 9. Top Gun
    Tom Cruise at his best. "Maverick" is the man! Kelly McGillis looks great too...wonder whatever happened to her?
  • 8. Rocky 3
    I'm a huge "Rocky" fan and I thought this sequel almost lived up to the original. The whole "Eye of the Tiger" thing was great.
  • 7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Spielberg, Lucas, and Harrison Ford in the ultimate adventure epic. Sequels were almost as good. Can't wait for part 4.
  • 6. Gremlins
    I still want a "Gizmo" for myself!!
  • 5. The Karate Kid
    Another great coming of age movie. John G. Avildsen is a tremendous director. Part 2 and 3 were also very good.
  • 4. Stand By Me
    Great coming of age movie. Rob Reiner did a brilliant job.
  • 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    What guy doesn't want to be "Ferris Bueller"?
  • 2. Back to the Future
    Spielberg,Zemeckis,Fox,Lloyd and a Time Traveling Delorean...need I say more!? Part 2 and 3 also very good.
  • 1. The Goonies
    Ultimate adventure flick. I'm 19 and I still want to be a Goonie.
These are my top ten, but there are some excellent honorable mentions. Beverly Hills Cop 1 & 2, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Terminator, Aliens, Dirty Dancing, ET, Poltergeist, Batman, Cocktail, Die Hard, Predator, Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Over the Top, Stakeout, and Lethal Weapon.
By: Charlie Panayiotou
By: Kristy
  • 10. Dirty Dancing
    C'mon everyone wanted to be Baby! Patrick Swayze...hmmm "No one puts Baby in a corner"
  • 9. Spaceballs
    "Too hot...Too hot" Just so funny and Bill Pullman in the younger days?
  • 8. The Neverending Story
    "Artez, your sinking" I think everyone cried in this movie. It was just such a fantasy and it rocked...An absolute favourite
  • 7. The Lost Boys
    Everyone loved the Corey's...The whole movie was just fantastic...Really intense for the 80's and Nanook, he stole the show!
  • 6. Stand By Me
    The best "friend" movie..."Suck my fat one you cheap dime store hood"..."A pile of shit has a thousand eyes"...Seriously the best quotes come from this movie
  • 5. Breakfast Club
    Anything with Michael Anthony Hall rocked in the 80's! But this movie was the best, we all wanted detention to be like this...
  • 4. The Goonies
    Josh Brolin, need I say more? The adventure of a life time!
  • 3. Pretty In Pink
    Yet another 80's classic for teenage girls...It was all our dreams!
  • 2. Weird Science
    "He doesn't even have a licence Lisa" I could recite the whole movie, absolutely hiliarious!
  • 1. Sixteen Candles
    How good was this movie...Every teenage girl felt the same way! And Jake Ryan was the love of my life for years!
Bring back the 80's!!
By: Ty
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By: daisy
  • 10. 16 Candles
    so good and loveable
  • 9. Ferris Bulers Day Off
    it's funny
  • 8. Top Gun
    tom cruise.....
  • 7. Dead Poets Society
    When they all stand up at the end...need i say more
  • 6. Back To The Future
    I love Michael J.Fox
  • 5. Ghostbusters
    i used to watch it everyday
  • 4. E.T
    It's so cute!!!!
  • 3. Paradise
    has thora bich and elijah wood when they were little i'm pretty sure this came out in 1989
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
  • 1. Biloxi Blues
    biloxi Blues is perfect
By: Diana
These aren't in order...And it's really hard to just pick 10 movies neway. What happened to the movie industry? We had some good movies in the 90s, but nothing compared to this stuff.
By: Lauren
  • 10. Goonies
  • 9. Sixteen Candles
    The first 80s movie i have ever seen
  • 8. Pretty in Pink
    I cried
  • 7. Dirty Dancing
    Jennifer Gray!!
  • 6. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    just awesome
  • 5. Dream a Little Dream
    aww!! PRECIOUS!
  • 4. Better of Dead
    John Cusak... need nothing more to say
  • 3. The Lost Boys
    Simply one of the bests
  • 2. Stand by Me
    I love River Pheonix.. thats all I have to say
  • 1. Breakfast Club
    come on, this is like the best 80s movie out there!
there are too many 80s movies to choose from.. all of them rock!

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