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: patrick swayzenegger
  • 10. Return Of The Living Dead
    best end and a good funny, action-packed horrorflick anyway.
  • 9. The Empire Strikes Back
    the drama ,the fights, leia on drugs, wow soundtrack. love the droids.
  • 8. E.T.
    its too sweet n spielbergarian - but god i was 11. go kids.
  • 7. Repo Man
    for all victims of the reagan gov.
  • 6. Blade Runner
    i fell in love with my commodore 64 that time, and this movie showed me:it`s OK.
  • 5. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    the camerawork and sets are brilliant. karen & harrison are the best. the nazi melting showdown. great.
  • 4. Flashdance
    never saw the movie again. made me feel good, was in love with jennifer beals. would miss that today.
  • 3. Blue Velvet
    sick. the 80ies needed that.
  • 2. Ghostbusters
    still a clever action comedy.
  • 1. Paris Texas
    no american can paint such realistic but beautiful pictures of your u.s.a. like wim wenders did.
and many more. but i think it wasnt the best decade of filmmaking.
By: Hardcore A.Z.
  • 10. Childs Play
    Hey Chucky, i mean charles lee ray, cool movie
  • 9. The Flintstones
    Hahahahahaha, hilarious, the cartoons come alive, yabadaba-dddddddddoooooooooooooooooooo
  • 8. Ghostbusters
    Cool is my only comment to this classic
  • 7. A Nightmare On Elm Street 3
    one of my favorite in the serious, robert enguld really fits for the part, cant wait to see him go one on one with Jason and Chucky
  • 6. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
    ok, i know this stint isnt an eighties movie, thats why i lowered it down from four till six, but hey, any movie with bugs bunny and mickey mouse parashuting is bound to be a hit, part two is comin out
  • 5. Coming to America
    Eddia Murphy was hilarious, hey, did you know that the white man in the barber shop was eddie and the lesbian at the bar was his pal, and that samuel l jackson did a cameo
  • 4. National Lampoon's Vacation
    The griswalds are on there holiday road in this hilarious movie, the best in the serious
  • 3. Uncle Buck
    Oh no, it's uncle buck, THE uncle buck
  • 2. Planes, Trains, and automobiles
    One hell of a movie, a gasser if i might say
  • 1. The Back To The Future Triology {tie}
    Ok, so i cant decide which one is the best, so bite me, but still, great scoot, 1.21 jiga watts, where is part 4
The Back to the future Triology is the best movies out, and i cant wait for the forth to come out, RIP:John Candy, Chris Farley, and Walter Mathou
By: Andrea Fellows
By: stephanie breitbach
By: huckman
  • 10. Ghostbusters
    One the funniest and most entertaining films I'ver ever seen. Who ya gonna call...damn right!
  • 9. Always
    Okay. It's a chic flick, but it's my favorite chic flick. I love Holly Hunter and this movie will get me every time. Man, she's beautiful.
  • 8. Terminator
    Arnold's first and last stint as the villian (excluding any nasty clones in future films). Great story too.
  • 7. Aliens
    Like "Empire", it's one of the few sequels, for me, to top the original. And Bill Paxton rules. Game over, man!!
  • 6. Blade Runner
    Simple. Everyone else has copied it. And go ahead and add Roy Batty to the ultimate nasties top ten list...under Vader & Legend's Darkness, of course.
  • 5. Back to the Future
    A totally fun ride. And with the trade mark De Lorean car, it tags this film as the most recognizable 80s film in the lot. Such a staple for that decade.
  • 4. Batman
    Mainly for the most kick ass movie trailer responce in history. It changed the way trailers would be seen forever. Yes, I'm a trailer FREAK!!
  • 3. Legend
    Tim Curry steals the show with his scene chewing performance! And, his make-up job is still the best to date. To think "The Fly" beat it for the oscar.
  • 2. Empire Strikes Back
    Though Star Wars changed my life and made me want to be an actor, this is my favorite, story wise. And, the best lightsaber fight of the three.
  • 1. Raides of the Lost Ark
    The best of its kind...still. It's the hat. Gotta be the hat. Come on dvd!! Don't let us down.
The decade with the happiest, most positve and upbeat music ever! Give me Duran Duran over Eminem any day!! Yea, we got the beat!!!!!!
By: Jennie
By: Samantha H.
I am a teen in the 90s, and I've noticed all the "teen movies" nowadays don't really represent us in a real way, not all of us live in two story houses and drive fancy cars. Thats what I love about the teen movies from the 80s(i.e~The Brat Pack), they are real, and show true things, like"The Breakfast Club" which shows teens in a true way, and it can represent any generation.
By: Lindsay
These really arent in any particular order. Except.. Say Anything and Dirty Dancing rule!
By: Rachel
  • 10. Evil Dead
    I'm torn...this really should rank much higher on my list. It's "classic". I love Bruce Campbell. This is one of the most brilliant low budget films, horror or otherwise, ever made. Sam Raimi ROCKS!!!
  • 9. The Legend Of Billie Jean
    girls kick ass!!!
  • 8. 16 Candles
    One of the hottest 80's Guys (EVER) fell for Molly Ringwald...what can I say?
  • 7. Heathers
    "Veronica, will you stop pulling my dick!"---Heather Duke
  • 6. The Lost Boys
    One of the best of three modern Vampire Movies ever made to this day!!!
  • 5. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    Ohhh Yeeeah.
  • 4. Say Anything
    John Cusack. A boombox. Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" I the only one with butterflies in my stomach STILL over that scene???
  • 3. Stand By Me
    When the night has come, and the land is dark, and the moon is the only light we'll see... (cries for River)
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    It just has to be on the list.
  • 1. Valley Girl
    Because Randy is just sooo tubular!
I'd like to give honorable mention to An American Werewolf In London. To this day, it is by far the best werewolf movie out there, and nothing has come possibly close since. It didn't make it into my top ten because of my love of The Legend Of Billie Jean. But it's definitely my #11!!!
By: Charlie
By: Bob
By: patrick fisher
Howard The Duck
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By: Kristen
  • 10. License to Drive
    Ah yes, yet another Corey boys movie. Even Heather Graham is in really is a talented actress...*stifles laughter*...nah but I love this movie anyways.
  • 9. Dirty Dancing
    "Nobody puts Baby in the corner..." doth quote Johnny....I HAD to mention this shoot me! I know the girls will agree w/ me on this one.
  • 8. Big
    AWww! Tom Hanks is the best ever!!!!! (I WANT that apartment he had!)
  • 7. Indiana Jones Trilogy
    *licks lips* Grrrr baby.....can Harrison Ford be any sexier?
  • 6. Spaceballs
    All I can say is "Dinkdink...dinkdinkdink...dink-dink-dink!" If you've seen this know that song will ALWAYS be stuck in your head forevermore!!!!
  • 5. Clue
    Tim Curry is pure genius as the psycho butler.
  • 4. The Breakfast Club
    Classic teen angst movie. Love it.
  • 3. Back to the Future
    Michael J. Fox is the man....if there's one guy who can sport high-tops and tight's him.
  • 2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    I grew up w/ this movie. Ferris was like one of my older brothers.
  • 1. Goonies
    I get goosebumps everytime I here Cindi Lauper singing in the beginning...and the fun begins! (har!) Gotta love those Corey boys.
I would have put The Star Wars Trilogy up there...but it's just timeless, so i didn't. All this reminiscing is making me jones for my old pink converse hightops.....*sniffle* ;) Man...weren't the 80s great?
By: Jill
By: Jim
  • 10. The Experts
    John Travolta and Ayre Gross in a movie that for some unknown reason never made it to the theater. Two New Yorkers believe that they're opening a nightclub in rural Nebraska. In reality, they've been abducted by the K.G.B. and sent to a test site in the Soviet Union as an experiment in American culture
  • 9. Spies Like Us
    Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd play a pair of bumbling would-be CIA agents who are spotted cheating on the entrance exam. So the CIA decides to use them as bait in a mission to flummox the Russians. Funny Funny Funny.
  • 8. Rain Man
    Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. All I'm going to say is "Yeah, I buy my underwear at K-Mart, yeah."
  • 7. The Color of Money
    Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. The hustler isn't what he used to be, but he has the next best thing: a kid who is.
  • 6. Ferris Beuller's Day Off
    Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey (pre-Dirty Dancing) are the Beuller's. A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks about it.
  • 5. Gotcha!
    It is summertime and Jonathan (Anthony Edwards) is on vacation in Western Europe. He runs into a mysterious woman, Sasha (Linda Fiorentino with a Czech accent) who has this thing for virgins. She lures him to East Berlin and uses him, unknowingly as a courier of film for the CIA. The bad guys find out and the fun begins
  • 4. Real Genius
    A high school whiz kid arrives at a brainy college, where the crème de la crème of the science students are marshaled under an ambitious professor. Unbeknownst to them, the kids are working on a weapons system that the prof plans on selling to the government. Val Kilmer's the Big Dog on Campus that liberates the students and saves the day.
  • 3. Strange Brew
    Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas are Bob and Doug MacKenzie. If you like comedy and you like beer, you'll love this movie.
  • 2. The Princess Bride
    Andre The Giant, what more do you want. Carey Elwes is the Dread Pirate Roberts, a Zorro type hero who's thought to be evil.
  • 1. Top Gun
    If you don't know I'm not going to tell you!
Cocktail deserved to be on here, but I felt like there was anough Cruise alrady, haha. I'm also quite certain I should have had Willow and Say Anything above my 9 or 10, but who else is gonna give those movies any credit???
By: Stephanie
  • 10. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    "I'm still waiting for the fun to begin"
  • 9. Footloose
    "Let's Dance"
  • 8. 16 Candles
    "What's happening hot stuff"
  • 7. Say Anything
    "I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen"
  • 6. Karate Kid
    "To Make Honey, Young Bee need Young Flower"
  • 5. St. Elmos Fire
    "I Love Her Man"
  • 4. Can't Buy Me Love
    Thank god he gets the girl in the end
  • 3. Grease 2
    "I want a cool rider"
  • 2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
    I was just at a "slumber party" recently, and this was our top choice. Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, and Brenda - How can you beat that. We all want to know what happened to the cutie who was Sarah Jessica's dance partner.
  • 1. Lucas
    My favorite part is the end when Lucas gets the Football jacket - I still cry everytime I see it.
There are too many "awesome" movies from the 80's. There should be a top 20 list. Other greats: Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Outsiders, Back to the Future,
By: mike
By: Jennifer
(Most)80s MOVIES ROCK!
By: Jim
  • 10. The Beastmaster
    I don't think I saw this one at the theater but I loved it.
  • 9. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    What do you think this is a MOON BURN!!!!
  • 8. The Last Star Fighter
    Saw this one at the theater great flik!
  • 7. The Princess Bride
    Made me laugh my ass off!
  • 6. Forbidden Planet
    Saw this one on video WAAAAAYYY afer it came out. For 1952 it sure has damm good graphics! Only SCI-FI I've seen Leslie Nelson in.
  • 5. Red Dawn
    The only thing that I can say about this movie is DAMM and yet it truely reflects American culture.
  • 4. Starman
    I didn't know what this movie was about I had gone with my grandparents to see it at the theater. Great acting fantastic ending.
  • 3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
    I really liked the ending to this movie. I took it to the heart cause I remember seeing it and Terminator at the Theater. Arnold's best role
  • 2. Wargames
    I didn't see this one at the theater. Fantastic movie.
  • 1. Alien
    I remember watching this movie at the theater. My father took me without my mother knowing. I was five years old.
Okay I have to admit that all the Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies are great as well and I also like V The Final Battle mini series. Starship Troopers was one of my favorites too and Aliens

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