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: Jason D
Top ten, order changes daily.
By: Manuel Lestruhaut
  • 10. The Last Emperor
    Great epic.
  • 9. Broadcast News
    Funny and smart.
  • 8. Beetlejuice
    The 2nd greatest Tim Burton film (Ed Wood is #1)
  • 7. Rain Man
    Very moving performances by Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.
  • 6. Tootsie
    Funniest 80's movie.
  • 5. Dead Poets Society
    Wonderful screenplay, great direction and solid acting.
  • 4. Hannah and Her Sisters
    Woody Allen at his best.
  • 3. Amadeus
    The greatest biography on film.
  • 2. Prizzi's Honor
    Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston deliver great performances.
  • 1. Platoon
    Fabulous war film!
By: Christian Czerwinski
  • 10. E.T
  • 9. Better Off Dead
  • 8. The Breakfast Club
  • 7. BeetleJuice
  • 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • 5. The Princess Bride
  • 4. Gremlins
  • 3. Ghostbusters
  • 2. The Lost Boys
  • 1. Weird Science
    Do you realize it's snowing in my room goddamit!
By: Duncan Buchanan
  • 10. Can't Buy Me Love
    This movie is in here, pureley because of Seth Green.. yeah he is in this movie as a 8 year old and is AWESOME.. he makes the movie!!
  • 9. The Breakfast Club
    "Answer the question Claire!"
  • 8. Trading Places
    "Pork Bellies"
  • 7. Beverly Hills Cop
    The theme song...
  • 6. Big
    "Shimmy, shimmy coco pop, shimmy shimmy rock...Shimmy, shimmy coco pop, shimmy shimmy rock"
  • 5. Stand By Me
    "Chopper, sick balls!!
  • 4. The Three Amigos
    "My little buttercup, has the sweetest smile.... dear little buttercup, wont you stay a while?"
  • 3. Police Academy
    "That's a wig isn't it? Yeah that's a wig! WIG... WIG.. Dung, dung, dung... Wig alert, Girls, Wig alert!"
  • 2. The Blues Brothers
    "It's 106 miles to chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of ciggerettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses, HIT IT!"
  • 1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    "I did have a test today, it's on European socialism, I mean really what's the point? I'm not European, I don't plan on being European, so who gives a crap if they are socialists."
By: elaine
  • 10. Pee Wees Big Adventure
    I dont still use quote from this film in my daily life
  • 9. The Blues Brothers
    Shake your Funky Tail feather!!!!!!
  • 8. Dont Tell Mom The Baby Sitters Dead
    was that the 80's I dont know but it was the first 15 my mother ever let me watch and i loved it
  • 7. The Care Bears Movie
    I WAS A CHILD!!!!!
  • 6. Pretty In Pink
    Yeah Yeah I can hear you and if you think your jeering and ridicule will effect me in any way shape or form you are incorrect
  • 5. The Breakfast Club
    The gang together. Excellent all i have to say is excellent
  • 4. Sixteen Candles
    Such a happy ending, ok ok i am an old romantic but come on
  • 3. Goonies
    what a film i so wanted to be part of the gang
  • 2. Gregorys Girl
    "go away small boy" "can a borrow your white jacket"
  • 1. Stand By Me
    If you tell me you were not upset when you found out river pheonix was a really nice guy and had died i will call you a liar, A LIAR I TELL YOU
By: Sheena st.peter
By: Keith
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. A most beaudascious movie.
By: Christian
The guy who says his list is the best. Porky's sucked
By: JWinslow
By: Alexis Sichler
  • 10. Mysitc Pizza
    "Your not even good enough for me!" Julia Roberts really lets Jr. have it. She says what most of us are just dying to say, once in a while!
  • 9. Top Gun
    "I feel the need, the need for speed!"
  • 8. Rain Man
    "I like having you for my brother." I just love this movie, I find it so moving.
  • 7. Goonies
    "Umm, Martin Sheen." "Martin Sheen, Martin Sheen!" "That's President Kennedy you idiot!"
  • 6. Better of Dead
    "You know F-R-I-E-N-D-S."
  • 5. St. Elmo's Fire
    "It's Saint Elmo's Fire. Were all going through it."
  • 4. Sixteen Candles
  • 3. Pretty In Pink
    "If you do not go to him now, I will never take you to another prom ever again!"
  • 2. Say Anything
    "Are you really here with Lloyd Dobler? How did that happen (hand gestures)?" Defenitely my favorite movie of the 80's!
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    "What if your d**e was on fire?" "Impossible sir, it's in Johnson's underwear."
These movies are in no particular order, just my top favorite.
By: Dustin Boucher
  • 10. Beverly Hills Cop
    Eddie Murphy at his finest. "Read my lips."
  • 9. Superman II
    Specacular sequel to a classic flick. "General Zod, would you care to step outside?"
  • 8. Batman
    Tim Burton at his best. "I want you tell all yor friends about me." "what are you?" "I'm Batman."
  • 7. The Terminator
    James Cameron's first and best. "I'll be back."
  • 6. Caddyshack
    Best golf movie I have ever seen.
  • 5. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    Favorite christmas movie of all time. Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid at their absolute best. "It's not big, it's just...full."
  • 4. Back To The Future
    Another childhood fave. "Make like a tree, and get out of here."
  • 3. Ghostbusters
    Childhood fave. Contains the funniest Bill Murray one-liners ever. "He slimed me."
  • 2. Airplane
    This movie was very funny.
  • 1. The Empire Strikes Back
    "Luke, I am your father." "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Honorable Mentions: Beetlejuice-1988, Top Gun-1986, Return of the Jedi-1983, Coming To America-1988, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan-1982
By: jenco
Not necessarily in any prticular order
By: Mike Terres
  • 10. E.T.
    E.T. scared me when I was about 3 years old, and now I think he is totally cool. Everyone left this off their list. Gimme some Reese's pieces! Now!!
  • 9. Weekend at Bernie's
    OK, this movie is really cheesy and low budget, but tell me that you didn't laugh your ass off. The sequel is even funnier.
  • 8. The Terminator
    Anyone who disrespects Arnold should be forced to wrestle him WWF style. This movie is great and he is the best action actor ever. Great storyline.
  • 7. Rocky 4
    This movie makes you proud to be an American. Very dramatic, and the soundtrack kicks!
  • 6. Breakfast Club
    It is amazing how a movie over two hours long that spans only one day in these kids lives can stay intriguing all the way thru. A true classic.
  • 5. Children of the Corn
    Very wicked movie. The kids in this movie are a hundred times scarrier than any cheesy new millenium computer enhanced shitty "scary" movie.
  • 4. Better off Dead
    John Cusak's best 80's movie. You just can't get enough enough of those teen angst movies.
  • 3. Stand by Me
    Another one of those I remember when.... movies. Keifer Sutherland is a great bully. Great acting all the way around. Even the fat tagalong kid.
  • 2. Ferris Bueller's Day off
    All of us had one of those days growing up that you will never forget as long as you live, great reminiscing after this movie.
  • 1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    Everybody can associate someone they knew growing up with the charachters in this movie. This is a cult classic. Sean Penn is hilarious!
The 80's ruled. And I wish I could time warp, because life on earth is too fast paced now. We were amuzed by the stupidest things back then and now, everything is so technical. Stop conforming and be yourselves!
By: Jesse
  • 10. Porky's
    This is the movie that best desribes the 50's. It doesn't show any of that cornball shit like American Graffiti. It actually tells the truth. Drugs still weren't popular then but oh was sex ever popular. Not sayin that it isn't today ,but all I'm saying is that they didn't have drugs to focus on so much. Just mainly sex!
  • 9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    What makes this movie great is how the stunt that Ferris pulls was actually possible in the 80's. I also love how Cameron is worried that Ferris is going to get caught, but actually Cameron is the one that was caught. Now can I say more!
  • 8. Sixteen Candles
    Molly Ringwald should be very thankful of this movie. This movie started out her amazing movie career. I love it just because of how Samantha and The Geek would never actually end up with the people they did in real life. I mean I personally don't enjoy movies like that but hey this one is different. This one has LONG DUCK DONG!
  • 7. Back To The Future Part 2
    I like this movie just because of one thing and one thing alone, the year 2015!
  • 6. Colors
    This movie is defined by the performances of Sean Penn and Robert Duvall. Sean Penn is one of my all time favorite 80's actors. Colors really takes you inside the gang problem. It shows all problems, gang troubles, division between cops, drug addiction, and of course the biggest problem of all MURDER! I know not many people really symbolize this as an 80's movie. You have to realize this though, even though gang's are a huge problem nowadays. Well these problems did start out in the 80's and spread through the country in the 80's. Think about that.
  • 5. E.T.
    This is a very touching film. I mean I actually tear up everytime I watch this movie. I just can't explain why this does this to me time after time.
  • 4. A Nightmare On Elm Street
    This movie defines what a true horror movie villain shoudl represent. The villains I'm talking about is not the Freddy of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 it is the true Freddy. The sadistic, sick, and twisted Freddy Krueger. I mean this Freddy scares the shit out of me. How would you like to meet this guy in dark alley. NOT ME! This is probably the only real Nightmar other than #7 that has a real plot in it. A true plot that makes you actually think about it when your not watching the movie. Not many people realize how this movie was originally thought of. The movie came from a few incidents where kids actually were getting killed in there sleep brutally. I know to some people the whole Freddy Krueger thing is just really stupid. Think about it though you are never able to control your dreams!
  • 3. Platoon
    This is the most gripping war movie of all time, Hands Down! I mean this movie actually came from the perspective of someone who was there. Not from someone that was told bits and pieces of Vietnam. Oliver Stone gives us the gripping truths and realities of Vietnam. Whether you like to believe it or not the things in this film really did happen. Whenever I see this film though it is still hard to realize what really did happen in the far east?
  • 2. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    This is honestly the funniest movie of the 80's. I mean can you think of one character in the 80's that makes you laugh more than Spicolli? I know I can't?
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    This movie symbolizez in just 1 hour and 30 minutes what 80's high school America was all about. Bender is a character that represented all potheads from 1985 to now. He actually demonstrated how the potheads get the stereotyping. I know every other group of people get stereotyped in high shcool. But hey tell me the truth, Do any other group but the potheads get stereotyped as bad? Also I can honestly say that I will never get bored of watching this movie!
By: Megan
  • 10. Beverly Hills Troops
    Remember the girls scout movie. Oh come on, it was "FABULOUS!"
  • 9. Top Gun
  • 8. FootLoose
  • 7. Ghostbusters
    Everyone knows they love it. Every body sing "Ghostbusters!"
  • 6. E.T
    Phone home. Drew Barrymore was so little!
  • 5. Goonies
    Funny, heha
  • 4. Uncle Buck
    I miss John Candy! He was so great!
  • 3. Dirty Dancing
    This is a classic! Hello Patrick Swayze, please teach me how to dance!
  • 2. Back to the Future
    #1 and #2 will live on forever as the greatest movies ever
  • 1. Ferris Beuler's Day Off
    Funnest movie-I wish my dad had a car like that so I could take it out!
OH lets see, I was little back then, but Navigator had to be one of the greatest, When Harry Met Sally! OH yes, but was that the 80's or early 90's? Short Circuit 1 and 2- I love Johnny #5. I know I loved the movie Labrinth...oh yeah.
By: Nichole
  • 10. All Ghostbuster Movies
  • 9. Space Balls
    The threeeeeeeee space balls (hands on hips) hu hu hu hu.
  • 8. Dirty Dancing
    No body puts baby in the corner.
  • 7. Ferris Beulers Day Off
    hey batta batta batta.
  • 6. The Breakfast Club
    Just because.
  • 5. Batteries Not Included
    I just love the little guys.
  • 4. Stand By Me
    Lolli pop, Lolli pop, Lolly lolly lolly lolly lolly pop (popping noise from mouth) bodump ump ump um.
  • 3. Goonies
    Hey you guys.
  • 2. Overboard
    I cried tears of joy when Annie and Dean jumped into the water.
  • 1. Labyrinth
    I Love Ludooooooooooooooooo.
I am not sure if these are all from the 80's but their my faves any way.
By: Shaunee Boy
  • 10. The Princess Bride
    All right maybe deep down I'm a helpless romantic, but this movie had the action and comedy to keep the plot going.
  • 9. Breakfast Club
    Yes I have to admit this was by far the best movie the brat pack ever made. Not to mention how hard core Bender(Judd Nelson) was.
  • 8. Ferris Bueler's Day Off
    I'll tell you I could not have had my high school half as wired as I did if it weren't for Ferris Bueler.(Ben Stien Rocks!!!)
  • 7. Krull
    This movie was soooooo sweet. When I was a kid I wanted one of those stars like he throws so bad. Of course I never got one.
  • 6. Goonies
    What kid wouldn't have killed to have a friend like Data.
  • 5. Indiana Jones Trilogy
    "X never ever marks the spot" Harrison Ford is one bad dude.
  • 4. Neverending Story
    This is by far the greatest fantasy movie yet to date. Who wouldn't want a luck dragon like Falcor.
  • 3. Nightmare On Elm Street
    Freddy was one of the last horror villians who knew what we all really want in a horror movie:the body count.
  • 2. Star Wars Trilogy
    George Lucas created the undeniably best trilogy of movies ever.
  • 1. Die Hard
    Bruce Willis is possibly the greatest action hero ever.
It was difficult to choose these some movies that just barely missed the list:Blues Brothers,Conan,Real Genius,Dream a Little Dream,Weird Science.

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