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: Sharon Gatsios
  • 10. Steel Magnolias
    Great comedy/drama on the lives of different women set in a small town.
  • 9. Beaches
    Everyone should have a best friend.
  • 8. An Officer and A Gentleman
    Love the scene where Mayo goes and picks up Paula at the factory and carries her out. I cry everytime!
  • 7. Back to the Future
    I bet I've watched this movie countless times.
  • 6. Footloose
    I love it when they are all in church and Arial's dad decides to let them do the prom and everyone leaves to go decorate. Also, in the end when Kevin Bacon yells, "Let's Dance!".
  • 5. Say Anything
    Boombox. Need I say more?
  • 4. Breakfast Club
    Great high school melodrama!
  • 3. Pretty In Pink
    My favorite scene is when Ducky goes to the prom and Molly Ringwald looks down then looks up again and sees him.
  • 2. Dirty Dancing
    Fun movie, great songs.
  • 1. When Harry Met Sally
    My favorite movie based on a true, honest, open friendship. Who can forget the orgasm scene in the restaurant?
By: Ajia and work :)
Gotta give a shout out to Teen Witch..."I'm hot...and ur not"
By: adam2000
Red Heat, commando, caddyshack2, dream a little dream, class of nuk'em high, big, anything with john candy, many others....
By: Bud Bundy
  • 10. Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad
    that funny film with 4013970 yep O.J. Simpson. He didnot murder Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. Brian "Kato Kaelin and Mark Furrman murdered Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
  • 9. The Witches of Eastwick
    Those sexy witches.
  • 8. My Step Mother is an Alien
    See Movie #7
  • 7. Blind Date
    A kewl film with the sexy Kim Bassinger
  • 6. Sixteen Candles
    See Movie #4
  • 5. St. Elmos Fire
    See Movie #4
  • 4. The Breakfast Club
    The Brat Pack rules dude
  • 3. Zapped
    That kewl movies with the actors of Charles in Charge, Scott Baio and Willie Aames is pretty histerical.
  • 2. Licened To Drive
    That film with the sexy Lauren Graham in her acting debut, and those Corey dudes, Feldman and Haim they are histerical.
  • 1. The Mack
    With Richard Pryor in that pimp movie makes me want to be a pimp daddy.
80 Movies kick F@#$in Ass
By: ed
By: Justin Rashidi
By: Enigmatic Pandemonium
  • 10. The Howling II
    Fine, fine film..loved it, despite what people say!
  • 9. Rockula
    Dean Cameron..vampire spinoff....funny. Corny, but funny.
  • 8. Goonies
    Aww yeah
  • 7. Lost Boys
    Gonna stick with you kids on this one.
  • 6. They Live
    John Carpenter direct..Roddy Piper with me here?
  • 5. Waxwork
    Tell me you haven't seen it!
  • 4. Vamp
    Pre From Dusk Till Dawn...great flick.
  • 3. Return of the Living Dead
    What were you people doing?!
  • 2. Phantasm 2
    Again..come on people!
  • 1. Transformers: The Movie
    I mean..damn..this is THE MOVIE.
How can you forget TRANSFORMERS?!
By: Geri
  • 10. Ghostbusters
    this has to make the list somewhere
  • 9. Stand by Me
    a little sad, by still great
  • 8. Dirty Dancing
    who could forget that soundtrack?
  • 7. the Breakfast Club
    of course this is the first movie everyone thinks of when they think of the 80s!
  • 6. Top Gun
    most quotable and memorable movie
  • 5. Labyrinth
    David Bowie is so awesome in this flick
  • 4. Spaceballs
    Another movie that keeps you laughing the whole time. brilliant!
  • 3. The Princess Bride
    Very funny, something you could watch over and over again
  • 2. Clue
    everyone forgets about this one! I am hysterical every time I watch it
  • 1. Goonies
    This is definately one of my favorite movies, I love Sean Astin, he is my favorite actor...what a classic. "Goonies never say die!"
By: Andrea B
  • 10. Sixteen Candles
  • 9. Adventures in Babysitting
    This might even be a 90s flick.....but its great.
  • 8. Ferris Beullers Day Off
    Every teen needs to see this movie
  • 7. Teen Wolf
    Michael J. Fox is adorable!
  • 6. Heathers
    Totally twisted and funnny...
  • 5. The Princess Bride
    Halarious and sweet.
  • 4. Say Anything
    John Cusaks proudest movie I think...totally cute.
  • 3. Labyrinth
    David Bowie in spandex....although it sounds nauseating....its really a great fantasy movie.!
  • 2. Stand By Me
    Stephen King at his best...
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    Great, just great.....halarious and smart.
By: Steve Merrick
By: Ben Fey
  • 10. Back to the Future
    "Doc I'm Back From The Future"
  • 9. Goonies
    "Do the Truffle Shuffle"
  • 8. Blues Brothers
    Dark Shades, Dark Suites, And an old Police Cruiser Ya Baby!
  • 7. Raiders of the Lost Arc
  • 6. Police Academy
    The only cops you can actually like
  • 5. ET
    I need say nothing
  • 4. Ferris Beullers Day Off
    Save Ferris!!! "Rooney bites the big one"
  • 3. Stand By Me
    "Now what he said was, Chopper sick boy, but what I heard was Chopper sick balls!"
  • 2. Top Gun
    I'm on the highway to the dangerzone
  • 1. Lost Boys
    Vampires, Rock & Roll, Leather Jackets What More Can You Want
Never let the 80's die
By: Ben Fey
  • 10. Back to the Future
    "Doc I'm Back From The Future"
  • 9. Goonies
    "Do the Truffle Shuffle"
  • 8. Blues Brothers
    Dark Shades, Dark Suites, And an old Police Cruiser Ya Baby!
  • 7. Raiders of the Lost Arc
  • 6. Police Academy
    The only cops you can actually like
  • 5. ET
    I need say nothing
  • 4. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    Save Ferris!!! "Rooney bites the big one"
  • 3. Stand By Me
    "Now what he said was, Chopper sick boy, but what I heard was Chopper sick balls!"
  • 2. Top Gun
    I'm on the highway to the dangerzone
  • 1. Lost Boys
    Vampires, Rock & Roll, Leather Jackets What More Can You Want
Never let the 80's die
By: Ben Fey
  • 10. Back to the Future
    "Doc I'm Back From The Future"
  • 9. Goonies
    "Do the Truffle Shuffle"
  • 8. Blues Brothers
    Dark Shades, Dark Suites, And an old Police Cruiser Ya Baby!
  • 7. Raiders of the Lost Arc
  • 6. Police Academy
    The only cops you can actually like
  • 5. ET
    I need say nothing
  • 4. Ferris Beullers Day Off
    Save Ferris!!! "Rooney bites the big one"
  • 3. Stand By Me
    "Now what he said was, Chopper sick boy, but what I heard was Chopper sick balls!"
  • 2. Top Gun
    I'm on the highway to the dangerzone
  • 1. Lost Boys
    Vampires, Rock & Roll, Leather Jackets What More Can You Want
Never let the 80's die
By: Christian Bazela
  • 10. The Rock
    The Rock w/ Nicholas Cage, William Forsythe, and Sean Connery, had some of the best action scenes in the world ever of all-time.
  • 9. Saving Private Ryan
    Because how it makes you look @ how the war soldiers had it in wwII. In Saving Private Ryan what a waste of human life war is.
  • 8. Batman
    Bacause I loved Jack Nicholson he did such a super performance that noother movie star could have ever played The Joker like Jack Nicholson.
  • 7. Robo Cop
    Because how he takes out the bad guys. ROBO COP's gun in ROBO COP was like a gun that you can't get nowhere else in the world ROBO COP's gun ripped that whole target apart.
  • 6. Donnie Brasco
    Al Pacino and Johnny Depp are the best in the world together. And I loved Al Pacinos lines in DONNIE BRASCO.
  • 5. Out For Justice
    I love the action and fight scenes by Seagal totally awesome and the script was extremely well written.
  • 4. Die Hard
    I think Bruce Willis did an outstanding performance and I loved it I mean loved it with a passion all of the action/adventure and the explosions too go along with it.
  • 3. Fletch
    Chevy Chase was just hysterical funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny,
  • 2. Ghost Dad
    Bill Cosby was just down right hysterical and noone on tv or movies is funnier and he proved it. GHOST DAD has the #1 funniest closing line out of anyother film comedy in history it couldn't of had a better ending.
  • 1. Caddyshack
    Because Rodney Dangerfield was the funniest in the whole entire movie. Noother comedy movie can never ever come close to CADDYSHACK.
I love anything with the most action/adventure and with the most explosions in it that's different from anyother movie in the history of the world and with a script that is like noother script in the history of the world.
By: Rain
  • 10. The Goonies
    I have always loved this movie, ever since I was a young'un. I'm really not sure at all what got me interested in this movie, aside from the fact that I found it incredibly hilarious. It also was really enchanting, somehow. I really loved the part when Corey Feldman was sticking his tongue through that painting and being crude and vulgar and Sean Astin's character, Mikey, said to him "You're ruining the painting!" and Mouth, Corey Feldman's character, yelled back just as angrily, "You're ruining my joke!" as though this was the greater crime. I don't know why, exactly, but no one else ever seems to find funny the same things that I do, which sucks, but don't feel too bad if it doesn't make you double over, either. Anyhoo, I still love this one. It was also a bonus to me, when I was little, that it featured a song by Cyndi Lauper. I worshipped her when I was little and wanted to be just like her and I really loved that song.
  • 9. The Superman movies
    I was nuts about the Superman movies when I was little. Now, when I watch them, I just laugh my ass off the whole way through, but they still have a rather innocent charm, for the most part (although I never realized, when I was young and na´ve, how much the opposite Lois seems to be).
  • 8. Legend
    I love Tim Curry. I HATE Tom Cruise. Ugh... >;/ Anyhoo, as I have a weakness for fantasy and unicorns, I became very fond of this movie. A lot of it is cheesy and pretty crappy, but it's kind of the token fantasy movie and just about everyone I ever mention it to seems to love it and they all say how great it is, seemingly oblivious to everything that's rather lame about it. I must admit, though, it can be pretty amusing and cute and even hypnotic at certain parts, and I've gotten very fond of this one, too, and also the sometimes cheesy but mostly unique music. Not surprisingly, I have the soundtrack for this one, too.
  • 7. The Little Mermaid
    I was so against this movie when it first came out and even angry. In the original version, it's much more unpleasant and the heroine dies in the end. It has always kind of bothered me how Disney changes so much of most of the stories they make their adaptations of. This one was no exception. I think it bothered me the worst since I was so attached to the original story. I felt the same way about their version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Now I am totally in love with their versions of both stories. For one thing, I convinced myself that they were totally different stories about totally different people and just happened to be pretty similar. For another thing, there were really amazing moments in both movies and I love the music. YES, I HAVE THE SOUNDTRACKS FOR BOTH! QUIET! >:( Anyway, since their version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was made in 1996, I'll try to refrain on commenting on it much more. However, both The Little Mermaid and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (and many other Disney adaptations) have something in particular that still bothers me: they embellish further on the story by making sequels that never happened according to the original stories. They made that one with Ariel's daughter which irritates me greatly although I'm sure I'd love it if I let myself watch it (which bothers me all the more) and they're releasing a sequel to The Hunchback of Notre Damn, too. >:( ANYWAY! I'm trying not to rant... Back on topic: The Little Mermaid ended up winning me over because of the music and the charming characters (such as Sebastian who was adorable) and the whole story in general (even though it was inaccurate). In general, I am pretty addicted to Walt Disney movies (yes, I've been suckered in, commercial as Disney is) and this remains one of my favorites.
  • 6. Beetlejuice
    This kind of sucks--not the movie, of course, but the fact that I would have preferred to list Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael. I love them both. In fact, I love Winona Ryder movies, in general. She's my favorite actress and I'm nuts about her. However, although I've always loved this movie, I relate to Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael on a deeper level. However, that was done in 1990. Bastards couldn't push just a little harder to get it finished a year earlier, uh? Just kidding. Sorry. Anyway, to this day, I still randomly yell "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE!!!" Actually, that's the way she'd yell it in that cartoon series. Never mind... I love that movie, though. I was (and still am) just like her character in that movie. In fact, I've found that, in almost every movie Winona Ryder is in, her character is very much like me. There are a whole bunch of her movies that I'd like to list among my favorites but only a few that were done in the eighties. To tell the truth, I am more inclined to mention Square Dance than Beetlejuice, but then no one would know what I'm talking about and it would take so long to get into and I talk enough. Suffice it to say that, for similar reasons to Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, I relate to her character very well. She's just great and so are her movies and I've just never seen any other person who plays so many people that I can relate to so well. As for Beetlejuice, in particular, although I relate to her in many ways in this movie, my main attraction is the theme of the whole movie, the humor, the touch of the supernatural and so forth. I couldn't stand Catherine O'Hara (although I ADORE her) or, rather, her character, Delia, so I guess she did her job well. Jeffrey Jones is wonderfully ridiculous and dopey. Geena Davis and, surprisingly (to me, anyway), Alec Baldwin were sweet and adorable. I'm still sorry they died. ;P
  • 5. Willow
    Another beautiful fantasy movie which I also have the soundtrack for. I love all of the magical things that go on almost constantly throughout the whole movie. I loved the characters, as well, even how interesting all of Elora Danan's expressions were (and I'm the last person to appreciate ANYTHING about children) and how adorable Fin Raziel was as a little bushbaby, or whatever the Hell she was when Willow first found her. I can't begin to tell you everything that was cute about that. Incidentally, Patricia Hayes, who played Raziel, was also the grumpy little old woman (a gnomic, as she was called in the book) named Urgl in The NeverEnding Story (the first movie). I still can't get anyone to believe me that that was her in both. >;/
  • 4. Ladyhawke
    This is a wonderful, incredible movie, I think. As they say, "it made me laugh, it made me cry" and it really did. It's witty and clever and amusing and also very stirring. The story is beautiful and so is the soundtrack. I love fantasy movies and I love instrumental movie music and I definitely love the combination of both, as a rule. I also have the soundtrack for this one.
  • 3. The Last Unicorn
    I love unicorns, I love animation and I love fantasy movies, so it figures that this has been one of my favorites since I was about seven. The animation is beautiful and so is the story. The instrumental music is great, for the most part, but the rest is mostly cheesy and some of it is sung pretty badly; still, I have become so attached to all of it and I have the soundtrack for that, too. ;P
  • 2. The Little Prince
    I know this wasn't exactly a movie... Well, they made movies based on the story, but I'm referring to the animated series. I don't remember it all that well, but I remember it was sweet and beautiful and I loved it. I also love the book it was based on. That is my other favorite book. It is similar to the book, The NeverEnding Story, in that both are supposedly children's stories but they contain many fascinating, profound and poignant truths about life and the world and they're not really the nicest concepts, but that's because they're painfully true and they're presented in such a moving, heartbreakingly real and vivid manner but also in such a breathtakingly beautiful way. Their ideas and ideals are similar and are more real than almost anything "grown-up" that I've never known even though they're given in such a direct, complex and artfully woven yet remarkably comprehensible form.
  • 1. The NeverEnding Story
    My gods... This has been my favorite movie since I was about eight, when it first came out. I don't know how I started to like it. I was very much against "boys' movies" and "boys' games" and anything like that and, for a good part of it, this movie seems to fit the stereotype I had for those things. It was totally exciting and mesmerizing, though. I still think so. I was totally in love with it. Now that I'm older, I still love this movie. The book it was based on is also one of my two favorite books. It is a little disappointing, however, now that I've read it so many times, that I know how far the movie strayed from the book. I won't even get into the sequels, though. They got worse and worse all of the way down the line. Everyone I talk to always says the first movie sucked and that the second was the best, but I heartily disagree. I maintain that the first was the best... To me, it was kind of like how the whole Star Wars thing was to almost everyone else. I would always compare The NeverEnding Story to Star Wars in that "they just don't make movies like that anymore". In fact, the evidence is visible in The NeverEnding Story sequels, themselves. Traitors. >:( They get crappier and crappier. It's mind-boggling. They stray more and more from the original story. The second took me forever to get used to and the third... I just don't want to think about it, if I can help it. Anyway, as for the book, the story is astounding. Amazing! Brilliant and beautiful. Although the original movie isn't terribly consistent with it, it's still very beautiful and enchanting and I adore it. Incidentally, I looooovve the music and I got the soundtrack as my first C.D. a long time before I even got a C.D. player. Anyhoo, I'll shut up about this for the time being.
I'm not totally sure that's quite the order of how much I like these movies, but it's close, I think. I wish I could have included nineties movies such as As Good As It Gets (AMAZING) and Heavenly Creatures (ditto) and The Turn of the Screw (the adaptation featuring Julian Sands and Patsy Kensit) and several others. Boo-hoo. ;( Anyway, I'll shut up and stop wasting your time now, for the time being. Besides, my eyesight doesn't last long and I can barely see. >:( Sucks.
By: Samantha
You have got to love anything with Molly Ringwald from the 80's!
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