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: kaycey
By: Wolfgang Parker
  • 10. F/X
    Not many people have heard of this, but it's a very good, intelligent film.
  • 9. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    This is so 1982, which I like because it's my birth year.
  • 8. Beetlejuice/Batman/Night Shift
    I love Michael Keaton and he's great in all of these.
  • 7. Dead Poet's Society
    Great ensemble. Robin Williams at his best, too.
  • 6. Ordinary People
    Extremely powerful film. Who knew Robert Redford could direct?
  • 5. Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
    The best of the triology.
  • 4. Breakfast Club/Pretty In Pink/Ferris
    Three classic John Hughes 80's films.
  • 3. Die Hard/Beverly Hills Cop
    The two best action films ever made. They both take place in L.A., which is also cool.
  • 2. Moving Violations
    The FUNNIEST movie of all time. John Murray (Bill Murray's younger brother) is the lead character and he is histerical!
  • 1. Amadeus
    Brilliant! Milos Forman is a genius. Excellent acting, music, directing, screenplay, etc.
By: Yvonne Emberton
  • 10. Cocktails
    Tom Cruise that is all I have to say!
  • 9. Ghostbusters
    Never a dull moment watching.
  • 8. Sixteen Candles
    Who's grandparents could ever forget their birthday!
  • 7. La Bamba
    A good biography
  • 6. The Breakfast Club
    Good movie...made me cry at the end.
  • 5. The Goonies
    Good kid and grown up movie!
  • 4. Colors
    Sean Penn....remember he was called "Pac-Man"
  • 3. Dirty Dancing
    Another good soundtrack.
  • 2. Top Gun
    Tom Cruise, that is all I have to say!
  • 1. Purple Rain
    It was the only good movie Prince ever came out with that made sense, the music is great and the plot is perfect!
By: Greg Dregs
  • 10. The Goonies
    Everyone I know wanted to ride that waterslide into the pool with the Pirate ship!
  • 9. The Empire Strikes Back
    All Star Wars movies are insanely good.. Empire has the great dark edge..
  • 8. Back to The Future
    All three movies were shot in the 80s, and are awesome. Least we forget..
  • 7. Labyrinth
    I've always loved this movie, David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly are great! Remember the 'Bog of Eternal Stench'? Great Soundtrack too!
  • 6. Batman
    Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholas as the Joker... need I say any more...
  • 5. Police Academy 5
    The worst, but also the best! A holiday in Miami.. very cool.
  • 4. Mannequin
    I remember lining up outside in a huge queue to see this movie. Awesome! Kim Catrall is my fav!
  • 3. Aliens
    James Camerons best! What an awesome flick! Sigourney Weaver at her best. Who doesn't remember the line "Let her go, you bi%ch!"
  • 2. Big Trouble In Little China
    Another John Carpenter flick. Don't you just love Kim Catrall!
  • 1. The Thing
    John Carpenters Best Movie By Far... The Spider Human Still Freaks Me...
By: alex
  • 10. The Krays
    I Know Its 1990 But Its A Great Movie. Just Proves Pop Stars Can Act.
    Violence At Its Very Best. Great Performances From The Whole Cast. Isn't Michelle Pfeiffer Drop Dead Gorgeous In This Film.
  • 8. Once Upon A Time In America
    A classic movie de niro and woods are excellent the film grips from the start.
  • 7. Gremlins
    if you say you didn'T like it your A liar. funny and cute
  • 6. Back To The Future
    A classic also A very good soundtrack
  • 5. Good Morning Vietnam
    the best nam film ever
  • 4. Return Of The Jedi
    my favourite of the 4
  • 3. Rocky IV
  • 2. Top Gun
    loved the flying scenes
  • 1. Some Kind Of Wonderful
    great movie great soundtrack
By: jennifer
  • 10. Tootsie
    Just Kidding! If i was serious- i think id punch myself in the face.
  • 9. Poltergeist
    Carol Ann! Carol Ann!.... I STILL am afraid of clown dolls!
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  • 7. Steel Magnolias
    Amazing how such a funny movie can make me wail in the same hour.
  • 6. Top Gun
    My wedding song MUST BE "Take my breath away",come on- you know u loved it!
  • 5. Goonies
    So funny--and GROSS!!!!
  • 4. E.T.
    goddamn movie made me cry!
  • 3. Say Anything
    John Cusack..need i say more?
  • 2. Breakfast Club
    This is where humanity is explained.
  • 1. Ferris Beuler's Day Off
    Pulling a "Rooney" is running down the hallways and slowing for the doors.
By: BJ
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By: Matt Jicha
  • 10. The Burbs
    Ray, Art, and Rumsfield suspect their neighbors the Klopeks are murderers. The great part of the movies when they diging in the basement hoping to find a dead body and they thought they found it,but ended up hitting the gas line and blowing up the house.
  • 9. The Lost Boys
    Good horror movie with Sam ans Micheal joining the Frog brothers fighting vampires
  • 8. Airplane
    Funny movie of food poisoning lots of other goof ups in the whole movie and lots of famous stars
  • 7. Troop Beverly Hills
    Funny movie where rich woman Phyllis Nefler becomes a scout leader for her daughter Hannah and her friends and go through Beverly Hills while Velda Plendor tries to eliminate her.
  • 6. The Great Outdoors
    Funny movie about in-laws vising Chet Ripley family at the same lake in a great cabin meet the bald-headed bear. the best part of all was Chet eating the Old 96er(96 oz. steak).
  • 5. The Neverending Story
    Bastian takes this a book from a store and reads it in the school attic. He thoght it a normal book, but it was a magical book that put him in the story with the Childlike Empress, Atreyu, Aurtex(horse) Rock Bitter and Falkor(luckdragon).
  • 4. The Goonies
    They find a map leading to treasure in their area with caves,traps, and dead bodies. While the Fratellis are right on their tail.
  • 3. Explorers
    Three boys with a computer communicate with aliens and build thier home spaceship which was good. Despite losing their ship near the end of the movie, they had a good adventure. But at the end of the Ben got the girl he liked(Lori) Wolfgang and Darren were in the dream with Ben trying to put another dream together. I wish they made a sequel.
  • 2. Superman III
    There was good and evil of Superman in this one. Clark visits his hometown of Smallvile and Jimmy gets hurt very litte Lois in this one.
  • 1. Superman II
    This is where Lois finds out Clark is Superman and three villians from Krypton come to Earth having the same power as Superman and Lex Luthor escapes prison
These movies RULE
By: Kristin Kirtlan
  • 10. Legend Of Billie Jean
    This movie can teach women a lot.
  • 9. Teen Witch
    I remember this movie from long long ago. It would be so cool to be a teen witch.
  • 8. License To Drive
    Corey Haim is one of the best, and his dad is funny in this movie. Driving, ahh.
  • 7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    This movie rules. It is classic. Who knew high school could be so much fun.
  • 6. Weird Science
    This movie is so much fun.
  • 5. Pretty In Pink
    Molly rules.
  • 4. Some Kind Of Wonderful
    Best friends are always the best.
  • 3. Say Anything
    This movie is great. Such great love, great scenes. John Cusack is my favorite.
  • 2. Sixteen Candles
    This is a classic. The story is so cute. Too bad it doesn't always work out that good in real life!
  • 1. Secret Admirer
    I must have watched this movie a thousand times, and its still good. This movie has every element that I enjoy. Comedy, romance, and a little action. I love this movie.
The 80's rock.
By: Misty B.
  • 10. For Keeps
    I know...kinda random. But I love Molly Ringwald.
  • 9. Pee Wee's Big Adventure
    "There's no basement at the Alamo!!"
  • 8. Can't Buy Me Love
    How can you ever get tired of watching the African Anteater Ritual??
  • 7. The Neverending Story
    Did anyone ever find out what the name he yelled out the window was??
  • 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    "Um, he's sick. My best friends sisters boyfriends brothers girlfriend heard from this kid who's going with a girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious."
  • 5. Adventures in Babysitting
    Chris: "Just a pool of mushy goo..." Sarah: "Like spaghetti o's?" Chris: "Spaghetti o's with meat." (Darryl makes funny lizard-like creature thing face)-----Get out of my house!!!
  • 4. Labryinth
    "I never get tired of watching this movie...."
  • 3. Revenge of the Nerds
    "Looks like salad..."
  • 2. Goonies
    "Hey you guuuyssss!!!"
  • 1. Sixteen Candles
    Grandma: "Dong...grandpa is talking to you." Grandpa: "Dong, where is my automobile...." Dong: "Automobillllle." (I'm still in love with Jake Ryan!)
I may be young...born in '82, but I looove movies from the '80s. So simple, so humorous, and so damn truthful!!! lol. :)
By: jay legend
By: Mary
By: Vincent Frank
  • 10. Sixteen Candles
    Ok, so it's not academy award material...but it *does* have Anthony Michael Hall as "Farmer Ted" (actually billed as "The Geek"), and that guy from "ER" as "Long Duck Dong" (who has the most memorable line: "Oh no more yankie my wankie! The Donger need FOOD!"). Far better than the overrated Ferris Bueller's Day Off, in my opinion.
  • 9. The Road Warrior (aka, Mad Max 2)
    Only slightly less influential than Blade Runner in the sci-fi/future world genre, this movie boasts the greatest chase scene of all time (even better than the one in Raiders of the Lost Ark!).
  • 8. Blade Runner
    This stylish "future noir" by Ridley Scott was perhaps the most influencial sci-fi movie of the 1980s, predating "cyberpunk" by several years. The cast is incredible, and the film score by Vangelis is legendary.
  • 7. Stand By Me
    Perhaps not the greatest movie of the 1980s, but this deserves a mention if only because it was the only really decent adaptation of a Steve King novel up to this point. (Remember--it was filmed before Misery and Shawshank Redemption.)
  • 6. Pee Wee's Big Adventure
    Oh c'mon folks! Tim Burton's debut was only a hint of the great things that would later come from his twisted vision, but how can one omit a movie with great lines such as, "Tell 'em Large Marge sent you!" and "Have you got something to say Amazing Larry?!?" Brilliant! Oh! And Paul Reubens as Pee Wee Herman ("Paging Mr. Herman!") is a hoot!
  • 5. Ghostbusters
    The ultimate "summer" movie, this movie looks as good visually today as it did when it came out.
  • 4. Fletch
    One of the most underrated comedys of the 80s, but certainly one of the funniest. Like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Fletch gets funnier with every viewing. "What kind of name is 'Poon' anyway?"
  • 3. Heathers
    Possibly the blackest black comedy ever made, this was a springboard for many young actors, including Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannon Dougherty.
  • 2. Blue Velvet
    First time I saw it I was horrified. The second time I saw it I couldn't stop laughing. Depressing, hilarious, and downright disburbing, this is one not to be missed. Best line: "Heineken?!? pabst blue ribbon!!!"
  • 1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    A great movie that I never get tired of watching. The opening sequence alone is worth the price of admission, and is arguably among the most memorable in film history.
Honorable Mentions: The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the Eighth Dimension Fast Times at Ridgemont High The Empire Strikes Back John Carpenter's The Thing Poltergeist A Nightmare on Elm Street Trancers The Naked Gun Amadeus
By: Vik
  • 10. Raging Bull
    Deniro's best movie by far. Entertainment and what it mean???
  • 9. Gandhi
    Ben Kingsley's best performance...a must watch.....
  • 8. Untouchables
    Connery, Costner, Deniro, Andy Garcia all in one movie ....about Capone ...can it get any better
  • 7. Top Gun
    makes you wanna be a its up there
  • 6. E.T.
    Cmon guys you know you love this cute is drew berrymore....
  • 5. Rocky gotta love all of them....too good.........
  • 4. Scarface.....
    Pacino....Pacino..Pacino....need i say more..............say heloo to my lil friend.............
  • 3. Platoon
    want to know what happened at Vietnam...Watch thisssssssssssss..........
  • 2. When Harry Met Sally.....
    its definetly a very cute movie..............
  • 1. Batman
    this is not an order...just top then movies...batman....comic comes to life

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