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: Richard Brown
  • 10. Tuff Turf
    i forgot how good that movie was until i recently seen it again. I could keep watching it just to see Kim Richards tie that beautiful hair in a knot again.
  • 9. Who's That Girl
    was it really that bad? Go madonna. It beats desperatly seeking susan in my book.
  • 8. Cocktail
    i still want to open my own bar like that.
  • 7. Friday The 13th Part 2
    the pichfork in the roof. it scared the @#$%^ out of me.
  • 6. Coming To America
    arsiniooooooooooooo. I'll take any 80's eddy movie over his current stuff.
  • 5. Twins
    who was danny devito's girlfriend in that movie? She's awsome. i miss her.
  • 4. Can't Buy Me Love
    Was i a geek in high school or what? Patrck was also great in Loverboy and Run.
  • 3. Purple Rain
    Yes, i'm still a huge fan of prince and have all 21 of his cd's. I even had to buy the new greatest hits even though i have all the songs on it at least 2 or 3 times.
  • 2. St. Elmo's Fire
    How could breakfast club be #1 and St. Elmo's not even be on the list. Don't they go hand in hand?
  • 1. Breakfast Club
    I'm not surprised to see it #1 on the list. Still one of my all time favorites. I could recite the whole movie without watching it again.
It's hard to choose from so many great movie's. When are they going to re-release Betsy's Wedding. I want to finish my Molly collection.
By: Ryan
  • 10. Dirty Dancng
    Great high school romance movie
  • 9. St. Elmos Fire
    The brat pack movies are always good
  • 8. The Goonies
    Kid Flick...great movie though
  • 7. Desperately Seeking Susan
    Madonna movies are so great
  • 6. Vacation
    Out of all the vacation movies this one is the best
  • 5. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    If u liketo ditch school his was the movie for ya
  • 4. Pretty In Pink
    This was a chick flick but i ha a thing for molly ringwld
  • 3. Sixteen Candles
    chick flick..but molly is the star
  • 2. Weird Science
    The music was good,te actors wer great,Lisa was hott
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    This is my all time favorite movie....Brat Pck RULES!!!!!
By: Dan
By: Lyndon Hott
  • 10. Goonies
    A true classic. Love this movie
  • 9. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
    It may be considered the least popular of the Indiana Jones trilogy, but I still think that it is a classic.
  • 8. Raging Bull
    DeNiro and Pesci at their very best! I don't have words for how awesome this movie is.
  • 7. Platoon
    Another great war movie, but it is quite grim..
  • 6. Full Metal Jacket
    This could definitely be considered the best Vietnam movie ever made. A true classic by Kubrick.
  • 5. Glory
    The best war movie ever made. Everybody is just plain awesome in this movie.
  • 4. Return Of The Jedi
    I absolutely love this movie, and it is my favorite movie in the Star Wars Trilogy.
  • 3. Batman
    Keaton and Nicholson are so absolutely great in this movie. Not only the best Batman movie, but one of the best action movies in the eighties.
  • 2. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
    This is another awesome movie, and I think that it was the 2nd greatest movie of the 80's.
  • 1. Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    I honestly don't know how this movie was forgotten. This would probably be considered the best action movie of all time. It is just a great movie all the way around.
By: Ron
  • 10. Lost Boys
    Pretty good.
  • 9. Batman
    Jack Nicholson is awesome in this movie!
  • 8. Caddyshack
    One of the greatest comedies of all time! I love Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray cracks me up in this 80s classic.
  • 7. Stand And Deliver
    This one just doesn't get enough exposure. A math teacher encouraging low-class students to pass the AP Calculus course..sounds boring huh? You gotta see it to believe it!
  • 6. E.T.
    Steven Speilburg's best.
  • 5. Sixteen Candles
    This one's hilarious! I love Long Duck Dong, aKa the "Donger".
  • 4. Ghostbusters
    Ghostbusters, ahh what a blessing. Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Dan Akyroyd all starring in comedy! Whoa!
  • 3. Karate Kid
    I remember watching this movie all the time when I was a kid. It has a great setting/plot. A lower-class single mother moves her son across the country in his best interest, but backfires on the teen as he gets the sh*t beat out of him!
  • 2. Back To The Future
    I really don't know why I like this movie so much... This story is mediocre and I can't stand Christopher Lloyd. There's just something entertaining about this one.
  • 1. Rain Man
    I can't believe this movie isn't listed in the top-twenty!! Hoffman and Cruise light up the screen!
By: Cassa < Top Ten 80s Movies >
  • 10. Bill Cosby: Himself - 1982
  • 9. Arthur - 1981
  • 8. The Man With One Red Shoe - 1985
  • 7. Harlem Nights - 1989
  • 6. Raising Arizona - 1987
  • 5. Throw Momma From The Train - 1987
  • 4. Wildcats - 1986
  • 3. The Money Pit - 1986
  • 2. Blind Date - 1987
  • 1. Ruthless People - 1986
By: Blake Roberts
By: Kirk
  • 10. Labrynth
    I am the Goblin King... I can do anything!
  • 9. Say Anything
    I can relate to John Cusack's character with the ghettoblaster (been there, done that)
  • 8. For Your Eyes Only
    Arguably the best Bond film ever.
  • 7. Princess Bride
    as you wish
  • 6. Uncle Buck
    John Candy is sadly missed.
  • 5. Dead Poets' Society
    This movie struck home.
  • 4. Valley Girl
  • 3. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    pure fun.
  • 2. Star Wars Episode 6: Return Of The Jedi
    the Empire gets what's coming to them.
  • 1. Star Wars Episode 5: Empire Strikes Back
    classic line... "I love you." "I know."
By: Matt80s
  • 10. St. Elmo's Fire
    All of the 80's Brat pack are in this one.
  • 9. National Lampoons Vacation
    Eddie still cracks me up.
  • 8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    My skipping school days were no where near that fun.
  • 7. War Games
    Yea...After watching this in ' friends and I thought we could change our grades and other stuff on our Commodore Vic20s and 64s.
  • 6. E.T.
    I remember going to see this 3 or 4 times when it came out.All time 80s Great.
  • 5. Friday The 13th
    Went to see all the F13 movies that came out as a teen.There will never be another Jason.
  • 4. Breakfast Club
    I've seen this movie a million times and still love it.Hoping they making a special edition DVD,similar to the Goonies DVD.
  • 3. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    Blew me away with its non stop action 20 years ago.
  • 2. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    Totally Awesome!! The young Jennifer Jason Leigh is so cute in this.
  • 1. Goonies
    Went to see this when I was a kid...loved it and still do.Watch the DVD when I want that 80s feeling again.
By: Cindy
  • 10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    What a classic!!!
  • 9. Weird Science
    Every boy's fantasy come true. Of course, I wanted to be Lisa.
  • 8. Top Gun
    Tom Cruise in a flight suit...need I say more?
  • 7. Pretty In Pink
    Molly Ringwald ruled the '80's. This was such a great movie.
  • 6. Dirty Dancing
    I wanted to be Baby so that I could "dirty dance" with Patrick Swayze.
  • 5. E. T.
    It was so great!!! It was even better the second time around.
  • 4. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    What a great movie!!! Paved the way for all the other adventure movie knock offs, like King Solomon's mines.
  • 3. Back To The Future
    Michael J Fox was such a hunk!!! Great movie.
  • 2. Sixteen Candles
    Loved this movie. A total classic.
  • 1. Ghostbusters
    The best thing that came out of the '80's. Even better was the song!!!!!
By: Justin
  • 10. Red Dawn
    1984-"WOLVERINES!!!!!!!!!!" First film to be rated PG-13. It's a awesome action and war film and I like this movie because Patrick Swayze's in it! Not For Kids.
  • 9. Trading Places
    1983-"Looking Good, Billy Ray! Feeling Good, Louis!" Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy are fantastic!
  • 8. Coming To America
    1988-"I've got a date with Lisa." Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are funny!
  • 7. Predator
    1987-My favorite Arnie film!
  • 6. Top Gun
    1986-"I feel the need...the need for speed!" My favorite Tom Cruise film!
  • 5. First Blood
    1982-"They drew first blood, not me." My favorite Sly film without a doubt!
  • 4. Ghostbusters
    1984-"That's a big Twinkie." Awesome film!
  • 3. Romancing The Stone
    1984-"Colton. Jack T. Colton" My favorite Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner movie!
  • 2. Spaceballs
    1987-"May The Schwartz Be With You!"
  • 1. WarGames
    1983-"How About Global Thermonuclear War?" My favorite!
Top 10 is not enough because I have a lot more 80's movies that I really really like a lot!
By: Beth Lake
By: Robbie
  • 10. Texas Chainsaw Masacre 2
    Probably the best of the series.
  • 9. Goonies
    Who didn't want to be a Goonie??
  • 8. Evil Dead 2 / Hellraiser
    Evild Dead 2 was the first time I'd really seen comedy and Horror mixed....Hellraiser shows how demons can really be.
  • 7. Day Of The Dead
    No holding back the gore in this awsome flick.
  • 6. Star Trek 2 The Wrath Of Kahn
    The only real good on of the series...Why??? There's actually action in it!! No whining captins. Just a Captin who wants to kick some butt!!
  • 5. A Nightmare On Elm St.
    One of the greatest horror movies ever made. This movie really brought out my true love for Horror.
  • 4. Aliens
    Lots of Action....Lots of Aliens....The scene you can never forget, Michael Biehn looking in the celling & Aliens swarming towards Riply & the bunch...
  • 3. Radiers Of The Lost Ark
    This movie can be watched over and over and it never ever gets old. Definitly a timeless classic.
  • 2. Return Of The Jedi
    Duh...anything Star Wars is gonna be in in the very top just beacuse it's Star Wars. No other reason needed.
  • 1. Empire Strikes Back
    By far the best movie of the original trilogy. Just leaves you hanging wanting more.
Star Wars comes first and fore most everytime....70's and 80's Horror movies are my one true love though. None of this 90's and 2000's sissy "Teen Horror" where everyone is so afraid to show a little blood and you have to have a "pop star" in it to move the tickets...70's and 80's horror held nothing back
By: Jonathan Sternberg
  • 10. Chariots of Fire
    Ah, '80s sports. Tennis, anyone? Here's to the movie that started the RUNNING craze. "Say, Abrahams - do it for Israel!" Yeah, right. Great film, though. Best costumes of all time.
  • 9. The Elephant Man
    "I am not an animal - I am a human being!" Humanitarianism at its best, along with a completely unrecognizable John Hurt.
  • 8. Planes, Trains, And Automobiles
    The sex scene is one of the best in film, but Candy and Martin make a classic duo. Gotta love it.
  • 7. Sixteen Candles
    When it does come to John Hughes, it's my favorite. AMH is hillarious! Gedde Watanabe, though, has the best lines ("The Dong need FOOD!")
  • 6. Out Of Africa
    Meryl Streep in her heyday. "I had a farm in Africa."
  • 5. White Palace
    Who says only John Hughes thinks about the midwest (St. Louis RULES!). Susan Sarandon and James Spader being REALLY intimate? It's cool.
  • 4. Terms Of Endearment
    If only every mother were like Aurora - not. "You need a drink to kill the bug that crawled up your ASS."
  • 3. St. Elmo's Fire
    Cheesy script, cast of thousands, classic story, GREAT theme song ("Man in Motion"). You can't go wrong.
  • 2. The Day After
    "Would you like an orange?" As freaky as it is brilliant. Nuclear war in Lawrence, KS.
  • 1. Wall Street
    "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." Gordon Gekko and the pre-1987 mentality RULE!
The '80s isn't JUST John Hughes and a few wacky action movies. It's also Oliver Stone, the last gasp of Sir David Lean, and the establishment of some great modern stars. Best of all, though, it saw some of the best films of all time, including Wall Street, which is my hands down favorite for any time period.
By: Dayna S.
not quite in the top ten, but worth mentioning- Gung Ho- Long Duck Dong is back!
By: Chris Johnson
By: Edward Haas
  • 10. Scanners
    Another Cronenberg piece. A world-dominationg "security" corporation wants to monopolize psychic powers.
  • 9. La Femme Nikita
    Sytlish French psychothriller featuring a junkie turned brainwashed government assasin and her struggle to remain human.
  • 8. Videodrome
    Cronenberg's postmodern masterpiece of media manipulation, conspiracy and hallucination. The "new flesh" fuses with technology with hideous results.
  • 7. The Last Temptation Of Christ
    Jesus struggles with his destiny upon discovering that he is the Messiah. His greatest temptation is to renounce his mission in favor of an "ordinary" life. Reverent and beautiful dispite what you may have heard.
  • 6. Mephisto
    Empty, amoral stage actor betrays his friends to the Nazis, who in return advance his career. Horrifying 20th Century take of the "deal with the devil" myth.
  • 5. Sixteen Candles
    A likable but withdrawn teen's struggle just to be noticed in the midst of family and high school chaos. In the end the geeks win big (as well they should)!
  • 4. Risky Business
    Cool suburban bad boy runs amok while parents are away. Classy wish fulfillment fantasy and celebration of the individual.
  • 3. Blade Runner
    Wild, glamourous multicultural LA of the future serves as the stunning background for Phillip K. Dick adventure involving homicidal androids who are oddly more "human" than their makers.
  • 2. The Killer
    John Woo's classic about a ruthless but honorable Hong Kong gangster betrayed by the mob and hunted by the cops.
  • 1. Kiss Of The Spider Woman
    Eccentric gay prisoner escapes into '40s movie fantasy world and develops unlikely friendship with macho cellmate.
By: Allie
  • 10. Hairspray
  • 9. St. Elmo's Fire
    everyone needs to see this movie
  • 8. Footloose
    Hottie ,,,, Keiven Baken
  • 7. Fast Time At Ridgemont High
    All we learned about sex from this movie was too much
  • 6. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
    Sarah jessica Parker .... dont forget about this movie
  • 5. Sixteen Candle's
    Molly's best role
  • 4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    The best learned from him
  • 3. Pretty In Pink
    So sweet Duckie is the best
  • 2. St. Elmo's fire
    Another one if the bratpacks best that shows the ways of life
  • 1. Breakfast Club
    The Bratpack makes detenshion look fun
i love the bratpack

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