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: Jackie Kerr
By: Scottb
  • 10. Batman
    Have you ever danced with the devil on a pale moon night.
  • 9. Top Gun
  • 8. Back To The Future
    What did I tell you 88 miles per hour!!
  • 7. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  • 6. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
    E.T. phone home the highest grossing movie of the 80s.
  • 5. Ferris Buller's Day Off
    Its a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT California, less than 100 were made. My father spent 3 years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion. It is his fault he didn't lock the garage.
  • 4. Sixteen Candles
  • 3. Empire Strikes Back
  • 2. Return Of The Jedi
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    John Bender: But face it. You're a neo maxi zoom dweebie, what would you be doing if you weren't out making yourself a better citizen?
By: julie reppert
  • 10. Sixteen Candles
    i dont really like molly ringwald, but i can realte to her character in this one--"wassa happenin' hot stuff"
  • 9. The Lost Boys
    i love the 2 coreys, and this movie is just awesome cause its not very scary--"the blood sucking brady bunch!"
  • 8. Dirty Dancing
    it gives me a wonderful romantic feeling--i wish i could dance!"no one puts baby in the corner"
  • 7. Back To School
    rodney dangerfield creeps me out and the movie is pretty unrealistic, but robert downey jr is hot and he makes it really funny--"the triple lindy"
  • 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    i wish i knew people like that--"life moves pretty fast, if you dont stop and look around once in awhile you might miss it"
  • 5. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
    this is a big one on my family--we watch it every year when we put up the tree--"that theres an RV" "its a bit nipply"
  • 4. National Lampoon's Vacation
    after seeing this i wanted to go to wally world!--"dont die unless someones home"
  • 3. The Breakfast Club
    also one of the best-so many emotions--"did your mom marry mr rogers??" "no mr johnson"
  • 2. Stand By Me
    this is a close second-its just one of the best movies ever--"there he is, i see him!"
  • 1. The Goonies
    i have seen this so many times i have it memorized and i learned several spanish phrases!--"hey you guys!!!!"
By: Chris N. (80's Metalhead)
By: Spin
By: Pam Rodgers
  • 10. The Breakfast Club
    Goes beyond top 10 lists - but just thought i should mention it
  • 9. The Warriors
    Was this 80's - whatever it was cool!
  • 8. Gleaming The Cube
    The best 80's Skate Flick & Christian Slater is an added bonus
  • 7. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
    Helen Hunt & Sarah Jessica Parker, so long ago sooooo good!
  • 6. Breakdance - The movie
    The soundrack is amazing!
  • 5. The Lost Boys
    Need I say More
  • 4. The Outsiders
    The cast is amazing !
  • 3. Puberty Blues
    The best Australian Movie out of the 80's - watch it, if you can find it ! Funny Raw & very Real..too good!
  • 2. St. Elmo's Fire
    Almost felt like the breakfast club all grown up - think i understand it more now than i did then
  • 1. Pretty In Pink
    Doesn't even need a comment
By: debi
By: Jay
  • 10. Splash
    Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, and John Candy at their best!
  • 9. Moonstruck
    Cher and Nicolas Cage's best performance!
  • 8. Top Gun
    Tom Cruise's best performance!
  • 7. Romancing The Stone
    Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito at their best!
  • 6. Ghostbusters
    Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis at their best!
  • 5. Coming To America
    Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are hilarious!
  • 4. Trading Places
    Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy are cool!
  • 3. Gandhi
    One of my all-time favorites! It is the winner of 9 Academy Awards including Best Picture!
  • 2. Spaceballs
    My all-time favorite movie! One of Mel Brooks' best!
  • 1. War Games
    My favorite movie without a doubt! One of Matthew Broderick's and Ally Sheedy's best performance!
By: Sabrina
Some of the best movies ever were made in the 80's!!!
By: Keith
By: Reverend Flash
  • 10. The Witches Of Eastwick
    Ah, Nicholson. If you've never danced with the devil in the pale moonlight, then give your copy of "Batman" a rest and check out Jack at his demonic best, supported so well by Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and the always-sexy Susan Sarandon.
  • 9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    John Hughes was unstoppable in the 80's, primarily giving us teen-oriented comedies that no one could beat. Here, in a fim that was written in a weekend, Matthew Broderick and company spend a most adventurous day off from school, galavanting in the Windy City, all the while being pursued by a tyrannical principal and a jealous sister. Includes a pre-"Dirty Dancing" Jennifer Grey, and a pre-everything Charlie Sheen. Shake it up, baby, and save Ferris!
  • 8. Sixteen Candles
    I didn't want Ringwald and Hall's heads to swell by putting this one as high up as their other, slightly superior, mid-80's triumph. Still, this movie has innumerable elements that made it the classic it is. I liked when Farmer Ted is serenading Samantha with Beatles tunes (he would've scored if he'd sung a Thompson Twins medley!).
  • 7. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
    Picking a favorite Steve Martin movie is like picking a favorite Beatles song - how can you choose? Yet, I think this was the one in the 80's that had the greatest impact on me. It serves as a tribute to film noir, a showcase for Martin's acting abilities, and a testament to the effectiveness of old-school special effects.
  • 6. Far From Home
    This film is most notable as the turning point for Drew Barrymore. Here, only in her early teens, she was coming out as a babe to be reckoned with, complete with a wonderful bathing suit scene. This foreshadowed the sexier roles she would soon play in movies like "Poison Ivy", "Wayne's World II", and "The Amy Fisher Story".
  • 5. The Naked Gun
    Leslie Nielsen really reinvented himself as a master funnyman in the 80's, particularly in films by Zucker-Abrams-Zucker, such as this one. Though rather old to be playing a leading man, Nielsen pulls off the physical comedy and light-hearted romance with skills he acquired from decades in the business. "The Naked Gun"'s only drawback is the presence of freed murderer O.J. Simpson in each of the series' three outings.
  • 4. April Fool's Day
    Trust me. This is the greatest horror movie ever. (It's even got Tom 'Biff Tannen' Wilson in it.) Rent this one with a whole bunch of people some night, but please do it any other time than on April 1st.
  • 3. Coming To America
    The inimitable Eddie Murphy is fantastically funny in this charming movie in which he admirably plays multiple roles with comedic grace and genius. Kudos to the usually unlikable Arsenio Hall for keeping up with his teacher here.
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    It was great to be a kid when this movie was in the theater. Molly Ringwald was so cute, Judd Nelson was such a smart-ass, and Paul Gleason couldn't have been a better bastard. [Carl: "When I was a kid, I wanted to be John Lennon."]
  • 1. Back to the Future / Back to the Future II
    I lumped these together so I wouldn't have 11 movies. Really, III should be included (from 1990), as the Back to the Future trilogy, for my money, is the best piece of moviemaking ever. Where do I get me a Hoverboard? (And will there ever be that oft-discussed Part IV with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christopher Lloyd?)
By: johnny
By: Slick Flick
By: Dane
  • 10. Major League
    Ricky Vaughn the Wild Thing
  • 9. Space Balls
    Pizza the Hut :) what a great movie
  • 8. Weekend At Bernies
    Nothing like watching a dead guy for an hour
  • 7. Naked Gun
    Lt Drebin Police squad and don't ever let me catch you guys in america
  • 6. Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior
    The last of the V8 Interceptors
  • 5. National Lampoon's Vacation
    Wally World
  • 4. Ghostbusters
    Who you gonna call ?
  • 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • 2. Top Gun
    I feel the need , the need for speed
  • 1. Back To The Future
    November 5th 1955 the day time travel was invented
By: Shannon
The 80's were the best thing ever, best movies, best music, best fashion, and best ges.
By: jennie
  • 10. Labrynth
    David Bowie in tights! Silly film but I love it, I love all the Jim Henson stuff
  • 9. Heathers
    there was a time when I went round saying greetings and salutations - very sad when I think back on it. Still, I thought it was cool
  • 8. Wall Street
    Only got to see tis last week.Very good
  • 7. Stand By Me
    The pie eating contest
  • 6. Dirty Dancing
    This film brings back lots of memories of sleepovers round my friends house. Watching it will always cheers me up
  • 5. The Breakfast Club
  • 4. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  • 3. The Lost Boys
    Jason Patrick was my 2nd movie crush - great soundtrack
  • 2. Back To The Future
    Michael J fox was my first movie crush. I saw this at the cinema 6 times
  • 1. Parenthood
    It's so funny
By: Melinda

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