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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- 10. Stand By Me
Rob Reiner directed from a Stephen King novella, and caught the essence of childhood perfectly in this movie. Just bought the DVD, and it is still a great, sentimental movie.
- 9. Friday The 13th
The movie that started it all, and spawned a million copycat movies, including its own sequels.
- 8. Airplane!
A totally silly movie that was totally hilarious!
- 7. Summer Rental
John Candy is awesome as always!
- 6. Aliens
Great follow-up to Alien. Space marines ready to kick ass!
- 5. Back To The Future
Awesome movie! Just got the DVD set for my birthday.
- 4. Near Dark
A great vampire movie! Reunites Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen and Jennete Goldstein from Aliens as a pack of vampires in search of new blood.
- 3. Breakfast Club
Love it, not sure why....
- 2. Maximum Overdrive
Very cool soundtrack by AC/DC. Who made who?
- 1. Trick Or Treat
This movie rocks! I saw it at the movies and couldn't believe it! OZZY as a preacher that hates, and wants to ban, rock music! It's so bad it's good! Check this page http://tort.the-croc.com/ for more....
Lots of good movies were released in the '80s. It was a great decade for movie fans!
- 10. Short Circuit
Johnny 5 is alive!
- 9. The Goonies
I was the age of all the kids from this movie when it came out, so to me they were the coolest.
- 8. Back To The Future
Singlehandedly responsible for making DeLoreans and Huey Lewis into pure 80s icons
- 7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- 6. The Lost Boys
The stuff dreams are made of
- 5. Top Gun
Invented the aviator glasses, moustache look that WAS the 80s for some people
- 4. Ghostbusters
- 3. Karate Kid
Once again, I'm sure I'm not the only person in his 20s who STILL knows most of the dialogue from this movie by heart
- 2. Teen Wolf
Anyone who doesn't have fond memories of this movie simply didn't grow up in the 80s.
- 1. Gleaming The Cube
Possibly still the greatest skateboarding movie of all time, and without a doubt one of the main inspirations for so many of today's skaters / snowboarders.
These might not be the best movies of the 80s, in fact many amazing movies are obviously absent, but who can doubt that these were the movies that today's 20-30 year olds grew up on? Do you know the words to all of these movies by heart?
- 10. Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark
This movie is really funny, if you like those lampoon type flicks. Lot of sex related humor in there, funny stuff.
- 9. Better Off Dead
This movie cracks me up, especially the dude from Revenge of the Nerds.
- 8. Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure
Whoulda thunk Keanu Reeves actually would have a decent career after this?
- 7. Masters Of The Universe
I am a HUGE, HUGE He-Man fan, but I was pretty disapointed by this movie. It shoulda stayed in Eternia, period. Now that He-man is back, hopefully they make another movie.
- 6. The Breakfast Club
Did I ever have that much fun in detention.....NO!!
- 5. The Monster Squad
Not many people remember this movie, but I sure do. I must've rented 100 damn times, it rocks.
- 4. Rad
This is another movie not really well-known. It's about a kid who dreams of racing in a BMX race in his hometown. The bike tricks are awesome, and the cast actually ain't bad, either
- 3. The Karate Kid Part 2
My favorite of the series. Don't try to karate chop ice blocks, that shit hurts!!
- 2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Almost #1, this movie made everyone wanna skip school. I remember giving my principal hell like that too
- 1. The Goonies
"HEY YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!" This tops em all. How many of us went looking for treasure after seeing this? And I wanna know, whatever happened to the guy who played Chunk?
By: Jet Black
- 10. Sixteen Candles
first John hughes movie i saw and really liked
- 9. E.T
one of speilberg's all time classics
- 8. Return Of The Jedi
kick ass conclusion to star wars
- 7. The Empire Strikes Back
best movie in the whole series
- 6. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
american pie of the time in my opinion
- 5. Stand By Me
really good coming of age thing going on there
- 4. The Lost Boys
kick ass vampire flick, vampires looked kool in that movie
- 3. The Terminator
"I'll be back"
- 2. Akira
Kaneda: TETSUOOOOO!!!! tetsuo: KANEDAAAAA!!!!
- 1. Back To The Future Trilogy
best trilogy of the eighties and one of the best trilogies in history Marty: "you built a time machine, out of a Delorean!" marty looking at his son "he looks just like me" later on in the cafe "He's a complete wimp" Marty talking to buford tannen "my name's Eastwood, Clint Eastwood." buford says "what kind of a stupid name is that." doc: "roads, where were going we dont need roads."
By: Matt Glassing
I like horror movies!
- 10. A Christmas Sory
Watch it every Christmas since I was 7! Makes me feel all warm inside!
- 9. Coal Miner's Daughter
The first movie I ever went to see. It was at an Oklahoma drive-in with my parents. I was 4 yrs old, and I swear I remember it like it was yesterday. This is what made me want to be an actor! I remember looking at the screen as the credits rolled and thinking, "I want to do that when I grow up!"
- 8. The Outsiders
Coppola's Rebel Without A Cause only lacked a James Dean, but made up for it with Diane Lane and Matt Dillon. Brimming with passion!
- 7. The Breakfast Club
Quintisential 80s teen flick! Classic!
- 6. E.T.
You can't mention the 80's without Spielberg and E.T.! You also get the first performance of Drew Barrymore! What more can you ask for, except a rerun of Poltergesit?
- 5. Romancing the Stone
There hasn't been a TRUE adventure made since this great slice of pie came out!
- 4. An American Werewolf in London
Ok, so the ending is a little abrupt, but this movie never loses its quality. David Naughtin is the definitive wolf monster! What else can you say for a movie that inspired Michael Jackson's Thriller?
- 3. The Color Purple
Operetic and beautiful! Masterpiece!
- 2. The Goonies
Wantes to be a Goonie when I was a kid! Watched it all he time, instead of studying for science tests.
- 1. Poltergeist
The best special effects movie ever! One of the few horror films that is intelligent and entertaining on all levels. Classic!!
I'm sure that ther are more classics that did not make my list, but these are the ones that come to mind whenever I think of the past.
I could probably listed 100 more that I loved from the 80's! Thanks for providing us somewhere to come together!
By: Bad Mother Krucker
- 10. Revenge of the Nerds
This movie is a breakthrough for anyone who has believed in themselves,and know that they can accomplish anything,what a funny way of showing it!
- 9. Ferris Beuler's Day Off
This is definitely a John Hughes classic that everyone who is sick of high school should get their ass to the video store!
- 8. Nightmare On Elm Street
As far as the horror/action genre goes, I have to give it to this movie. Wes Craven took to the limits that led to 6 sequals!
- 7. Beverly Hills Cop
Eddies best starts here with a hard hitting laugh your ass off action/comedy. Reccomended for anyone who likes a story about a good cop.
- 6. The Breakfast Club
John Hughes was a great director/producer, who reeased this classic drama/comedy about 5 strangers who realize they have more in common than they ever bargained for. See this movie!
- 5. Lethal Weapon
What a great start to a great series of action movies. For anyone who likes a good cop/bad cop tag team to hard pumping action, this is the movie for you!
- 4. Major League
I dont care what anyone says, this movie has the best baseball movie endings in history. A funny look at the major leagues, and all the homerun laughs along the way to the Hall of Fame!
- 3. Big
Tom Hanks, Academy Award nominee for this role! A heartwarming funny film about a kid with a big dream. See this for some Tom Hanks fun!
- 2. Uncle Buck
What a great movie with one of the greatest comedians in our time, the late great John Candy. See this for a good laugh and a touch by the heart from John Hughes
- 1. Die Hard
The role that landed Bruce Willis his carreer. In my opinion the greatest action movie of our time. An average Joe, or John McLane fights off the terrorists with the 80s style. See this blockbuster smash along with the two great sequals!
Mind you that these are just some movies off the top of my head. There are so many other 80s movies that are great!
By: Rustin Richtarik
- 10. Return Of The Jedi
Great way to end it all. Special effects were great. Brought closure to the series.
- 9. Ghostbusters
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!!!
- 8. The Untouchables
One of Sean Connery's, Kevin Costner's, and Robert DeNero's best performances.
- 7. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Who can't forget the pool scene?? Plus everyone knows at least one person that resembles Spicoli.
- 6. The Goonies
Great cast of characters, original storyline.
- 5. The Breakfast Club
This movie was the 80s, plain and simple.
- 4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Ahead of it's time in terms of movie making. Great movie for adults and kids. Not to mention Jessica Rabbit was hot..for being a cartoon.
- 3. Empire Strikes Back
Best 'Star Wars' movie. Story keeps you in the movie all throughout. Ending makes you want to see the next movie.
- 2. Back To The Future
Who doesn't like this movie? Enough said!!
- 1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
It got the decade off to a good start in terms of movies.
- 10. Back to the Future
"what are you lookin' at, butt-head?"
- 9. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
that movie is SOOOO awesome!!!
- 8. Say Anything
awww... SO SWEET!!! and the part where John Cusak played "In Your Eyes" outside of Diane's window-- total teary-eyed part!
- 7. Better Off Dead
4 weeks.... 28 papers.... TWO DOLLARS.
- 6. Pretty In Pink
Ducky is so cute!!! just an awesome film. but eww... Blaine looks like he is THE worst kisser! im sorry!
- 5. Dirty Dancing
any movie with the word "Dirty" in it is awesome. HAHAH!! nahh... but its just a cool movie.
- 4. Ferris Bueler's Day Off
hott car and Matthew Broderik.... enough said!
- 3. Sixteen Candles
another AWESOME movie with some of the Brat Pack! "could i borrow your underpants for 15 minutes?!" <~~ priceless one-liner! and who could forget the admired Jake Ryan?! that cutie still has a place in my dreams!
- 2. The Breakfast Club
it was realistic as far as characterization of teens goes: it had the jock, the popular/preppy girl, the smart nerdy type, the rebel, and the off-beat goth
- 1. The Goonies
hmm... let's see... an adventure, a fat kid, a deformed but sweet guy, ice-cream, sean astin, a chinese kid with funky inventions, one of the great Corey's (Mouth), diamonds and rubies.... WHAT NOT TO LOVE?!
other awesome movies of importance: Weird Science, Real Genius, Top Gun, Footloose, Princess Bride
By: Marcus Corning
- 10. Field of Dreams
"If you build it, he will come" or they. With the seven words, Kevin Costner meets legendary baseball players like Shoeless Joe Jackson and others like Terance Mann and Doc "Moonlight" Graham. I'll always remember this one.
- 9. The Karate Kid
The best of martial arts! One of my favorite movies, with a New Jersey teen with problems with a karate gang in California, aided by a master (Mr. Miyagi) after a attack.
- 8. Full Metal Jacket
One of Stanley Kubrick's best and a great flick for war fans, including me.
- 7. Platoon
The best war movie of the 80s. Charlie Sheen with Willem Dafoe battles Villian Sergeant Tom Berenger, struggling in 1960s Vietnam, instead of "fighting the enemy", they "fight with each other".
- 6. Die Hard
Yippee Ki Yay! Bruce Willis in one of his best performances, tracking terrorists at the Nakotami Building in L.A. Also had some of the greatest stunts.
- 5. Return of the Jedi
Beats the newer ones (Episodes I & II) by a long shot. Had a great ending and the race with the characters pursuing the Ewoks.
- 4. The Empire Strikes Back
The best of the "Star Wars" series, with secrets revealed and newer characters, including Yoda and Lando.
- 3. The Natural
This movie was a classic and one of the best baseball movies ever! Robert Redford delievered a great performance with magic in his "wonderbat".
- 2. Beverly Hills Cop
Eddie Murphy instantly became a superstar with the performance of Axel Foley, a Detroit detective searching for his friend's killer in L.A.
- 1. Scarface
Movie was pretty good. I'm sure everybody remembers Al Pacino's performance of Tony Montana saying things like the memorable "Say hello to my friend" quote. One of the best films of '83.
Other great movies were The Outsiders, Taps, Ghostbusters, The Indiana Jones films, Hoosiers, WarGames, and one of the best movies, Raging Bull.
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