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: Swaroop Madduri
  • 10. The Breakfast Club
    How interesting! Emilio Estevez looked interesting in the movie.
  • 9. 16 Candles
    What a movie! I was like 3 or 4 when this came out. Anthony Michael Hall's role as Farmer Ted was quite hilarious. Molly Ringwald still had her charm.
  • 8. Pretty in Pink
    Molly Ringwald, as Andie, did a great job in this movie, along with her others!
  • 7. Top Gun
    Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer rocked then, and they still rock today! My favorite songs are "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins and "Lead Me On" by Teena Marie.
  • 6. Supergirl
    Another Helen Slater 'hot movie'!
  • 5. The Legend of Billie Jean
    Helen Slater was great in this movie! In fact, I just love the theme, "Invincible" by Pat Benatar.
  • 4. E.T.
    Drew Barrymore made a cute little girl.
  • 3. Poltergeist
    Pretty scary, but cool. This movie was also an 'A' grade!
  • 2. 9 to 5
    Workin' 9 to 5...This movie was out the year I was born. I was born September 6, 1980. I like where Dolly Parton tells off her boss, and threatens to pull out her gun and use it!
  • 1. Flashdance
    OH WHAT A FEELING! Flashdance was definitely one of the best movies of the 1980s. I remember it when I was 3 years old. I love the songs, "She's A Maniac" and "What A Feeling". Jennifer Beals made a great performance!
By: Kristina Shaffer
  • 10. Poltergeist
    "They're here." What a freaky movie!
  • 9. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    "Who ordered a pizza?" Spinelli is so cool!
  • 8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Doesn't every kid wish that they could have a day like Ferris had!
  • 7. Goonies
    Chuck is probably one of my all time favorite charcters! I love the truffle shuffle!
  • 6. Footloose
    I love this movie! My favorite scene is where Kevin Bacon teaches the farmer to dance! "Let's hear for the boy, Let's give the boy a hand!"
  • 5. Pretty in Pink
    This movie was great, but i have to admit if I was her I would have picked Ducky to begin with! He was so cool!
  • 4. Top Gun
    "I feel the need, the need for speed!" One of the greastest lines ever! Plus it really helps that like Tom Cruise was like a total hottie in this movie!
  • 3. Sixteen Candles
    This movie was awesome my favorite scene is at the end where she gets her cake and the boy!
  • 2. Breakfast Club
    This movie is so awesome. It really showed what life is like. It had everything and everyone any other school has!
  • 1. Dirty Dancing
    This probably the greatest movie ever made! I mean is it not any girls dream to get "dirty" with a cute dance teacher.
80s Rock! They were the best time period ever and like all the movies had like such awesome soundtracks!
By: Alice Keymer
  • 10. The Empire Strikes Back
  • 9. Back To The Future II
    Another exellent one
  • 8. The Goonies
    Excellent teen movie, they don't make them like this anymore
  • 7. Poltergeist
    If I have to pick a favourite 80's horror movie it has to be this one
  • 6. Superman II
    An excellent sequel
  • 5. Splash
    I love this film Tom Hanks and Daryll Hannah are great in it
  • 4. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    The first and the best too
  • 3. Gremlins
    This was one of my favourites
  • 2. Back To The Future
    This film is still fun today
  • 1. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
    The greatest movie of all time, I love it!!
By: Tommy V
  • 10. Hellraiser
    Clive Barker's sick, demented, and wonderful mind
  • 9. Point Break
    The same as Fast and the Furious only with surf boards instead of cars
  • 8. Appocalypse Now
    I Love the smell of napalm in the morning, It smells like victory
  • 7. Predator
    Great action. Also starring the govenor of Minnisota; Jesse Ventura
  • 6. Romancing the Stone
    Cathline Turner and Micheal Douglas as a duo. Need I say more?
  • 5. Near Dark
    THE best vampire movie. Bill Paxton and Lance Hendrichson
  • 4. Blade Runner
    Classic Sci-fi, but only the one with Harrison Ford narrating
  • 3. The Thing
    John Carpenters best
  • 2. True Romance
    Weird but very cool
  • 1. Road Warrior
    Mel and his dog after the appocalpse
Too many
By: Keri Thompson
I have gotten several 80's movies for my now 16 year old. She always cringes, but after she watches them, she admits they were great movies!!! This was a great decade for movies. I listed some that I haven't seen mentioned yet...
By: Aaron J . Curtiss
  • 10. Breakfast Club/ Pretty in Pink
    John Hughes is the man. These are both classics. I almost hate to put them down, but it is true.
  • 9. Weird Science
    Funny as all get out! Too many quotes to mention.
  • 8. The Outsiders
    The breeding ground for almost every " worth a shit " actor out right now. Greasers rule!
  • 7. Risky Business
    Every white boys dream!! What the Fuck, makes your future. Another outstanding soundtrack. Who wouldn't want to do IT on a train?
  • 6. Better Off Dead
    John Cusack is Gen X's Marlon Brando! Also, Curtis Armstrong is awesome in this movie.
  • 5. Rock-N-Roll High School
    Once again, you can't go wrong with the Ramones! Roger Corman's classic.
  • 4. Over the edge
    Matt Dillons' first film. Drugs, Cheap Trick, and vandalism of your own school; does it get any better?
  • 3. Suburbia
    Another obscure film ( for the lame!) Not the best acting, but a great soundtrack (Ramones, et al.)
  • 2. Fast Times...
    Nothing needs to be said about this classic. If you haven't seen it you should be shot!
  • 1. The Last American Virgin
    Great soundtrack, realistic plot, and better yet, hard to find ! The best 80's film by far.
By: Kristen
  • 10. Gremlins
    The gremlins were so cute
  • 9. Beetlejuice
    This movie is soooo funny.
  • 8. Footloose
  • 7. Flashdance
    Ohmygod!!! This is such an awesome movie, this girl can move!!
  • 6. Back To The Future
    Micheal J. Fox is a great actor.
  • 5. E.T.
    How cute was this movie?!
  • 4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • 3. The Outsiders
    Had to read the book and then watch the movie way back in 7th grade and I'm really glad my teacher made me.
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    Really great movie.
  • 1. Dirty Dancing
Note to Summer before you're gonna get an attitude make sure you know what you're talking about: Pretty I Pink came out in 1986, not the early 90's.
By: Larry Coughlin
I love discussing/arguing movies! If you feel like debating my list feel free to email me at!
By: Zach Dawson
By: joshua himelrick
  • 10. Weird Science
  • 9. 16 Candles
  • 8. Batman
    Again Another Great Movie With An Awesome Car. Go Batman!
  • 7. Et
    Great Family Movie.
  • 6. Beetlejuice
    Another Great Movie That Alot Of People Overlook. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice.
  • 5. Gremlins
    Scary,yet Funny To Watch.
  • 4. Breakfast Club
    Good Movie To Show How Boring Detention Can Be.
  • 3. Goonies
    Hey You Guys!!! Babyruth.
  • 2. Ghostbusters II
    Not As Good As The First, But Still Really Good. The Car Just Got Better. Great Storyline.
  • 1. Ghostbusters
    Awesome Movie! Just Look At The Car And The Special Effects For Their Time! Who Ya Gonna Call... Ghostbusters!!!
If You Haven't Seen Anyone Of These Movies, Then Your Missing Out On The Great Way Movies Were Made In The 80's. And Remember... Who Ya Gonna Call??... Ghostbusters. Josh
By: Sarah
  • 10. Newsies
    although not truly an 80's movie its oneo f my all time faves
  • 9. Pretty in Pink
  • 8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    made me want to skip school even though the first time i saw it i was like in 2nd grade
  • 7. Breakfast Club
    just a goood movie
  • 6. The Never Ending Story
    i wanted a dragon sooo bad
  • 5. Labrinyth
    scared the hell outa me when i was a kid. my big sis useta sya the goblins would get me
  • 4. Dirty Dancing
    patrick swayze when he was cute...
  • 3. Stand By Me
    great movie that makes me cry every time
  • 2. The Goonies
    I can recite the WHOLE movie. Bullet Holes the size a Matzah Balls! Truffle Shuffle. ITS A STIFF!!!
  • 1. Sixteen Candles
    Automobeeele! Big LAkE! Need I say more.
By: Peter
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT DICKNOSE - Styles' t-shirt in "Teen Wolf" (1985)
By: niki
By: Richard
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By: David Moule
  • 10. Evil Dead 2
  • 9. Top Secret!
    Val Kilmer should have retired after this, he would have had a legacy to be proud of. My personal opinion is that this is the best of the Zuker/Abrahams films, yes, better than Airplane!
  • 8. Porky's
    The dick identification parade scene almost made me crap myself first time i saw it.
  • 7. The Breakfast Club
    in the end it was a toss of the coin between this and No Holds Barred.
  • 6. Full Metal Jacket
    Hey, it wasn't just about era defining Rob Lowe movies back then, there was some good stuff made too.
  • 5. This is Spinal Tap
    you have to ask yourself, how many more films ever made are funnier than Spinal Tap? It'd be none, none more funny.
  • 4. Back to the Future
    Seriously, when human cloning starts, they should clone like 500 Michael J Foxes, Fox in the 80's = GOLD!
  • 3. Withnail & I
    We've come on holiday by mistake
  • 2. The Karate Kid
    Paint the fence, paint the fence *clap, clap* Wax the car, wax the car
  • 1. Teen Wolf
    All things considered, Shooting to the Moon is the best damn song in Cinema history.
By: Tim
  • 10. Little Shop of Horrors
    The best musical movie ever. I cannot think of the name Audrey without seeing the giant plant
  • 9. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
    The only time Keanu Reeves has ever done a good acting job: by playing himself, a moron
  • 8. Romancing the Stone
    Just a good ole fashioned movie of treasure, love, kidnapping, and oh yes, alligators, oh the humanity
  • 7. Real Genius
    Forget Iceman, this is where Val Kilmer truly shines
  • 6. The Goonies
    Best children's film of all time along with The Sandlot
  • 5. Die Hard
    Action at it's best, and the walking barefoot on the glass, AHHHH!!!!
  • 4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    You combine Han Solo and James Bond and everlasting life, that's a knockout
  • 3. Ghostbusters
    Just one of the classic greatest movies. "Cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria"
  • 2. Better Off Dead
    only the best quote of any movie in the 80's by Mrs. Meyers, "Well, I got the recipe from Ladies' Home Journal and the mail got wet and some of the pages stuck together, so what I couldn't read, I just improvised with my own little 'creative ideas' and it has raisins, Lain, you like raisins!"
  • 1. Clue
    Only the best ending, or should I say endings of all time. The cast is perfect and truly the only movie I can watch over and over and over again and recite the ending by Tim Curry over and over again and still laugh at every line. "Yes, yes. I did it. I killed Eyvette. I hated her sooooo much. Flames. Flames. On the side of my face. Breathing. Breathing. Heaving breathes. Heaving breathes . . ."~Madeline Kahn
Honorable mention to the following: Beetlejuice, Spaceballs, Adventures in Babysitting, Wargames, Top Secret, Back to the Future, Any Brat Pack movie
By: David Wilt
  • 10. Christine
    John Carpener did a great job of brining stephen king's masterpiece to the big screen.
  • 9. Dirty Dancing
    Jennifer Grey and Patrick swayze are still the best of this classic film
  • 8. Sleepaway Camp
    Angela is the best horror villianess since carry white.
  • 7. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Freddy Krueger is still the best villian of horror movies
  • 6. Swamp Thing
    Wes Craven did a great job of brining the classic comic book to life
  • 5. Big
    Tom Hanks did a great job of portraying a six year old trapped in a man's body
  • 4. Firestarter
    Drew Barrymore and the late george c scott did a great job of bringing stephen king's masterpiece to the big screen
  • 3. Killer Klowns From Outer Space
    this movie rocks it shows the fear of clowns I especially like the classic theme song by the dickies
  • 2. Child's Play
    the original and still the best their is Brad Dourif is a great voice of the evil doll chucky
  • 1. Escape From New York
    Snake Plisken is the best action hero ever this film is the great film ever I like the actors in it including the late donald pleasance and Lee Van Cleef
By: Graham Slaytor
  • 10. E.T
    When i was a kid, i loved this movie
  • 9. Lethal Weapon
    Wicked action, hope they bring out a 5th movie
  • 8. Trading Places
    Very Very funny, Eddie Murphy at his best
  • 7. Goonies
    Makes me wish i was a kid again.
  • 6. Bachelor Party
    Very funny. One of Tom Hanks first movies
  • 5. American Werewolf In London
    Anoher classic horror movie. Superb FX
  • 4. Stand By Me
    The Complete adventure. One of my favorite movies of all time
  • 3. Nightmare On Elm Street
    One of the alltime greatest horror movies.
  • 2. Return Of The Jedi
    Another Lucus classic and great finale to the trilogy.(Untill the 21st century)
  • 1. Back to the future
    Excellent adventures in time.

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