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: A. Williams
  • 10. Fright Night
    An under-rated treasure. Better than the over-hyped 'Lost boys'
  • 9. National lampoon's vacation
    As funny now as it was then. My dad IS Clark W. Griswald.
  • 8. Ghostbusters
    An action comedy that actually succeeds at both. 'Who ya gona call?'
  • 7. Hoosiers
    This movie inspired me to try out for the school basketball team, and a life-long bench warmer was born! I cry every time.
  • 6. Better Off Dead
    My step sisters dragged me to this when I was about 10 or so. Thanks girls! The best, and most original teen comedy ever. I want my two dollars!
  • 5. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    Georgen Lucasberg does it again! Gen Y, you can have Lara Croft.
  • 4. Return Of The Jedi
    A great film save one thing(s). Damn you, ewoks!
  • 3. The Karate Kid
    The best underdog movie ever. Mr. Myiagi ranks with Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Gandalf as the best movie mentors in cinema history.
  • 2. Back To The Future
    The kind of movie Hollywood has forgotten how to make.
  • 1. The Empire Strikes Back
    The best movie, from the best trilogy of all time. A perfect film.
By: Adrian Forrester
Honorable Mentions: "Aliens", "Fast Times...", "Glory", and "Ghostbusters"
By: Tara
By: dd
  • 10. Dirty Dancing
    I wish I could dance like that.
  • 9. Ferris Bullers Day Off
    I wish I had the guts to do that.
  • 8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    I just love the father."This is intolerable"
  • 7. The Karate Kid
    Who knew waxing a car could help you fight?
  • 6. The Breakfast Club
    Just because you have detention doesn't mean your day is ruined. A movie that speaks to every teen.
  • 5. Back to the Future
    It's kind of creepy when his mom hits on him.
  • 4. Revenge of the Nerds
    This movie showed the prepies,and jocks that nerds are really cool. I also love it because I'm a nerd too. Nerds rule!
  • 3. The Outsiders
    Before I saw the movie I read the book. It was then, in the seventh grade, that I realized hey reading isnt that bad.The movie was wonderful.The actors are sooooo hoooot.I about died when Rob Lowe came out of the shower. Mat Dillion also a super hottie. One of the coolest things about this book is it was set near were I live. Ok it's not really that close but it's still really cool.
  • 2. Stand By Me
    Does it get much better? I love it.Especially River Phoenix and Corey Feldman's characters. This is a movie I can watch every day and never get bored of. Hey, what is goofy?
  • 1. The Goonies
    If you haven't seen the Goonies shame on you. It is perhaps the greatest movie ever made. How often do you get to see a bunch of kids in search for a pirate ship? Only thing that upset me was at the end when the ship whent sailing off. GO AFTER THE MONEY!!!By the way I'm still "wondering what is in the bag?"
By: Jennifer
  • 10. Mannequin
    This appealed to my creativity. For some reason I thought Andrew was hot. Kim was just beautiful.
  • 9. Superman
    Who could hate Superman?
  • 8. The Empire Strikes Back
    Hot Han Solo. Whoo hoo! Many funny lines.
  • 7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Again, Harrison Ford in his younger years.
  • 6. Sixteen Candles
    A modern Cinderella story. I dreamed high school would turn out like this.
  • 5. The Sure Thing
    Liked the chemistry.
  • 4. Ruthless People
    Many funny scenarios, confusion, and deception. Bill Pullman, Danny Devito, and Bette Midler are very funny. Woman wins in the end.
  • 3. Back to the Future
    Huey Lewis had a great soundtrack. Michael J's best movie. Christopher Lloyd is hysterical. "it feels like I'm kissing my brother."
  • 2. Dirty Dancing
    "I ...had.. the time of my life...."
  • 1. Ferris Beuller's Day Off
    "Pardon my French, but my friend Cameron is so uptight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his a** in two weeks you'd have a diamond" Just can't stop quoting the movie. I'll watch it over and over.
Not necessarily in order. Others: Real Genius, Willow, The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, Grease, Adventures in Babysitting, Airplane. I'd probably choose different if I had been older then.
By: amanda`
By: abe
  • 10. Scarface
    make way for the bad guy
  • 9. Risky Business
    Not only funny, but also is a very well-made movie about a boy becoming a man
  • 8. Fast Times at Ridgemont
    "That was my skull... I'm so wasted"
  • 7. After Hours
    Scorcese does comedy this time and gets it right... what a brilliant film..
  • 6. Cannonball Run
    gotta give respect to this gem!
  • 5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    I wanted to be an archeologist after this movie..
  • 4. Airplane!
    have you ever been in a turkish prison?
  • 3. National Lampoon's Vacation
    my friends and i made an audio tapes of the best of quotes of this movie
  • 2. Amazon Women on the Moon
    Classic Stupidity!
  • 1. Commando
    100 + deaths in over an hour 1/2... now thats quality cinema!!
It was hard keeping Easy money off the list...
By: Katie
  • 10. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    HILARIOUS!!!! There's a Spiccoli in all of us...
  • 9. Say Anything
    John Cusack is so sweet!
  • 8. Footloose
    Great movie about being an outsider in a new town and falling in love...
  • 7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    SAVE FERRIS!!!!! ...nuff said
  • 6. The Goonies
    The '80s movie EVERYONE should see... it's so cute.
  • 5. The Lost Boys
    MYSTERY, ACTION, ROMANCE, COMEDY... this movie has it all!!! ...including a GREAT soundtrack.
  • 4. Stand By Me
    Such a good coming of age film. It makes you want to be a kid again.. This is the first River Phoenix movie I saw and ever since... i'm in love.
  • 3. The Breakfast Club
    "Don't you, forget about me..." This movie is definately a hit because of Bender's one liners... very funny...
  • 2. Dirty Dancing
    You can never get tired of this one... it's a great love story and has some good songs.
  • 1. Adventures In Babysitting
    It's got a pretty gay name... but it's hilarious!
It's so hard to choose! Top Gun, Risky Buisness, and any movie with the Coreys are also great!!!! Also, if you like the Outsiders... read the book it's a lot better.
By: Corey Robbins
  • 10. The Empire Srikes Back
    best Star Wars flick
  • 9. 16 Candles
    good 80's movie
  • 8. Terminator
    good movie that sprung Arnold's career
  • 7. A Nightmare On Elm Street
    my favorite horror movie of all can even find fun and comedy in here! Hey I laughed...
  • 6. Rocky
    come on it's Rocky!
  • 5. Top Gun
    another great movie.....I love that soundtrack ....."you take my breath away.....dododododo"
  • 4. The Breakfast Club
    Everyone who watches this will look back fondly of their days in high school
  • 3. Back to The Future movies
    Micheal J. Fox is the 80's frontman.
  • 2. Caddyshack
    Bill Murray is the man. You combine his talents with golf and you get one funny movie. Golf is the perfect sport to get comedy out of and this movie along with Happy Gilmore are some of the funniest ever.
  • 1. Ghostbusters
    The perfect movie. This is everything the 80's represents and also my favorite movie of all time. It's like one perfectly well told joke.
I wish I still lived in the 80's. Everyone takes things way too seriouly nowadays . Life is all about having fun and I think the 80's and 80's movies represented life more accurately than movies do today. They told stories that were interesting, funny, entertaining, and moving. Today everyone's just tryin to be cool..... Just have fun.
By: Martin Dean
  • 10. Clean and Sober
    well made film with fine acting especially from Michael Keaton
  • 9. Wall Street
    Another good Oliver Stones movie and an important film that depicts the decade.
  • 8. Salvador
    Oliver Stones best film
  • 7. Coming to America
    Eddie Murphy at his best
  • 6. Ghostbusters
    Fun film to watch
  • 5. Scarface
    A fun gangster film to watch.
  • 4. Empire Strikes Back
    The Best Star Wars film
  • 3. Back to the Future
    Fun science fiction/comedy film
  • 2. Teen Wolf
    Ok not a critically acclaimed movie but a great feel good movie
  • 1. Raging Bull
    Personal filmmaking at it's best. Acting by all cast is perfection.
To be honest there weren't that many great films in the 80s and Raging Bull clearly dominates all the films released in the 80s
By: Greg Katranis
  • 10. Can't buy me love
    Ronald McDonald Miller scam! How embarassed are you for the poor guy when his chick breaks the promise at that party?
  • 9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Ferris was a pimp!
  • 8. Teen Wolf
    Stiles, my hero!
  • 7. Better off Dead
    John Cusack - Awesome, all that needs to be said.
  • 6. Weird Science
    How many nerds dreamed of this?
  • 5. Sixteen Candles
    Ultimate party at Jake Ryan's
  • 4. Fast Times @ Ridgemont High
    Another timeless classic really dig all the great actors and different stories
  • 3. Porky's
    All 3 are excellent I love the way they kept the characters together.
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    Should be required viewing before High School!
  • 1. Fletch & Fletch Lives
    True classics, Chevy Chase at his absolute best! - Could not just pick one
That was just Comedy -- Other classics include Scarface, Beverly Hills Cop, etc. - U get the point. 80's movies rule.
By: Wally
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By: vikki
I love the 80's!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By: M.
  • 10. The Breakfast Club
    Saturday Detention will Just never be the same! Emilio after this film could do no wrong! "Chick Just cant handle the smoke!"
  • 9. Stand By Me
    Just look at the Cast, how could it not be a Classic! Sick Balls!
  • 8. Peanut Butter Solution
    Not a true classic, but a film that will remind me of my Childhood, never wanted to go bold after this film, although did like the paint brushes!
  • 7. The Goonies
    Based on a friendship that u just dont seem to get in films these days! Every kids adventure come true! "Heeyyyy uuuuu Guuuuuys!"
  • 6. Little Monsters
    Again Fred savage is so cute! Got em got em need em need em! Who didnt keep looking under their beds for monsters after this film!
  • 5. Willow
    Fantasy..and a good story..magical in only kids films can be..."We go this way.." "No we go that way...u are drunk!!"
  • 4. Top Gun
    Its Tom Cruise in the uniform I'm afraid..does it for me every time!
  • 3. Labyrinth
    This film was a classic, catchy songs and cute little puppets! "...should u need us..."
  • 2. The Princess Bride
    "As You Wish...." Fred savage was sooooo cute!
  • 1. Dirty Dancing
    Those Dance rountines never get old, and what girl didnt wish that she was Jennifer Grey!! "Nobody puts Baby in the corner!"
So many more films that just cant be mentioned!!!
By: Shinjuku Yoikaimo
  • 10. SpaceBalls
    classic comedy.
  • 9. The Dark Crystal
    Puppets that kill each other and perform
  • 8. The Last StarFighter
    uh, I just like it for some odd reason.
  • 7. Gremlins
    No 80's movie collection is complete without this one.
  • 6. Poltergeist
    Nice Ghost Movie.
  • 5. Star Wars series
    Everyone loves these movies. The origonal ones were the best. The new ones really bite.
  • 4. Indiana Jones Series
    Who doesn't love the Indiana movies?
  • 3. Blade Runner
    Such a good prediction of the future.
  • 2. Neverending Story
    I really loved this movie when it came out. I was 3 years old at the time.
  • 1. Back to the Future Series
    My favorite movies of the 80's. I give it a 10.

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