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. A Christmas Story
Its nearing Christmas, so I had to add this on here..funny movie, I usually watch the 24 hr marathon every Christmas
- 9. National Lampoon's Vacation
The ultimate vacation, kinda reminds me of the ones that my family and I used to go on to get to Florida
- 8. Goonies
I have seen this movie so many times, but it never gets old.
- 7. Ghostbusters
Funny movie, a lot of hidden things that no one knows about.
- 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Does anyone really need to know why this is a good movie?
- 5. Sixteen Candles
I loved Anthony Michael Hall as the nerd..
- 4. Back to the Future
The part where Marty rocks out to Johhny Be Good and he gets strange looks, that was so funny.
- 3. Breakfast Club
An essential 80s movie, I can pretty mcuh recite every line..but then again, who can't?
- 2. Karate Kid
My boyfriend went as Daniel for Halloween, and it turned out great! Excellent movie.
- 1. Weird Science
My absolute favorite movie!
By: Nick P.
- 10. License to Drive
We all rock, or try to get that hot chick and drive the cool cars to go to the coolest places. Rock on Coreys'!!!!!!!!!!!!
- 9. Better Off Dead
We all had problems off Lane Myer and like van halen, everybody wants some!!!
- 8. Nightmare on Elm Street
A movie that was so good that it actually almost sold the fact to kids that dreams were reality. Brilliantly done, great cast.
- 7. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
80s were the time of Malls and corporate america really sold to kids and they responded in a big way by taking advantage of society. The result is that you have a bunch of kids thinking they are adults yet they have no clue.
- 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
We all knew someone like ferris and we all knew someone like Ed Rooney. Ferris shows how a teenager can think in one day by simply exploiting the fact of an overbearing authority figure running a school and also make him look like a jerk while doing it.
- 5. Heathers
Teen angst! How many Heathers did we know in school? Movie is social rebellion and is timeless
- 4. Gotcha
One of the most underated films of the 80s. It is clear that sometimes deception is not an easy game and that maybe we were all decieved in a similar way?
- 3. St. Elmo's Fire
Instant hit for anyone who views this movie from the ages of 15-26. How can critic's say the movie has no point? Obviously they dont know what it is like to get ready to face the real world, once the comfort and good times with school buddies is over.
- 2. The Goonies
Cleary shows that sometimes you have to go with your instinct and go for the Gold! Sloth is someone we all know
- 1. The Breakfast Club
This movie really sums up the 80s in almost 2 hrs. Every genre of student is portrayed in this Hughes classic, while they are socially different, their thoughts are all the same in wondering how to deal with cultural issues.
Honorable Mentions: 16 Candles, Back To The Future, Howard The Duck, Soul Man, Karate Kid, Whitewater Summer, Gleaming The Cube, Stand By Me, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Pretty In Pink, Ghostbusters, Side Out, Revenge Of The Nerds, Summer School, Outsiders, And Anything Else I Forgot That Rocks!!!!!
- 10. Uhf
Weird al is crazee in that movie. so is cramer !
- 9. Poltergeist/1&2
Crazee and freaky. never on tv either. can't wait 2 watch poltergeist 3!
- 8. Howard the duck
IS NEVER ON TV!I haven't watched it in like 2 years!
- 7. Back to the future/1&2
I llke when they go into the future.that was crazeee
- 6. Beetlejuice
Everytime it was on t.v i would watch it,until i bought the DVD!
- 5. Ferris buellers day off
wat made me not wanna go 2 skool!
- 4. Weird Science
- 3. Sixteen candles
long duck dong is so funny! was also in uhf!*UU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STOOPID!
- 2. Labyrinth
Had it on video then bought dvd. BEST MOVIE!
- 1. Breakfast Club
Such a kewl movie.Dandiff freaks me out!
Rip heather o'rourke*1975-1988*All poltergeist movis
By: David Wilt
- 10. Friday The 13th
before you met Jason Voorhees you met his mother.
- 9. Fatal Attraction
The Best villianess of horrror films is Alex Forrest.
- 8. Shocker
before the DJinne in wishmaster there was Horace Pinker.
- 7. The Fog
if halloween scared you then wait till you meet this one.
- 6. Fright Night
before the The Lost Boys this was the best vampire film of the 80s.
- 5. The Thing
John Carpenter did a great job of remaking this old time classic film.
- 4. Aliens
the best sequel to a 1970's classic film
- 3. Critters
Before there was Killer Klowns From Outer Space there was killer furballs from outer space
- 2. The Howling
Dee Wallace Stone before she was in E.T.
- 1. Motel Hell
Before there was Freddy Krueger there was Farmer Vincent
Killer KLowns From Outer Space, Creepshow, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child's Play,
You must love the dancing and style of the 80's more than anything
By: Colin Edwardson
- 10. The Thing
John carpenter remake with for the time amazing effects, still a creepy movie. Great performance from Kurt Russell
- 9. Breakfast Club
Before Beckham had his Diamond earring there was the breakfast club. One major flaw Dandruff girl sheedy was lovely before they put all that make up on her!
- 8. Das Boot
First foreign language film to keep me interested. Not a fan of war movies generally but this film really digs deep to look at the people within the u boats. Gives a different perspective from british films I grew up seeing, all Germans where portrade as Evil, for the first time I relaised that there were normal soliders and hourable men involved on both sides.
- 7. Blade Runner
rutger hauer is truley fantastic in this film and steals the show from Harrison ford. Memorable lines gret action and a fantastic view of a possible future
- 6. Killer Klowns from Outerspace
Low on Budget high on laughs, special moment - when one of the klowns makes a balloon dog and it starts yapping and sniffing out victims. Brilliant and funny title track by the dickies.
- 5. Pupper master (Full Moon Production)
Scarey but very Cool dolls running around killing people!
- 4. Time Bandits
Funny Funny funny
- 3. Some Kind Of Wonderful
Yes I'm a horror fan but I'm not so single minded that I cant appreciate other genres. What I loved most about this film was the message that it didnt matter what your background was or the group you belonged to, real power could be taken away from those that abuse it so long as those that see injustice work together to do something. OK its a boy girl hate the rich kid film and perhaps I'm seeing more than is there but what the hell its still a feel good film to this day, plus how sexy is a female drummer!
- 2. Day Of the Dead
Often 3rd in most fans reviews of the George Romero trilogy. I rate it higher I suppose because it was the first one I ever saw but more than that it played an important part in my teenage mind set when the cold war was still very much in the news. A simplistic view point saw good v evil being played out not with as you might think with the zombies on the side of evil (nasty though they where with the exception of Bub!) it was the military mindset v the scientists that was the true story of the film.
- 1. They Live
favourite of the John Carpenter movies simply because of the idea behind it all and the subtext of how controlled our lives are without realising it. Plus it has the greatest fight scene in any movie, I kid you not.
I doubt my list will have any great effect on the rating but I wanted to show that the 80's was a great time for horror movies. OK a lot where banned at the time like the evil dead and many others but these films where fun and you didnt have to be a weird looking geeky loner to appreciate them.
By: chris robinson
- 10. Friday the 13th
Another great comedy
- 9. Back to the Future
- 8. Rocky IV
Who doesnt want to beat some russian ass every once in awhile. at least in the 80's.
- 7. Sixteen Candles
represents teen years to a t.
- 6. Rocky
one of the most inspirational movies ever made with music to help it.
- 5. Halloween
now days its almost a comedy classic.
- 4. The Lost Boys
still one of the best vampire movies ever made if not the best.
- 3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
A great launchpad for several careers.
- 2. Breakfast Club
Relates to every generation of teens.
- 1. The Goonies
The greatest of all Feldman movies. Chunk is the hero though in this classic.
By: David Wilt
- 10. Shocker
Wes craven's scariest movie since A Nightmare on Elm Street.
- 9. Poltergeist
Tope Hooper does with the tv what he did with the chainsaw.
- 8. Manhunter
Before the Silence of the Lambs there was this horror film.
- 7. Little Shop of Horrors
this version I've seen and it was the best horror musical of the 80s.
- 6. Gremlins
don't feed these guys after midnight.
- 5. Honey I Shrunk The Kids
I saw this movie in theaters it was the best film I've seen.
- 4. The Breakfast Club
it really did remind us not to forget about the 80s.
- 3. Highlander
There is no doubt that there can be only one.
- 2. Critters
Before you had you watch out for killre klowns from outer space it was the killer furballs from outer space.
- 1. Motel Hell
Before there was Freddy Krueger there was farmer vincent
There's also Child's Play Friday The 13th, and my favorite one of all time A Nightmare on Elm Street.
- 10. Colors
The forerunner to all the 90's Black gangster classic films
- 9. The Naked Gun
One of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Most movies today still can't compete with this one.
- 8. Lean On Me
Morgan Freeman at his best as "Crazy" Joe Clark. " They used to call me Crazy Joe now they can call me Batman!"
- 7. Twins
Danny DeVito and Arnold made a great screen team.
- 6. The Gremlins
I still laugh everytime I watch this movie.
- 5. Coming to America
One of Eddie Murphy's best films.
- 4. Stand By Me
The Lard Ass Hogan story, that Gordie told was great.
- 3. The Untouchables
Frank Nitti should have killed Agent Ness!
- 2. E.T.
Very heartwarming, an all-time great
- 1. Scarface
One of the best endings to a movie I've ever seen!!!!
The 80's ruled!!!!!!
By: David Wilt
A Nightmare on Elm Street Friday The 13th The serpent and the rainbow. Firestarter.
- 10. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
A mammoth mentally handicapped psychotic man carrying a midget and Mad Max locked in a cage. Pig feces is used for fuel. This movie is actually pretty poor, but that hasn't stopped me from putting the other movies on this list. Saw this one in the theater too.
- 9. Plains, Trains & Automobiles
This movie starts out funny and seems to just keep getting funnier. Then they have to kill my mood by revealing John Candy is homeless and his wife is dead. Why didn't they just give him cancer and push me into a complete depression after watching it. Still a very good movie. Until the end. Saw this one in the theater
- 8. The Shining
Possibly my favorite horror movie even though I'm not big into them. It's the scariest horror film that's not scary. That doesn't make much sense, but that's the only way I can describe it.
- 7. A Christmas Story
Like Weekend With Bernie. Every time it's on I feel drawn to watch it. Even when TBS plays it on a 24 hour loop around Christmas. What the hell's wrong with me?
- 6. Raging Bull
A great job by DeNiro. Even if you aren't a boxing fan I think this a movie made well enough that anybody can enjoy it.
- 5. Wise Guys
This is a movie that teamed Danny DeVito with Joe Piscopo. I've always really liked this movie and think it's underrated. But then again, I drink alot.
- 4. Weekend at Bernie's
This movie really isn't that good but every time it comes on TV I seem to be drawn to it like a moth to a flame.
- 3. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Any move that has Michael Caine saying the line "Do you want the genital cuff?" is going to become a treasure in my book. Saw this in the theater
- 2. Commando
The greatest film of "one-liners" ever. Arnold is trying to kill Carla the bar waitresses husband off Cheers and a guy who looks just like Freddy Mercury. I saw this classic in the theater
- 1. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
A secret government agency that carries out assassinations. An elderly Korean man who can dodge bullets. Wilford Brimley. What more can I say.Saw this in the theater. Alone if I remember correctly.
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