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: David Cros
  • 10. Robocop
    clarence boddica . number one bad guy from the eighties.. you have 6 seconds to comply!
  • 9. National Lampoons Vacation
    chevy chase is face of the eighties!
  • 8. Back To The Future
    excellent movie's' , i often argue with friends over which is the best, 1 or 2????
  • 7. The Breakfast Club
    this movie is wild, only seen it 'bout 4 times but rate it highly
  • 6. Ghostbusters
    Pete Venkman what a character, went to see this movie at cinema as a child, also features a class song by laura branigan (hot night)
  • 5. Karate Kid
    Everyone secretly likes or loves this movie (cobra kai closet fans association) There is no pain in this dojo is there??????
  • 4. Gremlins
    speilberg rocks it once more, somebody shake that mans hand! PURE 80'S...
  • 3. Lost Boys
    the movie is good , the soundtrack is on fire. Tim capello - I still Believe is one of the best eighties tunes from a movie, You're eating worms michael....!
  • 2. Goonies
    what an adventure, i must have seen this movie over 50 times. anyone visited cannon beach? Troy is the man!
  • 1. Stand By Me
    top quality adaptation of a steven king novella 'the body' taken from different seasons. simply the best eighties movie i've seen and and still to this very day. ********
john parr - restless heart - the running man lou gramm - lost in the shadows - lost boys laura branigan - hot night - ghostbusters paul engermann - push it to the limit - scarface.. get them all today!
A Soldier's Story, I'm Gonna Get You Sucker, Weird Science, Trading Places And 48 Hours.
By: Ashley
  • 10. Coming to America (1988)
    It is hilarious and I absoultely love Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in this movie. They play so many characters and it is gold.
  • 9. Glory (1989)
    This is when you first noticed Denzel and Matthew Broderick showed that he was a serious actor and not just a comedian. This movie is a moving story of slaves during the civil war and their strong desire to be free. It is sad and moving.
  • 8. An Officer and A Gentlemen (1982)
    Starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger. Who does not want a man to sweep you in his arms and carry you out of anyplace.
  • 7. Working Girl (1988)
    A Classic in my eyes. It stars Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith and if you have not guessed it is another romance.
  • 6. Some Kind Of Wonderful (1987)
    This movie stars Eric Stoltz (who is Julia Roberts brother), Lea Thompson and Mary Stuart Masterson. It is a cute love story also directed by John Hughes. As you can see I am a sucker for love stories.
  • 5. Dirty Dancing (1984)
    How can this not be on the list. It is a cult classsic and that is all I have to say.
  • 4. Pretty in Pink (1986)
    Molly Ringwald in a John Hughes film. Those two made the eighties rock all by themselves. Gotta love Ducky!
  • 3. The Color Purple (1985)
    This is a great movie that I can recite all the lines too. Oprah has only had movie success with this film. It was directed by Hollywood legend Steven Speilberg.
  • 2. Mystic Pizza (1988)
    It is Julia Roberts first breakthrog=ugh role and it is funny and sweet. I am a huge Julia Roberts fan. Enough said.
  • 1. Say Anything (1989)
    This is the best romantic comedies of the 80's. Starring John Cusack and Ione Sky. It gets me everytime that I watch it. It is simple and beautiful.
My honorable mentions are: Romancing the Stone (1984),A Christmas Story (1983),Sixteen Candles(1984), Driving Miss Daisy (1988),Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
By: LeiLani
By: Eric
honorable mention - Feris Beuller's Day off, Return of the Jedi, Beetlejuice, Space Balls, Clue
By: Aaron R.
By: kristen
  • 10. Batman
    Tim burton shows what an amazin and creative director he is and talented actors Jack nicholson,Micheal Keaton, and Kim Bassinger.
  • 9. Some Kind Of Wonderful
    its a chick flick but a cute one.
  • 8. Back to the Future
    Micheal J. Fox a great actor as he travels to the past to help his parents and just to have fun. Great movie a movie that you could watch over and over again.
  • 7. Better Off Dead
    John Cusack was big in the 80's and this movie proves why. Its funny just see how many ways Blaine will do anything to try and kill himself for a girl. full of laughter and will have you laughing until its over.
  • 6. Heathers
    Two teens on a killing rampage sounds interesting it is with Winona Ryder and Christian Slater trying to kill off the clique, Heathers.
  • 5. Sixteen Candles
    A wonderful movie by 80's director, John Hughs. THis timeless classic with Bratpackers, Molly Ringwald, and anthony micheal Hall. Need i say more. Kids from years to come will be watching this classic from years to come.
  • 4. Can't Buy Me Love
    A wonderful teen classic of the 80's tells a story of Ronald Miller who wants to be cool and basically rents a girl for a month. Check it out its a great movie and made girls go crazy for Patrick Dempsey including myself.
  • 3. Platoon
    One of the greatest war movies ever made and even won for best picure definetly a movie that should be in the collection.
  • 2. Top Gun
    Tom cruise need i say more. There scenes wit him playing volleyball with his shirt off. Hottttt! Great movie filled with action, great music , and oh yeah and Tom Cruise.
  • 1. Big
    This Is One Of My Favorite Films About A Kid Who Just Wants To Grow Up Fast And Its A Fun Comedy With Tom Hanks.
By: Duckie
  • 10. Caddyshack
    The most quotable movie in the history of film for very good reasons.
  • 9. Dream A Little Dream
    If you've seen this movie, you're in on the secret. Great '80's movie in a cheesy way.
  • 8. TRON
    A big nod to the '80's video game craze and a jump in movie technology.
  • 7. The Lost Boys
    Jami whats-her-face, Corey Haim, Jason Patrick, Keifer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, cheesy vampires, great sndtrk
  • 6. THe Karate Kid
    So good even Ralph Macchio couldn't get past the label and his movie career died out.
  • 5. HeatherS
    enough said - teen angst goes bad, and it's funny.
  • 4. St. Elmo's Fire
    The brat pack graduate from college - great soundtrack
  • 3. Arthur/Wall Street (tie)
    One is a funny drunk, the other is GOrdon Gecko vs. pretty-boy Sheen - both are '80's personified on film
  • 2. Less Than Zero
    Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey, Jr., Jami whats-her-face, decadence, the best soundtrack
  • 1. To Live and Die in L.A.
    The best of all '80s elements. Sndtrk by Wang Chung.
By: Angelo
  • 10. Labyrinth
    Good movie
  • 9. Mad Max Trilogy
    Great set of movies
  • 8. Full Metal Jacket
    What your major malfucntion numnutts
  • 7. Crossroads
    Steve vai is awesome on guitar
  • 6. The Evil Dead (dead By Dawn)
    Say hello to my BOOM stick
  • 5. Nightmare On Elm St
    All the ones from the 80s rocked
  • 4. Ghostbusters
    Who you gonna call !
  • 3. Goonies
    What kid did not want to be a goonie
  • 2. Legend
    Tim Curry best devil ever
  • 1. Better off Dead
    Green Jello
This is not the best movies of the 80s but my choice on my favs which i have many more.
By: Michelle
Not in any order. All my favorite 80s movies! Plus lots more that i couldn't mention!! 80s ROCK!!!
By: Tony Ferguson
By: shaun
  • 10. The Goonies
    When I First Fell In Love With Sean Astin!!
  • 9. The Color Purple
    Some Excellent Acting
  • 8. Karate Kid
    Mr Miyagi Is So Cool
  • 7. Top Gun
    Had Me Wanting To Be In The Air Force For Years
  • 6. The Outsiders
    How Sad Is This Film, I Cry Through The Credits Every Time
  • 5. The Lost Boys
    "my Own Brother, A G** Damn Sh*t Sucking Vampire, Well You Wait Till Mum Finds Out Buddy" Class!!
  • 4. Pretty In Pink
    Molly Is The Girl!!!
  • 3. Sixteen Candles
    What Can I Say??
  • 2. St Elmo's Fire
    Excellent Soundtrack
  • 1. Breakfast Club
    Superb Film, One Of The Best, My Husband Has No Idea How Much This Means To Me!!
This Is In No Particular Order, Except Number One, My Ultimate All Time Favourite Film And Cannot Find It On Dvd Anywhere!!!
By: Nicole
By: Heather
  • 10. Mannequin
    Gotta love this movie for some odd reason
  • 9. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    Awesome movie
  • 8. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • 7. Sixteen Candles
    How sweet of a movie is this?
  • 6. Caddyshack
  • 5. Dirty Dancing
    Should of been number one on my list, who doesnt love this movie and know every other line?
  • 4. Urban Cowboy
    The stress of having a relationship, the ups and downs, and of course John Travolta
  • 3. Pretty in Pink
    What girl doesnt just melt when watching this movie and take you back to those days
  • 2. Top Gun
    Classic, Tom Cruise, love story...
  • 1. The Breakfast club
    Who cant relate to having all these different types of groups of people in high school, you seem so different on the outside world, but on the inside world are so much alike.
By: Zack Clark
  • 10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Ferris is a mad plan all that and geta away with it its pure genius.
  • 9. Top Gun
    Great Balls of Fire!
  • 8. Spaceballs
    Stupid Humor
  • 7. Back to the Future
  • 6. Uncle Buck
    The Funniest Movie Ever! My kind of uncle.
  • 5. Weird Science
    Every Teens Fantasy To Have A Hot Genie At Your Every Command!
  • 4. The Goonies
    This movie was every kids & teens fantasy.
  • 3. The Empire Strikes Back
    Who you gonna call...?
  • 2. Return of the Jedi
    Darth Vader is my favorite Villain of all time!
  • 1. Beverly Hills Cop
    Who's Funnier Than Eddie Murphy?
Just Some of My favorites.
By: Sarah aka Ponygurl!
EVERYONE..GO SEE THE OUTSIDERS!!!!! but..Ponyboy is MYNE!!! hahaha well The Outsiders is my favvvvvvvvvvvvvvv movie

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