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: Mark Riley
By: Brad Everett
  • 10. Stand By Me
    Your unamerican if you dont like this movie
  • 9. Wierd Science
    One word ..LISA..
  • 8. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    A Great movie about what really went on in highschool
  • 7. Sixteen Candles
    won duk dong is absolutley hilarious, plus any movie where the nerd spends the night with the popular senior has got to be good
  • 6. Better Off Dead
    The Classic feel good eighties movie. oh yah, and I want my two dollars, plus tip
  • 5. Real Genius
    1 underated movie of the eighties "Kent this is god"..."Stop Touching Yourself"
  • 4. Top Gun
    no graeter scene then the bar room "Youve lost that loving feeling
  • 3. Goonies
    You gotta feel bad for chunk he missed out on all the fun.
  • 2. Back to The Future
    what are you McFly.. "Chicken
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    BOO HOO"
This List Is In Random Order
By: Eddie Torez
  • 10. Roxanne
    Makes my nose feel small..
  • 9. Inner Space
    Always made me want to be injected in to the arse of some chick.
  • 8. Eddie Murphy - Raw
    Same applies here.
  • 7. Eddie Murphy - Delirious
    I would quote, but i don't want to offend.
  • 6. Labyrinth
    Ludo friend!
  • 5. National Lampoons Vacation
  • 4. Back to the Future 1
    Anybody home McFly?
  • 3. Caddyshack
    A Cindarella Story
  • 2. Spaceballs
    What? You went over my helmet?
  • 1. Cheech and Chong - Still Smokin'
    The over the shoulder boulder holder strikes again.
By: Michelle Eloy
  • 10. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    Last but not least the High school saga. It covers every aspect a teenager can possibly go through. And it has a great ending.
  • 9. Pretty in Pink
    you know Molly had to be on this list. This is my favorite movie from her collection. She's really cool.
  • 8. Look who's talking
    this movie is so cute. Kirstie Alley and John Travolta made a great couple the chemistry is so obvious. And Mikey is hillarious
  • 7. Top Gun
    Tom Cruise was driving them wild. The gorgeus pilot really rocked the ticket stands with this movie
  • 6. Dirty Dancing
    This is a classic. Patrick Swazey was phenomenal. And Jennifer Grey will always be remembered as Baby the one nobody puts in a corner.
  • 5. Desperately Seeking Susan
    You know Madonna ruled the eighties and this movie shot her straight to the top. Roxana Arquette also played a wonderful role.
  • 4. Back to the Future.
    Michael J. Fox, the heart throb of the eighties. And the music is awesome. Hewie Lewis still jams with the power of love.
  • 3. Splash
    you know you love this movie. its hillarious! And Tom Hanks looks really good in it. It was probably one of John Candie's funniest roles
  • 2. She's having a baby
    a movie that most of us married couples can relate by now. The ending is so great. All of Kristie's understanding and sacrifices finally paid off.
  • 1. Flashdance
    The top of the list. This girl can really move. And come on don't tell me that after 10 years you still don't jam to maniac when it comes up on the radio in your car. Wonderful.
By: Mick Sammons
  • 10. Ferris Buellers Day Off
  • 9. The Three Amigos
    I think we can safely assume this is the singing bush" "Would you say I have a plethora?"
  • 8. The Meaning of Life
    This is Mr.Death, he's a reaper" "The Grim-Reaper" "Well, who wouldn't be in this weather?"
  • 7. A Fish Called Wanda
    K-K-K-Ken is trying to k-k-k-kill meeee."
  • 6. National Lampoons Vacation
    I'm on a pilgramige to see a moose... LONG LIVE MARTY MOOSE... HOLY SHIT!"
  • 5. Indiana Jones Trilogy
    Are these the most entertaining movies ever? Is there any doubt?
  • 4. Blues Brothers
    It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigerettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses."
  • 3. Flying High! (Airplane!)
    The first and the funniest of all Spoof movies. An absolute side-splitting classic.
  • 2. Ghostbusters
    Goodevening. As a dually disingnated representative of the city, county and state of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to you place of origin or the nearest convinient parallel dimension." "That orta' do it, that's very much Ray"
  • 1. The History of the World pt. 1
    Mel Brooks' silent classic. Great cast, hilarious storyline and brilliant comic performaces from all involved (even Mel himself). Spike Milligan's prison cell scene is possibly the funniest movie scene ever. "That's it! You look like the Piss-Boy"
As an Australian, I am ashamed to say that not a single decent movie came from this country during the eighties (except the Cold Chisel concert movie "Last Stand", and "Galipoli"). The best of a pathetic lot being:The Mad Max Movies, Crocodile Dundee, and Young Einstein.
By: Keith Overfield
I also wanted to add Big to my list, but there wasn't any more room.
By: Juli
  • 10. Pretty In Pink
    Jon Cryer as Duckie.. I wish he had driven by my house on his bike
  • 9. Iron Eagle
    Great songs that aren't on the soundtrack and by far the best out of the numerous sequels
  • 8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Wish I could have gotten away with the stuff he did
  • 7. Legend Of Billie Jean
    Helen and Christian Slater (no relation) in a flick for teenagers who are always misunderstood
  • 6. Breakfast Club
    Nothing needs to be said
  • 5. Some Kind Of Wonderful
    The movie for every girl who loved her best friend but couldn't tell him.
  • 4. Real Genius
  • 3. Neverending Story
    My favorite childhood movie and one that I still enjoy.
  • 2. Running On Empty
    River Phoenix's best movie and one not many have seen... It's unfortunate
  • 1. Ladyhawke
    Back when Matthew Brodrick could act and before Ferris Bueller.
By: Juli
  • 10. Back To The Future 2
    Confusing but the most fun
  • 9. Spaceballs
    I Love Uranus.. We Brake For Nobody... Only one person would dare give me the raspberry
  • 8. Nightmare on Elm Street
    Glass doors on the closet and a glass door to the patio.. I didn't sleep well for months..
  • 7. Adventures In Babysitting
    Elizabeth Shue before Leaving Las Vegas and Keith Coogan.. I'm glad Chris wasn't my babysitter
  • 6. Benerly Hills Cop
    How many cars did they destroy in that first sequence
  • 5. Princess Bride
    ROS, the Fire Swamp and the priest who spoke English.. at least that's what I think it was supposed to be
  • 4. Say Anything
    Pretty In Pink backwards
  • 3. Running Man
    A fantastic book made into an even better movie. Arnie's best
  • 2. Hiding Out
    Jon Cryer goes back to high school.. WHY?
  • 1. Dangerous Liasons
    Hoping that the 90's Creul Intentions won't suck and ruin this movie
Had to make two of these to encompass all of the good ones... and still so many left out... Maybe next time do a fav 25 or so?
By: Lea
  • 10. Better Off Dead / One Crazy Summer
    Couldn't decide between these two Cusack films, both were great
  • 9. The Lost Boys
    One of my favorite movies with both Corey Haim and Feldman
  • 8. Labyrinth
    Luto smell bad"
  • 7. Pretty in Pink
    I love Ducky.
  • 6. Sixteen Candles
    Too funny of a movie not to be on this list
  • 5. Dirty Dancing
    I can't even count how many times I've seen this movie, I even have a cat named Swayze. Sad isn't it.
  • 4. The Color Purple
    I love this movie and I cry everytime I watch it.
  • 3. Goonies
    I can watch this movie over and over, and yes I saw the octupus scene.
  • 2. Steel Magnolias
    Great Movie Often Overlooked
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    Simply Eighties!!
There are so many others and it was really hard to narrow this list down, but this was the best I could do.
By: Caroline
  • 10. The Outsiders
    Natures first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf's a flower;but only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,so dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay."
  • 9. Legend
  • 8. Wierd Science
  • 7. Say Anything
  • 6. Stand by Me
    Lard Ass Hogan Pukefest
  • 5. Better Off Dead
    dancing and singing hamburgers
  • 4. Pretty in Pink
  • 3. Ferris Beuller's Day Off
    When Cameron was in Egypts land, let my Cameron go. Beuller?......Beuller?.....Bueller?....Beuller?...
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    CLAAIIRE?? He'll get up, We'll all get up! It'll be anarchy!!
  • 1. 16 Candles
    What's your name? Dong. What's your first name? Long. What's your middle name? Duck
I love the 80's. it was a silly era, but the music was the best..what with A-ha, Naked Eyes, Oingo Boingo, Nena,and Flock of Seagulls. In the 80's the movie's were much funnier than they try to be now. I loved You Can't Do That On Television. best
By: J.A.
  • 10. The Goonies
    Spielberg's best work.
  • 9. Stand By Me
    Oldie, but a goody. Love the pie-eating contest!
  • 8. WarGames
    Always fun. Best line about nuclear war:"The Only Winning Move is Not to Play."
  • 7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    A decade later and the snake pit still creeps me out.
  • 6. Back to the Future
    Best Lines:-Hello, hello, anybody home? -You made a time machine, out of a DeLorean? -I'm just no good at....CONFRONTATIONS!! -Hey, I'm talkin' to you McFly, you Irish bug! -Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn't ask Lorraine out, that he'd melt my brain! -Great Scott! -This is heavy!
  • 5. The Last Starfighter
    I've never looked at video games the same way since.
  • 4. Ghostbusters (I and II)
    Still get a kick out of seeing Stay Puffed buy it AND watching Lady Liberty parading down NYC.
  • 3. Blue Thunder
    Not too famous, but wicked helicopter flick with Roy Scheider and Malcolm McDowell.
  • 2. Iron Eagle
    Right up there with Top Gun. With Louis Gossett Jr.
  • 1. Top Gun
    Life Lessons from this movie:-NEVER never leave your wingman -Screw up just *this* much, you'll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog $**! out of Hong Kong! -She's lost that lovin' feeling -Don't drink coffee in the control tower. -Feel the need:the NEED FOR SPEED!!!
Honourable mentions:Star Wars Trilogy, Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop, Secret of My Success, Delta Force, Red Dawn, Dead Poets Society, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, Superman IV, Money Pit, Jewel of the Nile, The Road Warrior, Ghost, and many, many more.
By: Mike
By: Michael A.
It wasn't until I checked out your list of '80's films that I realized how much crap came out then. Here's my list for today...if I did it again tomorrow, it would probably be completely different.
By: Colt Gay
  • 10. Day of the Dead
    Romero's last dead film may not be as Night of the Living Dead or Dawn of the Dead,but is one of best eighties horror films!
  • 9. The Toxic Avenger
    Troma's best film ever!
  • 8. Basket Case
    Twisted Cult Classic is a must see !
  • 7. An American Werewolf in London
    John Landis great horror comedy is the best werewolf flick I have seen. Certanley better then The Howling!
  • 6. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Wes Cravin's classic ,better then Scream!
  • 5. Aliens
    Better sequel to Alien and all the sequels!
  • 4. Bad Taste
    Peter Jackson's first film will always be his best!
  • 3. Re-animator
    Great dark comedy based off a H.P. Lovecraft book.
  • 2. The Evil Dead
    Outsanding horror film on a low budget.
  • 1. The Return of the Living Dead
    Awsome spoof on Night of the Living Dead,but better!
By: Mandy
  • 10. Stand by me
    I don't know, I just didn't like it as much as the rest, but I still loved it!
  • 9. Big
    I liked it
  • 8. Howard The Duck
    Howard The Duck, no way to conceal it!"
  • 7. back To The Future 123
    L love Michael J. Fox
  • 6. Mannequin
    I think it was great!
  • 5. Rock and Roll Highschool Forever
    You can't feed american kids horse
  • 4. The Lost Boys
    Call me crazy, but I got a crush on the bad guys, cause I love vampires.
  • 3. Ferris Beuller's Day Off
    Matthew Broderick, need I say more?
  • 2. Labrynth
    Can I help it if I love David Bowie?? And come on, those puppets are cool beans man!
  • 1. Breakfast Club
    What can i say?? I just love it
By: Queste
By: Reptilian
  • 10. Can't Buy Me Love
    So the popular girl actually fell for the geek. Kickass.
  • 9. The Princess Bride
    Mawwige" "Twooo Wuv" *Hehe*
  • 8. Pretty In Pink
    Molly Ringwald. Who else?
  • 7. Batteries Not Included
    OKay, so I cried when the little flying tin-can died.
  • 6. ET
    drew Barrymore as a little girl.. in unison now, please "awwwwww".
  • 5. Splash
    I went around pretending to be a mermaid for two full summers and any swimming in between after I saw this movie. I also ended up wanting to grow about 4 feet of hair.
  • 4. Dead Poets Society
    Sure, it was late 80's but had a hell of a lot to say about the "artsy-types" and censorship.
  • 3. Heathers
    Lunchtime polls!!! "If you want to fuck with the eagles you have to learn how to fly"
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    Sterotypical teens doing fun, bad, & stupid things and then at one point finally getting along- what more could you ask for? Oh yes, and the "I'm eating my head" scrawled into the desk at the beginning- gotta love that.
  • 1. Labyrinth
    David Bowie- 'nuff said. (( okay, okay- so the little gremlins and cool goblin city also have some allure, but damn, I wish he would show up and try to get ME into the goblin city! )). David Bowie should have been in more films.
By: Carrie Kazmer
  • 10. Rain Man
    I wish I could count those toothpicks!!
  • 9. Space Balls
    loved that movie...
  • 8. The Breakfast Club
    I wish I had Molly Ringwold's special talent.
  • 7. E.T.
    E.T. Phone Home!!
  • 6. Stand By Me
    Who wouldn't wanna be on the search for a dead body?... the leaches were great!!
  • 5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    That is everyone's dream to skip school the way that he did.
  • 4. Sixteen Candles
    I'd love to be Molly Ringwald because the dude that she gets in the end is sooo hot!!
  • 3. Dirty Dancing
    Hey Sylvia, yes Mickey, How to you call your lover boy?... Patrick Swayze is such a fox!!
  • 2. Teen Witch
    I want to be the most popular girl!! Stop that, top that, I don't give a uh about trying to top that!! Every girl's dream to become a witch and grant all of her wishes.
  • 1. Goonies
    Hey you guys!....
By: Shawna Shaheen
  • 10. Some Kind Of Wonderful
    Great movie about fitting in.
  • 9. Say Anything
    The best John Cusak movie of the 80's.
  • 8. Big Blue
    Beautiful movie
  • 7. Vacation
    The funniest movie in the 80's.
  • 6. Sixteen Candles
    Great movie about first loves.
  • 5. Dog's In Space
    A movie with Michael Hutchenson. Another punk rock movie.
  • 4. Sid and Nancy
    The real life stories of Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy.
  • 3. Reckless
    A movie with Daryl Hanna and Adian Quinn.
  • 2. Valley Girl
    Nicolas looked good as a punk-rocker, don't you think?
  • 1. Less Than Zero
    This was a great movie.
Other movies in 80's that are great, E.T., Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty In Pink, Footloose, Gremlins, Jaws, Lost Boys, Star Wars, Indianna Jones, Mad Max, and Ghostbusters.

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