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: Marc Byron
- 10. She's Having a Baby
- 9. Can't Buy Me Love
Anmother great movie with another not so good soundtrack
- 8. War Games
- 7. Sixteen Candles
For Molly Ringwald, Thompson Twins and Kajagoogoo.
- 6. Secret Admirer
Unforgettable movie, with a not so good soundtrack, by the way the only one great movie with a bad soundtrack
- 5. Some Kind of Wondeful
Mary Stuart Masterson is the greatest atraction in this movie.. note 10!!!! E Propaganda at beginning of movie, is the best thing it could be, playing Propaganda and Mary playing drums with the sound of Dr. Mabuse.
- 4. Weird Science
Unforgettable, and also plays good songs
- 3. Trains, Planes and Automobilies
Hughes, is ever the best, he was great in making teen movies, and comedy, as no one else could do, with Steve Martin and John Candy is one of the best of 80s, and also for playing Book of Love - Modilgiani...
- 2. Electric Dreams
A unforgettable tale of love and computer, and what do people do nowadays at internet.. exactly this.. I love this movie, and Heaven 17, Phil Oakey and Culture Club are very good
- 1. Pretty In Pink
Great, mainly for 3 songs of New Order, and all the soundtrack
yeah I'd like to mention the great 80's brazilian www.autobahn.com.br take a look! :)
By: Stacey Rozakis
I'm not sure if I really like any of these movies better than the other. Oh there's one more if I could add to my top ten - even though it would make it eleven - The Lost Boys!
Okay, so I'm only 16 and didn't see any of these when they first came out. Still, I think a lot of my friends would agree that the 80's was one of the best decades for movies yet. They all seem so much better than most of the new ones being put out now.
- 10. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
One of the best "Teen movies" ever.Alot of bad imitations followed.("Cant Hardly Wait" is a nice spirtual succsessor to Fast Times)
- 9. Heathers
Best dark comedy ever!
- 8. The Goonies
Kids movie..but I was a kid when it came out..
- 7. Ghostbusters
- 6. Empire Strikes Back
The "dark" Star Wars movie where the bad guys won...loved it
- 5. Aliens
By far the best of the Aliens movies.(its sad Alien3, and Resurection couldnt rekindle that magic)
- 4. Back to the Future
Great plot,story,acting..Loved it
- 3. Airplane!
- 2. The Princess Bride
Original and has the best sword fight scene of all time!
- 1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
Its 18 years old and timeless...Kids can watch it today and not think its just "some old movie"..Excellent
All of the Indiana Jones,Back to the Futures,and Star Wars movies deserve mention..as well as E.T.
- 10. Big
Great Tom Hanks Classic. Fun movie for the kid in you.
- 9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Sometimes exactly how I felt about High School. Unfortunately I couldn't ever pull of ferris's day off.
- 8. Pretty in Pink
Molly Ringwald was like the "teen queen" of the movies back then. She was the perfect person to play in this movie, Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club.
- 7. E.T.
Tear Jerker. Cried when I first saw it in the theater in 1982.
- 6. Better Off Dead
Just plain funny! Kusack is less serious then in his more recent movies. If you have not seen this side of Kusack, you have got to see this. I like "Ricky's Style":)
- 5. Indiana Jones-Last Crucade
All the movies were good. Temple of Doom was least favorite of the three. But I enjoyed them overall.
- 4. Christmas Vacation
Chevy Chase is awesome! Funny comedy. It will kind of put you in the mood for Christmas.
- 3. Some Kind of Wonderful
A great romance story if you like that. Great all around movie. Rent it if you have not seen it.
- 2. Sixteen Candles
Classic! Something you can never get tired of. Don't you love "Long Duck Dong"?
- 1. Top Secret
Val Kilmer is young and funny! Best Slap Stick Movie! If you like these kind of flicks, rent it!
Many other great movies. Goonies, Wierd Science, Top Gun, Willow, Lady Hawk, Pee-Wee's Great Adventure, OverBoard, Say Anything, Kindergarden Cop, Back to the Future, Karate Kid, Labrynth, Great Outdoors, Opportunity Knocks, Footloose, Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, and more!
- 10. Ghostbusters
I know I'm forgetting a bunch, the last few are always the hardest.
- 9. Back to the Future pt 1
- 8. Short Circuit
- 7. Pretty in Pink/Sixteen Candles
I always mix these two up. But they're both pretty good.
- 6. Karate Kid
Again, not on many lists. How come??
- 5. Ferris Bueller's Day off
I think we all wanted to be Ferris a little bit. And I'm from Chicago, so that's my place, there!
- 4. E.T.
I guess we all have a special place in our hearts for this guy.
- 3. Goonies
I'm suprised at you people! I haven't seen this movie on many lists. A great movie. Another that I make my friends watch with me.
- 2. Better off dead
I make all my friends watch it with me. "Throwin' away a perfectly good white boy." I laughed at that for weeks!
- 1. Breakfast Club
It has to be! There's nothing like it in the world
Was Return of the Killer Tomatos an 80s movie?
By: Nikki Waterson
I love the 80's , I miss everything about the 80's, especially good movies
- 10. Flash Gordon
Prince Barin made the movie.
- 9. License to Kill
He is so cool!!!!!
- 8. Living Daylights
Definatly the best James Bond movie,
- 7. Jane Eyre
This entry should have been before others on this list but I didn't remember it until now. Timothy Dalton is Mr. Rochester. Way handsome
- 6. Back to the Future
Marty is cute!(and he sings too!)
- 5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
would you believe Sean Connery is only 12 years older then Harrison Ford? Neither would !.
- 4. Return of the Jedi
Luke Skywalker is back and he's better then before.Han Solo is still the hottest guy in the movie.
- 3. Empire Strikes Back
6 words only(May the Force be with you.)
- 2. Outsiders
Good story about three brothers and their gang members
- 1. Willow
One of the best movies ever. Madmartigan is sooo handsome!
Val Kilmer and Timothy Dalton are two of the most wonderful actors on this earth.
- 10. Major League-1989
- 9. Back to the Future-1985
- 8. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure-1988
- 7. Top Gun- 1986
- 6. Sixteen Candles-1984
- 5. Real Genius-1985
- 4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off-1986
- 3. Dirty Dancing-1987
- 2. Princess Bride-1987
- 1. The Breakfast Club- 1985
- 10. Conan the Barbarian
I don't care. EVERYONE likes this movie, even if they won't admit it.
- 9. Nightmare on Elm Street
Another of the great horror movies.
- 8. Delirous
The greatest stand up comedy movie of all time.
- 7. Airplane!
I am serious, and don't call me Shirley.
- 6. The Terminator
- 5. Evil Dead 2
Not only scary, but funny too.
- 4. E.T.
A modern day classic
- 3. Beverly Hills Cop
Maybe the greatest comedy of the 80's
- 2. Aliens
The second greatest action movie of the 80's. Set the standard til now.
- 1. Raiders of the Lost Arc
Come on! Hands down the greatest action movie of the 80's, and maybe the greatest of all time.
How can you only choose two?!?!
By: Marc Palmer
- 10. Blade Runner
Another trendsetting film in the sci-fi genre. Dark, atmospheric, and serious. Great effects. Offers interesting questions and insights to the impending reality of artificial intelligence and its inherent tragedies. This film will make you think.
- 9. Transformers The Movie
I don't think this movie received the nod of respect it should have from animation enthusiasts, even to this day. This movie outdoes any comparable Disney film of the time in effects, animation quality, and sound. There's no special computer effects in this film. Instead, the animators put painstaking detail into nearly every frame. The motion is smooth, the colors are rich, the detail is mindblowing, and the music is fantastic. Unfortunately, I think the "Go-bots" movie (which beat TFTM to the movie thearters) put a stale taste in the mouths of those who were open-minded enough to see this genre of movie. I think many put TFTM in the same catagory, which was totally wrong. Try to see TFTM if you can. You'll be impressed (if you like animation).
- 8. Predator
Again, another movie that should have been left alone. Truly the ultimate "boogeyman" movie. Great action, imagination and special effects. Worth seeing! The sequel with Danny Glover was ok, but the original rocks!
- 7. Highlander (1)
The first movie, in my humble opinion, should have been the only movie by this name. Unfortunately, Hollywood could not keep from bastardizing this title. The other two sequels were horribly directed, poorly written, and succeeded in destroying the mystery behind the original concept. If you've not yet seen Highlander (the FIRST one), go and see it! Great fantasy! Pretend the others don't exist.
- 6. Conan
Think what you want, but his is one of my favorite movies of all time. No movie today is done like this anymore. No digital effects, virtual monsters, or boring dialogue, just flesh, steel, fire, snow, and a classic revenge motive! What gods do you pray to?
- 5. Terminator
A legendary sci-fi twist on the old time travel concept. Wonderful story and imagination.
- 4. Alien 2
James Cameron's touch in this movie is obvious. Stunning visual effects and suspense to the best sci-fi/horror movie ever made!
- 3. Alien
This movie horrified moviegoers back in the eighties with its introduction of the "chestbursting" alien baby. Fantastic sci-fi/horror. A tense, clever, trendsetting movie.
- 2. Dune
Frank Herbert's book translated to film. David Lynch's dark and otherworldly directing make it stand out from everything ever seen in sci-fi movie history. Though it's complex and drifts from the book (what movie doesn't?), it's a must see in my opinion.
- 1. Legend
Fantasy at its best...back then and even now. Incredible imagination, visual effects, and music. This movie has strong replay value. Nothing like it today!
- 10. One Crazy Summer
A good movie involving John Cusak and Demi Moore befoe they were household names.
- 9. Summer School
Pretty much Mark Harmon's one and only good movie
- 8. Caddyshack
The best Bill Murray movie to date.
- 7. Hoosiers
The best basketball and maybe sports movie ever made.
- 6. The Goonies
Can't go thru the 80's without listing a Cory Feldman movie.
- 5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The movie about the ultimate slacker in high school.
- 4. Midnight Madness
A little known classic that just happens to be Michael J Fox's first movie.
- 3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The best high school movie before Dazed and Confused.
- 2. The Breakfast Club
Great movie of the different social classes of high school.
- 1. Scarface
A great gangster movie, with great catch phrases.
By: Sionna in VA
- 10. Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
Harrison Ford & Kate Capshaw were terrific together. This movie had everything a movie should.
- 9. Romancing the Stone
Michael Douglas & Kathleen Turner had perfect chemistry. Excellent.
- 8. top gun
Tom Cruise & the whole gang playing volleyball. Need I say more?
- 7. footloose
We can still dance to this music!
- 6. lost boys
This had so much '80s proganda in it, its not even funny. Very awesome and you can still watch it like its the first time.
- 5. neverending story
Falcor kicks butt. Everyone who lived & grew up in the '80s loved this one.
- 4. legend
Tom Cruise had everyone when he made this movie. Ridley Scott did a good thing when he made this.
- 3. princess bride
"Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!"
- 2. real genius
Val Kilmer had it perfectly. He's someone I think everyone would love to hang out with! This movie is so awesome it still rocks after 15 years.
- 1. breakfast club
Sorry, but this is it. Anyone who argues will be fired.
I could name thousands of others, but these stuck out in my mind the most. Even though it has been 10 years, the eighties are still the best years of movie making & creative thinking that we have had a good long time.
Anything John Hughs, howard the duck, footloose, Annie, the worst witch
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