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: Janie
These are really in no particular order, and are subject to change...just some flicks i dig.
By: Michael Conrad
By: jeffrey s. black
By: HM
  • 10. Pump up the Volume
  • 9. Back to the Future
    Who hasn't seen this movie a million times?
  • 8. Ferris Bueller
    "Bueller... Beuller?"
  • 7. Sixteen Candles
    Wouldn't it have been nice to have cake with your infatuation when you turned 16?
  • 6. Heathers
    Sick & twisted teens - intriguing
  • 5. When Harry Met Sally
    Meg Ryan is great in this movie... and I'll have what she's having!
  • 4. Top Gun
    Not only is Tom Cruise hot, but this movie is awesome - especially the bar scene
  • 3. St. Elmo's Fire
    Once again Andrew McCarthy is hot..
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    The ultimate teen movie AND the ultimate 80's movie
  • 1. Pretty in Pink
    I'd love to be Molly Ringwald... Andrew McCarthy is so hot!
By: Lena
  • 10. West Side Story
    Music, Music, Music
  • 9. Oliwer Twist
    Sad, Sad....Poor little Boy
  • 8. Sound of Music
    Well, I just like the fact that shes a nun from the Beginning
  • 7. Mad Max
    Dont ask why...u should know
  • 6. Book of love
    Nice, Nice
  • 5. Cry Baby
    God Ricky lake has changed!!
  • 4. Grease 2
    Really good but not better than the first one
  • 3. Grease
    So much good music and cool outfits
  • 2. Pretty Woman
    Wlking down the street...very romantic
  • 1. E.T
    So sad...E.T call home was very dramatic, Cant remember How long I cried after the movie
By: scott
  • 10. ferris buellers's day off
    bueller, bueller. no need to say anyting else
  • 9. planes, trains and automobiles
    one of the best movies of the 80s i think,john candy's best movie.
  • 8. back to school
    hey melon we need you. rodney dangerfield is hilarious in this movie,
  • 7. escape from new york
    another great sci-fi adventure movies of the 80s, alos this was my first r-rated movie i went to see at the movies
  • 6. the thing
    one of the best sci-fi movies ever, great special effects, great acting, great storyline
  • 5. better off dead
    i want my two dollers. i also worked with a guy that acted and looked exactly like john cusacks neighbor. another great comedy
  • 4. weird science
    another great comedy from the 80's. great acting by bill paxton, great cast.
  • 3. sixteen candles
    almost a perfect comedy, again, great young actors, captures the 80s like totally
  • 2. valley girl
    perfect sound track, great clothes, new wave written all over the movie
  • 1. fast times at ridgemont high
    excellent sound track, lots of young actors who will become big. great style, the best hangout of the 80s is present, the mall.
these movies are really not in any particular order. too many great movies to put in order. the 80s were awesome and still are
By: Laura
  • 10. The labrynth
    I loved that movie. It used to drive me up a wall that she wouldn't listen to the little worm though.
  • 9. Girls Just want to have fun
    I think that there are some people that Natalie forgot to invite.
  • 8. Pump up the Volume
    Even though it isn't technically of the eighties, it might as well be. The most intense movie of the time, definitely a great for both Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis.
  • 7. Say Anything
    John Cusak, key master, great date, kick boxer. It has no equal.
  • 6. Can't buy me love
    It just was the eighties
  • 5. The Princess Bride
    As you wish
  • 4. Breakfast Club
    Smoke up Johnny.
  • 3. Dead Poets Society
    Carpe Diem. A group of characters so different from one another, yet as the story unfolds, I felt like I could relate to each of them. Though Charlie(Nwanda) was my favorite, who didn't want him to hit Cameron?
  • 2. Heathers
    It is quite possible that there is no other movie, not now, or ever, that will cause you to laugh hysterically, at the exact same time as you sit in mortified shock.
  • 1. The legand of Billie Jean
    It is the best, Fair's fair.
By: Adam Judge
  • 10. Aliens
  • 9. Blame it on Rio
    The critics hated it, but with most of the films that I like, it just had a great feel.
  • 8. Hannah and her sisters
    Woody Allen went mainstream with this, but I just loved it.
  • 7. Empire Strikes Back
    Best SW film
  • 6. Gremlins
    Ambience is so important in a movie, and Gremlins was a Christmas film with horror and comedy overtones, what a concept.
  • 5. Glory
    Just sneaks into the eighties. Great attention to detail, and a good role for Matthew Broderick.
  • 4. Vacation
    More than virtually any film of its time, gave a really good feel of what living in the eighties was like, fashion, values, etc, and very, very funny a true comedy classic.
  • 3. Revenge of the Nerds
    Great movie, really very underrated.
  • 2. Class
    I just love this film, I only regret the Bisset/McCarthy scenes took away from the what do teens get up to motif.
  • 1. Local Hero
    A Scottish film from 1983, a fine film, my favorite of all time. Subtle but just so much going on.
I have a little bit of a junk tooth so a lot of the films I love are a bit pulpy. But they are classy, well produced pulp.
By: tim sexton
  • 10. Tootsie
    Of course.
  • 9. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    For pure fun, the best movie ever made.
  • 8. The Return of Martin Guerre
    In the same company with Zelig. What it means to be someone.
  • 7. Fanny and Alexander
    Bergman's last and one of his best.
  • 6. Amadeus
    Great music, great acting. What more could you want?
  • 5. The King of Comedy
    Another Scorsese masterwork. What a decade for him!
  • 4. Zelig
    Woody Allen's great underappreciated masterpiece on what it means to mean something to somebody.
  • 3. The Last Temptation of Christ.
    Made me think more about Jesus than any church sermon.
  • 2. ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
    A movie that I've noticed most girls "don't get." It's a guy movie. A guy and his dog.
  • 1. Raging Bull
    Nothing more needs be said. If you've seen it, you know why it's the best movie of the 80's. Perhaps of all time.
I enjoyed Ishtar. The songs are funny, Beatty is hilarious as a loser with the ladies and Dustin Hoffman singing is just plain funny.
By: Amanda
  • 10. Ferris Beuller's Day Off
    The only reason this movie is at #10 is because I have never even seen it. I go on the internet looking for different things and I always find information about this movie. I've never even seen it but know that it is one of the biggest movies of the 80s not to mentio all times!!!!
  • 9. Christmas Story
    My dad was in love with this movie and told me I should watch. I said sure whatever. I ended up loving it. There is no way that it could not be considered one of the greatest movies of all times.
  • 8. Ghostbusters
    This movie and it's sequels made one of the biggest impacts in the movie industry than almost any other movie.
  • 7. E.T
    I remember watching this movie for the first time and loving it. I am pretty sure the rest of America loves it tool.
  • 6. Pretty in Pink
    This movie was a cute one. The cast was great and it has impacted every single person who has seen it.
  • 5. 16 Candles
    I've never actually seen this movie but I know that it belongs at #5 by the way it had impacted the 80s. Plus any movie with Molly Ringwald in it kicks butt!!
  • 4. Back to the Future
    This movie is a great one and summed up the 80s (and the 50s) very well. If you have not seen it I suggest you go rent it right now!!
  • 3. Breakfast Club
    This was a great movie that brought all of different types of personalities together. This movie is just a great one to watch over and over again.
  • 2. Goonies
    This is a great feel good movie. I find myself smiling everytime I am done watching this movie.
  • 1. Stand By Me
    This is my all time favorite 80s movie not to mention the best movie of all times.
By: Cesar CG
Commando, Beverly hills cop, The Breakfast Club, The gods must be crazy, The Untouchables, Porky's 1, 2 , Risky Business, Fatal Atraction, License to drive, Coming to America.
By: Annalise Mikulin
  • 10. Karate Kid - 1984
  • 9. Goonies - 1985
  • 8. Some Kind of Wonderful - 1987
  • 7. The Lost Boys - 1987
  • 6. Top Gun - 1986
  • 5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off - 1986
  • 4. Say Anything - 1989
  • 3. Lethal Weapon II - 1989
  • 2. Better Off Dead - 1985
  • 1. Back to the Future - 1985
By: denise21
By: Katie
  • 10. License to Drive
    Cory is sooo HOT!
  • 9. A Christmas Story
    "The Pink Bunny Suit"
  • 8. Ghostbusters
  • 7. Beetlejuice
    "Nice Fucking Model!", honk, honk!!
  • 6. Weird Science
    "My nuts are half way up my ass, but other than that I'm poifect."
  • 5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Matthew Broderick is soo hilarious
  • 4. Nightmare on Elm St.
    The best horror movie of all time.
  • 3. Goonies
    It's goonies! what else can you say?
  • 2. Sixteen Candles
    Even my grandparents forgot my birthday, they live for that shit. Lond Duck Dong "No more yankee my wankee, the donger need food."
  • 1. Breakfast Club
    I thought that Judd Nelson was such a sexy bad boy in that movie. "Would you ever consider going out with a guy who had elephantitis of the nuts, How do you think he rides a bike?"
By: J.R
By: casey
  • 10. pump up the volume
  • 9. can't buy me love
  • 8. one crazy summer
    another john cusack gem
  • 7. pretty in pink
  • 6. breakfst club
    just a flat-out classic
  • 5. say anything
    i love lloyd dabler. more accurately, i love john cusack.
  • 4. heathers
    every school should have a j.d. maybe sans the killing though
  • 3. sixteen candles
    you want jake ryan, you know it.
  • 2. the legend of billie jean
    inspirational, dude.
  • 1. better off dead
    the single most hilarious movie ever created. 'WELL HONK MY HOOTERS, YOU BIG FAKER, YOU SPEAK ENGLISH!'
By: Brianne
  • 10. Stand by Me
    As gross as it was, the story about Lard ass. and their intellectual conversation:"what is Goofie? A dog. No, pluto's a dog, so what is goofie?" Then of coarse the leech scene.
  • 9. Goonies
    I watched this movie too earlier today, they're all on tv! Wouldn't you have loved to have an adventure like that as a kid?? Woulnd't anyone?
  • 8. Better off Dead
    2 words:"TWO DOLLARS!!!!!"
  • 7. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    "That was my skull!! I'm so wasted!" "Aloha, Mr. Hand!"
  • 6. Ferris Beuler's Day Off
    I am watching this movie as I type this. I love when he gets the whole crowd singing and dancing to "Twist and Shout" It almost makes you wanna start dancing with them! "I heard that you were feeling ill, headache, fever, and the chills"
  • 5. Dirty Dancing
    I've watched this movie so many times that i've practically memorized all the dance moves as well as the words. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" "I carried a watermellon"
  • 4. 16 Candles
    Gram Helen:O Sam, let me take a look at you. Fred, she's gotten her boobies! Grandpa Fred:I'd better get my magnifying glass. (laughs) Gram Helen:Oh! and they're so perky!
  • 3. Some Kind of Wonderful
    This movie is too amazing. Have you ever fallen in love with your best friend?? Then it makes it even better.
  • 2. Pretty in Pink
    Yes, another Molly Ringwald movie. My favorite part is Duckie lip-synching Try a Little Tenderness!!!
  • 1. Breakfast Club
    You gotta love this movie. "Naked blonde walks into a bar with a poodle under one arm, and a 2 foot salami under the other, the bartender says 'guess u won't be needing a drink' naked lady says--(now he falls through the ceiling" that's the best! "does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe??"
By: Sean
  • 10. Vision Quest
    Only movie ever made about wrestling. I love to wrestle so I thought this one was inspirational!
  • 9. Rain Man(1988)
    Great performances in an excellent piece of filmaking!
  • 8. The Color of Money
    Paul Newman is so cool in this movie!
  • 7. Casualties of War
    Anyone see this Michael J. Fox Drama? I thought it was terrific!
  • 6. Who framed Roger Rabbit?
    Perfect blending of animation and live action in a thoroughly entertaining adventure! Check out Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom!
  • 5. Top Gun
    Enough Said, right?
  • 4. Wild Orchid(1990)
    Ok, I know I am cheating with 1990, but I love this soft-core B grade sex movie that takes itself way too seriously.
  • 3. The Wizard(1989)
    A fun movie about Nintendo. It has a great soundtrack and does a good job depicting the Nintendo craze of the time!
  • 2. The Goonies
  • 1. Back to the Future
By: Holly Janvier
  • 10. Little mermaid
    Arial and her sea friends are so cool.
  • 9. Father of the bride
    A good hilarious movie.
  • 8. Batman the series
    All of the actors that play batman are all hotties.
  • 7. Twister
    You get the really good look at how tornadoes look and the damage they can do.
  • 6. Friday the 13th
    A very good scary movie to get you off your seat.Jason the all time murderor.
  • 5. The wizard of oz
    I love all the characters in this movie especially the little people.
  • 4. Can't buy me love
    Going from geek to cool than back to geek.You also wonder what money can really buy.
  • 3. Karate Kid 1,2,3
    Mr.Meaogie is cool with his famous words "wax on, wax off."
  • 2. Goonies
    An all time family favourite.
  • 1. Dirty Dancing
    I love all the great sexy moves.
I hope you enjoy my selection of movies if not than too bad.

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