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. Big
    Tom Hanks. Always and forever. "I get the top."
  • 9. Dirty Dancing
    I carried a watermelon.
  • 8. Beetlejuice
    Wynona is wonderful, Michael Keaton can't be beat, and Geena and Alec rock. The dance scene at the table is the best.
  • 7. The Princess Bride
    Just saw this one in 2004. Loved it.
  • 6. Stand by Me
    An absolute amazing look inside the heads of young boys. Watch it again. These kids were amazing. And the dog.
  • 5. The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, and
    the Big Chill. I thought of them as a kind of trilogy. high school, college, and JOBS. Does any one really grow up?
  • 4. The Never Ending Story
    I want a Luck Dragon. "Is she a Nut-case?"
  • 3. Top Gun
    You got that address for that truck driving school. GREAT scenes of being in the air. NEVER LEAVE YOUR WINGMAN. The Ice Man.
  • 2. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
    Be excellent to one another
  • 1. Die Hard
    Walking on glass--- barefoot. Plus, you have to love Alan Rickman. What a cool and scary dude.
The 80's. Ah. Urban Cowboy--Are you a real cowboy. (and all that that implies) Debra Winger rocked, Scott whoever, and John's still dancing. Batman, The Jedi and Empire, Back to the Future, ET. On and on it goes.
By: Kelvin
Personally, I reckon each movies from each decade collectively have a unique character that distinguishes them from others. For the movies from the 80s, innocence and glamourising social life are just a couple of interesting traits I believe they have.
By: Ari
  • 10. War Games
    Back then being a nerd was cool.
  • 9. Die Hard
    Still the best action movie ever.
  • 8. Ghostbusters
    Very funny and very 80s to me.
  • 7. Weird Science
    John Hughes really knew how to make movies for 80s teens.
  • 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Ferris was our hero back then!
  • 5. St. Elmo's Fire
    Everything in this movie is like I remember the 80s was.
  • 4. Top Gun
    Who could ever forget the soundtrack? Or the movie itself?
  • 3. Risky Business
    It's amazing that Tom Cruise is something like 40 today. To me he will always be like Joel!
  • 2. Back to the Future Trilogy
    Michael J. Fox was really cool!
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    Makes you feel like a teenager in the 80s again!
By: bridget
  • 10. Gremlins
    really funny movie, my brother got me liking this one, the little fluffy gremlin is so cute!
  • 9. Pretty In Pink
    YOu gotta loveee duckie!!!!!!
  • 8. E.T.
    classic movie, i alwaysss cry in the end!
  • 7. Back to the Future
    i loveee this movie, and i love michael j. fox!
  • 6. Rain Man
    Dustin Hoffman and Tom together! how awesome is that!
  • 5. Sixteen Candles
    Totallllyy 80's movie, awesome clothes, and how hott is Jake!!!!
  • 4. Batman
    This is my favorite batman so far
  • 3. Risky Business
    Tom cruise in his tighty whities! come on!!!! lol!
  • 2. Stand By Me
    Such a funny, awesome movie about young boys being young boys
  • 1. Top Gun
    I can watch this movie OVER and OVer again and still be excited when they get into top gun, and still cry my eyes out when goose dies!
By: Steve Taylor
  • 10. Predator
  • 9. Transformers The Movie
    Jazz to Moon-base 2. Jazz to Moon-base 2"
  • 8. Beetlejuice
  • 7. Back to the Future Part II
    "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!"
  • 6. Gremlins
  • 5. Batman
    "I'm Batman"
  • 4. The Three Amigos
    What is this?? Amigo's falling from the sky??" THUDD "Yes El Guapo"
  • 3. Spaceballs
    "I'm a Mog. Half man, half dog. I'm my own best friend."
  • 2. Ghostbusters
    "He slimed me!!!!"
  • 1. Back to the Future
    "Hello, Hello? Anybody home? Think McFly, think!"
By: kate cairney
  • 10. Dream A Little Dream
    super fun! and corey haim super hot!
  • 9. Footloose
    kevin bacon so hot in this film i found myself watching it just for him!
  • 8. The Goonies
    very funny and a great adventure flick!
  • 7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    a fun ride with a young and still attractive mathew broderick!
  • 6. Dirty Dancing
    oh my god this movie is so good love the dancing.
  • 5. Pretty In Pink
    good film not one of molly's best but its ok i put it on my list for mandy lol!
  • 4. Sixteen Candles
    they forgot my birthday nooo!! i am in love with this movie and that nerd ted is so cute.
  • 3. Labyrinth
    one word fabulous!
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    i cried, i laughed. this movie is the best
  • 1. The Lost Boys
    the lost boys is my #1 fave 80's movie and fave movie it is unbelievably amazing and once again corey haim i love you!
By: Lori
  • 10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • 9. Planes, Trains, and Autmobiles
    Wow...So funny! Paves the way for road trip movies...(Tommy Boy) John Candy and Steve Martin Make an excellent duo.
  • 8. Say Anything
    Great Love story...John Cusack is cute and lovable as Lloyd and Peter Gabriel's "in your eyes" may be the best movie song ever
  • 7. Dead Poets Society
    Robin Williams...exellent...what i love about this movie is that its not sugarcoated. A young guy kills himself becaseu of the imense pressure put on him by his parents. The emotion that the kids show when they find out is incredible.
  • 6. The Princess Bride
    "Inconcievable" Great movie
  • 5. Goonies
    Goonies Never Say Die... "Do the truffle shuffle...Do it!"
  • 4. Caddy Shack
    Bill Murrey is hilarious as Carl. "I want a cheeseburger, a milkshake, a hot dog..." "You'll get nothing and like it." "Well...we're waiting."
  • 3. Stand By Me
    "Lardass!" - This is one of the best movies ever. Stephen King is the master storyteller.
  • 2. Sixteen Candles
    Farmer Ted...Oh Yeah "What's happenin' Hot stuff?" "Hey sexy girlfriend!" "JAKE!"
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    "Chicks cannot hold de smoke...That's what it is." Allstar cast, memorable quotes, and the reality of highschool...Awesome...
By: Nick
  • 10. Neverending Story
    Never stop DayDreaming!!! Good things may arise! Falcor and the scientist discussing his speciality still exist!!!!!
  • 9. Field of Dreams
    Shows clearly how today's system has made baseball nothing but a business, the real game has changed forever.
  • 8. Lucas
    The RUDY of the 80s!!!!!! Never gave up. Believed and acted upon his thoughts no matter what!!! Throw it to Lucas, He'll catch it
  • 7. Breakfast Club
    All genres of school age children from the 80s are represented here, and yet it really isnt no different in today's schools. However, it is often the adults who create this misfortunes for today's students!!!!!
  • 6. Pump up the Volume
    Clearly shows how hard it is to be a kid in today's societies because as Hard Harry says, "All of the great themes have been made into theme parks", and yet how corrupt our belief system can be sometimes. Talk Hard!!
  • 5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    We all remember that kid that got away with everything, yet we all know the hard-ass school faculty member that we loved to anger
  • 4. Revenge of the Nerds
    Another movie representing that the obstacles can be overcome by pulling together. Not to mention that Booger is a the man!! Beer, Smoke, Get Laid! Curtis Armstrong an 80s legend
  • 3. Rocky IV
    During the mid-80's this movie represented that the world can change if people make an effort to overcome past beliefs!! While Also showing no obstacle is too big to overcome Drago!!!!!!
  • 2. Goonies
    The ultimate last hanging out with your friends weekend movie, yet they all come together and find a treasure while avoiding local delinquents!! Sloth!!
  • 1. Back to the Future
    This movie made a statement in terms of where the future may be leading, yet it provided a sense of where we have been as adults, parents, kids,etc!Flux!
Forgotten 80s movies The Wraith Gotcha WhiteWater Summer Quicksilver Soul Man
By: Robin Oliver
  • 10. Footlose
    Wow! Can Kevin Bacon Dance!!
  • 9. Private Resort
  • 8. Nightmare on Elm street
    Jonny Depp's hair was gr8!!!He is Hott!!
  • 7. Falcon and The Snowman
    I love Sean Penn!!!
  • 6. Colors
    Sean Penn is sexy in a police outfit!!
  • 5. Bad Boys
    I thought Sean Penn was so hott in the movie!!
  • 4. The Goonies
    I was an awesome movie!
  • 3. Rasing Arizona
    Nic Cage and Holly Hunter we so funny!
  • 2. The Princess Bride
    I think Robin Wright is sooooooo pretty!!!!
  • 1. Fast Times at Rigdemont High
    Sean Penn is so hott!!!!! I loved it!! I love Sean Penn!!
I Love Sean Penn!!
By: iain seddon
  • 10. The Firm
    no not the tom cruise one. gary oldman stars as bexy,leader of a local football hooligan firm.funny and realisticly violent with fantastic diologe
  • 9. Id
    scary,psycological drama about a undercover cop who gets involved with violent football hooligans
  • 8. Rita,sue And Bob Too
    ridiculous but hilarious sex comedy about a married man who's having it away with his babysitters.
  • 7. The Warlock
    creepy horror/fantasy about a medieval warlock sent to the future to search for satans bible,starring julian sands
  • 6. The Breakest Club
    classic feel good comedy
  • 5. The Lost Boys
    after fright night,the lost boys was the coolest vampire flick of the eighties
  • 4. The Goonies
    absolutely classic teen comedy/adventure with the plot centreing around kids looking for buried treasure
  • 3. First Blood
    exellent action/thriller with sylvester stallone,a war hero on the run from local police
  • 2. Best Of The Best
    fantastic martial arts drama
  • 1. Fright Night
    super cool horror/comedy about a vampire who moves next door to a high school kid starring chris also has a exellent soundtrack.
  • 10. Top Gun
  • 9. Lost Boys
    Excellent Vampire movie very cheesy, its great!
  • 8. Revenge Of The Nerds
  • 7. Sixteen Candles
    All I can say is Molly Ringwald, she makes the 80's
  • 6. Monster Squad
    All I can say is oh yeah best monster movie ever
  • 5. The Goonies
    The most memorible teenly booper movie, we all wanted to go hunt for treasure afterwards.
  • 4. License to Drive
    A way for teens to relate to one another, but in reverse
  • 3. The Breakfast Club
    A timless clsssic, Molly Ringwald is still an 80's icon
  • 2. Weird Science
    Nothing can come close to the originality.
  • 1. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    The ultimate 80's classic
By: andy smith
By: Lil Reject
  • 10. The Neverending Story
    Falcor: Never give up and good luck will find you Bastian: No, not again. No, not again! My.Koreander: The video arcade is down the street. Here we just sell small rectangular objects. They're called books
  • 9. Sixteen Candles
    Grandma Helen: Oh Sam, let me take a look at you. Fred, she's gotten her boobies! Grandpa Fred: I better get my magnifying glass! Ha Ha Ha. Grandma Helen: Oh, and they are so PERKY![reaches to cup them] cut to: Samantha: I can't believe my grandmother actually felt me up! Friend talking to Andie on the phone: My little brother paid a buck to see your panties
  • 8. The Breakfast Club
    Bender: Being bad feels pretty good, huh? Alison: When you grow up, your heart dies Bender: Who cares? Alison: I do
  • 7. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    Cameron: Ferris Bueller, you're my hero Cameron: Why'd you kick me? Ferris: Where's your brain? Cameron: Why'd you kick me? Ferris: Where's your brain? Cameron: Why'd you kick me? Ferris: Where's your brain? Cameron: I asked you first!
  • 6. The Goonies
    Andie: I can't tell ... if it's an "A sharp" or if it's a "B flat"! Mikey: Heh, if you hit the wrong note, we'll all "B flat" Mikey: Goonies never say die! Sloth: Hey, you guys!
  • 5. The Last Unicorn
    Schmendrick The Magician: We are not always what we seem, and hardley ever what we dream Old Age: What is plucked will grow again, What is slain lives on, What is stolen will remain -- What is gone is gone
  • 4. Pretty In Pink
    Duckie: I'm off like a dirty shirt Duckie: Do I offend? Duckie: We don't have none of this in the boys room. Wait a minute! We don't have none of this . . . we don't have doors on the stalls in the boys room, we don't have, what is this? What's this? We don't have a candy machine in the boys room!
  • 3. Labyrinth
    Jareth: I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I'll be your slave.
  • 2. Legand
    Lili: Are you afraid to kiss me Jack? Jack: I'm afraid you'll break my heart. Lili: Then still your heart. You're dear to me as life itself! Don't you wish this was our wedding ring? Jack: If I say "yes", will my wish come true? Lili: I'm a princess. It's my right to set a challenge for my suitors. I will marry whoever finds this ring! *Lili throws ring in a lake*
  • 1. Lost Boys
    David: How are those maggots? Michael: Huh? David: Maggots, Michael. You're eating maggots. How do they taste? *Michael spits out mouthful and drops chinese food carton* David: What, you don't like rice? Tell me Michael, how could a billion Chinese people be wrong? Grandpa: If you read the T.V guide, you don't need a T.V.
Honorable mentions: Dream A Little Dream, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Can't Buy Me Love, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Adventures In Babysitting ...
  • 10. The 'Burbs
    "We got the pizza dude coming!" I love that line, and that movie.
  • 9. Back to the Future
    It was a little confusing when I first saw it but I understand it now that I am older. It's a great movie!
  • 8. Gremlins
    I loved this movie ever since I was 3 years old. I'll never forget it! "Bright Light!"
  • 7. The Outsiders
    "Do it for Johnny!" The Outsiders is the best!
  • 6. License to Drive
    Another fantastic "Corey" movie. I love it!
  • 5. The Goonies
    "Hey Mikey!" This movie has inspired to name my son Mikey, whenever I have one.
  • 4. The Lost Boys
    Greatest vampire movie of all time!
  • 3. The Breakfast Club
    At first before i saw this movie i thought what's so exciting about kids in detention but when I watched it I loved it sooo much!
  • 2. Sixteen Candles
    I wish I could get an older guy to like me like she could.
  • 1. Stand By Me
    I love this movie so much, not only cause of Corey, But it's just an awesome movie "Gordie just screwed the pooch!"
I can't list all the great 80s movies I've seen, I also haven't seen that many that doesn't have Corey on it(even some other movies of his I havent seen) because I just started watching 80s stuff now because I was born in 89 so I was mostly raised on the movie "Wayne's World" from the 90s. There's a few 80s movies I saw when I was younger but now I am more interested in all of them. I can definetly name a lot of 80s shows I like.
By: Brandon
By: Joe Rags
By: kim
  • 10. Back to the Future
    I saw this in the movie theater no less than 5 times. I loved Marty McFly, his combination of courage and fear, a sort of low self esteem that was endearing. I liked the father/son relationship of Marty and Doc, his dysfunctional family in the beginning of the film.
  • 9. Mask
    Not the Jim Carrey monstrosity but the one with Cher. What can I say about this movie? If I could live life with half of Rocky Dennis' grace and courage, and Cher is perfect here as the troubled mother of a very extraordinary boy. This movie makes me cry to this day.
  • 8. E.T.
    Saw this one in the movie theater (this makes me feel old...people who can buy alcohol were not even born then, some of them) granted I was only 6. Anyway, I wept at the end of this movie, wept. Elliot is still one of my favorite movie characters...loved this movie.
  • 7. Promised Land
    Bought this DVD over the internet and paid $30, saw it recently in the store for $9.99. But it was worth it, this movie stars Keifer Sutherland in the nice guy role of Danny "The Senator" and it is a wonderful study of post~college/high school broken dreams and broken lives. It ends in my favorite movie fashion (as the Outsides did) with the hero dying tragically.
  • 6. Terminator
    "I'm at Club Noir," This movie is a classic, so dark and violent. If you are impregnated by your son's time traveling best friend, you know trouble is ahead.
  • 5. National Lampoon's Vacation
    Chevy Chase's over the top comedy is perfect here, and the journey from Chicago to "Wally World" is one you shouldn't miss.
  • 4. The Shining
    This is the movie that keeps on giving. There is just so much to discover, you need to watch this one several times. Jack Nicholson is perfect. There is a scene in this movie that I watched once (I first saw it 16 years ago) and to this day I have to close my eyes during it. Kubrick is a god.
  • 3. The Lost Boys
    I saw this at 13 and probably took it a little more seriously than it was meant but loved it, Keifer Sutherland as David, his quiet presence, awesome. For many years I wanted to be Star.
  • 2. The Karate Kid
    I saw this movie when I was 10 because Ralph Macchio (Johnny Cade) was in it. But this movie was fabulous, it had comedy(what kind of a belt do you have? JC Penney's, $3.98. You like?) It had the very real emotion of being bullied (when Daniel throws his bike in the that scene) and it had the underdog winning in the end. Great.
  • 1. The Outsiders
    I saw this movie when I was 9 and it was amazing. Johnny Cade is the most wonderful character. He kills someone, saves little kids, and dies a tragic hero, does it get any better?

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