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: Jason Lundgren
  • 10. Trading Places
    The funniest Eddie Murphy movie of the '80s and the funniest Dan Ackroyd movie of all-time!
  • 9. Platoon
    Best war movie of all-time!
  • 8. Batman
    The best comic book movie of the '80s!
  • 7. This is Spinal Tap
    The greatest mockumentary of all-time! The greatest rock movie of the '80s
  • 6. Field of Dreams
    The greatest sports movie of the '80s!
  • 5. The Terminator
    Arnold Scwartenegger's finest hour! The best movie line from the '80s: "I'll be back!"
  • 4. The Empire Strikes Back
    The best Star Wars flick of all-time and the best Sci-Fi movie of the '80s!
  • 3. Rain Man
    The best two man flick of the '80s!
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    The best John Hughes movie of all-time! The best teen movie of the '80s!
  • 1. Stand By Me
    The best movie of the '80s!
By: Chris
All of these movies are of my personal favorite 80's movies, others' my differ.
By: Bret
80s movies ROCK!!!
By: Pepp
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By: David Wilt
  • 10. Critters
    Before there was Killer Klowns From Outer Space there was killer furballs from outer space
  • 9. The Fly
    another remake of an old classic horror film with Jeff Goldblum and Gena Davis.
  • 8. Fright Night
    The Best vampire movie before there was The Lost Boys.
  • 7. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Whatever you do don't fall asleep. Freddy is still the best horror monster ever.
  • 6. Friday The 13th
    Jason is still the best horror villian of the 80s.
  • 5. The Lost Boys
    The best vampire movie I've seen in the 80s.
  • 4. Videodrome
    This movie gives a good reason of why television can be bad.
  • 3. The Thing
    John Carpenter did an excellent of Job of recreating this classic masterpiece.
  • 2. Gremlins
    make sure that you don't feed these guys after midnight
  • 1. Motel Hell
    It really does take all kinds of jitters to make farmer vincent critters
here are some other 80's horror movies that I like, Once Bitten, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Shocker, The Serpent and the rainbow, and Sleepaway Camp.
By: Barb
Anything Rob Lowe or John Hughes
By: Anne Browning
  • 10. Heathers
    Who doesn't like Christian Slater's rendition of Jack Nicholson?!! The best teenage DARK comedy EVER!
  • 9. Dirty Dancing
    I just love this movie... I saw it 5 times in 1987 and 1988 and it was my husband and I's first date!
  • 8. Hiding Out
    Duckie returns... Only this time as a stockbroker. This is a great movie no one ever talks about!
  • 7. Sixteen Candles and Pretty In Pink : TIE!
    We looked to Molly for the fashions; we understood her as well!
  • 6. When Harry Met Sally
    Wow! What an orgasm! Boy, haven't we fooled men!
  • 5. Better Off Dead / Say Anything... TIE
    Anything with John Crusak!
  • 4. The Princess Bride
    Early Cary Ewes and Robin Wright; the best romance movie EVER!
  • 3. Red Dawn
    I still look for a get out of the school area when I think about communists storming my school!
  • 2. Fast Times At Ridemont High
    An abortion; teenage relationships; pot heads; surfer dudes; Now that I am a teacher, I see these wacky kids still!
  • 1. Mystic Pizza
    Vintage Julia Roberts; best story ever! It was our slumber party favorite!
Ferris Buller still makes me smile; I also LOVED Weird Science!
By: Grace
  • 10. Shock Treatment
    Surprisingly awesome...yes, it is a musical...
  • 9. Dirty Dancing
    Patrick Swayze...he's so dreamy!
  • 8. A Christmas Story
    I can't understand why so many people I know dislike it! The funniest Christmas movie, and maybe movie period, of all-time.
  • 7. The Princess Bride
    Not only is it hilarious, Christopher Guest is in it!
  • 6. The Blues Brothers
    I could watch this movie over and over. I own the soundtrack on both a record and on CD.
  • 5. Little Shop of Horrors
    Once again, a musical...I love musicals!
  • 4. Clue
    I am officially Tim Curry's biggest fan, so this counts.
  • 3. Amadeus
    I can't watch this movie without breaking down, it's so beautiful.
  • 2. Labyrinth
    David Bowie in tights..."Dance Magic Dance"...everything about it is great!
  • 1. Spinal Tap
    The funniest movie of all time...Christopher Guest is my hero.
Movies I had no room for: The 'Burbs, E.T., Weird Science, When Harry Met Sally, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pretty in Pink, The Neverending Story (I love the big "puppy," or dragon), and A Fish Called Wanda.
By: Lenny
By: Steven Littleton
  • 10. The Lost Boys
    The eighties had a certain appeal to me since I did not turn 10 until 1988 and one thing that features prominently in my list is the focus of kids in movies. This was certainly the decade for kid empowerment, not just the focus on kids to brainwash them with multi-culturalism that we have today, kids were the heroes in the eighties and firmly in control of their own destinies!
  • 9. Rocky IV
    This movie symbolized, to me, the Cold War. Everything a 10 year old kid needed to know about Communism in the 1980's could be located in this movie. Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!
  • 8. Girls Just Want to Have Fun
    I put this movie on my list for my sister, who rented it more times than I could count. I guess that even though it is a 'girl's movie' it still affected the way I viewed the eighties, especially the songs and the clothing. I still remember Cyndi Lauper's voice when I think of the eighties, if not from this movie than when she added her voice to the soundtrack for the Goonies.
  • 7. The Boy Who Could Fly
    I don't think I saw this movie on anyone else's list, but it certainly should be! A young Fred Savage getting even with the bully that broke up his plastic three-wheeler by shooting him in the mouth with a watergun filled not with water but with piss! This movie also taught me that the social services people were evil for wanting to lock up a boy whose only crime was flying...come to think of it, it would be alot worse today with the Patriot Act, he would be accused of inspiring fear among people and lableled a terrorist! See, things were simpler in the eighties!
  • 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    This movie had it all: a John Hughes production, for starters, fast car, hot girl, loyal friend, parental and sibling tension, and a self-confident guy that we all wanted to emulate. I still remember being amazed at Ferris' computer! How far we have come since those days!
  • 5. Sixteen Candles
    Let's hear it for John Hughes! He is the master of the teen flick genre. This movie had great characters, a hot red head who gives her panties to a geeky kid, and a very funny asian boy who loses granpa's car.
  • 4. Stand By Me
    I imagine quite alot of words have been spent describing how this movie makes people feel; to me it is like the best summer of your childhood, perhaps the summer when you realize that you are growing up and you are stuck in two worlds: between childhood and adolesence, able to be carefree one minute and deeply troubled by reallife problems the next. It is the most valuable time of your life.
  • 3. Back to the Future
    I absolutely love this movie, probably because I have some great movies of going to the video store (back then the video store was usually in a grocery store) buying popcorn and pepsi in glass bottles and watching this movie during the long days of summer. Those were the richest summer days I can remember.
  • 2. The Goonies
  • 1. The Breakfast Club
    I didn't see this movie until the late 1980's but when I did I knew it was something special. I remember being scared of Judd Nelson's character, he looked so different from the people in my small hometown. What makes this movie so special are the characters and the theme, communication. Quite possibly the most interesting theme to explore, just look at what Pink Floyd did with this theme.
Alf, Punky Brewster, the Littles, GI Joe dolls, He-man, Thundercats, Transformers, Go-Bots, The A-Team, Nintendo, Break dancing, Yugo cars, Smurfs, Mr. Belvedeere, Dukes of Hazard...Daisy Duke...mmmmm...Daisy Duke.
By: John
  • 10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    1986 - Matthew Broderick - Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris' trail at every turn is high school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch Bueller in the act of class-cutting.
  • 9. The Terminator
    1984 - Arnold Schwarzenegger - plays a cyborg from the future who is sent back through time to murder a woman who's unborn son leads the 21st-century rebels against tyrannical machines.
  • 8. Children of the Corn
    1984 - Peter Horton and Linda Hamliton starr in this horror film about a couple who get trapped in a smalltown of corn fields that only children run.
  • 7. Breakfast Club
    1985 - Emilio Estevez - Five teens go into a Saturday Detention as five strangers, but when the day is over, they come out as close friends.
  • 6. Cobra
    1986 - Stallone is back as Marion Cobretti - a cop who protects. Again John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band provide the them song "Voice of America's Sons" for the soundtrack.
  • 5. Rocky IV
    1985 - Sylvester Stallone starrs as Rocky himself facing the toughest Russian Drago. John Cafferty supplies the theme song "Hearts on Fire" for the soundtrack.
  • 4. Streets of Fire
    1984 - Michael Pare and Diane Lane starr in this Rock Musical/Action movie about a singer (Diane Lane) who's kidnapped and her ex boyfriend (Pare) has to find her so she can make it to the bigs.
  • 3. The Money Pit
    1986 - Tom Hanks in this hilarious comedy about a couple who by a huge house thinking it just needs small repairs, but the whole thing really needs to be refurnished.
  • 2. Bachelor Party
    1984 - Tom Hanks in this sexual comedy about a man who's friends reunite to throw him the most wildest bachelor party ever without his wife to be knowing.
  • 1. Eddie and the Cruisers
    1983 - In 1964' Eddie Wilson drives his car of a bridge. His body never found. Why? About a rockstar who drives his car of bridge and years later issues of the band and Eddie Wilson popup. Starring Tom Berenger and Michael Pare as Eddie Wilson
By: Kayla
By: Kayla N.
  • 10. Stand By Me
    This was the movie you watched with your friends
  • 9. Valley Girl
    the lingo still exists in a different form
  • 8. Clue
    Hilarious! This movie is so much better than the boardgame...
  • 7. Sixteen Candles
    Awesome Movie! forgotten and alone on her birthday...
  • 6. Risky Business
    This Movie had tom cruise in it AND it was funny
  • 5. Field Of Dreams
    This was a really awesome baseball movie...
  • 4. Footloose
    They finally let the kids dance in the end!
  • 3. Dirty Dancing
    "Nobody puts baby in the corner"
  • 2. Flashdance
    Even if it was a little unrealistic, and it was'nt even Jennifer Beals dancing, it was still a great movie
  • 1. Fame
    This was a really great dance movie...Loved It
By: Jamie McBain

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