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. Seems Like Old Times 1980
- 9. First Blood 1987
- 8. Predator 1987
- 7. Police Academy 1984
- 6. Die Hard 1984
- 5. Back to The Future 1985
- 4. The Breakfast Club 1985
- 3. Gremlins 1984
- 2. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 1982
- 1. The Karate Kid 1984
- 10. Batman (1988)
This was a great movie. Saw it in theaters on my eighth birthday.
- 9. Maximum Overdrive
This is the funnest movie. It's rediculous, but awesome.
- 8. Pet Sematary
I don't wanna get buried, in a Pet Sematary... Don't wanna live my life again.....
- 7. 48 Hours
- 6. 18 again
Because it's good. And everyone forgets it...
- 5. Stand By Me
Why wasn't this mentioned more?
- 4. The Thing
Even More John Carpenter and Curt Russell
- 3. Escape From New York
More John Carpenter and Kurt Russell
- 2. The Running Man
SciFi written by Stephen King
- 1. Big Trouble In Little China
This is the Best Movie Ever.
These are not my top ten. Well, # 1 thru 4 are, but for the rest I tried to pick movies that nobody else mentioned.
- 10. Nightmare On Elm Street.
still the best!
- 9. Rad
- 8. It
- 7. E.T.
sci fi at its best.
- 6. Strangers In Paradise.
- 5. Karate Kid
- 4. The Dead Zone
- 3. Batman
- 2. The Sure Thing
- 1. Something Wild
the best! a masterpiece!
These films are my pets.
- 10. Pet Sematary
The Ramones song from the ending credits is clutch.
- 9. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
- 8. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Freddy was the best
- 7. Christine
One of the best soundtracks to date. Thank you John Carpenter.
- 6. Fright Night
You're so cool Bruster
- 5. House
An 80's must see.
- 4. The Lost Boys
One thing I never could stomach about Santa Carla, all the damn vampires.
- 3. Evil Dead 2
"Someone's in my fruit cellar..."
- 2. Creepshow
Stephen King and George Romero at their best.
- 1. The Shining
Hollywood doesn't have the guts to make a movie like this anymore.
Top 10 80's Horror, honorable mention: Motel Hell, Monster Squad, My Best Friend is a Vampire, Pumpkinhead, Cujo
- 10. My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Hayao Miyazaki)
- 9. Christine (1987, Alan Clarke)
- 8. The Green Ray (1986, Eric Rohmer)
- 7. Dust in the Wind (1986, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
- 6. Love Streams (1984, John Cassavetes)
- 5. Sans soleil (1983, Chris Marker)
- 4. Risky Business (1983, Paul Brickman)
- 3. L'argent (1983, Robert Bresson)
- 2. À nos amours (1983, Maurice Pialat)
- 1. Grownsups (1980, Mike Leigh)
(list is chronological)
- 10. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
- 9. Big
Tom Hanks was just adorable in the whole film. I loved it.
- 8. Honey I shrunk the Kids
I loved this movie as i was a kid. Great movie.
- 7. Adventures In Babysitting
heard they were doing a remake with miley curs- its going to be horrible
- 6. Empire Strikes Back
- 5. Return Of The Jedi
my favorite star wars film yet.
- 4. Ferris Buellers Day Off
You have to take a day off and watch this movie. Its the best!!
- 3. Breakfast Club
THE ULTIMATE HIGH SCHOOL MOVIE!!!
- 2. The Goonies
This is one of the greatest 80's films i have ever seen, with Cyndi Laupers Good Enuf theme song.
- 1. Back To The Future
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! I've always wanted a silver DeLorean.
THE 80'S WERE THE BEST!!!
- 10. The Goonies
"Brand, what happened to your braces?"
- 9. Stand By Me
"I never had friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Does anyone?"
- 8. Sixteen Candles
I love it when Jenny takes too many muscle relaxers the day of her wedding!
- 7. Adventures In Babysitting
Gotta love Babysitting Blues!
- 6. Don't Tell Mom, the Babysitter's Dead
"The dishes are done, man!"
- 5. The Allnighter
"Is somebody gonna get that?" "I'm Somebody!"
- 4. Mannequin
"Cram it clown!"
- 3. Can't Buy Me Love
"It's the African Anteater Ritual!"
- 2. Footloose
"He don't know iz right foot from iz left foot."
- 1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
"I wasn't sure if you'd recognize me without the blueberry pie in my hair"
These aren't necessarily in perfect order and are by no means all of my favorites, just a few off the top of my head that I watched over and over and over again and still watch when I get a chance.
- 10. Predator
You're one... *ugly* motherf#$%er!
- 9. Ghostbusters
Don't cross the streams.
- 8. Scareface
Say hello to my little friend!
- 7. Caddyshack
In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher'.
- 6. Clue
Men should be like Kleenex... Soft, Strong, and Disposable.
- 5. Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
I hate snakes, Jock. I hate 'em.
- 4. The Goonies
- 3. The Breakfast Club
Well I'm free the Saturday after that. Beyond that, I'm going to have to check my calendar.
- 2. Ferris Beuller's Day Off
- 1. Empire Strikes Back
I am your father Luke!
There's probably about 10 more that I can put in my list, to many to name and I am sure I am forgetting others! These were all great!
- 10. Reckless
Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah had great performances in this largely forgotten movie.
- 9. Better Off Dead
This movie is one of the funniest 80s movies, full of lots of memorable lines: "I want my two dollars!"
- 8. Sixteen Candles
Anthony Michael Hall steals the show as one of John Hughes' many unforgettable characters.
- 7. Weird Science
John Hughes was the master story teller. This movie never ceases to be hilarious!
- 6. Say Anything
John Cusack was so believable playing Lloyd Dobler, an everyman that goes out and gets that unobtainable girl. Even still, the boombox scene lives on!
- 5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
We all wanted to have our own "day off" after seeing this movie!
- 4. Footloose
Along with Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this movie was a time capsule for 80s culture. Best soundtrack of the 80s!
- 3. Back To The Future
The whole trilogy was great with such attention to detail! The first one is still the best though.
- 2. The Breakfast Club
What a cast! This movie is a classic for any era. Probably the most quotable movie ever. The casting was outstanding as Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy meshed together so well that you almost forget they're acting!
- 1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The fashions, music, and characters were the best depiction of 80s culture. Add to that early performances from Sean Penn, Nicholas Cage, Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anthony Edwards, and Eric Stoltz. An absolute classic!
After looking at my list, they're all focused on teenage culture. I was a teenager back then, so I guess they all did a good job with hitting their target audience! LOL!
- 10. Clock & Dagger 1984
Henry Thomas and Dabney Coleman team up to stop some bad guys.
- 9. Starman 1984
Jeff Bridges as a visitor from the stars
- 8. They Live 1988
Roddy Pipper puts the smack down on some aliens
- 7. Explorers 1985
Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix head to outerspace
- 6. House II 1987
Movie makes me laugh everytime, plus a young Bill Maher is a treat
- 5. Iron Eagle 1986
Forget the sequels ever happened
- 4. Three O'clock High 1987
Nerd vs Bully is always a winning combo
- 3. The Park is Mine 1986
Tommy Lee Jones takes over central park to make everyone remember the Vietnam War.
- 2. Solarbabies 1986
Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas and Jason Patric and a magic ball, what else do you need?
- 1. Hiding Out 1987
Classic Jon Cryer in a starring role
So these are my favorites that alot of people forget about because of big name popular movies drown them out.
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