Best ’80s Movies

The ’80s was a great decade for movies. With classic after classic pumping out we’re looking back on our favourites. Here are our picks for the best ’80s movies.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Watching this film now, you realise that it is actually quite funny but as a young child (who definitely shouldn’t have been watching it), it was utterly terrifying.

The Lost Boys (1987)

A cult classic that really needs to be seen. This movie shaped a load of other areas of pop culture too which shows just how popular it is.

Trading Places (1983)

A true classic, this film, among others around the same time helped springboard Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd to fame.

Gremlins (1984)

Who doesn’t love this film? A Christmas staple in homes everywhere and the reason a lot of pets are now called “Gizmo”.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Arguable one of the most famous horror movies of all time, Friday the 13th paved the way for modern horror.

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The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead has such a reputation that I didn’t even get around to watching in until around 30 years after it’s release. The over-the-top gore is almost comical today.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

A feel-good frolic that still definitely worth re-visiting in over 30 years later. If you haven’t seen this film, watch it.

Labyrinth (1986)

A fantastically unusual coming-of-age tale about a sister’s journey to save her little brother. Well worth a watch if you’ve not seen it.

Platoon (1986)

It’s strange seeing Charlie Sheen in a role like this but with an all-star cast including Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp and loads more, this is a movie you can watch over and over again.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Of course an Indiana Jokes film made this list. The original (and arguably greatest) in the franchise is possibly one of the best movies ever made. (Yeah, we said it…)

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The Terminator (1984)

Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the height of his Hollywood career in the early ’80s and this film sent his fame skyrocketing.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Another ’80s horror classic that helped bring horror to the mainstream and pave the way for the genre.

Die Hard (1988)

There’s no question that Die Hard is one of the most beloved movies from the 1980s. What is in question thought is if it’s a Christmas movie or not…

The Karate Kid (1984)

The movie responsible for numerous hospitalisations as siblings practiced their untrained karate skills on each other. Memories…

Ghostbusters (1984)

Who doesn’t love Ghostbusters? With one of the most recognisable theme songs and a load of great actors, this will always be remembered as one of the greats.

Top Gun (1986)

This movie would have made the list just for the soundtrack. Luckily, there’s a fantastic film to back it up. A must watch for cinema-lovers.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

An emotional family classic. If you haven’t seen this movie, stop what you are doing right now, sit down and watch it. Seriously, go now…

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

We could talk about how this movie is all about making every day count and living life to the fullest but actually, it’s just a funny, feel-good film that everyone should see.

The Shining (1980)

The Shining has been imitated, parodied and referenced throughout pop culture. The Simpsons famously based a Tree House of Horror episode on the movie. Thirty Seconds To Mars’ video for “The Kill” was also set in the Overlook Hotel. That should tell you all you need to know.

Back to the Future (1985)

If you’ve not seen this movie, where have you been? It was the highest-grossing movie of the year in 1985 and led to one of the most successful franchises of all time.

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

If you didn’t watch The Breakfast Club in your early teens you missed out. Addressing themes of alienation and angst, this touching movie teaches you not to judge a gook by its cover.

We’re sure there will be a lot of differing opinions here. Let us know what we missed in the comments below.

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