Top 80s Movies

The best 80s movies I've seen so far...
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1.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
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Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
2.
Ordinary People (1980)
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The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
3.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
4.
Batman (1989)
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The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
5.
The Karate Kid (1984)
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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
“ Behind all the adolescent angst and sentimentality and dire soundtrack there is a rich eastern philosophy to soak up here (inc. practical advice like how to breathe properly and the importance of that than most so called yoga bollocks classes can boast [not that I've been to any of those classes]). How to cope not just if you're bullied at school but with life in general.

One of the most uplifting popular films that I often return to. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
6.
Running on Empty (1988)
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The eldest son of a fugitive family comes of age and wants to live a life of his own. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Great stuff. Judd Hirsch exceptional as ever and River Phoenix at his best.

Also brilliant story, writing etc.

Watch it. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
7.
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Faiman
“ I've watched this god knows how many times and I still love it. Why it has such a poor rating I just don't understand. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
8.
Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
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Australian outback expert protects his New York love from gangsters who've followed her down under. (108 mins.)
Director: John Cornell
“ This has an even lower rating that the first Dundee instalment, which is strange, because this is just as good as the first. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
9.
Top Gun (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (110 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Macho is the definition of 'Top Gun' -and I feel so guilty admitting that I really enjoyed this film because I KNOW it's cliche heaven. On the other hand, the 80s soundtrack rocks, the flying action sequences are exciting, and the colourful (if utterly superficial) relationships make for engaging viewing. Why not?

...I still feel guilty though. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
10.
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
11.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
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A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills. (105 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ Fun, stylish, and such a great soundtrack. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
12.
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it. (100 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Just as good as the first, this time with Tony Scott golden hour/smoky visuals. also the soundtrack is just as perfect. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
13.
Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Great film. Not surprising it won a ton of oscars, and even less surprising one of them was for best music.

If you can get past Mozart's American accent then you'll probably love it. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
14.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
 
15.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
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When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first. (127 mins.)
“ Excellent adventure film. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
16.
Octopussy (1983)
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A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
 
17.
A View to a Kill (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
 
18.
On Golden Pond (1981)
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
“ Stunning acting and cinematography. Slow-moving story which I found difficult to get into in the first half, but really enjoyed by the second. Definitely a film I'd like to watch again. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
19.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
“ Epic Spielberg (has he not done an epic!?) -and probably one of his best. It's quite hard hitting, not because of graphic violence, but due to the desperateness of the characters, who have to try and survive physically, psychologically, and ethically in a war situation.

It is told from the perspective of a young English boy, acted by Christian Bale (i.e The Dark Knight), and is, frankly, an exceptional performance. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
20.
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. (110 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Watch this if you're an unemployed graduate. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
21.
Withnail & I (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
“ British drug classic, which is in parts... hilarious, with eccentric, washed-out characters...but also quite dark, and just... strange.

Definitely see this one. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
22.
Heaven Help Us (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Dinner
 
23.
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
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Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them. (120 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
“ Amusing, light-hearted comedy. Recommended for one of those evenings when you need your spirits lifted. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
24.
Risky Business (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. (99 mins.)
Director: Paul Brickman
 
25.
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
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Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own. (113 mins.)
 
26.
Rain Man (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Not as great as I had hoped, but a must see. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
27.
Maurice (1987)
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After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
28.
Days of Thunder (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ This counts as 80s. Basically Top Gun on wheels. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
29.
Less Than Zero (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit. (98 mins.)
Director: Marek Kanievska
“ Hard hitting (adapted from novel written by Bret Easton Ellis, who also wrote 'American Psycho'), but good film. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
30.
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife. (107 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
“ About a writer who has a coke habit spinning out of control as he deals with issues....engrossing plot that doesn't reveal the heart of the problem until the end. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
31.
Flashdance (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. (95 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
32.
Superman II (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
33.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
34.
The Outsiders (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. (91 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
35.
Lucas (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other. (100 mins.)
Director: David Seltzer
 
36.
The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1962, a prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl... (103 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
 
37.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ Overrated. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
38.
Police Story (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop. (101 mins.)
“ Good to see a foreign cop film instead of usual Hollywood. Lots of laughs, typical Chan charisma, and amazing stunts. Also interesting to glimpse bits of Hong Kong.

Unfortunately there are some definite weak moments where the dialogue is corny and the story doesn't quite work. The protagonist's actions at the end of the film are out of character, and the ultimate punch-up feels a bit forced. On the other hand, it's quite fun so if you just want some light entertainment then this is ok to watch. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
39.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. (127 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ Watchable. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
40.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace. (118 mins.)
 
41.
The Sure Thing (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally... (100 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Not bad. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
42.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
43.
TRON (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program. (96 mins.)
“ Worth a watch. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
44.
Cocktail (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love. (104 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
45.
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate. (109 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Spielberg's interpretation of the young Sherlock Holmes is ambitious, and quite compelling, but in the end it feels more like Indiana Jones with a magnifying glass than a true Conan Doyle Holmes. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
46.
The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies. (114 mins.)
Director: Nick Castle
 
47.
Uncle Buck (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister. (100 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ A few amusing moments, but pretty obvious and, apart from the main actor, pretty wooden acting. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
48.
The Living Daylights (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov. (130 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ A poor Bond film, but with some fun moments and a good theme song. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
49.
The Lost Boys (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ I liked the soundtrack, but otherwise I think this is terribly overrated. Dreadful acting and poor plotting. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
50.
My Bodyguard (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard. (96 mins.)
Director: Tony Bill
“ Rubbish soundtrack, slow to get started, often dull, but ok. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
51.
Frantic (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Well it isn't that frantic. I kept hoping it was going to be but it just trundled along boringly until the end. I'm racking my brain for 'high points' but to be honest there weren't any, except I suppose seeing snapshots of Paris in the 1980s and how, interestingly, more 60s everything still looked (night clubs and how young people dressed being the major exception here).
Do yourself a favour and skip this bore-fest and find a better Harrison Ford movie. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
52.
Crossroads (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born. (99 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Mildy diverting. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
53.
48 Hrs. (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer. (96 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ OK. Depressing that people have to shout and swear at each other all the time. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
54.
The Last Emperor (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the final Emperor of China. (163 mins.)
“ it's supposedly a classic, but I thought it was often bloody boring. I must be missing something. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
55.
All the Right Moves (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Chapman
“ Predictable. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
56.
Class (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young man in private school spends one crazy night out, but soon realizes the woman he hooked up with is not who he expected. (98 mins.)
“ Generally crap. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
57.
Flash Gordon (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ I remember watching about half an hour of this years ago and thinking it was...pretty bad, but it gets an honourable mention because of its great theme song by Queen. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
58.
License to Drive (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test. (88 mins.)
Director: Greg Beeman
“ Not great. I couldn't make it past the first 15 minutes. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
59.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ Another supposed classic - rubbish. ” - Batmans_girlfriend