80's Best movies

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1. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.8
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60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 196,968 | Gross: $61.50M

2. Big Business (1988)

PG | 97 min | Comedy

6.3
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In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann

Votes: 9,813 | Gross: $40.15M

3. Coming to America (1988)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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47 Metascore

An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, Garcelle Beauvais, Feather

Votes: 132,241 | Gross: $128.15M

4. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 103,984 | Gross: $12.73M

5. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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45 Metascore

A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp

Votes: 31,280 | Gross: $34.37M

6. Footloose (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.5
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42 Metascore

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 57,895 | Gross: $80.04M

7. Cocktail (1988)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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12 Metascore

A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes

Votes: 66,595 | Gross: $78.22M

8. Mannequin (1987)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

5.8
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A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life.

Director: Michael Gottlieb | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty, James Spader

Votes: 24,846 | Gross: $42.72M

9. Beaches (1988)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.8
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A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray

Votes: 19,844 | Gross: $57.04M

10. Loverboy (1989)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy

5.9
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College sophomore Randy Bodek is unfocused. The only thing he knows is that he loves his roommate, Jenny Gordon, who feels unappreciated as other things in his life seem to take precedence ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Robert Ginty, Nancy Valen

Votes: 6,000 | Gross: $3.96M

11. License to Drive (1988)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy

6.3
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36 Metascore

A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Carol Kane, Richard Masur

Votes: 15,183 | Gross: $22.43M

12. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.3
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63 Metascore

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland

Votes: 118,290 | Gross: $130.72M

13. Uncle Buck (1989)

PG | 100 min | Comedy

7.0
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51 Metascore

Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann

Votes: 69,007 | Gross: $66.76M

14. Tough Guys (1986)

PG | 104 min | Comedy

6.2
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Two elderly gangsters are released from prison only to find they have trouble fitting in as old men who still take no guff from anyone.

Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning, Alexis Smith

Votes: 5,626 | Gross: $21.46M

15. Howard the Duck (1986)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.6
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28 Metascore

A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.

Director: Willard Huyck | Stars: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale

Votes: 36,468 | Gross: $16.30M

16. Big (1988)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
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73 Metascore

After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

Votes: 165,635 | Gross: $114.97M

17. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 40,591 | Gross: $46.91M

18. Three Fugitives (1989)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy

6.1
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A reformed bank robber is taken hostage by a desperate man during a bank hold up, but is forced to go on the run with his captor when they're both mistakenly thought to be in cahoots.

Director: Francis Veber | Stars: Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Sarah Rowland Doroff, James Earl Jones

Votes: 9,295 | Gross: $40.59M

19. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 39,112 | Gross: $14.57M

20. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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38 Metascore

Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist

Votes: 71,803 | Gross: $57.47M

21. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.9
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91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 309,490 | Gross: $435.11M

22. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 112,661 | Gross: $19.29M

23. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.0
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Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Metter | Stars: Biff Yeager, Kristi Somers, Richard Blade, Ian Michael Giatti

Votes: 8,433 | Gross: $6.33M

24. The 'Burbs (1989)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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44 Metascore

An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Votes: 56,486 | Gross: $36.60M

25. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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70 Metascore

When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 210,550 | Gross: $73.71M

26. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

7.8
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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 267,514 | Gross: $70.14M

27. Flashdance (1983)

R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.1
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39 Metascore

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson

Votes: 39,053 | Gross: $94.90M

28. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 167,869 | Gross: $25.50M

29. Child's Play (1988)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif

Votes: 69,327 | Gross: $33.24M

30. Splash (1984)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.2
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71 Metascore

A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy

Votes: 59,076 | Gross: $62.10M

31. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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43 Metascore

Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur

Votes: 33,309 | Gross: $17.77M

32. Cameron's Closet (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.9
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A father who experiments with his sons psychokinetic powers, is unaware that these experiments release a demon from hell, which lives in his sons closet, preparing to take over the young boys soul.

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Cotter Smith, Mel Harris, Scott Curtis, Chuck McCann

Votes: 710 | Gross: $0.14M

33. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.3
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63 Metascore

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland

Votes: 118,290 | Gross: $130.72M

34. Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family

5.5
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Ernest, a lovable loser who works as a summer camp handyman and dreams of becoming a guidance councilor, must find a way to inspire a group of juvenile delinquents as well as stop a shady strip mining company from closing the camp.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Victoria Racimo, John Vernon, Iron Eyes Cody

Votes: 9,608 | Gross: $23.51M

35. Willow (1988)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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47 Metascore

A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh

Votes: 86,845 | Gross: $57.27M

36. The 'Burbs (1989)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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44 Metascore

An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Votes: 56,486 | Gross: $36.60M

37. Shocker (1989)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

5.4
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After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Michael Murphy, Mitch Pileggi, John Tesh, Heather Langenkamp

Votes: 12,322 | Gross: $16.55M

38. Spaceballs (1987)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.1
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46 Metascore

Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

Votes: 148,202 | Gross: $38.12M

39. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 691,229 | Gross: $44.02M

40. Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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82 Metascore

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards

Votes: 38,248 | Gross: $100.05M

41. Overboard (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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53 Metascore

A cruel and beautiful heiress mocks and cheats over a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia, he decides to introduce her to working-class life by convincing her they're husband and wife.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 40,999 | Gross: $26.71M

42. The Wizard (1989)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.0
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A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship.

Director: Todd Holland | Stars: Fred Savage, Luke Edwards, Jenny Lewis, Vince Trankina

Votes: 11,395 | Gross: $14.28M