My Favorite Movies from the 80s

Thank you for all the views!!! If a movie isn't on here, it's because either I didn't see it, didn't want to see it, or just didn't like it. Any suggestions are welcome. These are movies I have in my collection and definitely would watch again and again.
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1.
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
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Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. (124 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
2.
Friday the 13th (1980)
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A group of camp counselors is stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning. (95 mins.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Superman II (1980)
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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
 
5.
Urban Cowboy (1980)
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Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar. (132 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
 
6.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
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Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason, who did not really drown in the lake some 30 years before? (87 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
7.
Mommie Dearest (1981)
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Mommie Dearest, best-selling memoir turned motion picture, depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
 
8.
Polyester (1981)
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A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet. (86 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
9.
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
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A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend. (124 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
10.
Poltergeist (1982)
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A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
11.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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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. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
12.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
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
 
14.
A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)
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An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. (100 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
 
15.
Gremlins (1984)
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A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
16.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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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. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
17.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
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A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
18.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
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A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
19.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
20.
The Color Purple (1985)
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A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse from her father and others over 40 years. (154 mins.)
 
21.
The Golden Girls (1985 TV Series)
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Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. (30 mins.)
 
22.
Heaven Help Us (1985)
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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.
Mask (1985)
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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. (120 mins.)
 
24.
North and South (1985 Mini-Series)
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Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War. (561 mins.)
 
25.
Sweet Dreams (1985)
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Jessica Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame. (115 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
26.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
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A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. (94 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
27.
North and South, Book II (1986 Mini-Series)
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The story of two friends and their families on opposite sides of the American Civil War. (570 mins.)
 
28.
The Parent Trap II (1986 TV Movie)
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Two best friends plot to get their single parents together to stop one of them from moving to New York. (81 mins.)
 
29.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
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A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. (96 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
 
30.
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
 
31.
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
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A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend. (94 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
 
32.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
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Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
 
33.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
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A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (119 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
34.
Flowers in the Attic (1987)
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Children are hidden away in the attic by their conspiring mother and grandmother. (93 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Bloom
 
35.
La Bamba (1987)
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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (108 mins.)
Director: Luis Valdez
 
36.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
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Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back. (96 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
37.
Overboard (1987)
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A cruel but beautiful heiress screws over a hired carpenter, who later is the first one to find her when she gets amnesia. Looking for a little revenge he convinces her that she's his wife. (106 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
 
38.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
39.
The Stepfather (1987)
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After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
40.
American Gothic (1988)
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On a lonely island in the Pacific Northwest, a group of travelers find themselves targeted by a crazed, homicidal family. (90 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
41.
Beaches (1988)
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A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years. (123 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
 
42.
The Blob (1988)
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A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (95 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
43.
Child's Play (1988)
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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. (87 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
 
44.
Coming to America (1988)
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An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
45.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
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A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
46.
For Keeps? (1988)
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After she gets pregnant, a teenage girl must decide whether she should keep the baby or not. (90 mins.)
 
47.
The Great Outdoors (1988)
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A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
 
48.
Heathers (1988)
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In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
 
49.
The Kiss (1988)
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When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off... (101 mins.)
Director: Pen Densham
 
50.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
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Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic. (104 mins.)
Director: Donald Petrie
 
51.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
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Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good. (93 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
 
52.
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
 
53.
The Wonder Years (1988 TV Series)
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Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting. (22 mins.)
 
54.
Babycakes (1989 TV Movie)
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Grace, an overweight girl, spends her Christmas trying to start up a romance with a guy who controls the subway she boards for work each day. (100 mins.)
Director: Paul Schneider
 
55.
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
 
56.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
57.
I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989 TV Series)
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The harrowing true account of Steven Staynor, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970's. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home. (180 mins.)
Director: Larry Elikann
 
58.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
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A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
 
59.
Loverboy (1989)
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College sophomore Randy Bodek is unfocused. The only thing he knows is that he loves his roommate, Jenny Gordon... (98 mins.)
 
60.
Parenthood (1989)
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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. (124 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
61.
Pet Sematary (1989)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Lambert
 
62.
Saved by the Bell (1989 TV Series)
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A TV show centered on six students and their years at Bayside High School in Palisades, California. (30 mins.)
 
63.
She-Devil (1989)
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A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist. (99 mins.)
Director: Susan Seidelman
 
64.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
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A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold. (117 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
65.
Stepfather II (1989)
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After escaping the insane asylum in which he was incarcerated, the Stepfather impersonates a marriage counselor and manages to win over a patient and her young son. (93 mins.)
Director: Jeff Burr
 
66.
Teen Witch (1989)
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High school misfit Louise, at a loss for romance, discovers magical abilities, but the teenage witch finds that she cannot conjure herself true love, so what? (90 mins.)
Director: Dorian Walker
 
67.
Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
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As Phyllis, a Beverly Hills housewife, is in the middle of a divorce, she tries to find focus in her... (105 mins.)
Director: Jeff Kanew
 
68.
Uncle Buck (1989)
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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
 
69.
The War of the Roses (1989)
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A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle. (116 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito