Childhood Favourites

For good, bad, or ugly, these are the movies I loved as a child growing up in the 1980s. I watched these over and over and over, knew the songs, the score, the dialogue--and still have a soft spot for them in my heart, even if the Adult Version of me now recognizes that some of these are not exactly great cinema.
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1.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected. (82 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ To this day, my family quotes rather random things from this movie. "Tomorrow we leave for Corn Valley," "Justin! Your sword!", "The leader of the rats..." and "Reveal... my... name" are all used to signify all manner of things, from "Let's go on a holiday" to "Hello." I loved it because it was dark and--at the time--felt very adult. It's also beautifully animated. ” - Ashkevron
 
2.
The Last Unicorn (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns. (92 mins.)
“ Often, I will see kids who will watch one movie over and over and over again, sometimes twice in a row. I find that behaviour mystifying now. But that was this movie for me. I spent one entire Summer watching this over and over again. It failed to make me an America fan, but it's one of my favourite non-Disney soundtracks for an animated movie. ” - Ashkevron
 
3.
Short Circuit (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes. (98 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
4.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ A classic. Mom rented it sometime in 1986, and I was originally too scared to watch it. Thank goodness I got over that fear. The first non-animated movie I ever watched, it made me a lifelong fan of pretty much everyone involved. ” - Ashkevron
 
5.
The Chipmunk Adventure (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Chipmunks compete with the Chipettes in a round the world race. (77 mins.)
Director: Janice Karman
“ This was my introduction to The Chipmunks, before I had any idea they had been around since the 1960s. I was always very mesmerized by the rubber-like movements of the characters, who gesture so wildly most of the time I'd play entire scenes in slo-mo ("Girls of Rock 'n' Roll," natch) just to catch the nuances. Loved the soundtrack. Made The Chipmunks TV series a Saturday morning ritual. ” - Ashkevron
 
6.
Legend (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves. (94 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Watched this in 1987, after my older sister watched it at school and came home describing an entirely different movie in which the Darkness and Lily sub-plot took up 90% of the film. Even as kids, we found some bits silly... but it had faeries, beautiful costumes, an ace soundtrack, and we all thought Darkness was much cooler than poor, nearly mute Jack. As this was my introduction to Tom Cruise, I watched it free of preconceptions of the 'Top Gun' variety. ” - Ashkevron
 
7.
The Sound of Music (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ My 5th grade teacher played this for us in preparation for a class recital that never materialized. I loved it. Came home enamoured of it. My grandmother gifted me her original, 1960's LP, and I was soon telling everyone I would grow up to be a nun. A singing nun, natch. ” - Ashkevron
 
8.
Mary Poppins (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A magical nanny helps bring the two children she's in charge of closer to their father through songs and magical adventures. (139 mins.)
“ I honestly can't remember a time when my house didn't have a version of 'Mary Poppins.' This was my introduction to Julie Andrews, whom I promptly loved. People often describe her as "sweet" here--but to me she is the epitome of the kind of steely, deceptive kindness that hides a true disciplinarian, the kind you don't mess around with. ” - Ashkevron
 
9.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ I was a 'Star Wars' kid. First saw it in 1987, 10 years after its release, and before Lucas started messing around with it. As a kid, I thought it had aged fantastically. It held its own up next to any 80s FX extravaganza ['Ghostbusters' et al], in addition to having Han Solo and Obi Wan Kenobi. My sisters and I promptly gathered all of our toys--from Barbie to Ken to Jem to stuffed bears and My Little Ponies--and proceeded to re-make the movie and hold massive, intergalactic battles in our backyard, lobbying My Little Ponies, Nerf pellets, and teddy bears across overturned bike barricades. The Force was with us! ” - Ashkevron
 
10.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
11.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
 
12.
Scrooged (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
13.
Date with an Angel (1987)
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Jim is soon to be married to Patty, but when he wakes up after a bachelor party thrown by his friends... (105 mins.)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
 
14.
Splash (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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. (111 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
15.
Beetlejuice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
16.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales. (119 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
 
17.
KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
The tale of rock band KISS and their efforts to thwart a diabolical plan by mad scientist Abner Devereaux... (96 mins.)
Director: Gordon Hessler
 
18.
Young Guns (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted. (107 mins.)
 
19.
The Beastmaster (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces. (118 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
 
20.
High Spirits (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When Peter Plunkett's Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossesed, he decides to spice up the... (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
21.
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt. (76 mins.)
 
22.
Dumbo (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. (64 mins.)
 
23.
The Three Caballeros (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Zé Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster). (71 mins.)
 
24.
Hansel and Gretel (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music. (72 mins.)
Director: John Paul
 
25.
Here Come the Littles (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Henry's parents are lost in Africa, so he must live with his greedy and heartless Uncle Augustus. In the crevices of the house live the "Littles" kind... (72 mins.)
 
26.
An American Tail (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
 
27.
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982 TV Series)
Episode: Rapunzel (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sinister witch steals the baby of a simple candle-maker and his wife. Determined to keep the daughter for herself, she locks her up in a tower all alone. Wonders and dangers occur when the girl meets a handsome prince. (50 mins.)