My Favorite 80's Moviesby tigger83138 | last updated - 20 Oct 2013 | Public
This is not a "The Best 80's Movie List" but my personal favorites. I may have missed some. I tried to just list what I rated 8 and up but I had to let a few 7s slip in. Here they are in no particular order.
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1. Platoon (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Votes: 320,932 | Gross: $138.53M
The first war movie I liked. 8*
2. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 544,888 | Gross: $46.36M
war drama 8*
3. The Terminator (1984)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.
Votes: 664,694 | Gross: $38.40M
action sci-fi 8*
4. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 546,622 | Gross: $85.16M
action sci-fi 9*
5. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 654,304 | Gross: $83.01M
Still the best one man hero action movie. 10*
6. Midnight Run (1988)
R | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.
Votes: 58,977 | Gross: $38.41M
action adventure comedy
This movie has it all: action, adventure, comedy, crime, mystery, suspense, etc., with car chases, explosions, sentimentality, over the road awesomeness. 10*
7. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 598,667 | Gross: $45.60M
crime drama 9*
8. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 827,996 | Gross: $210.61M
adventure comedy sci-fi 10*
9. Glory (1989)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Votes: 107,914 | Gross: $26.83M
drama history war 8*
10. The Breakfast Club (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Votes: 288,063 | Gross: $45.88M
comedy drama 9*
11. Stand by Me (1986)
R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Votes: 303,031 | Gross: $52.29M
adventure drama 9*
12. Sixteen Candles (1984)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.
Votes: 83,595 | Gross: $23.69M
comedy romance 8*
13. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
R | 93 min | Comedy
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.
Votes: 100,516 | Gross: $49.53M
One of the funniest yet very touching movies ever made. 9*
14. The Great Outdoors (1988)
PG | 91 min | Comedy
A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.
Votes: 31,736 | Gross: $41.46M
Many may disagree but, this is John Candy at his best. 9*
15. Silver Bullet (1985)
R | 95 min | Horror
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator.
Votes: 18,753 | Gross: $5.40M
adventure drama horror
One of the best werewolf movies ever made. 8*
16. Ruthless People (1986)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime
A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.
Votes: 22,733 | Gross: $71.62M
comedy crime 8*
17. The 'Burbs (1989)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.
Votes: 56,460 | Gross: $36.60M
comedy horror mystery 8*
18. Fright Night (1985)
R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.
Votes: 48,000 | Gross: $24.92M
comedy horror thriller 8*
19. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after.
Votes: 31,263 | Gross: $34.37M
action adventure comedy 8*
20. They Live (1988)
R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.
Votes: 84,902 | Gross: $13.01M
action horror sci-fi
I believe this is very symbolic of the world we live in today. This is one movie that could make a great remake. 8*
21. Predator (1987)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Votes: 316,181 | Gross: $59.74M
action sci-fi 9*
22. First Blood (1982)
R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.
Votes: 187,353 | Gross: $47.21M
Having been through what I have been through, Rambo did exactly what I wish I could do. Someone you just don't mess with. 8*
23. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
Votes: 117,909 | Gross: $71.32M
The best National Lampoon's movie. 8*
24. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
Votes: 137,951 | Gross: $234.76M
action comedy crime 8*
25. Clue (1985)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.
Votes: 63,374 | Gross: $14.64M
comedy crime mystery 8*
26. Labyrinth (1986)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 103,920 | Gross: $12.73M
adventure family fantasy 7*
27. Beetlejuice (1988)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 210,439 | Gross: $73.71M
comedy fantasy 8*
28. The Goonies (1985)
PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.
Votes: 196,866 | Gross: $61.50M
adventure comedy family
Still the best children's adventure movie. 9*
29. The Lost Boys (1987)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.
Votes: 101,898 | Gross: $32.22M
I challenge anyone in Hollywood to make a better vampire movie, and no, you have to be joking if you say "Twilight". 9*
30. License to Drive (1988)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy
A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test.
Votes: 15,175 | Gross: $22.43M
31. Better Off Dead... (1985)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.
Votes: 36,171 | Gross: $10.30M
My introduction to John Cusack, been a fan ever since. 8*
32. Trading Places (1983)
R | 116 min | Comedy
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Votes: 112,930 | Gross: $90.40M
33. The Abyss (1989)
PG-13 | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.
Votes: 141,852 | Gross: $54.46M
adventure drama sci-fi 8*
34. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 40,571 | Gross: $46.91M
action comedy crime
My favorite Gene Wilder movie. Gene and Richard did great together. 8*
35. The War of the Roses (1989)
R | 116 min | Comedy
A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.
Votes: 41,034 | Gross: $86.89M
36. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance
When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.
Votes: 22,196 | Gross: $18.55M
drama romance 8*
37. Brewster's Millions (1985)
PG | 102 min | Comedy
A minor-league baseball player has to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.
Votes: 30,479 | Gross: $38.80M
38. Cat's Eye (1985)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.
Votes: 18,798 | Gross: $13.09M
comedy horror thriller
I'm not sure which is the better trilogy, this or "Twilight Zone: The Movie". Doesn't matter, they are the best trilogy movies. 7*
39. Deathtrap (1982)
PG | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.
Votes: 9,838 | Gross: $19.28M
comedy crime mystery 7*
40. The Evil Dead (1981)
NC-17 | 85 min | Horror
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Votes: 156,056 | Gross: $2.40M
Some of the cult classic followers call this a comedy. I don't know about that but it makes it into my top ten scariest movies. 8*
41. The Fog (1980)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers, which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers.
Votes: 51,416 | Gross: $21.38M
42. Halloween II (1981)
R | 92 min | Horror
While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.
Votes: 57,268 | Gross: $25.53M
horror thriller 8*
43. Heavy Metal (1981)
R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.
Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks
animation adventure fantasy 8*
44. The NeverEnding Story (1984)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.
Votes: 109,692 | Gross: $20.16M
adventure drama family 8*
45. Overboard (1987)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 40,983 | Gross: $26.71M
comedy romance 8*
46. Somewhere in Time (1980)
PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.
Votes: 22,617 | Gross: $9.71M
drama fantasy romance
I felt about this just like Reeves felt about the woman in this movie. 8*
47. Summer Rental (1985)
PG | 87 min | Comedy
An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.
Votes: 11,197 | Gross: $24.69M
adventure comedy romance
Good old family fun. 7*
48. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.
Votes: 292,817 | Gross: $13.78M
horror mystery sci-fi 9*
49. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.
Votes: 28,014 | Gross: $29.50M
fantasy horror sci-fi 8*