My Favorite 80's Movies

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)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ war drama

The first war movie I liked.
8* ” - tigger83138
 
2.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ war drama
8* ” - tigger83138
 
3.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A human-looking indestructible 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. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ action sci-fi
8* ” - tigger83138
 
4.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ action sci-fi
9* ” - tigger83138
 
5.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ action thriller

Still the best one man hero action movie.
10* ” - tigger83138
 
6.
Midnight Run (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ 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* ” - tigger83138
 
7.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ crime drama
9* ” - tigger83138
 
8.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young man is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ adventure comedy sci-fi
10* ” - tigger83138
 
9.
Glory (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ drama history war
8* ” - tigger83138
 
10.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ comedy drama
9* ” - tigger83138
 
11.
Stand by Me (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ adventure drama
9* ” - tigger83138
 
12.
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
“ comedy romance
8* ” - tigger83138
 
13.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ comedy

One of the funniest yet very touching movies ever made.
9* ” - tigger83138
 
14.
The Great Outdoors (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
“ comedy

Many may disagree but, this is John Candy at his best.
9* ” - tigger83138
 
15.
Silver Bullet (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, - a paralytic boy - his uncle and his sister - the narrator of the story. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Attias
“ adventure drama horror

One of the best werewolf movies ever made.
8* ” - tigger83138
 
16.
Ruthless People (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did. (93 mins.)
“ comedy crime
8* ” - tigger83138
 
17.
The 'Burbs (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult. (101 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ comedy horror mystery
8* ” - tigger83138
 
18.
Fright Night (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ comedy horror thriller
8* ” - tigger83138
 
19.
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A babysitter must leave her safe suburban surroundings and head for the heart of the big city to rescue a stranded friend, unaware of the perilous adventures that await her and the kids she's looking after who have tagged along. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ action adventure comedy
8* ” - tigger83138
 
20.
They Live (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (93 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ 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* ” - tigger83138
 
21.
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ action sci-fi
9* ” - tigger83138
 
22.
First Blood (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (93 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ action drama

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* ” - tigger83138
 
23.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
“ comedy

The best National Lampoon's movie.
8* ” - tigger83138
 
24.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills. (105 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ action comedy crime
8* ” - tigger83138
 
25.
Clue (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
“ comedy crime mystery
8* ” - tigger83138
 
26.
Labyrinth (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A selfish 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. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
“ adventure family fantasy
7* ” - tigger83138
 
27.
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
“ comedy fantasy
8* ” - tigger83138
 
28.
The Goonies (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient treasure. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ adventure comedy family

Still the best children's adventure movie.
9* ” - tigger83138
 
29.
The Lost Boys (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ comedy horror

I challenge anyone in Hollywood to make a better vampire movie, and no, you have to be joking if you say "Twilight".
9* ” - tigger83138
 
30.
License to Drive (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 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
“ comedy
8* ” - tigger83138
 
31.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier. (97 mins.)
“ comedy romance

My introduction to John Cusack, been a fan ever since.
8* ” - tigger83138
 
32.
Trading Places (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ comedy
8* ” - tigger83138
 
33.
The Abyss (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. (145 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ adventure drama sci-fi
8* ” - tigger83138
 
34.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (103 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ action comedy crime

My favorite Gene Wilder movie. Gene and Richard did great together.
8* ” - tigger83138
 
35.
The War of the Roses (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle. (116 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
“ comedy
8* ” - tigger83138
 
36.
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
“ drama romance
8* ” - tigger83138
 
37.
Brewster's Millions (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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. (102 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ comedy
8* ” - tigger83138
 
38.
Cat's Eye (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror. (94 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ 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* ” - tigger83138
 
39.
Deathtrap (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ comedy crime mystery
7* ” - tigger83138
 
40.
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ horror

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* ” - tigger83138
 
41.
The Fog (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (89 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ horror
9* ” - tigger83138
 
42.
Halloween II (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
“ horror thriller
8* ” - tigger83138
 
43.
Heavy Metal (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. (86 mins.)
“ animation adventure fantasy
8* ” - tigger83138
 
44.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
“ adventure drama family
8* ” - tigger83138
 
45.
Overboard (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
“ comedy romance
8* ” - tigger83138
 
46.
Somewhere in Time (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel. (103 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
“ drama fantasy romance

I felt about this just like Reeves felt about the woman in this movie.
8* ” - tigger83138
 
47.
Summer Rental (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jack Chester, a stressed air-traffic controller, takes his family on a beach vacation to Florida but is soon beset by problems, especially when an arrogant sailing champion shows up, who Jack challenges to a race. (87 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
“ adventure comedy romance

Good old family fun.
7* ” - tigger83138
 
48.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ horror mystery sci-fi
9* ” - tigger83138
 
49.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series The Twilight Zone. (101 mins.)
“ fantasy horror sci-fi
8* ” - tigger83138