Best Depiction of the 1980s in Recent Filmby alioth4 | created - 28 Jan 2014 | updated - 28 Jan 2014 | Public
Which of these films made 2000 or later depict the 1980s the best? Discuss here
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1. Adventureland (2009)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.
Votes: 144,306 | Gross: $16.03M
2. American Psycho (2000)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Votes: 414,829 | Gross: $15.07M
3. Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)
R | 110 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.
Votes: 9,330 | Gross: $0.06M
4. Big Miracle (2012)
PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Family
In small-town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.
Votes: 17,041 | Gross: $20.11M
6. Boy (I) (2010)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.
Votes: 15,347 | Gross: $0.26M
9. Dirty Girl (2010)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
It's 1987 and Danielle, the high school 'Dirty Girl', is running away. With her is chubby, gay Clarke, a bag of flour called Joan and a Walkman full of glorious '80s tunes.
Votes: 9,842 | Gross: $0.05M
10. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 677,091 | Gross: $1.48M
11. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy
Set back in the 80s when Harry met Lloyd in high school where they cross paths with a mean principal and a bunch of other outcasts much like themselves.
Votes: 33,425 | Gross: $26.28M
13. Friday Night Lights (2004)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport
Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.
Votes: 52,828 | Gross: $61.19M
14. The Frozen Ground (2013)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
15. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born.
Votes: 150,633 | Gross: $50.29M
18. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Votes: 309,496 | Gross: $11.29M
19. Miracle (2004)
PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.
Votes: 41,906 | Gross: $64.38M
21. Precious (II) (2009)
R | 110 min | Drama
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Votes: 97,865 | Gross: $47.40M
24. Skateland (2010)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama
In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.
Votes: 2,045 | Gross: $0.01M
25. Son of Rambow (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood (1982).
Votes: 29,095 | Gross: $1.78M
28. Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Four years after graduation, an awkward high school genius uses his sister's boyfriend's Labor Day party as the perfect opportunity to make his move on his high school crush.
Votes: 47,413 | Gross: $6.92M
29. This Is England (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.
Votes: 107,814 | Gross: $0.33M
32. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.
Votes: 48,221 | Gross: $0.29M
34. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Votes: 979,855 | Gross: $116.90M