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Top 5 movies of 1980s

Updated on October 24, 2015

5.The Shining (1980) 13+ONLY

This extraordinary Stephen king adaptation manages to fit in just about everything from the book. While not being as scary as Misery or as charming as the Green Mile it manages to be original with the "Danny come live with us" scene "HERES JOHNNY" and even good old redrum. It's just a classic tale with scarieness and...some bad things that make you wanna read the book first. But in this case the movie was better than the book.

And no pictures cause the movie is too violent for you guys.

4.The Terminator (1984)11+

This flashy film brought the action to back to the future. While it's not nearly as good as Terminator 2 it's the one that started some of the best Arnold Swarchnegger lines. And besides spectacular special effects....the film is short sadly and you know what makes this film spectactular is that they barf on the plot and twist it and fans still loved the second. I warn you the 3rd and 4th film are terrible and I felt like Genisys wasn't to bad, but thats my opinion.

E.T go home
E.T go home

3.E.T (1982) all ages

This little film was made for kids, but the comedy, adventure and even swearing also lures adults in like a fishing reel. A known classic, no one doesn't like the adorable little E.T and with it finding out everything it really makes this plot exciting and starstruck with great role models. We've seen Alien and also Independence Day but we all no that E.T is the best alien movie of all, it also snatches my 3rd spot. And who doesn't like a film about a cute alien?

2.Raiders of the lost ark (1984) 11+

When you hear Indiana Jones you will think of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. From the snakes to the scaring face melting scene it's an overall clever and adventurous film with colorful characters, the best action and even Christianity. This is the best Indiana jones film EVER and makes me wanna jump,cheer and hate snakes....I forgot to mention there's memorable scenes. You'll be having fun watching this classic.

Quick shoutout Temple of doom (1985)

This film was also a great 80s movie, not good enough for this list, but if you loved the first, you will love the 2nd also.

I am... and don't call me Shirley
I am... and don't call me Shirley | Source

Honorable mentions

Airplane (1980)

Willow (1988)

Empire strikes back (1980)

Stand by me (1986)

Die Hard (1988)


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Back to the future (1985) 9+

If you came to this list you would know this is my first. With great characters, funny jokes, a understandable story and even a moral you will never know a better time travel movie (sorry Terminator) having a crazy proffessor a snazzy but good teen and a wimpy and cowardly teen it's a film that you can't miss. Though you might be uninterested at the beginning, trust me it's worth your valuable time.


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      Gavin Heinz 23 months ago from Austin TX

      thanks for commenting

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      Robert Sacchi 23 months ago

      A good list. The 80's was a good decade for movies and music. The 5 films on your list are real classics that have all stood up well through the years.

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      Gavin Heinz 2 years ago from Austin TX

      You too Linda

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      Linda Robinson 2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Hey Gavin Fantastic hub. You did an excellent job at highlighting many of the special features of each movie, saw them all. Enjoyed them all. I am a bit of a horror freak so loved the scare and intense moments of the Shining. As well ET. I had always hoped that as they had originally planned that there would be a second one. Have a good afternoon and night. Take care.

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      Gavin Heinz 2 years ago from Austin TX

      Why thank you

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      2 years ago from New York

      Back to the Future was my favorite, I own the trilogy, some of that technology in the movie was really cool like the Hoverboard. Great HUB!

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      Gavin Heinz 2 years ago from Austin TX

      Well, I'm kinda new but I just thought I'd get more views.

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      Robert Sacchi 2 years ago

      Why not many views?

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      Gavin Heinz 2 years ago from Austin TX

      I should have known I wouldn't be getting many views

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      Robert Sacchi 2 years ago

      I'd give the advantage to Ghostbusters because it started a genre.

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      Gavin Heinz 2 years ago from Austin TX

      That barely missed the cut

      I also missed Ghostbusters and some more

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      Robert Sacchi 2 years ago

      It's a good list. I might have swapped out one or two of the honorable mentions with some of the top 5's but that of course is a personal opinion. Did you consider Aliens?

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      Keith Abt 2 years ago from The Garden State

      Where on Earth are you getting these release dates from?

      "Terminator" was released in 1984, not 87.

      "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was released in 1981, not '86

      "The Shining" was released in 1980, not '84.

      "The Empire Strikes Back" was 1980, not '85.

      "Willow" was 1988, not '81.

      "Stand By Me" was released in 1986, not '84.

      Five minutes of looking at Wikipedia or IMDb would've saved you from making so many errors in one short piece.