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My Top 10 List of Favorite 80's Movies

Updated on October 12, 2014

I Love the Movies of the 80s...Admit it...You Do Too!

I'm an 80s girl at heart and my fondest memories come from the movies I used to watch as a youth. Born in 1974, I was a mere pre-teen/teen when most of my favorite 80s movies hit the big screen, but I remember them as if it was yesterday.

I'd love to reminisce through my fonder 80s days with you in hopes that I evoke some joyous memories of your youth as well. So sit back, relax, and browse through my top 10 list of favorite 80s movies...from "decent" (#10) to "all time best" (#1).

** And for those of you who aren't quite old enough to remember and appreciate the movies of the 80s, you might just find some interesting flicks to add to your list of modern favorites.

#10 - Back to the Future (1985)

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is transported back to the 1950s via the DeLorean time machine (a DeLorean luxury car). Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) stars as the nutty scientist who creates the time machine vehicle that takes Marty back to his past. While there, Marty accidentally changes the history of how his mom and dad met, altering the outcome of his own life, and must work as fast as possible to change the events back before time runs out.

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#9 - Footloose (1984)

Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon), a rebel from the big city, moves to a small Midwestern town where where rock-n-roll music and dancing have been outlawed. Being told he's not allowed to dance and enjoy loud music, Ren revolts with his best friend Willard (Chris Penn) and the minister's daughter (Lori Singer), whom he falls in love with.

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#8 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Nearing the end of his Senior year, Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick, stops at nothing to blow off his classes for an entire day and make one last grand escape from school before graduation, without getting caught by the principal (Jeffrey Jones). His crazy scheme includes calling in sick, "borrowing" a Ferrari, and embarking on a full-day journey through the streets of Chicago, with the principal hot on his tail.

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#7 - Ghostbusters (1984)

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a group of "paranormal investigators" in Manhattan, NY who rid The Big Apple of ghosts and ghouls using their electronic devices. They are temporarily made fun of for their beliefs in ghosts and their "silly" gadgets, but eventually the city is forced to eat their words when it is taken over by the Stay-Puff Marshmellow Man and the Big Apple's only hope are the four men they so quickly laughed at and taunted.

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#6 - The Karate Kid (1984)

Ralph Macchio plays Daniel, a kid who moves to California from New Jersey and is almost immediately greeted by karate-trained high school bullies that beat him nearly to death. Luckily, he is saved by Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat Morita), a Japenese janitor at the high school. Miyagi agrees to teach Daniel the ways of karate and how to use it for good rather than harm. Daniel decides to enter a championship karate tournament and ends up head to head against the bullies who hurt him previously.

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#5 - Gremlins (1984)

An humble inventor purchases a cute, fuzzy little mogwai creature and is told to never expose him to bright light, never get him wet, and never ever feed him after midnight. Meanwhile, a young bank clerk, Billy Peltzer, played by Zach Galligan, must suffer maltreatment from harsh neighbors while pursuing a romance with Kate, played by Phoebe Cates. Both these plots are tied together when the lovable mogwai (named Gizmo) is exposed to bright light and gotten wet and turns into a monster Gremlin. Shortly after, millions of Gremlin like creatures take over the town and it is up to Billy and Kate to stop them from destroying the neighborhood.

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#4 - Top Gun (1986)

A cool, arrogant Navy pilot, Pete Mitchell, played by Tom Cruise, is sent to Miramar Naval Air Station for advanced training. Here he must compete with Tom Kasansky, played by Val Kilmer, for the most wanted "Top Gun" award. Pete loses the award to Tom after being shaken up by his best friend's death. Worried that he may have lost his nerve, Pete is given a chance to redeem himself during a tense international crisis involving a crippled US vessel and a flock of predatory enemy planes. All the while he romances civilian consultant Charlotte Blackwood, played by Kelly McGillis.

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#3 - The Goonies (1985)

A group of misfit kids, including Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, and Sean Astin, search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern after finding an old Spanish map. The treasure, owned by One-Eyed Willie, they hope will save their homes from demolition. Along the way, they cross paths with criminal mastermind Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) and her outlaw brood. One of the misfit boys, Chunk, befriends Mama Fratelli's hideously deformed, but kind-hearted son, Sloth and together the whole crew embarks on a wild adventure through the cavern to the gold of One-Eyed Willie, overcoming obstacles along the way.

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#2 - St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

St. Elmo's Fire is a coming-of-age story that follows the fortunes of a group of Georgetown University graduates as they enter the real world and deal with work, infidelity, promiscuity, depression, addictions, and general adulthood. Members of the crew include an all star cast: Jules (Demi Moore), Billy (Rob Lowe), Wendy (Mare Winningham), Alex (Judd Nelson), Leslie (Ally Sheedy), Kevin (Andrew McCarthy), Kirby (Emilio Estevez), and Dale Biberman (Andie McDowell).

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And my number 1 all time favorite 80's movie???....

drum roll please...

#1 - The Breakfast Club (1985)

Five high school students find themselves trapped in a day-long Saturday morning detention held in a prison-like school library. Each student did various things to get there and are from different class backgrounds, but find themselves coming together as they share stories of high school woes and homelife difficulties. This all star cast including Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy) form a bond against the villainous principal (Paul Gleason), and make a promise to remain close, though each realizes that the social levels of high school will never allow such unlikely friendships.

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