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My Top 10 80s Movies

Updated on August 17, 2014

My 10 favorite movies from the 80s

I long for the days of brat pack movies, John Hughes movies, and even older Tom Cruise movies. Really, any decent 80s movie!

A lot of movies that came out in the 80s are still very enjoyable today. These are my favorite 80s movies from when I was growing up in the decade. You might not agree with my choices and that's fine, there's lots of eighties movies that are great and it's hard to choose just 10. My choices might seem childish but I have good memories of watching these movies.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is my favorite movie from the 80s (actually, it's my favorite movie period.) It has fantasy, comedy, romance, and action!

The Princess Bride (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
The Princess Bride (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

The best thing about the movie is the dialogue. It's just so good.


The Karate Kid

The original Karate Kid was awesome and I feel very nostalgic about this movie, but perhaps many others feel the same way. It made me want to learn karate! I was very sad when I learned that Pat Morita, the actor who plays Mr. Miyagi passed away in 2005.

I also thought the new Karate Kid remake from 2010 was the best movie remake I've seen in awhile. It wasn't as good as the original, but it was like a different movie that was also enjoyable and had the same basic principles.

The Karate Kid [Blu-ray]
The Karate Kid [Blu-ray]

Mr. Miyagi was very cool and mysterious getting Daniel to do chores that taught him Karate. If you haven't seen this movie, watch it!


Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing - the ultimate chick flick. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are great in this movie, and the soundtrack for this movie is one of my favorites. Also I have to add It's so sad that Patrick Swayze passed away in 2009.


Gremlins seem like they would be cool pets, if only they didn't turn evil! This is another movie I've seen countless times.


Cute little Gizmo sure had a lot of self-restraint compared to the other mogwai that turned into gremlins. But it would be too easy to accidently spill water on him. I think a dog is a much safer pet.


Top Gun

Tom Cruise was so cool in the 80s and of course so was this movie. Just don't think about Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch when watching this movie. Top Gun is my favorite Tom Cruise movie (well, along with Jerry McGuire which isn't from the 80s) Like Dirty Dancing, this movie has a really good soundtrack!

Top Gun (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)
Top Gun (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)

What can I say, Tom Cruise was cool and this movie was cool....



I remember Ghostbusters being a big hit in the 80s. I loved the movie, the song, and the cartoon with Slimer. I was pretty creeped out when Dana became possesed by Zuul.

Ghostbusters (Widescreen Edition)
Ghostbusters (Widescreen Edition)

Watch some guys getting rid of ghosts. It's fun and who could forget the "Stay Puft Marshmallow Man"


Back to the Future

All 3 Back to the future movies are good, but the first one was the best. The first movie is where we get the saying 'Hello McFly' from.

Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy
Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy

This is the Trilogy and includes the first Back to the Future movie that came out in 1985. In it, Michael J. Fox's character went back in time to the fifties where his parents met, but he kind of screwed it up and had to fix the past so the future wouldn't change for the worst.


Sixteen Candles

In the 80s I was a sucker for Molly Ringwald movies so I have to put one in my list of top ten 80s movies.

Sixteen Candles (High School Reunion Collection)
Sixteen Candles (High School Reunion Collection)

In this movie, Samantha (Molly Ringwald) had a crush on the cool guy Jake Ryan. My husband told me people used to call her "Molly Ringworm" and I didn't know that. It kind of bugs me because I thought she was cool way back when. Whoever made up that mean nickname was probably just jealous.


Ferris Bueller's Day Off

I loved the system Ferris had to make it sound like he was snoring away in his room while he was gone. That was the coolest thing about the movie to me. That, and skipping school! Wish I could take a day off like that from work.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Bueller...Bueller... Edition)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Bueller...Bueller... Edition)

In this movie, Ferris Bueller and his friend and girlfriend skip school to go have some fun.... they also encounter some obstacles like the principal checking up on Ferris and well, I don't want to spoil the rest if you haven't seen it.


Teen Wolf

I loved Teen Wolf because Michael J. Fox was in it and it was also an interesting movie. Some people probably wonder why I would put this on a list of my top 10 80s movies.... well maybe it's the Michael J. Fox factor. I really loved his movies.

Teen Wolf & Teen Wolf Too
Teen Wolf & Teen Wolf Too

I can't seem to find Teen Wolf DVD by itself without the sequel. Oh well, it's cheap.


Which decade do you think made the best movies, from 1930s until now.

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You're Insane for picking these 10!

That could be what you're thinking...?

My list of top 10 80s movies is mostly subject to my taste as a kid growing up watching 80s movies.... perhaps I like some of these best because I feel nostalgic about them, I don't know. I know I left off some good movies people enjoy like The Goonies but I didn't like that one as much as I liked these other movies.

Your list of top 80s movies probably differs, and that's okay.... there's lots of great 80s movies to choose from. Maybe I should have made a top 20 80s movies list to include other good ones in there. There are some other 80s movies people think are good that I haven't seen.

If you think I'm insane for picking these 80s movies, that's okay. If we all thought the same way, the world would be a boring place.

I love 80s movies, and I wish that today's movies would be just as good, but I'm usually disappointed when I watch current movies. Maybe I'm just picky because I hate some current movies that other people love. Sometimes I think I'm better off re-watching an 80s movie or watching an 80s movie that I haven't seen instead of going to see or renting the latest movies to come out.

Let me know your comments and if you'd like, what are your top 10 80s movies?


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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      Wish they still make movies like that! Nice lens, thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love 80s movies, I enjoyed your list

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      corinnephillips1 4 years ago

      My best 80s movie which I haven't discovered till recently is The Color Purple

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      snakey74 4 years ago

      The Lost Boys was a huge favorite of mine.

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      AundreaG 4 years ago

      Great taste in movies. I love "Princess Bride" and "Gremlins" as well.

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      Great movies, but i haven't seen 80's movies.

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      MasterDripper 4 years ago

      great job here...not sure if st elmos fire was the eighties but that was a good one also...cheers

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great selection, The Outsiders is my fav 80s movie

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      FloridaDino 5 years ago

      some great films in there, but my favourites are St Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, and Some Kind of Wonderful (check out my lens!)...fab lens.

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      coutant 5 years ago

      The Outsiders deserves to be mentioned. I love that movie!

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      petelovestoread 5 years ago

      great list! where was goonies?

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      singlemaltdram 5 years ago

      Really good list, mostly light-hearted films.

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      JaneEyre9999 5 years ago

      You forgot Risky Business and my all time favorite The Blues Brothers!

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      FloridaDino 5 years ago

      Fun lens. Love all 80's films, Goonies and Stand By Me deserve a mention too!

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      sadie-heldberg 6 years ago

      How I wish they made film the way they used to, I loved and watched many of these films multiple times. Gizmo is the cutest character that has ever rocked the silver screen itâs undisputable in my mind. The satire âThe Princess Brideâ is just plain fabulous and there really is no other way to express the hysterical film. I have a colleague who works with me at Dish, after work on Fridays we get together for a movie night. 80âs movies are usually our theme, which is readily available from my blockbuster @Home subscription. I love being able to live stream directly to the huge TV on the wall it is easy and available whenever we are ready to get started with our popcorn. I think the reason movies back then were so good is that they did have to rely on storytelling and so that is why I keep going back.

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      georgeadri69 6 years ago

      Very good list of movies.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ferris Bueller's Day Off is certainly one of my favorites. Enjoyed your lens! I love the 80s!

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      writergrey 6 years ago

      Ferris Bueller has developed a real following among people too young to have seen it first time - way to go!

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      harty5680 6 years ago

      Ghostbusters is definitely one of the best but I might have to find room in the top 10 for Major League. I did a lens on Ghostbusters and would love for everyone to check it out!

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      agent009 6 years ago

      Gremlins is a classic, the sequel I didn't enjoy as much.

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      Rantsand 6 years ago

      LOl ok, thanks for this. It seems like ever year they come out with more movies than the year before so it's really hard to go back and watch those movies from 30 years ago. Nevertheless, this was a nice tri down memory lane. The Princess Bride, and Ferris Bueller's Day off... timeless as the day they were made. :-)

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      dvdmoviereviews 6 years ago

      some great movies here. What about Bladerunner?

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      WayneDave LM 6 years ago

      More of a fan of 70s movies, but great lens. I must say I think most of the films on your list are films that I DID love at some point!! Haha. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I think I might be the last person alive not to have seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off...must rectify that soon! This is a great selection and like the other comments here I can think of so many more too. The 80's was a fun time for movies.

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      EEWorkouts 6 years ago

      Favorite from this list - Top Gun

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      You covered my favourites! I don't know if I could have made this lens as I love too many 80s movies! The 80s is my happy place so I loved this lens.

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      danzuc76 6 years ago

      Great lens. Lots of great memories and love the polls. Thumbs up!

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      sGirl2 6 years ago

      I don't think I can pick just one! All the movies listed here plus Goonies, Spaceballs, Indiana Jones and more!! I lensrolled you to my 80s movie lens too!

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      peppervel 6 years ago

      My ultimate favorite movies from 80's are Cry Freedom and League Of Their Own.

      I watched Cry Freedom at least 21 times and League Of Their Own 15 times

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      LotusLandry 6 years ago from Southern California


      A Fish Called Wanda.

      (from a reviewer,by surrogate,of The Beaver)

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      therabill 6 years ago

      You should read the book "Ready Player One". A lot of 80's nostalgia.

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      PopArtGirl 6 years ago

      Great lens! A few of my personal favourites - The Goonies, Spaceballs, Romancing the Stone, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Flight of the Navigator!

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      another good one is E.T.

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      ThatsYourPeople 6 years ago

      You already have a lot of my favorites (Sixteen Candles is my #1) but I also love The Outsiders.

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      mountainstevo 6 years ago

      The breakfast club has got to be the greatest highschool movie ever made.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love to watch all this movies my + for this lens

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      filmic 6 years ago

      good lens - brings back some memories.

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      JCEverett 6 years ago

      Eighties was a great time for movies. Boyfriend School, Just One of the Guys, Adventures in Babysitting, Neverending story, Weekend at Bernies, Spaceballs, Heathers, Flight of the Navigator...I could go on for days. Thanks for the lens.

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      Video_Express_Boston 6 years ago

      So many awesome movies. I loved Goonies and ET.

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      manfield3 6 years ago

      Love it!!

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      JCEverett 6 years ago

      Eighties femme fatale: Kathleen Turner in Body Heat love that movie. Peter O'toole's best role is in my opinion from the eighties The Stuntman. Top Five Tome Hanks movie includes Big. I saw Bull Durham for the first time a year or two ago fell in love with it. A Christmas Story will always have a special place in my heart when it taught me never to lick a cold pole. One of the most inventive and entertaining movies from Dustin Hoffman is Tootsie. This is just to name a few of my favorites. I enjoyed your post thank you for sharing.

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      brandanhicks 6 years ago

      great movies! check out my lens on th 80s! funny!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Can't believe you forgot the Lost Boys. Best movie ever in my opinion. :-) Glad you added it in the end tho

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      fantasticallyfi 6 years ago

      Thanks for the fun! I enjoyed the trip down memory lane. You've got some awesome films there - excellent choices! Please feel free to take a look at my 90's Childhood Nostalgia page.

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      Love all of these. :)

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      bames24 lm 7 years ago

      loved your lens...

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      itsmuzza2011 7 years ago

      the 80`s had the greatest films with the greatest oneliners who can forget - shes lost that loving feeling? or the flux capaciter... fluxing? all fantastic memories and thanks for letting me relive them here great lens well done

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      The 80s had lots of fun movies. It's the era when my kids were little babies. I've seen all of these movies many times except Lost Boys. I could I have missed it. :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      So many movies, so little time.

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      GabrielaFargasch 7 years ago

      Great movie choices!! My favorite was definitely "Back to the Future"!! I probably watched it over 50 times when I was a kid...

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      photofk3 7 years ago

      My favorite movies are old school action movies. Most of them were made in the 80's. like Die Hard, Rambo, Predator and more. Thank you for this lens.

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      glowchick 7 years ago

      Great lens :)

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      back to the future

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      lilymom24 7 years ago

      I was a child of the 80's and have enjoyed sharing some of the above movies with my children. Goonies was a fun one and they loved The Princess Bride. This was a fun lens. =)

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      brendonb lm 7 years ago

      great lens really...

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      brendonb lm 7 years ago

      Great lens on the 80s movies although I haven't many of them...will surely catch up with them soon!

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      carlajo73 7 years ago

      Great job, I'm lensrolling to mine: My Life as a Child in the 80s,

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      scar4 7 years ago

      I watched the 2011 "The Karate Kid" movie, not the one you mentioned above.

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      hunksparrow 7 years ago

      Great list. You are right, it is tough to pick 10 because there are so many classics from the 80's i.e. Star Wars, E.T., Indiana Jones, Goonies. Had fun reading your lens.

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      La-Z-i 7 years ago

      Breakfast Club was a good flick, but Pretty In Pink was better and it had Harry Dean Stanton!! Your list was pretty accurate, though I would have included The Goonies and Rocky 4 in there...Back To The Future is definitely my # 1. How else would we know what a giggowat is! :)

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      charder 7 years ago

      Awesome compilation here! Check out my 80s costume lens:

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      MarjorieKaye 7 years ago

      I loved The Lost Boys, Poltergeist, ET,The Right Stuff and Aliens. In terms of entertainment, 80's films are among the best.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm not sure if it was the movies or just the era, but the 80's were something special. Dirty dancing is still one of my favorite movies.

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      WorldVisionary 7 years ago

      This was like a trip down memory lane - really fun!

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      Grumpy-Fett 7 years ago

      I don't think I could choose my favorite. Maybe Back to the future? Great lens!

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      italianizeyours 7 years ago

      Teen Wolf was awesome. Teen Wolf Too was a little painful though. The "impromptu" choreographed dance scene made it that much worse. The 80s definitely put out some classics. Great list.

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      Blonde Blythe 7 years ago from U.S.A.

      Pretty in Pink is my favorite '80s movie (love that Duckie!) but Sixteen Candles runs a close second! :)

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      jo9091 7 years ago

      great lens it makes me want to watch old movies

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      Haddonfield04 7 years ago

      Well there were literally hundreds that were fantastic that came out of the 80's. To list 10 is nuts. You should have like a top 50 or something. Terminator, Splash, Footloose, Youngblood, Real Genius, The Money Pit, Airplane, National Lampoons, Beverly Hills Cop, Aliens, ect. There's just too many top 10's. I wouldn't call Teen Wolf a top 10 though. Most of your selections are sci-fi. Need some more variety. But all great movies.

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      Rose4u 7 years ago

      I love movies from the 80s, Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite ones :)

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      JewelRiver 7 years ago

      Great site! 80s movies are the best! I'm watching ghostbusters tonight and you're right about the zuul part that freaked me out too!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      I have seen most of the featured movies here. I like Dirty Dancing and Top Gun the most. I'm interested to watch the Princess Bride. I haven't heard of it but it seems a good movie to watch.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I especially liked Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing and The Breakfast Club. Good lens.

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      stevensp 7 years ago

      Dirty Dancing is my favorite movie

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      Leo9 7 years ago

      I'm into comedy so my list would include Ruthless People, The Witches of Eastwick and She Devil.

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      ImSoChrisP 8 years ago

      @tonia1: The movie with the girl that dressed up like a guy was "Just One of the Guys" i liked that one A lot too. And I think the last movie you are referring to is "The Outsiders" hope I helped you! :D

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      norbitdb 8 years ago

      excellent selection of films, I have not seen everything

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      farooq19 8 years ago

      Awesome movie list of 90's gremlin and top gun ...

      i like these...

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      Cindy_Egan 8 years ago

      For me the best movie was,is and will always be Dirty dancing! It had something particularly wonderful in it, something that makes you remember the movie for ever :)!!! Great lens

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      Dreadmoc 8 years ago

      The 80's in fact yielded the best movies! Unless this is a list of comedies, I'd have to add Predator, The Terminator and every other Arnold movie to the list. I mean, come on, Conan was classic. Also you left out Ruthless People! Shame on you. The Dream Team was side splitting, and Rocky Three and Four had awesome soundtracks. Don't forget Lethal Weapon and Dirty Harry. Return of the Jedi was also and 80's movie. Indiana Jones! Well you get the point. Edit this lens to be a top 100 list of greatest movies of all time and 99% of them will still be 80's!

      Monster Squad


      They Live

      Big Trouble in Little China

      Cloak and Dagger

      The Squeeze

      The Color of Money

      and on and on and on...I love movies!

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      momto4 lm 8 years ago

      Great lens! I love all the movies on this list. My favorite would have to be Back to the Future.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Top Ten List. I love the 80s; however, I didn't see The Lost Boys or Teen Wolf. Geesh, how did I miss those 80s movie. I have to agree with Teddi; how did you miss Purple Rain, lol! Just kidding! Good Job!

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      nickupton lm 8 years ago

      Great lens and great movies - I have lensrolled this to a few of my movie lenses and featured it on my top ten movies page. Going to look at the fantasy movies lens now.

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      worldbuilder lm 8 years ago

      I was raising my children in the 80's so there are a lot of good memories attached to these movies. The Princess Bride is my favorite movie also. I sort of wonder about a person who doesn't like it, don't you? Great lens, thanks!

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      StrangeConversa 8 years ago

      Can I interest you in my Top 10 coming-of-age movies of the 1980s?

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      StrangeConversa 9 years ago

      Great lens with some great 80s movies. I'd find it difficult to stick to just 10 favourites from the 80s but you've chosen many of the films I would pick.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      oh i loved the 80's. I am an 80's child and i grew up loving Micheal J Fox, the ghost buster and of Feris. Great lens

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      beckicirca1987 9 years ago

      How could you forget Ronald Miller and Cindy Mancini? Can't Buy Me Love...great 80's movie and look at Patrick Dempsy now! I love the 80's!!!!!!!

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      Teddi14 LM 9 years ago

      Creative lens. I have a lens about being part of the class of 1985 and I have some of the 80's movies listed too. But, I am wondering how in the world you could not list Purple Rain with Prince? 5*'s. I am lensrolling this one to mine.

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      poutine 9 years ago

      I only saw 3 of the mentioned ones. The other ones don't have any attraction for me.

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      fefe42 9 years ago

      [in reply to addytraci08] That's a good one, thanks - hope you don't mind if I use it.

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      addytraci08 9 years ago

      I think one of my favorite quotes from the breakfast club is....."Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?" it gets me every time.

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      MrsZ LM 9 years ago

      We were quite entertained in the 80's...weren't we! Fun lens! 5*s!!

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      fefe42 9 years ago

      [in reply to theacademic] i haven't seen Wall Street yet. Will have to check it out :)

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      theacademic 9 years ago

      Come on, can't believe that Wall Street is not on there. In times like this, such a fitting movie!

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      dc64 lm 9 years ago

      I agree with many of your choices like The Princess Bride, The Karate Kid, and The Lost Boys. Personally, I prefer Pretty in Pink to Sixteen Candles. I'll lensroll this to my "The Princess Bride" lens! 5 stars for nostalgia!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      The Princess Bride is a favorite at our house, -my girls and I love it! All of these choices are fun and definitely take you back to the days when our hair big and the clothes were... on second thought, I'm not sure I'm willing to go back there right now. :)

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      I loved Ghostbusters, especially the 2nd one. Gremlins was cool, too...they don't make brainless, original movies like that anymore, do they?

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      irenemaria 9 years ago from Sweden

      So many years has passes since these movies were new. Thank you for the reminder!