We’re spoiled for choice these days. With so many great movies and TV shows out there, it’s hard to know which ones to watch first.

But if you were a kid in the 1980s, then you’ll probably have favorite movies from that decade!

It’s always a blast to go back in time and watch some of the best 80s movies. They’re entertaining, hilarious, and everything you could want from a classic movie!

If you’re looking for a list of the best 80s movies, this is what we have to offer! These are all classics that deserve their own place in every movie lovers’ heart.

We’ve got everything from comedy, horror, and suspense. So sit back with your popcorn and enjoy these films that will make you remember how great it was to grow up in the 1980s.

Best 80s Movies

It’s a debate that has gone on for decades, and one that will likely continue to rage on. What are the best movies from the 1980s? It’s time to settle it once and for all.

The following list of movies should be able to provide enough ammunition for both sides of the argument!

Let’s jump into our list of the best 80s movies.

The Terminator (1984)

The film The Terminator (1984) is a popular sci-fi movie that has been referenced in many other media.

In the movie, Arnie plays an unstoppable killing machine who was sent back from the future to kill Sarah Connor so she cannot give birth to humanity’s savior.

It is up to Kyle Reese and John Connor against all odds, with advanced weaponry and tactics, to stop this evil machine.

The action-packed film was directed by James Cameron and written by Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd.

This movie became one of the most iconic movies of all time for its use of special effects as well as its plotline involving time travel, artificial intelligence, and dystopian societies.

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The Terminator [Blu-ray]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton (Actors)
  • James Cameron (Director)
  • Spanish, French, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Blue Velvet (1986)

The film Blue Velvet (1986) is one of the most bizarre and unsettling movies ever made. The protagonist, Jeffrey Beaumont, becomes obsessed with a woman who lives in his hometown that he has never met before.

He starts to uncover clues about this mysterious woman and her connection to a crime syndicate called the “Blue Gloves.”

Jeffery’s love for the enigmatic figure causes him to get involved with some dangerous people as he tries to save her from the dark underworld of Lumberton, North Carolina.

This movie is so weird because it shows how young love can be obsessive, destructive, and even violent at times!

It also shows how an innocent boy can get caught up in something really bad if they’re not careful. It is the story of an innocent man who becomes embroiled in a mystery involving murder, sadomasochism, and betrayal.

The film stars Dennis Hopper as Frank Booth, Isabella Rossellini as Dorothy Vallens, Laura Dern as Sandy Williams, and Kyle MacLachlan as Jeffrey Beaumont.

Director David Lynch makes use of both surrealist imagery and traditional cinematic techniques to explore the dark underbelly of small-town American society.

The film will be analyzed from a few different perspectives including its cinematography, the use of sound design, and how it relates to some Freudian theories.

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Blue Velvet (the Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Blue Velvet (Criterion)
  • Laura Dern, Dennis Hopper, Kyle MacLachlan (Actors)
  • David Lynch (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

 

BEST 80s MOVIES

What Are 80s Movies?

The 1980s were an incredibly popular decade for movies in the United States.

Movies like “Back to the Future,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Caddyshack” have become iconic of this era, and are still watched today.

In fact, many of these films hold up so well that they are considered classics.

 

 

Risky Business (1983)

The movie follows the life of Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) as he goes from his upper-class upbringing in Chicago to living with two call girls in Los Angeles after being kicked out by his parents because they found out he was selling their possessions for drug money.

His new lifestyle takes him down a dark road where he ends up losing it all but learns valuable lessons about himself along the way.

The film is a coming of age story about the protagonist Joel Goodson, who is played by Tom Cruise.

His father has passed away and his mother has left him in charge of the family business. The movie follows Joel as he deals with everyday problems between school, friends, girls, and family while trying to maintain control over this company.

Risky Business was directed by Paul Brickman and received mixed reviews but became one of the most successful films in history grossing $200 million worldwide against its budget of only $14 million dollars.

Risky Business
  • Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay (Actors)
  • Paul Brickman (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Blade Runner (1982)

Blade Runner is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. The story follows Rick Deckard, an ex-cop who hunts and kills rogue humanoids known as replicants.

Blade Runner was released in 1982 and became a cult hit due to its visual style which was innovative at the time of its release.

It has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

In 1992, the director’s cut version was released with re-edited scenes that adjusted continuity errors such as removing footage from the original theatrical versions that contradicted later installments of the series.

It’s an all-time classic of cinema and its story and atmosphere will stay with you long after viewing it.

After Hours (1985)

In the 1985 film After Hours, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Griffin Dunne, Paul Schaeffer and Rosanna Arquette, a young man is left to his own devices after an all-night adventure in New York City.

The protagonist’s long night out takes him from one misadventure to another: he tries to break up with a girlfriend who is not interested, he gets into trouble when he visits her at work, and finally, he finds himself lost in the city as night falls.

The main character goes through an emotional rollercoaster as he navigates New York City after hours with a beautiful woman who seems perfect but turns out to be psychotic and much much more.

He meets many interesting people and has some strange experiences before finally getting back home at four o’clock in the morning.

This film is an example of how sometimes life can be unpredictable and you have to take what comes your way with humor and grace. We could all learn from this one!

After Hours
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  • Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong (Actors)
  • Martin Scorsese (Director) - Joseph Minion (Writer) - Amy Robinson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

The 1982 film, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial is a science fiction movie about an alien who escapes from his home planet and is left stranded on Earth.

The main character in this story is Elliot, a 10-year-old boy who discovers E.T while he’s out with his friends one night.

Elliot befriends the little green man and helps him to try to get back to his own planet by creating a makeshift “starship” using things around their house like bike parts, mopeds, etc.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is a heartwarming and entertaining film about an alien who gets stranded on Earth and befriends two children.

The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison, and stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace-Stone, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Catherine Deneuve, and Pat Welsh. It’s rated PG for some mild language and sci-fi violence.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) [1982]
  • French, Cantonese, Dutch, Korean, Arabic (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

The Shining (1980)

The Shining is a 1980 horror film that was directed by Stanley Kubrick. This movie has been considered to be one of the best movies ever made, and it can also be found on many lists for “Scariest Movies Ever Made.”

The story of this movie takes place at an isolated hotel in Colorado during the winter where Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) becomes caretaker.

There are some strange occurrences happening at the hotel, which lead up to a horrifying ending.

The iconic movie is a horror film and psychological thriller. Jack Nicholson plays the character of Jack Torrance, a writer who takes on the job as caretaker of an isolated hotel in Colorado during winter.

His family moves with him for his new job, including his young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) and his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall).

The hotel has been closed since last winter due to heavy snowfall trapping it up in isolation from civilization.

The Shining (1980) [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2008) Blu-Ray
  • Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall (Actors)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Director)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Ghostbusters (1984)

In 1984, a movie was released that would be the first of many sequels and become one of the most iconic movies in history.

The movie is Ghostbusters and it follows three scientists as they start up their own business: busting ghosts.

The comedy by Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters is a film that has left an everlasting impression on audiences for its witty humor.

The story follows three parapsychologists who are trying to catch ghosts in New York City as a business and research enterprise.

They encounter the supernatural villain, Gozer – the god of destruction – and they must save the world from paranormal forces.

Ghostbusters was a box office smash when it first came out in 1984. This one’s a must-watch!

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Ghostbusters (1984) / Ghostbusters II / Ghostbusters: Afterlife [Blu-ray]
  • Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver (Actors)
  • Ivan Reitman (Director)

Aliens (1986)

Aliens is a science fiction horror film directed by James Cameron and released in 1986. It is the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 film, Alien.

The story continues with Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), now an employee of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation who must again confront the terrifying Xenomorphs.

Ellen Ripley is sent back to the planet LV-426 to establish contact with a terraforming colony. Once there, she encounters the Alien Queen and her offspring and has to fight them to survive.

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Aliens [Blu-ray] [1986]
  • English, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen.

The three sisters are very different from each other: Hannah is an artist, Lee is a free spirit with a wild temper, while Holly is more of a homebody.

As we follow their lives over the course of several years we see how they handle family dramas such as infidelity or divorce; some even go into therapy to help them cope with problems in their relationships.

Woody Allen: Seven Films 1986 - 1991 (Hannah and Her Sisters / Radio Days / September / Another Woman / Crimes and Misdemeanors / Alice / Shadows and Fog) [Blu-ray]
  • Woody Allen: Seven Films - 1986-1991 - 7-Disc Box Set ( Hannah and Her Sisters / Radio Days / Septem
  • Woody Allen: Seven Films - 1986-1991 - 7-Disc Box Set
  • Hannah and Her Sisters / Radio Days / September / Another Woman / Crimes and Misdemeanors / Alice /
  • Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Maureen O'Sullivan (Actors)
  • Woody Allen (Director) - Woody Allen: Seven Films - 1986-1991 - 7-Disc Box Set ( Hannah and Her...

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of Indiana Jones, an archaeologist who becomes entangled in a search for the Biblical Ark of the Covenant.

Indy searches for clues to find both his father’s and God’s holy grail from Nazis who are looking to use its power as a weapon against Hitler and Germany during World War II.

The movie features Harrison Ford in one of his best performances ever, along with other great actors such as Karen Allen and Denholm Elliott.

Raiders also have some memorable moments that will forever live on through its timeless imagery like Indy being chased by a giant boulder or when he gets sucked into quicksand only to escape death thanks to Marion Ravenwood.

Being one of the most iconic films in cinematic history, it’s one of the most well-known movies ever made.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (Raiders of the Lost Ark / Temple of Doom / Last Crusade / Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) [Blu-ray]
  • Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman (Actors)
  • Steven Spielberg (Director) - David Koepp (Writer)
  • Spanish, English, French, Portuguese (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Raging Bull (1980)

Raging Bull is a 1980 American film about boxer Jake LaMotta, played by Robert De Niro. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader from the novel Raging Bull: My Story, by Jake La Motta with Joseph Carter and Peter Savage.

The film depicts events in the life of La Motta from his early days as an amateur boxer through his success as middleweight champion to his later downfall.

Raging Bull has been called one of the greatest films ever made. It has also had a significant cultural impact on how boxing is depicted on screen.

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Filmed in black-and-white, the movie depicts the life of boxer Jake LaMotta, played by Robert De Niro, and his tumultuous relationship with both boxing and his family.

It is still considered one of Scorsese’s best films to date even though its themes are not often discussed in mainstream media today.

It’s an intense drama that will leave you feeling exhausted and emotional after every viewing; but its also worth watching again and again.

Raging Bull (30th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray] [1980]
  • English, Latin Spanish, French, Russian (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985) is a comedy/drama film written and directed by John Hughes. It stars Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald.

The movie takes place on Saturday morning in the library of Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois has been chosen as a detention setting for five students from different social cliques.

The story follows them throughout their day as they come to understand each other’s point of view.

This popular coming of age movie has become a cult classic because it addresses topics that are still relevant today such as bullying, homophobia, social classes,, and the pressure to succeed in society.

The Breakfast Club may have been released over 30 years ago but its message is just as poignant today with many teenagers feeling alone or afraid to express themselves due to fear of judgment from others if they don’t fit in with what society deems normal or acceptable behavior.

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  • Breakfast Club
  • Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall (Actors)
  • John Hughes (Director) - John Hughes (Writer) - Ned Tanen (Producer)
  • Arabic, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Road Warrior (1981)

The Road Warrior is a 1981 movie starring Mel Gibson and directed by George Miller. It has been ranked as one of the top 100 movies in Australian film history, and it was also nominated for three Academy Awards.

The film tells the story of Max Rockatansky, who goes on a journey to find gasoline for his car after civilization falls apart from nuclear war.

He must fight off gangs and crazies along the way while being chased by an army led by Scrooloose that is trying to kill him with their new weapon called “The Humma Kavula”.

The Road Warrior (1981) is a classic 80s flick that follows the adventures of Max, an iron-fisted and lonely warrior, as he travels across a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

The film was directed by George Miller and stars Mel Gibson in his breakthrough role.

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The Road Warrior [Blu-ray]
  • Mel Gibson, Tyler Coppin, Max Fairchild (Actors)
  • George Miller (Director)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Do the Right Thing, directed by Spike Lee, tells about one day in Brooklyn where there’s prejudice among different races due to gentrification from Koreans towards black Americans which ends up escalating into violence at night time. The movie

Set in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood on a hot summer day, this film follows Mookie (played by Lee) as he delivers pizza for Sal’s Famous Pizzeria.

Over the course of an exceptionally long and eventful day, tensions build both within Sal’s pizzeria and throughout the community as a whole.

The movie culminates in tragedy with racial violence that is not only shocking but also deeply troubling to any viewer who has been paying attention.

The release of this seminal work changed cinema forever. It pushed boundaries in form and content alike; it was gritty yet bizarrely humorous; it told painful truths.

This film gives its audience insight into how difficult it can be to do what’s right when you don’t know who you are or where you belong in society.

Do The Right Thing (1989) [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2019]
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Broadcast News (1987)

The 1987 film “Broadcast News” is a satirical look at the world of TV news. The movie follows three characters as they navigate their way through this competitive and often cutthroat field.

Tom, an up-and-coming anchorman; Jane, his producer/ex-girlfriend; and Aaron, the network president.

The film deals with issues such as sexism in the workplace, how personal lives can affect one’s professional life, and what it takes to succeed in a male-dominated industry.

The cast includes William Hurt as Grunick, Holly Hunter as Jane, and Albert Brooks as Aaron.

Broadcast News - Al filo de la noticia (Non USA Format)
  • Spanish (Subtitle)
  • Spanish (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

he Empire Strikes Back is widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s best sequels ever made and has received many accolades from both critics and audiences alike.

The Empire Strikes Back, the second installment of the Star Wars saga, is one of cinema’s most iconic blockbusters. As a follow-up to 1977’s Star Wars,

The Empire Strikes Back was expected to be just another sci-fi blockbuster for children and adolescents.

However, it became one of the most critically acclaimed movies ever made – an epic that has had an enormous impact on pop culture.

The movie was also a commercial success; with over $538 million earned at the box office worldwide against its budget of $18 million making it one of Hollywood’s most profitable films from 1980.

The film stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, and Alec Guinness.

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Feature) [Blu-ray]
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher (Actors)
  • Irvin Kershner (Director) - Leigh Brackett (Writer)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard is a 1988 American action thriller film. The movie features Bruce Willis as John McClane, an officer of the NYPD who finds himself fighting for his life against German terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) in a high-rise office building.

Die Hard is an iconic film starring Bruce Willis as John McClane who has to fight his way through terrorists on Christmas Eve at a Los Angeles office building.

Die Hard tells the story of an ordinary cop who must use all his skills and intelligence to combat a group of terrorists and save hostages at Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

This film is perfect for those looking for something action-packed with just enough comedy thrown into it.

The film has been considered one of the great action films ever made with it being called “a triumphantly original thriller” in its review on Rotten Tomatoes.

Die Hard is a classic masterpiece of an action movie that will keep you glued to your seat for hours on end.

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Die Hard 30th Anniversary (Blu-ray + Digital)
  • Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson (Actors)
  • John McTiernan (Director) - Lawrence Gordon (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Airplane! (1980)

Airplane! is a 1980 American comedy film directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker.

They created this hilarious spoof by combining ridiculous dialogue mixed with slapstick comedy to make for a funny viewing experience that has lasted 40 years.

This movie is still talked about today as one of the best comedies ever made because it manages to balance humor so well between slapstick comedy and witty dialogue that

It stars Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, and Leslie Nielsen.

The story concerns an airplane crew who must try to save the plane after food poisoning incapacitates all but one passenger: Ted Striker (Robert Hays).

He must overcome his fear of flying in order to land the plane with only ten minutes worth of fuel left before it crashes into a mountainside.

Airplane! [1980][Blu-ray] [Region Free]
  • Actors Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Kareem...
  • Director Jerry Zucker, David Zucker & Jill Abrahams
  • Certificate PG
  • Year 1980
  • Screen Widescreen 1.78:1 Anamorphic

The Thing (1982)

The Thing is a 1982 horror movie that was directed by John Carpenter and stars Kurt Russell.

The film tells the story of a shape-shifting alien who terrorizes an American research station in Antarctica.

Furthermore, it’s important to mention that this film has become one of the most influential sci-fi films out there with its terrifying creature design, practical effects, and slow build-up to a suspenseful climax.

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The Thing [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter (Actors)
  • John Carpenter (Director)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

In 1984, director Sergio Leone released a film called “Once Upon a Time in America.” The film was set in the prohibition era of 1929 and centered on four friends who were Jewish gangsters. It is widely considered to be one of the best gangster films ever made.

In the movie, “Once Upon a Time in America,” an Italian-American gangster named Noodles (Robert DeNiro) reflects on his violent past while living in Prohibition-era New York City.

The film follows Noodles as he narrates this story of crime and betrayal with flashbacks to his youth.

Once Upon a Time in America [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free]
  • Actors Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Tuesday Weld, Treat...
  • Director Sergio Leone
  • Certificate 18 years and over
  • Year 1984
  • Screen Widescreen

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man is a 1980 biographical film directed by David Lynch.

The movie follows Treves and his efforts to cure Joseph Merrick (played by John Hurt), who was born with severe deformities and eventually became an exhibit in a freak show.

The movie’s director David Lynch has said that he wanted to show how everything we see hides something else.

The film tells the true story of Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in late 19th century England.

It tells the story of his descent into poverty and exploitation while being exhibited as a human curiosity by a ruthless showman.

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The Elephant Man (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Elephant Man
  • Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller (Actors)
  • David Lynch (Director) - Jonathan Sanger (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Back to the Future (1985)

It’s been 30 years since the release of Back to the Future. This movie has left an indelible mark on pop culture and is often seen as a quintessential 80s movie.

It was such a huge hit that it spawned two sequels, one in 1989 and one in 1990, as well as three video games. The film follows Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) who gets sent back to 1955 from 1985.

He meets his parents when they were teenagers and accidentally prevents their marriage which leads to some crazy changes in his life when he returns home with only minutes left before he would have originally arrived back home!

Back to The Future Trilogy [Blu-ray] [1985] [Region Free]
  • Back to the Future Trilogy (30th Anniversary Edition) - 4-Disc Box Set ( Back to the Future / Back t
  • Back to the Future Trilogy (30th Anniversary Edition) - 4-Disc Box Set
  • Back to the Future / Back to the Future Part II / Back to the Future Part III
  • Back to the Future / Back to the Future Part 2 / Back to the Future Part 3
  • Christopher Lloyd, Billy Zane, Michael J. Fox (Actors)

Ran (1985)

The 1985 film Ran is an epic Japanese adaptation of King Lear and it ranks among the best films of all time.

Directed by Akira Kurosawa, this production may not be as well-known in America but is considered to be one of his masterpieces.

The story revolves around a warring duke who decides to divide his kingdom between two sons, only for both sons to rebel against their father’s decision.

“Ran” is one of Akira Kurosawa’s most celebrated and well-known film. It tells the story of a warlord, played by Tatsuya Nakadai.

This movie is one of my favorite films, for it portrays how war can destroy everything in the blink of an eye on both sides.

Ran (1985) ( Revolt ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, Blu-Ray, Reg.B Import - Australia ]
  • Ran (1985) ( Revolt )
  • Ran (1985)
  • Revolt
  • Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu (Actors)
  • Akira Kurosawa (Director) - Ran (1985) ( Revolt ) (Producer)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

The film stars Matthew Broderick as Ferris and Mia Sara as Sloane Peterson. Written and directed by John Hughes.

In the 1980s, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off became a cult classic. The story follows high school senior Ferris Bueller as he skips school to spend the day in downtown Chicago, with his girlfriend Sloane Peterson and best friend Cameron Frye

The movie is set on a Tuesday in which they do many things such as visit the Art Institute of Chicago, ride on their favorite carousel at Navy Pier and take a leisurely drive through the city streets.

This film has been regarded as iconic by many people because it captures what most teenagers dream of doing when they’re stuck at school!

Ferris Bueller's Day Off [Blu-ray] [1986] [Region Free]
  • English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Poltergeist (1982)

The film Poltergeist is a horror movie, based on the real-life story of the Freeling family. The Freelings are happily living in their new home until one night when they hear strange noises and see lights flashing outside their window.

They begin to notice that things have gone missing around the house, including Carol Anne’s (the youngest daughter) toys and even pieces of food from her plate.

Poltergeist is known for its terrifying moments and suspenseful scenes with ghosts trying to kidnap people from their beds at night.

In addition, there are also many other scary scenes where furniture moves around the room on its own or when characters see images of death in mirrors.

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Poltergeist [Blu-ray]
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  • Blue BD Case
  • Dolby 5.1 MLP - English Dolby Surround 2.0 - Spanish Dolby Surround 5.1 - English Dolby Surround...
  • New digital transfer from regenerated picture elements Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1...
  • Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight (Actors)

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

In 1984, Rob Reiner directed the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. The film follows the fictional rock band as they embark on a North American tour and their many misfortunes along the way.

The film has become iconic for its portrayal of heavy metal culture and its dark humor about life on the road with an aging band.

This film stars Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer.

The movie is a hilarious mockumentary that documents the fictional rock band’s rise to fame taking on the world of heavy metal music in the 1980s.

It takes an intimate look at their career as they tour across America encountering real-life situations like stage invasions, rabid fans, and obsessive groupies.

This Is Spinal Tap (30th Anniversary Steelbook Edition) [1984] [Blu-ray]
  • Comedy from 1984 by Rob Reiner with Rob Reiner and Kimberly Stringer.
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Fatal Attraction is a 1987 psychological thriller starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. The film was directed by Adrian Lyne.

The film tells the story of Dan Gallagher, a married man who has an affair with Alex Forrest, his boss’s mistress.

When he breaks it off with her after she becomes too stalker-ish, she decides to get revenge on him and his family.

Fatal Attractions is one of many films that show how dangerous infidelity can be not only for your marriage but also for your life.

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Fatal Attraction [Blu-ray]
  • Anne Archer, Jonathan Brandis, Tom Brennan (Actors)
  • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Heathers (1988)

Heathers (1988) is a dark comedy about the trials and tribulations of high school. The movie follows three teenage girls, two of which are named Heather, as they take on the social scene at their new school.

One thing that sets this film apart from other movies like it is that there are many twists and turns in the plotline.

It’s not just your average feel-good teen flick with an ending you can see coming from miles away.

The 1988 teen comedy, Heathers is a dark satire on the American high school experience.

The film addresses many issues like suicide, drugs, and bullying in high schools. It also tries to show how people are often afraid of those with different opinions from them.

This movie has plenty of surprises for its audience, making it one worth watching more than once!

Heathers
  • Winona Ryder, Christian Slater (Actors)
  • Michael Lehmann (Director)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Local Hero (1983)

Local Hero is a 1983 British comedy-drama film, written and directed by Bill Forsyth. The story begins with the American protagonist, played by Burt Lancaster, arriving in Scotland from Texas to buy an old oil refinery.

He meets various people who live in the small town of Ferness and slowly becomes interested in their lifestyle.

The main theme of “Local Hero” is how change can be good for some but not all people which makes it interesting to see what will happen when the American company takes over Ferness.

There are many parallels between this movie and today’s society that make it relatable even though it was made more than 30 years ago.

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Local Hero (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Fulton Mackay, Denis Lawson, Peter Capaldi (Actors)
  • Bill Forsyth (Director) - David Puttnam (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Amadeus (1984)

Amadeus is a 1984 American film based on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The film portrays the relationship between the composer and Antonio Salieri.

The film explores how they compete for recognition in a society that values artistry as well as their personal struggles with each other.

It stars F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce and follows from childhood to adulthood, detailing just about every aspect of this musical prodigy’s life: friendship, love, death, illness, poverty — all while he composed some of his most famous works including “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Don Giovanni” (Das Don Juan), “Requiem,” Symphony No. 40 (KV 543) ‘Jupiter,’ Symphony No.

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Amadeus (Director'S Cut) [Italian Edition]
  • jeffrey jones, simon callow (Actors)
  • milos forman (Director)
  • Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: G (General Audience)

Tootsie (1983)

In the 1982 film Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, a struggling actor who becomes frustrated with his career.

It’s only when he dons a woman’s dress and wig to land an audition.

Dorsey finds himself becoming more confident and successful in his acting career.

It has some pretty funny moments and it’s worth watching if you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday night.

We hope this article on the best 80s movies has helped you decide what to watch next time your Netflix queue is looking a little empty. Happy viewing!