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The best movies from the 1980s

25.03.2019

Either you were born in the 80s or have become fond of the era since everything around us has revived it in all type of ways, one undisputed truth no one would argue against is the best movies ever are in fact some of the best movies from the 1980s. And they keep sticking; we are all familiar with Netflix TV series Stranger Things as the 21st century transposition of 80s cult movies The Goonies. But back then, there was no Netflix or other streaming service, no Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, nothing where you could possibly hit play and watch films over and over again. We would then all be slaves of VHS players or waiting for our favourite movie to come on telly and watch it again, again and again: that was the type of binge-watching first experienced by those who grew up in the 80s.

Straight down memory lane, here are the best 80s movie you should all watch at least once in your life.

Best 80s horror movies

Aliens

Director: James Cameron

Writers: James Cameron, David Giler 

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn 

Sigourney Weaver was the aliens slayer back in the 80s and as kids we have probably all consider this movie scary AF and that’s why we want to put it in the horror category of our best 80s horror movies, even though it is actually set in space.

Poltergeist

Director: Tobe Hooper

Writers: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais

Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Craig T. Nelson

If you were a kid in the 80s and your mum and dad let you watch Poltergeist, first, they might have terrified you for life, second, chances are everytime your TV glitched, you would think some horrific creature would come and get you from your bed at night. So lucky TVs are smart now! This is one of the best 80s movies to watch.

The Shining

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick 

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

The Shining is probably one of the most iconic horror movies of all time; if you have never watched it, you would surely recognise from somewhere the scenes of the twin girls appearing at the end of a corridor. It’s the story of a family who is looking after a remote hotel in winter, where the father (Jack Nicholson) starts losing his mind and becoming violent.

The Thing

Director: John Carpenter

Writers: Bill Lancaster, John W. Campbell Jr.

Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David 

The remains of a strange creature at a Norwegian research station in Antarctica by a Us team of researcher looks even more worrying than what it is. The Norwegian team  members are in fact all dead or missing; a shape-shifting alien is the responsible of all that and it gets scarier. This ‘Thing’ can assume the appearance of its victims.

Best 80s action movies

Rambo

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Writers: David Morrell, Michael Kozoll 

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna 

Rambo is probably the most successful franchise in cinema history as well as one of the best 80s movies and of course, the movie that established Sylvester Stallone’s name worldwide (or Rocky?). In this movie he plays former Green Beret John Rambo, who is chased  in the mountains where in order to survive he will have to use all his combat skills.

The Terminator

Director: James Cameron

Writers: James CameronGale Anne Hurd

Stars: Arnold SchwarzeneggerLinda HamiltonMichael Biehn 

In Schwarzenegger’s other life he used to be known as an evil and brutal half human half android creature sent from 2029 (we are almost there) to 1984: his mission is to catch and kill a waitress, because her son would be the cause of war between mankind and the machines. But he has to fight against a soldier who is sent to protect her.

Die Hard

Director: John McTiernan

Writers: Roderick Thorp, Jeb Stuart 

Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Bruce Willis is the star of many cult action movies from the past and Die Hard is probably one of the most watched and best action movies of the 80s; here he plays a NYPD officer who tries to rescue his wife as she is made hostage by German terrorists in Los Angeles.

Top Gun

Director: Tony Scott

Writers: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr. 

Stars: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis 

If you haven’t fallen in love with Tom Cruise once in a lifetime, you haven’t lived. Or at least, you haven’t lived in the 80s: his biker jacket and shades, the gelled hair and that stunning smile were the sex symbol of the era, as he played a student at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school.

Full Metal Jacket

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr 

Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio

More of a war and drama category movie, Full Metal Jacket is one of the best 80s movies to watch today, as it depicts the extreme violence and brutal methods used on boot camp training employed by U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War.

Predator

Director: John McTiernan

Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall

As if the jungle wasn’t hard enough for a team of commandos to try and accomplish their mission, there’s an extra-terrestrial warrior who they have to beat. Predator is another of Schwarzenegger’s best 80s movies to watch, so much so it has spawned it three sequels, the latest ‘The Predator’ being in 2018 starring Boyd Holbrook, as well as the Predator vs Aliens saga.

Best 80s comedy movies

Back to The Future

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson 

We have passed the date in which Michael J. Fox travels from in Back to the Future, that’s how much time has gone since this 80s cult movie made us all think ‘nahh, hoverboards will never be a thing’ or the same about holograms and self-tying shoes.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Director: John Hughes

Writer: John Hughes

Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

If you want to know what were the cool things to do and to have back in the 80s then Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the best 80s movie to watch! Ferris Bueller is a high school student and has cunning plan about using his friend’s father Ferrari to have the best bunking off school day ever.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Melissa Mathison

Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote

Stranger Things’ creator are said to have pinched a lot of from this 80s classic family comedy/fantasy movie. It’s a story to watch with the kids too – as long as you brace yourself for plenty of questions – and is also one good movie to introduce children to the mighty creations of Steven Spielberg.

The Goonies

Director: Richard Donner

Writers: Steven Spielberg (story), Chris Columbus (screenplay)

Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen 

The kids who venture into the unknown in finding a hidden treasure are the surely the most relevant kids in anyone who has been a teen back in in the 80s. Adventurous, romantic and funny, it is probably the most influential movie out of that decade, one that has inspired anything and everything in the years to come.

Ghostbusters

Director: Ivan Reitman

Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis

Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver 

Sigourney Weaver was the 80s sex symbol by far and name an 80s big movie, she’s in it. This time round, she’s not slashing up alien monsters, she’s teaming up with the goofy Ghostbusters as one of their most eccentric clients; the jumpsuits – the Ghostbusters uniforms- stayed, up until 2019.