80's movies everyone needs to see!

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Fan Art Week

Hi Everyone,
as part of Fan Art Week, I wanted to go over some must-see 80's movies.  I have to say, making this list was much harder than I expected it to be since I originally wanted it to be much shorter.  Apparently there were just too many good 80's movies to keep this short.  

So, if you have some time to waste and don't know what to do, here is a handy dandy list of movies to watch.
If you've already seen them you can spend that time creating fan art of these movies instead.  80's movies could always use some more love!


  • Die Hard
  • The Terminator
  • Top Gun
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Indiana Jones
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Robocop


  • Akira
  • The Last Unicorn
  • The Land Before Time
  • The Little Mermaid
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven


  • Police Academy
  • Spaceballs
  • Big
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Little Shop of Horrors


  • Flashdance
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Lost Boys
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Pretty In Pink
  • Scarface
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Say Anything
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Sixteen Candles


  • Child's Play
  • Gremlins
  • Pet Sematary
  • Stand By Me
  • Poltergeist
  • Nightmare on Elm Street


  • The Karate Kid
  • Short Circuit
  • Flight of the Nagivator
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • A Christmas Story
  • The Goonies
  • The Princess Bride
  • Ghostbusters
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Honey I Shrunk The Kids
  • Teen Wolf


  • Back to the Future
  • Beetlejuice
  • Labyrinth
  • The Dark Crystal
  • The Neverending Story
  • Blade Runner
  • Aliens

Feel free to share your favorite 80's movies in the comments below!
Happy watching.

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Blackdiamonds1's avatar

My favorite is probably Rodger Rabbit or Indian Jones

dark-kunoichi92's avatar
How could you forget about Rock & Rule, and The Secret of NIMH?
Astralseed's avatar
There were a whole bunch of movies I had to leave off the list to keep it from being way too long.  
29Reina11's avatar
1) Animation: Disney/Don Bluth animation is beautiful and story accompanying is good.  Miyazaki, Yes Please.
2) Comedy: Spaceballs (excellent taste my friend), Also isn't Better Off Dead good too?
3) Drama: Isn't Sixteen Candles more of a comedy than drama
4) Family: Ghostbusters and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (The famous step of taking Live-Action/Animation to whole new level)

I was born around the 90's but my dad record most of movies/tv shows on vhs tapes so, I got to experience these movies too.
Astralseed's avatar
It's great that you were able to see so many great 80's movies.  Kudos to your dad!!
29Reina11's avatar
So, I have heard other films from Mel Brooks like: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Life Stinks, History of the World: Part 1 and Dracula: Dead and Lovin' It ( Features Leslie Nelson).It's good to be the king 

Also, Do like Cheech and Chong, too?
Also, there other movies (tho not during the 80's tho) like Repossessed, Spy Hard, Big Trouble in Little China, Castle of Cagliostro, Revenge of the Nerds, Love at Stake, YellowBeard (Featuring:Graham Chapman, from Monty Python), Naked Gun 1-3, Iron Giant, Cats Don't Dance and many more I can't list right now...Uraraka Sheepish Icon   
29Reina11's avatar
Thanks!! My dad introduce me to many Mel Brooks films.Italy (Thumbs Up) [V2] 
RobinTheBard's avatar
Astralseed's avatar
:cries: I know, there were so many good movies I had to leave off the list
joannapasek's avatar
I see I've got awful gaps in family movies, but I'm quite up-to-date with sci-fi:)
skysoul25's avatar
you got BTTF :3 
ALASXE's avatar
wow!!! Thank you very much!!! ^/////^
sevese's avatar
This brings back memories... Gosh, I loved the Indiana Jones-movies so much!
Just a month ago I re-read "The last Unicorn" and I dare say, I miss those old animation movies bearing such depth and being so very touching without being told all rushed and with exploding colours scene after scene ...
Is anyone else feeling old? I'm feeling so old right now!

What a nice article; thanks for sharing!
WDWParksGal's avatar
I've seen most all of the movies, of course when they came out, and many of them multiple times. I've seen Poltergeist, oh, about 400 times! So awesome... and I don't like horror per se but don't really consider Poltergeist horror.

Great job on this journal!
moioflb's avatar
Is it weird that I've seen every movie on the entire list? 
Of course, I have LOTs of other classics because to each his/her own. 
But your list is very thorough for original wonders. 

I think of: 
The Sound of Music 
Mary Poppins 
The Lion King
The Nightmare Before Christmas 
The Book of Life 
The Matrix

And, Alien was the first movie of the franchise, Aliens was the second one and the one that a lot of people consider the best of the franchise.

Very cool and considerate list! Clap 
RobinTheBard's avatar
Did any of those come out in the 80s?  IF so, they need to be on the list above too!
TylerFreeFlight's avatar
Oh my gosh!! I have seen all of those except for 'DO the right thing.'
Awesome list!
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