Best '80s Movies

From underground comedies and uplifting family films to groundbreaking action franchises and beyond, this list includes some of our favorite flicks from the decade -- like, totally for sure!

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Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; some swearing.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Magic-filled fantasy adventure with a few battle scenes.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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'80s time-travel favorite; some violence, bullying, cursing.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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'80s time-travel adventure has some cursing.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Brilliant true story of 1924 Olympic footrace.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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Paranormal '80s classic has some scares, innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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Goofy '80s parody has cursing, violence, innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Uneven, occasionally hilarious '80s teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Hip-shaking guilty pleasure has mature themes, dancing.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Tim Burton tale creepy, dark fun; some violence, language.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Wonderful story with some very mature material.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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A dated rebellion tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Touching romantic comedy with a twist.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Exciting Tom Cruise classic has some intense scenes.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Dated high school tale is still fun for teens.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Edgy coming-of-age story isn't for young kids.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Smart, edgy coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Guilty-pleasure '80s horny-geek sci-fi sex comedy.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Spike Lee's masterwork of racial unrest; discuss with kids.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Drama about autistic savant has profanity, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Wit- and charm-filled romantic-comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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