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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Annie (1982) Movie Poster Image
Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Poster Image
Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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A Christmas Story Movie Poster Image
Wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; some swearing.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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The NeverEnding Story Movie Poster Image
Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Willow Movie Poster Image
Magic-filled fantasy adventure with a few battle scenes.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Back to the Future Movie Poster Image
'80s time-travel favorite; some violence, bullying, cursing.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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The Flight of the Navigator Movie Poster Image
'80s time-travel adventure has some cursing.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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The Goonies Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Chariots of Fire Movie Poster Image
Brilliant true story of 1924 Olympic footrace.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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Ghostbusters Movie Poster Image
Paranormal '80s classic has some scares, innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Movie Poster Image
Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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Spaceballs Movie Poster Image
Goofy '80s parody has cursing, violence, innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Better Off Dead Movie Poster Image
Uneven, occasionally hilarious '80s teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Dirty Dancing Movie Poster Image
Hip-shaking guilty pleasure has mature themes, dancing.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster Image
Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Gandhi Movie Poster Image
Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Beetlejuice Movie Poster Image
Tim Burton tale creepy, dark fun; some violence, language.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Big Movie Poster Image
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Wonderful story with some very mature material.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Dead Poets Society Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Footloose (1984) Movie Poster Image
A dated rebellion tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Tootsie Movie Poster Image
Touching romantic comedy with a twist.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Top Gun Movie Poster Image
Exciting Tom Cruise classic has some intense scenes.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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The Color Purple Movie Poster Image
Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Pretty in Pink Movie Poster Image
Dated high school tale is still fun for teens.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Stand by Me Movie Poster Image
Edgy coming-of-age story isn't for young kids.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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The Breakfast Club Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Say Anything Movie Poster Image
Smart, edgy coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Weird Science Movie Poster Image
Guilty-pleasure '80s horny-geek sci-fi sex comedy.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Do the Right Thing Movie Poster Image
Spike Lee's masterwork of racial unrest; discuss with kids.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Rain Man Movie Poster Image
Drama about autistic savant has profanity, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Sixteen Candles Movie Poster Image
Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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When Harry Met Sally Movie Poster Image
Wit- and charm-filled romantic-comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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