Best 80s Movies


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10. Real Genius

Real Genius is a comedy from 1985 starring Val Kilmer.  The show is about Mitch Taylor, a genius-child who goes to Pacific Tech. He and Chris Knight (Val Kilmer) start working on a laser for the government until they figure out what they intend to use it for. Real Genius has a critic score of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes.

9. Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles is your classic John Hughes movie starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.  This flick is about a teenager in high school, Samantha (Molly Ringwald) whose family forgets it’s her birthday. Sixteen Candles has a critic score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.

8. Die Hard

Die Hard is a classic action film about John McClane (Bruce Willis), a New York City cop who visits his wife for the holidays. John goes to a party with his wife when terrorists take everyone hostage. The critic score for Die Hard on Rotten Tomatoes is 93%.

7. Better Off Dead

When Lane Meyer (John Cusack) gets dumped by Beth, he is devastated. Lane decides to commit suicide but can’t even accomplish that. Better Off Dead (which is a comedy) has a critic score of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.

6. Back to the Future

Back to the Future is a classic. The movie is about Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a teenager in a band who goes back in time when terrorists attack. Back to the Future has a 96% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.

5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is tired of high school, so he pretends to be sick and gets his girlfriend and best-friend, Cameron, to skip school with him. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has a critic score of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.

4. Aliens

In the sequel to Alien, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is found in space after surviving an alien attack. She then discovers that they have started a colony on the planet where the alien was found. Aliens has a critic score of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.

3. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Archeologist/professor Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is enlisted to save the Ark of the Covenant from the Nazis in this action-packed movie. Raiders of the Lost Ark has a critic score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 

E.T. is a family-friendly movie loved by pretty much everyone. This film is about a kid, Elliot, who befriends an alien, E.T., until the government comes. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has a critic score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.

1. The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a story about a princess, a jock, a criminal, a brain, and a basket-case all in detention together, so what could go wrong? The Breakfast Club has a critic score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.