Brought To You By... The 80s!
1980's movies are some of my favorite movies. Different story lines, themes, and all sorts of fun stuff are within this fantastic decade of movies. Here are some of my favorite movies that I recommend watching! They are listed in alphabetical order, not by my rating of the best.
PLEASE NOTE: Some movies are rated R. Watch with parental consent.
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Back To The Future
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson
This classic is a sci-fi movie about Marty McFly (Fox), who lives in 1985, going back in time to 1955. With the accidental help of Doc Brown (Lloyd), Marty meets the younger version of his parents (Glover, Thompson). His goal is to make sure they fall in love or Marty won't actually exist. Not only does this make it difficult for Marty to get back to the future, he also is trying to save the life of Doc Brown... in 1985. This series has three installments. I suggest watching them ALL!
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Starring: Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffery Jones, Winona Ryder, Michael Keaton
Barbara (Davis) and Adam Maitland (Baldwin) die in an accident, yet are unable to "move on." They find themselves stuck haunting their own home, unable to leave. Soon, the Deetzes (O'Hara, Jones) move into the home with their daughter, Lydia (Ryder). The ghosts of the Maitlands try to scare away the Deetzes, but are unsuccessful. However, their effort to scare them away attracts the "help" of an exuberant spirit Beetlejuice (Keaton). Soon, the household becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and Lydia, who has done nothing wrong. As a person who is not a fan of horror, I really enjoyed this movie. I recommend it for those who aren't huge into horror, like myself.
Genre: Drama, Comedy-drama
Starring: Paul Gleason, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez
Saturday detention, looked over by the principal (Gleason), brings in five students of different backgrounds. Each have a "title" associated with them: John the rebel (Nelson), Claire the princess (Ringwald), Allison the outcast (Sheedy), Brian the nerd (Hall), and Andrew the jock (Estevez). They get the chance to speak more about themselves and become closer, although all completely from different social cliques. Their stories prove that they aren't all that they seem or are rumored to be. This gets them thinking; what are they going to do when school starts again? More importantly, will the school ever be the same again? This movie is very heartfelt. I laughed, cried, and found relations between the characters and myself. Even if you aren't a huge 80s fan, I highly recommend this movie.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Starring: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Rhodes
This, by far, is one of my favorite movies. Frances "Baby" Houseman (Grey), and her family (Orbach, Bishop, Brucker) travel to the Catskills for the summer. She is convinced that her summer is going to be lame and sleepy, save for the little activities planned. That all changes, however, when Baby meets Johnny Castle (Swayze). Johnny is the dance instructor and dances with his partner, Penny (Rhodes). When a major dance competition comes up, Johnny is in need of a new partner. Penny and Johnny teach Baby the proper moves, and Baby and Johnny fall in love. When Baby's father learns of the romance, he forbids Baby from being with Johnny at all. The last big dance is coming up, and Baby is determined to perform with Johnny. This movie has chemistry, dance, and one of the most iconic songs ever. I HIGHLY suggest this movie. Words can't describe how much I love this movie. Go watch it. Right now.
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Starring: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton
A young boy named Elliott (Thomas) discovers an alien stranded on Earth. He brings the now dubbed alien E.T. home and shows his brother Michael (MacNaughton) and his sister Gertie (Barrymore). They try their best to keep E.T. a secret, but soon E.T. becomes sick. The government intervenes the family and the situation is distressing for Elliott and his family. This is a very heartfelt, family-friendly movie.
Genre: Drama, Teen
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Christopher Penn, Lori Singer, John Lithgow
Ren McCormack (Bacon) moves from big city Chicago to small town Bomont. When he moves, he discovers dancing and rock music is illegal in the town. He struggles to fit in, but makes new friends Williard (Penn) and Ariel (Singer). Ariel's dad, Reverend Shaw (Lithgow), keeps the town under the strict dance rule. However, Ren is determined to change the rule. If you enjoy dance movies and sudden romance, this movie is perfect for you to watch.
Starring: Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis
Three scientists (Ramis, Aykroyd, Murray) become "ghostbusters" in order to fight the supernatural for some money since they got kicked out of working at the university. In their hunt for supernatural, the team stumbles upon a doorway to a new dimension. This doorway, however, will release evil upon New York City. It's up to the team to defend New York City before the whole city is completely destroyed. This movie is a Halloween MUST SEE, but it is also perfect for any time of year. Very family friendly and funny, too.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Genre: Indie Film, Comedy Music
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Lee Montgomery, Morgan Woodward, Jonathan Silverman, Shannen Doherty
Janey Glenn (Parker) and her family are relocated to Chicago when Janey's father retires from the military. Janey's favorite dance show is located in Chicago. Her father has forbidden her to dance on the show, but Janey is determined. With the help of her new friend Lynne (Hunt), Janey makes it to the auditions, partnered with Jeff (Montgomery), and shines bright. This movie is a cheesy, dance, romance movie that will forever be another one of my favorites.
Genre: Romance, Adventure
Starring: Josh Brolin, Sean Austin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Jonathan Ke Quan, Martha Plimpton, John Matuszak
When their home is threatened by a development company, a group of adventerous kids band together to defy the odds; they're trying to save their home. The kids find an old pirate map and follow it into an underground cavern, hoping to discover the treasure. Along the way, they are faced with many difficulties and obstacles trying to keep them from their goal. This movie is adventurous and entertaining throughout.
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller, Howie Mandel, Corey Feldman
A father looking for a Christmas gift for his son finds a "mogwai" in an underground store in Chinatown. However, the "mogwai" comes with three warnings: never expose him to bright lights, never expose him to water, and never feed him after midnight. All three things happen, and a swarm of gremlins produced tear up everything on Christmas Eve. Although not an extreme horror movie, this movie still creeps me out.
Genre: Drama, Teen
Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Kim Walker, Shannen Doherty
The biggest clique in school is known as the Heathers. Every single person is named Heather, including Heather Chandler (Walker) and Heather Duke (Doherty), except for Veronica (Ryder). Veronica gets a new boyfriend, J.D. (Slater), and confronts Heather C. Accidentally, Veronica and J.D. poison and kill Heather, then make it appear as a suicide. After a while, Veronica finds out J.D. is purposely killing students he disapproves of. Veronica is on a time crunch to stop J.D. before the whole school is dead, while also butting heads with the Heathers new leader, Heather Duke. This is my absolute favorite. In fact, my car is named after Veronica.
The NeverEnding Story
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Starring: Noah Hathaway, Gerald McRaney, Thomas Hill, Deep Roy
Bullied on the way to school, Bastian (Oliver) hides in a bookstore. He finds "The Neverending Story" and runs to the attic to read. Unknowing of what would happen, Bastian is transported to Fantasia through imagination. He believes the kingdom needs his help, and he is the only one that can keep it alive. Full of adventure and fairy tales, this movie is adorable.
The Princess Bride
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn
A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the William Goldman novel "The Princess Bride" which earned its own loyal audience.
Genre: Action, Comedy
Starring: Fisher Stevens, Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Tim Blaney, Austin Pendleton
When one of an experimental range of military robots is hit by lightning, it is given consciousness. It escapes from the military and befriends a young woman, Stephanie Speck (Sheedy). Its creator, Newton Crosby (Guttenberg), is desperate to find it, or his entire project may be scrapped.
Genre: Teen, Romance
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall
With the occasion all but overshadowed by her sister's upcoming wedding, angst-ridden Samantha (Molly Ringwald) faces her 16th birthday with typical adolescent dread. Samantha pines for studly older boy Jake (Michael Schoeffling), but worries that her chastity will be a turnoff for the popular senior. Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly rebuff the affections of nerdy Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the only boy in the school, unfortunately, who seems to take an interest in her.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Genre: Fantasy, Crime
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Kathleen Turner, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye, Christopher Lloyd
Down-on-his-luck private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) gets hired by cartoon producer R.K. Maroon (Alan Tilvern) to investigate an adultery scandal involving Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner), the sultry wife of Maroon's biggest star, Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). But when Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye), Jessica's alleged paramour and the owner of Toontown, is found murdered, the villainous Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) vows to catch and destroy Roger.
This is just a taste of fantastic movies from the time. I love so many other movies as well. These are just some of the ones that came to mind.