Arguably, some of the greatest movies of all time come from the 80s. The decade was certainly influential, it’s no surprise that we are constantly referencing them in films and shows of today like Stranger Things. Some of my favourite films of all time came from the 80s, so here they are.
1. The Outsiders (1983)
This Francis Ford Coppola flick about a group of young greasers in 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma, still has a huge impact to this day. I am pretty sure American high school students study the book by S. E Hinton, let me know if you did! Sadly, we did not over here in England.
I watched this film for the first-time years ago, but completely forgot about it until recently and just fell in love with it (and Matt Dillon).
2. Rumble Fish (1983)
I think that this is one of the best films of all time. Rumble fish directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Dillon, again, is about Rusty-James who is now the leader of a gang after the previous leader, and his older brother, The Motorcycle Kid (Mickey Rourke) disappears to California. After the Motorcycle Kid returns, Rusty-James starts to realise that his brother, who he idolised so much, isn’t quite who he thought.
Again, this film is based on the novel by S. E Hinton. She is a great story writer. The film is on Amazon Prime if you fancy watching.
3. Grease 2 (1982)
The superior Grease. There I said it. I have always preferred the sequel to the first film. The storyline is better, it is less misogynistic, the characters are better, and the music is better!
Stephanie played by Michelle Pfeiffer is the leader of the Pink Lady’s. Stephanie wants more than a T-Bird. When new boy Michael becomes infatuated with Stephanie, he knows she wants more than him, so he secretly becomes her dream guy.
I had such a huge crush on Stephanie, I wanted to be her so bad! I even bleached and cut my hair to look like her, not my best look. I just want to be a bad bitch like Stephanie, is that too much to ask for?
4. Back to the Future series (1985-1990)
Technically the last film in the series came out in the 90s, but they were all filmed back-to-back in the 80s so I’m including it here.
I love this series so much. The films are so clever and fun, you really cannot help but love them. They work with different generations because of the timelines. The first film is set in the 80s and 50s and the second one is 50s and 2015, so we can all relate to it.
Marty McFly is friends with the Doc Brown, a scientist, who creates a time machine in a DeLorean car. When Marty must quickly escape from an altercation, he is accidentally sent back to 1955. He then must use the past Doc Brown to get back home. They then travel to the year 2015. After that, Doc is accidentally sent back to the Wild West in 1885, so Marty must help rescue him.
The films are so fun. Do you have a favourite? I love the third one the most, the best one in my opinion, then the first one. I do not really like the second one, it is just not quite on the same level as the other two.
5. Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986)
This John Hughes film starring Matthew Broderick as the cheeky Ferris Bueller is timeless. The humour and wit from this film is incredible. Some of the most iconic scenes in movie history come from this movie.
Ferris, the popular school comedian, tricks his parents into giving him the day off school. Him, his girlfriend Sloane, and his best friend Cameron, go on an adventure in Chicago. It is just such a feel-good movie.
6. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey play bad boy dancer, Johnny Castle, and sweet, Baby. After Johnny’s dance partner, Penny, goes through a traumatic abortion, Baby offers to stand in for her. She cannot dance so Johnny needs to teach her in time for the event.
I love this film, whenever it is on TV, which is often, I have to watch it. I live for that last dance! Nobody puts Baby in the corner.
7. The Breakfast Club
Another classic John Hughes film. The Breakfast Club is about a group of high school students at a Saturday morning detention. The group is made up of kids that would not normally associate with each other. There is the princess, athlete, criminal, basket-case, and a brain. The detention allows them to be vulnerable and open with one another. An emotionally great film to watch.
8. Beetlejuice (1988)
Finally, a Tim Burton film I can talk about. One of my favourite film makers. Tim Burton brings the filthy demon, Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), to life in this comical ghost story.
After Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis) die in a tragic accident, they realise they are trapped as ghosts in their house. When a new family move in, they are determined to scare them out of their space, until they realise, they are not so bad and make friends with the unusual daughter, Lydia Deetz played by Winona Ryder.
This film is so loved by so many. There was talk of a sequel, but I am not quite sure what came of it. On IMDB there is a page for a sequel but there is no information, I guess we will just have to wait and see. I kind of hope there is one.
9. Heathers (1989)
What a film. This cult classic about two teenagers who go on a murder spree has forced its way into popular culture. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater play Veronica and JD. Veronica is a popular girl in high school with three other girls all called Heather. After JD poisons the leader of the Heathers, Heather Graham, the couple manage to pass the death off as suicide.
This movie even almost had a TV series based on the story, but people were not happy. I do not think there is any way that this film could be remade. It is held so dearly in so many hearts, it would be a disservice to try and recreate it. Safe to say that the TV show did not even make it past the pilot episode. Oops.
10. Ghostbusters (1984)
I remember my Dad telling me that the queue for the cinema when this film came out was crazy. He said it travelled all the way up the high street. For obvious reasons, the film is great.
I feel like this is another film I do not really have to explain or introduce, so if you have not seen it then you must go check it out.
How many have you seen? There are plenty other films I have written down that could have made it on to this list, I might have to do another one.