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Great 80s Movies

A list of great 80s movies

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. To the outside world they were simply the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess and the Kook, but to each other, they would always be the Breakfast Club.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Directed by John Hughes. With Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones. A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.

Back to the Future (1985)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis. With Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover. A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

Batman (1989)

Directed by Tim Burton. With Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl. The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Top Gun (1986)

Directed by Tony Scott. With Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards. The macho students of an elite US Flying school for advanced fighter pilots compete to be best in the class, and one romances the teacher.

The Goonies (1985)

Directed by Richard Donner. With Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman. A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.

WarGames (1983)

A young computer whizz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing? Written by Colin Tinto

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Directed by John Hughes. With Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling. A young girl's "sweet sixteenth" birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

The Karate Kid (1984)

Directed by John G. Avildsen. With Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove. A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.

Weird Science (1985)

Directed by John Hughes. With Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton. Two nerdish boys attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

Gleaming the Cube (1989)

Directed by Graeme Clifford. With Christian Slater, Steven Bauer, Richard Herd, Le Tuan. Brian's adopted brother is killed when he discovers that the shop he works in sends weapons to Vietnam instead of medications...

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Directed by Amy Heckerling. With Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus. A story of a group of California teenagers who enjoy malls, sex and rock n' roll.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace. A meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri. After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies. Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Directed by Ivan Reitman. With Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis. Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Beetlejuice (1988)

Directed by Tim Burton. With Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe. A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

Big (1988)

Directed by Penny Marshall. With Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard. When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight.

The Lost Boys (1987)

Directed by Joel Schumacher. With Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes. After moving to a new town, two brothers are convinced that the area is frequented by vampires.

Pretty in Pink (1986)

Directed by Howard Deutch. With Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts. A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

Short Circuit (1986)

Directed by John Badham. With Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton. Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Scarface (1983)

Directed by Brian De Palma. With Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel while succumbing to greed.

Blade Runner (1982)

Directed by Ridley Scott. With Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos. Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.

RoboCop (1987)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven. With Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox. In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally-wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him.

Gremlins (1984)

Directed by Joe Dante. With Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie. A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.