Top Ten Movies of the 1980s


The Top Ten

1 Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

The Wars are continuing between the empire and the rebels - MatrixGuy

It was even rated the 6th best movie of all time.

Best movie of the Star Wars saga no doubt

Best Movie Ever

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2 Back to the Future

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.

Honestly, why is this not higher? Marty McFly nearly disappears from existence because he prevented his Mom and Dad from getting together, and Biff gets what he deserves; a job of waxing cars and other stuff - SirSalvador

A very beautiful movies, It should be higher with a great cast and storyline, BEST. MOVIE.I. hAVE. EVER. SEEN.


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3 The Shining

I love the shining. It is the coolest, creepiest horror movie ever

How isn't this in the top 10?

4 The Breakfast Club

Definitely, by far the best film of the 80s...and of all generations I'm a 13 year old girl and in love with the 80s and this film is the heart of that generation.

By far the bes! As a fifteen year old girl currently I can honestly say I related to each and every character. Like if you combined all of their personalities you would get me. It doesn't have to be number one but it will always be my favorite movie. - AnnaOfArendelle332

The quintessential 80's movie!

Best film of 80s

5 Raiders of the Lost Ark

Great movie, watching it right now as I write this. It is full of loads of adventure - roblist

Defiantly one of the best films from the 80s. also the best Indiana Jones films.

This is like the best thing ever.

Way ahead of Airplane!. No duh. - nallimcamybloc

6 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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.

The Movie proved Spielberg's greatness after "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" - MatrixGuy

so original, emotional, and clever. spielberg's best 4 sure.

Best movie ever

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7 Aliens

An second Alien movie with the James Cameron brand - MatrixGuy

Awesome - Gangem

8 Ferris Bueller's Day Off

This needs to be one

This movie is American freedom in a nutshell. Has to be in thr top ten


9 Star Wars Episode VI : The Return of the Jedi

After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the Second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force.

The popular trilogy ends and the dark side is defeated - MatrixGuy

It is my favorite movie ever. - RalphBob

If we’re going with Star Wars on top, I’ ll go with this one.

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10 Blade Runner

These lists kill my spirit - Justintime221

The Contenders

11 Ghostbusters

One of the best movies ever made!. 9.2/10

Ghostbusters was awesome! I can’t believe that Blade Runner is ranked higher. It wasn’t that well liked, when it came out.

12 The Terminator

Nothing beets the terminator

The movie that started the modern era of robot movies - MatrixGuy

Asta la vista baby!

13 Scarface

I'm shocked this film is not one, al pacino is apsolutely incredible in it, and the story is good the scenes are good the acting is iconic, why is this not number 1

Say hello to my little friend - SirSalvador

14 Raging Bull

An raw masterpiece and one of the best films of the 1980s that features excellent acting by Robert De Niro (who won the well-deserved Best Actor Oscar), Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, and the others, brilliant directing by Martin Scorsese, and, of course, Oscar-worthy editing by Thelma Schoonmaker. - moviefan1990s

A movie with a big boxer who would been more greater if he would cared more about the people beside him - MatrixGuy

Star wars makes me sick.This is a classic and probably the best movie ever.It was hard to pick against jack, his performance was brilliant In the shining.Who's an animal your mothers an animal u son of a bit#h.

15 Stand By Me

Great group of actors with a great plot. This is one of the best movies ever made.

Gotta be tied with the goonies but still a great movie

16 Die Hard

Come on guys, this is easily top 10 material

It is a Christmas movie

17 The Thing
18 The Goonies

A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.

You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this great adventure movie

The best 80s movie ever made!

Heeey you guuuys! Huh hah huh! - SirSalvador

19 Weird Science

Two nerdish boys attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

20 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
21 Airplane

Maybe the best comedy of the 1980's - MatrixGuy

Second best on this list. I vote Gremlins - RedTheGremlin

Utter, utter hilarium by the investors of being silly - PositronWildhawk

22 Back to the Future Part II
23 Blue Velvet

Deep, dark, and emotionally questionable choices. Probably one of my favorite movies.

24 Platoon

It's a work of art stone best film to date hands down.

Tells you all about what happened in the Vietnam war

This was better then rocky iv give me a break

25 Amadeus

The incredible story of on of the greatest musicians ever Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - MatrixGuy

26 Sixteen Candles

A girls older sister is getting married so all the attention was focused on her older sister so everyone forgets her 16th birthday

This is absolutely the best movie ever! Jake Ryan is gorgeous!

27 Rocky IV
28 Footloose

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

29 Batman

Should be higher because this is fantastic

30 Top Gun

One of the most popular movies of the 1980's - MatrixGuy

Nothing like it before it came out and nothing like it since.

I can't wait for the sequel

31 Predator

the first Predator movie with Scwarzenneger facing the hunting monster - MatrixGuy

This should be way higher its probably the best movie of the 80s

32 The Little Mermaid

Go higher

33 Real Genius
34 Heathers

My favorite 80s movie - iggyjepsen

35 Gremlins

Oh, HECK YES! Best horror movie ever! Have you seen the 1990 sequel? It's a must-see! Why isn't this first? Star Wars is crap. - RedTheGremlin

YES! Why isn't this number 1? This is the best! Have you seen the 1990 sequel? It's a must-see! Why is Star Wars first? It's crap! - RedTheGremlin

36 Full Metal Jacket
37 The Lost Boys
38 Rain Man


39 Pretty in Pink
40 National Lampoon's Vacation
41 The Princess Bride
42 Poltergeist

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

43 Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Gross. I have sexual and naked stuff, and I'm almost 16! - RedTheGremlin

Gross. I HATE sexual and naked stuff and I'm nearly 16! - RedTheGremlin

Hate not have - RedTheGremlin

44 Gandhi

The story of the man who fought out incredibly the independence of India - MatrixGuy

45 Flight of the Navigator

I did a remix to get this higher...and it's working... - RockFashionista

46 Grave of the Fireflies
47 Come and See
48 Better Off Dead
49 Beetlejuice

Tim Burton's bet in my opinion. I never get sick of this film.

50 My Neighbor Totoro
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1. The Breakfast Club
2. Weird Science
3. The Goonies
1. Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
2. Back to the Future
3. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
1. Back to the Future
2. Airplane
3. The Shining

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