Top Ten Movies of the 1980s


The Top Ten

1 Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back


Absolutely greater than any-other!

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

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

2 Back to the Future

All the bangers


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 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.

3 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

4 The Shining

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

How isn't this in the top 10?

5 The Breakfast Club

This is definitely one of my, if not my favorite, movies. - BlueJazz13

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!

6 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Best movie ever

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.

7 Ferris Bueller's Day Off

How just how is this number 7 it inspired practically every other film like it from then on

This movie deserves more appreciation. - BlueJazz13

A forgotten classic.

It is just an awesome film

8 Aliens

Awesome - Gangem

An second Alien movie with the James Cameron brand - MatrixGuy

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

Love this movie. Ewoks are adorable.

10 Ghostbusters

How could you say that this movie is not very good.

It was very cheesy. Not that good.

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.

The Contenders

11 Blade Runner

Ridley Scott's career defining masterpiece. From Jordan Cronenweth's richly gorgeous cinematography to the stunning production design by Lawrence G. Paul. Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer were perfectly cast as Rick Deckard and Roy Batty providing depth and contrast. Underappreciated and misunderstood upon theatrical release, it has become a loved Sci-Fi classic.

These lists kill my spirit - Justintime221

12 Scarface

Say hello to my little friend - SirSalvador

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

13 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.

14 Stand By Me

Get it higher, I love this movie - BlueJazz13

Great movie

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

15 The Terminator

Nothing beets the terminator

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

Asta la vista baby!

16 Die Hard

Needs to be higher on this list. Started a franchise of movies where others on this list did not.

Come on guys, this is easily top 10 material

It is a Christmas movie

17 The Thing
18 The Goonies

How is this movie not in the top ten and is just a contender? This movie is SO funny and is filled with action, adventure, and comedy! It's like a child version of Indiana Jones!

Heeey you guuuys! Huh hah huh! - SirSalvador

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

19 Batman

Should be higher because this is fantastic

20 Blue Velvet

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

21 Back to the Future Part II
22 The Little Mermaid

One of my favorite Disney films growing up.

Go higher

23 Airplane

Second best on this list. I vote Gremlins - RedTheGremlin

Maybe the best comedy of the 1980's - MatrixGuy

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

24 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.

25 Weird Science

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

26 Amadeus

One of the greatest movies of all time. - 80sGreatestOffice

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

27 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

28 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!

29 Heathers

My favorite 80s movie - iggyjepsen

30 Rocky IV
31 My Neighbor Totoro
32 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

33 Oliver & Company
34 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

35 Full Metal Jacket
36 Beetlejuice

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

37 The Lost Boys
38 The Princess Bride
39 Rain Man
40 The Fox and the Hound

Beautiful story.

41 National Lampoon's Vacation
42 Gandhi

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

43 Poltergeist

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

44 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

45 Flight of the Navigator

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

46 Top Gun

I can't wait for the sequel

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

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

47 Grave of the Fireflies
48 Robocop
49 Come and See
50 Caddyshack
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