a reply to: tadaman
Oh, wow, where to start?!?!? There are SO many good movies from the 80's!! so much good music, too, for that matter. Can you tell I am an 80's
girl?? Alright, in no particular order, but sort of sorted by genre:
Red Dawn - 1984 - Far and away one of the best movies of all time. The remake isn't even worth the bother (and, yes, I watched it, sadly). For the
first time since Pearl Harbor, we are fighting on our own soil, and a small group of teens takes action. Memorable, amazing performances,
unforgettable scenes, and a very moving story overall.
War Games - 1983 - A teen trying to hack into a game companies system ends up getting far more than he bargained for. Wonderful acting, excellent
story, and a favorite of mine.
Footloose - 1984 - The Kevin Bacon one. The ONLY one. A teen moves with his mom to a small town that has outlawed dancing. Awesome music, moving
moments, and amazing dancing.
The Breakfast Club - 1985 - This is a real classic. The little cliques that form in high schools come onto play when five diverse students end up in
a Saturday detention.
The Untouchables - 1987 - Elliot Ness story, with Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, which ought to be enough right there. Superbly done, all through.
Top Gun - 1986 - Exciting story of fighter pilots, through training, personal issues, and more.
Platoon - 1986 - One of the few war movies I can watch again and again, with one of the most memorable scenes EVER in a movie. Those who have seen it
know which one I mean. When you watch the first time, you will, too.
Project X - 1987 - Sweet, sad, amazing, and thought provoking movie about a very smart chimp and some government programs. Broderick really delivers,
and Helen Hunt adds to the mix.
The Manhattan Project - 1986 - A teen finds out a secret, and wonders what would happen if he acted ion it. The title is a clue. John Lithgow is in
this one, in one of my favorite roles for his career. Awesome movie!
Firstborn - 1984 - Same main actor as the above, in a story about a family, mom and two boys, that runs into problems when a new boyfriend for the mom
comes into the picture.
Legend (though I HIGHLY recommend the director's cut) - 1985 - I LOVE this movie. I liked it in the theater, and I like it even more in the
Director's Cut, which fixes all those things that annoyed us fans, who liked it in spite of them. Better music, and all of the annoyances gone.
The Dark Crystal - 1982 - Cute little story with Muppets, and a fantasy world. Warm, creepy, with tons of cool scenery and characters.
Highlander - 1986 - Huge favorite of mine, and even though I did enjoy the series, Christopher Lambert is the only one that can BE the only one! If
you don't know about it at all, just watch, and don't look anything up. More fun that way!
The Princess Bride - 1987 - Such a FUN movie! This one really does what the tagline implies, and moves you based on how you feel about it. "My name
is Inigo Montoya...."
Gremlins - 1984 - Magical, sweet, wonderful little movie! Far and away better than any sequels. I actually have a stuffed Gizmo.
Labyrinth - 1986 - Oh, such fun! I adore mazes, and used to draw pretty elaborate ones, and this tosses in fantasy, dark romance, and danger, with
more than a little humor.
The Sword and the Sorcerer - 1982 - I swear, I saw this in the theater more times than I have seen any other movie, ever! I LOVE this movie!!!!! An
usurper takes over a kingdom with the help of an evil sorcerer, and the overthrown king's escaped son shows up later, leading a band of mercenaries.
Hugely fun, with action, magic, plenty of eye candy, jokes; everything you want in an action/adventure story. The only thing I didn't like is they
promised a sequel we never got! SOB!!!!! Really, I am sure we saw this at least thirty times on the big screen; knew every line by heart.
Short Circuit - 1986 - "Number Five is alive!"
Tron - 1982 - A man is sucked into an arcade game. Awesome effects for the day, and very novel idea for the time as well.
They Live! - 1988 - You simply cannot call yourself a conspiracy theorist, and NOT have watched this movie!! Contains the BEST ad lib line ever.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - 1982 - Has anyone NOT heard of this one? Always makes me sniffle, and I have sseen it so many times! A little lost E.T.
finds his way to a family.
The Terminator - 1984 - Oh, WOW! That's just how we all felt watching this one. Amazingly novel concept, awesome acting, non-stop excitement, with
characters that have become icons.
D.A.R.Y.L. - 1985 - A heartwarming tale of a boy looking for a place to belong, with a twist. Just watch. Bring tissue. The theme song can still
make me cry! Definitely in the list of my top movies of all time.
Adventures in Babysitting - 1987 - A girl's date cancels, so she accepts a babysitting job. Anything that can go wrong, well.....
Ferris Bueller's Day Off - 1986 - Another amazing 80's comedy, wherein a guy decides to take a day off, and he doens't just skip school.
Ghostbusters - 1984 - "Who you gonna call!?" The title gives enough description. Non-stop laughs, totally slapstick fun. Bill Murray
Back to the Future - 1985 - A wild ride when a teen ends up in the past, by way of a special Delorian. Iconic movie of the 80's!
The Goonies - 1985 - Fun memories here, with a group of kids on an adventure.
Big - 1988 - Tom Hanks as a kid that wants to be grown up, and gets his wish. Funny and heartwarming at the same time.
Clue - 1985 - Based on the board game, and utterly hilarious. In the theater, there were three endings, so you never knew who did it. The DVD has
the option to randomize, or play all three.
Splash - 1984 - A man and a mermaid fall in love. Cute, funny, sweet. Guys will appreciate Daryl Hannah.
Lethal Weapon - 1987 - Awesome action, and Mel Gibson at his best. A cop is on the edge, due to his wife's death, and this adds a layer of trouble
to the cops as they pursue a case.
Die Hard - 1988 - One of my favorite Christmas movies, lol! Action from the start, and a lot of fun! The little comments from Willis's character
are a huge part of the fun in this movie.
First Blood - 1982 - Incredible action from one of the best action actors ever. Stallone is awesome, as always, playing a guy who gets on the wrong
side of a small town lawman. Brian Dennehy also stars, and is excellent, of course. This film is one of the earliest of the modern action genre. A
real classic. And, yes, I really am a huge Stallone fan!
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 1981 - Hands down, the start of super action/adventure movies! When this came out, a friend saw it before me, and was
telling me a little about it. I stopped her, saying, "Don't tell me the whole movie!", and she said, "That's just the first five minutes!!"
Action all the way, never a dull moment, and the start of an era.
Fright Night - 1985 - Wildly funny story about a teenager who he is sure is a vampire.
An American Werewolf in London - 1981 - Groundbreaking special effects, and tons of laughs
Poltergeist - 1982 - What scares you? It's in here.
Near Dark - 1987 - A key word is never used in this film.