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    The best 80s movies!

    What are the best 80s movies?

    I don't mean the best movies of the 80s, nor do I mean the Oscar-winners. If you lived in the 80s, you know what I mean by "80s movie."

    They're sometimes cheesy, sometimes corny, occasionally dated, but overall, they're fun--often in a way that films rarely are anymore. These are movies that you've seen a bazillion times, and you can still watch them over. These are flicks you can show your kids and (despite their probably laughing at the hairstyles) they'll love 'em too. (Or maybe they're films you wouldn't let your kids see in a million years. )

    Here's some of my picks, and I'm sure I'm forgetting several that someone will fill in later:

    The Goonies: Does anyone not love this movie? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Sean Astin goes off on a quest to destroy a rin--I mean, to find pirate treasure! ARRRRRRR!!

    (And speaking of which)
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off:
    The best use of the Star Wars theme in any movie aside from Star Wars. And Ben Stein's crowning film role.

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High:
    Okay, the film wasn't all that great when you look back at it, but two words: Phoebe Cates. Yowza! That famous scene and a certain metal bikini-clad princess defined beauty for an entire generation.

    Gremlins:
    Another Phoebe Cates classic, though she wasn't nearly as cool as Gizmo and Stripe.

    The Princess Bride:
    The most quotable movie ever, and one of the best. This is one of the few on this list that belongs more in "Best Movies of the 80s" than "Best 80s Movies."

    Back to the Future:
    "So you're my Uncle Joey? Better get used to those bars." Because who hasn't dreamed of going back in time and making out with their mom? At least in nightmares?

    Coming to America:
    Eddie Murphy at the height of his comedic powers, playing about 40 different characters, and it features Darth Vader and (IIRC) Mace Windu. "Let's give it up for Sexual Chocolate!"

    The Naked Gun:
    The Zucker Brothers' best film of the decade, and probably Leslie Nielsen's greatest triumph. This is so incredibly quotable, I couldn't pick a favorite line. But I'll try anyway. "Nice beaver." "Thanks. I just had it stuffed."

    Spaceballs:
    George Lucas in Love, Troops, and Hardware Wars are great spoofs, but this is the definitive send-up of Star Wars.

    Uncle Buck:
    Another John Candy classic (but aren't they all?). This was before we knew how annoying Macauley Culkin would be plastered all over every surface once Home Alone hit theaters.

    Short Circuit:
    Because Number Five is alive, and he needs input! Input! I almost hate to say it, but this is one of my all-time favorite movies.

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure:
    Another super-quotable gem, and any movie with George Carlin, Neo, and the chick from the Go-Go's has to rock, dude!

    Pee Wee's Big Adventure:
    Tim Burton's first flick. I'd say still one of his best, but it's tough to judge in a career with no low points. (JT, I'm waiting for your response regarding Batman Returns.)

    Beetlejuice:
    Tim Burton's other great 80s movie. (Yeah, Batman was in the 80s, but it's a great movie, period.)

    Highlander:
    I could watch this a gazillion times, but let's face it: they don't make this type of action movies anymore. Oh, wait, yeah they do, but they call it Daredevil.

    The Terminator:
    Another borderline "great movie period," but the incredibly cornball special effects and score make the case for this being an 80s movie.

    Nothing But Trouble:
    HBO used to have the rights to show this and Midnight Madness (which could've made the list except it's too old) and nothing else! John Candy playing a woman, Dan Akroyd playing a sort of weird mutant guy, and Chevy Chase as himself! Woo!

    Ghost Dad:
    Okay, this one is pretty bad (let's just say it definitely isn't Cosby's best moment), but I know no one who doesn't still laugh hysterically at the "I am Satan" and "I'm with the phone company" bits.

    Ghostbusters: Because when Ghost Dad's on the list, who ya gonna call?
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Re: The best 80s movies!

    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter
    Highlander:
    Never saw the appeal.

    I nominate Sixteen Candles. And I don't even care that it is a quasi chick flick. Have it on the rack fellas, just in case a girl makes it into your apartment. (Although Goonies seems to catch their fancy as well.)
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    Re: The best 80s movies!

    *scans list*

    Where the **** is the Breakfast Club?! WHERE?!

    I would also like to add Revenge of the Nerds and Top Gun. So 80's and so good.
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    Re: The best 80s movies!

    C'mon, didn't I say I'd likely miss a few? Merely an oversight on my part.

    And how about two others:

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    The Lost Boys
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Re: The best 80s movies!

    Well, godfather of the 80's John Hughes stuff aside...

    Do you think Robocop would qualify? I'm leaning toward yes, but I'm not entirely sure.
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    Re: The best 80s movies!

    I considered it, but I think of it as more a "great movie from the 80s." Kinda like ESB or Indiana Jones. Some of the Reagan-bashing humor in Robocop is a bit dated, but otherwise it holds up pretty well, and still looks pretty cutting edge.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Re: The best 80s movies!

    As I read the opening title of the thread and the opening line a list almost exactly like yours jumped to mind. The one movie that stood out is one of the best movies ever made: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". How can you not love Spicoli. They just don't make em' like they used to. Good job on the list by the way!
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    Re: The best 80s movies!

    One of my favorite movies of all time is Airplane!, which sneaks into the '80s by a year, I believe. What was that about the most-quoted movie of all time? Cut me some slack, Jack! Great, great, great! And The Sequel wasn't bad, either.

    Others I'd add:
    The Breakfast Club: I have seen it on TV so many times, that I'd forgotten just how much profanity was laced throughout this film. Any film that sets you in the place of one of the characters is bound to be good.
    The Man With One Red Shoe: Funny, odd, cool.
    Krull: fantasy combined with confusion. Typical '80s concept!
    The Last Starfighter: see above.
    TRON: C'mon, people! So the early '80s didn't have "totally awesome" CGI yet. This one was radical... to the max!
    Field of Dreams: I determine a great film by how easy/difficult it is for me to avoid watching it on cable. I cannot avoid this one. I don't know if it's an "80s" film, but I say it is!
    Goonies: already mentioned.
    Pee Wee's Big Adventure: already mentioned.

    I thought the Naked Gun was from the '90s, however it fits an '80s feel.
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    Re: The best 80s movies!

    great choices so far, but Top Secret needs to be included.

    i'd also include Weird Science and Real Genius.

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    Re: The best 80s movies!

    Rad: It was a great movie if you are about 11 years old about BMX bikes.
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