Favorite 80's Movies.by big-gun | created - 21 Nov 2016 | updated - 16 Dec 2016 | Public
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1. Body Double (1984)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.
Votes: 26,883 | Gross: $8.80M
Craig Wasson was huge back in the day.
2. Risky Business (1983)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.
Votes: 76,727 | Gross: $63.50M
Super hot Rebecca DeMornay and Tom Cruise before he went over the edge.
3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.
Votes: 88,635 | Gross: $27.09M
If you didn't see this one, you didn't live back then. The ultimate 80's comedy.
4. Best Seller (1987)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A hitman approachs a writer to help him create the next best seller on his career, but the violent world he was a part of has other plans.
Votes: 4,403 | Gross: $4.28M
I'm a little biased. James Woods is my favorite actor. He and Brian Dennehy were great together.
5. The Breakfast Club (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Votes: 331,760 | Gross: $45.88M
Great Brat Pack flick.
6. St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
R | 110 min | Drama, Romance
A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood.
Votes: 34,018 | Gross: $37.80M
Very compelling story.
7. Foreign Body (1986)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy
An unemployed Indian engineer emigrates to England to find work and through a series of circumstances, ends up impersonating a doctor to win the attention of an attractive young woman.
An amusing little movie. I saw this one a couple times when I was in the service.
8. Real Genius (1985)
PG | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.
Votes: 28,971 | Gross: $13.00M
Young Val Kilmer and perpetual 80's supporting player William Atherton.
9. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 352,140 | Gross: $51.97M
Even if you're not into classical music, I think you'd find this one enjoyable.
10. Blow Out (1981)
R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller
A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.
Votes: 40,767 | Gross: $13.75M
Very underrated movie.
11. Platoon (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Votes: 365,270 | Gross: $138.53M
Proof Charlie Sheen is an excellent actor when he's not off the deep end.
12. Hamburger Hill (1987)
R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
Votes: 22,686 | Gross: $13.84M
You need a pretty strong stomach for this one. Very gritty and realistic.
13. Casualties of War (1989)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, War
During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.
Votes: 39,331 | Gross: $18.67M
Michael J. Fox would not have been the first actor to come to mind for such a role, but I think he pulled it off.
14. Lethal Weapon (1987)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.
Votes: 227,251 | Gross: $65.21M
One of my favorite Mel Gibson movies.
15. Highlander (1986)
R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".
Votes: 116,781 | Gross: $5.90M
Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Queen doing the soundtrack.
16. Psycho II (1983)
R | 113 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him.
Votes: 22,407 | Gross: $34.73M
Interesting story of Norman Bates 22 years later. Meg Tilley gets naked too.
17. Something Wild (1986)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.
Votes: 15,378 | Gross: $8.36M
When Melanie Griffith was still hot.
18. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 752,178 | Gross: $83.01M
Yippee Ky Ay.
19. True Believer (1989)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama
A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.
Votes: 4,216 | Gross: $8.74M
James Woods again.
20. La Bamba (1987)
PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Votes: 26,700 | Gross: $54.22M
It was great to see Ritchie Valens' story told.
21. The Hollywood Knights (1980)
R | 91 min | Comedy
Led by their comedic leader, Turk, the Hollywood Knights car club raise hell throughout Beverly Hills on Halloween Night, 1965.
Votes: 4,037 | Gross: $10.00M
Halloween Night, 1965.
22. The Untouchables (1987)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone and, because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.
Votes: 265,996 | Gross: $76.27M
Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery.
23. Batman (1989)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker.
Votes: 325,492 | Gross: $251.19M
I still think this is the best one.
24. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Votes: 27,456 | Gross: $17.31M