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

69 Metascore

A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton

Votes: 26,883 | Gross: $8.80M

Craig Wasson was huge back in the day.

2. Risky Business (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur

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

67 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

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.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Victoria Tennant, Allison Balson

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

62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 331,760 | Gross: $45.88M

Great Brat Pack flick.

6. St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

35 Metascore

A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez

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.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Victor Banerjee, Warren Mitchell, Denis Quilley, Amanda Donohoe

Votes: 226

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

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton

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

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

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

85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 40,767 | Gross: $13.75M

Very underrated movie.

11. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

92 Metascore

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

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

64 Metascore

A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan

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

75 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly

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

68 Metascore

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 227,251 | Gross: $65.21M

One of my favorite Mel Gibson movies.

15. Highlander (1986)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

24 Metascore

An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart

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

54 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia

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

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, George 'Red' Schwartz

Votes: 15,378 | Gross: $8.36M

When Melanie Griffith was still hot.

18. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

72 Metascore

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.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

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.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin, Yuji Okumoto

Votes: 4,216 | Gross: $8.74M

James Woods again.

20. La Bamba (1987)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña

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.

Director: Floyd Mutrux | Stars: Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julius Averitt, Steve Ballard

Votes: 4,037 | Gross: $10.00M

Halloween Night, 1965.

22. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 265,996 | Gross: $76.27M

Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery.

23. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

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

81 Metascore

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer

Votes: 27,456 | Gross: $17.31M



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