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1980’s Classic Movies We All Love

The 80’s was a great time for entertainment across all platforms. Music was amazing, but so were the films. This list compiles 12 of the BEST 80’s films we all enjoy.

#1 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

This movie follows three teens as they skip school to roam the streets in Chicago. The main character Ferris Bueller is known for skipping school so the principal makes it his job to try and bust him. Ferris brings along his best friend and his girlfriend as they try to enjoy their time off and avoid getting caught by parents or the principal.

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#2 Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Seymour works in a flower shop in this classic musical and has a crush on the boss’s daughter. A strange plant lands on earth from space and Seymour takes it in and feeds it. One of the strange things about this plant is that it talks, and has a hunger for blood. The plant is named after the boss’s daughter, Audrey II. This movie follows Seymour as he tries to keep the store running and feeding the plants weird hunger.

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#3 The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies is a movie about a group of kids in search of a lost treasure.  This film was hugely popular among kids in the 80's and still is one of the most recognized films. Its a family friendly comedy that everyone can enjoy.

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#4 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The second instalment of the Star Wars saga is an 80’s classic.  It is heralded as the best in the series by most fans.  It continues the story from its 1977 predecessor, A New Hope, and introduced new characters iconic to the series.  A perfect blend of the old and the new along with a fantastic continuation of Luke’s journey in the force.  The all-star cast is back, consisting of actors; Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Anthony Daniels.  This movie inspired generations of sci-fi movies and was the peak of movie technology in its time. 

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#5 The Karate Kid (1984)

Karate Kid starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, a teen who is taught karate by martial art master, Mr. Miyagi who is played by Pat Morita.  It’s a fantastic underdog story as Daniel learns and betters himself both physically and mentally to beat his bully in a karate competition.  The movie is full of meaningful moments between the master and the apprentice.  Complete with a classic 80’s soundtrack, this movie is definitely feels like your right in the year 1984.

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#6 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Strait off the success of the first two Star Wars movies, George Lucas created Indiana Jones.  Harrison Ford plays the title character, an adventurous treasure hunter and astute professor, in this film directed by Steven Spielberg.  Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do.  As he travels the world looking for answers, the audience feels like they’re right there with him looking for clues.  This was the first of three Indiana Jones movies and started the 80’s off just right.

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#7 The Blues Brothers (1980)

After finally being released from jail two brothers, Jake and Elwood, are on a mission to save the orphanage they were raised in. They need to get $5,000 together and plan to do it by getting all of their band members back together. This comedy follows the two brothers on a, “mission from god”, as they travel and try to get the money together.

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#8 The Breakfest Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club is a comedy-drama film about five teenagers, each from different high school clicks, who end up bonding with one another while stuck in Saturday detention. who are stuck in Saturday detention. By the end of the day, the big question is raised - Will everyone forget about everyone once the weekend is up? If you don't think of "The Breakfast Club" while the song "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds is playing, you need to watch this ASAP!

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#9 The Burbs (1989)

"The Burbs" is a comedy-horror, where a crew of neighbors played by Tom Hanks, Rick Ducommun, and Bruce Dern investigate a suspiciously, odd family new to the block when a well-known elderly man disappears.

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#10 Back to the Future (1985)

In this sci-fi, the main character played by Michael J. Fox travels back to the 1950s with his scientist friend who developed a time machine. Their actions in the past modified the existing future which leads to further exploration back the past to redo a sequence of events.

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#11 Better Off Dead (1985)

This 80's comedy, starring John Cusack, is a true master piece. Its about a high school kid named Lane who has the worst luck. From his girlfriend dumping him to his hopes a being on the skiing team on the ropes he feels like he just might be better off dead.

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#12 Batman (1989)

One of the first installments of the caped crusader on the big screen was a huge hit when it released in 1989. From Michael Keaton's stellar Batman to Jack Nicholson's amazing Joker this film is great from fans of the comics and just casual movie lovers.

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