This is not a list of my favourite films, or even the best
of the eighties, these are just films that even now, are still
pretty 'ok' and at the time seemed to have some effect on our
generation, be it shocking, kewl or just 'cool'!
The Breakfast Club
Five teenagers serving detention together, learn a lot about how
they've very similar despite belonging to different cliques.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Matthew Broderick skips school and all kinds of hijinks occur.
This is one of those rides which is really fun, a small lesson
is learned for one of the minor characters. Basically though,
the situations that Ferris gets in and out of are for the most
part believable, and are certainly enjoyable.
Really a pre-teen movie, but lots of fun none-the-less. A group
of misfits fight to save their home by going after an elusive
treasure. Lots of tense situations for the characters to solve,
good for children. It's as fresh today as it was then.
The Karate Kid
A great film about the values of patience and learning. A great
story about a teenage trying to overcome the seemingly impossible
to beat karate experts which run rampant over him. A sense of
optimism seems to prevail throughout this movie and it's very
uplifting to watch.
The Lost Boys
Teenage vampires, this one always gets bad reviews, but it still
has a lot of character growth in regards to peer pressure. This
is a very dark comedy, but it still works well, especially if
you're not expecting a typical horror flick or a typical teenager
Pretty In Pink
Poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks falls in love with
a rich boy from the right side of the tracks and vice-versa.
Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd take on ghosts with science. The characters
are great fun, especially Bill Murray as the smooth fast talking
Good Morning, Vietnam
Robin Williams at his zaniest as a radio announcer. There is great
character growth for his character in this one as he copes with
being stationed in Vietnam and dealing with some of the horrors
9 to 5
Dolly Parton and Lilly Tomlin get mid-evil on their employer's
buttocks and learn how to take control of their own lives. Dirty
Another retro film about the fifties, and a film where the main
character grows up a lot during the course of the movie.
E.T. - The Extraterrestrial
A children's classic, timeless. See Drew Barrymore when she's
A downtrodden dancer tries to make it to the big time.
A great horror story about what happens when people rush into
things they don't understand.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
One of the best horror series of the eighties, this one was highly
original for it's time, and even now doesn't look dated.
Cold war paranoia compared with the whiz-bang appeal of personal
Leslie Nealson's big-screen breakthrough in this off the wall
comedy. This movie helped to bring the zany comedies that were
popular in the fifties into the eighties.
Hard to believe this is Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, but it
is. This movie makes the world of death seem like a larger than
life playground. Michael Keaton's performance as the over the
top Beetlejuice is what really sells this one.
The Blues Brothers
One of the best movie adaptations of a Saturday Night Live sketch,
and definitely a cult classic. Some of the music sequences are
a little too over the top, but that's more the appeal of this
movie than anything. The car chase involving hundreds of police
cars piling up, the car chase in a mall, etc.
A movie about golf and growing up for a caddy. The most memorably
roles of actors are those of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Rodney
Dangerfield. The best for a non-actor goes to the golpher that
Bill Murray chases throughout the movie. The plot is fairly predictable,
but if you ignore that and watch for the big name actors, then
it's worth watching. Back to the Future
Michael J. Fox's best movie role ever, and definitely the best
in the series of movies. This exemplifies the action movie for
the family position.
Beverly Hills Cop
Eddie Murphy is absolutely stunning in this movie, as he takes
on the bad guys and the Beverly Hills police force at the same
The remake of the classic horror film adapted to the eighties.
Helped to spawn several sequels of lesser quality, but this one
had a great feel to it. Sean Connery is lots of fun in this as
well, has a somewhat dark edge to it, and great atmosphere.
Mel Gibson is a wild out of control cop, Danny Glover is just
trying to stay alive long enough to retire. Together they kill
and blow up tons of stuff. Helped to spawn lots of lesser imitators,
including it's own sequal (the third one wasn't too bad, we'll
see how bad the 4th one turns out next summer).
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The first of three, definitely a break through work when it came
out, and helped to establish Harrison Ford as something other
than Han Solo. The opening sequence is probably one of the most
memorable in a movie. I also recommend the third movie in the
series, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with Sean Connery
as his father, almost better than the first.
An Officer and a Gentleman
A great movie about the military.
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Tommy for the eighties.
A classic ghost story without a lot of unnecessary gore.