Top Movies of the 80s – Part 2

This is part two of the top twenty movies of the 80s, covering the last ten of the series. Keep in mind this is a personal list, and not compiled on any sort of data. See part one for the first ten movies in this series.

11. Poltergeist (1982)
A little girl’s late night interaction with ghosts in the TV, steaming from the house built over a burial ground. This movie is great because you get that “what if this was me” feeling, even if it’s just for a split second. While it doesn’t compare to the special effects of today, it’s still a classic.

12. Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
When Bernie dies unexpected after promising two guys a weekend of fun at his beach house, they decide to make him keep that promise…and take him with. This particular movie had such a unique plot and so much humor, it was easy to overlook how “wrong” their actions really were.

13. The Burbs (1989)
Get Tom Hanks riled up and thinking something strange is going on at a neighbor’s house, and you have unlimited comedy. He thinks evil things are going on, and must find out what.

14. Short Circuit (1986)
Who doesn’t love giant talking robots? What makes Johnny 5 so awesome, though, is he has feelings by some strange electronic mishap. Never before has a movie made us say “awwww!” about a piece of machinery.

15. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
This one ranks in the “cult classic” section, since it was just so far out there as far as realism and seriousness. I bet it made you think twice about purchasing a Venus fly trap, though, didn’t it?

16. Gremlins (1984)
The idea that an adorable little fur-ball can reproduce such ugly offspring is enough to scare the hell out of all of us. A mixture of goofy and sweet humor made this movie worth watching several times.

17. Splash (1984)
Tom Hanks falls in love with a mermaid, unperceived to him. She can’t explain it either, for fear she’ll be turned into a science experiment. Sadly, she is anyway, and so is Tom Hanks. Darrel Hannah co-stars in this “true love conquers all” fairy tale story.

18. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
The 80s featured a lot of science experiments gone horribly wrong, which is exactly what this movie was about. Rick Moranis stars as a dedicated scientist focused on creating a machine that shrinks objects. A mishap by unattended kids leaves the adults scrambling to find the miniscule children in a suburban backyard.

19. Ruthless People (1986)
Two half-hearted kidnappers scheme to hold a millionaire’s wife (Bette Midler) for ransom. The plan starts to come unraveled when her husband (Danny DeVito) won’t give up the money and dares them to kill her off for him.

20. Pet Sematary (1989)
You can’t have a list of fantastic movies without mentioning Steven King. This classic explores the darker side of life and death, and why you shouldn’t meddle with it.

Feel free to add your own movies to the list!

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