PostHeaderIcon Top Movies of the 80s – Part 1

I had so much fun making the list of 90s movies, that I decided to make another with my favorite movies from the 80s. When John Hughes was at the top of his game, and the 80s Brat Pack was everywhere you turned. This list is designed to remind you of some of the great movies from the 1980s, in no particular order. Keep in mind this is my personal list, and based on nothing but fond memories. You are more than welcome to leave a comment and let us know what YOUR favorite movie is!

This is part one of two articles featuring my favorite movies from this decade.

1. Breakfast Club (1985)
A true classic! This movie proved that no matter what niche you were from in high school, you were still a rebel at heart.

2. Planes Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Starring John Candy and Steve Martin in a fun-filled adventure where two mismatched friends attempt to make their way home for the holidays.

3. St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
One of the movies that defined the “Brat Pack”, with an all-star cast of friends trying to figure life out after college.

4. Rain Main (1988)
This movie features Dustin Hoffman’s award winning role as Raymond Babbitt, an autistic man who has spent the majority of his life in a mental home. His life is changed drastically when he meets his brother, Charlie (Tom Cruise).

5. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
A bored housewife named Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) acquires the identity of Susan (Madonna) through a jacket, amnesia, and a case of mistaken identity.

6. Beetlejuice (1988)
If you lived in the 80’s, it’s hard not to have seen this movie. After the drowning of a young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), the two become ghosts trapped in their own home and forced to share with a family of big city socialites. The newly dead seek out the help of the mischievous “Beetlejuice” to wreak havoc on the unwelcome new owners.

7. Parenthood (1989)
A quirky movie, that takes a look at the trials and treasures of parenting. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Steve Martin.

8. Big (1988)
As a kid, didn’t you always wish to be grown up? Twelve-year old Josh gets his wish, and overnight becomes a thirty year old man (Tom Hanks). Full of lots of laughs watching as he tries to figure out how to be “big” in the big city.

9. Look Who’s Talking (1989)
What made this particular movie fantastically hilarious was getting a glimpse of the mind of a baby. Kirstie Alley stars as the single mom to Mikey (voice of Bruce Willis), who has plenty of entertaining encounters with cab driver James (John Travolta).

10. Raising Arizona (1987)
Nicolas Cage and Edwina “Ed” McDonnough team up as an unlikely husband and wife (ex-con and ex-officer), who decide a local entrepreneur with new quintuplets has more than he can handle. The need to have a baby of their own drives them to simply take one baby off their hands in the middle of the night.

Be sure to read the rest of this list in part two!

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