Posts Tagged ‘80s’

PostHeaderIcon 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!

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!