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Best of the 1980s


The 1980s are back in a big way. Gamers are playing 8-bit video games on the NES Classic Edition. Fashionistas are rocking shoulder pads again. And if that’s not enough, the 80’s are having a major comeback on the big screen, with all sorts of remakes, reboots, and homages. If the references in Stranger Things or Ready Player One aren't quite ringing a bell, brush up on your '80s pop culture knowledge with this handy list.

The breakfast club

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (1985)

Ferris Bueller's day off

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that. (1986)

Fast times at Ridgemont High

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (1982)

Say anything

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (1989)


After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. (1988)

Beverly Hills cop

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills. (1984)

Field of dreams

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come. (1989)

Die Hard

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (1988)

The Karate Kid

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (1984)


When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them. (1988)

Risky business

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. (1983)


Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. (1984)


A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (1984)

Top gun

As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (1986)

The Terminator

A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (1984)

Dirty dancing

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (1987)

The Princess bride

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a special book called The Princess Bride. While the story doesn't include any sports, it does have fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, and miracles. (1987)

Back to the future

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (1985)

Pretty in pink

A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. (1986)

Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost ark

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (1981)

E.T., the extra-terrestrial

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (1982)

Blade runner

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (1982)

Rain Man

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (1988)

An Officer and a gentleman

A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend. (1982)

The Outsiders

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. (1983)

National Lampoon's Christmas vacation

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (1989)

Honey, I shrunk the kids

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them. (1989)


Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. (1987)


In medieval France, a young, nebbishy pickpocket befriends a knight who has fallen under a strange curse. It is soon up to the pickpocket to help reunite the knight and his lady love and defeat the evil bishop behind the curse. (1985)

The Big Chill

A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends. (1983)

Lethal weapon

A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. (1987)


A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (1986)

A Christmas story

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (1983)


A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (1983)

Adventures in babysitting

A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after. (1987)