I don't know how you feel, but I'm pretty sure that movies were definitely more fun to watch back in the 1980's. Maybe this was because we were all younger and, therefore, more easily excited, but I still find myself watching more of the old movies than newer ones.
Below is a list of 80s films that I personally enjoyed watching, and I will be adding an ever-growing number of eighties movies to this new page over the coming months - watch this space!
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An American Werewolf In London This top-notch comedy-horror borrows from the classic Hammer-style movies to great effect. With brilliant special effects by Rick Baker, this is an 80s classic!
Beverly Hills Cop was the breakthrough movie for Eddie Murphy's acting career, and follows the exploits of careless cop Axel Foley. Released in 1984, this was the second highest grossing film of that year.
Back To The Future was one of the most entertaining, iconic movies of the 80s. Starring the late Michael J. Fox, the whole look and feel of this movie is just so simply eighties!
Commando is a cult action movie from 1985, which sees Arnie take on a rather nasty gang of thugs who have kidnapped his daughter. Features a very 80s steel drum soundtrack by James Horner.
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial The top grossing movie of 1982, this sci-fi classic was directed by the awesome Steven Spielberg. Classic line "E.T. Phone Home".
Ghostbusters this crazy sci-fi romp beat Beverly Hills Cop into first place for the top-grossing film of 1984. Starred Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver.
Gremlins When Billy Peltzer receives a cute pet called a Mogwai as a Christmas present, little does he realise that creature will spawn a new generation of reptilian monsters who cause havoc in a small town.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark One of the highest-grossing films of all-time from the creators of Jaws and Star Wars - the original and best Indiana Jones movie.
Rambo: First Blood This action film was the first in the series of Rambo titles, which stars Sylvester Stallone as an ex Green Beret who is bullied out of town by the local police.
Superman II This action-packed sequel sees the man of steel take on General Zod, Ursa and Non who have gained superpowers whilst descending on Earth. This was the second-best grossing film of 1980, beaten only by The Empire Strikes Back.
The Goonies In this gripping family adventure film, a gang of kids embark on a treasure hunt in an effort to save their homes from greedy developers. The best kids' film of the 80s, at least.
The Terminator In one of the greatest action movies of all-time, a Terminator cyborg (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent to kill Sarah Connor and stop her son from being born. Definitely one of the best 80s sci-fi movies.
Tron Featuring revolutionary computer graphics, I look back at this visually stunning Disney film from 1982, which transports a programmer into the software world of a mainframe computer.
Wargames The fifth most profitable film of 1983 (Return Of The Jedi raked in the most cash) in which Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD's computers and has the World on the brink of another World War.
Directed by the now legendary John Hughes, this coming-of-age dram revolves around five high school students on Saturday morning detention, and they are all from very different backgrounds. They eventually find themselves opening up to each other, and discover that they had more in common than they would ever of expected. A top film with a top cast.
Although this was always going to be slated by some critics after the unforgettable Terminator movie, it was nice to see Arnie take on a more
light-hearted role in this funny 80s comedy film. Casting him with Danny
DeVito as his twin was always going to provide a few laughs, and the two popular actors were easy to warm to, which made this enjoyable viewing. Whether this is one of the best 80s films remains debatable, but many of us were thoroughly entertained by Twins, at least.
Another eighties robot movie, but very different to Robocop and The Terminator, mainly because its aimed at a younger audience.
Short Circuit was a memorable film about a military robot - simply named Number 5 - that develops self-awareness after being struck by lightning. I remember this being a very entertaining affair that made much of the young cinema audience laugh out loud back in the 80s. For me, that gives a much better indication as to whether a movie is decent, whereas the views of an ageing, toffee-nosed critic (who is too old to understand a film aimed at a younger audience) doesn't really hold as much importance.
Now this was a delightful film about two time-travelling airheads (who say "excellent" rather a lot, in a Wayne's World style) trying to compile a historical presentation for their school using a time machine.
The language is rather dated now, but at the time this was a must see movie for teenagers. The concept of time travel in a phone booth was obviously borrowed from Doctor Who. However, sending two idiots back through time (who proclaim that "history is about to be re-written by two guys who can't spell") was an original and very entertaining idea. One of the best 80s films, for sure!