Whenever you ask someone to name a movie from the eighties, very often this is the one that is mentioned the most often - try it, I'm pretty confident it'll work for you, too! Why not show your appreciation for the 80s film that starred Michael J. Fox as the time-travelling Marty McFly?
If you're of a certain age then you will have grown up watching the original camp 1960s TV series starring Burt Ward and Adam West as the dynamic duo. Thankfully, the series was also repeated during my 70s childhood. The original DC comics were popular way back in the 1940s, though, and new generations of kids will be more familiar with the Batman movies.
Big Trouble in Little China T-shirt
This action-packed 1986 movie starred Kurt Russell as an American trucker who, as the film title suggests, finds himself in big trouble in you know where! The film is now a cult classic and there are dozens of related T-shirt designs available.
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Blakes 7 T-shirt
This British sci-fi series was created by the man who invented the Daleks, Terry Nation. The series became essential viewing for sci-fi geeks between 1978 and 1981 and gained around 10 million viewers at its peak. I'm very pleased that there are a number of T-shirts available.
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"Let's have a look at what you could've won". Yes, with one of these Tees you can remind yourself of Jim Bowen's many catchphrases including "You Can't Beat A Bit Of Bully" or "Stay out of the black and in the red, you get nothing in this game for two in a bed" - legendary!
Transport yourself back to your 70s childhood when bizarre public information films were regularly shown on British TV screens. The Charlie Says animation is one of the best-remembered from the era. I'm sure that cat was on wacky backy, though!
This popular kids sci-fi series may look vastly superior to the original series' we used to watch back in the day, but there are many geeks out there who still appreciate what was achieved with a low budget, as well as the acting skills of the original Doctors from William Hartnell to Sylvester McCoy.
Now, this was a fun movie to watch as a teenager back in the 80s. We all had the urge to skip school, and this U.S. High School senior (played by Matthew Broderick) did it in style! We could only watch in envy as he cruised around town with his friends in his Dad's beloved 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder!
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters is in many people's top ten list of favourite eighties movies, and these T-shirts are ideal for 80s and halloween parties, and also for simply wearing out and about on a hot summer's day. There are oodles to choose from, just don't cross any streams!
Granada TV Retro Logo T-shirts
We've found these two designs featuring the classic, British TV logo from the 70s and 80s. The "Grandad" tee is a clever idea and would make an ideal birthday gift.
This Spielberg movie soon became a classic and was the talk of the school playground back in the mid-70s. Composer John Williams created a simple but very effective "da dum" music score. Combined with Spielberg's directing skills, this created an intense atmosphere that had audiences captivated.
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Mork & Mindy T-Shirt
Nanu nanu! This tee features the original logo from the 70s/80s sci-fi sitcom series with the faces of the stars Robin Williams and Pam Dawber. This design is our favourite at SimplyEighties, but there are several other designs available too.
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The boxing movie series starring Sylvester Stallone definitely had to feature in our A-Z. It all started in 1976, and all of the films (apart from Creed in 2015) were penned by Stallone himself. In 1985, Rocky IV became the highest-grossing of the series.
The exciting "blow em up" sci-fi film, Robocop, was released in 1987 and was one of my favourites of the decade. I particularly remember the scene where that giant ED-209 enforcement droid shouts out the command "please put down your weapon, you have twenty seconds to comply" - pretty frightening at the time - and this was supposed to be "the future of law enforcement". Thankfully, this was pure fiction!
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Sapphire & Steel T-shirt
This ITV sci-fi series originally aired from 1979 to 1982 and gained cult status. It starred Joanna Lumley as Sapphire and David McCallum as Steel, a pair of interdimensional operatives. Bring out the geek within you with this splendid T-shirt celebrating the series.
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There are a number of Tees (for men, women and kids) featuring the goofy-faced, retro kids TV character and his companions. Scooby Doo has been gracing our TV screen since the 1960s, and it's the original series (before the annoying Scrappy Doo was introduced) that remains the best! "I'd have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for those meddlin' kids".
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Star Wars T-Shirt
The original 70s movie was truly mesmerising, particularly if, like myself, you watched it on the big screen. Star Wars and it's sequels have a pretty huge following, and the T-shirts are ideal for sci-fi conventions, retro events or just wearing out and about.
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Superman Logo T-Shirt
I don't know about you, but I'm old enough to remember the original 70s Superman movie starring the late Christopher Reeve, and, surprisingly, the sequel turned out to be even better! The t-shirts are still as popular as ever, and the hype surrounding the Man Of Steel movie will, no doubt, have boosted the popularity of Superman merchandise even further.
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The Adventure Game T-Shirt
Do you remember this classic 80s Kids TV game show? It was aired between 1980 and 1986 on both BBC1 and BBC2. The final challenge in each programme was the dreaded Vortex on which humans would be evaporated if they made a wrong move. This is a must have T-shirt for all 80s geeks!
The Breakfast Club T-Shirt
We all remember watching this classic teen movie by John Hughes and there are a number of tees available celebrating the film. Read more about the film on our 80s Movie page.
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The Dukes Of Hazzard T-Shirt
How I used to enjoy watching this crazy American TV show back in the early 80s. Bo and Luke climbing through the windows of their Dodge charger and then being chased by Rosco P. Coltraine (who was under the command of greedy Boss Hogg) was always fun to watch!
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The Incredible Hulk T-shirt
Well, hopefully you won't get too angry and rip your T-shirt to shreds! There are bucket loads of tees available celebrating the comics, films and TV series. The original TV series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno remains my favourite, as it was produced without the use of computer graphics which, in my eyes, make the Hulk look like a computer game character.
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The Six Million Dollar Man T-Shirt
I always looked forward to watching this TV show starring Lee Majors as Steve Austin (The Bionic Man) which was pretty popular back in the 70s. The retro Tees shown here feature the original logo with a picture of Steve Austin.
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The Tomorrow People T-shirt
Remember this one? This British sci-fi/fantasy series for kids aired on ITV from 1973 to 1979. The stories revolved around children who had developed special paranormal abilities which was known as "breaking out". You can show you're the ultimate geek with this 100% cotton Tee.
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Top Gun T-Shirt
It seems like only yesterday when it was 1986 and Top Gun was in the cinemas. The box office smash hit movie starred Tom Cruise as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and the aerial action scenes were pretty stunning. And who can forget the soundtrack featuring Berlin's Take My Breath Away? If you're a fan, or you know someone who is, then take a gander at the many designs avialable.
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