10 Best Movie Characters Of The ’80s

Thursday, November 18 by Anarch

You can't have an '80s movie marathon without having a list of the ten best movie characters of the '80s on hand. Whether you enjoyed '80s action, comedy, teen flicks or sci-fi, these are some of the most unforgettable faces of the decade. See if you can name them off, then check our list for the best movie characters of the '80s. See how many you get correct!

  1. Luke Skywalker. While he made his first appearance in the '70s, Vader's son returned in the 1980s for "The Empire Strikes Back" and again for "Return of the Jedi."
  2. Indiana Jones. You can't envision the best movie characters of the '80s and not have Indie on that list Indiana Jones was an archaeologist, teacher and a treasure hunter extraordinare. Not only did he always manage to secure the artifact in the end, he always managed to do it and keep his hat.
  3. E.T. No one specified that everyone on the list would be human, so we have to add on everyone's favorite wrinkled extra-terrestrial. It's hard to find someone who hasn't seen this film.
  4. Marty McFly. Ever wondered what it would be like to go "Back to the Future" and see what things were like? This '80s blockbuster film did just that, letting you journey with movie character Marty McFly as he travels back in time to meet the teenage version of his parents. Scary thought, isn't it?
  5. Maverick. It's hard to pick a single best movie character from the movie "Top Gun," as Maverick, Iceman and Goose were all pretty cool. Still, we'll go with Maverick since he was the lead and, supposedly, there are talks to bring the character back for "Top Gun 2."
  6. Rain Man. Dustin Hoffman's role of Rain Man (aka Raymond Babbitt) taught us that mental impairments didn't mean retarded. One of the best movie characters of the '80s, Raymond is a man suffering from severe autism that shows an amazing ability to count, and drive slow on the driveway. Then his opportunistic brother puts him to work counting cards in Vegas.
  7. Batman. Before the '80s, all you had were some cartoons and a TV series with some really cheesy acting. But in 1989, audiences were introduced to one of the best action movie characters of all time in The Dark Knight.
  8. Rambo. One of the signature faces of the '80s and a top-grossing movie character of the '80s, Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) was a misunderstood Vietnam veteran with a really big bowie knife. Check him out in "First Blood," if you haven't seen it yet.
  9. Bender. One of the most memorable characters from a John Hughes film, John Bender was the teenage rebel without a clue in the smash hit "The Breakfast Club." Judd Nelson's portrayal of bad boy John Bender that had all the guys wanting to be bad like him and all the girls wanting him.
  10. Detective Axel Foley. "Beverly Hills Cop" launched comedian Eddie Murphy into almost every American home. You won't stop laughing as rough and ready Detroit cop Axel Foley chases the bad guys in Beverly Hills for a while. Talk about cultural differences!