10 Classic 80′s Movies

Saturday, December 4 by George Root

The 10 classic '80s movies bring back a flood of memories for people that lived in that era. The important thing for people born after the 1980s to remember is that 1980s movies can be enjoyed by anyone. Put on your leg warmers and enjoy this list of the ten classic '80s movies.

  1. "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) Once George Lucas established the mythology of Star Wars in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (1976), he could then create his own world for people to look in on. "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) was a great way to start the 1980s off and is definitely one of the ten classic '80s movies.
  2. "Pretty in Pink" (1986) Molly Ringwald was extremely popular in the 1980s and "Pretty in Pink" (1986) was one of her entries on the list of classic '80s movies. This is one of the movies that created the template that teen movies would follow for years to come.
  3. "Sixteen Candles" (1984) This is the movie that asks if it can borrow your underpants for ten minutes. There are so many classic scenes and lines in this movie that it was bound to be one of the ten classic '80s movies. It also hit a chord with the millions of teenagers in the United States and around the world.
  4. "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985) This is one of the "Brat Pack" movies that included Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy and Judd Nelson. It is about a group that grows up together and eventually goes their own way.
  5. "The Breakfast Club" (1985) This is another "Brat Pack" movie about fiv high school kids with very different backgrounds stuck together for the day in detention. They laugh, they cry and in the end they learn a little something about themselves. This was the prototypical 1980s movie and a charter member of the list of ten classic '80s movies.
  6. "Purple Rain" (1984) Prince's first motion picture "Purple Rain" (1984) wound up being a 1980s classic. The music and the fashions rang loud with the 1980s audience and made this movie extremely popular.
  7. "Weird Science" (1985) Even though "Weird Science" (1985) tries to avoid the musical and fashion references that allowed other movies to be placed in the 1980s, this is still considered a classic 1980s movie. Millions of boys around the world tried to make their own Kelly LeBrock on their computer after this movie came out.
  8. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) This movie helped to set much of the language that teenagers would use all through the 1980s. Jeff Spicoli's (Sean Penn) vocabulary became the vernacular of the decade after this movie about kids getting through high school came out.
  9. "Better Off Dead" (1985) This John Cusack 1980s classic seemed to really not have a point or a plot. Strange things just kept happening to Cusack's character until he found himself in a skiing competition to save the honor of his French girlfriend. But it contained many images that wound up being standards in the movies that followed.
  10. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) The movie that started the Indiana Jones franchise will forever be one of the classic '80s movies of all time. When this movie came out, it was heralded as the greatest action movie ever made. Even as special effects became more advanced over the years, the action scenes in this movie have been able to stand the test of time.