Top 150 Best 80s Movies You Must See

Greatest Movies of 80s

What are the best 80s movies? 1980s was the true decade of blockbuster movies. I guess I am in love with 80s movies and this is the reason why I have made this a list of 150 best 80s movies instead of picking just top 100 80s movies. 80s was the decade when focus of movies spread out from science fiction, horror, crime and comedy movies to teenage movies. You won’t find such classic teenage or high school movies in any other decade as they were in the 80s. 80s coming of age movies were truly classic and they could touch up with any teenager. 80s Action movies truly defined the action genre. It was the 80s decade which saw the rise of action stars as Harrison Ford, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis. Also 80s saw the rise in number of sequels as compared to previous decades. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the success of STAR WARS influenced a lot on the film making style in 80s.

The 80s movies were racing neck to neck to become the highest grossing film. At first the record was set by STAR WARS EPISODE V: EMPIRE STRIKES BACK but later it was broken by Steven Spielberg’s E.T. – The Extra terrestrial which remained the top grossing 80s movies.

In the 80s Japanese Anime industry spawned from Japan to Hollywood and it was loved by people all over the globe. Several Anime movies of 80s become cult classic. 80s saw a huge rise in B-horror movies. 80s movies gained such cult following that every now and then classic 80s movies are being remade.

80s saw the rise of several popular directors. Among them were – Tim Burton, John Hughes, James Cameroon, Ridley Scott, Robert Zemeckis, John Carpenter, Oliver Stone,Rob Reiner, Barry Levinson, Sam Raimi, Wes Craven and David Lynch. Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas and Woody Allen continued to gain more fan following in the decade. Among the actors, Major Stars were – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis Kevin Costner, Michael J. Fox, Daniel Day Lewis, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Kurt Russell, Patrick Swayze,Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack, Kiefer Sutherland and Matthew Broderick. Actor Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman continued their race to be the most versatile actor of the industry. Among the actress – Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Sissy Spacek, Sally field and Jodie Foster were most impressive.

Kids Movies were quiet popular in this decade and several child actors were very popular during this decade. Some of the most popular Child actors were – Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, River Phoenix and Key Hu Quan.

Here is the list of 100 greatest films from the 80s decade with additional list of 50 movies that we loved but didn’t made to Top 100 List:

100. Fast times at Ridgemont High
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99. Tango and Cash
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98. Crocodile Dundie
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97. Born on the Fourth of July
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96. The Name of the Rose
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95. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
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94. Friday the 13th
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93. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
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92. Honey I Shrunk the Kids
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91. TRON
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90. Commando
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89. Twins
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88. Dune
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87. The Running Man
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86. Empire of the Sun
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85. Star Trek II: The Wrath of the Khan
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84. Willow
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83. Highlander
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82. Mad Max II: The Road warrior
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81. The Naked Gun: From the files of Police Squad
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80. RAN
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79. Police Academy
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78. The Evil Dead
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77. Coming to America
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76. Escape from New York
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75. Glory
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74. Conan the Barbarian
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73. Blue Velvet
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72. Cinema Paradiso
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71. Christmas Vacation
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70. A Nightmare on Elm Street
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69. Wall Street
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68. Field of Dreams
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67. Trading Places
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66. A Fish Called Wanda
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65. Akira
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64. My Neighbor Tortoro
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63. Grave of the Fireflies
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62. The Never Ending Story
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61. Tootsie
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60. Big Trouble in Little China
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59. Gandhi
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58. The Fly
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57. Gremlins
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56. Dirty Dancin
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55. Beverly Hills Cop
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54. Who framed Roger Rabbit?
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53. SpaceBalls
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52. Caddyshack
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51. Good Morning,Vietnam
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50. Big
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49. The Abyss
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48. The Little Mermaid
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47. A Christmas Story
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46. The Karate Kid
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45. Brazil
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44. The Elephant Man
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43. RoboCop
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42. The Blues Brothers
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41. Beetlejuice
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40. Poltergeist
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39. First Blood
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38. Lethal weapon
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37. This is Spinal Tap
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36. Top Gun
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35. Das Boot
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34. Once upon a Time in America
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33. Stand By Me
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32. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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31. Back to the Future II
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30. Raising Arizona
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29. When Harry Met Sally…
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28. Labyrinth
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27. The Untouchables
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26. Airplane
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25. The Breakfast Club
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24. The Goonies
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23. The Lost Boys
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22. Raging Bull
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21. Batman
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20. Platoon
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19. Predator
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18. Blade Runner
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17. The Thing
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16. Ghostbusters
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15. Ferris Bueller’s Day off
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14. The Princess Bride
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13. Rain Man
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12. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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11. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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10. Aliens
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9. Full Metal Jacket
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8. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
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7. The Shining
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6. Scarface
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5. Die Hard
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4. Terminator
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3. Back to the Future
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2. Raiders of Lost Ark
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1. Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
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  1. Blood Simple.
  2. Angel Heart
  3. Pet Sematary
  4. Witness
  5. Say anything…
  6. The Last Emperor
  7. Sixteen Candles
  8. Mississippi Burning
  9. Hellraiser
  10. Licence to kill
  11. Castle in the Sky
  12. The Color of Money
  13. Octopussy
  14. The God must Be Crazy
  15. An American Werewolf in London
  16. Wargames
  17. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  18. The Evil Dead II
  19. They Live
  20. Heathers
  21. Clue
  22. Splash
  23. Uncle Buck
  24. Vacation
  25. Driving Miss Daisy
  26. The Color Purple
  27. Romancing the Stone
  28. Do the Right thing
  29. Midnight Run
  30. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  31. Dangerous Liasons
  32. Child’s Play
  33. Scrooged
  34. Hannah and her Sisters
  35. Weird Science
  36. The Outsiders
  37. Day of the Dead
  38. Videodrome
  39. The Land before time
  40. Risky Business
  41. iThree Amigos
  42. Fatal Attraction
  43. Bloodsport
  44. 48 Hrs.
  45. Dirty Rotten Sc0ndrels
  46. The Fox and the Hound
  47. Excalibur
  48. Manhunter
  49. Major League
  50. The Burbs

So Which one of the above 80s films is your favorite? Did we missed any? If so feel free to comment.

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