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150+ Best Movies of the 80s On Netflix (2020) Great Iconic Hits & Popular Classics

Do you want to know about the best 80s movies on netflix? 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.

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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.

Best Movies of the 80s on Netflix

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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Director – Amy Heckerling
Cast – Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 78%

Release Date – 13 August 1982
Box Office – $27.1 Million

Genre – Comedy, Coming of Age
Awards – None

Plot – A Pair of two friends learn about $ex, dru9s and rock n roll in their high school.

99. Tango and Cash


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Director – Andrei Konchalovsky & Albert Magnoli
Cast – Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell

IMDB Rating – 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 31%

Release Date – 22 December 1989
Box Office – $63.4 Million

Genre – Action, Comedy
Awards – None

Plot – Two LAPD cops who hate each other equally are forced to work together in order to come out of false accusations and catch the drug kingpin of the city.

98. Crocodile Dundie


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Director – Peter Faiman
Cast – Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski

IMDB Rating – 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 87%

Release Date – 24 April 1986
Box Office – $328 Million

Genre – Comedy, Adventure
Awards – Nominated for Best Screenplay

Plot – An Young reporter is appointed to interview an australian crocodile poacher. She falls in love with him and decide to learn his ways.

97. Born on the Fourth of July


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Director – Oliver Stone
Cast – Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe

IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%

Release Date – 20 December 1989
Box Office – $161 Million

Genre – War, Biography
Awards – Nominated for 8 Oscars won 2 Including Best Director and Best Film Editing

Plot – A War Veteran learns the horrors of war and decides to stand against it.

96. The Name of the Rose


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Director – Jean-Jacques Annuad
Cast – Sean Connery, Ron Pearlman

IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 74%

Release Date – 24 September 1986
Box Office – $77 Million

Genre – Mystery, Crime
Awards – None

Plot – In the medieval Rome, A nonconformist is given the task to solve the mystery of murders occuring in an isolated abbey.

95. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure


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Director – Stephen Herek
Cast –

IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 78%

Release Date – 17 February 1989
Box Office – $40.5 Million

Genre – Comedy, Adventure
Awards – None

Plot – Two Students find a time machine and use it prepare their assignment on History.

94. Friday the 13th


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Director – Sean S Cunningham
Cast – Kevin bacon, Harry Crosby

IMDB Rating – 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 63%

Release Date – 9 May 1980
Box Office – $59.8 Million

Genre – Horror
Awards – None

Plot – A Group of teenage friends are killed by a mysterious entity at the camp crystal lake.

93. Planes, Trains and Automobiles


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Director – John Hughes
Cast – Steve Martin, John Candy

IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%

Release Date – 25 November 1987
Box Office – $49.5 Million

Genre – Comedy
Awards – None

Plot – A Man who is travelling home during Thanksgiving is stuck with a salesman who is annoying but good from heart.

92. Honey I Shrunk the Kids


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Director – Joe Johnston
Cast – Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer

IMDB Rating – 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 75%

Release Date – 23 June 1989
Box Office – $222.7 Million

Genre – Comedy, Family, Adventure
Awards – None

Plot – A Nerd Scientist invents a machine that can shrunk items to sub atomic dimensions. Problem arises when his kids unknowingly uses the machine and get shrunked.

91. TRON


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Director – Steven Lisberger
Cast – Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner

IMDB Rating – 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 71%

Release Date – 9 July 1982
Box Office – $33 Million

Genre – Sci Fi, Adventure
Awards – Nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Sound

Plot – A Gamer is transported to the gaming world where he must win the video game in order to come out alive.