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

60. Big Trouble in Little China


best 80s movies
Director – John Carpenter
Cast – Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 78%

Release Date – 1 July 1986
Box Office – $11.1 Million

Genre – Action, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – None

Plot – A Truck driver is caught inbetween a battle between an immortal chinese emperor and a common chinese man.

59. Gandhi


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Director – Richard Attenborough
Cast – Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 86%

Release Date – 30 November 1982
Box Office – $127.8 Million

Genre – Biography, History
Awards – Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 8 – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography,Best Costume Design, best Film Editing

Plot – A Biographical Film on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of Indian Nation.

58. The Fly


best 80s movies
Director – David Cronenberg
Cast – Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis

IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 92%

Release Date – 15 August 1986
Box Office – $60.6 Million

Genre – Horror, Sci Fi
Awards – Won Academy Award for Best Make up

Plot – A Scientist is experimenting to build a teleporting machine. However, His experiment goes horribly wrong and he become a fly-human mutant.

57. Gremlins


best 80s movies
Director – Joe Dante
Cast – Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates

IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 84%

Release Date – 8 June 1984
Box Office – $153.1 Million

Genre – Horror, Comedy
Awards – None

Plot – A Young man buys a unique pet who is always hungry. The Man was advised to follow three rules to keep the pet but he broke them and chaos ensues.

56. Dirty Dancing


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Director – Emile Ardolino
Cast –

IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 71%

Release Date – 17 August 1987
Box Office – $214.6 Million

Genre – Music, Romance
Awards – Academy Award for Best Original Song

Plot – A Young woman falls in love with her dance instructor for summer holidays.

55. Beverly Hills Cop


best 80s movies
Director – Martin Brest
Cast – Eddie Murphy

IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 82%

Release Date – 28 September 1985
Box Office – $316.4 Million

Genre – Action, Comedy
Awards – Nominated for Best Screenplay

Plot – A Cop is assigned a case in Beverely Hills.

54. Who framed Roger Rabbit?


best 80s movies
Director – Robert Zemeckis
Cast – Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd

IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Release Date – 21 June 1988
Box Office – $329.8 Million

Genre – Comedy, Animation
Awards – Nominated for 6 Oscars and Won 3 – Best Visual Effects, best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects editing. Also the film won Special Achievement Academy Award

Plot – A private detective is hired for a case regarding a toon rabbit murdering his boss.

53. SpaceBalls


best 80s movies
Director – Mel Brooks
Cast – John Candy, Mel Brooks

IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 58%

Release Date – 24 June 1987
Box Office – $38.1 Million

Genre – Comedy
Awards – None

Plot – A Spoof on Star Wars.

52. Caddyshack


best 80s movies
Director – Harold Ramis
Cast – Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 74%

Release Date – 25 July 1980
Box Office – $39.8 Million

Genre – Comedy
Awards – None

Plot – A Group of golf enthusiasts join a golf course membership and unwillingly ruins it.

51. Good Morning,Vietnam


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Director – Barry Levinson
Cast – Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker

IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%

Release Date – 15 January 1988
Box Office – $123.9 Million

Genre – Comedy, Biography
Awards – Robin Williams was Nominated for Best Actor

Plot – A DJ runs a radio show in Vietnam during the war.

50. Big


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Director – Penny Marshall
Cast – Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins

IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Release Date – 3 June 1988
Box Office – $151.7 Million

Genre – Comedy, Family
Awards – Nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor

Plot – A 13 Year old boy becomes a young man after he wish to get big.

49. The Abyss


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Director – James Cameron
Cast – Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth

IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%

Release Date – 9 August 1989
Box Office – $90 Million

Genre – Adventure, Mystery
Awards – Academy For Best Visual Effects

Plot – A crew faces a deep quatic alien species that is intelligent.

48. The Little Mermaid


best 80s movies
Director – Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast –

IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%

Release Date – 13 November 1989
Box Office – $211.3 Million

Genre – Animation, Comedy, Romance
Awards – 2 Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song

Plot – A deep Sea mermaid falls in love with a human.

47. A Christmas Story


best 80s movies
Director – Bob Clark
Cast – Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin

IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%

Release Date – 11 December 1987
Box Office – $20.6 Million

Genre – Comedy, Family
Awards – None

Plot – A Boy wishes for a BB gun for Christmas.

46. The Karate Kid


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Director – John G Avildsen
Cast – Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki Morita

IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%

Release Date – 22 June 1984
Box Office – $91 Million

Genre – Sports, Family
Awards – Nominated for best Actor in Supporting Role

Plot – A High School Teenager seeks help from an old man to learn karate.

45. Brazil


best 80s movies
Director – Terry Gilliam
Cast – Jonathan Pryce, Robert Deniro, Bob Hoskins

IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Release Date – 18 December 1985
Box Office – $9.9 Million

Genre – Sci Fi
Awards – Nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction

Plot – A man in futuristic world become enemy of government after he tries to correct a minor error.

44. The Elephant Man


best 80s movies
Director – David Lynch
Cast – John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins

IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%

Release Date – 2 October 1980
Box Office – $26 Million

Genre – Biography
Awards – It was nominated ofr 8 Major academy awards but it sadly won none. However, the widespread cult fan base of the film prompted academy awards association to add Oscar for Best Makeup in their future ceremonies.

Plot – A doctor helps a man to discover his true personality even though he is heavily disfigured.

43. RoboCop


best 80s movies
Director – Paul Verhoeven
Cast – Peter Weller, Nancy Allen

IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%

Release Date – 30 September 1988
Box Office – $53.4 Million

Genre – Action, Sci Fi
Awards – Won Academy Award for Best Sound Editing

Plot – In a Dystopian world a cyborg becomes the best cop who eradicates crime from the city.

42. The Blues Brothers


best 80s movies
Director – John Landis
Cast – John Belushi, dan Aykoryd

IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 83%

Release Date – 16 June 1980
Box Office – $115.2 Million

Genre – Musical, Comedy
Awards – None

Plot – A man who is recently released from prison decide to bring back an old musical band so that he can make legtimate money to save his catholic home.

41. Beetlejuice


best 80s movies
Director – Tim Burton
Cast – Alec Baldwin, Genna Davis, Winona Ryder

IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 84%

Release Date – 29 March 1988
Box Office – $73.7 Million

Genre – Fantasy, Comedy
Awards – Oscar for Best Makeup

Plot – A family brings home an evil spirit to drive awat the good spirit of a couple who claims the home of the family.